CRIMINAL JUSTICE Courses

CRJS 215S. Introduction to Criminology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to criminology as a science, including the study of crime, criminals, and society's response to them.

CRJS 222. The Criminal Justice System. 3 Credits.

A study of social response to criminal behavior as cases move through the machinery of justice. Describes the interdependence of crime statistics, law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional procedures for purposes of analyzing the entire system.

CRJS 226S. Honors: Introduction to Criminology. 3 Credits.

Open only to students in the Honors College. Special honors section of CRJS 215S.

CRJS 262. Law and the Criminal Justice System. 3 Credits.

The course covers both substantive and procedural law related to the definitions, investigations, processing and punishment of crimes. It is meant to provide the students with an overall understanding of the articulation between law and the criminal justice system.

CRJS 316. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 Credits.

A study of juvenile misbehavior in the contemporary community, its nature, extent, treatment, and control, including juvenile court procedure and philosophy. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or SOC 201S or permission of instructor.

CRJS 317. Correctional Institutions. 3 Credits.

Examines the history of prisons and jails, their formal and informal organization, their effects on individuals, and issues and philosophies of penal reform. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 318. Probation, Parole and Community-Based Corrections. 3 Credits.

Examines the history, law, administration and social setting of probation, parole and other noninstitutional sentencing alternatives. Also explores nontraditional alternatives to criminal adjudication such as arbitration and diversion programs. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 319. Public and Private Security. 3 Credits.

The organization of security systems in public and private agencies and institutions. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 320. Law and Social Control. 3 Credits.

Examines the creation, use and effectiveness of formal and informal mechanisms of social control for both criminal and noncriminal deviant behavior. Cross-cultural comparisons are given special emphasis. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 323. Police in American Society. 3 Credits.

Examines the role of police in a free society. Police functions, subculture, community relations and decision making receive special attention. Problems such as police corruption, violence and the methods by which society attempts to control police behavior are also discussed. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 325. Women and Crime. 3 Credits.

Examines the role of women as offenders, victims and employees of the criminal justice system. Theories of female criminality and the treatment of female offenders are explored. Attention is given to the victimization of women, specifically wife abuse and rape, problems of minority women, and the impact of current legislation. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 340. White-Collar Crime. 3 Credits.

This course will describe and explain corporate, state-corporate, government (state) crime and crimes of globalization from sociological and criminological perspectives. Although the course will deal with the general topic of white collar crime, the specific focus will be on organizational offenders such as business corporations, government, state agencies and international finance organizations. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S.

CRJS 344. Social Science and Crime Mapping. 3 Credits.

A critical exploration of applying geographic information system (GIS) to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize social science and crime data that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. Students will learn to 1) frame a research question or hypothesis from a location-based perspective; 2) collect, create and examine geographically referenced demographic, social, and criminological data; 3) learn to use GIS mapping software to visualize, manage and analyze this data in order to investigate the relationship between geographic, demographic, social and criminological variables; and 4) arrive upon decisions and conclusions and communicate these via the creation of publishable maps. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 345. Organized Crime: A Survey of Domestic and World-Wide Organized Crime Activities. 3 Credits.

A broad survey of the history and consequences of organized crime in the United States and the world. Special focus will be directed at the economic, social and developmental effects of organized criminal activities. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S, CRJS 222, or CRJS 262.

CRJS 350. Victimology. 3 Credits.

Examination of the multifaceted problem of criminal victimization. Focuses on defining victimization, the incidents of victimization, social characteristics of victims, treatment of victims in the criminal justice system, and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of victimization. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or six hours of social science perspective or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 355. Crime and the Community. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the effect of crime on communities and the ways in which communities affect crime. The class considers both ethnographic community studies as well as larger-scale demographic analysis. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or SOC 201S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 367. Cooperative Education. 1-3 Credits.

Student participation for credit based on the academic relevance of the work experience, criteria, and evaluative procedures as formally determined by the department and Career Development Services prior to the semester in which the work experience is to take place. Available for pass/fail grading only. (Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: Approval of the department and Career Development Services in accordance with the policy for granting credit for Cooperative Education programs.

