CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CRJ200 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (3)

An introductory survey course designed to provide the student with an overview of the system. Theories of criminal behavior, criminal law, and procedures are introduced and studied as they apply to the criminal justice components of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ295 - Substance Abuse Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

This course examines the impact of drugs and alcohol use and abuse on the individual, society, and criminal justice system. The course will focus on the various categories of abusable substances, their physical and psychological effects, and the continuum of treatment modalities used in combating chemical dependency. Because drug and alcohol use account for the single largest category of criminal arrests and convictions in the U.S., specific focus will be on the criminal justice system's responses to drug and alcohol related crimes; law enforcement; innovative treatment approaches; and drug testing technologies. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ302 - Statistics (3)

This course is an introduction to statistical methods as they are used in the social sciences. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are covered, including sampling, probability, and hypothesis testing. Specific parametric and non-parametric analyses include analysis of variance, the t-test, Chi-square, and correlation. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ310 - Introduction to Security (3)

This course presents a general survey of the major historical, philosophical, and legal basis of security. Professionalism and ethics in security will be addressed. The role of security in the public and private sectors will be discussed. An overview of security systems found in retail, schools, industry, and government agencies will be analyzed. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ320 - Criminal Investigation (3)

The course will introduce the student to basic criminal investigation theories and techniques. The development of contemporary criminal investigation and criminalistics will be examined, as well as crime specific investigative technology. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ322 - Law Enforcement (3)

This course presents an overview of the development of law enforcement within the criminal justice system. Study and discussions will focus on such topics as roles and responsibilities, departmental organization, and in-depth consideration of the law enforcement functions associated with modern enforcement agencies. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ324 - Corrections (3)

An overview of the correctional system. Topics for study and discussion include historical development, theories of punishment, sentencing structures, the functions of different types of institutions, management techniques, and problems in today's correctional operations. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ326 - Probation and Parole (3)

The course examines the development and professional practice of federal and state probation and parole systems. Emphasis is placed on organization, roles, and responsibilities of these systems, as well as the significant impact of court decisions on delivery of services. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ328 - Organized Crime (3)

This course furnishes the student with an understanding of the history and development of the traditional model of organized crime in the United States, and it provides an introduction to the changing landscape of the field by surveying the prominence of selected transnational criminal organizations. The organized crime groups are viewed from the perspective of their roles as economic and non-state political actors, with a focus on their capacity to provide a form of protection in the absence of effective governmental authority. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ329 - The Juvenile Justice System (3)

An in-depth look at the juvenile justice system from its historical origins to current practices. Special emphasis is placed on juvenile justice terminology, landmark legal cases, and procedures used with juveniles and their families. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ330 - Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System (3)

This course focuses on the plight of victims and witnesses of crime from legal, social, and psychological perspectives. Topics include the history of victimology, victim experiences, victim's rights, and official criminal justice system responses to victims and witnesses. Restorative justice concepts are explored throughout this study. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ331 - Terrorism (3)

This course examines terrorism in the post-9/11 world through the study of domestic and foreign organizations and the differing political, religious, and racial motivations of groups in the United States and abroad. The legal and law enforcement responses to terrorism are also analyzed, as is the role fear plays and has played as a political instrument. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ332 - Women in the Criminal Justice System (3)

A course designed to explore the roles of women in the system. Study will focus on the theories and myths about women as criminals, as victims, and as criminal justice professionals. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ334 - Interpersonal Violence (3)

An examination of domestic violence and its interaction with the criminal justice system. Areas of focus include causative factors, legal issues, substance abuse correlations, victim advocates, and behavior modification programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on in-depth chronic offender profiles. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ336 - Community Relations and the Criminal Justice System (3)

A course designed to explore the interpersonal expectations and relationships between criminal justice practitioners and community members. The content will focus on basic psychological and sociological principles (including attitudes, perception, self-image, stereotypes, subcultures, and rumor), as well as discretion, and their application to the interaction between criminal justice practitioners and community members. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200, SOC101, PSY101

CRJ338 - Psychological Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (3)

This course looks at the behavior of people in the system and seeks to help students better understand their own values and behavior. Coverage will include the impact of roles played by people in courts, corrections, law enforcement, probation, parole, and rehabilitation. An important segment will deal with the developing use of hypnosis in recall enhancement. As time permits, issues such as child abuse and rape will be included. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ339 - Counseling Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of counseling theory and specific skills as they relate to criminal justice professionals. The focus will be on the use of these skills with offenders who have been referred to agencies as an alternative to incarceration. Emphasis will be placed on rapport development, listening skills, and communication skills. Consideration will be given to problem-solving strategies, decision making and stress management. Some attention will be given to a review of vocational tests and interest inventories with emphasis on proper interpretation and use of results. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200, CRJ334, CRJ324

CRJ340 - Criminal Procedures (3)

This course examines the rights of those accused of criminal wrongdoing, from the time they become suspects, through incarceration. Topics covered include issues surrounding search and seizure, right of counsel, right against self-incrimination, use of force, right to medical treatment, sentencing guidelines, identification procedures, and protection from cruel and unusual punishment. Additionally, topics include court rules governing trial procedures and the roles the defense and prosecuting attorneys play in the adjudication of criminal cases. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200, CRJ322

CRJ341 - Criminal Law (3)

