Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice


CRJ 101
Survey of Criminal Justice
3 credits

This course is a survey of agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. The survey reviews the functions of the legislature, police, prosecutor, courts, and the correctional system. Problems of law enforcement in a democratic society are discussed. This course ties together all components of criminal justice and includes issues of both the juvenile and adult offender.


CRJ 205
Principles of Criminology
3 credits

This course is an introductory course in the study of crime and criminal behavior that examines various theories of crime causation, profiles of criminal behavior systems, societal reaction to crime, and structures of criminological methods of inquiry.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101


CRJ 206
Corrections and Rehabilitation
3 credits

This course is an introduction to the various phases of the corrections system. Areas that are covered include a brief history of the corrections system, jails and prisons, prisoner profiles, activities and rehabilitation, and parole and probation.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 207
Introduction to Law Enforcement
3 credits

This course reviews the fundamental principles of the structure and function of law enforcement agencies in the United States. The course emphasizes the institutional and occupational aspects of law enforcement across municipal, state, and federal levels, including methods, issues, and problems.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 301
Juvenile Justice
3 credits

This course is a general orientation to the field of juvenile delinquency, including causation, development of delinquent and criminal behavior, initial apprehension, referral, and preventive techniques. Specific issues examined include chemical dependency, mental illness, and compulsive and habitual offenders. Special attention is given to the problems inherent in the police handling of juveniles and the functions of juvenile courts.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 303
Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations
3 credits

This course examines the principles of scientific management as they apply to criminal justice organizations. Emphasis is on changing social responsibilities and major activities of criminal justice organizations. Information related to U.S. Court decisions on affirmative action, EEOC, liability and age, as well as functional and organizational matters, is presented.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 304
Constitutional Law
3 credits

This course is a general review of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including the constitutional basis for criminal law in the United States. Governmental structure in the United States is analyzed, including the three branches of government and how they interrelate, as well as the division of state and federal power.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 305
Women and Crime
3 credits

This course focuses on theoretical and contemporary issues involving female offenders. Students will have the opportunity to become acquainted with and evaluate social issues of crime relating to women. The course also examines women as victims and professionals in the field of criminal justice.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 306
Contemporary Correctional Systems
3 credits

This course is designed to provide a general overview of correctional programs as they presently exist. The course includes an examination of the procedure by which offenders move through the system. The core of the course focuses on prison administration and strategies designed to “rehabilitate” the incarcerated. The course also examines the problems facing correctional systems and alternatives to such problems.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 309
Correctional Rehabilitation: Problems / Alternatives
3 credits


CRJ 310
History of the Criminal Justice System
3 credits

This course is designed to offer the student an overall historical perspective of the criminal justice system from ancient times through the 20th and early 21st centuries. Students will review the history of the three main components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 316
Criminal Law
3 credits

This course focuses on the goals, objectives, principles, and doctrines of criminal law and procedure. Special attention is paid to the law of search and seizure and the law of interrogation and confessions. Pretrial motions and proceedings and trial by jury are also examined.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and CRJ 304


CRJ 318
Criminal Investigation
3 credits

This course addresses the basic aspects of criminal investigation. It presents an overview of crimes and their elements and identifies the major goals of investigation. Various investigative techniques are discussed, and the criminal investigator’s relationship with individuals and other agencies is examined.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 322
Criminal Profiling
3 credits


CRJ 330
Financial Fraud Examination
3 credits

This course is an introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent, detect, and investigate financial frauds. The focus is on the causes of fraud, methods for investigating fraud within organizations, and what organizations can do to prevent and detect fraud. The course is open to accounting, criminal justice and all other students interested in this subject matter.


CRJ 333
Organizational and Corporate Crime
3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of organizational and/or corporate crime. Various topics are explored and contemporary cases representative of each topic are comprehensively studied. The class discusses the theoretical development of these concepts, as well as the laws and investigative techniques that have been developed to specifically address this type of criminal activity.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 334
Advanced Perspectives in Criminology
3 credits

This course will present and evaluate the basic concepts and principles of all the major criminological theories as explanations of crime causation and criminal behavior. The coverage of the theories will be comprehensive and will utilize the case study approach as a methodology to focus the application of criminological theory to world experiences in order to facilitate the learning process.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, PSY 101, and SOC 101


CRJ 335
Advanced Perspectives in Criminal Justice
3 credits

This course presents a comprehensive overview of contemporary issues, procedures, and problems associated with the practicalities of law enforcement, the judiciary, corrections, and the juvenile justice system. The course also provides an in-depth examination of current and vital issues in criminal justice research, policy, process, substance, and procedure, as well as the political and ethical obligations and concerns associated with each component of the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 341
Community Corrections
3 credits

This course provides a survey of non-institutional programs focusing on alternatives to incarceration in community settings. Programs reviewed will include those that address pre-release, probation, parole, halfway houses, and restitution-based programs.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and CRJ 206


CRJ 350
Computer Operations in Criminal Justice
3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of computers with respect to police information systems, Interagency Criminal Justice Information, the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, National Criminal Justice Computer System, (FBI) National Incident Based Reporting System, and a variety of databases used in the criminal justice system. The legal and ethical considerations will be discussed. Criminal justice information system databases will be reviewed for application to a variety of issues.

