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Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses

CRJU-100:  Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  None


Survey of the American criminal justice system and processes.  Crime, criminal law, law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, corrections, and juvenile justice.

CRJU-150:  Crime, Law & Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  Declared major or minor in criminal justice


Introduces students to key concepts in the study of criminal justice. Topics will include crime and social control, the role of criminal law, the nature of justice, and a survey of the criminal justice process.  In addition, special attention will be devoted to the conduct of basic criminal justice research.

CRJU-210:  Juvenile Justice (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite:  None

Covers the study and function of the juvenile justice system, the process within the system, and the youth who become involved.

CRJU-233:  Courts and the Criminal Process (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  None


An examination of the steps in the process followed in most criminal courts and the legal rules relating to each step.  The manner in which judges are selected in the American legal system and the organization of state and federal courts will also be examined.

CRJU-235:  Police and Society (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  None


This course is designed to examine the psychological, sociological, and philosophical role of the police as it relates to such topics as social conflict, criminal behavior, police brutality, police corruption, and stress.

CRJU-238:  Corrections (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  None


A comprehensive overview of the field of corrections, with special emphasis on community-based corrections as alternatives to institutionalization.

CRJU-290:  Seminar (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Concentrated study of specific area of criminal justice.  May be taken multiple times for credit as long as course content varies.

CRJU-315:  Constitutional Rights and the Criminally Accused (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


A study of legal rules and procedures that are essential to the criminal justice process.

CRJU-320:  Criminal Investigative Theory (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Study of criminal investigative theory essential to the solution of crime, including crime scene, processing, interviewing, and crime-specific solution strategies.

CRJU-330:  Deviant Sexual Behavior and Criminal Activity (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Introduces students to the world of the sexually deviant criminal.   Emphasis is placed on understanding the various types of offense behavior, victim issues, investigative methods and techniques, and treatment of the sex offender.

CRJU-341:  Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-320


Study of the application of biological and physical sciences in the legal system.  The course introduces the student to the basic principles and methods of forensic science. Students may not receive credit for both CRJU 241 and CRJU 341.

CRJU-345:  Historical Perspectives on Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Provides both an overview of the historical ideas about justice in the western tradition and of the development of the criminal justice system in the United States in the context of social and political history.

CRJU-350:  Ethical and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Introduces students to theoretical and applied criminal justice professional ethical norms and standards as they relate to criminal justice decision making processes in discretion, due process, truthfulness, corruption, and discrimination.

CRJU-360:  Criminal Law and Evidence (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


The examination of criminal laws and rules of evidence; origins, definition, scope and impact upon the criminal justice practitioner.

CRJU-365:  Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, and SOCY-110; or enrollment in the Women's Studies Program 


Provides an overview of gender, race, and ethnicity issues as related to criminal justice.  Major emphasis will be on developing a student understanding of cross-cultural variation; feminist thought and its impacts on justice; and the effects that gender and race have on the lives of people within the context of contemporary issues of justice.  This course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in women's studies.

CRJU-370:  Crime and Criminal Behavior (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, and junior and senior standing


Focuses on the ways in which explanations of criminal behavior influence and are reflected in public policy and in the workings of the criminal justice system.

CRJU-380:  Rural Crime and Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Introduces students to the aspects of crime that are unique to rural areas as well as the specific challenges for rural criminal justice agencies with an emphasis on law enforcement organizations.

CRJU-382:  Wildlife Crime and Conservation Enforcement (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, or permission of the instructor

Introduces students to environmental crimes revolving around illegal hunting, fishing, trapping and trafficking in wildlife and the law enforcement issues that accompany these crimes.

CRJU-385:  Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150; junior standing, STAT-200


Introduces students to social science research methodology involved in conducting original research.  Research skills include qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  Other skills will include, but are not limited to, oral communication, intensive writing, computer operations, and statistical model applications.

CRJU-412:  Security Administration and Crime Prevention (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


An introduction to private security administration and crime prevention measures utilized by industrial, commercial and community agencies.

CRJU-415:  Emergency Management (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite:  CRJU-100, CRJU-150, or permission of the instructor

Explores fundamental concepts related to the management of crisis and disaster situations.  Topics include: types of hazards; emergency planning; crisis communication; strategies for disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery; continuity of business operations; human behavior in disaster situations; and principles of incident command system structure.  Course will emphasize analysis of scenarios and exercises illustrating application of course material.

CRJU-430:  International Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Pre- or Co-requisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150; and CRJU-365


Examines the major criminal justice systems of the world, detailing history, culture, policy, and operation of police, corrections, and judiciary.

CRJU-439:  Community-Based Corrections (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-238


Designed to examine the variety of correctional services available in the community, as alternatives to incarceration.  Emphasis will be placed on probation and parole, as well as the range of intermediate sanctions (including, but not limited to, programs such as boot camps, drug courts, electronic monitoring, etc.).

CRJU-470:  Criminal Justice Management (3 credit hours)


Prerequisite:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150


Designed to explore in-depth the major management and organizational issues that impact on criminal justice administration in the United States.  A critical view of the major problems and issues confronted by contemporary criminal justice administrators will be considered.

CRJU-481:  Forensic Law (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-241 or CRJU-341


This course is designed to introduce the student to the major concepts of law and evidence.  The topics for discussion will include, but are not limited to: kinds of evidence, burden of proof, admission and exclusion of evidence, relevancy, witnesses, documentary evidence, judicial notice, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, and the best evidence rule.  Students will be assigned a mock trial project.  Students may not receive credit from both CRJU 481 Forensic Evidence and CRJU 481 Forensic Law.

CRJU-483:  Criminal Justice Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150; CRJU-233; CRJU-235; CRJU-238; junior or senior standing; minimum of 3.0 grade point average (overall and in criminal justice coursework); permission of instructor


Co-requisite:  CRJU-484


The student will complete a field experience related to criminal justice.  Students will be expected to integrate their field experiences with the body of criminal justice theory to produce a scholarly research project.  This course must be taken concurrently with CRJU-484 (Criminal Justice Internship).

CRJU-484:  Criminal Justice Internship (6-15 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, junior or senior standing, with minimum 2.5 grade point average; faculty approval


Placement of student with criminal justice agency with academic supervision.   Graded pass/fail.  This course may be taken concurrently with CRJU-483 (Criminal Justice Experiential Learning).  CRJU-484 may count for 3-12 credit hours for students concurrently enrolled in CRJU-483.

CRJU-488:  Final Honors Project (2-3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  Enrollment in Honors Program, completion of all other Honors Program requirements, a minimum 3.5 GPA in all courses and in criminal justice


Project and topic to be explored determined by the student, the faculty member with whom he or she works and the student's major department.  Topics may include any of the basic fields offered within the field of criminal justice:  law enforcement and administration; criminology and the courts; or probation, parole and corrections.  In order to receive honors credit, a student must earn a grade of "A" or "B" for the final project.  Course may not be repeated.

CRJU-490:  Seminar (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, and junior standing


Concentrated study on specific areas of criminal justice.  May be taken again for credit as often as course content varies.

CRJU-495:  Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)


Prerequisites:  CRJU-385 and senior standing


Designed to emphasize a variety of applied and synthesizing skills, including oral communication, intensive writing, and service learning.    Decision making skills and ethics will also be emphasized in the area of public policy.

CRJU-498:  Independent Study (1-3 credit hours)

Prerequisites:  Nine hours of CRJU courses and permission of instructor


Students must obtain approval of department on proposed program in semester preceding that in which independent study is anticipated.  Course may carry one to three hours credit a semester and may be taken for up to six semester hours credit.  Offered as needed.  Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about independent studies.