Course Descriptions - Criminal Justice

CRJ1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice System
4 semester hours
This course explores the administration of criminal justice in the United States with a general overview of the total system. Students will explore the role of the police, criminal courts, and corrections while learning about the increasing number of careers available within criminal justice. Students will also be expected to conduct “field experiences” of their choice in order to better explore the broad field and multidisciplinary nature of criminal justice.
No prerequisites.

CRJ2150 Correctional Services
4 semester hours
This course examines the role of corrections (jails, probation, intermediate sanctions, prisons and parole) in the criminal justice system. Topics include operations and management issues of correctional institutions; custody and discipline, recidivism, alternatives to incarceration, treatment, rehabilitation and reentry of offenders, capital punishment, and current and future trends in corrections. The completion of “field experiences” outside the classroom will be expected, as a means to enhance and apply course material.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ2210 Courts and Justice
3 semester hours
Structures and legal concepts underlying the American criminal court process are the focus of this course, including theoretical framework and functional and dysfunctional aspects of courts of limited and general jurisdiction. (Every other year)
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ/SOC2300 Criminology
4 semester hours
This course provides an introduction to theories of criminal causation/control and a general overview of the history and development of both criminology and criminality. Additional areas of study include the criminological enterprise, with attention to crime, criminals, victims and punishment, and special emphasis on understanding the social meaning of crime.
No prerequisites.
Meets General Education “Social Inquiry” requirement.

CRJ2310 Juvenile Justice
3 semester hours
This course examines ideas and practices unique to the juvenile justice system, including differences based on established values and laws. Basic development concepts of delinquency are related to methods of delinquency control and roles of peace officers, court personnel and correctional staff in the juvenile justice system.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ2420 Criminal Law
4 semester hours
The course provides students with an understanding in the substantive criminal law. Topics include the general principles of criminal liability, such as the elements of actus reus and mens rea; justifications and excuses; vicarious liability and inchoate crimes; and specific analysis of crimes against persons, property and public order. As part of a “field experience,” students will be expected to observe a criminal court proceeding or similar experience.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ2500 Policing America
4 semester hours
This course examines the policing occupation as it has evolved in the United States. Traditional law enforcement practices will be compared with contemporary policing and the uses of modern technology. Contemporary topics include spatial crime analysis, directed patrol, profiling, terrorism, misuse of force, problem solving, intelligence-led policing, and community building. Students will be expected to conduct “field experiences” outside of the classroom that may be completed individually or within groups.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3010 International Crime and Justice
3 semester hours
This course examines the conception of law and justice in Western and Eastern societies, including the cultural foundations of legal systems and how these legal systems are sometimes used as instruments of cultural and social change. Interpretations of ideological and developmental differences and similarities are utilized to identify differences and similarities among legal systems. Patterns in laws, crimes, corrections and law enforcement practices of selected Western and Eastern societies are also identified.
No prerequisites.

CRJ3100 Security Leadership
4 semester hours
This course is about effective leadership in the workplace, specifically as it relates to private security. We will discuss and contrast the relationships between private protection services and public law enforcement. A crime prevention model will be developed and used to shape our analysis of the justice system as it relates to both public and private policing. Students will become acquainted with basic principles of security, loss prevention and situational crime prevention that are common and fundamental to all areas of business and assets protection. In addition, concepts underlining situational crime prevention will be discussed with references to contemporary theory and research findings.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3150 Probation and Parole
3 semester hours
This course centers on the organization and operation of probation and parole systems in the United States, including history, law, ideologies, varieties of practice, evaluation, contemporary issues, and future trends in probation and parole. The response of these agencies to public pressures and court regulation is also examined, along with implications for rehabilitation.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ/PSC3180 Constitutional Law and the Judicial System
4 semester hours
Cross-listed with PSC3180. For description see PSC3180.
Prerequisite: PSC2110.

