Student Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Criminal Justice

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Academic Advisor: Ms. Nora Leyva
Email: naleyva@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-6084

Peer Advising

Office: AH 4104

Email: spa.peeradviser@gmail.com

When emailing an adviser, please make sure to include your Red ID number.

Schedule an Appointment Criminal Justice Advising Guide Criminal Justice Change of Major Form

Drop-in Hours: Listed on Navigate

For more information on general education requirements please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center.

Faculty

Questions about a specific course (e.g., internships) should be addressed to the faculty member supervising that course:

Public Administration

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Academic Advisor: Ms. Nora Leyva
Email: naleyva@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-6084

Peer Advising

Office: AH 4104

Email: spa.peeradviser@gmail.com

When emailing an advisor, please make sure to include your Red ID number.

Schedule an Appointment Public Administration Advising Guide Public Administration Change of Major Form

Drop-in Hours: Listed on Navigate.

For more information on general education requirements please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center.

Faculty

Questions about a specific course (e.g., internships) should be addressed to the faculty member supervising that course:

Frequently Asked Questions

How can Criminal Justice (CJ) or Public Administration (PA) majors schedule an advising appointment?

You may schedule an advising appointment by going to: calendly.com/spa-advising or calendly.com/spa-peer

If you are a double-major, please make sure to request a manual degree evaluation prior to scheduling an appointment. You will need this during your advising session. You may request a manual degree evaluation here: https://advising.sdsu.edu/advising/manual_degree_evaluations

Do students need an appointment to speak with a CJ or PA major advisor?

SPA advisers meet with students primarily by appointment. You may schedule an advising appointment by going to: calendly.com/spa-advising or calendly.com/spa-peer. You may also come in for advising during the set walk-in hours but walk-in advising availability is limited.

How can students declare a Criminal Justice major?

Please see Preparation for the Major. Please note that students with more than 60 units may not declare a pre-major.

How can students declare a Public Administration major?

Please see Preparation for the Major. Please note that students with more than 60 units may not declare a pre-major.

Can CJ/PA pre-majors enroll in upper-division CJ or PA courses?

CJ and PA pre-majors may enroll in three to six units of upper-division courses if they have met all preparation for the major criteria, with the exception of reaching 60 units. This requires the SPA advisor’s approval. CJ pre-majors may enroll in CJ 300 and CJ 303 in the semester when they are projected to meet the all preparation for the major criteria. Similarly, PA pre-majors may enroll in PA 301 in the semester when they are expected to meet all preparation for the major criteria. If approved, the student will receive a registration override memo three business days after all CJ/PA majors have had the opportunity to register. Students must then submit the memo to the Office of the Registrar.

How can students add upper-division CJ or PA courses if they are not in those majors?

The student must first email the course instructor to request their permission to enroll in the course. Once they receive written authorization, they must forward that email to naleyva@sdsu.edu. The final approval is up to the discretion of the School. If approved, the academic advisor will process an override memorandum and email it to the student five business days after all CJ and PA majors have had an opportunity to register. The student must then submit the memorandum to the Office of the Registrar.

Should CJ/PA majors meet with a major or general advisor to determine if they are on-track for graduation?

San Diego State University follows a dual advising model. This means that students will be meeting with their major adviser for major-related matters and with the Academic Advising Center advisers for general education-related matters. Students must first schedule an appointment with their major adviser to ensure they are on-track to complete their major requirements. The adviser will provide them with a major advising guide. If the student has a second major or minor they will need to speak with the programs’ respective adviser. Then, they should go to the Academic Advising Center (SSW 1551) to inquire about general education or other university requirements for graduation.

Where can students find future course schedules?

Archived and planned course schedules are available online in Class Schedule. Please note that course schedules are subject to change.

Can CJ/PA majors take any upper-division course to count as a major elective?

No, specific electives have been identified for each major. Criminal Justice majors must complete four electives (12 units). Two courses (6 units) must be CJ specific courses. The other two may be picked from the list of electives in the Criminal Justice Advising Guide. Public Administration electives must complete five electives (15 units). Three courses must be PA specific courses. The other two may be picked from the list of electives in the Public Administration Guide.

Can CJ 431 Field Study in Local Corrections count as a CJ practicum course?

