Criminal Justice Courses

  • CRJ 185 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System.

    Overview of the criminal justice system, examining key roles, goals, and issues of law formation, policing, courts and corrections, as well as working relationships among these organizations in the administration of justice.

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  • CRJ 300 - Gender, Crime and Justice.

    Exploration of the gendered structure of the legal and criminal justice systems. Examination of the differential impact of flaws and policies on women offenders, the experiences of women in prison, law enforcement and the legal profession, domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, reproductive rights, child abuse, pornography and gender-related hate crimes.

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  • CRJ 380 - Criminal Law.

    Nature and application of criminal law in the American criminal justice system. The laws of arrest, search and seizure, and other constitutional dilemmas in criminal law.

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  • CRJ 381 - Youth Gangs in American Society.

    Critical analysis and comparison of works portraying the gang problem produced by three groups (official criminal justice representatives, academic researchers, and gang members) as these relate to effective policy.  The social construction of a social problem like gangs considered and contrasted to the objectivist approach.

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  • CRJ 384 - Comparative Criminal Justice System.

    Comparison of the U.S. Criminal justice with selected criminal justice systems in other countries, in historical, economic, social and political context. Variations in criminal classifications, crime data collection and reporting, social control and punishment approaches, criminal courts, and globalization of crime and criminal justice; applicable international laws; human rights issues.

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  • CRJ 385 - Elite Deviance.

    Critique of harms done by the rich and powerful; study of illegal and legal but socially harmful behaviors.  Analysis of various ways individual citizens and organized groups work to expose and change harmful deviance by the elite.

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  • CRJ 386 - Punishment and Social Control.

    Study of major social philosophies about punishment in historical, social and economic contexts.  Focus on corporal punishment of children in relation to social control efforts at the individual level and the impact such control may have on society; critique of taken-for-granted cultural values regarding punishment.

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  • CRJ 388 - Corrections: A Critical Perspective.

    Critical perspectives on the complexities of modern correctional issues , including historical background on how current correctional practices came into existence, broad social contexts in which correctional policies have been and are constructed, and social forces that shaped and continue to shape corrections. Special attention to how political, economic, religious and technological forces disproportionately impact minority groups and the poor. 

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  • CRJ 389 - Correctional Practice.

    Analysis of social work skills and concepts in corrections. Emphasis on professional role, values, classification, assessment and treatment planning in correctional settings.

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  • CRJ 391 - Directed Reading/Research in Criminal Justice.

    Directed reading or research study by qualified students under instructor’s supervision.

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  • CRJ 398 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice.

    Intensive examination of a special topic in the discipline of criminal justice.

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  • CRJ 399 - Criminal Justice Internship.

    Observation and study in an approved criminal justice agency or institution, designed to promote experiential learning and engaged citizenship.

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  • CRJ 430 - Processing Offenders.

    Processing of adult and juvenile offenders from the origin of laws through arrest, trial, and the carrying out of assigned punishments. Primary interest directed towards discussion of points of controversy in the processing of offenders.

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  • CRJ 432 - Policing Contemporary Society.

    Administrative and operational aspects of modern policing such as organization and development of police, recruitment practices, socialization processes, and community relations (including community policing). Political and economic nature of policing as the foundation for critical review of policy and societal issues related to policing.

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  • CRJ 450 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.

    Capstone participants solidify their undergraduate experiences through one-on-one work with their professor in obtaining peer-reviewed literature, reading journal articles accurately, organizing the academic literature around a theme, and writing a high-quality paper. Seminar participants synthesize and integrate many aspects of the CRJ program as they work on their own paper, collaborate with other capstone students, and present their work.

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  • CRJ 485 - Law and Society.

    Law as a system of social control and a mechanism for conflict resolution within society as it has evolved from mores and folkways.  Relationship of law to political, economics and social systems as approached from conflict and traditional perspectives.

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  • CRJ 496 - Honors Thesis I.

    Credit and grade for CRJ 496 is not given until successful completion of .

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  • CRJ 497 - Honors Thesis II.

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  • CRJ 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice.

    Exploration of the gendered structure of the legal and criminal justice systems.  Examination of the differential impact of flaws and policies on women offenders, women in prison, and women in law enforcement and the legal profession.  Examination of how gender impacts the definition and treatment of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, reproductive issues, child abuse, and gender-related hate crimes.  Not open to students with credit for .

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