Announcements in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies


Professor Jackson receives the President's Excellence in Scholarship Award

Patrick Jackson, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies, has received the President's Excellence in Scholarship Award. It is bestowed "In recognition of the critical links between active engagement in scholarship and excellence in teaching." The President’s Award serves "to recognize faculty who exemplify the teacher-scholar model in their professional development at Sonoma State." It is accompanied by a stipend to support the awardee's research.


The rules on passing the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GRAR), or WEPT as it is known at SSU, have changed considerablly. Today CCJS students can take CCJS 370 in lieu of taking the standardized WEPT. Learn more about it by reading the flyer discussing the change, which begins in Spring 2017. This means that students can demonstrate proficiency in writing while fulfilling major requirements.

Summer Classes

CCJS 404 will be taught this summer during the second summer session. Enrollment is open!


Information about the commencement proceedings is available at this link. Our May commencement will be amazing compared to years past: rain or shine, commencement will be more intimate and have a lot of atmosphere in the Weill Hall Green Music Center. The CCJS major ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. See the commencement link above for more details.

Job at Hannah Boy's Center

See the flyer for the full-time job at Hannah Boy's Center at this link.

CCJS Department Lecture Series

The CCJS lecture series (CCJS 399) is happening this Spring and again in the Fall. The class Facebook page is at

Studies of Interest
  • See Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections across all occupations or more limited groupings at this link:
  • PEW Labor Study, February 2012 Young, Underemployed and Optimistic: Coming of Age, Slowly, in a Tough Economy. A recent study of the employment situation, which compares what it was and is like for parents and young adults, respectively. Download
  • The Value of College Degrees What is the value of a college degree? Here's a statistical answer from Georgetown University Take this link now and take the link to Social Sciences, then look under "Criminology."
  • Occupational Employment Statistics

    Conduct your own search of different occupations and locations: click here. The median wage of a detective in 2015 is $79,620; Librarian: $56,880; Nurse Practitioners: $101,260; Social Science Teachers:$67,490; Firefighters:$46,870; Postal Carriers:$58,280. Find your chosen job and locate it at the city, state, or federal level.

For more discussion of contemporary issues see the Pacific Crime Blog or the Redwood Highway via the link to "Criminal Justice Resources" on the left.