School of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

CJ 101 Justice and Society. This introduction to the study of crime and justice includes theories and methodologies from a variety of social science disciplines. The course also provides an introduction to the study of social control and to the origins of crime at the individual, structural and cultural levels. Fulfills Social Sciences Foundation. Offered Fall and Winter semesters. Three credits.

CJ 201 Criminology. An analysis of crime, criminal behavior, punishment, and the theories of deviancy from historical perspectives. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 300 Research Methods in Criminal Justice.  This course involves an examination of basic investigative methods in criminal justice. Focus is on the logic and theory of criminological research, the formulation and testing of hypotheses, research design, sampling, modes of data production, and the ethics of conducting research in criminology and criminal justice. Prerequisites: STA 215, CJ major and junior standing. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CJ 302 Criminal Law. The sources, specific and general elements and limitations of modern criminal laws, and the role of criminal law in the definition and control of deviant behavior in contemporary society. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 305 Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties. Survey of the nature and extent of protection of civil liberties and civil rights of the accused under the U.S. Constitution through examination of landmark Supreme Court decisions. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation. Modern police field investigative techniques in collection and preservation of physical evidence and interrogation and preparation of formal statements of witnesses and suspects. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 312 Police Process. Functions of law enforcement and the roles of the police in contemporary society. Study of the police from several perspectives: historical, sociological, psychological, organizational, and political. Issues, research, and trends pertinent to law enforcement organizations. Prerequisites: 201 and Junior standing. 3 credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CJ 315 Principles of Security. An in-depth analysis of the historical perspectives, current status components, and opportunities in private security. Special emphasis is placed on technology, internal and external threats, and fire prevention and safety. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

CJ 320 Crimes Against Women. An in-depth study of crimes committed almost exclusively against women. Such crimes include: sexual harassment, rape, and certain types of murder. The course is taught within the framework of feminist theory and research. Three credits. Part of the Gender, Society and Culture Theme. Offered winter semester.

CJ 325  Criminal Justice and Human Rights. This is a Freedom and Social Control Theme course. The major focus is on the tension between evolving definitions of human rights and criminal justice system efforts to maintain or increase levels of social control. The course also provides opportunities to study international perspectives on criminal justice institutions. Three credits. Part of the Freedom and Social Control Theme. Offered winter semester

CJ 330 Correctional Process. An examination and discussion of the American correctional process with emphasis on correctional institutions, inmate social system, institutional and community programs and procedures, probation, parole, and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: 201. Three credits. Offered every semester. 

 

CJ 340  Courts Process. An examination of court systems in the United States, emphasizing comparison of civil and criminal court systems; the roles and responsibilities of the legal actors in the system; the dynamics of courthouse justice, and historical and contemporary cases and controversies that have impacted the authority of the judicial branch. Prerequisite: CJ 201. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

CJ 350 Juvenile Justice Process. An analysis of the historical and philosophical foundations of the juvenile justice process and system. Special attention is given to legal and administrative issues, reforms, and controversies. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 355 Youth Culture and Crime. The study of the emergence of youth subcultures over the course of the twentieth century and its relationship to issues of crime and delinquency. Special attention will be given to the social and cultural context of youth, including the family, neighborhood, media, drugs, gangs, guns, race, class, and gender roles. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semester.

CJ 380 Special Topics in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Focuses on topics not ordinarily dealt with in other courses. Topics will be determined by faculty interest and student request. While the course can be repeated, no more than six credits can be applied to a criminal justice or legal studies major. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 399 Independent Readings in Criminal Justice. Independent supervised readings on selected topics which are not dealt with in- depth in another course. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and permission of instructor. Offered on a credit-no credit basis. One to three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 400 Qualitative Methods. This course examines qualitative methods focusing primarily on participant-observation, asking questions, writing field notes, and the transformation of these primary field data into written ethnographic documents. Students will also explore unstructured and semi-structured interviewing, direct observation, open-ended survey questions, and sampling from pre-existing texts. Required for B.S. cognate in criminal justice. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Three credits. Offered each semester.