This course explores the body of written law that defines crimes and specifies punishment. Substantive criminal law emphasizes the nature, history, and purpose of criminal law; its constitutional limits; general principles of criminal liability; the defenses of justification and excuse; and the specific elements of crimes. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ342 - Criminology (3)

This course examines the nature and complexity of crime as a social problem. The measurement, techniques of data collection, and patterns of crime are explored as well as various classical, biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime causation. Throughout the course, policy implications of the content matter will be considered. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200, PSY101, and SOC101

CRJ344 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)

The ethics curriculum is designed to further the goals of professionalization of the criminal justice system. The course is designed to lay a foundation for our students to better make moral decisions as they face inevitable ethical dilemmas as practitioners in the field of criminal justice. Students will first be required to analyze various theories of moral decision making, including, but not limited to, the theories of moral imperativism and utilitarianism. Throughout the semester, students will be applying these theories to practical situations. This will be accomplished by presenting hypotheticals to the class, and requiring the class to analyze the hypotheticals individually and in-group discussions. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ346 - Justice Administration (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to administration techniques and organizational behavior found specifically in law enforcement agencies, court systems, and correctional institutions. Study will focus on the practical aspects of management theories, organizational structures, supervisory skills, and administrative issues. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ348 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)

This course compares the U.S. criminal justice system with selected foreign systems. A cross-cultural overview will study the nature, theories, and mechanisms for fighting crime and dealing with criminals in different societies. An end goal will attempt to discover innovative ways that may deal with crime in the United States. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200, CRJ324, CRJ351

CRJ350 - Criminal Justice Research (3)

This course introduces students to scientific methodology as it is related to criminal justice, in order for students to become sophisticated research consumers and producers. This course provides students with an understanding of the methods of research available to criminologists, the connection between theory and data, and the ability to comprehend the logic behind statistical tests of significance. Understanding the development and testing of hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings according to professional standards is the underlying theme of the course. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ302

CRJ351 - Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (3)

The course is designed to give an overview of legal principles, which provide a framework for the criminal justice system. An analysis of cases and statutes, pertinent to areas under consideration, is emphasized together with a coverage of fundamental aspects of legal research. Areas covered include investigation, initial appearance, arraignment, preliminary examination, trial, guilty pleas or conviction, sentence, and release. PREREQUISITE(S): CRJ200

CRJ360 - Senior Seminar (3)

A course designed as a culminating experience for criminal justice majors. Students will be involved in library research and discussion of critical aspects of the criminal justice system. Position papers on various questions will be prepared, presented, and defended in the course of the semester. PREREQUISITE(S): Senior status

CRJ371 - Criminal Justice Practicum (3-6)

A supervised work experience for majors in criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to observe professionals in action and to take part in the activities of the agency, thereby utilizing and improving skills learned through that observation along with those from classroom study. PREREQUISITE(S): Senior status and permission of practicum director. Minimum 2.0 GPA

CRJ399 - Directed Study (3)

An individualized program of reading, library research, and interviewing, under direction of a faculty member. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ429 - The Juvenile Justice System (3)

An in-depth look at the juvenile justice system from its historical origins to current practices. Special emphasis is placed on juvenile justice terminology, landmark legal cases and procedures used with juveniles and their families.

CRJ434 - Interpersonal Violence (3)

An examination of domestic violence and its interaction with the criminal justice system. Areas of focus include causative factors, legal issues, substance abuse correlations, and victim advocate and behavior modification programs. Particular emphasis will be placed on in-depth chronic offender profiles. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ438 - Psychological Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (3)

This course looks at the behavior of people in the system and seeks to help students better understand their own values and behaviors. Coverage will include the behaviors of professionals in the courts, corrections, law enforcement, probation, and parole. An important segment of the course will deal with causes of criminal behavior especially as to the causes of child abuse, domestic violence, and rape. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ444 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)

This course is designed to explore various ethical dilemmas facing the criminal justice professional. The content will focus on applying various theories of moral decision making, including moral rationalism, utilitarianism, and Kant's categorical imperative to hypothetical situations confronting the criminal justice practitioner. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ451 - Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (3)

The course is designed to give an overview of legal principles, which provide a framework for the criminal justice system. An analysis of cases and statutes, pertinent to areas under consideration, is emphasized together with instruction in fundamental aspects of legal research. Areas covered include investigation, initial appearance, arraignment, preliminary examination, trial, guilty pleas or conviction, sentence, and release. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ493 - Counseling Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of counseling theory and specific skills as they relate to criminal justice professionals. The focus will be on the use of these skills with offenders who have been referred to agencies as an alternative to incarceration. Emphasis will be placed on rapport development, listening skills, and communication skills. Consideration will be given to problem-solving strategies, decision making, and stress management. Some attention will be given to a review of vocational tests and interest inventories with emphasis on proper interpretation and use of results. PREREQUISITE(S): None

CRJ495 - Substance Abuse Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

This course examines the impact of drugs and alcohol use/abuse on individual, society and the criminal justice system. The course will focus on various categories of abusable substances, their physical and psychological effects, and the continuum of treatment modalities used in combating chemical dependency. Since drug and alcohol use account for the single largest category of criminal arrests and convictions in the United States, specific focus will be on the criminal justice's responses to drug/alcohol related crimes: law enforcement, innovative treatment approaches and drug testing technologies.