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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Catherine Orban, Ph.D.
Liberal Arts Building‚ Room 206B
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Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice                              
Interdisciplinary Major (B.A.) Criminal Justice Minor

Catherine Orban, Ph.D.
Christine Stephens, Ph.D.

Criminal Justice Overview

Community Organizer • Correction (Probation Officer, Administration) • Victim Services (Victim Advocate) Juvenile Services (Youth Advocate) • Law Enforcement (City/State Federal:  Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, F.B.I., Secret Service, • U.S. Marshal) Investigator: Identity Theft, Private Security, Crime Analyst, Forensics • Graduate School (Criminology, Forensics, Public Policy)

We are building an exciting new program in an emerging field and invite you to be a part of it.  As a unique feature, the criminal justice major will offer cutting-edge courses in restorative justice.  Restorative Justice emphasizes the ways in which crime harms relationships in the context of community. (Minnesota Department of Corrections)

Restorative justice is a victim-centered response to crime that provides opportunities for those most directly affected by crime—the victim, the offender, their families and representatives of the community—to be directly involved in responding to the harm caused by the crime.

“Competence, Compassion, Commitment,” and positive social change and service to the community are at the forefront of the Criminal Justice program.  The heart of the major is people caring about and effectively supporting other people, while promoting social justice.

The criminal justice major will offer a focused interdisciplinary exposure to all aspects of crime and criminal jus­tice. Courses in the program include those dealing with crime, youth, and the responses to crime and delinquency by criminal justice agencies and organizations in the community. The criminal justice curriculum has a liberal arts framework which prepares students for graduate school as well as for criminal justice related employment in industry or government.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice combines a core of basic and applied courses that provide the student with a practical liberal arts perspective of this growing field. The student will gain a solid understanding of the criminal justice system, with particular emphasis in the following areas: 

  • Critical Approaches to the study of crime and society
  • Alternative Methods in justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policing
  • Courts
  • Corrections

Criminal Justice majors will have the opportunity to complete an Internship and work on community projects through ser­vice learning, which will assist students to be urban leaders in their fields, and in their communities.

The criminal justice major seeks to foster the development of graduates who will be catalysts for social and personal change in the urban environment. Careers in the Criminal Justice field can be found at the grass-roots, community, local, county, state, and federal levels.

Only required courses with a grade no lower than a C can be applied to fulfill the Criminal Justice major.

Students complete their computer literacy requirement in Criminal Justice by taking CJ 351.

All Criminal Justice majors must take CJ 351 as their writing intensive course. 

Students may be eligible to win the following criminal justice award based on their scholarly work. The award is the Criminal Justice Award for outstanding criminal justice student.

Credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experiences are other features of the program. Permission of the department head is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.

The B.A. in Criminal Justice program is primarily a day program, some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.  The minor in Criminal Justice program is primarily a day program, some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule. 

Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major which does not require the completion of an additional minor. The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a criminal justice major are a minimum of 52 credit hours in criminal justice and related courses and completion of the following components:

Before any decisions are made for your selection of courses, you will need to meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss your academic plan.

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Courses
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime (Preq. CJ110)
CJ 240 Corrections (Preq. CJ110)
CJ 330 Criminal Behavior (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 351 Restorative Justice  (Preq. CJ 110 and 200)
CJ 356 Police and Society (Preq. CJ110)
CJ/SW 355 Social Research Methods: (MTH 100, Psy 205; SOC 201, permission of instructor)
CJ 380 Criminal Law (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices (Preq. CJ 351)
CJ 496 Senior Seminar (Preq. Eng. 312, Senior standing, permission of instructor)

C.  Electives
Students must choose 3 courses from the list below:

CJ 306 Race and Ethnic Diversity (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 311 Deviant Behavior (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 352 Women in the American Justice System
CJ 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, junior or senior standing, permission of instructor)
CJ 493 Readings in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, junior or senior standing, permission of instructor)
CJ 498 Internship (Preq. Senior, CJ 355, permission of the Program Coordinator)

D. Related Discipline Requirement
Students must choose 4 courses (12 semester hours) from the following: (Students should consult their advisor and choose their allied courses based on their individual academic and career interests. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for each of these courses.)

CIS 210 Microcomputer Applications (3)
CHM 140 General Chemistry (4)
CJ 491 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
ENG 209 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
FSC 140 Introduction to Forensic Science (4)
FSC 220 Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection (4)
HUM 330 Asian and Arab Culture (3)
PHL 225 Ethics (3)
POL 201 Public Administration (3)
POL 203 Political Reality and Public Policy
POL/SOC 358 Law and Society (3)
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 305 Introduction to Statistics (3)
PSY/SOC 360 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SW 200A Working with Substance Abuse (2)
SW 200C Working with Mental Illness
SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services (2)
SW 314 Social Welfare Policy (3)
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family (3)
SOC 348 Death and Dying (3)
SOC 365 Group Dynamics (3)

Minor in Criminal Justice

The requirements for the minor in Criminal Justice are:

A. A minimum of 21 total credits.

B. Included must be these courses:

CJ 110                      Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 200                    Sociological Perspectives of Crime
CJ 311                      Deviant Behavior
CJ 320                      Juvenile Delinquency
CJ 380                      Criminal Law

C. An additional 6 credits are required in the following areas of Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Political Science, or Forensic Science. Pos­sible electives include:

CJ 240                 Corrections
CJ 351                 Restorative Justice
CJ 352                 Women in the American Criminal Justice System
CJ 358                 Law and Society
FSC 140              Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC 220             Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection
POL 203             Political Reality and Public Policy
PSY/SOC 360    Social Psychology
PSY 365             Group Dynamics
PSY 240             Developmental Psychology
PSY 340             Abnormal Psychology
SW 200A            Working with Substance Abuse(2)
SW 200C           Working with Mental Illness(2)
SW 268               Child Welfare Policies and Services (2)
SW 314               Social Welfare Policy (3)

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