Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Courses

(See the catalog for descriptions of criminal justice program courses in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Africana Studies, Philosophy, and Religion.)

CRJ 160. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)
This course presents an overview and analysis of the major components of the criminal
justice system including criminal law, law enforcement, and the judicial and correctional
processes. (Every year)

CRJ 198. Special Introductory Topics in Criminal Justice: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
This course examines an introductory topic in criminal justice not covered in any other
departmental offerings. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different.

CRJ 362. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
A study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency in contemporary society, with
particular emphasis on theories of causation, treatment, and control. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160

CRJ 370. Criminal Law (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160
The study of substantive criminal law, this course focuses on criminal culpability,
defense to criminal culpability, sentencing issues, and the elements of felony and
misdemeanor crimes including homicide, other crimes against persons, property, and the
public order. (Every two years)

CRJ 372. Criminal Procedure (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160
Criminal Procedure is the study of the processes and procedures of criminal law and the
criminal justice legal system. The course includes the study of search and seizure, bail
procedure, plea negotiations issues, trial procedures, charging, indictments, information
and adversary systems, and special problems. (Every two years)

CRJ 390. Special Topics in Criminal Justice: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160 or consent of instructor.
This course examines a significant topic in criminal justice that is not available through other
departmental course offerings. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is
different. (Occasionally)

CRJ 490. Internship in Criminal Justice (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: CRJ 160 and consent of instructor
This course involves an internship at an approved business, non-profit organization,
government agency, or academic institution. It provides the opportunity for students to
gain a deeper understanding of criminal justice, develop career-related skills, and
better define their career paths. Students will complete the course under the direction of
a faculty member and an onsite supervisor. In addition to handling internship site work
responsibilities, students complete reading and reflection assignments, and meet
periodically with the faculty sponsor. Students are required to engage in projects or
assignments requiring at least three on-site hours, or equivalent, per week for every hour
of credit. (Every semester)

CRJ 495. Directed Independent Research in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Prerequisite: SOC 405 and consent of instructor and chair.
This course involves intensive student research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Students who enroll in this course are expected to present their research projects at an
approved conference. (Every semester)