CJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
- The historical development and contemporary function of the subsystems of criminal justice: police courts and corrections. *Prerequisite to all other CJ courses.
CJ 216 Criminology (3)
- This course surveys the depth and scope of criminology as a science. Students will learn the methods in measuring crime, historical and modern theories offered to explain criminal behavior, and the sociological profiles of most types of crimes and the people who commit them. *Prerequisite: Soc102 or CJ 105. May count as sociology.
CJ 217 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
CJ 289 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (1–3)
- A study of selected issues not covered in other courses. May involve field trips and/or travel. Course may be repeated.*Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CJ 305 Law Enforcement Procedures (3)
- A study of law enforcement procedures, which include search and seizure, interrogation, crime scene investigation, scientific evidence, traffic law enforcement, domestic violence procedures, and ethical problems. Prerequisites: CJ 105 and junior standing or consent of instructor.
CJ 306 Judicial Process (3)
- A study of legal procedures that occur in the criminal justice system after a citizen is arrested; topics include the methods of filing of criminal charges, bail, discovery, pretrial motions, such as motions to dismiss and motions to suppress, trial procedures and sentences. *Prerequisites: CJ 105 and junior standing or consent of instructor.
CJ 312 Corrections (3)
- An overview of the field of corrections, consisting of its objectives, practices, strengths, and weaknesses. Topics include the historical, theoretical, ideological, sociological, and philosophical foundation of the corrections systems and their impacts. *Prerequisites: CJ 105 or Soc 102.
CJ 320 Introduction to Social Research (3)
- Basic procedures for designing and implementing social research. This course prepares the student for research typically associated with bachelor-level professional employment. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, CJ 216 and Mat 205, or consent of instructor. May count as sociology.
CJ 325 Independent Studies and Criminal Justice Research (3)
- This course is designed to focus on research and study of modern relevant topics in criminal justice, such as ethics, legalization of drugs, reformation of our juvenile justice system, crime issues unique to rural areas, elder abuse, and domestic violence.
CJ 416 Constitutional Law (3)
- This course examines the development of American criminal law and procedure with an emphasis on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments of the Constitution. This course will concentrate on a body of law that defines suspects and prisoner rights, as well as restraints on law enforcement and the corrections system. Prerequisites: CJ 105 or Pos 205 and junior standing or consent of the instructor.
CJ 417 Criminal Law (3)
- A survey of basic criminal law, including the study of legal terminology and the definitions of crimes, an analysis of statutory criminal laws, the examination of criminal case law, and the application of legal theory to factual examples. Prerequisite: Pos 205 or CJ 105.
CJ 418 Victimology (3)
- An analysis of crime and justice from a victim’s perspective. Crime victimization will be analyzed within the context of specific social structural relationships, such as economics, politics, culture, class, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, and age. Prerequisite: Soc 102 or CJ 105.
CJ 435 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
- This course is designed to focus on current criminal justice issues, such as rural crime, enforcement and judicial discretion in sentencing, capital punishment, gang violence, illegal immigration, and the associated theoretical and policy issues.
CJ 489 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (1–3)
- A study of selected issues not covered in other courses. May involve field trips and/or travel. Course may be repeated. *Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CJ 490 Senior Seminar (3)
- Assesses the graduating senior in their major field and assists in preparing them for postgraduate studies and/or for their professional career. Required for all majors in sociology and criminal justice.