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+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = writing intensive


+CRJU 101. Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
Historical and philosophical account of the development of American criminal justice with emphasis on constitutional requirements. Survey of enforcement, court and corrections subsystems on a national, state and local level.

CRJU 102. Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 credits
Introduction to the social scientific study of police in the United States. The historical development of police, the functions of police, different types and styles of policing, and factors affecting policing in the U.S. will be examined.

CRJU 221. Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
Examines the goals and purposes of American criminal law. Explores elements of crime, criminal defenses, rules of law regarding police procedures such as searches, seizures, interrogations, and testimony.

CRJU 231. Contemporary Corrections 3 credits
Developmental history of American corrections with emphasis on contemporary issues related to the correctional system and process, correctional clientele, treatment of inmates in institutions and community programs and the future of correctional practice. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 241. Crime Prevention Strategies 3 credits
Crime opportunity reduction with emphasis on the develop ment and implementation of crime prevention strategies, the role of crime prevention specialists in policing and private security, the use of security devices and procedures and crime risk reduction through environmental design. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 250. Applied Criminal Justice Issues 3 credits
Examines each branch of the criminal justice system for examples of current ethical problems. Examples include prosecutorial, misconduct, the application of excessive force, police brutality, racial profiling, and passing and enforcing unjust laws. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 300. Theoretical Concept/Criminology 3 credits
Reviews the theories of crime causation with an emphasis on the interaction between theory and program implementation. Will examine the use of official and unofficial statistics in assessing the prevalence of criminal behavior, types of crimes committed and demographics of persons involved in criminal behavior. Will discuss the disjunction between the public perception of criminal behavior and the reality of criminal behavior.
Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 303. Police, Problems, and Practices 3 credits
Examines how law enforcement agencies, faced with budgetary constraints, balance social, legal and political interests when developing responses to community problems. Issues of accountability and responsibility, civil liability, and integration of technology, police misconduct, excessive use of force, and selection are explored. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 312. Special Issues in Corrections 3 credits
Course will review issues facing the staff of correctional programs at the institutional and community level. Types of issues discussed include special needs offenders, decreased funding for mental health programs contributes to prisons becoming mental health centers by default, and chemical dependencies of inmates has changed due to the increase usage of methamphetamine.
Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 313. Offender Treatment and Theories 3 credits
Discusses the foundations of correctional settings. Theories pertaining to the treatment of offenders will be discussed as well as the classification of offenders. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 314. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 3 credits
Examination of probation and parole, treatment philosophies, and strategies for supervision in the community. Practice in use of presenting investigation and examination of innovations in community-based correctional alternatives. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

+CRJU 316. Juvenile Justice 3 credits
Crime and delinquency as an individual and social problem. Included are conceptual models of social deviance, theories of criminal and delinquent behavior and the administration of justice in democratic society. An applied research project is required. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101 or +SOC 101.

CRJU 340. Public and Private Security 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to understand the relationship between public and private security through the examination of historical developments, organizational structures, trends, goals, and ramifications of social and economic forces as they relate to the security industry. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 342. Criminal Evidence and Investigation 3 credits
Examines the process of investigating crimes beginning with the first officer on the scene and ending with prosecution. Emphasis is placed on search and seizure, suspects' rights to counsel, interviewing practices, and expert witnesses. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 400. Criminological Theory 3 credits
Examines theories of crime causation,. Topics covered include: prominent theories in the study of crime, the use of official and unofficial statistics in assessing crime in US society, the interplay of theory and social policy/program implementation. Prerequisites: +CRJU 101; junior or senior status.

CRJU 401. Individual Research 3 credits
Applied research in a related area of interest to the student. Requires an empirical component in the research design. Arranged in consultation with the instructor. Enrollment subject to instructor approval.

CRJU 402. Directed Readings 1-3 credits
Specialized readings and reviews on an independent basis. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits if topics differ. Requires departmental approval.

CRJU 403. Workshop 1-3 credits
Topics and activities are designed to offer practical skill development opportunities useful to criminal justice practitioners. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits if topics differ. Requires departmental approval.

WI-CRJU 407. Seminar in Criminal Justice 3 credits
A capstone seminar focusing on analysis and evaluation of current practice, with emphasis on ethical and operational issues confronting the criminal justice practitioner. Prerequisite: 12 criminal justice credits or instructor consent.

CRJU 410. Crime Policy Analysis 3 credits
Examines the development and implementation of crime policy from a political, institutional, and administrative perspective. Application of political theories and policy analysis research techniques to better understanding and improving crime policy. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101 or instructor's permission.

CRJU 411. The Constitution and Criminal Justice 3 credits
Examines the organization of the American judicial system, the historical origins of the Constitution and the Bill of rights. Students will also explore the rights of the accused that are protected by the constitution.

CRJU 420. Applied Forensics Theory 2 credits
Provides criminal justice students with direct instruction in the application of forensic science to criminal investigations. The course will consist of brief lectures, class discussions, guest speakers, and in-class experiments and demonstrations.

CRJU 421. Practicum 3-6 credits
Field observation and research under professional supervision in a criminal justice or human services related agency. Arranged by the department with chair approval. Pass/No Pass course.

CRJU 430. Criminal Justice Statistics and Methods 3 credits
Introduces criminal justice majors to the methodology and statistics used to explore and explain phenomenon relating to the study of crime and criminal justice. The scientific method, hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistics sampling, experimental and quasi-experimental, and survey designs are explored. Prerequisite: CRJU 400.

CRJU 431. Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods 3 credits
This course is an exploration of the practice of research within the social sciences, specifically as it applies to the field of criminal justice. The creation of a research design and instrument will be conducted in order to provide a practical application of the foundations of good research. Prerequisites: CRJU 400.

CRJU 432. Organized and White-Collar Crime 3 credits
Discusses the structure and environment of organized and white-collar crime. It provides a detailed analysis of the origins, history, theoretical explanations, and structure of organized and white-collar crime. The methods employed by law enforcement agencies to combat organized crime.

CRJU 487. Race, Gender, and Class Criminal Justice 3 credits
Designed to examine and address the stereotypes surrounding the issues of race and class and their impact on the criminal justice system. Specifically, it will discuss how race, gender, and class influence the decision-making process from arrest through sentencing. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

CRJU 499. Comparative Justice Systems 3 credits
Examines the four justice traditions covering most of the worlds legal systems. These include the Common, Civil, Socialist and Islamic traditions. Justice systems of countries representative of each tradition will be examined. Prerequisite: +CRJU 101.

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