An overview of crime in the U.S. and the three major criminal justice agencies: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. CJ majors must pass with a grade of "C" or better.
An overview of the police functions in U.S. society, including law enforcement, maintenance of order, and public service-and of police responsibilities, including organizational and managerial aspects of policing in our democracy,
An overview of the policies and procedures of U.S. correctional systems, and the methods of treatment of offenders.
Survey of scientific crime detection methods; crime scene search, identification and preservation of evidence; uses of the laboratory for criminal investigation.
This course examines research methodologies in the social sciences, covering the tools and techniques for designing and conducting research, including collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings. (Cross-listed as PSC 310).
An overview of security in modern society, including public and private security, covering the role and administration of security and security personnel.
The study of U.S. judicial process at both the federal and state court levels. (Cross-listed as PSC 330)
An overview of what constitutes crime and of the body of law governing the punishment of crime. (Cross-listed as PSC 332)
Explores issues and problems in the area of law, including the nature and rule of law, the aims and roles of legal systems, morality and law, obligations to obey the law, and systematic injustices related to race, ethnicity, and gender. (Cross-listed as PSC 336 and PHL 336)
Explores theoretical issues and problems in the areas of law--especially criminal law--concerning liability and punishment. Topics to be examined include diminished capacity, theories of punishment, and capital punishment. (Cross-listed as PSC 337 and PHL 337)
A study of theories of criminal behavior and delinquent behavior.
An examination of the violent crime epidemic affecting many parts of Latin America, with specific focus on the themes of democratic transition, political economy, and foreign relations with the United States. Same as PSC 363 and IS 363.
This course examines the experiences of women in the criminal justice system--as criminals, as crime victims, and as criminal justice professionals --together with social values and institutions that shape perceptions and outcomes.
The study of the role and impact of race and ethnicity in the development and evolution of the criminal justice system. Topics include criminal victimization, the treatment of criminal offenders, and the impact of race and ethnicity on those in the criminal justice system.
An examination of different types of illegal and legal drugs, their effects on the human body including addiction, and the relationship of drug abuse and crime.
Study of a significant topic or problem in criminal justice. May be repeated up to two time when content varies.
This course focuses on the perpetration and experience of sexual violence in the United States and incorporates perspectives from criminal justice, gender studies, sociology, and psychology.
This course applies classical and modern management and organization theories to broad range of institutions, actors, and agencies, including police, courts and corrections, as well as drug traffickers, sexual offender treatment centers, and homeland security agencies.
Explores criminal investigations procedures including theory of investigations, case presentation, interrogation, and special problems in criminal investigations.
Survey of scientific crime detection methods; crime scene search, identification, and preservation of evidence; use of the laboratory for criminal investigation.
An overview of the processes used by criminal investigators and the roles of those involved in the judicial process, as well as the interaction that occurs between the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judiciary. (Cross-listed as PSC 430)
Examine alternatives to incarceration in the community informed by current practice and research.
An examination of the policies, programs, and practices of crime involving youth and the administration of juvenile justice.
This course examines how public policy has shaped both the criminal justice system and its results, with particular emphasis on crime control.
This course examines the interaction of peace officers with the community and community oriented policing strategies. The class examines police accountability, which has increased since the inception of body cameras, social media and "cop watching" groups.
An examination of differences and similarities in criminal justice systems globally, including criminal law, crime rates, crime control and law enforcement.
The course covers major issues, cases and topics in public and private international law. Course coverage includes individuals and corporations, diplomatic relations, jurisdiction, human rights, economic relations, treaties, environmental law, and more.
The study of armed conflict from an interdisciplinary perspective incorporating criminology, political science, security studies, conflict and peace studies, and international law.
Study of a significant topic, problem, or issue in criminal justice. May be repeated up to two times when the content varies. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to the criminal justice major.
Study of a terrorism from a sociopolitical perspective with an emphasis on causes, policy, tactics and operational characteristics and counter-terrorism operations. Cross-listed with PSC 491 and IS 491.
The Capstone course brings together key components form across the criminal justice curriculum. As part of the course, students will write a research paper, present their research, and take a comprehensive exam. CJ majors must earn a grade of C or better for graduation.
Examines the principles of the United States Constitution and roles of Congress, the President, and the courts, the mass media, interest groups, and more in our U.S. political system. PSC majors and minors must pass with a grade of 'C' or better.
Students will pursue directed research or readings on an approved topic in criminal justice.
An opportunity to gain experiential learning through a supervised internship offered by a variety of criminal related agencies.
Supervised experience in all aspects of the survey research process including but not limited to literature review, research design, questionnaire development, sampling techniques, interviewing, data analysis, and interpretation and presentation of findings. Requires permission of instructor.
Students will be exposed to a variety of experiences associated with the operations of a fully operational research center, including in-service and management training, consulting, sponsored research, organizational assessments, strategic and programming planning, operations, program evaluation, intergovernmental fiscal processes including the search for funding, and grant writing. Research assignments will include basic research design, survey and focus group instrument development, administration of surveys, handling focus groups, curriculum preparation and administration data manipulation and analysis, and report writing. Requires permission of instructor.
The research and writing of a major paper in the field of criminal justice. Registration is open to criminal justice majors in the Honors College or those pursuing Department Honors.