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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CJ  110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hours
Term: 1 and/or 2
Overview of the various components of the justice system. This course investigates social order and the notion of justice as examined in its respective relationships to various forms of social institutions.  It provides an examina­tion of the roles, objectives, and methods of institutions such as the police, the courts, corrections, and the com­munity and their relationships within the larger framework of public policy.

CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime 3 hours 
Term 1or 2, Prerequisites:  CJ 110
This course seeks to provide a sociological understanding in the study of crime. The nature, cause, control, treat­ment and prevention of crime will be examined through a sociological lens.  An emphasis on developing critical thinking skills when evaluating theory, policy, and research will be undertaken.

CJ 240 Corrections 3 hours
Term: 1 offered as needed.
Organizational and operational methods in correctional facilities (objectives, security levels, pre-release). Human concerns in custodial care. Includes co-ed and women’s facilities.

CJ 311 Deviant Behavior 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 1
Emphasizes interplay between society and the person in the development of deviant behavior. Explores the differ­ent kinds of deviance, theory, social control, and social issues.

CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hours
Course cross-listed with SOC320.  Term 1 or 2, Prerequisite: CJ 110 or SOC 201; As needed.
Provides an overview of juvenile behavior and the juvenile justice system in American society. A critical approach is used exploring the history and social construction of juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon, theoretical explanations for delinquent behavior, experiences of juvenile delinquents, and the organizational processes and politics of the contemporary juvenile justice system.

CJ 330 Criminal Behavior 3 hours
Term: 2  Prerequisite:  CJ 110 
This course is an introduction to the scientific study of crime and criminality.  The nature and extent of crime along with various explanations of crime and criminality will be examined.

CJ 351 Restorative Justice  3 hours
Term: 1 Course cross-listed with SOC 351, Prerequisite:  CJ 110, CJ 200, Instructor permission.
This course is an overview of community and restorative justice. It is an introductory analysis of the principles and practices of restorative justice.  Restorative justice offers an approach to criminal justice based on a balanced focus on the victim, offender, and community.

CJ 352 Women in the American Criminal Justice System 3 hours
Term: Offered as needed. Course cross-listed with  SOC 352, Prerequisite: CJ 110 or SOC 201 
Focuses on women as offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system with particular emphasis on ethnicity as an influencing factor.

CJ 355 Social Research Methods 4 hours
Term 1, 2; Instructor Permission, Course cross-listed with SW 355, Prerequisite: MTH 100, PSY 205; SOC 201.
Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches (using both quantitative and qualitative data), and learn a method for effectively evaluating research studies. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specify­ing sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, writing a research paper, etc. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

CJ 356 Police and Society 3 hours
Term 1: 1 Offered as needed.  Prerequisite:  CJ 110
The relationship between police and society in the United States will be examined. This course offers students an overview of who the police are and what they do.  It will look at problems related to policing, and the many reforms and innovations that have been attempted in police work.

CJ 358 Law and Society 3 hours
Term: Alternate years Course cross-listed with POL 358. Prerequisite: Introductory course in Political Science or Social Science
A study of American law as seen through the United States Constitution and interpreted by the federal and state court systems. Also a brief examination of the roots of American civil and criminal law.

CJ 380 Criminal Law  3 hours
Term: 1 Prerequisite: CJ 110
Processes of U.S. and state court systems. Studies constitutional law regarding due process, search and seizure. Includes selected precedent-setting cases. Examines American Correctional Association standards.

CJ 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3 hours
Offered as needed, Prerequisites:  CJ 110, junior or senior standing, permission of instructor.
Selected topics and issues in criminal justice as chosen by the instructor.

CJ 491 Independent Study in Criminal Justice 1-4 hours
Term 1, 2, 3 Prerequisites: CJ 110, permission of instructor.Advanced research in criminology and/or criminal justice and presentation of critically evaluated data.

CJ 493 Readings in Criminal Justice 3 hours
Term 1, 2, 3 Prerequisites: For CJ majors. CJ110, junior or senior standing, permission of the instructor.
In-depth investigation of a selected area of Criminology and Criminal Justice. May be repeated for credit(s).

CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices 3 hours
Term 2 Prerequisites: CJ 351
This course is a continuation of CJ 351 Restorative Justice. This seminar will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the United States and examine how the principles and practice of restorative justice may improve that response. The application of the principles of restorative justice and the challenges of a restorative approach will be addressed.

CJ 496 Senior Seminar Project 3 hours
Term 2 Prerequisites: ENG 312, CJ 355, senior standing, permission of the instructor
Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor.  May be library research based or an original research project.  Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.

CJ 498 Internship in Criminal Justice 3-6 hours
Term: 2 Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, permission of the instructor by the beginning of Term 1
Practical application of sociological and criminological concepts and skills. Planned and supervised professional experience related to Criminal Justice which takes place outside the formal classroom with business, industry, and private/public agencies