CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CJ)
Office: 432-C Farrah Hall
All 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.
An overview of the criminal justice system with emphasis on the roles and problems of law enforcement, courts, and correctional components. CJ 100 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level criminal justice courses.
Development of law enforcement; organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and functions of police officers.
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.
Extent and patterns of delinquency; its development in individuals and gangs; group therapy with delinquents; and juvenile courts, training schools, probation, and aftercare supervision.
A general overview of U.S. judicial systems, including recent innovations and future trends.
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.
Study of traditional and modern explanations of crime and criminality.
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.
Examination in historical sequence of the perspectives on and methods of crime control, from the traditional to the modern.
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.
Fundamentals of criminal investigation from crime scene searches to follow-up investigations and case preparation.
Formal organization theory and personnel administration, with emphasis on law enforcement agencies.
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.
Statistical methods in criminal justice, including central tendency and dispersion, tests of significance, and measures of association.
An opportunity for students to conduct career exploration and build a record of experience in the field.
CJ 404 Health and Crime (same as SOC 404). 3 hours. The health consequences of social deviance and the impact of criminalization for individual and societal well-being. Seminar discussions cover the criminalization of mental and physical illness and illnesses arising from criminal behavior and incarceration.
Study of intermediate punishments and alternatives to incarceration.
Examines the philosophical basis of law enforcement and traces the development of the law enforcement function.
Survey of crime control models.
CJ 430 Criminal Justice Organizational Behavior. 3 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. 3 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.
Organization, functions, and jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system: processing and detention of juveniles, juvenile statutes, juvenile court procedure, and case disposition.
Examines the philosophical basis of the American legal system and traces the development of the judicial process.
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.
General principles and theories of criminal procedure, including concepts of due process, arrest, search and seizure, wiretapping, lineups, and other recent developments.
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.
History, analysis, and evaluation of American correctional institutions, including the sociology of confinement and reform movements within the system.
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.
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.
Examination of selected problems and issues in criminal justice. May be taken twice, provided the topic is different.
CJ 498 Honors Thesis. 3 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. 1 to 6 hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Research under faculty supervision in any area of interest to the student.