Criminal Justice


CRJ 1000. Introduction To Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.

This course provides an overview and integration of major concepts, assumptions, developments, and approaches of the criminal justice system, including police, courts, corrections and legislative control. Current events and developments in the criminal justice system will be emphasized. IAI: CRJ 901.

CRJ 1030. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 hrs.

This course deals with juvenile offender theory and the etiology of deviant behavior. Juvenile procedures and alternative dispositions are examined. IAI: CRJ 914.

CRJ 1070. Corrections in America. 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to examine the philosophical and theoretical study of the American correctional process: including a critique of assumptions, policies, and practices of present correctional institutions and consideration of strategies for implementation of change. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000. IAI: CRJ 911.

CRJ 1210. Policing in America. 3 hrs.

The course will explore various issues involved in the policing mission through an interdisciplinary perspective, i.e., history, economics, sociology, psychology, etc. The student will become aquainted with the basic elements of policing in America. The concept of a professional police system will be investigated and the relationship of this approach to policing in a free society will be evaluated. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 or concurrent enrollment.

CRJ 1260. Administration of Justice. 3 hrs.

This course analyzes what constitutes law and what constitutes crime. The nature of criminal responsibility and the criminal justice mechanism at work are examined. Critical issues of law enforcement will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000.

CRJ 2010. Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs.

This course will examine the fundamentals of investigation; crime scene applications; the recording, collection and presentation of evidence, investigative techniques and procedures; and follow-up case studies. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000.

CRJ 2020. Criminal Law. 3 hrs.

This course examines the components, the purposes, and the functions of criminal law. The Illinois Criminal Code is studied with emphasis placed upon identifying the elements of various crimes against person and property.

CRJ 2030. Evidence and Criminal Procedures. 3 hrs.

This course will acquaint the student with the concept of due process within the criminal justice system. The development and the application of due process are explored. Evolutionary changes in the criminal law that affect the criminal process will also be considered.

CRJ 2040. Criminology. 3 hrs.

The focus of the course is on the acquisition of knowledge in the area of the conceptual and theoretical aspects of criminal behavior. The emphasis of the course will be on an examination and study of the psychological and sociological behavioral factors related to offender interaction in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000. IAI: CRJ 912.

CRJ 2050. Issues in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.

In this survey course, students will study a fundamental aspect of the criminal justice field. The course content will be dependent upon the topic chosen. The course may be repeated three times for credit, if the topic(s) of the course is/are different. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 or concurrent enrollment in CRJ 1000.

CRJ 2260. Police Community Relations. 3 hrs.

This course takes a human relations approach to exploring the complex factors involved in police-community relations. Good relationships between police practitioners and citizens is viewed as the key to positive police-community relations. The case approach to gaining insights and understandings into the police role, police professionalism, use of discretion, and individual rights is utilized in this course. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000.

CRJ 2280. Criminal Justice Internship. 4 hrs.

This is a practicum arrangement whereby each student receives credit for work experience in a job which is related to course work in the criminal justice area. In addition to learning applications of course material, students will be trained in responsibilities and attitudes. Through planned interrelation of learning experiences in the classroom and on the job, this training strives to make the student initially able to enter the job market. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.

CRJ 2290. Criminal Justice Seminar. 1 hr.

This course is a seminar course in which criminal justice interns will meet with the internship coordinator to discuss their experiences. The seminar will also provide a forum by which the student interns can be assisted with problems and/or areas of concern related to their internship experiences. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CRJ 2280.