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CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CJ)

Professor Celia C. Lo, Chairperson
Office: 432-C Farrah Hall

With the exception of CJ 306 and CJ 483, upper-level courses in criminal justice (courses numbered at the 300 and 400 level) are open to criminal justice majors and minors only. CJ 100 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level courses.

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice. Three hours.

An overview of the criminal justice system with emphasis on the roles and problems of law enforcement, courts, and correctional components. This course is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level criminal justice courses.

CJ 220 Law Enforcement. Three hours.

Development of law enforcement; organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and functions of police officers.

CJ 221 Private Security. Three hours.

Organization and management of the security function in industry, business, and government. Exploration of methods to protect personnel, facilities, and other major assets: loss prevention, control, and risk management.

CJ 240 Juvenile Delinquency. Three hours.

Extent and patterns of delinquency; its development in individuals and gangs; group therapy with delinquents; and juvenile courts, training schools, probation, and aftercare supervision.

CJ 250 Judicial Process. Three hours.

A general overview of U.S. judicial systems, including recent innovations and future trends.

CJ 270 Corrections. Three hours.

A general overview of U.S. corrections, jails and prisons, institutional procedures, recent innovations, and the future of corrections.


All of the following criminal justice courses require CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice in addition to other prerequisites specified.

CJ 300 Survey of Criminology Theories. Three hours.

Study of traditional and modern explanations of crime and criminality.

CJ 303 Racial Minorities, Criminality, and Social Justice. Three hours.

Study of the role played by racial minorities at each stage of the criminal justice system. Special attention is devoted to theories and measurement of minority crimes and race relations and to the treatment of minorities by law enforcement officers, courts, and corrections.

CJ 306 History of Crime and its Treatment. Three hours.

Examination in historical sequence of the perspectives on and methods of crime control, from the traditional to the modern.

CJ 316 The Community and the Criminal Justice System. Three hours.

Individual and group study of the interrelationships between the criminal justice agent (police and corrections) and the public; exploration of areas of conflict and cooperation.

CJ 321 Criminal Investigation. Three hours.

Fundamentals of criminal investigation from crime scene searches to follow-up investigations and case preparation.

CJ 330 Organization and Management Concepts of Criminal Justice. Three hours.

Formal organization theory and personnel administration, with emphasis on law enforcement agencies.

CJ 380 Research Methods. Three hours.

Theoretical and specific instruction in both the conduct and application of research methods in criminal justice settings. Includes problem of research and policy dimensions of both direct and applied approaches.

CJ 381 Statistics. Three hours.

Statistical methods in criminal justice, including central tendency and dispersion, tests of significance, and measures of association.

CJ 395 Internship. Six to 12 hours.

An opportunity for students to conduct career exploration and build a record of experience in the field. CJ majors are required to complete 6 hours of internship.

CJ 410 Community-Based Corrections. Three hours.

Study of intermediate punishments and alternatives to incarceration.

CJ 420 Seminar in Law Enforcement. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 220 or permission of the instructor.

Examines the philosophical basis of law enforcement and traces the development of the law enforcement function.

CJ 421 Crime Prevention and Control. Three hours.

Survey of crime control models.

CJ 430 Criminal Justice Organizational Behavior. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 330 or permission of the instructor.

Study of criminal justice administration emphasizing theories of administrative behavior, aspects of organizational behavior, role and leadership theories, decision making, and communication models.

CJ 431 Criminal Justice Personnel Administration. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 330 or permission of the instructor.

Planning and managing human resources in criminal justice agencies: position classification, recruitment, selection, supervision, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, and employee organizations.

CJ 440 Seminar in Juvenile Justice. Three hours.

Organization, functions, and jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system: processing and detention of juveniles, juvenile statutes, juvenile court procedure, and case disposition.

CJ 450 Seminar in the Judicial Process. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 250 or permission of the instructor.

Examines the philosophical basis of the American legal system and traces the development of the judicial process.

CJ 460 Criminal Law I. Three hours.

Classification and analysis of selected areas of the substantive law of crimes, including basic principles of criminal law and crimes against the person and property.

CJ 461 Criminal Law II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 460 or permission of the instructor.

General principles and theories of criminal procedure, including concepts of due process, arrest, search and seizure, wiretapping, lineups, and other recent developments.

CJ 462 Criminal Evidence. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 460 or permission of the instructor.

The law governing the proof of disputed issues of fact in trials and common law. Coverage includes burden of proof, presumptions, judicial notice, and the functions of the judge and jury.

CJ 470 Seminar in Corrections. Three hours.

Prerequisite: CJ 270 or permission of the instructor.

History, analysis, and evaluation of American correctional institutions, including the sociology of confinement and reform movements within the system.

CJ 482 Criminal Justice Information Systems. Three hours.

Critical study of and original research in data processing applications of use in criminal justice; technological and other developments, equipment and methods, and staff studies.

CJ 483 Law and Society. Three hours.

Law as an instrument of social control, the functions and limitations of law, and the machinery of law as a part of the larger society.

CJ 490 Special Topics in Criminal Justice. Three hours.

Examination of selected problems and issues in criminal justice. May be taken twice, provided the topic is different.

CJ 498 Honors Thesis. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Consult the department.

The use of the scientific method of inquiry to study criminal justice and criminology issues.

CJ 499 Independent Study in Criminal Justice. One to six hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Research under faculty supervision in any area of interest to the student.

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