Undergraduate Courses - Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Courses - Criminal Justice

CJ 1100. Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits / Fall, Spring
A study of the development and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Included will be an examination of the components which make up the criminal justice system, their roles and responsibilities as a part of the system. Prerequisite for CJ 2120, CJ 2150 and CJ 2430, or consent of the instructor.

CJ 2120. Police Process

3 credits / Fall, Spring
An examination of social and historical settings of the police; police role and career; police discretion; police values and culture; organization and control. Prerequisite: CJ 1100 or consent of the instructor.

CJ 2150. The Judicial Process

3 credits / Fall, Spring
An examination of the pre-adjudication and adjudication stages of the criminal process, the persons involved in the process, and the forces that influence the actions of the decision makers. Prerequisite: CJ 1100 or consent of the instructor. (WRITING)

CJ 2430. Corrections

3 credits / Fall, Spring
The course provides a comprehensive overview of the origins of correctional systems in the United States and abroad and an introduction to the philosophical ideas with which specific correctional approaches are associated. Includes an assessment of organization and theory of correctional systems, institutional operations, management of inmates and staff, programmatic possibilities, alternatives to incarceration, and current and future issues. Prerequisite: CJ 1100 or permission of the instructor.

CJ 2500. Independent Study

1-3 credits / Fall, Spring

CJ 3001. Writing in Criminal Justice

3 credits / Fall, Spring
GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)
This course will continue with the writing skills developed from the first and second-year writing courses but will focus on specific issues and writings within criminal justice. In addition to writing (effective communication), the course will emphasize critical thinking, community responsibility within the context of criminal justice, and local to global connections. (WRITING)

CJ 3050. American Legal Systems

3 credits / Spring
An overview of the development of law and law as an instrument of social control; an examination of the different types of law and the nature of each; the framework within which the American legal systems operate; an examination of the basic terminology of law and legal concepts; how to use library resources and apply legal research techniques dealing with the study of case, legislative and administrative law. This course is designed especially for students with pre-law or paralegal interests and complements the upper division substantive law courses. (WRITING)

CJ 3110. Crime and Culture

3 credits / Spring
This course examines the images of crime and the criminal justice system as depicted in film, music, and literature.

CJ 3115. Research Methods

4 credits / Fall, Spring
An introduction to the logic and techniques of social science research with computer applications, examination of the structure of scientific inquiry, methods utilized to analyze information, with emphasis placed upon the interpretation of that information. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Required of all PS and CJ majors. Prerequisite: STT 1810 or the equivalent. (Same as PS 3115.) (NUMERICAL DATA; COMPUTER) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

CJ 3121. International Terrorism

3 credits / Spring
This course introduces the student to the characteristics of international terrorism, the causes of terrorism, and the control of terrorism. Throughout, students are presented key concepts to which they can refer for analyzing the future of international terrorism. (Same as PS 3121.)

CJ 3250. Juvenile Justice

3 credits / Fall
Legal and philosophical basis for a separate juvenile justice system, with a focus on juvenile rights and will include such topics as the police role in delinquency, due process, venue, adjudication and disposition hearings, and confidentiality in the juvenile process.

CJ 3400. Theories of Crime and Justice

3 credits / Fall, Spring
The course considers the underlying causes of crime and the social responses of justice, two constructs which transcend the boundaries of any one discipline or field of study. The course approaches the subject matter from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Explanations of crime causation from the perspectives of biology, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and anthropology are presented, discussed, and evaluated. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY )

CJ 3405. Forensic Investigation

3 credits / Spring
Principles and techniques involved in the investigation of crimes; interview of victims and witnesses; questioning of suspects; organization and procedure in the investigation of crime scenes; the use of scientific aids within investigations.

CJ 3450. Injustice in America

3 credits / On Demand
An assessment of the ideals and realities of American criminal justice processes, including law-making, policing, judicial process, correctional punishment, and media coverage of crime and criminal justice. The course takes a critical approach to criminal justice, focusing on the degree to which the realities of criminal justice practice match the theoretical ideals.

CJ 3500. Independent Study

1-4 credits / Fall, Spring

CJ 3520. Instructional Assistance

1 credit / Fall, Spring
A supervised experience in the instructional process on the university level through direct participation in a classroom situation. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours.

CJ 3530–3549. Selected Topics

1-4 credits / On Demand
An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for in the criminal justice curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate.

CJ 3551. Criminal Law

3 credits / Fall, Spring
An introduction to the basic concepts of criminal law, the definition of crime and defenses, function and purposes of substantive criminal law, limits of the criminal law, case study approach.

CJ 3552. Criminal Procedure

3 credits / Spring
An analysis of constitutional limitations from arrest to release in the administration of criminal justice, including arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification procedures, and post-conviction relief, case study approach.

CJ 3888. Diversity in Justice and Public Affairs

3 credits / Fall
Critically examines race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability and other diversity issues within criminal justice, and public affairs. This includes perspectives analyzing human rights, biological diversity, philosophical ethics, linguistic diversity, cultural diversity, and other relevant differences. (Same as PS 3888.) (MULTI -CULT URAL)

CJ 4450. The Death Penalty

3 credits / On Demand
A critical analysis of capital punishment history, law, and practice in the United States. Special focus is placed on empirical studies of capital punishment as they relate to the efficacy of the sanction.

CJ 4530–4549. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

1-4 credits / On Demand
An intensive examination of selected topics.

CJ 4550. Law and Society

3 credits / Spring
An examination of the relationship between the values and culture of a society and the laws which it adopts and how law interacts with and responds to change in social values as seen by the courts through selected cases. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. (Same as PS 4550.) (WRITING; SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with CJ 5550/PS 5550.]

CJ 4620. Contemporary Police Issues

3 credits / Fall, alternate years
An examination of current social, legal, and organizational issues in contemporary law enforcement. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 4661. Court Administration

3 credits / On Demand
This course is designed to familiarize students with the need for, and approaches to, more effective management of federal and state courts. Topics include court reform, court unification, caseload management, alternative dispute resolution, personnel management and training, and audio-visual applications in the courts, among others. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. (Same as PS 4661.) (SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with CJ 5661/PS 5661.]

CJ 4680. Organized Crime

3 credits / Fall, alternate years
This course will provide an examination and analysis of views on the phenomena of organized crime and efforts to control it. Attention will be paid to criminal organizations in the United States, their beginnings in other cultural and ethnic backgrounds and their relations with criminal organizations around the world. In today's world, criminal organizations in other countries and their activities have a major impact on crime in the United States. Therefore, a comparative approach to the subject must be used. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. (Same as PS 4680.) [Dual-listed with CJ 5680/PS 5680.]

CJ 4900. Internship in Criminal Justice

3-12 credits / Fall, Spring
GEN ED: Capstone Experience
Field work in a criminal justice agency, office, or institution. This course offers the student the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge, approaches, and theories of the criminal justice discipline. At least three of the following four general educational goals will be addressed: thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively, understanding responsibilities of community membership, and making global to local connections. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: senior standing (or 90 semester hours of coursework). (WRITING; SPEAKING)