Courses - BS Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Courses

CJ 281 - Intro Criminal Justice System: An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the workings of the various subsystems of the criminal justice system and how they interact: Law Enforcement, Courts and Corrections. (3)

CJ 382 - Criminology: Explanation of crime and its context: extensive coverage of past and present theories; a survey of crime prevention and strategies. (3)

CJ 383 - Criminal Law: An introductory course designed to familiarize students with substantive criminal law. The scope and sources of criminal law, essential elements of a crime, criminal liability, criminal responsibility and capacity to commit a crime, defenses, criminal punishment, criminal jurisdiction are some to the topics covered in the course. (3)

CJ 384 - : A comprehensive review of law enforcement systems and practices, starting from history of law enforcement to the discussions of recruiting procedures, training, operational functions, such as, patrols, investigations, and strategies for controlling police corruption and brutality. Other pertinent law enforcement issues will be covered in the course. (3)

CJ 385 - Court Systems & Practices: An extensive review of the federal and state court systems. Starting from the history of the court system to staffing. The procedures for the appointment of justices and judges, and the actual operations and practices of the courts will be extensively examined. Other pertinent court related issues, such as a plea bargaining, sentence disparities and the future of the courts will be examined. (3)

CJ 386 - Correctional Systems/Practices: Starts with a survey of the history of corrections. Examines all relevant correctional practices such as security and control in prisons, treatment in prison classification systems, prison industries, prison congestion and remedies, the pros and cons of private prisons, and also an extensive examination of community based corrections, including probation and parole. (3)

CJ 387 - Juvenile Justice System and Practices: A comprehensive survey of all facets of the juvenile justice systems and practices. Starts with the origins of the juvenile system. Examines theories of delinquency, and reviews juvenile courts, prosecutions, juvenile rights, and corrections. Comparative juvenile justice systems and the future of the juvenile justice systems are also examined. (3)

CJ 388 - Private & Industrial Security: Extensive survey of the history of private and industrial security. Recruitment training, operational and administrative practices are extensively reviewed, physical security systems are examined. The future of private and industrial security is also covered in the course. (3)

CJ 389 - Criminal Investigations: An extensive examination of the investigation process to include: historical origins of criminal investigation, the investigative method, note taking and reporting, crime scene focus, interviewing, the sources of information, special investigation, investigation in court, and the future of criminal investigation. (3)

CJ 390 - Introduction Statistics Criminal Justice: A statistics basic course designed to introduce criminal justice students to descriptive, inferential statistics, and measures of associations. (3)

CJ 391 - Introduction to Cybercrime: A comprehensive examination of crimes committed with the use of computers and strategies for preventing, controlling, and investigating such crimes. (3)

CJ 392 - Introduction to Forensic Science: A comprehensive introduction to Forensic Science practices as they apply to criminal investigations. Explanation of crime and its context, including an extensive coverage of each of the major criminological perspectives/theories. (3)

CJ 393 - Criminal Procedure: An extensive review of criminal procedure. Begins with a brief discussion of the courts and the criminal justice system. The course covers the exclusionary rule of probable cause; arrest, searches and seizures; identification and interrogation; constitutional rights and rules during trial; and legal liabilities of law enforcement offices. (3)

CJ 394 - Terrorism and Homeland Security: A survey of the history of national and international terrorism, and homeland security. Motives of terrorists, operational strategies and control strategies will be covered. (3)

CJ 395 - Aviation and Airport Security: An extensive examination of Aviation and Airport Security Systems and Practices, with special attention on how to prevent terrorist activities. (3)

CJ 480 - Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organization: An overview of a broad set of concepts, research, and practices surrounding management and administration of criminal justice. Offers a system-wide perspective that considers how management issues run through th entire criminal justice system. (3)

CJ 481- Comparative Criminal Justice: An extensive coverage of major foreign criminal justice systems. Particular focus on government, police judiciary, law, corrections, and juvenile justice.

CJ 482 -Police Organization and Management: A comprehensive survey of police organization and management skills, which covers development and management theories, organization and structure, behavior, motivation and job design, including leadership theory and practice. The future of police organization and management is also covered. (3)

CJ 483 -Organized Crime: A comprehensive study of the past and present of organized crime. Topics covered include: history of organized crime, the business of organized crime, organized crime in labor nad drugs, law and law enforcement response to organized crime, organized crime committees, commissions, and policies. (3)

CJ 487-Victimology: A comprehensive study of the victims of crime, including their characteristics per crime and their relationship with their perpetrators. Compensation programs and victimization studies will be covered. Other victi-related contemporary issues will also be examined. (3)

CJ 488- Research Methods: An introductory course to research methods in criminal justice. This course covers experiments, surveys, field research, unobstrusive research evaluation, and analysis. (3)

CJ 491- Criminal Justice Seminar III (Professionalism and Ethics): An advanced seminar course designed to teach professionalism and ethics in criminal justice. Topics to be discussed include general requirements for professionalism, morality, values and ethics. The course will involve a series of student library assignments and class presentations. (1)

CJ 492 -Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics and Career: An advanced seminar course designed to expose graduating seniors to job search.

CJ 493 - Criminal Justice Internship: An internship course designed to familiarize students with the practical workings of a selected agency of the criminal justice system. Recommended to be taken in the summer months so as not to interrupt student's regular course load during the regular semester if the student so desires. The internship consists of a tour of duty in any criminal justice agency for not less than two months in the summer or three months in the spring or fall. Internship may be substituted with regular courses if a student, after genuine efforts, is unable to secure a placement. The substitution must be approved by the department chair. A total of 240 hours is required (30 hours per week in Summer I and II, and 20 hours per week in the Fall or Spring semesters). (6)

CJ 494 - Reading and Independent Studies in Criminal Justice: This course is designed for advanced students in criminal justice. Students must be capable of conducting independent studies. Registration upon approval of the department chair. (3)