CRJS 368. Internship. 1-6 Credits.

This course allows students to volunteer to work in an agency related to their major. Students must volunteer for 50 hours per course credit. (Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: Approval by the department internship director.

CRJS 369. Practicum. 3-6 Credits.

Field experience in a criminal justice area.(Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: Permission of the department chair.

CRJS 370. State Crime. 3 Credits.

This course explores state crime from a sociological and criminological perspective. It examines historical and current cases of governmental crime at home and abroad. It also explores the intertwinement of states with other states, corporations, and, when applicable, international financial institutions as well as their roles in facilitating or constraining acts of state crime. Finally, the class discusses the problems of control, domestically and internationally. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 395. Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 396. Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 401/501. Understanding Violence. 3 Credits.

Examines a variety of forms of violence from suicide, child abuse, rape and family violence, terrorism, torture, death squads and the death penalty and hate violence. Explores the circumstances, rationalizations, patterns, explanations and effects on survivors. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or SOC 201S or permission of instructor.

CRJS 403. Violence in the World of Children. 3 Credits.

This child-centered course examines the interaction of adults in violent conflict with the world of children, children's experience of violence and its meaning in the lives of children. Topics include: valuing children, violence toward children in culture, families, and schools; child physical and sexual abuse and neglect; gangs, violent communities and children and war. The effects of childhood experiences of violence, children's coping with violence, and alternatives to violence are also developed. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or six hours in human behavior or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 405. Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. 3 Credits.

This course will provide students with an overview of computer-related crimes and how law enforcement officials investigate them. The course begins by describing the environment that has been created through information and communication technologies, and how this new environment facilitates different types of behavior. The course then moves into defining and describing the different types of computer-related crimes, the techniques used by officials, and the legal issues inherent in combating cybercrime. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S.

CRJS 406. Cyber Law. 3 Credits.

This course tackles two major cyber law subjects. The first part of the course examines various U.S. laws and legal considerations that impact the digital and cyberspace worlds from traditional civil, and to a lesser extent, traditional criminal perspectives. The second part will familiarize cyber operations professionals about the extent of and limitations on their authorities to ensure operations in cyberspace are in compliance with U.S. law, regulations, directives and policies. The course will also introduce students to miscellaneous cybersecurity topics such as the Federal Acquisition Requirements. Prerequisite: CRJS 262 or junior standing.

CRJS 408. Children's Rights and the Law. 3 Credits.

A study of the law concerning children from a children’s rights perspective. The rights of children in the US will be compared to other nations with special emphasis being placed on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Prerequisites: SOC 201S OR CRJS 215S or related social science Way of Knowing or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 410/510. Correctional Treatment. 3 Credits.

Methods and programs which attempt to correct the behaviors of juvenile delinquents and adult criminal offenders are explored. Treatment strategies employed in both community and institutional settings are examined. Techniques of classification and the role of the correctional worker are also discussed. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 415. Courtroom As a Social System. 3 Credits.

An overview of the role of all of the actors in the American courtroom, the interaction of these actors and the effect of social forces on their behavior. Includes prosecutor, plaintiff and defense lawyers, judges, juries, eye witnesses, expert witnesses, and court staff. Prerequisites: CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 416. The American Jury. 3 Credits.

A review of the literature, law and practical materials that cover the American jury system from the creation of the master list through the verdict. Includes history, social context and jury selection. Prerequisites: CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 418. Crime, Society, and the Media. 3 Credits.

A critical exploration of media portrayals of crime and criminal justice. News and entertainment genres are examined. Connections between the mass media and crime, culture, politics, society, and individual behavior receive special attention. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 421/521. Deviant Behavior. 3 Credits.

A study of various definitions and forms of deviant behavior, theoretical explanations of causes of deviant behavior, and the impact of deviant behavior on society and the individual. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 423. Public Policy in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

A study of the nature, development, and utilization of public policy within agencies of the criminal justice system. Topics include policy formulation, constraints on policy makers, influence of constituencies, and the role of research information. Case studies of issues such as crime control, prison overcrowding, police use of deadly force, the death penalty and parole guidelines will be undertaken. Prerequisite: CRJS 215S.

