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Criminal Justice

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  • CJ 105
    Intro to Criminal Justice
    3 cr

    An overview of crime in the U.S. and the three major criminal justice agencies: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. CJ majors must pass with a grade of "C" or better.

  • CJ 210
    Policing and Society
    3 cr

    An overview of the police functions in U.S. society, including law enforcement, maintenance of order, and public service-and of police responsibilities, including organizational and managerial aspects of policing in our democracy,

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 215
    Correctional Policies and Proc
    3 cr

    An overview of the policies and procedures of U.S. correctional systems, and the methods of treatment of offenders.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 223
    Intro to Forensic Science
    3 cr

    Survey of scientific crime detection methods; crime scene search, identification and preservation of evidence; uses of the laboratory for criminal investigation.

  • CJ 310
    Research Methods-W
    3 cr

    This course examines research methodologies in the social sciences, covering the tools and techniques for designing and conducting research, including collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings. (Cross-listed as PSC 310).

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 321
    Public and Private Security
    3 cr

    An overview of security in modern society, including public and private security, covering the role and administration of security and security personnel.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 330
    Judicial Process
    3 cr

    The study of U.S. judicial process at both the federal and state court levels. (Cross-listed as PSC 330)

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 331
    Constitutional Law
    3 cr

    The study of the principles of constitutional powers and liberties examined through a analysis of decisions and opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Cross-listed as PSC 331)

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 332
    Criminal Law
    3 cr

    An overview of what constitutes crime and of the body of law governing the punishment of crime.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 336
    The Law and Legal Theory
    3 cr

    Explores issues and problems in the area of law, including the nature and rule of law , the aims and roles of legal systems. morality and law, obligations to obey to law and systematic injustices related to race, ethnicity, and gender. (Cross-listed as PHL 336)

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C).
  • 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)

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 360
    Theories of Offending
    3 cr

    A study of theories of criminal behavior and delinquent behavior.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 363
    Crime and Politics in Latin Am
    3 cr

    An examination of the violent crime epidemic affecting many parts of Latin America, with specific focus on the themes of democratic transition, political economy, and foreign relations with the United States. Same as PSC 363 and IS 363.

    Pre-requisite: (PSC 130 or CJ 105 or IS 100 ).
  • CJ 372
    Gender and Criminal Justice
    3 cr

    This course examines the experiences of women in the criminal justice system--as criminals, as crime victims, and as criminal justice professionals --together with social values and institutions that shape perceptions and outcomes.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or GS 101 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 374
    Race, Ethnicity, and Crim Just
    3 cr

    The study of the role and impact of race and ethnicity in the development and evolution of the criminal justice system. Topics include criminal victimization, the treatment of criminal offenders, and the impact of race and ethnicity on those in the criminal justice system.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or AFR 101 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 380
    Drugs and Crime
    3 cr

    An examination of different types of illegal and legal drugs, their effects on the human body including additions, and the relationship of drug abuse and crime.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 or CJ 205 .
  • CJ 390
    Special Topics -
    3 cr

    Study of a significant topic or problem in criminal justice. May be repeated up to two time when content varies.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 403
    Sexual Violence
    3 cr

    This course focuses on the perpetration and experience of sexual violence in the United States and incorporates perspectives from criminal justice, gender studies, sociology, and psychology.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or GS 101 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 411
    Criminal Justice Admin
    3 cr

    This course applies classical and modern management and organization theories to broad range of institutions, actors, and agencies, including police, courts and corrections, as well as drug traffickers, sexual offender treatment centers, and homeland security agencies.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 or CJ 205 or PSC 130 ).
  • CJ 422
    Criminal Investigations
    3 cr

    An overview of the processes used by criminal investigators and the roles of those involved in the judicial process, as well as the interaction that occurs between the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judiciary.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 430
    Criminal Procedure - W
    3 cr

    An overview of the processes used by criminal investigators and the roles of those involved in the judicial process, as well as the interaction that occurs between the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judiciary.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 440
    Community Based Corrections-W
    3 cr

    Examine alternatives to incarceration for offenders with emphasis on current research.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 205 Minimum Grade of C) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 455
    Juvenile Justice Admin Policy
    3 cr

    An examination of the policies, programs, and practices of crime involving youth and the administration of juvenile justice.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 469
    Criminal Justice Policies
    3 cr

    This course examines how public policy has shaped both the criminal justice system and its results, with particular emphasis on crime control.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 471
    Criminal Justice and Community
    3 cr

    A presentation of current research on a wide range of topics that impact on the relationship of police and the community.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 205 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 472
    Comparative CJ Systems
    3 cr

    An examination of differences and similarities in criminal justice systems globally, including criminal law, crime rates, crime control and law enforcement.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or IS 100 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 490
    Special Topics-
    3 TO 9 cr

    Study of a significant topic, problem, or issue in criminal justice. May be repeated up to two times when the content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the criminal justice major.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 .
  • CJ 491
    Seminar on Terrorism
    3 cr

    This course will examine the meaning, characteristics, typology, history, and causes of terrorism. The course will also summarize the biographies of prominent terrorists and conclude with a discussion of counter-terrorism strategies. Cross-listed with PSC 491 and IS 491.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C or PSC 130 Minimum Grade of C or IS 100 Minimum Grade of C.
  • CJ 492
    Capstone Seminar CJ-W
    3 cr

    The Capstone course brings together key components form across the criminal justice curriculum. As part of the course, students will write a research paper, present their research, and take a comprehensive exam. CJ majors must earn a grade of C or better for graduation.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C) and (PSC 130 Minimum Grade of D) and (CJ 220 Minimum Grade of D or CJ 320 Minimum Grade of D) and (CJ 240 Minimum Grade of D or CJ 340 Minimum Grade of D) and (CJ 310 Minimum Grade of D or PSC 310 Minimum Grade of D) and (CJ 330 Minimum Grade of D or PSC 330 Minimum Grade of D) and (CJ 360 Minimum Grade of D) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 494
    Directed Studies -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Students will pursue directed research or readings on an approved topic in criminal justice.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 496
    Internship
    3 cr

    An opportunity to gain experiential learning through a supervised internship offered by a variety of criminal related agencies.

    Pre-requisite: (CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C).
  • CJ 499
    Honors Thesis W
    3 TO 6 cr

    The research and writing of a major paper in the field of criminal justice. Registration is open to criminal justice majors in the Honors College or those pursuing Department Honors.

    Pre-requisite: CJ 105 Minimum Grade of C or CJ 205 Minimum Grade of C.