Course Descriptions

CJC 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Semester Credit Hours  

A survey course designed to introduce the student to the criminal justice system. This course includes an introduction to law and law enforcement activities, the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel and adult correctional facilities.  Offered every semester

CJC 210: Criminal Investigation
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is to make the student familiar with criminal investigation techniques and the investigation principles and procedures in the identification and apprehension of criminals. Offered ever other Fall.

CJC 202 : Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course familiarizes the student with descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistics will be studied within the context of research in criminal justice, education, psychology and sociology. This course is cross-listed with PSY 202 and SOC 202.  Offered every semester.

CJC 230: Global Perspective on Crime and Justice
3 Semester Credit Hours

Broad overview of historical and contemporary crime control strategies in a variety of pre-modern, developing and industrial societies. Prerequisite: CJC 100 or permission of instructor. Offered every Fall.

CJC 301: Practicum in Criminal Justice**
1-3 Semester Credit Hours

Supervised experience in a criminal justice agency.  This course may be repeated, but no more than 6 hours of credit earned in CJC 301 may be applied to either major area requirements or minimum degree requirements. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Can be a service learning course – see your advisor. Offered every semester.

CJC 310: Critical Issues in Policing**
3 Semester Credit Hours

An overview of policing which focuses on critical issues, which have historically affected police departments and the delivery of police services in the United States. Prerequisite: CJC 100. A service learning designated course. Offered every third semester.

CJC 340: Criminal Procedure
3 Semester Credit Hours

Advanced study in the procedural aspects of criminal law; process of enforcement, investigation, pre-trial and trial procedures, sentencing, appeals and post-convictions review. Focuses on civil right and liberties, arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel and sentencing and this is a procedural due process course. Prerequisite: CJC 100.  Offered every third semester.

CJC 344: Minority Relations
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course focuses on minority-dominant relations with emphasis upon prejudice, discrimination, conflicts, accommodation, acculturation, amalgamation and assimilation. Ethnic, racial, and religious minorities will be studied. This course is cross-listed with SOC 308. Offered fourth semester.

CJC 320: Judicial Process
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is an examination of the interactions among the legal, social and psychological influences on the behavior of criminal courts, prosecutors, the defense and the accused.  Offered every third semester.

CJC 347: Drugs, Crime and Justice
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to explore a variety of issues surrounding illicit substances drawing upon relevant historical, social, cultural accounts within American Society. Utilizing methodological and theoretical frameworks students are provided with an introduction to the study of illicit drug use and the role of the criminal justice system in controlling these behaviors. Students will explore aspects of why and how people take drugs, crimes that are directly associated with drug use, and drug trafficking; focusing on contemporary legislation, policy, education and prevention techniques. Critical thinking and written expression of that thinking will be emphasized.  Offered every other Spring.

CJC 360: Criminal Law
3 Semester Credit Hours

Advanced study in the legal principles involved in the preservation and protection of life and property. It includes the elements and proof in crimes and the rules of criminal liability.  This is a substantive due process course. Prerequisite: CJC 100.  Offered every third semester.

CJC 390: Deviant Behavior
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to examine a variety of theoretical and substantive issues with special emphasis on non-criminal and marginally criminal types of deviance such as prostitution, gambling, unconventional religious and political beliefs, suicide and social nudism. Offered every fourth semester.

CJC 345: Juvenile Delinquency**
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is an analysis of the nature, types and theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency. The methods of treatment and the juvenile justice system are the focal points of this course. This course is cross-listed with SOC 364. A service learning designated course.  Offered every third semester.

CJC 346: Juvenile Justice**
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is an examination of the development, change and operation of the American juvenile justice system. Special emphasis is placed on the nature of juvenile law and our methods of dealing with youthful offenders. A service learning designated course.  Offered every fourth semester.

CJC 350: Criminology
3 Semester Credit Hours

 Exploration of explanations of crime and ways society responds. This course focuses on an exploration of theories of juvenile delinquency, the methods of treatment, and the juvenile justice system. This course is cross-listed with SOC 366Prerequisite: CJC 100 or SOC 100 or consent of the instructor.  Offered every year.

CJC 370: Corrections**
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is an examination and discussion of the American correctional process with emphasis on correctional institutions, inmate social system, probation, parole and contemporary corrections. Prerequisite: CJC 100. A service learning designated course. Offered every Fall.

CJC 380: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is a research course which the student will learn research design for criminological studies with emphasis on research design and data collection methods.  Offered every year.

CJC 399: Criminal Justice, Criminology and Law Career Planning Seminar
1 Semester Credit Hour

This is a seminar course in career planning.  It is offered each fall and is open to students with senior standing.  Students will develop a career plan, prepare for the GRE, LSAT, prepare applications for graduate or law school or start the process of becoming a practitioner after graduation.  This course will be pass/fail only. Offered every Fall.

CJC 401: Independent Study
1-3 Semester Credit Hours

During the senior year students majoring in criminal justice who meets the independent study requirements may enroll for 1-3 semester hours of independent study and reading, subject to the conditions of such study. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered every semester.

CJC 410: White-Collar Crime
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is an examination of individual criminality in the course of one’s occupation and the crimes of organizations and corporations. Course will study the societal reaction to these “upper class” illegalities. Prerequisite: CJC 350 or equivalent.  Offered on an irregular basis.

CJC 420: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
3 Semester Credit Hours 

May be repeated with change in topic up to a maximum of 6 credits;   A changing-topic seminar which will examine a variety of current issues, techniques and problems in criminal justice. Offered every other year.

CJC 430: Justice Seminar: Civil Rights and Liberties
3 Semester Credit Hours

A seminar course in civil rights, civil liberties and social change; evolution of legal institutions; group conflict and law; influence of legal controls and sanctions on human behavior.  This course also examines law and social change. Offered every third semester.

CJC 460: Victimology
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is a multidisciplinary study of crime victims examining legal and philosophical issues regarding victimization, social science research into victimization, theories of victimization and role of victims in criminal justice and legal system. Offered on an irregular basis.

CJC 470: Theoretical Criminology
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course id advanced criminology.  Examines classical and contemporary theories of crime and crime control by focusing on various explanations for why select types of conduct are categorized and treated as criminal, as well as why people engage in criminal behavior. Specific deviant and criminal activities are described and explained using established theoretical frameworks. The students Provides a comprehensive background in the disciplinary development of criminology. Prerequisite:  CJC 350.  Offered on an irregular basis.

CJC 480: Advanced Research Methods
3 Semester Credit Hours

Advanced research design and data analysis – students will design a research project; collect data, and demonstrating the ability to interpret research in criminology, law and society.  This course is strongly recommended to all students who plan on attending graduate school in social science.  Prerequisites: CJC 202 and CJC 380.  Offered on an irregular basis.

CJC 499: Criminal Justice Senior Seminar
3 Semester Credit Hours

An analysis of the criminal justice system with emphasis on how the justice system functions in theory and practice, current controversial issues, current research, systems dysfunctions and future trends. Prerequisite: Senior status in criminal justice within 12 months of graduation. Offered every Spring.

** A service learning designated course