CriminalJustice

Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice

CRIJ100

This course is an introductory survey of the evolution, principles, concepts, and practice of the theory and nature of the criminal justice system including police, courts, and corrections systems.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or
Corequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110

Introduction to Criminal Law

CRIJ110

This course introduces students to the study of substantive criminal law. The major topics of study include the purposes of criminal law, the elements of crimes, defenses to crimes, criminal sanctions, and the principles of constitutional limits on criminal law.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Outlaw Gangs and Organized Crime

CRIJ115

This course introduces students to the most current legal strategies and law enforcement tools for detecting and interdicting outlaw gangs and organized crime. The major areas of focus include a study of the origins of outlaw gangs and organized crime, and the impact of these outlaw organizations on American society.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 or
Corequisite: CRIJ100

Crimes in U.S. Business

CRIJ116

This course introduces students to the history of white-collar crime and present-day white collar crime. The major topics of study include criminal infractions in small and large business corporations and the methods of investigation utilized by criminal justice agencies.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 or
Corequisite: CRIJ100

Criminal Evidence

CRIJ120

This course introduces students to the laws of evidence at the operational level of law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals. The major topics of study include the federal rules of evidence, arrest, force, search, and seizure.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 or
Corequisite: CRIJ100

Criminal Investigation/Forensics

CRIJ130

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of criminal investigation, rules of evidence, sources of information, observations, descriptions, and identifications. The major areas of focus include collection techniques, preservation techniques, and the processing of physical evidence, records, reports, and statements by police investigators.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Criminal Procedure

CRIJ140

This course introduces students to the general principles of procedural law. The major topics of study include arrest, initial appearance, hearings, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, bail, procedures, motions to suppress evidence, trial, appellate steps, warrants and the various roles of individuals working within the criminal justice system.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 or
Corequisite: CRIJ100

Introduction to Juvenile Justice

CRIJ160

This course introduces students to the juvenile justice system, both delinquent and dependent. The major topics include theories of juvenile delinquency and dependency, juvenile offender laws, and the relationship among juveniles, family, probation and schools.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 or
Corequisite: CRIJ100

Terrorism

CRIJ210

This course introduces students to the history and foundations of terrorism, terrorism as a universal phenomenon, weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, and the future of terrorism. The major topics of study include modern day national and international events and their connections to terrorism.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Psychology for Law Enforcement Officers

CRIJ220

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of psychology as applied to modern practices in managing crowds, criminals, delinquents, and the public. The major topics of study include an examination of psychological principles as applied to criminals and the effects of trauma on the criminal justice professional.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Police Organization and Administration

CRIJ250

This course introduces students to past and present police administration practices. The areas of focus include the operational procedures of both large and small departments and the administrative problems and principles associated with governmental and business administrations.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Probation and Parole

CRIJ260

This course introduces students to the history and fundamental theories of probation and parole. The major topics of study include county correctional systems policies and practices and federal and state correctional systems policies and practices.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Correctional Administration

CRIJ275

This course introduces students to correctional administration. The major topics include theories of criminal behavior, justifications for punishment, correctional philosophy, the correctional processes, correctional treatment methodology, early American prisons, today’s prisons, prisons of the future and the role of probation in the criminal justice system.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice

CRIJ280

This course introduces students to field work directly related to the student’s academic preparation and career objectives. The major areas of focus include partaking in actual field work, observing real-life situations of the working professional and their clients, and comparing academic theory to field work observations.

3 credits
Prerequisite: CRIJ100 (C or better) and permission of the department.
Corequisite: None

Constitutional Law for the Law Enforcement Officer

CRIJ285

This course introduces students to constitutional law and the guarantees of personal liberties in the federal constitution. The major topics include the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower courts, case law, fundamental rights such as trials by jury, the right to counsel, privilege and self-incrimination.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Criminology

SOCI150

The sociological relationships involved in the causes and prevention of crime and juvenile delinquency and in the treatment of criminal offenders.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None