Criminology & Criminal Justice
Crime in America
This course is an introduction to the study of criminology/criminal justice. The course includes topics on: the crime problem in the U.S.; crime patterns and criminal behaviors; explanations for crime; systems of justice designed to deal with crime and their underlying philosophies; and preventive strategies.
Prerequisite: CCJ 2002. This course examines the ways crime has been explained in western society, with primary emphasis on scientific explanations since the 1700s. The entire range of criminological theory, from demonism to Marxism, and the social policy implications of each, will be addressed, along with the basics of theory construction and evaluation.
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: CCJ 2002
This course explores the historical, philosophical, legal, and contemporary operation of the American criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on research examining the primary institutions and actors of the criminal justice system in policing, courts, and corrections. The course also explores crime measurements, a profile of crime rates and victims, and an examination of offender and inmate populations.
Research Methods in Criminology & Criminal Justice
Prerequisite: STA 2014
This course is a general introduction to research methods used in criminology and criminal justice. The course emphasizes the application of theory and research, sampling, measurement, data collection, research designs, and ethics of research. Specific examples from the field of criminology and criminal justice will be utilized.
ST: Criminal Justice
This course involves analysis of variable topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits under different topics.
Philosophy of Law and Justice
An exploration of the philosophical bases of jurisprudence, with special attention to the relation between law, order and justice; an analysis of the moral rationale for punishment and the legalization of morality.
Crime and Mental Illness
This course examines the relationship between various forms of mental illness and crime, especially felony crime. Emphasis will also be placed on the role of the insanity defense on criminal trials involving capital crimes such as homicide and rape. Public opinion regarding the insanity defense will also be considered.
This course explores criminality undertaken by groups of individuals strategically associated for the purpose of criminal activity. Historical origins of organized crime in the United States are presented along with structural analyses of its causes. Case studies of specific criminal groups are analyzed with regard to criminological theory. Strategies for fighting organized crime and its depiction in popular culture are also addressed.
Minorities and Crime
This course examines the role of crime (primarily felony crimes) in the lives of various minorities within American society. Emphasis will be placed on both offense and victimization patterns within the black and Hispanic communities. The victimization of women will also be examined.
Women and Crime
This course examines women as criminal offenders, victims and employees of criminal justice agencies. Emphasis will also be given to the topic of treatment of women in the criminal justice system by the police, courts and prison system.
White Collar Crime
This course examines various definitions and types of white-collar offenses in American society. Special emphasis is given to patterns of such offenses among the most wealthy and powerful societal organizations, the general issue of economic crime and its control and the enforcement of white-collar related laws.
This course is designed to examine the various expressions of violence within the family structure, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. Topics discussed include the psychological and social causes of domestic violence, the transmission of violence from generation to generation, and strategies for alleviating intrafamilial aggression.
Directed Independent Study
Prerequisite: Permission of the program director. Independent study of some aspect of or issues in criminal justice, supervised by a member of the faculty specializing in the area chosen by the student. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits under different topics.
Special Topics in Criminal Justice and Administration
Contents of this course vary as instructors present different developments, problems and controversies relating to the administration of the criminal justice system. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits under different topics.
Special Topics in Criminology
Forum for special course offerings in the causes and impact of criminal conduct. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits under different topics.
Pre-Internship in Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: Must have completed or be concurrently completing core courses 2.0 GPA (overall)
Corequisites: Permission of Instructor
This course prepares students for internship placement in approved organizations. Students explore specific agency missions as they relate to core content and academic research. Detailed individual research projects supplement classroom discussion in preparation for field placement of student.
Internship in Criminal Justice
Prerequisite: Completed all core required courses, 2.0 GPA (overall), and permission from instructor. A planned program of experience in one or more criminal justice agencies. Supervised placement consisting of a total of 260 hours in-the-field work experience (approximately 20 hours per week) resulting in an in-depth written report in which work experiences are related to theoretical perspectives. Required for all pre-service students.
Methods of Offender Treatment
An analysis of the many approaches, methods and techniques that may be employed in the correctional process. Also, an analysis of the rehabilitation process in relation to the offender's experience with the police, the courts, correctional institutions or service and the general public.
Correctional Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: CCJ 3023. This course is an in-depth study of corrections as a series of interlocking systems and the processes that unite them. Focus will be on current American practices, but attention will also be paid to alternative models both domestic and international.
Punishment and Society
The course explores historical and contemporary dimensions of society and punishment. Specifically, the course examines the philosophies, practices, and procedures of corrections with a primary emphasis on the United States.
Drugs and Crime
This course will explore the interactions between society and its use of both medical and psychoactive chemicals, from early times to the present day. Primary focus will be on contemporary drug usage and the attempts to control substance abuse, and the consequences for both individuals and society of criminalizing drug use.
Women and the Legal System
This course covers three areas of study involving women and the legal system: (1)women in the workplace, including discrimination, comparable worth, sexual harassment and education; (2)women and the family, including marriage, divorce, child custody and domestic violence; and (3)women's bodies, including reproductive rights, rape and prostitution.
Law Enforcement Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: CCJ 3023. This course is a historical and functional analysis of law enforcement in a democratic society. The course includes the analysis of comparative police systems, police roles, careers, values and behavior, and police organization, management and control.
Deviance and Social Control
This course explores multiple perspectives on the dialectic processes involves in the application of deviant labels. The course specifically examines formal and informal mechanisms of social control and how these structure social relationships and individual identity.
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
A study of the definitions and etiology of delinquent behavior; the adjudication process for juveniles, both in theory and practice; and treatment procedures.
Criminal Law and Procedures II
Prerequisite: CJL 4310
This course is a study of selected legal topics of interest to the advanced student of criminal justice. The course includes coverage of defense to crimes, constitutional protection of the accused, post-conviction relief, and topics of current interest (such as capital punishments, plea bargaining and non-discriminatory jury selection).
Criminal Law and Procedures I
Prerequisites: CCJ 3023
This course covers the definition and concept of crime in Anglo-Saxon legal systems. It includes the common-law origins and subsequent statutory modification and amplification of representative substantive criminal offenses, law of search and seizure, and the exclusionary rule.
Criminal Trials Seminar
Prerequisite: CJL 4310 Criminal Law and Procedures I
This course offers students who have completed Criminal Law and Procedures I practical observation and study of the criminal trial process, through lecture, readings, and direct observation of criminal trials. In the courtroom setting, students will observe all aspects of the criminal justice process, from arrest through conviction and sentencing. Lecture material will supplement understanding of related aspects of the justice process, such as the law making process, bail and pretrial incarceration, prosecutorial discretion and plea bargaining, and sanctions.
Court Systems and Processes
Prerequisite: CCJ 3023. This course examines the American judicial systems, its role and function in the criminal justice process, the actors and processes which drive it, and the outcomes it produces. Topics include the origin of American court structure and processes, criminal trial processes, rules of evidence, and the appellate court system.