Courses in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Courses

CJUS-K300 Techniques of Data Analysis (3 cr)

Covers the properties of single variables, the measurement of association between pairs of variables, and statistical inference. Additional topics, such as the analyses of qualitative and aggregated data, address specific criminal justice concerns.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor, any college math course, except MATH-M117.

CJUS-P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr)

Historical and philosophical background, structure, functions, and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Introduction to and principles of formal behavior control devices.
Previously SPEA J101.

CJUS-P200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr)

Critical examination of biological, psychological, and individual, group, and societal reactions to norm-violating behaviors.
Previously SPEA J201.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Resources (3 cr)

This course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.
Previously SPEA J202.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P300 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr)

Extensive analysis of selected topics and themes in criminal justice. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
Previously SPEA J370.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P301 Police in Contemporary Society (3 cr)

Examination of the rules and responsibilities of the police, history of police organizations, relations between police and society, and determinants of police action.
Previously SPEA J321.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P302 Courts and Criminal Justice (3 cr)

Structure, organization, composition, functions, and procedures of courts in the United States. Role of lawyers and judges in the criminal justice process.
Previously SPEA J306

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P303 Corrections and Criminal Justice (3 cr)

Historical and comparative survey of prison confinement and the various alternatives within the scope of the criminal justice system’s policies and methods of implementation.
Previously SPEA J331.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P320 Foundations of Criminal Investigation (3 cr)

The pertinence to criminal investigation of physical evidence, people, and documents. Discussion of ethical problems, impact of legal systems on investigative process, and elements of effective testimony.
Previously SPEA-J320.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P330 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 cr)

Study of major ethical theories with emphasis on their application to components of the criminal justice system. Personal and professional dilemmas and problem-solving strategies are emphasized.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3 cr)

Definition of common crimes in the United States and factors involving the application of criminal law as a formal social control mechanism. Behavior-modifying factors that influence criminal liability and problems created when new offenses are defined.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P372 Evidence (3 cr)

The rules of law governing proof at a trial of disputed issues of fact, burden of proof presumption and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exception—all related as nearly as possible to criminal as opposed to civil process.
Previously SPEA J303.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P374 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr)

The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law utilizing the case study method.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P375 American Juvenile Justice System (3 cr)

Structure and operation of the juvenile justice system in the United States, past and present. Analysis of the duties and responsibilities of the juvenile police officer, the juvenile court judge, and the juvenile probation officer.
Previously SPEA J305.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P376 Procedural Criminal Law (3 cr)

Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process, utilizing the case-study method.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P411 Criminal Justice Management (3 cr)

Examination of the ideas and concepts from various disciplines contributing to modern administrative theory, and translation of these insights to the management of criminal justice agencies.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P422 Crime in the Mass Media (3 cr)

Examination of the role of the media generally and in the criminal justice system in particular. Consideration of the construction of media images, images of crime and criminal justice in various mediums, and the ways in which the media affect beliefs about crime and criminal justice.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P457 Seminar on White-Collar Crime (3 cr)

The nature and incidence of white-collar crime. In addition to studying the etiological theories relating to white-collar crime, the course will also focus on both the criminal and civil (regulatory) processes used to control corporate, organizational, and elite misconduct.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P458 Wrongful Conviction (3 cr)

Investigates the factors associated with wrongful convictions and discusses possible remedies for minimizing such miscarriages of justice. The goal of this course is to systematically describe, explain, analyze and evaluate the factors associated with, and the consequences of, the wrongful prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of the innocent in the American criminal justice system. Includes a view of actual allegations of innocence by inmates currently in our prisons, and case-studies of wrongly convicted individuals who have been exonerated.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr)

A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime, a review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals and programs.
Previously SPEA J439.

CJUS-P481 Field Experience in Criminal Justice (1-6 cr)

Field experience with directed readings and writing.

CJUS-P493 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr)

Intensive study and analysis of selected problems in criminal justice. Topics will vary. May be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours with different topics.
Previously SPEA-J370.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 496 Research Internship (1-3 cr)

Active participation in a research project and related activities under the direction of a faculty member. Students and instructor will complete a form agreeing on responsibilities at the beginning of the relevant semester.

Public Affairs Courses

SPEA-V170 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr)

Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at all levels of government. Particular emphasis is placed on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system.
Offered occassionally.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

SPEA-V263 Public Management (3 cr)

This course offers an examination of the management process of public organizations in the United States. Special attention will be given to external infl uences on public managers, the efect of intergovernmental environment and, in particular, problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

SPEA-V 366 Managing Behavior in Public Orgs. (3 cr)

This course provides an introduction to the management of people in public organizations. Special emphasis is given to management issues involving criminal justice personnel, and the special constraints of administration in the public context.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3 cr)

This course provides a study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue management, debt management, and public budgeting. Special attention is given to the process of creating and approving budgets locally at the state level. The various income sources and spending limitations in the public sector are discussed.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

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