SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES


CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 hours
This course focuses on the Criminal Justice system in the United States including current policing, the criminal and juvenile court systems, prisons, and correction facilities.

CJ102 Crime in America   3 hours
This course focuses on critical current issues in criminal justice and the relationship between crime and the mass media. This course examines how media affects our perceptions and attitudes about crime and criminal justice policies.

CJ103 Current Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice   3 hours
This course introduces students to the strategies and principles used to engage in career and life planning. Core methodologies include: self-inventory and assessment, decision-making skills, résumé writing, internships and employment tracks, goal setting, interview skills, personal and professional wellness, graduate school preparation, personal finance, domestic and international work environments, planning for life beyond college, and financial management.

CJ104 Criminology: Crime Theory and Criminal Behavior   3 hours
This course examines theories and explanations of the causes of crime, and the evaluation of the role of social structure in the behavior of individuals. Upon completion of this course, students will apply social science theories and explanations of the causes of crime, and evaluate issues related to theories of crime in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and socially stratified society.

CJ201 Professional Policing   3 hours
This course is directed toward current best practices for daily police work. Methodology includes case studies involving real life crime occurrences and the correct response to such events. Activities include community esprit de corps, public relations, servant leadership, connectivity to social groups, event management, and stimulus/response patterns.

CJ204 Criminal Investigation and Interrogation   3 hours
This course introduces students to interviewing and essential communication skills used by criminal justice professionals. Students learn fundamental techniques for interviewing criminal suspects, witnesses, victims, and children involved in crime. Emphasis is placed on conducting these interviews in a legal, efficient, and professional manner while pursuing the truth from those involved in the crime.

CJ211 Criminal Law   3 hours
This course will provide a survey of the criminal law, and develop knowledge about the intent and act requirements for criminal offenses. Students will learn the elements of various criminal offenses, capacity, and defenses. The course will provide an overview of criminal law statutes and case law, and students will be assessed on their ability to identify relevant facts and apply legal principles.

CJ212 Crime and the Law   3 hours
This course studies the U.S. Constitution, statues, and court decisions that impact the laws of arrest, search, seizure, admission of evidence, detention, interrogation, and indictments. It also will examine criminal procedure laws and the differences between relevant federal, state and local laws.

CJ213 Corrections   3 hours
This course examines our corrections system offering a survey of corrections institutions, practices, and legal issues. It will provide both a historical overview and a modern perspective on the punishment of offenders in the United States.

CJ214 Professional Perspectives on Policing   3 hours
This course examines our corrections system offering a survey of corrections institutions, practices, and legal issues. It will provide both a historical overview and a modern perspective on the punishment of offenders in the United States

CJ220 Work-integrated Practicum   3 hours
This course offers an opportunity for students to apply their disciplinary knowledge in a real-world context. Students will do a work-integrated learning program (eg an internship) during the semester with a criminal justice related employer.

CJ222 Digital Skills and Criminal Justice   3 hours
This course provides an overview of topics including the collection and storage of evidence in a digital medium, the software and hardware associated with criminal justice databases, confidentiality, privacy, biases, ethics, and accountability. Students will also be exposed to algorithmic decision making in the criminal justice domain and relevant policy concerns for the rule of law.

CJ301 Statistics for Criminal Justice and Social Services   3 hours
This introductory course teaches the tools required to analyze problems within the social sciences. Descriptive statistics, basic concepts of probability, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, survey sampling methods, analysis of variance and linear regression are among the tools discussed.

CJ302 Criminal Procedure   3 hours
The course provides an overview of the rules and procedures that pertain to pretrial and trial stages of criminal proceedings. Students will gain knowledge about differences between misdemeanors and felonies, the responsibilities of various actors/institutions in the criminal justice system, and the rules designed to ensure fairness and protect constitutional rights.

CJ303 Crisis Management, Intervention and Mediation   3 hours
Through case studies and research, this course focuses on theories and intervention strategies used with individuals and groups experiencing crisis events that come in direct contact with criminal justice personnel. In addition, basic skills and theory used in current conflict resolution in the field of criminal justice will be analyzed.

CJ310 Gangs and Crime   3 hours
This course examines the impact of gangs on families, communities, police, and the criminal justice system. Modern day implications from gang-related violence will be analyzed and solutions examined. The historical and ever-changing dynamics of criminal gangs in society, both inside and outside of prison will be included. Students are also expected to gain an understanding of modern technological tools aimed at tackling gang activity.