CRJS 426W/526. Criminological Theory. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of the major theoretical issues in criminology. Deals extensively with issues of crime causation. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: Senior standing, CRJS 215S, and grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 427/527. Violence Against Women. 3 Credits.

A critical analysis of violence against women as an institution of social control. Examines violence in the context of social and political inequality and feminist critique. Issues explored include pornography, prostitution, sexual harassment, incest, battering and rape. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or other human behavior course or permission of instructor.

CRJS 430. Homicide. 3 Credits.

This course explores the topic of homicide in the U.S. It includes a discussion of the types of homicide, historical patterns and trends, and characteristics of offenders and victims. A variety of theoretical frameworks are utilized to examine homicide at micro and macro levels. In-depth examination of specific types of homicide is included. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or another human behavior course.

CRJS 436. Capstone Research Project. 3 Credits.

Students work in groups to plan, design, and carry out a research project. Final papers which report the results for the study are presented in a formal research seminar. The projects reflect knowledge gained from undergraduate work and training received in STAT 130M and SOC 337. Prerequisites: Senior standing, STAT 130M and SOC 337.

CRJS 441/541. Drugs and Society. 3 Credits.

The study of sociological and social-psychological explanations of drug-using behaviors and of legal and medical control of drugs. Topics include changes in the legal status of drugs, cross-cultural and historical variations in the control of drugs, and social epidemiology of drug use in contemporary society. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S.

CRJS 444. Community Justice. 3 Credits.

This is a service learning course designed to study how the emerging field of community justice, a neighborhood-based strategy, can reduce crime and improve public safety by investing in social, human and cultural capital. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S.

CRJS 448/548. Women, Sex Discrimination and the Law. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to legal issues which specifically affect women and examines historical attitudes that have been used to justify differential treatment of women. It explores various legal approaches used to achieve equal protection under the law and examines a variety of specific topics such as: the equal protection analysis; Title VII and Title IX and their relationship to sex discrimination; affirmative action; and reproductive freedom. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 450/550. Blacks, Crime and Justice. 3 Credits.

Examines historical and contemporary theories and research on African-Americans, criminal behavior and the administration of justice. Selected topics will include African-American perspectives, the death penalty, victimization, police brutality, and justice systems in Africa and the Caribbean. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S and CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 452. Diversity in Criminal Justice Organizations. 3 Credits.

This course examines the impact of diversity, culture, and ethnic origin in criminal justice organizations. The course is designed to better prepare students to meet the challenge of diversity in criminal justice organizations. Prerequisites: SOC 201S or CRJS 215S or permission of instructor.

CRJS 462/562. Substantive Criminal Law. 3 Credits.

This course deals with the major substantive concepts involved in American criminal law, including development of criminal law, elements of criminal liability, defenses against criminal responsibility, and descriptions and definitions of specific offenses. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 475/575. Criminal Justice Systems Around the World. 3 Credits.

The study of criminal justice systems around the world in order to understand how criminal behavior is defined and responded to in various cultures. Cultural differences will be highlighted in order to recognize that definitions of and responses to crimes closely reflect the cultures in which they exist. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or CRJS 222 or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 495/595. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 496/596. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S or permission of the instructor.

CRJS 497/597. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department chair.

CRJS 498/598. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department chair.

CRJS 501. Understanding Violence. 3 Credits.

Examines a variety of forms of violence from suicide, child abuse, rape and family violence to terrorism, torture, death squads and the death penalty, and hate violence. Explores the circumstances, rationalizations, patterns, explanations and effects on survivors.

CRJS 510. Correctional Treatment. 3 Credits.

Methods and programs which attempt to correct the behaviors of juvenile delinquents and adult criminal offenders are explored. Treatment strategies employed in both community and institutional settings are examined. Techniques of classification and the role of the correctional worker are also discussed.

CRJS 521. Deviant Behavior. 3 Credits.

A study of various definitions and forms of deviant behavior, theoretical explanations of causes of deviant behavior, and the impact of deviant behavior on society and the individual.

CRJS 526. Criminological Theory. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of the major theoretical issues in criminology. Deals extensively with issues of crime causation.

