Undergraduate Criminal Justice (CJ) Course Descriptions

  • CJ 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
    This survey course examines the various components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will be introduced to various criminal justice agencies and career possibilities.
  • CJ 211: Introduction to Law Enforcement. 3 hrs. Designed to examine the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement in the United States. Addresses constitutional limitations on law enforcement, objectives of law enforcement, and processes of law enforcement.
  • CJ 221: Introduction to Criminal Courts. 3 hrs. This course addresses the evolution of current functioning of the American criminal court system. Students are exposed to court administration, court procedures, and the state and federal court system.
  • CJ 223: Introduction to Legal Research. 3 hrs. An introduction to the process and strategies involved in legal research. Students will develop an understanding of the sources of legal information and judgment in selecting appropriate sources and formats for specific projects.
  • CJ 231: Introduction to Corrections. 3 hrs. Basic course in the American correctional system; study of the history of corrections, philosophy of punishment and correction, correctional institutions, programs, and services, and contemporary issues and problems.
  • CJ 280-283: Special Topics. 1-4 hrs. Lower-level, specialized courses of contemporary interest.
  • CJ 300: Administration of Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. This course provides an analysis of the theories of organization and the administration of criminal justice agencies, including management styles, techniques of leadership, and decision-making. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 302: Criminal Justice Research Methods. 3 hrs. Logic of social research methods, survey research, methods of evaluation, sampling, and the contrast between qualitative and quantitative Criminal Justice research. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 312: Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs. Investigation methodology, relations of the detective with other police divisions; modus operandi; sources of information; surveillance, interrogation, follow-up procedures. (PR: CJ 211)
  • CJ 314: Crime Scene Investigation. 3 hrs. This course exposes students to crime scene evidence, collection techniques, and the various uses of modern technology in preserving and analyzing evidence. (PR: CJ 211)
  • CJ 322: Criminal Law. 3 hrs. History and development of criminal law, elements of a crime, parties to a crime, types of offenses. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 323: Criminal Procedure. 3 hrs. Admissibility of evidence and confessions, recent civil rights decisions, reconciling individual rights and community interest in law and order. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 325: Juvenile Justice. 3 hrs. Study of the historical development, legal foundations, and present institutions, programs, and services in the juvenile justice system. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 331: Probation and Parole. 3 hrs. Supervision of offenders in the community, including history, philosophy, legal foundations, strategies, professional roles and contemporary models, programs, and services. (PR: CJ 231)
  • CJ 332: Correctional Rehabilitation. 3 hrs. Examines the theories, treatment strategies, and the role of the correctional counselor. Special emphasis is given to the topics of classification, development of treatment plans, and principles of effective intervention. (PR: CJ 231)
  • CJ 340: Drugs and Crime. 3 hrs. Examines the history and consequences of mind-altering drugs, and criminal behavior as it is affected by drugs, the legal response to substance abuse, treatment and prevention of substance abuse.
  • CJ 341: Victims of Crime. 3 hrs. Examines victims of crime, the process and consequences of victimization. Also covered are victims’ rights and services available for victims and victim compensation.
  • CJ 351: Principles of Crime Prevention. 3 hrs. This course examines the theory, operation, and evaluation of crime prevention as a function of the criminal justice system. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 400: Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. Examines ethical issues and moral dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Traditional ethical theories and practices designed to foster public trust in the criminal justice system are examined and applied. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 401: Teaching & Training in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. Students examine various theories and techniques used in teaching and training criminal justice professionals, develop lesson plans, and use technology based presentation media to present information. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 404: Theoretical Criminology. 3 hrs. A critical analysis of the major criminological theories and their empirical foundations. Current theory and research receive greater emphasis than historical development. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 406: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Crime. 3 hrs. Examines the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture within the criminal justice system. Explores minorities and women as victims, witnesses, and offenders. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 410: Police Administration. 3 hrs. This course studies the functions and activities of police agencies, including police department organizations and responsibilities of police administrators. Current administrative and management techniques and theories are also explored. (PR: CJ 211)
  • CJ 416: Terrorism. 3 hrs. Provides students with a working knowledge of the history of terrorism, the current status of terrorist groups, terrorism tactics, and methods to counteract terrorism.
  • CJ 421: Corrections and the Law. 3 hrs. Review of legal principles relating to convicted criminals, including plea negotiations, sentencing, post-conviction remedies, constitutional rights of inmates, and conditions of confinement. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 422: Law of Evidence. 3 hrs. Leading rules and principles of exclusion and selection; burden of proof, nature and effect of presumptions; proof of authenticity and contents of writings; examinations, competency and privilege of witnesses. (PR: CJ 200)
  • CJ 423: Advanced Legal Research and Writing. 3 hrs. Gives the student additional experience in legal research and introduces the skills required in drafting legal documents. (PR: CJ 200 and CJ 223 or permission)
  • CJ 424: Computer Crime. 3 hrs. Students will identify and define criminal acts committed with computers or directed toward computer systems, electronic search and seizure and electronic evidence.
  • CJ 426: Civil Liability Issues in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. This course examines various theories of civil liability that relate to Criminal Justice professionals, the civil justice system, and preventing and defending civil liability claims.
  • CJ 433: Correctional Administration. 3 hrs. Objectives of correctional institutions; records, personnel program development, security, educational programs. (PR: CJ 231)
  • CJ 440: Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence. 3 hrs. This course focuses on the legal response to child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Examines dynamics of abusive relationships, the effects of victimization, and current research on these issues.
  • CJ 450: Business and Industry Security. 3 hrs. Selection, training and staffing of a security force; security devices available; techniques of internal security; ground security; security techniques applicable to personnel selection; legal problems. Criminal Justice majors only. (PR: CJ 211)
  • CJ 453: Seminar in Crime Prevention. 3 hrs. This course examines theory, operation, and evaluation of crime prevention as a function of the criminal justice system. Techniques for crime prevention are analyzed from various orientations, including environmental design. (PR: CJ 351)
  • CJ 480-483: Special Topics. 1-4 hrs. Specialized courses of contemporary interest. (PR: Consent of the instructor)
  • CJ 485-488: Independent Study 1-4 hrs. This course permits the student to undertake supervised research (field or library) in any area where there is no appropriate course. (PR: Consent of the instructor)
  • CJ 490: Internship. 1-6 hrs. The placement of an individual into a criminal justice agency (police, probation, courts, jails) to observe and participate in its operation. Grading is CR/NC only. (PR: Consent of the instructor; GPA of 2.5 or better)
  • CJ 492: Senior Seminar. 3 hrs. Capstone course. Integrates and applies material learned in the program of study. Serves as a culminating experience in which students demonstrate what they have learned in the classroom. (PR: Senior status, CJ 200, CJ 302, CJ 404)
  • CJ 495H-496H: Readings for Honors in Criminal Justice. 2-4 hrs. Open to criminal justice majors of outstanding ability. Study may deal with any aspect of criminal justice. Wide reading and comprehensive understanding of the subject are required. (PR: Consent of department chairman.) See Honors Courses.