Criminal Justice (CRJ)

Criminal Justice (CRJ)

Course Descriptions

CRJ 101. American Correctional System. 3 Credit Hours.

American Correctional System focuses on the history, philosophy, theory, and practice of offender punishment and rehabilitation in the United States. It includes a survey of institutional and community corrections operations and an examination of the constitutional rights of offenders.
Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 102. Rehabilitation, Parole, and Probation. 3 Credit Hours.

Analysis and evaluation of the concept and practices of rehabilitation in contemporary correctional systems; discussion of correctional institutions and the various field services. Development, organization, operation and result of systems of probation and parole.
Prerequisites: CRJ 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 111. Rules of Criminal Evidence. 3 Credit Hours.

Rules of Criminal Evidence examines the rules of evidence as they relate to the investigation, prosecution, and defense of criminal cases. Major topics focus on the procedures and rules of evidence as they apply to the acquisition, offering, admissibility, and presentation of evidence from crime scene to courtroom.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 122. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to Criminal Justice is a survey of the history and philosophy of the criminal justice system in America. The course examines the three major components: police, courts, and corrections. Emphasis will be given to the system's response to crime in society as well as theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

CRJ 123. Juvenile Justice. 3 Credit Hours.

Juvenile Justice gives students an overview of American juvenile justice in terms of both system and practice. It examines the juvenile offender, causes of juvenile crime, the juvenile court system, and juveniles in the adult court system. This course also looks at institutionalization, rehabilitation, the treatment of juveniles, and the future of juvenile justice in America.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 124. Criminal Law and Procedures. 3 Credit Hours.

Criminal Law and Procedures introduces students to the study of American criminal law and procedure. Major topics of study include the purposes of criminal law, the elements of criminal law, defenses and justifications, and constitutional limitations.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 128. Crime Prevention. 3 Credit Hours.

Crime Prevention surveys approaches to crime deterrence. Emphasis will be given to the criminal justice system’s ability to prevent crime as well as the impact of families, schools, communities, and broader economic and social policies on patterns of offending.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

CRJ 129. Introduction to Law Enforcement. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to Law Enforcement is an examination of American law enforcement on the local, state, and federal levels. Major topics include the historical development of law enforcement, the role of law enforcement in the criminal justice system, laws of arrest, search and seizure requirements and limitations, contemporary police organizations, methods of department operation, and the relationship of the police to the communities they serve. (Credit is only allowed for either CRJ 129 or CRJ 207.)
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 130. Theories of Crime: Why Do They Do It?. 3 Credit Hours.

Theories of Crime: Why Do They Do it? explores the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and control efforts aimed criminal behavior. Emphasis is given to an overview and critical assessment of each of the major theories of crime causation.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 206. Diversity and Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours.

Diversity and Criminal Justice provides an in-depth examination of the opportunities and challenges of delivering criminal justice services in a diverse society. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges that exist in criminal justice agencies and their interactions with the public. It examines issues of bias, prejudice, and discriminatory practices as factors contributing to conflict and provides both theoretical and practical information to effectively deliver services.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 208. Correctional Policies and Procedures. 3 Credit Hours.

The study of policies, procedures and supervision in the field of Corrections.
Prerequisites: CRJ 101 and CRJ 102 with minimum grades of "C" or consent of department and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 209. Criminal Justice Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.

A field work experience in Criminal Justice organizations. Students are expected to commit themselves to 120 hours of work experience during the semester.
Prerequisites: Corrections Option--CRJ 122, CRJ 101 and CRJ 102 with minimum grades of "C" or Law Enforcement Option--CRJ 122, CRJ 124 and CRJ 111 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
Corequisites: CRJ 211

CRJ 211. Criminal Justice Practicum Seminar. 3 Credit Hours.

Discussion and analysis in small groups of the Criminal Justice Practicum experience.
Prerequisites: Corrections Option--CRJ 122, CRJ 101 and CRJ 102 with minimum grades of "C", or Law Enforcement Option--CRJ 122, CRJ 124 and CRJ 111 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
Corequisites: CRJ 209

CRJ 212. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credit Hours.

Criminal Investigation introduces students to the fundamentals of criminal investigations, including the investigation of violent and property crimes. Major topics include best practices for processing crime scenes, evidentiary considerations, interviewing witnesses and victims, interrogation, report writing, and testifying in court.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 216. Intelligence Analysis and Security Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines intelligence analysis and its indispensable relationships to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made and natural disasters. It also explores vulnerabilities of our national defense and private sectors, as well as the threats posed to these institutions. It examines intelligence support of homeland security measures implemented by the United States and how the intelligence community operates. Credit is not allowed for both CRJ 216 and CRJ 503.
Prerequisites: CRJ 214 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency

CRJ 218. Criminal Justice Policy. 3 Credit Hours.

Criminal Justice Policy examines the foundations of criminal justice policy including its creation, implementation, and assessment. Topics include the politics of crime, the influence of research on policy, the consequences of criminal justice policy, and current trends in criminal justice policy.
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CRJ 122 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency