Courses in Criminal Justice

CRJ 2013
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the criminal justice system, the sub-systems and how they interrelate, the legal and ethical foundations of the system, the process offenders, punishment and alternatives, and the future of the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: SOC 1013 Introduction to Sociology, or HS 2013 Introduction to Human Services, or consent of the instructor. Fall, Spring, Summer.

CRJ 2023
Criminal Evidence
An analysis of the legal problems associated with the investigation of crime; the acquisition, preservation and presentation of evidence; principles of proof in criminal proceedings. Prerequisites: CRJ 2013 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. On demand.

CRJ 2033
Introduction to Criminology
An introductory course designed to familiarize students with study of crime and criminal behavior; nature and extent of crime; past and present theories from an interdisciplinary approach; evaluation of prevention, control and treatment programs. Prerequisites: SOC 1013 Introduction to Sociology. Fall, Spring, Summer.

CRJ 2043
Survey of Corrections
Explores the operation of the correctional system within the context of society and within the criminal justice system, its historical foundations , the integration of criminology, the relationship the correctional system has to society, its interaction with the other components within the criminal justice system, corrections practices and issues and perspectives related to the incarcerated and justice. Prerequisites: CRJ 2013 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. On demand. 

CRJ 2053
Police-Community Relations
This course examines the role of the police in community crime prevention efforts, citizen participation and involvement in crime prevention and deterrence. An examination of existing programs, problems, and potential for police and community linked models for crime prevention and control. Prerequisites: CRJ 2013 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. On demand.

CRJ 3033
Methods I
Introduction to basic objectives, skills, tasks, and activities essential to generic human and social services, and criminal justice professions. Educationally directed field instruction is introduced via field experience in selected human services agencies and criminal justice agencies. This course is cross-referenced with HS 3033. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 3033 and Human Services majors should enroll in HS 3033. Prerequisites: HS 2013 or CRJ 2013. Fall.
 
CRJ 3103
Statistics
A basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics. General education math requirements must be met before taking this course. This course is cross-referenced with HS 3033. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 3103 and Human Services and Sociology majors should enroll in SOC 3103. Fall, Spring, Summer.
 
CRJ 3133
Juvenile Delinquency and Offenses
This course will apply sociological analysis to the social problem of juvenile delinquency. Theory, cause, control, and prevention will be the major themes of the course. This course is cross-referenced with SOC 3133. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 3133 and Sociology majors should enroll in SOC 3133. Prerequisites: SOC 1013 and CRJ 2013, or instructor's permission. Spring, and On demand.
 
CRJ 3253
Criminal Forensic Science
This course provides an introductory survey course in forensic science, the application of science, and the scientific method to the law. It will cover an array of forensic procedures, including ballistics, GC/MS analysis, chemical latent fingerprint procedures, crime scene investigation, DNA collection and analysis, entomology, forensic pathology, explosives, toxicology, and more. This course also examines the scientific contributions of chemistry, biology, and physics to the criminal investigation process. Course pre-requisites: CRJ 2013 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System.
 
CRJ 3343
Deviant Behavior
Analysis of the extent, distribution and character of deviance with particular emphasis on the sociological explanations of underlying factors. This course is cross-referenced with SOC 3343. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 3343 and Sociology majors should enroll in SOC 3343. Prerequisites: SOC 1013 and CRJ 2013. Spring, and On demand.
 
CRJ 3513
Due Process and Criminal Procedure
This course is designed to explore and evaluate the requirements of the American system of criminal procedure, especially regarding the legal requirements of search and seizure, interrogation, right to counsel, identification, remedies for Constitutional violations and professional misconduct, court proceedings before and during trial, and conviction and post- conviction. Prerequisites: Nine hours of criminal justice or instructor approval. Fall.
 
CRJ 4023
Criminal Law and Criminal Responsibility
An analysis of criminal acts and principles of criminal responsibility, the elements of specific crimes, punishments, and defenses and mitigating circumstances permitted in the United States legal system. Prerequisites: CRJ 2013 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System or consent of the instructor. Fall, Spring.
 
CRJ 4066, 4076
Field Experience
Educationally directed field experience, with block placements in selected social welfare agencies for HS students and criminal justice agencies for criminal justice students, incorporating field instruction by qualified practitioners and professionals. Limited to the human services major and criminal justice major. This course is cross-referenced with HS 4066, 4075. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 4066, 4076 and Human Services majors should enroll in HS 4066, 4076. Prerequisites: 12 hours of Human Services courses, or 12 hours of Criminal Justice courses. Spring.
 
CRJ 4093
(WI) Criminological Theory and Behavior
This is a writing intensive course. An advanced examination of original and annotated works of criminological theory primarily from sociological frameworks. Theories of causation, prevention, control, and treatment are examined. Prerequisites: SOC 1013 Introduction to Sociology or CRJ 2033 Introduction to Criminology. Fall, Spring.
 
CRJ 4203
Special Topics
This elective is designed for faculty to teach special courses in their areas of expertise, to offer courses for particular interest to students, and to address contemporary issues in the study of sociology, criminal justice, and human services. The topics will vary each time the course is taught, and will be announced when the course is offered. Senior level special topics may include Sociology of Religion, Corrections, Victimization, The Aging Criminal Population and Social Issues, Cultural Study Trips. The course may be repeated when a different topic is taught. Maximum of 6 hours will count toward the degree. Prerequisites: Senior or above standing. On demand. This course is cross-referenced with SOC and HS. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 4203, Sociology Majors in SOC 4203, and Human Services majors should enroll in HS 4203.
 
CRJ 4213 (WI)
Research Methods
The principal techniques of sociological analysis with emphasis on measurement and design. This course is cross-referenced with SOC 4213. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 4213 and Human Services and Sociology majors should enroll in SOC 4213Fall, Spring.
 
CRJ 4323 (WI)
Senior Thesis
A capstone course for all seniors majoring in sociology involving the realization of the sociological imagination exemplifying the process of theory, conceptualization, research methods, operationalization, observations, data processing, and analysis in a directed project. Students will make an oral presentation of their project results through a departmentally approved review process or an approved undergraduate symposium. This course is cross-referenced with SOC 4323. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 4323 and Human Services and Sociology majors should enroll in SOC 4323 Prerequisites: SOC/CRJ 3103, SOC/CRJ 4213, and SOC 3113 or CRJ 4093. Fall, Spring.
 
CRJ 4403 (WI)
Social Movements and Change
This is a writing intensive course. An examination of the nature of social movements particularly in light of the nature of protest and potential for violence. Activism is constantly going on in our world. Globalization as well as advancing communication technologies have played a role in worldwide participation in social movements. This study will examine a variety of local, national and international movements. It examines the characteristics of social movement and protest as forms of collective action, major social trends in terms of dynamic effect on society, and centers on theoretical frameworks for understanding the causes, types, and life cycle of social movements. Prerequisites: 9 hours of sociology or criminal justice or a combination of sociology and criminal justice. Fall, and on demand. Graduate Students in the Master of Liberal Arts program wishing to take this course as a graduate elective may enroll in CRJ 5403. Graduate students are encouraged to speak with the instructor prior to registering for this course.
 
CRJ 4503
Domestic Violence
This course will treat theories of physical and psychological violence and aggression as they apply to the interpersonal relationships within the home. rape, child abuse, spouse battering, sibling abuse and elder abuse are focal topics. This course is cross-referenced with SOC 4503. CJ majors should enroll in CRJ 4503 and Human Services and Sociology majors should enroll in Sociology 4503. Summer.