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Core Courses

CRJU 2250. Introduction to Criminal Justice (wi) (3)
Prerequisite for all Criminal Justice courses. An introduction to the philosophical and historical background, agencies, processes and functions of the criminal justice system. In addition, the course will cover major systems of social control, victimology, and comparative criminal justice.

CRJU 2350. Introduction to Law Enforcement (3) An examination of the principles of organization, administration and functions of police departments. An evaluation of personnel policies, decisions, operations, command policies and the department as a whole. Contemporary law enforcement and comparative law enforcement issues will be discussed.

CRJU 2450. Introduction to Corrections (3) A survey of philosophy and history of corrections; a study of correctional institutions; probation, parole and processes; and other components of the correctional system. Contemporary corrections and comparative corrections issues will be discussed.

CRJU 2650. Juvenile Justice (3)
An in-depth study of the juvenile justice system. Topics covered are the development of delinquent behavior, victimology, initial handling and proper referrals, preventive police techniques, special police problems with juveniles, juvenile law, and related juvenile justice agencies.

CRJU 3000. Criminal Justice Theory (3)
An analysis of major criminological theories, theory construction, testing, and application. Theoretical perspectives for both perpetrators and victims of crime will be discussed. A critical analysis of their policy implications will be discussed.

CRJU 3060. Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice (3) The study of ethics and diversity in criminal justice, critical thinking and moral reasoning with selective readings emphasizing a variety of perspectives. Specific cultural and ethical issues and problems associated with law enforcement, corrections, and the courts will be emphasized as well as legal and societal constraints and codes of conduct.

CRJU 4000. Criminal Justice Practicum (3) Prerequisite: Minimum of seventy-five earned credit hours. Submission of application is required in semester prior to enrollment. This course will provide students with an 80 hour field experience to integrate theoretical criminal justice perspectives with the “real world” of employment. In addition, classroom instruction will further develop soft and hard employment skills in preparation for their career development.

CRJU 4060. Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice (3) Prerequisite: MATH 1110. A statistics course that develops an understanding of statistical methods and procedures with an emphasis on criminal justice research and data analysis. A variety of statistical techniques will be discussed as well as their application in social science research.

CRJU 4061. Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice Laboratory (1) Must take with corresponding CRJU 4060 section. Computer laboratory designed to enhance classroom instruction through interpreting, comprehending and use of data from an applied perspective.

CRJU 4110. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) Prerequisites: CRJU 3000, 4060, 4061. This course serves to develop the student’s research skills with an emphasis in analytical thought processes, research design and problem solving. This course will focus on the integration of research methods, data processing and data analysis.

CRJU 4111. Research Methods in Criminal Justice Laboratory (1) Must take with corresponding CRJU 4110 section. Laboratory experience in SPSS, research design, concepts, operationalization and measurement. Collecting, inputting, and interpreting data sets.

CRJU 4510. Criminal Law, Procedure and Court Processes (3) The course will provide the student with an understanding of criminal law, procedure, and the court processes. The elements of offenses as well as defenses, constitutional and others, and processes from detention, arrest, pre-trial, trial and post-trial will be analyzed.

CRJU 4600. Senior Seminar (3) Criminal Justice seniors with permission of the instructor. This is the capstone course for criminal justice majors that require students to demonstrate, through reflection and critical analysis, their ability to integrate subject matter in the department’s core areas of study. This student-centered course will require students to integrate their knowledge and skills to analyze a contemporary issue in criminal justice and provide a corrective course of action, which incorporates a nexus between theory and practice and related policy.


Bundled Electives in Concentrations There are currently four concentrations for undergraduates majoring in criminal justice. Complete one of the following:

Law Enforcement

CRJU 2500. Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science Application (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2350. An examination of criminal investigation fundamentals including crime scene search, collection and preservation of evidence, interviews, interrogation, case preparation, and the familiarization with specific instrumentation in crime detection and evidence selection for evidentiary value.

CRJU 4150. Police Management Theory (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2350. An advanced course focusing upon management theories, current management systems, supervision and supervisory principles as applied to police administration. This course examines leadership skills, planning and implementation, decision making and creative problem-solving for the police administrator.

