Criminal Justice

CRJS 1301 (3-3-0) Crime in America

An introductory course that examines American crime problems in a historical perspective, social and policy factors, crime trends, and prevention and characteristics of crime.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring Online.

CRJS 1302 (3-3-0) Introduction to Criminal Justice (S-L)

An introduction to the nature and impact of crime, philosophy, and history of criminal justice, and an overview of the criminal justice system. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Spring, Fall, Summer (Online).

CRJS 2304 (3-3-0) Fundamentals of Criminal Law (POLS 2304)

A study of the legal system of the United States as it applies to criminal procedure and due process of law; emphasis on Supreme Court interpretations of constitutional rights and protection of an individual accused of a crime.

Requisites: CRJS 1301 or CRJS 1302 (S-L) or POLS 2301. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Sciences.

Offered: Fall (Online), Spring.

CRJS 2305 (3-3-0) The Courts and Criminal Procedure

A study of the court system, prosecution, procedures, rules of evidence, and sentencing.

Requisites: CRJS 1301 or 1302.

Offered: Fall (Online), Spring.

CRJS 3302 (3-3-0) Juvenile Delinquency

(PSYC 3302, SOCI 3302)

A study of deviant behavior by the legal minors in contemporary society, factors and conditions contributing to delinquency, control and treatment of offenders, and programs for prevention.

Requisites: CRJS 1301 or 1302, or PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.

CRJS 3305 (3-3-0) Constitutional Law

(POLS 3305)

A study of the United States Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court with special attention given to judicial review, theories of constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, and civil rights and liberties.

Requisites: 3 hours in criminal justice or political science.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.

CRJS 3315 (3-3-0) Forensic Psychology

(PSYC 3315, SOCI 3315)

In this course, students will learn the history of forensic psychology and how it differs from other forensic sciences. Students will cover a variety of topics including; careers in forensic psychology, profiling, interviewing and interrogation, eyewitness evidence, consulting and testifying, child custody evaluations, violence and intimidation, development of delinquent and criminal behaviors, personality profiles, forensic victimology, and victim services, sexual assault, family violence, and abuse, and correctional psychology. Students will also see how the field of forensic psychology informs the criminal justice system and the policies developed by that system.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

CRJS 4301 (3-3-0) Ethics in Law Enforcement

(CRJS 5320)

An in-depth study and philosophical analysis of ethical issues that confront criminal justice professionals whose practitioners are regularly confronted with ethically charged decisions.

Requisites: Junior standing.

Offered: Fall, Spring (Online).

CRJS 4303 (3-3-0) Organization and Administration

(CRJS 5321)

A study of the basic principles of organization, administration, and supervision, with specific reference to criminal justice personnel and organization.

Requisites: CRJS 1301 or 1302.

Offered: Spring, Online.

CRJS 4306 (3-3-0) Crime and Drug Control

(CRJS 5322)

History and casual factors of drug and vice-type crimes, with emphasis on current education prevention programs, the effects of drug usage, along with the varied methods being utilized by governmental officials to control gambling, prostitution, pornography, and other vice-type crimes. Explores the role of organized crimes in these types of offenses, along with the criminal laws necessary to effectively control the activities of organized crime groups.

Requisites: 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology or psychology.

Offered: Spring.

CRJS 4307 (3-3-0) Criminology

(SOCI 4307, CRJS 5323)

The course considers the idea of crime and community from social, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The social patterns, characteristics, and causes of crime will be examined along with theories of control and treatment.

Requisites: CRJS 1301 or 1302 or PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

Offered: Fall (Online), Spring.

CRJS 4308 (3-3-0) Corrections

(CRJS 5324)

A study of the history, philosophy, and theory of corrections; application of theory to practice with emphasis on research and analysis.

Requisites: 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology or political science.

Offered: Fall (Online).

CRJS 4310 (3-3-0) Human Trafficking

(SOCI 4310)

This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime, and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored.

Requisites: Junior standing.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

CRJS 4315 (3-3-0) Homeland and Organizational Security

(CRJS 5327)

This course will cover the creations and transformation of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security  Strategies and initiatives, and future issues related to Homeland Security. Students also will learn the structure and function of Private Security and how it closely works with law enforcement in order to ensure the security of our society and country.

Requisites: 6 hours in criminal justice, political science, or sociology

Offered: Spring, Online.

CRJS 4317 (3-3-0) Research Methods

(PSYC 4317, SOCI 4317, CRJS 5326)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific method of research. Topics covered include the philosophy/logic of research, hypothesis testing, the construction of concepts, sampling, data gathering, and data analysis. Completion of the course will make students better "consumers" of behavioral research data, as well as prepare them for more advanced classes in statistics and research. Examples in the class will be drawn from diverse disciplines including criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business, and health care.

Requisites: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and 2303, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.

CRJS 4320 (3-0-0) Internship in Criminal Justice I (S-L)

A supervised field placement with a government or law enforcement agency. This course provides the student with an opportunity of integrating theory and classroom learning with actual field experience. The placement may be in law enforcement, court, corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, or related settings. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: 18 hours of criminal justice course work, senior standing, agency approval, and consent of the Program Director.

Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

CRJS 4330 (3-3-0) Victim and Victimization

(SOCI 4330, CRJS 5330)

This course is designed to address the sources of violence and its influences on people and society. Students can see the causes of victimization from different perspectives. It examines the social environmental factors that cause victimization, relationship between victim and offender, how to avoid being victimized, and how legislation protects or compensates victims.

Requisites: 6 hours in CRJS/PSYC/SOCI

Offered: Fall.

CRJS 4332 (3-3-0) Crisis Intervention

(PSYC 4332, SOCI 4332, CRJS 5332)

This course examines the field of crisis intervention from a multi-disciplinary perspective including law enforcement, human services, psychology, and sociology. The evaluation and application of crisis intervention techniques, methods, and concepts will be examined related to community, workplace, therapy, and social/personal environments.

Requisites: 6 hours in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.

CRJS 4620 (6-0-0) Internship in Criminal Justice II (S-L)

A supervised field placement with government or law enforcement agency. This course provides the student with an opportunity of integrating theory and classroom learning with actual field experience. The placement may be in law enforcement, court, corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, or related settings. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: 30 hours of criminal justice course work with a total of 100 academic credit hours, senior standing, agency approval, and consent of the Program Director.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.