CRJS 527. Violence Against Women. 3 Credits.

A critical analysis of violence against women as an institution of social control. Examines violence in the context of social and political inequality and feminist critique. Issues explored include pornography, prostitution, sexual harassment, incest, battering and rape.

CRJS 541. Drugs and Society. 3 Credits.

The study of sociological and social psychological explanations of drug-using behaviors and of legal and medical control of drugs. Topics include changes in the legal status of drugs, cross-cultural and historical variations in the control of drugs, and social epidemiology of drug use in contemporary society.

CRJS 548. Women, Sex Discrimination and the Law. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to legal issues which specifically affect women and examines historical attitudes that have been used to justify differential treatment of women. It explores various legal approaches used to achieve equal protection under the law and examines a variety of specific topics such as: the equal protection analysis; Title VII and Title IX and their relationship to sex discrimination; affirmative action; and reproductive freedom.

CRJS 550. Blacks, Crime and Justice. 3 Credits.

Examines historical and contemporary theories and research on African-Americans, criminal behavior and the administration of justice. Selected topics will include African-American perspectives, the death penalty, victimization, police brutality, and justice systems in Africa and the Caribbean.

CRJS 562. Substantive Criminal Law. 3 Credits.

This course deals with the major substantive concepts involved in American criminal law, including development of criminal law, elements of criminal liability, defenses against criminal responsibility, and descriptions and definitions of specific offenses.

CRJS 575. Criminal Justice Systems Around the World. 3 Credits.

The study of criminal justice systems around the world in order to understand how criminal behavior is defined and responded to in various cultures. Cultural differences will be highlighted in order to recognize that definitions of and responses to crimes closely reflect the cultures in which they exist.

CRJS 595. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors.

CRJS 596. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors.

CRJS 597. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

CRJS 598. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

CRJS 620. Criminological Theory. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of the major theoretical issues in criminology. The course deals extensively with issues of crime causation, the way theory shapes and informs the study of crime and related social issues, and the relationship between theory, research, and practice.

CRJS 625. The Administration of Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the decision-making responsibilities of its officials.

CRJS 627. Violence Against Women. 3 Credits.

This course examines the many ways in which violence against women functions as an agent of social control. Violence is viewed on a continuum in order to determine how a variety of acts contribute to the subordination of women. Specific types of violence are explored including: wife assault, rape, incest, sexual harassment and pornography.

CRJS 650. Research Seminar. 3 Credits.

This seminar integrates the skills needed to complete a master’s thesis. Exercises include formulating research questions, developing a research design, and writing a publishable paper. Students practice these skills through assignments in class and by completing their thesis proposal. Prerequisites: SOC 610 or CRJS 610, SOC 620 or CRJS 620, SOC 630 or CRJS 630, and SOC 640 or CRJS 640.

CRJS 661. Policing. 3 Credits.

A study of the major issues in law enforcement agencies, personnel and strategies. Topics focus on the impact of social control on the officers and society.

CRJS 662. Criminal Justice and the Law. 3 Credits.

A study of law and its interpretation as it affects the criminal justice system. Includes such issues as the substance of criminal law and the criminal court setting as a social system.

CRJS 663. Corrections. 3 Credits.

A study of society’s response to crime through its use of institutional and noninstitutional corrections. Topics include inmate culture, correction officer behavior and community corrections programs.

CRJS 668. Internship. 3 Credits.

Students gain first-hand experience in professional settings which are deemed appropriate given their academic background and career objectives. Students are required to complete a research project that corresponds to their specific internship placement Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

CRJS 695. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics in criminal justice. Topics will vary by semester.

CRJS 696. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics in criminal justice. Topics will vary by semester.

CRJS 697. Independent Study in Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: Approval of the department chair.

CRJS 698. Independent Study in Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: Approval of the department chair.

CRJS 699. Thesis. 3-9 Credits.

Thesis hours.

CRJS 998. Master’s Graduate Credit. 1 Credit.

This course is a pass/fail course for master’s students in their final semester. It may be taken to fulfill the registration requirement necessary for graduation. All master’s students are required to be registered for at least one graduate credit hour in the semester of their graduation.