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; law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and legislative control. Current events and developments in the criminal justice system will be emphasized. IAI: CRJ 901.

CRJ 1001. Introduction To Forensic Science. 3 hrs.

This course examines the field of forensic science. The categories of criminalistics, criminology, psychiatry, dentistry, handwriting, finger print comparison, toxicology, serology, and other specialities wil be used in this course. Prerequisite - CRJ 1000.

CRJ 1030. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 hrs.

This course deals with juvenile offender theory and the etiology of deviant behavior. The juvenile justice system, sentencing practices, 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. 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 1250. Seminar: Drugs Across America. 3 hrs.

In this seminar course, students will study the impact of drug use and abuse across the United States. The course content will be dependent upon current topics chosen by the instructor and student feedback. Lecture: 3 hours.

CRJ 2010. Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs.

This course will examine the fundamentals of investigation; crime scene applications, collection of evidence, 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 course applies general criminal law concepts and is examined with emphasis placed upon identifying the elements of various crimes against property and persons as well as applicable constitutional amendments. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000.

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. Prerequisite - CRJ 1000, CRJ 2020.

CRJ 2040. Criminology. 3 hrs.

The focus of the course is on the acquisition of knowledge in the area of conceptual and theoretical aspects of criminal behavior. The emphasis of the course will be on an examination and study of the psychological, biological, 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 current topics chosen by the instructor and student feedback. The course may be repeated two times for credit, if the topic areas of the course are different. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000 and CRJ 2020.

CRJ 2250. Ethics in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.

This course shall examine ethical theory as it applies to discretion and our due process model within criminal justice practice. The course shall provide an in-depth understanding of ethical philosophies in parallel to the application of ethical decision-making through discussion, analysis, and examination of past and current events that have impacted the police, courts, corrections, and the communities served. Prerequisites: CRJ 1000, CRJ 2020. Lecture: 3 hours.

CRJ 2260. Police Community Relations. 3 hrs.

This course takes a human relations approach to exploring the complex factors involved in police-community relations. The case approach to gaining insights and understandings into the law enforcement role, professionalism, and use of discretion is utilized in this course. Prerequisite: CRJ 1000.

CRJ 2280. Criminal Justice Internship. 3 hrs.

This is an internship arrangement whereby each student receives credit for work experience within a chosen career path related to course work in the criminal justice system. Students will be offered the opportunity to partake and or observe in practical application the theoretical topics and methodologies learned within the classroom environment. The criminal justice internship may be repeated once for credit, thus providing the student with the possibility of expanded experience within the field. If the internship is repeated, the student must seek placement at an agency other than the initial internship agency. Students must complete 225 hours of on-the-job work experience (15 hours x 15 weeks). Prerequisite - CRJ 1000, consent of instructor, and sophomore standing.