History of the Division

CSUS first offered police science and administration in the form of four evening courses in 1949.  By 1952 the Department of Government, which housed the police science offerings within the emphasis in the public administration, hired the first full time criminal justice professor and program coordinator, Allan Gammage, and began offering regular day classes.  By 1957 the program graduated 17 students; two years later Paul B. Weston became the second program coordinator.  By the mid-1960s the program had doubled in size and the student population had shifted progressively from in-service law enforcement personnel to undergraduates without prior police experience.  In 1969 the program moved to an independent Department of Police Science and Administration, which subsequently was re-designated the Division of Criminal Justice.  In 1971 the proposal for a masters of science in criminal justice was approved, and in 1982 the division was moved to the new School of Health and Human Services.  Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s the division offered both a BS in criminal justice and a BS in forensic science but began phasing the forensic science program out in the early 1990s after a review revealed that it was not able to provide adequate scientific training, particularly in chemistry.

The Division experienced rapid growth during the 1980s and currently has 1600 undergraduate majors, making it one of the largest criminal justice departments in the country and one of the most popular majors on this campus.  Although its early students were almost universally white males, they are now racially and ethnically diverse and more than half are females.