Criminal Justice (CJ)

CJ 101  Introduction to Criminal Justice  (3)  

Survey of the agencies and processes involved in the Criminal Justice System: the police, the prosecutor, the public defender, the courts, and corrections.

CJ 195  Explore Seminar  (1)  

This course provides a forum for assigned readings and discussion of ideas in response to a current issue/event. The topic of the course will vary. May be repeated for a total of three credit hours.

CJ 200  Introduction to Corrections  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.

Philosophical foundations of punishments, historical developments in American penology. Corrections in contemporary America.

CJ 201  Criminal Law  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.

Analysis of the origin and sources of criminal law as well as definition of parties to crimes and affirmative defenses. Discussion of specific crimes of common law and in state and national statutes.

CJ 202  Introduction to Law Enforcement  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 and permission of the instructor.

The development of contemporary American Police. Law enforcement role, philosophy, values, culture, discretion, organizational control, accountability, corruption, misconduct, police-community relations, and future trends.

CJ 225  Criminal Courts  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.

An analysis of the roles of the Criminal Courts in their interactions with the major participants in the Criminal Justice System; the Court structure and functions; selected critical cases and key issues, such as sentencing and plea bargaining. CJ 225 is equivalent to FI 225, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 300  Theories of Crime Causation  (3)  

An examination of biological, psychological, sociological, political and economic theories of crime causation.

CJ 302  Research Methods (WI)  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 and EH 102 or equivalent.

An introduction to the theory, design, collection, and analysis of data in criminal justice research. CJ 302 is equivalent to FI 302, and only one may be taken for credit. (Writing Intensive Course)

CJ 305  Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (WI)  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 and EH 102 or EH 104 or EH 106/116.

This course is designed to develop and strengthen writing skills for criminal justice professionals. This course will teach the techniques of writing coherently and with clarity with the intent of building strong communication skills needed in the field of criminal justice. (Writing Intensive Course)

CJ 310  Criminal Behavior and Rehabilitation Strategies  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200.

A study of criminal behavior from a psychological perspective with correctional rehabilitation programs and strategies serving as the focus. The effectiveness of various correctional institutions and their programs and strategies will also be examined.

CJ 315  Community Based Corrections  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200.

A survey of non-institutional correctional programs focusing on alternatives to incarceration in community settings. Programs reviewed include prerelease, parole, halfway houses, restitution centers, probations, and community correctional centers.

CJ 320  Criminal Investigations  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 202.

Practical application of investigative techniques for specific crimes such as sex offenses, murder, robbery, arson, assaults, and fraud cases. CJ 320 is equivalent to FI 320, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 330  Comparative Criminal Justice Systems  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200 and CJ 202.

This course will introduce students to criminal justice systems outside of the United States. This course will compare these systems to America's system with a focus on the policing, judiciary, and correctional systems of other nations.

CJ 335  Juvenile Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200 and CJ 202.

An in-depth case study of the juvenile justice system to include: history and development; current organization and function; systemic organizational roles; and delinquency theories.

CJ 345  Introduction to Counter-Terrorism  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 320.

This class will define terrorism and discuss its various history and origins. Topics that will be discussed include international terrorism, domestic terrorism, narco-terrorism, as well as the law enforcement responses and prevention tactics used to combat the different forms of terroristic threats. CJ 345 is equivalent to FI 345, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 352  Evidence  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 225.

Analysis of the rules of evidence, their origins, and types. Constitutional limitations upon their use, methods of safeguarding their value. The trial and techniques for testifying. CJ 352 is equivalent to FI 352, and only one may be used for credit.

CJ 355  Crime Mapping and Analysis  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 320.

The study of the use of geographic information to identify and analyze crime and police data. Students will learn to analyze patterns and trends, identify correlations, show relationships, and analyze spatial tendencies with the use of computerized geographic information systems (GIS). CJ 355 is equivalent to FI 355, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 363  Foundations of Law Enforcement  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 202.

An examination of the foundations of American law enforcement from its cultural heritage in England to the present.

CJ 365  Case and Court Preparation  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 225 and CJ 320.

The study of the methods of case preparation and court presentation. It will lay the foundation for effectively preparing criminal cases for successful courtroom presentation. CJ 365 is equivalent to FI 365, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 370  Police Administration  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 202 and permission of the instructor.

Organizational structure and coordination of all branches of law enforcement agencies; police, staff, and auxiliary function; their interrelationships and interdependence.

CJ 375  Criminal Justice Administration  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200 and CJ 202.

The advanced study of the organizational structure, coordination, and administration of law enforcement agencies and correctional units at the local, state, and federal levels.

CJ 376  Traffic Control  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 and permission of the instructor.

The traffic control function as a part of police role; history and growth of the traffic problem; analysis of the organization for traffic control; accident investigation; traffic flow pattern; education and enforcement; traffic laws; high accident frequency locations.

CJ 377  Independent Study in Criminal Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing with 18 hours in CJ. An opportunity for the advanced student to explore an area of special interest.

Students must have a supervising criminal justice faculty member agree to a written proposal or outline for an appropriate topic for study and then must secure the approval of the department head. CJ 377 is equivalent to FI 377, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 378  Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing with 18 hours in Criminal Justice or department head approval.

