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NOTE: The following course, CJ 205, Introduction to Criminal Justice, is prerequisite to all subsequent courses in Criminal Justice and must be passed with a "C" or better.
CJ 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr
A review of the system for the delivery of Criminal Justice services in the U.S. and an analysis of operational practices at the major criminal justice decision stages.
CJ 310 Research Methods 3 cr
Examines the concepts and techniques of systematic political analyses and research methodology. (Identical to PSC 310). CJ & PSC majors must pass with a "C" or better.
CJ 320 Modern Police Functions 3 cr
An advanced survey of law enforcement, concentrating on the police with emphasis on functions (law enforcement, order maintenance, and public service) and responsibilities, including organizational and managerial aspects of policing in American society. CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.
CJ 321 Introduction to Security 3 cr
The historical, philosophical, and legal basis of security. The role of security in modern society. A survey of the administrative, personnel, and physical aspects of the security field.
CJ 330 Judicial Process 3 cr
The study of American judicial process at the federal and state court levels. (Identical to PSC 330). CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.
CJ 331 Constitutional Law (W) 3 cr
Principles of constitutional powers and liberties will be examined through an analysis of decisions and opinions by the US Supreme Court. (Identical to PSC 331).
CJ 332 Criminal Law 3 cr
A study of the origins and nature of the acts that constitute crimes with a detailed examination of the elements of certain criminal offense.
CJ 336 Legal Theory 3 cr
Explores theoretical issues and problems in the area of law, including theories about the nature of law, legal validity, the relations between morality and law, and our obligation to obey the law. Specific problems, such as legal moralism, are also examined. Cross-listed as PHL 336. Credit cannot be received for both CJ 336 and PHL 336.
CJ 337

Liability and Punishment

3 cr
Explores theoretical issues and problems in the areas of law (especially criminal law) concerning liability and punishment. Topics to be examined include diminished capacity, theories of punishment, and capital punishment. Cross-listed as PHL 337. Credit cannot be received for both CJ 337 and PHL 337.
CJ 340 Policies and Procedures of Corrections 3 cr
An overview of the policies and procedures of major correctional systems and methods of treatment of offenders. CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.
CJ 360 Introduction to the Offender 3 cr
Study of traditional and modern explanations of crime and criminality. CJ majors must pass with a "C" or better.
CJ 370 Criminal Justice Policies 3 cr
An examination of theoretical explanations of criminal phenomena and an analysis of the impact of such theories on public policy decisions.
CJ 390 Special Topics 3 cr
Study of a significant topic or problem in criminal justice. May be repeated once when content varies.
CJ 422 Criminal Investigations 3 cr
Explores criminal investigation procedures including theory of investigation, case presentation, interrogation, and special problems in criminal investigation.
CJ 423 Criminalistics 3 cr
Survey of scientific crime detection methods; crime scene search, identification, and preservation of evidence; uses of the laboratory for criminal investigation.
CJ 430 Criminal Procedure (W) 3 cr
An examination of constitutional criminal procedure concerning the laws of arrest, search, and seizure and their implications in the admissibility of evidence during the subsequent trial of the defendant.
CJ 440 Community- Based Corrections (W) 3 cr
Examines alternatives to incarceration for offenders with emphasis on current research.
CJ 450 Juvenile Justice Administration and Policies 3 cr
A study of statutory law and criminal justice system practices and programs as they relate to the administration of juvenile justice.
CJ 471 Criminal Justice and the Community 3 cr
A presentation of current research on a wide range of topics that impact on the relationship of police and the community.
CJ 472 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr
A review of cultural influences on penal codes, crime rates, crime control methods, and organizational structures of the delivery of criminal justice services in selected countries.
CJ 473 International Law 3 cr
The course covers major issues, cases and topics in public and private international law. Topics covered include individuals and corporations, diplomatic relations, extraterritorial jurisdiction, human rights, economic relations, treaty system, environmental law, arbitration and adjudication, and the use of force (Identical to PSC 473 and IS 473).
CJ 484 Political Corruption 3 cr
Study of the causes and consequences of political corruption from a comparative and national perspective. Special attention is given to corruption in the area of criminal justice. Identical to PSC 484. Credit cannot be received for both CJ 484 and PSC 484.
CJ 492 Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice (W) 3 cr
Required course for all criminal justice majors and serves as the comprehensive experience in criminal justice. The course will be taught at the senior level and will focus on criminal justice issues at the national and international levels. In addition to the course requirements, including a major research paper, students must take the ETS field test in criminal justice and receive a satisfactory score. Criminal Justice majors must pass with a "C" or better. Prerequisite: Senior Criminal Justice Major. Taught in the fall semester.
CJ 494 Directed Studies 1-6 cr
Directed study and research. May be repeated once when content varies. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
CJ 496 Professional Studies: Internship 3-12 cr
Relates the participant's classroom studies with occupational and professional experiences in an approved criminal justice agency. Written reports required. Course may be repeated for a maximum of twelve hours credit. Only 3 hours apply to the criminal justice curriculum. S/U grading only. Open only to CJ majors and minors and with permission of department chair.
CJ 497 Practicum in Polling 3 cr
Supervised experience in all aspects of the survey research process, including but not limited to literature review, research design, questionnaire development, sampling techniques, interviewing, data analysis and interpretation and presentation of findings. Prerequisite: Permission of the professor, PSC 130 and CJ 310, and S/U grading only.
CJ 498

Practicum in Policy Studies

3 cr
Students will be exposed to a variety of experiences associated with the operations of a fully operational research center, including in service and management training, consulting, sponsored research organizational assessments, strategic and program planning, operations, program evaluation, intergovernmental fiscal processes including the search for funding, and grant writing. Research assignments will include basic research design, survey and focus group instrument development, administration of surveys, handling focus groups, curriculum preparation and administration, data manipulation and analysis, and report writing. Prerequisites: Permission of the professor, PSC 130, CJ 310, and S/U grading only.
CJ 499 Honors Thesis (W) 3 cr
The research and writing of a major paper in the field or Criminal Justice. Prerequisite: USA Honors Program

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