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 individual, structural, and cultural levels. Fulfills one of

the Foundation - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Offered fall and winter

semesters. Credits: 3

 

CJ 201 - Criminology

An analysis of crime, criminal behavior, punishment, and the theories of

deviancy from historical perspectives. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Prerequisite: CJ 101 (may be taken concurrently). Credits: 3

 

CJ 300 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice

This course involves an examination of basic investigatory 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. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Prerequisites: STA 215, CJ or LS major and junior standing. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter

semesters. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and

winter semesters. Prerequisite: CJ 201. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

 

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. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered fall

semester. Credits: 3

 

CJ 325 - Criminal Justice and Human Rights

A comparative study of criminal justice in relation to past, current, and

emerging human rights claims, violations, protections and enforcement

locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Part of the Human

Rights Issue. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite:

CJ 201. Credits: 3

 

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.

Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: CJ 201. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter

semesters. Prerequisite: CJ 201. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 3

 

CJ 360 - Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

An analysis of contemporary issues in criminal justice and corrections.

Class is held inside a prison and allows for interaction between GVSU

students and inmates in order for them to study and learn together. Special

focus is placed on topics relevant to offending and corrections. Offered

fall semester. Prerequisites: CJ major or minor, CJ 330, GPA of 2.8 or

above, instructor permission. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered on sufficient demand. Credits: 1 to 3

 

CJ 399 - Independent Readings in Criminal Justice

Independent supervised readings on selected topics not dealt with in-depth

in another course. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Junior or senior

status and permission of instructor. Graded credit/no credit. Credits: 1 to 3

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: CJ 300 and Junior

status. Credits: 3

 

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. Analyses of geographical regions, religion,

ideology, technology, counter measures, media, and mass destruction.

Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered fall and winter

semesters. Prerequisite: junior status. Credits: 3

 

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 corporations, corporate officials and employees.

Emphasis is placed on ethical and legal decision-making and regulatory

monitoring and control of white collar and corporate activity. Offered

winter semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: Junior status.

Credits: 3

 

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. Offered

fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Credits: 3

 

CJ 415 - Law Enforcement Physical Education, Defensive Tactics and

Firearms

A required course for Michigan Law Enforcement Certification. Ninety

hours to ensure that basic state requirements are met in physical

education, defensive tactics, and firearms. Offered summer semester.

Restricted enrollment. Credits: 3

 

CJ 416 - Special Operations and Training

The skills and knowledge essential for the law enforcement officers to

function effectively and professionally in the community. The course

includes a wide range of subjects including police communications,

domestic complaints, and human relations. Required for Law Enforcement

Certification. Offered summer semester. Restricted enrollment. Credits: 3

 

CJ 417 - Criminal Investigations II

An advanced class in techniques and theories of all aspects of the

discovery and preservation of evidence to ensure the legal admissibility

of such evidence under Michigan law. Required for Law Enforcement

Certification. Offered summer semester. Restricted enrollment. Credits: 3

 

CJ 418 - Patrol and Traffic Administration and Procedure

Designed to analyze the necessity for and the theory of regulatory laws

to protect life and property and to promote theories of safety. Required

for Law Enforcement Certification. Offered summer semester. Restricted

enrollment. Credits: 3

 

CJ 419 - Michigan Criminal Law

A study of the basic criminal statutes of Michigan. Promotes knowledge

of the regulations to control criminal behavior and deviance from the

norms of society. Required for Law Enforcement Certification. Offered

summer semester. Restricted enrollment. Credits: 3

 

CJ 420 - Juvenile Correctional Counseling

This class is designed to provide education and practice strategies for

establishing rapport, gathering information, conducting assessment,

modifying delinquent youths’ emotional state and maladaptive behaviors,

assessing suicide risk, and making referrals. Specific techniques in

addition to understanding specific counseling paradigms used with

resistant and delinquent youth will be explored. Offered winter semester.

Prerequisite: Junior status. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall

semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Credits: 3

 

CJ 444 - Forensic Behavior and Law

Forensic Behavior and Law examines the relationship among social/

behavioral science research, law, and the legal system. Lectures and

readings emphasis 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. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Junior or senior

standing. Credits: 3

 

CJ 465 - Criminal Justice Administration

An in-depth analysis of criminal justice organizations and their respective

administrative strategies. Special emphasis is placed on management,

operational, and legal issues involving employees, clients, and offenders.

Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall

and winter semesters. Prerequisites: CJ 201 and junior standing. Credits: 3

 

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. Offered fall semester.

Prerequisites: CJ 201 and Junior standing. Credits: 3

 

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. May be repeated for up to six credits. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and permission of Internship

Coordinator. Credits: 1 to 9

 

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. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites:

CJ 201 and senior status. Credits: 3

 

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 will be in the area of the

student’s interest. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Permission of the

instructor and senior standing. Graded credit/no credit. Credits: 1 to 3

 

 

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