An in-depth study of current issues in criminal justice. The content will vary each semester. May be duplicated for a total of six (6) semester hours. CJ 378 is equivalent to FI 378, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 379  Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing with 18 hours in Criminal Justice or department head approval.

An in-depth study of current issues in criminal justice. The content will vary each semester. May be duplicated for a total of six (6) hours. CJ 379 is equivalent to FI 379, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 380  Patrol Procedure and Communication  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101 and permission of the instructor.

Techniques of patrol and observation; handling complaints and called-for-service; mechanics of arrests; officers' notebook procedure and report writing.

CJ 390  Introduction to Conservation Enforcement  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 320 and junior status.

Students will develop an appreciation of the concepts of conservation. This course will introduce students to the study of criminal investigative techniques and the analysis of evidence emphasizing crimes against conservation. This course will include lab/field exercises which require students to be able or have the ability to walk extensively in wooded areas for those exercises.

CJ 395  Crime Prevention  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 101.

Analysis of the roles of the Criminal Justice System and the private sector in preventing crime. Community involvement as a source of preventing crime. Crime prevention strategies and techniques for evaluating prevention programs.

CJ 399  Study Tour  (3)  

Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by the department. May be duplicated for credit up to 6 hours. Infrequently scheduled and subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit required.

CJ 402  Police and Community Relations  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 202.

Study of the numerous and complex factors involved in the area of human relations as it affects policing and police management.

CJ 411  Victimless Crimes  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior Standing with 18 hours of CJ. Study of controversial area of law that deals with consensual crimes.

Topics to be included for discussion may be drugs; obscenity and pornography; prostitution; gambling. The history of legislative enactments and judicial decisions will be dealt with, as well as the social and political implications of enforcement to both police agencies and their clients. CJ 411 is equivalent to FI 411, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 415  Forensic Interviewing of Children  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 320 or SW 330.

An examination of child forensic interviewing to include historical development of the practice, modalities, protocols and guidelines, controversial techniques, relevant research, and best practices. CJ 415 is equivalent to FI 415, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 417  Criminal & Deviant Behavior  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 320.

An analysis of criminal and deviant behavior with an emphasis on knowing that the crime problem requires an understanding of the various events that influence a person's life course. Focuses on criminal as well as non-criminal deviance such as mental disorders, drug use, sexual deviance, and prostitution.. CJ 417 is equivalent to FI 417, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 465  Interviews and Interrogations  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CJ 200 or CJ 202.

Discussions and practical exercises covering the various techniques used by criminal justice practitioners to elicit information from witnesses and criminal suspects. CJ 465 and FI 465 are equivalent courses, and only one may be taken for credit

CJ 471  Internship in Criminal Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, permission of the instructor or consent of Internship Director, and only for students majoring in Criminal Justice.

Students must also possess an overall 2.5 GPA to participate with a municipal or county agency and a 3.0 overall GPA to participate with a state or federal agency. Supervised work experience in an approved criminal justice agency. The student is required to attend a pre-announced orientation meeting prior to beginning internship. (Not open to in-service personnel or those with prior CJ work experience unless approved by Internship Director.) CJ 471 is equivalent to FI 471, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 472  Senior Internship in Criminal Justice  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, consent of Internship Director, and only for students majoring in Criminal Justice.

Student must also possess an overall 2.5 GPA to participate with a municipal or county agency and a 3.0 overall GPA to participate with a state or federal agency. Supervised work experience in an approved Criminal Justice agency. The student is required to attend a pre-announced orientation meeting prior to beginning internship and additional scheduled meetings with the Internship Director. (Not open to in-service personnel or those with prior CJ work experience unless approved by Internship Director.) This is a Senior Capstone course, and satisfactory work requires completing the EPP and other senior exit requirements. CJ 472 is equivalent to FI 472, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 488  Seminar Series  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing with 18 hours in CJ. Seminar series dealing with current topics and issues in the field.

No more than 6 hours credit may be earned.

CJ 497  Senior Seminar I  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the Criminal Justice major and completion of all other criminal justice core requirements.

Capstone course which utilizes the student's knowledge and academic skills, including pursuing archival research, journal keeping, note taking, and report writing to address a topic or issue of contemporary interest in criminal justice or one of its sub-fields. While the topic or issue may change with each offering, the skills exercised will be those needed to prepare the senior in criminal justice professions. CJ 497 is equivalent to FI 497, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 498  Senior Seminar II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the Criminal Justice major and completion of all other criminal justice core requirements.

Capstone course which utilizes the student's knowledge and academic skills, including pursuing archival research, journal keeping, note taking, and report writing to address a topic or issue of contemporary interest in criminal justice or one of its sub-fields. While the topic or issue may change with each offering, the skills exercised with be those needed to prepare the senior for careers in criminal justice professions. CJ 498 is equivalent to FI 498, and only one may be taken for credit.

CJ 499  Senior Seminar III  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the Criminal Justice major and completion of all other criminal justice core requirements.

Capstone course which utilizes the student's knowledge and academic skills, including pursuing archival research, journal keeping, note taking, and report writing to address a topic or issue of contemporary interest in criminal justice or one of its sub-fields. While the topic or issue may change with each offering, the skills exercised will be those needed to prepare the senior for careers in criminal justice professions. CJ 499 is equivalent to FI 499, and only one may be taken for credit.