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Criminal Justice



+ = 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 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. Prerequisites: CRJU 101.

CRJU 200. Research Methods in Sociology and Criminal Justice. 3 credits
Introduction to social science methodology used to explore and explain the phenomenon of social problems, especially crime and criminal justice. Focus on how social scientists develop research designs and the methods with which they analyze data. We will begin with broad methodological questions before concentrating primarily on quantitative research and an introduction to quantitative data analysis. For Sociology or Criminal Justice majors. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or CRJU 101.

CRJU 221. Criminal Law and Procedure. 3 credits
Examine the goals and purposes of American criminal law. Explore elements of crime, criminal defenses, and basic police procedures such as searches and seizures, interrogations, and testimony. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

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 250. Crime Film and Popular Culture. 3 credits
Examine the criminal justice system through crime film and popular cultural productions. Examples include prosecutorial misconduct, the application of excessive force, police brutality, racial profiling, and passing and enforcing unjust laws. Examine dilemmas about crime in three parts of the criminal justice system - law  enforcement, corrections, and the courts - as it is represented in film; synthesizing theoretical, historical, and interrelationship of crime and the criminal justice system and their evolution in the political/cultural/historical contexts seen in film and popular culture. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

CRJU 303. Police, Problems, and Practices. 3 credits
Examine how law enforcement agencies – faced with budgetary constraints – balance social, legal, and political interests when developing responses to community problems. Explore issues of accountability and responsibility, civil liability, and integration of technology, police misconduct, excessive use of force, and selection. Prerequisites: CRJU 101, CRJU 102.

CRJU 313. Offender Treatment and Theories. 3 credits
Discuss the foundations of correctional settings. Discuss theories pertaining to the treatment of offenders as well as the classification of offenders. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

CRJU 314. Probation, Parole, and Community. 3 credits
Examine probation and parole, treatment philosophies, and strategies for supervision in the community. Practice using pre-sentence investigation and examination of innovations in community-based correctional alternatives. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

+CRJU 316. Juvenile Justice. 3 credits
Examine 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. Applied research project is required. Prerequisites: CRJU 101 or SOC 101.

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

CRJU 350. Serial Homicide. 3 credits
Examine the phenomenon of the serial killer from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, and criminology. It explains the emergence and significance of the term and analyzes the contribution of the FBI in establishing the serial killer in the public mind as a particularly modern type of social problem requiring the knowledge of science and technology to control. Analyze the phenomenon from a historical and cultural anthropological perspective, giving consideration to the ways that technologies have been used to react to, define, and create the images that haunt us. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

CRJU 400. Criminological Theory. 3 credits
Examine theories of crime causation. Topics 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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

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
Capstone seminar focusing on analyzing and evaluating current practices in criminal justice, with emphasis on ethical and operational issues confronting the criminal justice practitioner. Prerequisites: CRJU 400, CRJU 430, ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C.

CRJU 411. The Constitution and Criminal Justice. 3 credits
Examine the organization of the American judicial system, the historical origins of the Constitution, and the Bill of rights. Explore the rights of the accused that are protected by the constitution. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

CRJU 420. Applied Forensics Theory. 3 credits
Receive direct instruction to apply forensic science to criminal investigations. Class includes brief lectures, class discussions, guest speakers, and in-class experiments, and demonstrations. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

CRJU 430. Data Analysis in Social Research. 4 credits
Practical introduction to the logic of social science research and the process of data analysis. Focus is on the statistical methods used to answer sociological questions and to explore and explain phenomenon relating to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. In the lab, students will use current General Social Survey data (GSS) to develop competency in analyzing social data using computer software designed for data analysis and management (e.g., SPSS).  Prerequisite: SOC 200 or CRJU 200.

CRJU 487. Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice. 3 credits
Examine and address stereotypes surrounding the issues of race and class and their impact on the criminal justice system. Discuss how race and class influence the decision-making process from arrest through sentencing. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

CRJU 499. Comparative Justice Systems. 3 credits
Examine the four justice traditions covering most of the world's legal systems. These include the Common, Civil, Socialist, and Islamic traditions. Examine justice systems of countries representative of each tradition. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

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