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CRJS 1301 (3-3-0) Crime in America
An introductory course that examines American crime problems in a historical perspective, social and policy factors, crime trends, and prevention and characteristics of crime. Fall.
CRJS 1302 (3-3-0) Introduction to Criminal Justice
An introduction to the nature and impact of crime, philosophy and history of criminal justice, and an overview of the criminal justice system. Fall, Spring.
CRJS 1310 (3-3-0) Police Systems and Practices
An examination of the police profession: organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; police community interaction; and current and future issues. Spring.
CRJS 1311 (3-3-0) Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
A survey of police authority; responsibilities; constitutional constraints, laws of arrest, search, and seizure; and police liability. Spring.
CRJS 2304 (3-3-0) Fundamentals of Criminal Law
A study of the legal system of the United States as it applies to criminal procedure and due process of law; emphasis on Supreme Court interpretations of constitutional rights and protection of an individual accused of a crime. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Sciences. Spring.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1310 or POLS 2301.
CRJS 2305 (3-3-0) The Courts and Criminal Procedure
A study of the court system, prosecution, procedures, rules of evidence, and sentencing. Spring.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1302.
CRJS 2308 (3-3-0) Criminal Investigation
A survey of investigation theory, collection and preservation of evidence, sources of information, forensics and trial preparation. Fall.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1302.
CRJS 3302 (3-3-0) Juvenile Delinquency
A study of deviant behavior by the legal minors in contemporary society, factors and conditions contributing to delinquency, control and treatment of offenders, and programs for prevention. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.
CRJS 3305 (3-3-0) Constitutional Law
A study of the United States Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court with special attention given to judicial review, theories of constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, and civil rights and liberties. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: 3 hours in criminal justice or political science.
CRJS 4301 (3-3-0) Ethics in Law Enforcement
An in-depth study and philosophical analysis of ethical issues that confront criminal justice professionals whose practitioners are regularly confronted with ethically charged decisions. Online (Fall), Spring.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
CRJS 4303 (3-3-0) Organization and Administration
A study of the basic principles of organization, administration, and supervision, with specific reference to criminal justice personnel and organization. Spring.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 and CRJS 1310.
CRJS 4306 (3-3-0) Crime and Drug Control
History and casual factors of drug and vice-type crimes, with emphasis on current education prevention programs, the effects of drug usage, along with the varied methods being utilized by governmental officials to control gambling, prostitution, pornography and other vice-type crimes. Explores the role of organized crimes in these types of offenses, along with the criminal laws necessary to effectively control the activities of organized crime groups. Spring.
Prerequisite: 6 hours criminal justice or sociology or psychology
CRJS 4307 (3-3-0) Criminology
The course considers the idea of crime and community from social, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The social patterns, characteristics, and causes of crime will be examined along with theories of control and treatment. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or SOCI 1301.
CRJS 4308 (3-3-0) Corrections
A study of the history, philosophy, and theory of corrections; application of theory to practice with emphasis on research and analysis. Fall.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology or political science.
CRJS 4309 (3-3-0) Economic Crimes
This course is designed to alert people from the public/private sector to the methods and techniques used by white-collar criminals in committing crimes for profit. Such crimes as fraud, embezzlement, kickback schemes, and internal thefts are emphasized in this course. Fall (Online)
Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology or finance and marketing.
CRJS 4312 (3-3-0) Research Methods
This course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific method of research. Topics covered include the philosophy/logic of research, hypothesis testing, the construction of concepts, sampling, data gathering, and data analysis. Completion of the course will make students better "consumers" of behavioral research data, as well as prepare them for more advanced classes in statistics and research. Examples in the class will be drawn from diverse disciplines including criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business and health care. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement, or PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and general studies math requirement.
CRJS 4315 (3-3-0) Homeland and Organizational Security
This course will cover the creations and transformation of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Strategies and Initiatives, and future issues related to Homeland Security. Students also will learn the structure and function of Private Security and how it closely works with law enforcement in order to ensure the security of our society and country. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in Criminal Justice or Political Science or Sociology.
CRJS 4320 (3-0-0) Internship in Criminal Justice I (S-L)
A supervised field placement with a government or law enforcement agency. This course provides the student with an opportunity of integrating theory and classroom learning with actual field experience. The placement may be in law enforcement, court, corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, or related settings. Service-Learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer. 18 hours of criminal justice course work, senior standing, agency approval, and consent of the Program Director. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite: 18 hours of criminal justice course work, senior standing, agency approval, and consent of the Program Director.
CRJS 4330 (3-3-0) Victim/Victimization
This course is designed to address the sources of violence and its influences on people and society. Students can see the causes of victimization from different perspectives. It examines the social environmental factors that cause victimization, relationship between victim and offender, how to avoid being victimized, and how legislation is designed to protect or compensate victims. Fall.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in CRJS/PSYC/SOCI
CRJS 4620 (6-0-0) Internship in Criminal Justice II (S-L)
A supervised field placement with government or law enforcement agency. This course provides the student with an opportunity of integrating theory and classroom learning with actual field experience. The placement may be in law enforcement, court, corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, or related settings. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: 30 hours of criminal justice course work with a total 100 academic credit hours, senior standing, agency approval, and consent of the Program Director.