Criminal Justice Courses


For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

CRJ 231- Police Organization and Administration (3)

The course will examine the historical development and the present organization and administration of police departments. The course will also focus on organizational principles best suited to police service to the community. Topics include: evaluation of line staff, auxiliary functions, planning, and management.

CRJ 236- Juvenile Justice Administration (3)

The course will introduce students to the historical development of the concept of delinquency, the special status of juveniles before the law and juvenile justice procedural law. The course will examine origin, philosophy, and development of the juvenile justice system, particularly the juvenile court. Considers the structure and operations of the major components of juvenile justice systems and contemporary administrative structures in juvenile justice. The course will review development in law reform concerning delinquency and dependency, along with change and reform in the youth correctional system.

CRJ 245-American Judicial System (3)

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the American legal system, its roots in natural and common law, and the values it serves. The course will examine the nature of the judicial process: precedent and legal reasoning; the basics of criminal and civil lawsuits; the organization of state and federal courts, the Supreme Court and judicial review. Other topics include: American judicial structure, judicial decision-making, criminal law, civil law, and the legal profession

CRJ 256-Community and Corrections (3)

The course explores and analyzes the philosophical foundations of community-based corrections and the development of major correctional programs based in the community. The course will examine the relationship between community and the correctional system, focusing on the relationships between prisons and the community. The course will focus on probation, parole, and other current community based strategies. Questions about the effectiveness of community-based correctional alternatives are also considered.

CRJ 315-Criminology (3)

This course focuses on the sociological aspects of crime and the sociology of criminal law. Special attention will be paid to the definition, nature, and scope of crime, and delinquency in the United States. The course will include an examination of the nature of criminal law, the variety of theoretical explanations for criminal behavior, the measurement of crime, patterns of crime and the mechanisms for control of criminal behavior.

CRJ 330-Constitutional Law (3)

The course is a study of the historical and contemporary principles of constitutional law. Subjects include separation of powers within the federal government, judicial review through the Supreme Court, and the relationship of the Bill of Rights to the states through the fourteenth amendment, with particular emphasis on due process and equal protection. Prerequisite: BUS 335.

CRJ 373-Criminal Law (3)

This course surveys the American Criminal Justice system. Special attention will be paid to Elements of crime, defenses, historical foundation, limits, purposes and functions of criminal law. The course will examine the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes against persons and property and the public welfare. Case studies include prosecution and defense decision-making in the criminal law process.

CRJ 402-Ethical Issues In Criminal Justice (3)

The course will examine and analyze the values and ethical dilemmas that are of major concern to criminal justice professionals. The focus will be on selected criminal justice ethical issues such as the morality of capital punishment, official corruption, use of deadly force, discretion and deception by the police. Other topics to be covered include: ethics vs. morals; laws and justice; role of judges; prosecutorial discretion; role of defense attorneys; and the role of correctional personnel.

CRJ 490-Criminal Justice Internship (4)

The internship is designed to broaden the academic experience of students through appropriate observational and work assignments with criminal justice agencies. Correlation of theoretical knowledge with practice is emphasized. Students will be placed in an internship setting related to criminal justice within city, county, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. There are internship opportunities in the areas of local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, juvenile justice, probation and courts/law. Internships are competitive in nature and require substantial lead-time in terms of the application process.