Interested in justice, law, and social change? The focus of the Criminology & Justice Studies Program is not one of criminal justice concerns, but rather, one concerned with creating a more just society. Students learn to critically assess the obstacles and opportunities central to the pursuit of justice. A major in Criminology & Justice Studies at CSUSM provides academic training for those interested in the following careers:
Undergraduate students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in higher education, who are interested in graduate school may apply to a variety of “summer research programs” that offer insights into graduate training and research. Students who get admitted to the summer research programs generally engage in a 6-8 week residential program at a host university in the U.S., and participate in small-group research methods classes, work on research projects with professors one-on-one, prepare for GRE exams and graduate school applications, and make research presentations.
Housing, a small stipend, and other resources are also generally part of these programs during the length of the summer program. Most programs prefer students who have at least a year left of undergraduate study. Applications due dates vary. Students can find information on these opportunities by doing an internet keyword search “undergraduate summer research program,” and sociology, criminology, justice studies, or other related discipline. Talk to your professors of your interest and/or contact Dr. Karen S. Glover at email@example.com for support.
Below are links to information on a few of these programs:
If you have questions about your major, course selection, degree requriments etc, you can contact your faculty advisor. All students are assigned to an advisor by the first letter of their last name. To find out who your specific advisor is check out Faculty Advising.
For all other questions reach out to Academic Advising Services
Sociology will definitely prepare you for MSW (Masters in Social Work). In fact, you can specify your major to be focused on Children, Youth & Family or Health within specific concentrations in our major. Check out the worksheets here -- download the ones that seem interesting to you: Major and Minor Worksheets
The other thing that will help with preparing for graduate school in social work is gaining experience through service learning or internships. We are in a bit of a "pause" because of the pandemic but there are still some places doing virtual internships. Soc 495 is the internships class you will take as a senior. But for now, you are always welcome to check out the Office Of Internships & Service Learning resources to see if there are volunteer opportunities for you to explore: Office of Internships and Service Learning
Another strategy is while you take the regular sociology classes, focus your paper topics on issues you care about in social work.
Also, something I loved doing as an undergraduate is skimming the scholarly articles about the areas that interest me. There are really great journals out there and you can see which are the most read articles, the most cited, and also browse the specific issues. Check out these:
Professional Magazine: Social Work Today
You can access them with your CSUSM credentials and through our library. See this link to chat with a librarian to help you navigate this access: CSUSM Library
Finally, there is a social work association and you can join even as a student! Check out this information for the regional and national associations, their membership process, and activities:
National: National Association of Social Workers
State Association: Find a Chapter
Additional Associations: SocialWork.Org
Hope this gives you a few avenues to explore!
Yes! You can be a SOC or CJS major and still apply for the CSUSM Teaching Credential Programs. You will need to take the following classes before you apply: EDUC 350, 364, 422. Do these before you graduate. Or, if you have already graduated, you can take EDUC 350 at MiraCosta College and the other two courses through Extended Learning.
Check out these other resources!
Recording of Major Mondays - CSUSM Teacher Programs and Resources
(Zoom recording coming soon!)
CSUSM student club for future teachers: Future Educators Association
Project REACH – Supporting Latinx students to the teacher credential program
David Espinoza firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Chiem email@example.com
General assistance with the application: Credential Programs