Criminal Justice Courses
CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice:
Examination of the criminal justice system and process. Includes crime, lawmaking, criminality, prosecution, police, courts, and corrections. (3 credits)
CJ 210 Introduction to Policing:
This course provides an overview of the purpose and function of the police in the United States. (3 credits)
CJ 225 Punishment and the Death Penalty:
Review of philosophical principles, policies, and procedures of punishment as used in the death penalty practices of the US. (1 credit)
CJ 226 Criminal Investigation:
Researches the process of gathering information and evidence in solving crimes. Focus on the role of evidence gathering and its importance to prosecuting cases and administering justice. (2 credits)
CJ 230 Criminology and Criminal Law:
Study of criminal behavior and the measurement of crime and victimization. Major theories of crime causation and specific types of crime will be examined. (3 credits)
CJ 310 Women/Policing:
This course provides an overview of women working as police officers in the United States. The course will provide the history, changing role, integration, and future of female police officers into this male dominated profession.
CJ 325 Applied Research Methods:
This course provides an overview of the scientific model, the philosophy and goals of science, and a detailed study of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Lecture, laboratory. Co-requisite or Prerequisite: STAT 330. Cross-listed with COMM and POLS. (4 credits)
CJ 330 Criminal Law and Procedure:
Examination of criminal law and procedure including search and seizure laws, rights of defendants and victims, and due process in criminal law. (2 credits)
CJ 354 Media & Crime:
An overview of how mass media presents crime, criminals, and the American criminal justice system. Examines current research using a social constructionist theoretical perspective to better understand the implications of the media's presentation of crime in America. (2 credits)
CJ 406 Crime and Delinquency:
Study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency. Analysis causes of juvenile and an exploration of policies to combat delinquency.
Prerequisite: Junior standing. *Also offered for graduate credit (CJ 606). (3 credits)
CJ 407 Deviant Behavior:
Analysis of the precursors, the processes, and the consequences of deviance in Western society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSYC 111. Cross-listed with SOC. *Also offered for graduate credit (CJ 607). (3 credits)
CJ 460 Criminal Court Systems:
Analysis of the structure and function of the criminal court system in the United States, including the prosecutor, defense counsel, judge, and jury. Issues confronting the system are considered from historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. Prerequisite: CJ 325 or POLS 325 and admission to the Criminal Justice professional program. *Also offered for graduate credit (CJ 660.) (3 credits)
CJ 461 Corrections:
Analysis of institutional and community-centered corrections. Emphasis on historical, contemporary, and developing trends regarding structures, program content and problems. *Also offered for graduate credit (CJ 661). (3 credits)
CJ 465 Women and Minorities in Criminal Justice:
Analysis of roles and contributions of women and minorities in criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and practitioners. Examines effect of court decisions, rule-making and contemporary criminal justice practices on women and ethnic minorities. (3 credits)
CJ 489 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice:
Synthesis of criminal justice research, methods, and criminological theory. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (1 credit)
Enrollment in these courses is restricted to graduate students in criminal justice. Students in other programs may enroll with the permission of the instructor.
CJ 606 Crime and Delinquency:
Study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency. Analysis causes of juvenile and an exploration of policies to combat delinquency. Prerequisite: Junior standing. *Also offered for undergraduate credit (CJ 406). (3 credits) Accelerated Master's Students only.
CJ 607 Deviant Behavior:
Analysis of the precursors, the processes, and the consequences of deviance in Western society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSYC 111. Cross-listed with SOC. *Also offered for undergraduate credit (CJ 407). (3 credits) Accelerated Master's Students only.
CJ 660 Criminal Court Systems:
Analysis of historical and contemporary developments in the functions of police and courts. Focuses on societal, inter and intra-organizational contexts. *Also offered for undergraduate credit (CJ 460). (3 credits) Accelerated Master's Students only.
CJ 661 Corrections:
Analysis of institutional and community-centered corrections. Emphasis on historical, contemporary, and developing trends regarding structures, program content and problems. *Also offered for undergraduate credit (CJ 461). (3 credits) Accelerated Master's Students only.