Prerequisite(s): BCS 205, CRJ 101, and CRJ 205


CRJ 390
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under faculty supervision. This course is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and junior or senior status and GPA of 2.5 or higher


CRJ 391
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under faculty supervision. This course is graded pass/fail.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and junior or senior status and GPA of 2.5 or higher


CRJ 392
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under faculty supervision. This course is graded pass/fail.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and junior or senior status and GPA of 2.5 or higher


CRJ 393
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under faculty supervision. This course is graded pass/fail.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and junior or senior status and GPA of 2.5 or higher


CRJ 394
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under faculty supervision. This course is graded pass/fail.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and junior or senior status and GPA of 2.5 or higher


CRJ 409
Criminalistics
3 credits

The scientific aspect of criminal investigation is examined, with emphasis placed upon the preservation, collection, and examination of physical evidence. The role of the forensic laboratory is presented, and the laboratory’s capabilities and limitations are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, and CRJ 318


CRJ 410
Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
3 credits

This course examines the diversity issues that impact the criminal justice system both internally and externally. The laws of civil rights in the workplace are reviewed, and the subjects of prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, scapegoating, and racism are discussed within the context of the criminal justice system. Ethnicity and the treatment of minority groups in the system are reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 411
Criminal Evidence and Procedures
3 credits

This course will examine the legal procedures for the collection and introduction of evidence at a criminal trial. A review of pertinent cases will help the student to sort through the complexities that govern the trial process. The anatomy of a trial will be presented. Search warrants, probable cause, the exclusionary rule, and hearsay will be topics of discussion.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, CRJ 304, and CRJ 316, or major in Computer Network Security


CRJ 412
Ethics in Criminal Justice
3 credits

An examination of professional standards of behavior by criminal justice practitioners and the conflict with what is acceptable behavior in the system is provided in this course. Corruption, perjury, false reports, wrongful actions, and the code of silence will be discussed. Ethical behavior and the challenge of honesty and integrity are examined within the context of their origins.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 413
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
3 credits

This course provides an introduction to basic research in criminal justice that is designed to prepare the student to understand research methods. Students will review quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methods as techniques in criminal justice research. Review and discussion of the process of analysis, interpretation and clarification of problems, the issue of confidentiality, and the terminology of research are examined. Students will focus on preparation for the role of research consumer.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and all core criminal justice courses


CRJ 450
Seminar in Criminal Justice
3 credits

This is the capstone course for the Criminal Justice program. Students demonstrate research abilities, develop an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, and become acquainted with the range and scope of professional career options and settings within the system.

Prerequisite(s): All CRJ core courses and senior status


CRJ 461
Organized Crime
3 credits


CRJ 466
Topics in CRJ: Psychology Of Criminal Conduct
3 credits


CRJ 469
Domestic Violence
3 credits


CRJ 472
Terrorism
3 credits

Students will gain an understanding of the concept of terrorism as a specialized form of crime through an in-depth view of the history, theory, definitions, and political philosophies that have fueled the debate on this issue. Students will review the issues that have resulted in the present day terrorists groups through an integrated approach that will include religious and philosophical perspectives. Revolution within the context of change will be presented as an issue. The discussion will include foreign terrorism and domestic terrorists within the context of extremists groups. Examples of each type of group will be presented. Case studies of the various groups, and their activities will be presented within a criteria that will provide understanding of the overall concept of terrorism. Law enforcement strategies and overall operational considerations will be discussed. Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101 and CRJ 205


CRJ 473
Hostage Takers
3 credits


CRJ 474
Victims of Crime
3 credits


CRJ 475
Community Policing
3 credits


CRJ 476
Topics in CRJ: Elder Abuse
3 credits

Americans are growing older and living longer than ever before and all deserve protection and intervention to stop abuse when it occurs. As the aging population continues to grow, so does the potential for elders to become the victim. This course will describe the multidisciplinary approach at the local, state, and national levels towards fighting elder abuse

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, and CRJ 205 or CRJ 334


CRJ 490
Internship in Criminal Justice
3 credits

CRJ 490-494 consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to criminal justice such as family court, a law enforcement agency, or a correctional facility. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, substantial number of core courses, junior status, and GPA of 2.5


CRJ 491
Internship in Criminal Justice
3 credits

CRJ 490-494 consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to criminal justice such as family court, a law enforcement agency, or a correctional facility. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, substantial number of core courses, junior status, and GPA of 2.5


CRJ 492
Internship in Criminal Justice
3 credits

CRJ 490-494 consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to criminal justice such as family court, a law enforcement agency, or a correctional facility. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, substantial number of core courses, junior status, and GPA of 2.5


CRJ 493
Internship in Criminal Justice
3 credits

CRJ 490-494 consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to criminal justice such as family court, a law enforcement agency, or a correctional facility. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, substantial number of core courses, junior status, and GPA of 2.5


CRJ 494
Internship in Criminal Justice
3 credits

CRJ 490-494 consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to criminal justice such as family court, a law enforcement agency, or a correctional facility. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, CRJ 205, substantial number of core courses, junior status, and GPA of 2.5