Course Descriptions

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice     3 CR
This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system and its processes.

CJ 120 Crime and Criminal Behavior     3 CR
This course uses an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the causes, measurement, patterns and the effects of socioeconomic status on crime and criminal behavior.

CJ 200 American Constitutional Law     3 CR
This course focuses on the development of the Constitution through interpretations of the U.S. Supreme Court. A study of civil rights and civil liberties. Prerequisite: CJ 101 and CJ 201

CJ 201 Criminal Law and Procedure     3 CR
This course examines the substantive aspects of criminal law with emphasis on statutory criminal law. It examines the purpose and goals of criminal law and the historical development of its basic concepts. Prerequisite: CJ 101 or CJ 120‎‌

CJ 205 Introduction to Criminal Law & Procedure     3 CR
Reviews the fundamentals of criminal law and criminal procedure. Topics include specific criminal law distinctions between grades of offenses, criminal responsibility, search and seizure, use of force, search warrants and self-incrimination.

CJ 209 American Legal System     3 CR
Covers the basic structure and principles of the American legal system. The differences between federal and state courts, the civil and criminal judicial processes, the juvenile court process and an understanding of the constitutional rights applicable to these areas.

CJ 211 Women and the Law     3 CR
Traces the development of sex discrimination as a legal and social phenomenon. The law is covered in terms of its historical perspective. Prerequisite: CJ 101 

CJ 213 Probation and Parole     3 CR
Teaches the application of probation, pardon and parole methods for both Juveniles and adults. Analyzes the most effective methods and techniques as they apply to these services. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 216 Juvenile Justice     3 CR
Includes an in-depth examination of the juvenile justice system, its history and its practices. The course also examines the nature and causes of juvenile delinquency, sociological factors that influence such behavior, typologies of juvenile offenders, and current trends in the control of such behavior. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 220 Introduction to Corrections     3 CR
A general overview of the corrections system including the historical development of control of human behavior in society. Analysis of the major issues confronting corrections. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 223 Interviewing and Counseling     3 CR
Practice-oriented course designed to provide the basic techniques of counseling and interviewing. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 224 Women and the Criminal justice System     3 CR
Explores the changing roles of women in the criminal justice system. The course focuses on women offenders, women victims and women criminal justice professionals. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 230 Introduction to Law Enforcement     3 CR
Explores the law enforcement system in the United States. Examines police activities and their relationship to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 231 Criminal Investigation     3 CR
A study of investigative techniques, sources of information and an analysis of the relationships of investigative units to other law enforcement units and agencies. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 232 Police-Community Relations     3 CR
Examines various human relations issues that affect policing and police management. Also explores programs established by the police in community relations and community involvement in police agencies. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 235 Law of Evidence     3 CR
An explanation and analysis of the rules of evidence. Examines court decisions concerning the rights of citizens and the rules for giving testimony and the protecting and safeguarding of evidence. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 239 Police Administration and Supervision     3 CR
Emphasizes the formulation of policies, practices and procedures for the internal and external direction and control of law enforcement agencies. A study of the procedures and techniques related to the supervision of police personnel. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 240 Introduction to Security     3 CR
Discusses the historical, theoretical and legal bases for security, including the purpose of security in modern society, ethics and security, standards and goals for the security industry. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 242 White Collar Crime     3 CR
Examines the parameters and magnitude of white-collar crime and the literature that has been proffered as explanation for it. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 243 Private Security Law     3 CR
Examines the relationship between the law and private security operations and criminal law principles of particular concern to security personnel. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 246 Organized Crime     3 CR
Explores how organized crime is structured and how it can be controlled. The impact of organized crime on major crimes is also assessed. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 247 Security Administration     3 CR
Presents an overview of security operations in both the public and private sectors.  This course includes an examination of loss prevention strategies and safety and fire prevention programs. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 248 Introduction to Fraud Examination     3 CR
Examines the legal elements of fraud and fraud investigation. This course also explores the methods of preventing, detecting, and deterring fraud in organizations as well as preserving the chain of custody for the court and compiling evidence for court proceedings. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 250 Crisis Intervention for Public Safety Personnel     3 CR
Examines the concepts and techniques used by criminal justice practitioners in handling crisis situations. Deals with limited, on-site crisis intervention provided by those first to respond. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 251 Criminal Courts and Discretion     3 CR
Examines the criminal courts as the fulcrum of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJ 101 and CJ 200

CJ 252 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems     3 CR
Examines how culture, history and economics influence legal systems and the treatment of offenders in various countries. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 253 Criminal Justice Ethics     3 CR
Examines the fundamentals of ethical theory, controversies and rules of moral judgment as they relate to criminal justice practitioners. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 255 Constitutional Rights of Prisoners     3 CR
Examines the constitutional rights of prisoners focusing on recent Supreme Court rulings. The Eighth Amendment and its application to prisoners and prison officials are analyzed and discussed through court cases and current events. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 255 Constitutional Rights of Prisoners     3 CR
Examines the constitutional rights of prisoners focusing on recent Supreme Court rulings. The Eighth Amendment and its application to prisoners and prison officials are analyzed and discussed through court cases and current events. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 256 Criminalistics     3 CR
This is an introduction to forensic science. The course examines the application of forensic science to criminal investigations as well as the techniques of the crime lab through actual and case histories. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 257 Serial Killers and Profilers     3 CR
An introductory study of the topic of serial killers and criminal profiling. The course analyzes both the individual and collective sociological, psychological, and emotional aspects of serial killers in an effort to determine why they kill. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 270 Issues and Problems in Criminal Justice     3 CR
This course provides a description and analysis of crucial issues and problems relating to selected structures and processes in the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite: CJ 101 and CJ 120

CJ 299 Special Topics in Criminal Justice     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent offerings. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and prerequisites. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ/PO/LW352 The First Amendment     3 CR
Examines the U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Attention is given to the balance betweenliberty and an ordered society. Prerequisite: CJ 101 for Criminal Justice majors

CJ 381 Research Methods in Criminal Justice     3 CR
Examines the methods of research and the types of data used to develop an understanding of criminal behavior and to create and change policy in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJ 101, CJ 270, MA 131, CS 100

CJ 390 Criminal Justice Internship     3-6 CR
Supervised placement in a criminal justice agency. Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director.