Criminology and Criminal Justice Course Listing and Descriptions

101. Survey of Criminal Justice (3 cr)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime, deviance and justice will be discussed and general theories of crime causality will be examined. Individual rights in a democratic society will be explored, as will the legal definitions of various crimes. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice and corrections subsystems will also be explored, and a number of reform proposals presented.

203. Police and Society (3 cr)
Prerequisite: CRIM101
This course presents an overview of the role of the police in American society. Attention is on the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public.

211. The Criminal Court System (3 cr)
Prerequisite: CRIM101
This course provides an analysis of the structure and function of the criminal court system in the United States, including the roles of prosecutor, defender, judge, jury and court administrator. The issues confronting the system will be considered from historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives. The course compares the ideals of the system with actual functioning, and explores court reform proposals.

221. Survey of Corrections (3 cr)
Prerequisite: CRIM101
This is a general course describing the history and evolution of the correction process. The course covers all aspects of institutional and community-based corrections.

251. Research Methods (3 cr)
Prerequisite: CRIM101 or permission. CRIM251 and SOCI205 cannot both apply toward the degree.
This course provides a basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research.

300. Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector (3 cr)
Prerequisite: MATH101 or 1320 or permission.
This course provides the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing and techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics.

301. Philosophy of Criminal Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course provides a philosophical examination of justice and its administration and provides the student with a richer understanding of the conceptual foundations of justice.

331. Criminal Law (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course examines the means by which society attempts to use criminal law to prevent harm to society. It examines the acts which are declared criminal and the punishment prescribed for committing those acts. The course also examines the philosophies and rationales that have shaped current day substantive criminal law. It looks at the English Common Law and traces the historic evolution of substantive criminal law from its early origins.

335. Criminology (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course provides a general survey of the nature and causes of crime and efforts of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify and correct this behavior.

337. Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing. CRIM337 and SOCI311 cannot both apply toward the degree.
This course focuses on how delinquents and juveniles in need of supervision are handled within the juvenile justice system. The nature and extent of delinquent behavior, status offenses, child abuse and neglect; theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention; cultural and social factors related to delinquency; as well as the philosophy and functioning of the juvenile justice system are covered.

338. Minorities and Criminal Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course provides a survey of minority groups and criminal justice in the United States. This course will focus on racial minorities as victims of crime, as offenders, as defendants and as criminal justice professionals.

339. Women, Crime and Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course focuses on women's experiences as victims of crime, as offenders, as defendants, and as criminal justice professionals.

351. Criminal Procedure (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course deals with the legal aspects of the investigation and arrest processes as well as the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court.

397. Internship in Criminal Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Upper Division Criminology and Criminal Justice Program, 75 hours completed, GPA of 2.5 and permission of instructor.
This is a career-related experience in a criminal justice agency. Permission to enroll must be preceded by an application for each internship. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

403. Criminal Justice Organization and Administration (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course covers contemporary concepts, principles and theories of organization and administration as they relate to criminal justice agencies. The historical development and modern practices of policy administration are also considered.

406. Criminal Justice Ethics (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course presents ethical issues that arise in the three major areas of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections. General philosophical theories of ethics as well as Codes of Ethics that operate to control the institutional and personal behavior of police, courts and correctional systems.

413. Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing. CRIM413 and SOCI474 cannot both apply toward the degree.
This course investigates the causes or origins of many forms of norm-violating conduct. Emphasis will be placed on rule breaking behavior as defined by the criminal statutes.

421. Institutional Corrections (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course presents an in-depth analysis of the history and operation of prisons and jails in the United States and other countries. The course covers the management and operation of prisons and jails from the perspective of both employees and incarcerated persons.

435. Community-Based Corrections (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This is a course for advanced students with special interest in the correctional process as applied in a community setting. The course focuses on innovative community-based strategies for dealing with the offender as well as on the processes of probation and parole.

450. Drugs and Crime (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course looks at the socially constructed nature of drugs and drug policy, focusing on the variety of ways drugs and crime are connected and the socio-historical context of contemporary U.S. drug policy.

451. Violence (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course is a survey of the nature and extent of violence. The focus is on patterns of violence across social groups, the causes and correlates of violence and violent behavior, and programs/policies geared toward violence prevention and reduction.

455. Gangs and Gang Control (3)
Prereq: CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CJUS 1010 and junior/senior standing; or instructor permission.
This course focuses on American youth street gangs. Topics include the history of gangs, gang and gang member characteristics, gang life, and strategies of gang control. The link between youth street gangs, prison gangs, and other deviant collectivities will be explored.

471. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: England (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Student must be admitted into the upper division CRCJ program or have a CRCJ minor declared and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
This is a specialized course which provides a comparison of the cirminal justice systems of the United States and the United Kingdom. The design of the course allows for an exploration of how the American system developed from the British system and why social and cultural factors influenced the differences/similarities in their development.

475. International Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. The course emphasizes differences in crime and justice between development and developing countries and between socialists and capitalists nations.

476. Terrorism (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course helps the student in understanding terrorism as a political crime. The focus includes an examination of the social, political, and psychological aspects of terrorist behavior.

477. Organized Crime (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course traces the origins and historical development of the activities known as "organized crime." These crimes are some of the most dangerous to American society and range from the commonly known offenses of gambling, shylocking and narcotics to the more subtle and sophisticated, less understood but equally serious, crimes of extortion, commercial bribery and political corruption.

478. White Collar Crime (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course examines illegal acts committed by nonphysical means and by concealment or guile, to obtain money or property or, to obtain business or personal advantage.

480. Special Problems in Criminal Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper Division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRIM101 and junior/senior standing.
This course explores and analyzes contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of criminal justice.

495. Independent Studies (6 hr max)
Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the Upper Division Crimiology and Criminal Justice Program, 24 hours of CRIM credit, and permission of an instructor.
This course consists of faculty-guided research in an area of mutual interest to the student and instructor. Students are responsible for selecting the area of inquiry prior to contacting the instructor.

496. Issues in Crime and Justice (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Upper-division CRCJ major or minor, or instructor permission.
Capstone course will focus on contemporary issues of crime and justice. Justice process and the general operations of the criminal justice system. Concepts of crime and deviance, individual rights, and discrimination in a democratic society will be reviewed and critiqued against the backdrop of contemporary issues. Law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections subsystems. Number of reform proposals presented and considered.

497H. Senior Honors Project/Thesis (3-6 cr)
An independent research project supervised by department/ school faculty.

499. Senior Assessment (0 cr)
Prerequisite: Students must register for this course in the semester which they plan to graduate.
This course is part of the department's Student Outcomes Assessment effort, and is designed to monitor the department's performance and to identify changes needed. Graduating seniors must take a comprehensive exam and participate in an exit interview.