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Criminal Justice Minor

In order to complete a criminal justice minor, students must take CRJU 1100 and 15-credit-hours of criminal justice course work. At least 9-credit-hours must be from upper division courses.

Course Work

Required
CRJU 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course is an overview of the criminal justice system, its history, philosophical background, constitutional limitations, and the processes for achieving its goals. Each of the major divisions (police, courts, and corrections) will be examined for its contributions, assumptions, and interrelations. Also included are the contemporary trends in the system on the local and national levels. Must pass with a grade of C or higher.

Hours:
3



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Electives
CRJU 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course is an overview of the criminal justice system, its history, philosophical background, constitutional limitations, and the processes for achieving its goals. Each of the major divisions (police, courts, and corrections) will be examined for its contributions, assumptions, and interrelations. Also included are the contemporary trends in the system on the local and national levels. Must pass with a grade of C or higher.

Hours:
3



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CRJU 2000 - Introduction to Criminal Law

This course examines both the substantive criminal law and the procedures for its implementation. It will concentrate on the historical developments and contemporary forms of criminal definitions. This course will also deal with the more abstract concepts of responsibility and limitations on prosecutions.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 2002 - Introduction to Law Enforcement

This course will introduce the student to issues and concepts associated with American policing. The purpose of the course is to discuss the characteristics and operational missions of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Special emphasis is placed on historical influences and the conflicting roles with which the profession has struggled. Must pass with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3010 - Criminal Procedures

This course focuses on the fourth, fifth, sixth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Emphasis is on police searches and seizures as regulated by the 4th amendment. Students will read opinions of the Supreme Court and discuss the impact of those decisions on the balance between individual privacy and societal interests.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3310 - Juvenile Justice

This course is an overview of the juvenile justice system in America. It will explore causation, processing and rehabilitative programs in the juvenile justice field from both historical and practical perspectives. Emphasis will also be placed on ethical and legal issues that are relevant to the processing of juvenile offenders.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3311 - Corrections

This course acquaints students with the philosophy, processes, problems and issues in corrections, historically and in contemporary America.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3312 - Criminology

This course explores criminological theory and its policy implications from the late 18th century to the present. Emphasis is on social and social psychological explanations of criminality, such as differential association, anomie, labeling, and social control.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3601 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice

This is an introductory research methods course whose purpose is to familiarize students with the language, important concepts, and processes of social science research. Students will acquire skills for understanding and critiquing research, designing a research project, collecting and coding data, and performing elementary computer data analysis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher and MATH 1401

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3602 - Statistics for Social Sciences

The purpose of this course is to provide an intuitive and computational orientation to the typical statistics that social science professionals encounter. This course presents the foundations of descriptive and inferential statistics, with a concentration on those specific procedures likely to be utilized by practicing social scientists, and a brief overview of multivariate techniques likely to be found in social science publications and research reports. Students will acquire skills for performing both elementary and advanced (computerized) statistical analysis, as well as interpreting and presenting statistical results.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 1100 and either CRJU 3601 or POLS 3601, all with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3721 - Introduction to Intelligence

This course provides an introduction to intelligence studies. In this course students will focus upon the history of intelligence and how intelligence is used to meet national security objectives. This course is cross-listed with POLS 3721.

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3722 - Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis

This course is an introduction to areas of research, critical thinking, analysis, and production and presentation of intelligence. This course is cross-listed with POLS 3722.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3723 - The Intelligence Cycle and Collection

This course outlines the processes and policies involved in producing intelligence through a detailed analysis of the intelligence cycle, collection assets and collection planning. This course is cross-listed with POLS 3723.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 3724 - U.S. Intelligence Community

This course provides an in-depth study of the structure, strategies, and policies of the U.S. intelligence community. This course is cross-listed with POLS 3724.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4000 - Criminal Investigations

This course introduces investigation methodology and includes the theory of investigation as conducted at the scene of the crime, collection and preservation of evidence, the use of informants, techniques of surveillance and presentation of cases in court.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4001 - Contemporary Issues in Policing

The course explores contemporary critical issues in policing. The course will address legal, constitutional,and ethical issues in the day-to-day activities of public safety officers.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4002 - Drug Identification & Investigation

The course is to provide a basic orientation, conceptual framework, and technical vocabulary for the study of illicit drugs. The course will introduce the subject of drug abuse, estimate the extent of the problem, and examine the relationship between drug use and crime. The course provides students with a proper grounding in the pharmacological, sociological, and criminal dimensions of the drug problem. The history of drug legislation in the United States, international and domestic drug trafficking, and drug law enforcement are examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4004 - Criminal Forensics I

This course provides an introduction to the problems and techniques of scientific investigations in the criminal field. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing the student with the role of science and technology in modern law enforcement.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4005 - Criminal Forensics II

This course will examine concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. Special attention will be given to the various forensic laboratory disciplines and their respective practitioners. Focus on the initial responding officer and duties of the investigator, and on various types of crime scenes will be emphasized.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 4004 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4008 - Death Investigation

This course will introduce the student to various investigative methods utilized in general death investigation as well as specific investigations involving suicides, accidents, and homicides. The purpose of the course is to explore the nature of death investigation in the United States and the methods employed by the personnel and agencies tasked with resolving cases involving death. Special attention will be given to intra- and inter-agency relationships as well as the scientific tools used in processing death investigation cases.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4008L - Death Investigation Lab
CRJU 4009 - Police Patrol and Traffic Investigation