CRJU 4250. Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Personnel (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2350. A course designed to provide a basic concept of criminal law and to provide legal ground work for those who seek to enter the criminal justice system. The structure, definitions and interpretations of the most frequently used criminal statutes and the purpose of criminal sanctions will be analyzed.

CRJU 4630. Law Enforcement Theory, Policy and Practice (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2350, 2500, 4150, 4250. This course will serve as a capstone course for the law enforcement concentration. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theory, policy and practice in law enforcement through their participation in a project that addresses a contemporary issue in aw enforcement. Best practices in law enforcement will also be discussed.


CRJU 2470. Jail Policy and Practice (3)
An analysis of jail policy and practices from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Specific attention will be devoted to jail administrative and staff demands as well as legislative and policy issues, fiscal constraints, special populations and best practices for the management of jail facilities.

CRJU 2510. Corrections in the Community (3)
This course examines the historical development of probation, parole and community-based alternatives. Emphasis will be placed on community based programs that can be a viable alternative to prison and the re-entry of ex-offenders in their communities.

CRJU 4160. Correctional Counseling (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2450: An overview and survey of counseling and rehabilitation approaches which are relevant to contemporary corrections. Techniques will be examined in the use of treatment, counseling, and rehabilitative practices.

CRJU 4620. Correctional Theory, Policy and Practice (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2450, 2470, 2510, 4160. This course will serve as a capstone course for the correction concentration. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theory, policy and practice in corrections through their participation in a project that addresses a contemporary issue in corrections. Best practices in corrections will also be discussed.

Homeland Security

HLS 3000. Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the scope of issues facing the American public, the private sector and law enforcement on securing the country against threats posed by domestic and international terrorist groups. Threats to American interests abroad will also be analyzed.

HLS 3200. Emergency Management and Recovery (3)
This course exposes students to emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course concentrates on the recovery phase, which involves bringing the affected area back to status quo ante and explores how mitigation for the next event ties in with recovery. Included is discussion of eminent domain in the disaster recovery context as well as the roles of federal, state, and local governments.

HLS 3500. Infrastructure Protection (3)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the principles of Homeland Security infrastructure protection as outlined in presidential directives, executive orders and federal and state law, court opinions, regulations, policies, and procedures.

HLS 4640. Homeland Security Theory, Policy and Practice (3)
Prerequisites: HLS 3000, 3200, 3500. This course will serve as a capstone course for the homeland security concentration. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theory, policy and practice in homeland security through their participation in a project that addresses a contemporary issue in homeland security. Best practices in homeland security will also be discussed.

Juvenile Justice

CRJU 3650. Counseling in Juvenile Justice (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2650. This course focuses on research-based prevention and intervention strategies. Emphasis will be placed on strategies that improve psychosocial functioning via risks and needs assessments, treatment planning, behavioral management techniques, and therapeutic relationships.

CRJU 4650. Juvenile Justice Theory, Policy and Practice (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2650, CRJU 3650, SOCW 3500, SOCW 3600. This course will serve as a capstone course for the juvenile justice concentration. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theory, policy and practice in juvenile justice through their participation in a project that addresses a contemporary issue in juvenile justice. Best practices in juvenile justice will also be discussed.

SOCW 3500. Human Behavior and the SocialEnvironment (3)
Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, SOCW 3410: An examination of bio-psycho-social determinants of behavior at each stage of the life course. This course focuses on the varying life course stages and levels of environmental influence on behavior.

SOCW 3600. Human Behavior and the SocialEnvironment II (3)
Prerequisites: SOCW 2500, SOCW 3410, SOCW 3500. This course employs systems theory and social entities such as culture, communities, and formal organizations. Groups and families are conceptualized as macro, mezzo, and micro systems that form the social environment of the individual. The course is based on the social work principle that human behavior and problems are determined by interaction between individuals and macro, mezzo, and micro systems by which they are surrounded.

Additional Electives

Students are encouraged to take electives that are in line with their concentration, criminal justice bundled electives outside of chosen concentration or additional electives offered within the Department of Criminal Justice.

CRJU 3020. Introduction to Private Security (3)
An examination of the role of the security industry in criminal justice; administrative, personnel and physical aspects of the security field; loss prevention management.

