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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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

CRJS 1302   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Criminal Justice (S-L)

An introduction to the nature and impact of crime, philosophy and history of criminal justice, and an overview of the criminal justice system.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall Online, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or CRJS 1302 (S-L) 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.  

  • Offered: Spring, Fall Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 OR 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 1302, 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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.  

  • Offered: Fall (Online), 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.  

  • Offered: Fall (Online), Spring.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 1302.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 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.  

  • Offered: Fall (Online)
  • 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.  

  • Offered: Fall (Online)
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology or finance and marketing.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall (Online), Spring (Online).
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in Criminal Justice or Political Science or Sociology.

CRJS 4317   (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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and 2303, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.

CRJS 4332   (3-3-0)   Crisis Intervention

This course examines the field of crisis intervention from a multi-disciplinary perspective including law enforcement, human services, psychology, and sociology. The evaluation and application of crisis intervention techniques, methods, and concepts will be examined related to community, workplace, therapy, and social/personal environments.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology.

CRJS 5320   (3-3-0)   Ethical Issues 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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5321   (3-3-0)   Principles of Organizations and Administration for Justice Professionals

A study of the basic principles of organizations, administration, and supervision, with specific reference to criminal justice personnel and organization. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5323   (3-3-0)   Crime and Community

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5324   (3-3-0)   Correctional Theory and Application

A study of the history, philosophy, and theory of corrections; applications of theory to practice with emphasis on research and analysis. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5325   (3-3-0)   White Collar Crime in America

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, kick-back schemes, and internal thefts are emphasized in this course. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5326   (3-3-0)   Research Methods in Criminal Justice

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 student 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, and psychology. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5327   (3-3-0)   Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Specialized courses approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education will be offered on a continuing basis both for credit and non-credit. Courses may be repeated once for elective credit when topics varies. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1302 or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.

CRJS 5332   (3-3-0)   Crisis Intervention

This course examines the field of crisis intervention from a multi-disciplinary perspective including law enforcement, human services, psychology, and sociology. The evaluation and application of crisis intervention techniques, methods, and concepts will be examined related to community, workplace, therapy, and social/personal environments. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in CRJS/SOCI/PSYC.

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