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Criminal Justice

CRIJ 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Introduction to the workings of the criminal justice system. Primary attention to the police, courts and corrections structures. Same as POLS 2351. Offered: Spring.

CRIJ 2337 - Crime and Society (3 credits)

Examination of the historical and present-day causes, treatment and prevention of crime. Topics include social characteristics of those who commit crimes, impact of crime on the individual and community, and ways public policy affects crime. Same as SOCI 2337. Offered: Fall, Spring.

CRIJ 2338 - Police and Society (3 credits)

Analysis of role behavior of police in the United States. Emphasis on the environmental and political climate affecting the police as well as structures, processes, and functions of law enforcement, police culture, control of police, and other contemporary issues. Offered: Spring

CRIJ 2355 - Corrections (3 credits)

Overview of the correctional structures of the criminal justice system. Topics include the sentencing process and its overall effectiveness, alternatives to incarceration, the system of secure corrections and release from prison and adjustment to the community life. Offered: Fall.

CRIJ 2359 - Juvenile Justice (3 credits)

Focus on the origins and development of the juvenile justice system, the parts of the system (police, juvenile court, juvenile corrections) and the future of juvenile justice. Offered: Spring.

CRIJ 3190-3390 Selected Issues (1-3 credits)

Introduction to specialized topic or topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CRIJ 3310 - Forensic Anthropology (3 credits)

Same as FORS 3310, ANTH 3310.

CRIJ 3350 - Law and Society (3 credits)

Focus on the relationship between the law and society, with an overview of the American legal structure and judicial processes as well as comparative legal systems. Examination of the impact of law at all stages of the individual's life cycle and on the larger society. Topics include law and the legal profession, health, education, religion, racial and gender discriminations, technology, and social change. Offered: Fall

CRIJ 3352 - White Collar Crime ( 3 credits)

Examines the difference between levels and types of white collar crime and the ideas and perspectives that are dominate in the field. Primary attention is given to corporate, occupational, environmental, and governmental crime. Theories of factors that influence white collar crime offenses and governmental functions designed to deter white collar crime are also addressed. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301. Offered: Spring.

CRIJ 3356 - Criminal Investigation (3 credits)

Overview of scientific crime detection and techniques for case management and documentation, the concept of proof, the impact of technology on the investigative process, interaction with victims and witnesses, and interviewing suspects. Same as FORS 3356. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301. Offered: Fall

CRIJ 3357 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)

Survey of the extent and nature of juvenile delinquency, theories that explain juvenile delinquency, social and institutional influences that promote and inhibit delinquent behavior, and other issues such as gang behavior and gender differences. Prerequisite: Advanced standing. Same as SOCI 3357. Offered: Fall.

CRIJ 4301 - Theories of Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Examination of classical and contemporary theories of crime and crime control. Focus on linkage between theories and criminal justice policy. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301, CRIJ 2337, SOCI 2337 and advanced standing.

CRIJ 4350 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)

The study of criminal justice in societies other than the United States, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Emphasis is on the different concepts of criminal justice in these regions and the effectiveness of various systems in responding to criminal behavior. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 and advanced standing.

CRIJ 4351 - Criminal Justice Administration (3 credits)

Study of organizational and administrative theory and its application to criminal justice organizations. Provides an overview of problems faced by managers of justice-related agencies, including law enforcement, courts and corrections. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

CRIJ 4361 - Criminal Law (3 credits)

Introduction to the sociology of criminal law. Focus on sociological theory relating to substantive criminal law, the nature of this body of the law, legal concepts and definitions, classification of crimes and penalties and criminal responsibility. Offered: Fall.

CRIJ 4362 - Probation and Parole (3 credits)

Overview of the history, theories, structures and processes involved in community supervision and corrections. Topics covered include sentencing, pre-sentence investigation, offender supervision, intermediate sanctions, revocations, and roles of probation/parole officers.

CRIJ 4363 - Criminal Procedure (3 credits)

Discussion on criminal justice procedure issues and their relation to the structures of the United States criminal justice system. Considers the importance of federal and state constitutions, statutes and administrative rules that allocate criminal law enforcement power among various governmental agencies. Offered: Spring.

CRIJ 4370 - Professional Ethics (3 credits)

Theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice practice. Included will be such topics as the concept of profession and professional conduct, corruption, use of force, and other major ethical issues facing persons who work in the criminal justice system.

CRIJ 5190-5390 Selected Topics (1-3 credits)

In-depth study of specialized topics chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CRIJ 5389 - Practicum (3 credits)

Experimental learning opportunity in which the knowledge and skills of criminal justice are applied in practice while working under supervision in a public or private sector setting. May be repeated once for credit. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and advanced standing. Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring.