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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Course Descriptions

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CRJU 131
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Core
3

Examines the American criminal justice system. Investigates the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. Considers various approaches in defining, measuring, and controlling crime.

CRJU 220
Criminology
Criminal Justice Core
3

Investigates the nature and causation of crime. Gives attention to major theoretical explanations for crime as well as to the treatment and prevention of crime.

CRJU 231
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Justice Core
3

Explores the nature, development, and causation of delinquent behavior among juveniles. Gives emphasis to contemporary trends and practices in the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency.

CRJU 280
Criminal Investigation
Criminal Justice Core
3

Discusses principles and practices of criminal investigation including crime scene conduct and procedures, collection and preservation of evidence, interview and interrogation techniques, development of leads, and the use of surveillance techniques.

CRJU 330
Corrections
Criminal Justice Core
3

Investigation and analysis of the history, current practices, and various aspects of the corrections system. Gives attention to the future direction of corrections.

CRJU 335
Criminal Evidence
Criminal Justice Core
3

Analysis of criminal evidence rules in the United States. Gives emphasis to the exclusionary rule and the distinction between real and testimonial evidence as admitted or excluded from court proceedings. Discussion includes topics of trial procedures, examination of witnesses, real/physical evidence, circumstantial evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, the opinion evidence rule, privileged communications, declarations against interests, and judicial notice.

CRJU 340
Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Core
3

Studies the leading Supreme Court decisions relating to criminal justice. Analyzes the character of judicial power and review in regards to criminal justice. Considers the relationship of states to the Bill of Rights as well as to constitutional decisions bearing upon issues of search and seizure, the rights of persons and the accused in criminal prosecutions, and due process and equal protection under the law.

CRJU 361
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Core
3

Analysis of the diverse ethical dilemmas encountered in the criminal justice profession. Considers the importance of an ethic of virtue that focuses on an individual's character as the source of virtuous action- both personal and professional. Evaluates leading ethical theories as they are applied to diverse ethical dilemmas in the criminal justice profession and examines various standards and codes of professional conduct within the criminal justice profession.

CRJU 387
Research Methods
Criminal Justice Core
3

Examines major approaches to research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will explore the difference between historical case studies and statistical research, such as opinion polling. Emphasizes the skills necessary for differentiating between good and bad research and developing hypotheses.

Prerequisites: MATH 201

CRJU 410
Theories of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Core
3

Investigates comprehensive and sub-system theories of criminal justice. Gives attention to utilitarian, preventionist, retributive, and restorative approaches to criminal justice.

CRJU 430
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Criminal Justice Core
3

Studies and compares the criminal justice system and basic philosophies of law and justice of various Western and non-Western nations.

CRJU 460
Senior Research in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Core
3

Capstone course for the integration and synthesis of knowledge and principles concerning the criminal justice system, law and adjudication, criminology, law enforcement, ethics, diversity, research methods and other areas of study. Students plan, design, and conduct a research project. Final papers report the results of the study and are presented in a formal research seminar. As part of course, an electronic portfolio may be required.

Prerequisites: Senior standing

CRJU 345
Criminal Law
Criminal Justice Elective
3

Examines criminal law in the United States with special attention given to various principles that apply to most criminal cases. Investigation includes the history and development of criminal law in the United States, an analysis of a number of specific types of crimes, parties to crime, and criminal defenses.

CRJU 350
Criminal Procedure
Criminal Justice Elective
3

Investigates the processes through which criminal law is applied to individuals in society. Explores the lawfulness and admissibility of criminal procedures, trial processes, sentencing, and appeals.

CRJU 390
Independent Study
Criminal Justice Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

CRJU 420
Law Enforcement Organization and Administration
Criminal Justice Elective
3

Examines the history, development, and current organizational and administrative practices of police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

CRJU 433
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Elective
3

Explores the response and adaptation of criminal justice practice to such problems as international crime, transnational organized crime, cyber crime, terrorism, and rapid sociopolitical, technological, and economic change.

CRJU 490
Advanced Independent Study
Criminal Justice Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

CRJU 495
Internship
Criminal Justice Elective
1 to 6

Approved internship in a field of the student's specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field.

CRJU 370
Homeland Security
Criminal Justice Elective, Cybersecurity Core Requirements
3

Explores the history, development, and changing dynamics of homeland security at and between local, state, and national government levels. Gives special attention to theories of homeland security management, the Department of Homeland Security and its statutory authority, and hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness.

CRJU 380
Domestic and International Terrorism
Criminal Justice Elective, Cybersecurity Core Requirements
3

Considers various approaches to understanding the nature and causation of terrorism. Considers the objectives of terrorism, modern terrorist groups and their strategy and tactics, and the role and limits of the criminal justice system in addressing terrorism.

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