 

CJ 405  Terrorism.  A survey of modern domestic and international terrorism. Examines the structure and dynamics of terrorist groups, types of terrorist violence, and justification of violence. Analysis of geographical regions, religion, ideology, technology, counter measures, media, and mass destruction. Three credits. Part of the War and Peace Theme. Offered winter semester.

CJ 408  White-Collar and Corporate Crime. An overview of the types, causes and implications of white-collar and corporate crime, and examines the political, physical and financial harm caused by wayward corporation, corporate officials and employees. Emphasis is placed on ethical and legal decision-making and regulatory monitoring and control of white collar and corporate activity. Prerequisite: CJ 101. Three credit hours. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 411 Community Policing. Community policing philosophy, applications, issues, and contemporary research. Theoretical and practical aspects pertaining to the relationship between police agencies and the total community. Domestic and international community policing and problem solving models. Prerequisites: 201 and 312 (312 may be taken concurrently). Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 420 Juvenile Correctional Counseling. This class is designed to provide education and practice strategies for establishing rapport, gathering information, and understanding fundamentals of how teams conduct assessments for understanding suicide prone behavior and making referrals. Specific techniques in addition to understanding specific counseling paradigms used with resistant and delinquent youth will be explored. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CJ 430 U.S. Jails. Traditionally, jails are plagued with problems of inadequate personnel, lack of modernization, overcrowding and under-funding. This course acquaints the student with those problems and investigates possible solutions. Prerequisites: CJ 101. Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 442 Victimology. Examines patterns, current practice and trends concerning crime victims, including the role of victims in crime, their treatment by the criminal justice system, victims-blaming arguments, victims' decisions to report crimes and help prosecute offenders, victim assistance programs, victim compensation and restitution, and victim empowerment. Prerequisites: CJ 201. Three credits. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 444 Forensic Behavior and Law. Examines the relationship among social/behavioral science research, law, and the legal system. Lectures and readings emphasize Supreme Court opinions where the Court has analyzed the use of social/behavioral science research. Research in criminal profiling, eyewitness identification, criminal/civil competency, and jury selection is addressed. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 461 Police Management and Legal Issues. An in-depth analysis of critical issues in police leadership, management, and operations with an emphasis on related legal issues. Prerequisite: 305. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 463 Corrections Administration and Legal Issues. The study of modern correctional organizations and administrative strategies. Special emphasis is placed on current legal issues involving both staff and client/offenders. Prerequisite: 305 (may be taken concurrently). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CJ 464 Security Administration and Legal Issues. An in-depth analysis of critical issues in the administration and supervision of private security organizations with an emphasis on the related legal issues. Prerequisite: 305 (may be taken concurrently). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CJ 470 Crime Control and Justice Policy. A course offering a philosophical review of the nation's justice system introducing the student to the policy process, as well as practices designed to prevent, control, and reduce crime and to improve justice. Prerequisite: CJ 201 and Junior standing. Permit required. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semester.
 

CJ 482  Culture, Crime and Justice An exploration of the relationships between culture, crime and justice that seeks to increase students’ cultural competence in relation to the administration of justice and the justice professions. Prerequisites: CJ 201 and Junior standing.  Three credits. Offered fall semester.


CJ 490 Criminal Justice Internship. Internship in local agencies with individual faculty supervision to allow students to apply academic knowledge to actual and professional experience. One to six credits. Offered on a credit/no-credit basis. May be repeated for up to six credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 495 Issues in Criminal Justice (capstone). A capstone course that will entail readings and discussion on contemporary criminal justice issues, ethics, and trends resulting in a senior paper/project. Prerequisites: CJ 201, 305 and senior status and permission of instructor. Three credits. Offered each semester.

CJ 499 Independent Study and Research. An independent research project of an interdisciplinary nature based on knowledge acquired in other courses, the internship experience, or courses taken in the program. The research would normally fall in the area of major emphasis selected by the students. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and senior standing. Offered on a credit-no credit basis. Three credits. Offered each semester.

 

 

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