Criminal Justice Course Offerings
101. Introduction to Criminal Justice. (3, 0, 3). The study of crime and the role of law in society; the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system; relations within the system.
203. The Police Process. (3, 0, 3). The historical and social settings of the police; the police role and discretion; police organization and practices; problems of law enforcement in a democratic society.
204. The Criminal Courts. (3, 0, 3). Role and structure of prosecution, defense, and the courts; basic elements of substantive and procedural law.
205. The Corrections Process. (3, 0, 3). The historical and social settings of corrections; theories and practices in corrections; correctional programs in institutions and the community.
301. Introduction to Research Methods. (3, 0, 3). The design of research models. Emphasis on techniques of gathering, recording, and analyzing criminal justice data and preparation of research reports.
303. Forensics I. (3, 0, 3). The role of forensics in the Criminal Justice System; evidence recognition and collection; the role of the crime lab and evidence technicians. Prereq: 12 hours of CJUS or permission of instructor.
305. Criminal Behavior. (3, 0, 3). Study of criminal behavior with special attention to implications for criminal justice professionals. Emphasis on theories, criminal typologies and treatment methods. Prereq: CJUS 101 or permission of instructor.
315. Criminal Investigation. (3, 0, 3). The study of crime investigation as a process; the investigation of several serious offenses, focusing on homicide; the contribution of specialized methods and scientific processes in investigation. Prereq: Six hours of CJUS or permission of instructor.
330. Juvenile Justice. (3, 0, 3). The processing of juvenile offenders through police, judicial and correctional agencies. Emphasis on the legal distinctions between the juvenile and adult systems. Prereq: CJUS 101 or permission of instructor.
345. Criminal Law. (3, 0, 3). Legal definition of crime and defenses, purposes and functions of the substantive and procedural criminal law. Constitutional considerations and judicial decisions affecting arrest and search and seizure will be emphasized. Prereq: Six hours of CJUS or permission of the instructor.
380. Correctional Institutions. (3, 0, 3). The philosophy and operation of major correctional institutions in America. Special emphasis on contemporary administrative, political and social topics. Prereq: Six hours of CJUS or permission of instructor.
397. Field Projects in Criminal Justice. (1, 6, 3). A supervised project with a criminal justice agency in the community; individual observation and research into some aspect of the agency's operation. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS and permission of department head.
399. Special Issues in Crime and Justice. (3, 0, 3). Variable content. May be repeated; no limit on number of times course may be repeated for credit. Alternate subtitles will appear on student’s transcript.
To enroll in any 400-level course, students must be admitted to the Upper Division; to enroll in a 400(G)-level course in which there are graduate students, students must have junior or higher standing.
401. Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice. (3, 0, 3 ea). Variable contents. May be repeated; no limit on number of times course may be repeated for credit. Alternate subtitles will appear on student’s transcript.
403. Forensics II. (3, 0, 3). Advanced study of forensics, emphasizing testing and handling of evidence; processing evidence; preparing for court presentation; and use of technology to solve cases. Prereq: CJUS 303.
404(G). Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. (3, 0, 3). Comparative study of criminal justice systems in the United States and selected foreign countries; examines legal, police, and correctional practices. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS or permission of instructor.
410(G). Management of Criminal Justice Systems. (3, 0, 3). An examination of current aspects of police, corrections, or judicial administration; emphasis is on innovative or controversial methods available to administrators. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS or permission of instructor.
484(G). The Offender and Society. (3, 0, 3). Study of the relationship between the convicted offender and free society. Emphasis on sentencing theories and objectives, rehabilitation methods, and problems concerning institutionalization and reintegration. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS or consent of the instructor.
490(G). Research Methods. (3, 0, 3). Interaction of theory, research, and practice; purposes and limits of research; introduction to research design, data collection, analytic techniques, data processing resources, and preparation of research reports. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS. Restr: If prerequisite not met, permission of instructor is required.
495. Internship in Criminal Justice. (0, 24, 6). Supervised experience in a criminal justice agency in a civilian capacity; a planned program of observation is devised for each student. Prereq: Open to CJUS majors of senior standing only.
497-498. Special Projects. (3 credits each). Research in an area not covered by an existing course. Prereq: Nine hours of CJUS or permission of department head.
499. Senior Seminar. (3, 0, 3). Critically analyze current crime and justice related policies in the US, emphasizing the political and ideological forces that influence policy-making practices and evidence based practices used in assessing policy effectiveness.