CJ 702 Program Evaluation:
Examination of the development and implementation of criminal justice program/policy evaluation, including the techniques of applied research and practical considerations. Topics also include ethical issues, evaluation planning, process, impact and cost-benefit analyses, grant writing, and dissemination of findings. (3 credits)
CJ 703 Advanced Criminology:
Advanced study of the distribution of crime and the major theories of crime causation from an interdisciplinary perspective, including special attention to issues relating to the measurement, nature, and extent of crime in the US. (3 credits)
CJ 707 Juvenile Corrections:
Examination of the history of ideas about and responses to juvenile delinquency, the scope and nature historically and today, and the responses of various parts of the juvenile justice system, as well as responses by other social institutions such as the family, community, and schools. (3 credits)
CJ 709 Criminal Justice Policy:
Examination of concepts related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policy as it relates to the criminal justice system, including the history, development and operation of policing, courts/sentencing, corrections, crime prevention, offender rehabilitation, and issues related to drugs and crime and race and crime. (3 credits)
CJ 721 Individual Theories of Crime:
Review of historical and contemporary individual theories of crime. Discussion of the assumptions, causes, and policy implications of criminological theories. Prerequisite CJ 703. (3 credits)
CJ 722 Structural Theories of Crime:
Review of historical and contemporary structural theories of crime, including criteria of good theory, the assumptions of various criminological theories, and the similarities and differences in theories. Prerequisite CJ 703. (3 credits)
CJ 733 Issues in Institutional Corrections:
Course examining the various issues in adult prisons and jails in the United States. Topics include male and female inmates' life in prison violence, prisoners' rights, management and staff issues, and differences between prisons and jails. (3 credits)
CJ 734 Advanced Criminal Justice Methods:
Provides an examination of the research process. Explores how criminologists conduct research, pitfalls of research and importance of discovery and application. Prerequisite: Undergraduate methods course in social or behavioral sciences and a statistics course. (3 credits)
CJ 750 Violence:
Examination of various aspects of criminal violence, including various social settings (e.g., community, domestic, and school) with attention to the causes, consequences, moderating factors, and proposed solutions associated with violent criminal behavior. (3 credits)
CJ 752 Criminogenic Commodities:
Examination of the role of drugs, guns, and gangs in contributing to crime. Analysis of the laws pertaining to drugs, guns, and gangs and their impact on criminality. (3 credits)
CJ 754 Police and Society:
Provides an overview of law enforcement in the United States. Topics covered in this course include officer use of discretion, officer behavior, organizational function, and delivery of police services.
CJ 755 Administrative Policing:
Organizational theory, leadership, communication, labor relations, and crisis management in police administration. (3 credits)
CJ 759 Advanced Research Design:
Provides an overview of research design used in criminal justice and criminological research. Students will learn how to critique research designs that are most commonly used in criminal justice research. (3 credits)
CJ 760 Police and Race Issues:
Provides an in-depth, historical, and contemporary view of the police and race issues in the US. Discussions on diversity, use of force, racial profiling, and citizen complaints. (3 credits)
CJ 761 Police Effectiveness:
Examines effectiveness of police delivery services in the US. Examines theories and scrutinizes factors that are associated with police effectiveness. (3 credits)
CJ 762 Community Corrections:
Evaluation of practices, issues, and trends in community corrections. Focus on probation, parole, halfway houses, and other community alternatives to incarceration. (3 credits)
CJ 763 Correctional Rehabilitation:
Examines issues related to the implementation and effectiveness of various correctional treatment approaches and programs. In-depth examination of the history, purpose and common targets of correctional treatment interventions. (3 credits)
CJ 764 Punishment and Society:
Examines the use of punishment in American society. This course is designed as a seminar to discuss past and current literature on the evolution of punishment, the purposes of punishment, and specific types of punishment. (3 credits)
CJ 765 Classics in Policing:
This course provides an overview of the classic writings in policing which provide the foundation for contemporary research in policing. Students will learn how research in policing has advanced methodologically and theoretically since the first studies were conducted in the United States over fifty years ago. (3 credits)
CJ 768 Gender and Justice:
Examination of the role of gender in crime and the criminal justice system, including the changing roles of men and women in society, differential involvement in criminal behavior, and differential criminal justice response. (3 credits)
CJ 793 Independent Study:
Directed study allowing an individual student, under faculty supervision, to understand selected, independent work in topics of special interest or a limited experience in research. Varying credit.
CJ 795 Field Experience:
Field-oriented supervised learning activities outside the college classroom that include a preplanned assessment of the experience, registration during the term the experience is conducted, and post evaluation with the instructor. Varying credit.
CJ 797 Masters Paper:
Literature review, research, and preparation for paper required for the comprehensive study option.
CJ 798 Masters Thesis:
Original investigation under the supervision of a major adviser and a supervisory committee.
CJ 799 Doctoral Dissertation:
Original investigation under the supervision of a major adviser and a supervisory committee.