Criminal Justice Courses

CJ1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
This is an introductory survey course providing an overview of the contemporary criminal justice system. The various fields of study, including corrections, crime, law, procedures, and law enforcement are introduced in this course.

CJ2000 Criminology 3
Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior. Criminological research areas include the incidence and forms of crime as well as its causes and consequences. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in the behavioral sciences, drawing especially on the research of sociology, psychology and law. Criminological Theory is introduced to explore the nature and causes of crime, typologies, offenders and victims.

CJ2100 Juvenile Delinquency & Justice 3
This course provides an analysis of the legal system’s specific procedures for dealing with juvenile offenders. Theories on the causes of youth crime are a particularly important subfield within criminology. Specific attention is given to issues of diversity to both the understanding that crime is committed disproportionately by those aged between fifteen and twenty-five, and how the justice system addresses this reality.

CJ3000 Law Enforcement & Policing 3
The history, theory, subculture, and practice of law enforcement agencies and organizations are reviewed in this course. Law enforcement constitutes one aspect of policing activity. Policing covers an array of activities in different situations, including the preservation of order. Prerequisites: CJ1000 and CJ2000.

CJ3100 Correctional Institutions 3
The history, theory, practice and legal environment of corrections is the focus of this course. Topics covered include the development of correctional philosophy, incarceration and prison systems, community-based corrections, treatment of offenders, and alternative approaches. Prerequisites: CJ1000 and CJ2000.

CJ3500 Criminal Law and Procedures 3
The adjudication of law is emphasized via a review of criminal law and procedures, emphasizing elements of prosecution, defense, court procedures, and decision-making. Various types of offenses, such as personal and property crimes are explored, as are decisions in the procedural realm (interrogation, search and seizure, sentencing and punishment, alternative sentencing, and appeals processes). Prerequisites: CJ 1000 and CJ2000.

CJ3600-3699 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3 
This occasional course offering will focus on contemporary topics in criminal justice or delve into specific fields of the discipline. Topics could include forensics, criminal justice and the media, cross-cultural criminal law and procedures, criminal investigations, and social deviance. Prerequisites: CJ1000 and CJ2000.

CJ3700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
Methods for conducting and analyzing criminal justice research are offered in the course. Students are exposed to the practical applications of techniques used in criminal justice research such as crime mapping and regression modeling. Prerequisites: CJ1000, CJ2000 and PY2100. Fee.

CJ4940 Criminal Justice Capstone 2
As the culminating educational experience for Criminal Justice majors, this class meets weekly and is taken the same semester the student completes the Criminal Justice internship experience. An end of semester capstone project is submitted and presented. This course is reserved for Criminal Justice majors at the senior level. Prerequisites: CJ 1000, CJ 2000, CJ3700 and senior status in the major.

CJ4970 Criminal Justice Internship 2
This course combines an internship placement experience with a weekly class meeting in which students apply content and skills from the criminal justice curriculum to their internship experience. This course is reserved for Criminal Justice majors at the senior level. Prerequisites: CJ 1000, CJ 2000, CJ3700 and senior status in the major.