CRJU 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course includes an overview of the agencies and individuals that comprise the American criminal justice system. Students will examine the theories that seek to explain the "causes" and "cures" of crime. The major focus is on the development and operation of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Topics include history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system and its relationship to life in our society.
CRJU 1200 - Criminal Law (3 credits)
This course covers the study of substantive criminal law. Students learn the elements of major crimes and defenses. Students also examine the distinctions between various state statutes, the common law, the Bill of Rights, and the Model Penal Code. Topics include sources of substantive law, classification of crimes, parties to crime, elements of crimes, and matters of criminal responsibility.
CRJU 2000 - Constitutional Issues (3 credits)
This course will provide a general review of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, especially the constitutional basis for criminal law and the impact of the Constitution and its amendments on the criminal justice system. Students also examine the constitutional aspects of criminal procedure, including searches, seizures, arrests, interrogation, the pretrial process, trial, sentencing and appeal. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 2220 - Criminology (3 credits)
This course is designed to familiarize students with theories of criminal behavior and basic research methodology in criminal justice and criminology. Specifically, students will examine the scientific study of crime and criminals. Throughout the course various topics will be covered, including criminological theory, defining and measuring crime, contemporary crime patterns and types of crime. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 2400 - Court Systems and Procedures (3 credits)
The court process is complex and affects both policing and corrections, this course will delve into the authority, power, and limitations of the court systems of America. While focusing on the dynamics of American court systems, each class will accentuate crucial aspects of law and procedure on-the-books contrasted with law-in-practice. The key personnel of court system will be highlighted, with an emphasis placed on authentic real-life situations, not just participant's ideal behaviors and actions. Further, controversial issues and technological changes will be addressed, including their impact on the contemporary American court systems and procedures. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 2500 - Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course is designed to acquaint students with an understanding of the importance of ethics within the United States Criminal Justice System through applying basic ethical principles to the three components of the criminal justice system: the police, the courts and corrections. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 2600 - Multiculturalism and Crime (3 credits)
This course examines the interplay between race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and crime by exploring the contemporary and historical experience of marginal groups in the criminal justice system. Widely held beliefs regarding the treatment of minority groups by the criminal justice system will be critically evaluated to understand the relationship between crime and marginality in theory and practice. The political influence of minority groups on criminal justice practice and policy formulation is also examined. Substantive areas explored include racial profiling, hate crimes, disparate arrest rates and sentencing, (including the death penalty) of marginal groups, and the experience of minority practitioners in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3100 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
An orientation to the issues, policies and procedures that make up the juvenile justice system. This course will cover the historical and theoretical principals of juvenile justice, including the functions and legal responsibilities of the police, probation, juvenile court, and the juvenile corrections system in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the social forces that cause children to become involved in the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3220 - Policing (3 credits)
This course covers the historical development of policing, current trends, education, training, models of policing and ethical implications. Students will explore the role that police play in society as well as their relationship with the communities that they serve. Additionally, state and federal levels of law enforcement will be reviewed. Prerequisites: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3250 - Interviewing, Interrogation, and Report Writing (3 credits)
This course will cover the gathering of information by law enforcement officials from individuals in both an interview and interrogation environment. Emphasis will be placed upon preparation for questioning, discussion setting, general questioning techniques, specific offender type strategies, recognition of deception, obtaining admissions, documentation of confessions, ethical aspects of investigations and legal rights of those interviewed/interrogated. Further, the composition and writing of reports will be covered with an emphasis on clarity, precision and brevity. Prerequisites: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3300 - Corrections in America (3 credits)
An analysis of corrections with an in-depth view of the major components of the field. Emphasis is placed on the various systems of corrections, the practice of corrections, institutional custody, community-based corrections, probation and parole, the correctional client and the death penalty. Special attention will be given to trends in incarceration rates, including race, ethnicity, sex, special offenders and enhanced sentencing. Prerequisite: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3400 - Criminal Investigations (3 credits)
This course will cover the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, the collection, documenting and submission of evidence, scientific aids to criminal investigation, interviews and interrogation, follow-up investigation and case preparation. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of specific crimes, identification of information sources and procedures required for the handling of evidence. Also discussed are the legal elements of the crimes and field techniques for the gathering of data and presentation of cases to the courts. Prerequisites: CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4000 - Victimology (3 credits)
This course will examine both the institutional and social factors and the issues and developments within the legal process that are relevant to the study of victims of crime. This includes an examination of the definition of a victim, crime, and a historical review of the role of the victim in the criminal justice system. Topics in this course may include psychological impacts of crime, the impact of victimization, legal approaches to victims, services provided to victims, restorative justice and emerging trends in the field of victimology. Prerequisite: CRJU 2220.
CRJU 4500 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This is an introductory course in research methodology in criminal justice. It is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts and problems encountered in quantitative and qualitative investigation, including types of data and measurement, sampling, probability, and research design. This course will emphasize examples of methodology in the field and utilize actual data. Prerequisite: CRJU 2220.
CRJU 4880 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth analysis of historical and contemporary literature in the field of criminal justice. Students will read classic and contemporary literature and apply this literature to real life dilemmas in the criminal justice system. This course challenges students to integrate and critically examine theories and concepts from criminal justice literature, appreciate the relationship between theory and policy, and challenges students to build on skills and knowledge acquired through earlier academic experience. Prerequisite: CRJU 4500.