CRJU 3050. Police Community Relations (3)
Examination of police community relations from historical and contemporary perspectives. Also explore citizen involvement and community outreach in efforts to promote public safety.

CRJU 3500. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Forensic Science (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2350 and 2500. An examination of evidence, court procedures, legal and ethical issues and the role of forensic science in the field of criminal justice.

CRJU 3600. Advanced Forensic Science Applications with Lab (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2350, 2500 and 3500. An overview of forensic science from a biological, chemical and criminalistic perspective, and its application from the crime scene to the court process. Permission of instructor and two years of biology or chemistry.

CRJU 4010. Correctional Management Theory (3)
Prerequisite: CRJU 2450. This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of management theories and current management systems, supervision, and supervisory principles as applied to corrections and total care institutions; administration, programs and staff roles.

CRJU 4025. Drugs, Addictions, Vice and Crime (3)
This course involves an in-depth examination of the causes, prevention and control of the so-called “victimless crimes’’ such as drug use, addictions, gambling and prostitution. In addition, other criminal offenses associated with crimes of vice will be discussed.

CRJU 4200. International Corrections (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2250 and 2450. An in-depth study of the major correctional systems of the world. Emphasis will be on examining existing philosophy, trends and problems of these systems.

CRJU 4210, 4220. Contemporary Problems in Criminal Justice I and II (3, 3)
Permission of instructor required. These courses will allow the faculty to teach contemporary and special criminal justice issues that are not taught as a part of the regular curriculum.

CRJU 4260. Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
Permission of the instructor is required. This course allows the student to make an in-depth study of the literature in an area of special interest within the criminal justice system. The student will submit a prospectus to be approved by the faculty prior to enrollment in the course.

CRJU 4270. Communication Skills for Criminal Justice Personnel (3)
This course teaches the use and meaning of vocabulary peculiar to the profession and also emphasizes the skills necessary in communicating in the criminal justice area.

CRJU 4305. Law, Evidence and Testimony in Computer Forensics (3)
Prerequisites: COMP 2110 and 2115. Provides the student with an understanding of factors related to the law, evidence and expert testimony in computer forensics. Students will demonstrate ability to understand their function with both civil and criminal cases, the burden of proof required in each, and prosecutorial and judicial duties and responsibilities.

CRJU 4350. Legal Aspects of Corrections (3)
Prerequisites: CRJU 2250 and 2450. This course will analyze the role of law in corrections including substantive rights of prisoners, prisoner remedies, procedural rights of prisoners, the legal authority and responsibility of correctional agencies and the restoration of offenders’ rights.

CRJU 4500. Criminal Justice Honors (3)
Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and permission of the instructor. This course will allow exceptional students to work on an individual basis with a faculty member in an area of interest.

CRJU 4700. Criminal Justice CO-OP (1-12)
Prerequisites: Minimum of seventy-five earned credit hours and permission from the department chair. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to have a work experience aligned with their career interest. The course varies between 10 and 40 hours per week at an approved agency. A prospectus is required prior to enrollment in the course.

HLS 4000. Financial Investigations (3)
This course will cover the background priorities and laws of the United States in fighting money laundering. Title 18 Sections 1956 and 1957 will be discussed, as well as, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 170), the Patriot Act and other Federal and United Nations acts. Any additional acts, resolutions, court opinions, or amendments regarding money laundering will also be analyzed and explored.

HLS 4200. Transportation Security (3)
This course will allow the student the ability to recognize some of the challenges facing transportation security and to formulate possible solutions to address these challenges. Students will examine current security responses by federal, state and local governments, as well as, private industry in the HLS 4210. Corporate/Private area of aviation, marine, highway and rail safety.

HLS 4210. Corporate/Private Security (3)
This course teaches students with the methods of securing the infrastructure of the United States. The student will have an understanding of all aspects of security, including the ability to identify threat elements to civil aviation operations, transportation, trains, rivers, bridges, and roads. Further the student will be able to apply their knowledge in providing briefings regarding their independent research into the methods utilized in the infrastructure protection by private and corporate security.

HLS 4500. Homeland Security Law and Policy (3)
Prerequisites: HLS3000. This course is designed to give the student an overview of homeland security law and policy. Students will explore emergency response, emergency management, and terrorism after 9/11/2001.

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