CRJ 161: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (F, S)
(formerly CRJ 222)
This course is a survey of the discipline, including its use of social sciences and law in understanding the phenomena of crime and justice and how the two relate. Explores criminal justice theory and processes, as well as the roles of ideology, politics, and mass media in shaping crime policy. Seeks to foster deeper perspectives on how justice—for individuals as well as for society—relates to intensely human experiences like freedom and suffering.
CRJ 201: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Crosslisted with SOC/SWK 201
This course is an exploration of how social conflict and social organization affect human and societal well-being. Topics: mental health, personal safety, economic well-being, and intergroup relations in an industrial society and a developing nation.
CRJ 261: CRIMINOLOGY (S)
(formerly CRJ 221)
This course explores major theories of deviance as they apply to behavior viewed as criminal or delinquent. Draws on a variety of academic perspectives to help understand and explain varied manifestations of crime and criminal behavior. Focus is on classical, positivist, and critical approaches, as well as the social policy implications of various theoretical frames of reference.
CRJ 280: CRIMINAL LAW (F, S)
(formerly CRJ 223)
This course provides a journey into the legal principles that underlie substantive criminal law in the United States, including limits on the power of government to define crimes. Consideration of general principles of criminal liability and criminal defenses and legal requirements for specific crimes, including homicide. Appellate court decisions are a major part of the expedition to facilitate understanding of how criminal law is applied in par- ticular fact situations, how it evolves, and how it is influenced by sociopolitical factors.
CRJ 320 : DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (S)
(formerly CRJ 220)
Crosslisted with SOC/SWK 320
This elective course involves a study of why youth become delinquent and the social responses to such behavior, both historically and currently. Includes consideration of definitions, measurement, and theories of delinquency. Also examines the role of socio-demographic factors and juvenile court processing and juvenile corrections. Implications for policy and practice are emphasized.
CRJ 324: POLICING: THEORY & DYNAMICS (F)
This course offers an analysis of police roles, including evolution, public perceptions, administration, culture, and police deviance. Social and political contexts are emphasized through incorporation of social science research related to policing and organizations. Encourages integration of concepts of police on a micro level (the police occupation) with a macro level (the context in which social action occurs), facilitating understanding of the complex relationships between a society and its police.
CRJ 325 : CRIMINAL COURTS (F)
This course addresses the state and federal criminal courts in the United States. Consideration of social science and legal scholarship with regard to major court actors (especially judges, prosecutors, and defenders) and processes (including bail, plea bargaining, and trials). Also examines non-traditional approaches, such as treatment courts. An important theme is the degree to which the courts effectuate the noble goal of “justice."
CRJ 326: INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS (S)
This course examines the philosophy and history underlying attempts to deal with persons who commit crime. Emphasizes social science scholarship in corrections, including implications related to social justice. Topics include: philosophies of punishment, prisons, jails, probation, parole, intermediate punishments, capital punishment, and transformative approaches. The social worlds of prisoners are a major focus of the course. Attendance at multiple sessions at one or more corrections sites may be required.
CRJ 330 : CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURES IN POLICING (F)
(formerly CRJ 225)
This course provides exposure to the legal rules that are supposed to be followed by law enforcement actors when they investigate crime (conduct searches, make arrests, interrogate suspects). Also, the social contexts of those rules are examined, including issues such as breadth of police powers, individual privacy, unequal enforcement, and political influences. State and federal appellate court decisions are the major means through which legal principles are examined.
CRJ 340 : CRIMES OF THE POWERFUL (F, S)
3 credits/ Elective
This course offers a study of social harms perpetrated by persons of power and influence. Theoretical approaches for understanding elite deviance and legal issues in definition, investigation, prosecution, and sentencing will be considered. Specific crimes of the powerful will be explored, including through case studies.
CRJ 350: VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY (F, S)
3 credits/ Elective
This course provides a study of traditional “street” violence as well as “intimate” violence. A variety of theoretical approaches to understanding violence are explored. A parallel theme is the role of the mass media in shaping how we think about violence.
CRJ 370, 470: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (F, S)
3 credits/ Elective
This is a course that addresses intensively a particular area of criminal justice. Topics vary from semester to semester.
CRJ 385: THEORIES OF DEVIANCE (F)
Crosslisted with SOC 385
This course focuses on an intensive analysis of contemporary theories of deviant behavior. Theories examined through seminar discussions of primary materials and critiqued by consideration of research findings. Social policy implications discussed and specific criminal justice programs considered in the light of these theories.
CRJ 387: GENDER, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (F)
3 credits/ Elective
This course is a study of the gendered nature of criminal justice theory, policy, and practice. Among the major themes are: gender differences in criminal behavior, criminal victimization, and criminal processing. Includes consideration of the contributions of feminist criminologies.
CRJ 480: RESEARCH METHODS (F)
This course examines the methodology of social research is performed, including through study- ing examples of criminal justice research. Focus is on becoming a more informed consumer of research information. Topics include: research ethics, sampling, field research, experimental designs, survey research, research using available data, and evaluative research.
Prerequisites: CRJ 161, 261, and junior or senior status
CRJ 481-2: CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP (F, S)
3-6 credits/ Elective
(formerly CRJ 485-6)
This elective course requires 15 hours per week (for three credits) or 30 hours per week (for six credits) of supervised internship in an approved criminal justice setting. Participation in one-hour periodic campus integration seminars also is required. Students may take a maximum of two internship courses, either concurrently or sequentially across two semesters.
Prerequisites: CRJ 161, 261, senior status, and minimum overall GPA of 2.5
CRJ 483: CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH (F, S)
3 credits/ Elective
Each student works on a particular research project in conjunction with a faculty member. Includes preparation of literature review, collection and analysis of data, and preparation of findings in a paper of publishable quality. Faculty authorization required for registration.
Prerequisites: CRJ 161, 261, 480, senior status, and minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0
CRJ 495: SENIOR SEMINAR: ETHICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (S)
This course is an exploration of the interaction between ethics and criminal justice practice, including application of ethical theory to criminal justice issues. Focus is primarily on normative ethics (both deontological and teleological views), including major theorists. The course helps to integrate knowledge gained from previous courses through the overarching theme of the pursuit of justice as an ethical ideal.
Prerequisites: CRJ 161 and 261; at least two of the following: CRJ 324, 325, and 326; and senior status.