CRJ3200 Homeland Security
4 semester hours
Homeland Security will focus on the comprehensive introduction to the complex issues surrounding terrorism and homeland security, perhaps the most pressing major issue facing criminal justice professionals in the 21st century. Students will learn to think critically about the causes of terrorism, both domestic and international. Students are encouraged to contemplate and understand the various religious, ideological, nationalistic and ethnic terrorist movements taking place around the world, their origins, their outlook, their aims. Topics covered include: suicide bombings, the specter of nuclear, biological and chemical terrorism, cyber-terrorism, food security, the new economy of terrorism, and the organization, function and bureaucracy of homeland security which is continuously evolving to counter the increasing threat of terrorism. The student is challenged to come to grips with the reality of terrorism and to be prepared to confront it as a criminal justice professional.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3300 Criminal Investigation
3 semester hours
This course focuses on theories and practices of fundamental procedures. Emphasis is placed upon crime scene searching and recording; collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific evaluation; methods of operations; sources of information; interviews and interrogation; and case preparation.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3400 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
3 semester hours
This course analyzes the concept of evidence and rules governing its admissibility. Additional topics include theoretical and pragmatic considerations of substantive and procedural laws affecting arrest, search and seizure.
Prerequisites: CRJ1010, CRJ2420.

CRJ3500 Organized Crime
3 semester hours
This course examines the different organized criminal elements in American society, including crimes committed by corporations, governments, political groups, white collar workers and syndicates. The economic effect of these violations on society is explored, as well as law enforcement efforts to minimize that effect.
No prerequisites.

CRJ3600 Crisis Intervention
3 semester hours
This course includes study of the theoretical and practical bases for accurately assessing and responding to crisis situations that are unique to criminal justice professions.
No prerequisites.

CRJ3610WI Research Methods
4 semester hours
This course provides students with knowledge of basic principles and understandings fundamental to research used in criminal justice. Topics include the theory and application of social science research: the selection of appropriate research methods, ethical and practical issues, and data collection and preparation. Students will utilize SPSS in computer lab exercises to enter and analyze data to produce statistical information for interpretation and presentation of findings. Ultimately, the course aims to assist students in becoming more informed consumers and producers of criminal justice information.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3650 Schools and Delinquency
3 semester hours
In this course, attempts are made to identify those variables associated with schools that have relevance to delinquency. Delinquency is viewed as adjustments that juveniles as individuals and as members of subculture groups make in relation to school goals, performance, rules and expectations. Aspects of cultural values that are emphasized in American society and their relationship to school delinquency and disorder are analyzed, along with laws governing school children and school administrators on matters of juvenile law violation
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3840/4840 Issues in Criminal Justice
3-4 semester hours
This course entails intensive discussion and research in contemporary and permanent problems affecting the criminal justice system and hence the American regime. Specific content is determined by the needs and interests of the student. Students may take two different issues courses.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

CRJ4200 Police Administration
3 semester hours
This course provides a critical examination of the organization and administration of municipal police agencies and their functions. Concepts of organizational theory are used to integrate proven concepts into the police service.
Prerequisite: CRJ2500 or consent of instructor.

CRJ4800 Strategic Planning and Ethics
4 semester hours
This course discusses effective management practices that are central to criminal justice professionals and academic researchers who evaluate and question managerial methodology. This course is designed to analyze these organizational changes to prepare students to effectively lead within these changes. Students will learn how to comprehend and direct strategic planning, missions, goals, objectives, and action plans through an ethical lens that will test personal values and beliefs. Students will be expected to develop a professional résumé and create a working leadership career path.
Prerequisites: CRJ1010; junior status (prerequisite for internship); consent of instructor; grade of “C” or higher in CRJ3610.

CRJ4940 Criminal Justice Internship
3-12 semester hours (variable)
This course is designed for criminal justice students who are undertaking an internship with a public agency or private firm. Research, observation, study and/or work in selected criminal justice agencies supplement classroom study with constructive participation in the criminal justice system. The internship experience must be planned through student-instructor interviews before registration as provided under internship regulations. The objective of the course is to assist the intern and the participating agencies in getting the most out of the student-learning experience. Students electing this option will need to complete a contract with the participating internship agency and a member of the criminal justice faculty. They will contract 48 clock hours for every one (1) semester hour. Therefore, a student must contract for at least 144 hours and a maximum of 576 hours to complete this elective. A maximum of 3 semester hours of internship count toward the criminal justice major electives, with any remaining semester hours counting toward the 120 total semester hours required for graduation
Prerequisite: CRJ4800 or consent of instructor.

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