Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses

Main Page Content

Undergraduate Courses

CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (A)

Covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the US; independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections; and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 203 Police Process (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Covers the roles of law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels; interrelationships with other criminal justice agencies; and selected law enforcement problems. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 205 Criminal Law and Procedure (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides students an introduction to criminal law in the United States and the adjudication process in U.S. courts. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 207 The Corrections Process (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Covers the history and evolution of corrections; the social organization of prisons; differences between adult and juvenile correction; and probation and parole practices and alternatives to incarceration. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 304 Investigations (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides a comprehensive examination of investigations relative to both public and private modes, including most major felony processes and relevant civil actions. Focuses on the fundamentals of the investigative process and the range of skills necessary for successful performance and management of investigations, including evidence gathering and analysis, witness assessment, field techniques and linkage between investigative and prosecutorial agencies. 3 Cr.

CRJ 305 Adjudication Process (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Examines the organization and functions of the courts; pre- and post-trial motions and procedures; and the role of prosecutorial and defensive agencies. 3 Cr.

CRJ 311 Criminal Law (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Covers the historical development of criminal law in the US; the parties to crime, including principals/accessories; and the elements of crimes against persons and property, and moral offenses and defenses to such crimes. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 313 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Covers the application of the Bill of Rights; rules governing evidence; and the legal concepts governing arrest, search and seizure, and interrogations and confessions. 3 Cr.

CRJ 321 Crime Patterns (B)

Prerequisite: Six credits of CRJ courses or instructor's permission.

Covers the extent and nature of crimes against property and person, methods of crime commission, and prevention and repression of crime. 3 Cr.

CRJ 323 White Collar Crime (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides an historical and contemporary look at white collar/occupational crime in the United States. Analyzes the concept of occupational crime, counting and recording occupational crimes and criminals, explanations of occupational criminality, organizational occupational crime, state authority occupational crime, professional occupational crime, individual occupational crime, and sanctioning, social control, and occupational crime. 3 Cr.

CRJ 331 Community-Based Corrections (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101 & CRJ 207.

Explores the evolution of community-based corrections, the interrelationship between community based correction programs and other criminal justice agencies, and the role and involvement of the public in community-based corrections. 3 Cr.

CRJ 343 Juvenile Justice Process (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Covers the historical development of juvenile justice in the US, jurisdiction issues, the adjudication process, role of the police and community agencies, and abuses in the system. 3 Cr.

CRJ 371 Introduction to Forensic Science (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides a study of the work of the crime lab and the medical examiner. Examines methods of analysis of items commonly found at crime scenes such as: fingerprints, blood, illegal drugs, hairs, fibers, arson residues, bullets, etc. Covers procedures for processing the crime scene and safeguarding the evidence. 3 Cr.

CRJ 375 Forensic Law (B)

Serves as an interdisciplinary course covering law, criminal justice, science and technological issues in the evidentiary arena. Provides broad-based assessment of scientific evidence as it relates to litigation theory, tactics and evidentiary proof. 3 Cr.

CRJ 422 Cybercrime and Digital Forensics (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ101.

Provides an overview of cybercrime and digital forensics. Introduces students to technological, sociological, and criminological aspects of cybercrime. Focuses on methods and techniques that cybercriminals use, cybercrime investigation techniques, legal frameworks about cybercrime and cybersecurity. 3 Cr.

CRJ 431 Crime Prevention and Control (A)

Prerequisites: CRJ 101.

CRJ Explores crime problems and the role of the criminal justice system in crime prevention, its funding, planning and evaluation. 3 Cr.

CRJ 434 Security Administration (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides a comprehensive examination of the nature and problems of private and public security administration. Focuses on the issues of administration and the solutions, especially security technology necessary for successful management. 3 Cr.

CRJ 436 Computer Security (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Examines the nature, problems, and programs to protect organizational information, especially electronically processed data and computer equipment. 3 Cr.

CRJ 451 International Criminal Justice Systems (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Compares and contrasts the criminal justice system of the United States with the systems of other countries. 3 Cr.

CRJ 465 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Examines current terrorism, its origins and ideological bases, with particular attention to its relation to political institutions and the criminal justice response. 3 Cr.

CRJ 471 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (A)

Prerequisites: CRJ 101, Junior or senior status and successful completion of any one of the following courses: SOC 200, PSH 202, POL 300, MTH 243 or ECN 204.

