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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

All course descriptions carry behind the name and number a parenthesis ( ) indicating the credit hours, lecture hours, and the lab hours per week. For example: NSCI 110 (4-3-2). The first number in the parenthesis indicates the credit value of the course (4); the second number indicates the number of lecture hours (3) per week; and the third number indicates the number of lab hours per week (2).

CRJC 200  (3-3-0)  Introduction to the Criminal Justice System: A survey course designed to familiarize students with the functions, structure, and organization of the agencies that are responsible for the administration of justice. Specifically, the course introduces students to the institutions and processes of law making and enforcement, the judicial system, corrections and the juvenile justice system.
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CRJC 201  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Law Enforcement: A study of the history and philosophy of local, state, and federal law enforcement entities in the U.S. with emphasis on the interdependence of law enforcement and other components of the criminal justice system. The course also examines the roles of the police in the administration of justice and the critical issues that affect law enforcement in contemporary society.
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CRJC 202  (3-3-0)  Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice: A study of procedural aspects of the legal process and administration of justice including constitutional rights, participants in court processes, rules of evidence and the exclusionary rule, and expert testimony.
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CRJC 203  (3-3-0)  Criminal Justice Ethics: A critical examination of the diverse ethical issues encountered in the American criminal justice system with a focus on comparing and contrasting the principles of moral philosophy and ethical theory to the practices of criminal justice agencies.
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CRJC 212  (3-3-0)  Juvenile Justice System: A survey course designed to provide an overview of the juvenile justice system, with particular emphasis on the agencies, institutions, procedures, law, programs, and philosophies that guide the administration of juvenile justice.
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CRJC 215  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Criminal Courts: This course focuses on the structural outlay and philosophy of the court system, with special emphasis on criminal law and procedure, court processes, and structures, constitutional guarantees, the trial process, and the roles of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and juries.
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CRJC 220  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Corrections: This course examines the historical development, current changes, and future trends in correctional policies and strategies including analysis and evaluation of concepts and theories of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and other purposes of correctional reform. Special emphasis will be placed on the underlying social, legal, and ethical issues that affect various correctional strategies.
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CRJC 222  (3-3-0)  Community Corrections: An in-depth theoretical perspective of the social, legal, and ethical issues which gave rise to the development of contemporary strategies of corrections in the community including programs such as probation, parole, other alternatives to incarceration, intermediate sanctions, and diversionary programs
Prerequisite: CRJC 200 And CRJC 220
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CRJC 230  (3-3-0)  Criminal Evidence: A course focusing on the various types of evidence used in both civil and criminal proceedings with emphasis on the rules governing the admissibility of evidence and the procedures for handling evidentiary issues in the courtroom.
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CRJC 243  (3-3-0)  Writing for Criminal Justice: Emphasis is placed on the development of writing skills required for careers in criminal justice, including various forms of correspondence, interoffice memos, informal reports, minutes of meetings, summaries, briefings, and presentations; proofreading, revising, and editing; writing for culturally diverse audiences; and criminal justice terminology.
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CRJC 300  (3-3-0)  Criminal Law: An involved philosophical analysis of criminal law principles and concepts focusing on both the procedural aspects and the substantive elements of the various crimes, criminal court decisions, and the practical application of such principles and concepts in the courtroom.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 302  (3-3-0)  Prisons and Society: An advanced corrections course in which students explore the far-reaching impacts of prisons on society. The course examines the consequences of mass incarceration in the United States, not only for prisoners and ex-prisoners, but also for families and communities who have committed no crimes. The course further considers the impact of mass imprisonment on democracy and whether the social costs of incarceration have produced benefits to society in quality of life, safety, or justice.
Prerequisite: CRJC 220 And CRJC 200
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CRJC 304  (3-3-0)  Criminological Theory: This course exposes students to different theoretical perspectives in the study of crime and criminal justice. It acquaints students with various explanations that have been offered in an effort to understand criminal behavior and criminal justice practices within social contexts.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200 And PSYC 210 And SOCI 210
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CRJC 305  (3-3-0)  Race, Class, and Gender in Criminal Justice: A comprehensive examination of the concepts of race, class, and gender as determinants of the structure and function of the American criminal justice system, including the relationship between race, class, gender, and crime; issues of race, class, and gender discrimination; and the ideological and political debates that both integrate and segregate theories of race, class, gender, and crime.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 311  (3-3-0)  Criminal Justice Organizations: Management and Administration: A theoretical course focusing on the organization, management, and administration of local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies with emphasis on how the structure and functions of such agencies affect the administration of justice.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 313  (3-3-0)  Victimology: This course will explore the evolution of the victim's rights movement, treatment of victims by criminal justice and other social service agencies, theoretical explanations for victimization, repeat victimization, victim treatment in other parts of the world, and successful approaches to working with crime victims.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 314  (3-3-0)  Criminal Justice Research Methods: This course covers the various methods of conducting quantitative and qualitative research. The emphasis is on research design, research instrument construction, data analysis, and reporting of results.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200 And CRJC 201 Or CRJC 215 Or CRJC 220
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CRJC 315  (3-3-0)  Criminal Justice Statistics: This course is an overview of the various statistics techniques used in criminal justice research. Topics include measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, t-test, chi-square, regression, and correlation analysis. Emphasis is on testing hypotheses and interpretation of statistical results.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 325  (3-3-0)  Drugs and Crime: This survey course will address the phenomenon of drugs and crime. Topics to be examined include the nature of drugs, drug use, and addiction; past and present-day trends and patterns in drug availability and use; theories of drug use and addiction; the theoretical and empirical relationship between drugs and crime; drug prevention and treatment programs and their effectiveness; and a review of drug control policies in the United States and selected other countries.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 325  (3-3-0)  Drugs and Crime: This survey course will address the phenomenon of drugs and crime. Topics to be examined include the nature of drugs, drug use, and addiction; past and present-day trends and patterns in drug availability and use; theories of drug use and addiction; the theoretical and empirical relationship between drugs and crime; drug prevention and treatment programs and their effectiveness; and a review of drug control policies in the United States and selected other countries.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 333  (3-3-0)  Police and Society: A study of the critical issues facing police officers and administrators in relation to police community relations in a diverse society, with particular emphasis on police history and role in society, discretion, and strategies.