Yes, CJ 431 can count as a practicum course but the SPA undergraduate adviser must send a RAAR form to the Office of Advising and Evaluations. If you want CJ 431 to be applied to satisfy your practicum requirement, please send an email to naleyva@sdsu.edu.

How can students apply to serve as an SPA peer advisor?

Openings in the SPA peer advising team will be posted in the CJ and PA Blackboard homerooms. Candidates must commit to serving as a peer adviser for at least two semesters. Please note that credit earned for peer advising may not satisfy your CJ practicum requirement.

Do students transferring to SDSU through the ADT pathway need to complete the preparation for the major courses?

Yes, all students in our majors must complete the preparation for the major courses. If these courses were not completed at the community college and students were still admitted, the preparation for the major courses will have to be completed during their first semester at SDSU. Completing these courses at their community college prior to enrolling at SDSU is strongly advised. Prospective students can use the Transfer Admission Planner to find transfer courses to meet SDSU preparation for the major.

Do students trying to declare an Interdisciplinary major with CJ or PA as an area of study need an appointment to get a signature?

Yes, the listed courses must be reviewed before the form can be signed by the SPA academic adviser. You may schedule a 10 minute appointment by going to: calendly.com/spa-advising. Forms can also be dropped off in the mailbox between AH 4103 and AH 4104 and picked up during the times indicated on the mailbox.

How can students find out about internships in the CJ or PA majors?

Internships are facilitated for undergraduate students in the School of Public Affairs through the internship/practicum courses (CJ 498 and PA 498). Students can take these courses one or more times during a student’s senior year and after they’ve completed a majority of their major core requirements. The course can be used to satisfy the practicum requirement and also as an elective. Please look out for announcements via Blackboard from the School’s internship/careers coordinator about the mandatory orientations and interviews.

Do CJ or PA majors need to find their own internship for the internship course?

The School of Public Affairs partners with 70-80 public and nonprofit agencies and the PA/CJ 498 course instructor provides with very personalized placement services according to each student’s career goals and professional development objectives. Students cannot use a current job or internship for the fieldwork requirement in the internship courses.

Can students who have a job still do an internship for their practicum?

Students are required to complete 192 service hours at their assigned agencies during business hours. About 95% of students enrolled in the internship courses also have a job. To meet the course requirements, students need to make themselves available for the equivalent of two days a week (12-15 hours) during business hours, to complete the service requirement as well as monthly class meetings.

How can CJ or PA majors find out about career opportunities in their fields?

The School of Public Affairs has a dedicated careers coordinator - Professor Patricia Frosio - for students pursuing careers in public service. She offers a wide variety of services including individual career counseling, resume/application reviews, recruitment events with employers and facilitation of information interviews with the School’s alumni network. Her Fall 2019 office hours are TBD.

Graduate Advising

Master in Criminal Justice

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Paul Kaplan
Email: pkaplan@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-2350

Criminal Justice Official Program of Study

In matters related to the substance and content of specific courses, students are encouraged to seek the advice of appropriate Criminal Justice faculty as well as other faculty members within the School. Students meet with the Advisor at least once each semester for purposes of curriculum planning.

For information on fees, admissions, regulations of the graduate division, and programs of study, please visit the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Master in Public Administration

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Mounah Abdel-Samad
Email: msamad@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-4724

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Roddrick Colvin
Email: rcolvin@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-2880

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Robert Sobie
Email: rsobie@sdsu.edu

Phone:

MPA Online Program only

Public Administration Official Program of Study

Public Administration and Latin American Studies Official Program of Study

Public Administration (Online) Official Program of Study

Public Administration Internship Waiver Request

In matters related to the substance and content of specific courses, students are encouraged to seek the advice of appropriate Criminal Justice faculty as well as other faculty members within the School. Students meet with the Advisor at least once each semester for purposes of curriculum planning.

For information on fees, admissions, regulations of the graduate division, and programs of study, please visit the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Master in City Planning

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Roger Caves
Email: rcaves@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-6472

​For Fall Semester Only

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Sherry Ryan
Email: sryan@sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-4355

For Spring Semester Only

City Planning Official Program of Study

In matters related to the substance and content of specific courses, students are encouraged to seek the advice of appropriate Criminal Justice faculty as well as other faculty members within the School. Students meet with the Advisor at least once each semester for purposes of curriculum planning.

For information on fees, admissions, regulations of the graduate division, and programs of study, please visit the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.