Familiarizes criminal justice majors with the development of data-gathering techniques, including scaling, questionnaire construction, sampling procedures, interviewing, secondary data analysis, and techniques of data processing using micro- and minicomputers. Also examines linear casual models as a tool in theory and research, research designs, central tendency, variation, and statistics for nominal and ordinal measures. Majors only. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 472 Crime and Media (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

In modern society, we are constantly bombarded with information. Crime is a phenomenon that, in the minds of most people, is constructed from information that people absorb from the media and political narratives. In this class, we examine these sources of information about crime through critical discussions of how and why different information sources construct crime the way they do. After setting up theoretical ideas that help us to understand why these questions are important, we examine the ways in which media actors and groups – including news organizations and popular culture – depict crime and justice. Through critical discussion, we will investigate the ways in which these depictions have real consequences for the ways that people think about crime and justice. 3 Cr.

CRJ 473 Death Penalty (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

The death penalty is the most severe form of punishment given by the criminal justice system. The death penalty is also a hot-button issue. Discussions on capital punishment are fraught with numerous moral, ethical, and legal questions. This course serves as a general introduction to the use of the death penalty by the criminal justice system in the United States and the issues surrounding the death penalty debate. It takes an academic approach to exploring the death penalty, carefully examining multiple sides of contentious issues. This course explore topics such as: the history and current state of the death penalty, the effectiveness of capital punishment in fulfilling goals of punishment, public opinion on the death penalty, and legal and social issues surrounding the death penalty. 3 Cr.

CRJ 474 GIS (Geographic Information System) & Crime Mapping (B)

Prerequisite CRJ 101.

Provides knowledge and skills for displaying, exploring, and analyzing crime and criminal justice data by using GIS (Geographic Information System) software; Introduces computer-based methods of crime mapping and spatial data analysis; Covers criminal justice decision making practices with visualized data and statistics. Course requires a minimum grade of C for major/minor/certification 3 Cr. Fall.

CRJ 476 Race & Crime (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

A critical examination of the interplay between race and ethnicity and crime in the American justice system. Many issues such as law enforcement, the court system, the corrections process, and impact of social policy in the system related to racial and ethnic relations and inequality will be addressed. Other related issues such as gender and social class are also incorporated in the context of crime and criminal justice. 3 Cr.

CRJ 477 Family Violence (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101; Cross listed as WMS 477.

Focuses on the dynamics of family violence and the legal and social system response to the phenomenon. Explores and analyzes in-depth the scope and theoretical explanations of the issues of the various forms of family violence, e.g. spousal abuse, marital rape, elder abuse. 3 Cr. Fall.

CRJ 479 Victimology (A,Y)

Cross-listed as WMS 479. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Develops an understanding of crime victimization, both direct and indirect. Focuses on street crime, social and political oppression, victimization of women, and victims of corporate deviance. Emphasizes theory and policy analysis. 3 Cr.

CRJ 481 Women and the Criminal Justice System (A,W)

Cross-listed as WMS 481. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Examines women's relationships with crime and the criminal justice system. Specifically provides a study of women and crime, victimization and occupational obstacles and opportunities. Develops students' understanding of how social, political and economic conditions affect these problems. 3 Cr.

CRJ 485 Issues in Juvenile Justice (A,I)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides an in-depth analysis of 10-12 selected topics germane to the juvenile justice system. Includes topics such as child abuse and domestic violence, alternatives for the status offender, ethical issues, children's rights, right to treatment and right to refuse treatment, the politics of juvenile justice, and the court as a socio-legal institution. 3 Cr.

CRJ 489 Problems in Policing (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101 .

Discusses specific problems of law enforcement and policing in contemporary American society. Emphasizes the development, nature and function of law enforcement as it relates to criminal justice. Covers topical issues and problems such as ethics, corruption, deadly force and civil liabilities. 3 Cr.

CRJ 490 Internship in Criminal Justice (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Enables students to learn the basic operations of a criminal justice agency and participate in agency activity. Involves group discussion, weekly log, and final report. 1-6 Cr.

CRJ 491 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Enables students to develop an understanding of one topic concerning criminal justice, and learn to conduct research and analyze research findings on a given topic. May be repeated with chair's permission. 3 Cr.

CRJ 492 Ethics in Criminal Justice (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Explores ethical dilemmas which may arise in the context of the U.S criminal justice system. Standards and codes that are in place to help those facing such ethical questions are introduced and evaluated. 3 Cr.

CRJ 493 Seminar in Criminal Justice (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Allows students to gain an understanding of a criminal justice issue. Utilizes research skills to prepare and present research projects, and defend findings to an audience of critical judges. May be repeated with chair's permission. 3 Cr.

CRJ 494 Criminology (A)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Provides a review and critical analysis of the major criminological theories including the classical school; biological school; and psychological, sociological, and psychoanalytic orientations, including economic determinism. Considers various forms of criminality, as well as studies dealing with the frequency of crime in different places at different times. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

CRJ 499 Independent Studies in Criminal Justice (B)

Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. May be repeated with chair's permission. 1-6 Cr.