CJ311 Victimology   3 hours
This course provides an overview of victimology. Whereas traditional criminal justice focused almost exclusively on the offender and the criminal justice system, contemporary approaches also focus on the victims of crime. Students will gain an understanding of victimization, its patterns, and the relationship between victims, offenders, the legal system, and society. Students will understand how crime impacts victims, methods aimed at helping victims cope with the consequences of crime, victims’ rights, and the importance of victim-inclusive criminal justice policies.

CJ313 Community Corrections, Probations, and Parole   3 hours
The course exposes students to alternatives to incarceration in addition to viable post-release options and mandates for criminal offenders. Main topics include electronic house arrest, offender boot camps, court appointed diversion programs, community service, halfway houses, GPS monitoring, and victim/community compensation.

CJ315 Introduction to Human Rights   3 hours
This course provides an overview of human rights legal instruments and practice. Students will examine an array of domestic and international human rights laws and develop an understanding of their application within the context of the criminal justice system.

CJ320 Crime and Drug Addiction   3 hours
This course studies the relationship between drug addiction and crime. Topics covered include various types of drugs and their effects, drug use and abuse, addiction and the origin of drug laws. Emphasis is placed on how the criminal justice system handles drug offenders. Experts in the field provide laboratory experience and hands-on activities.

CJ333 Moot Court   3 hours
This course requires students to ‘moot’ a criminal justice related problem before a judge or panel of judges. Students will gain training in oral and written advocacy, reasoning, fact and legal analysis, application of legal principles, and communication.

CJ399 Internship in Criminal Justice   3 hours
This course provides a closely supervised internship to be initiated by the student and approved by the instructor. The internship may be in the area of parole, probation, corrections, the courts, law firms, or law enforcement agencies. Students are expected to submit a reflective essay and complete an evaluation by their internship supervisor. (Pre-requisite: Senior status and permission from the Dean or a faculty advisor.)

CJ401 Statistics and Research Methods for Criminal Justice   3 hours
This is the introductory course to social scientific inquiry and the research design process. This course also exposes students to common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Although key statistical concepts are covered, the focus of the course is helping students to gain a conceptual framework to conduct research projects in criminal justice.

CJ403 Immigration and Criminal Justice   3 hours
This course will introduce students to the interaction between the immigration system and criminal justice. In recent years, the escalation in immigration law enforcement actions has resulted in a growing number of immigrants in custody. This course examines the legal, human rights, and social dimensions of incarcerating those who violate immigration laws, and the broader implications for American justice.

CJ407 International Crime and Justice   3 hours
This course offers students an overview of current issues in international criminal justice. It introduces crime as a global issue through analysis of transnational and international crime problems. It will briefly survey the work of international criminal justice institutions such as the ICC and ad hoc tribunals established to provide justice for victims of genocide and other mass crimes.

CJ408 Cybercrime   3 hours
This survey course will introduce students to the problem of cybercrimes and the intelligence, law enforcement, and prevention strategies employed to prevent harm. Students will gain an understanding of the technological and jurisdictional challenges encountered in the area of cybercrime.

CJ410 White Collar Crime   3 hours
This course will introduce students to the phenomenon of white collar crime and its treatment under relevant criminal laws. Students will gain an understanding of theories behind white collar crime, the different types of white collar crime, and prevention strategies. Students also will examine current punishment theories and practices applicable to white collar crime.

CJ411 Race, Class, and Punishment   3 hours
This course provides an overview of the intersections between race and class and the American criminal justice system. It seeks to expose students to the reasons as to why racial minorities and those from low socio-economic communities are disproportionately represented in prisons, and policy responses thereto. Students will also gain awareness about the racialized impacts of law enforcement practices and particular criminal laws.

CJ415 Terrorism, Intelligence, and National Security   3 hours
This course provides a survey of key issues in anti-terrorism, American national security laws, and institutions, intelligence gathering, strategies for preventing extremist violence, and relevant international laws.

CJ420 Seminar Paper   3 hours
This course examines our corrections system offering a survey of corrections institutions, practices, and legal issues. It will provide both a historical overview and a modern perspective on the punishment of offenders in the United States