Prerequisite: CRJC 201 And CRJC 200
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CRJC 335  (3-3-0)  Media and Crime: This course will explore the relationship between media and crime. Students will critically analyze various forms of media through the use of content analysis and case studies. The overall focus will be the social construction of perceptions of criminals, victims, and the criminal justice system, as well as how the media is used as a tool of social control and how it affects criminal justice policy.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200 Or PSYC 210 Or SOCI 210
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CRJC 340  (3-3-0)  White Collar Crime: A survey course designed to provide an overview of white collar crime, with an emphasis on the criminal and/or unethical or harmful acts of the rich and powerful. Specifically, the course explores the various types of white collar crimes, the characteristics of the offenders, the theories attempting to explain these acts, and the harm caused by them.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 345  (3-3-0)  Criminal Justice Leadership: This course will examine criminal justice leadership, discretionary decision-making in criminal justice, critical incident performance, and the effects of stress on criminal professionals. Students will explore the history, major trends and theories, and implementation and practice of leadership principles in the criminal justice professions.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 351  (3-3-0)  Special Problems in Criminal Justice Criminology: An advanced analysis of multiple interdisciplinary problems within the fields of criminal justice and criminology. Students will be introduced to a number of problems in criminal justice that do not receive in-depth attention in existing criminal justice courses. Specific topics to be chosen by instructor.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 355  (3-3-0)  Crime Prevention: Theory and Practice: This course examines crime prevention in theory and in practice. This survey course will review theories of crime and justice with specific implications for efforts to prevent crime. Students will trace the evolution of crime prevention efforts. Most importantly, the course will review crime prevention strategies, ranging from those designed to protect the individual to those designed to protect society at large. A particular focus will be placed on techniques linked to the environmental criminology and situational crime prevention perspectives.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 361  (3-3-0)  Comparative Criminal Justice: A theory-based comparison of the American criminal justice system with a number of selected criminal justice systems from around the world. Emphasis will be placed on how the social organization of a specific society affects the definition of crime and the administration of justice.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 370  (3-3-0)  Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Students will examine one theme in-depth that is not addressed in great detail in another course. Topic will change based on the interests and expertise of the instructor and a student may retake the course to a maximum of nine credits with change of topic.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 380  (3-3-0)  Sex, Sexuality, and the Law: This is a survey course designed to give students an overview of criminal law, civil law, and legal issues as they related to sex and sexuality. This class considers why certain behaviors come to be legal or illegal, how laws that regulate sex and sexuality affect our culture, and how criminal justice professionals confront issues of sexuality within the framework of the law. Though specific topics may vary by professor or current events, they may include sexual assault, prostitution, sex trafficking, pedophilia, sting operations, abortion, hate crimes, GLBTQ rights (for civilians and CJ professionals), sex registries, and pornography.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200
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CRJC 429  (1-1-0)  Internship Preparation Course: This course familiarizes students with issues related to the internship experience, such as finding an internship, preparing for the internship interview, learning about criminal justice in the field, being professional, understanding issues that may occur during the internship, successfully completing assignments, and ethics in the field. This course must be successfully completed before a student can register for CRJC 430, Internship in Criminal Justice.
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CRJC 430  (3-3-0)  Internship in Criminal Justice Systems: This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize theory and practice in a supervised work environment in a criminal justice agency, with the students' progress and performance on the job monitored jointly by the agency head and the course instructor.
Prerequisite: CRJC 429
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CRJC 450  (3-3-0)  Seminar in Criminal Justice: This course is designed to provide criminal justice majors with a capstone experience emphasizing integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses on the institutions, policies and practices of criminal justice. Students engage in the development and production of a senior level research paper grounded in relevant criminal justice literature.
Prerequisite: CRJC 200 And CRJC 201 And CRJC 215 And CRJC 220 And CRJC 304 And CRJC 314
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CRJC 460  (3-3-0)  Researching Criminological Theories: This is an advanced course emphasizing the research literature on major theoretical perspectives in the field of criminal justice. Students will assess the methods used, pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of those approaches. This course will be a critical evaluation of the research methods that generate data, bridging the gap between theory and research in the study of crime and deviant behavior. Students will examine the processes and challenges of conducting theoretically directed research with a focus on sampling, measurement, and analytical issues.
Prerequisite: CRJC 304 And CRJC 314 And (CRJC 315 Or STAT 202 Or PSYC 233 Or SOCI 331)
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