This course will provide students enrolled in the POST program an understanding of the techniques and methods used in police patrol, traffic enforcement and accident investigations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 and active member of the POST program

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4009L - Police Patrol and Traffic Investigation Lab

This course will provide students enrolled in the POST program an understanding of the techniques and methods used in police patrol, traffic enforcement and accident investigations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite: CRJU 4009

Hours:
0



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CRJU 4107 - Victim Issues

This course provides an examination of the interrelationships between victims and offenders. Topics include patterns of victimization, both historically and demographically. The issues associated with governmental strategies for victim assistance and compensation will also be examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4110 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

This course is a study of morality and ethical systems and their application to the ethical dilemma encountered by the American criminal justice system. Emphasis will be given to Deontological and Teleological perspectives on policy and decision making in the law enforcement, legal, and correctional systems.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4111 - Evidence

This course is an intensive study and analysis of the rules of evidence as they apply to criminal cases. Particular emphasis will be placed on burden of proof and hearsay evidence, as well as the principles of exclusion and selection.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4200 - Community-Based Corrections

This course is an exploration into historical and contemporary approaches to correctional treatment and rehabilitation in lieu of incarceration. The course examines the rationale for community-based alternatives; current programs and applications; issues and problems surrounding such programs and applications; and their effectiveness in the correctional process.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 3311 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4310 - Criminal Typologies

This course examines the offender characteristics and behavior patterns of individuals who commit crimes of interpersonal violence and/or sexual assault. Emphasis will be upon the motivational beliefs of the offenders, and how these beliefs influence the manner in which they select victims and carry out their attacks. The offenses of sexual homicide, mass murder, workplace violence, serial rape, child molestation, armed robbery and similar crimes will be the primary focus of the research and discussion in this course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4315 - Rural Crime and Justice

This course is designed to provide an overview of issues related to rural crime and the function of criminal justice agencies in rural areas. Topics for discussion include trends in rural crime, an assessment of rural policing, and the function of courts and correctional systems in rural areas.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4325 - Homeland Security

This course is a study of how federal, state, local, private, and other organizational entities are involved in homeland security. It addresses the evolution of homeland security from early to modern times with an emphasis on the emerging homeland security structure, culture, and organization. Students will evaluate contemporary homeland security issues and policies, and critically compare and contrast them. Additional topics include emergency management, national and international laws that impact homeland security, the protection of civil liberties, the bureaucracy of managing homeland security, and the modern threat of cyber, international and domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4335 - Criminal Procedure

This course focuses on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Emphasis is on police searches and seizures as regulated by the 4th Amendment. Students will read opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court and discuss the impact of those decisions on the balance between individual privacy and societal interests.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4345 - Constitutional Rights and the Criminal Justice System

This course is an introduction to Constitutional rights within the framework of the criminal justice system. The course will present a broad-based analysis of the balance between the needs of society, as reflected in the criminal justice system, and the individual liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment for those suspected, arrested, prosecuted, and convicted of criminal offenses.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4350 - Family Violence

This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of the main areas of family violence: spousal abuse, child abuse, sibling violence, etc. Research in the field will be reviewed for factors related to causation and prevention.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4360 - Organized Crime

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the problem of organized crime in both the United States and on the international stage. The course will examine the origins organized crime, its history, and its relationship to other social institutions and components of the criminal justice system. The structure of organized crime and the various business of organized crime will be studied. Students will examine many of the new emerging organized crime groups and how the criminal justice system has responded to organized crime. The course will examine academic research in the area of organized crime as well as how organized crime groups have been portrayed in popular Hollywood films.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4400 - Legal Liabilities of Criminal Justice Personnel

This course provides an examination of the liability issues that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4440 - Criminal Justice Administration

The course includes an overview of management and administration in criminal justice agencies. The course examines organizational structure, communication, leadership, motivation, employee evaluation and supervision as well as external environmental demands and situations. There is an emphasis on the role of the criminal justice administrator in policy formulation and program development.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4590 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice

This course will be an in-depth examination of a specialized topic in the criminal justice field. The content and requirements of this course will vary depending on the instructor and the subject of the course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4722 - Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

This course is an introduction to the threat posed by terrorism and focuses on how the U.S. intelligence community and other governmental agencies have reacted to the threat through the establishment of an array of counterterrorist programs. This course is cross-listed with POLS 4722.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4723 - Intelligence Support for Homeland Security

The course discusses intelligence requirements and support needed by the United States to provide Homeland Security to the country. This course is cross-listed with POLS 4723.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4724 - Special Topics in Intelligence Studies

The content and requirements of this course will vary depending on the instructor and the subject of the course. This course is cross-listed with POLS 4724.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4850 - Criminal Justice Internship

Students will be assigned to a law enforcement or related agency to work a minimum of 320 hours. A student must have completed all of Area F, CRJU 3002, and 18 hours of CRJU coursework prior to enrollment in this course. As part of the course requirements students will prepare a "capstone" paper integrating their work and class experiences.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: All Area F requirements with grades of C or higher, CRJU 3002, and 18 hours total CRJU coursework

Hours:
12



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