Criminal Justice Course Listings

CJ111 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
Students are introduced to the structure, function and processes of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections as well as related elements. Strengths and weaknesses of the current system, proposals for change and ethical issues are broached. Throughout the course attention is given to requirements for and opportunities for employment and advanced education in various criminal justice-related professions. On-site visits and guest speakers are used. No prerequisite. Fall/Spring.

CJ112 - Criminology
The study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws, and society’s reaction to law breaking; theoretical explanations for criminal behavior and the policy implications of those theories to the criminal justice field.Prerequisites: None. CJ111 could be taken concurrently with this course.Fall/Spring.

CJ113 -Courts and Criminal Justice
An overview of the courts system in the U.S. along with a basic introduction to the American legal system.Prerequisites: None. CJ111 could be taken concurrently with this course.Annually.

CJ210 - Policing in America
An introductory to policing in American society that explores the many functions of policing, how models of policing have evolved over time, the legal and ethical aspects of policing, the role of technology in modern-day policing, and the critical issues associated with policing a diverse society. Prerequisites: None. CJ111 could be taken concurrently with this course. Annually.

CJ/SOC/PS219 – Social Research Methods
The methods and techniques used in social research: research design, data collection methods, basic analytic techniques and the theoretical orientations underlying them. Prerequisites: CJ111 or SOC111 or PS111 and MTH107 or equivalent. Fall and Spring.

CJ/BSS/PSY/SOC220 – Behavioral Science Statistics
An introduction to statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling theory, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisite: a Social/Behavioral Science connector course plus MTH107 or MTH115.

CJ230 - Introduction to Corrections
An overview of the history of corrections in the United States with an emphasis on the underlying philosophy of punishment, the evolution of corrections through various punishment perspectives, issues related to living and working in prisons, and the movement toward community corrections. Prerequisites: CJ111or permission of program. Annually.

CJ300 – Ethics in Criminal Justice
In-depth study of the American Criminal Justice System including current theory, research and practice. Special attention may be given to specific components of the system based on the needs of upper-level students preparing for field placements and current controversies in the field. Ethical and legal issues are highlighted. Prerequisite: CJ111 or permission of program. Spring.

CJ312 - Victimology
An examination of issues associated with crime victimization and how it is addressed within the U.S. criminal justice system, including the victims’ rights movement, the social and psychological impact of crime victimization, the role of victims in the prosecution and conviction of offenders, and victim restitution. Prerequisites: CJ111 or permission of program. Annually.

CJ 320. Comparative Criminal Justice
A comparison of the U.S. system of justice with those from other countries around the world to illustrate varying approaches to the prosecution and punishment of criminal offenders.

CJ412 – Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
Examines the history of delinquency, investigational techniques, and the major theories of delinquency, including strain theory, social learning theory, control theory, and subcultural deviance theory. Also studied are the risk factors for delinquency and efforts to control it, with attention to police, juvenile court, and correctional facilities efforts. Prerequisite: CJ111 or permission of program. Annually.

CJ457,458 – Directed Readings
Supervised readings in criminal justice. Credit awarded upon satisfactory completion of examination at the end of the semester. Student should make arrangements with the supervising faculty early in the semester before the course is to begin. No more than three credits of directed reading work can be used to substitute for an upper-level criminal justice elective. Prerequisite: Three courses in Criminal Justice, one of which is at the 300/400 level.

CJ460 – Independent Study
Advanced study in an area of criminal justice selected by the student with general direction from faculty advisor. Credit is granted upon completion of original paper. Student should make arrangements with the supervising faculty early in the semester before the course is to begin. No more than three credits of independent study work can be used to substitute for an upper-level criminal justice elective. Prerequisite: Three courses in Criminal Justice, one of which is at the 300/400 level.

CJ461 – Internship
Advanced, off-campus supervised internship in an agency or community setting during which the student applies knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. The internship is linked to a seminar that provides the opportunity to reflect upon the field experience and evaluate student performance. A maximum of six credits will be given for the internship experience unless otherwise approved by the Criminal Justice Coordinator. Prerequisites: 90 credits of coursework completed toward the major and the completion of CJ111, 112, 113, 210, 230 SOC/CJ219, and BSS/CJ220, at least three credits of upper level criminal justice electives, and 46 credits completed for general education requirements.

CJ470 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice: The Role of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Socio-economic Status in the American Criminal Justice System
The capstone course for criminal justice that examines the role of race/ethnicity, gender, and social inequality in crime production and the social control of offenders.Prerequisites: All criminal justice core courses and at least 90 credits of coursework or by permission of the program.Fall/Spring.