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Criminal Justice (CJ) Courses


CJ 101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F,S). Philosophy, history, objectives, and functions of the criminal justice system as a social institution. The relationship of this system to society; and a general overview of the administration of justice.

CJ 102 INTRODUCTION TO POLICE (3-0-3)(F,S). A study of police behavior in urban and rural areas with an emphasis on the police response to community change, attitudes, special interest groups, and minority relations.

CJ 103 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLS). Examines issues of social justice; e.g., poverty, racism, sexism, alienation, and use of law for social control.

CJ 104 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (3-0-3)(F,S). History, theory, practices, and research in adult, community, and institutional corrections.


CJ 300 CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F/S). Personal and professional ethics and ethical decision making among criminal justice organizational agents and administrators are explored. Overview of criminal justice and related professions in the public and private sectors, regarding specific criteria, such as employment outlooks, procedures of obtaining positions, work conditions and responsibilities.

CJ 302 ORGANIZED CRIME (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Explores the history of international organized crime as well as the scope and forms that organized criminal activity itself takes. The range of law enforcement and political responses to organized crime in addition to criminological and sociological explanations for the prevalence of organized crime are examined in depth.

CJ 303 DRUGS AND CRIME (3-0-3)(F/S). Comprehensive overview of the nature and types of drug use and their effects, theories of drug use, drug related problems and issues, criminal justice involvement with drug offenders and drug policy, and the impact of the U.S. policy of drug prohibition on the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 304 OVERVIEW OF VICTIMIZATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides an introduction to the concepts of victimology and the various forms of criminal victimization. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 311 MEDIA AND CRIME (3-0-3)(SU). Examines how crime and the criminal justice system are portrayed in popular media and how this portrayal comports with reality. Popular media will be used as the basis for discussion.

CJ 315 THEORIES OF CRIME (3-0-3)(F,S). Explores the biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and criminality. Explores the policy options for the criminal justice system and society. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 317 JUVENILE JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F,S). Study of the philosophy and function of the juvenile court, court procedures and law, theories of causation, and intervention strategies for juveniles. Includes an evaluation and analysis of law, institutions, policies, and practices of the court since inception. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 321 CRIMINAL LAW (3-0-3)(F,S). Elements and application of federal and state criminal statutes. The effect of differential enforcement on the tolerance limits of society. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 325 LEADERSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS(3-0-3)(F/S). Examines major challenges faced by leaders at various organizational levels in a variety of criminal justice organizations and identifies the core leadership competencies necessary for meeting these challenges. PREREQ: CJ 101 and upper-division standing.

CJ 331 CORRECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY (3-0-3)(F/S). Development, organization, operation, and results of post-conviction release programs. Traditional court – and institutional – supervised probation and parole, work release, halfway houses, diversion, furlough concept, and various community/social agency rehabilitative programs of both traditional and innovative nature. PREREQ: CJ 104 and upper-division standing.

CJ 340 INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F). Theory and skills involved in effective communication, interviewing, and counseling for criminal justice personnel. Basic communication skills and process of problem solving with criminal justice clients emphasized. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 350 METHODS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F). An introduction to methods of legal research with emphasis on the utilization of law library resources, private and government organizations as courses of legal information, and on the formulation of briefs, memoranda, and other documents appropriate to legal practice. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 362 (SOC 362) CORRECTIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-0-3)(F/S). The historical development, processes, and methods of operating the adult correctional system. Detailed study of the philosophy and development of treatment strategies in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. This course may be taken for CJ or SOC credit, but not both. PREREQ: CJ 104 and upper-division standing.

CJ 363 CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). An overview of organizational theory and administrative behavior in criminal justice agencies. Effects of leadership, technology, information systems, decision making, court cases, personnel policies, budgeting, and planning on the justice system are analyzed. PREREQ: CJ 101 and upper-division standing.

CJ 371 CORRECTIONS LAW (3-0-3)(S). Inmate rights, habeas corpus procedures, civil and criminal liability issues, and the history of corrections law. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 375 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3-0-3)(F/S). Presentation of the laws associated with arrest, search and seizure processes and rules of evidence. Presentation will include both law enforcement and court procedures. PREREQ: CJ 101, and upper-division standing, or criminal justice associate degree standing.

CJ 424 ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME (3-0-3)(F/S). History, theories, law and the nature of crime are key points of analysis. Reviews law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial practices involving environmental crime. Past, current and potential issues examined regarding environmental crime. PREREQ: CJ 101 and upper-division standing.

CJ 425 RESEARCH METHODS (3-0-3)(F,S)(CID). Exploration of the philosophy of science, research designs, and their implementation. Introduction to basic quantitative and qualitative research methods in criminal justice. Focus is placed upon refining students’ oral and written communication skills. PREREQ: ENGL 102, Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 426 STATISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to elementary analytic techniques including descriptive and inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on guiding students in selecting, computing, and interpreting criminal justice statistics. PREREQ: CJ 425 and upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 427 WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (3-0-3)(F/S). Nature and extent of upper-class criminality, including measures, reporting, and categories. Emphasis on organizational, occupational, and governmental crime. Functions of social control, punishment, and regulatory agencies examined. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 428 THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Historical, philosophical, and empirical examination of capital punishment with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, class, gender, and religion. Legal issues including jury-decision making, ineffective legal representation, cruel and unusual punishment, mental illness, wrongful conviction, costs, international law, and other policy issues examined. Living and working on death row, methods of execution, and philosophies of punishment explored. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

CJ 451 COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F). International analysis and comparison of criminal justice systems at all levels including, but not limited to, law enforcement, law, courts, and/or correctional administration. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 461 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN POLICING (3-0-3) (S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the modern police organization at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Covers enforcement concerns pertaining to drugs, street gangs, and increased use of firearms. PREREQ: CJ 102 and upper-division standing.

CJ 462 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN CRIMINAL COURTS (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the criminal court system at local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, problem-solving courts (drug court, mental health court, etc.), determinants of court processing decisions, and impact of legal decisions on courtroom behavior. Topics considered from historical, legal, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives. PREREQ: CJ 103 or CJ 375, and upper-division standing.

CJ 464 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OFFENDER REHABILITATION(3-0-3)(F). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the treatment of offenders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, treatment-centered programming and advances in rehabilitation of high-risk offenders. PREREQ: CJ 104 and upper-division standing.

CJ 471 CRIMINALISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S). Major concepts of forensic science and investigator role in crime scene evidence collections. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing or declared criminal justice minor.

CJ 491 FIELD WORK I (V-V-3)(F,S,SU). Placement in selected criminal justice agencies with assigned duties of regular personnel. Relevant research project required. Weekly seminar meeting to review research and agency progress. Must complete 150 contact hours in one semester. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 492 FIELD WORK II (V-V-3)(F,S,SU). Continuation of CJ 491. PRE/COREQ: CJ 491.

CJ 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Exploration of current and anticipated critical issues and problems in the criminal justice system. PREREQ: CJ 425, senior and upper-division criminal justice standing.

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