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Undergraduate Course Descriptions for CRCJ

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CRCJ 1317. ISSUES IN CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0) Review of selected crime-related issues in contemporary American society. Examination of their implications for the criminal justice system and for the society of which it is a part. Issues selected by instructor.

CRCJ 2334. INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (3-0) An overview of the entire criminal justice system; history and development, law enforcement, prosecution and defense, courts and trial processes, and corrections. Formerly CRCJ 3334; credit will not be granted for both 3334 and 2334.

CRCJ 2340. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3-0) Fundamentals of criminal investigation, including theory and history, conduct at crime scenes, sources of information, collection and preservation of evidence, case and trial preparation. Formerly CRCJ 2314; credit will be given for CRCJ 2340 or 2314, but not both.

CRCJ 2350. INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT (3-0) An overview of the historical and organizational development of police systems. Emphasis is placed on the function and organizational structure of law enforcement agencies and how these agencies interface with other components of the criminal justice system.

CRCJ 3300. THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY (3-0) The methodological and theoretical perspectives of the social and biological sciences as integrated into the criminal justice system.

CRCJ 3307. INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY SYSTEMS (3-0) Historical development of private security, its form and practice in modern society. Emphasis on three major divisions within the field: industrial, commercial and governmental security organizations and issues.

CRCJ 3336. POLICE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION (3-0) Examines the principles of administration, management, politics and leadership with emphasis on their applicability to police planning, organization, direction, control and personnel management.

CRCJ 3337. ADVANCED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3-0) The processes involved in the criminal justice system; the rules of evidence; the laws of arrest, search and seizure; and the judicial process from offense to conviction.

CRCJ 3338. JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS (3-0) Organization, processes, and functions of the juvenile justice system in the United States, its historical antecedents, and contemporary challenges. Consideration also given to sociopolitical factors in juvenile justice decision-making.

CRCJ 3350. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0) This course introduces students to the research methodology used in criminological research. Emphasis is on the development of a general understanding of why and how research can be and is conducted in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Other dimensions of research are discussed including the nature of scientific thought, the link between research methods and criminological theory, and the various ethical issues concerning research in the field of criminology.

CRCJ 3370. INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS (3-0) This course provides an overview of forensic science. Emphasis is on crime scene investigation, physical evidence, organic and inorganic analysis, forensic toxicology and use of DNA in investigations.

CRCJ 3380. ETHNIC AND GENDER ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0) An overview of ethnic and gender issues focusing on victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Offered as CRCJ 3380 and WOMS 3380; credit will be granted only once.

CRCJ 3385. WOMEN AND CRIME (3-0) This course examines criminology and criminal justice issues as they relate specifically to women. The three major areas of coverage include (1) women and girls as victims of crime, (2) women and girls as criminal offenders; and (3) women working in the criminal justice system. Offered as CRCJ 3385 and WOMS 3385; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: CRCJ 2334.

CRCJ 3390. VICTIMOLOGY (3-0) The relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system. Includes an analysis of the characteristics of crime victims, victim reporting and nonreporting patterns, treatment of victims by the various segments of the criminal justice system, victim assistance programs, and the issue of compensation and/or restitution for victims of crime.

CRCJ 4191. CONFERENCE COURSE (0-0) Directed individual study; research and study on a topic agreed upon by instructor and student. No more than six hours credit will be granted for conference courses in criminal justice. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 4291. CONFERENCE COURSE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (0-0) Directed individual study; research and study on a topic agreed upon by instructor and student. No more than six hours credit will be granted for conference courses in criminal justice. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 4300. EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR OFFENDER POPULATIONS (3-0) Design, implement, and evaluate educational curricular for offender populations. Special attention is given to diversity issues such as culture, ethnicity/race, religion, gender, and class.

CRCJ 4301. THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM (3-0) Federal, state, and local judicial systems, with special emphasis on state trial courts having criminal jurisdiction. Court structure and function, court management, and judicial behavior.

CRCJ 4309. PRIVATE SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (3-0) The essentials of governmental and proprietary security development and program planning; including personnel recruitment and training, developing and conducting security audits, records and information protection, and general applications of modern management techniques to security organization. Prerequisite: CRCJ 3307.

CRCJ 4310. ADVANCED LEGAL AND TECHNICAL WRITING (3-0) Designed to develop or enhance skills in varied writing styles in the administration and study of criminal justice. Legal and technical writing requirements are presented with emphasis on purpose, form and content. Specific focus is on technical reports required by law enforcement, corrections, and community corrections as well as the drafting and reporting of statutory and case law.

CRCJ 4315. CRIMINAL CAREERS AND BEHAVIOR SYSTEMS (3-0) Study and analysis of criminal syndicates, corporate crime, computer crime, criminal corporations, organized crime, and transnational criminal operations.

CRCJ 4331. CORRECTIONAL LAW (3-0) Major civil liberties issues associated with institutional and community-based supervision of adult and juvenile offenders. Includes statutes, jail standards, case law, constitutional rights, recommended standards by professional groups and government commissions. Recent and future trends are examined.

CRCJ 4332. COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS (3-0) Evaluation of practices, issues, and trends in community corrections. Emphasis is on the de-institutionalization movement, probation, parole, intermediate punishments, and other community alternatives to incarceration.

CRCJ 4333. INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS (3-0) Examination and evaluation of practices, issues, and trends in institutional corrections. Emphasis is on administration, organization, and effectiveness of incarceration.

CRCJ 4345. CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE MEDIA (3-0) An examination of crime and the criminal justice system as depicted in the media; special emphasis on the roles of the media in influencing individual and societal perceptions of, and reactions to, crime and the criminal justice system.

CRCJ 4350. SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH FORENSICS (3-0) This course provides an integrated social science approach to crime and criminal mind. This course investigates the psychological , sociological, anthropological and systemic milieu of crime and the criminal. Prerequisite: CRCJ 2334.

CRCJ 4352. TERRORISM AND MASS VIOLENCE (3-0) Examination of historic and current trends in civil disruption from domestic/international perspectives. Considers literature and philosophical basis of political terrorism; costs of terrorism; future trends and deterrence by civil or military intervention. Formerly CRCJ 3352; credit will not be granted for both 4352 and 3352.

CRCJ 4355. ORGANIZED CRIME: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL (3-0) An examination of organized crime in the United States and internationally, including history, development, ethnic links, impact upon society and the economy, and international cooperation aimed at eradicating the occurrence and proliferation of this form of criminality. Prerequisite: CRCJ 2334.

CRCJ 4360. CRIME AND PUBLIC POLICY (3-0) Provides an examination of the criminal justice system from a policy-making perspective. Foundation information includes the policy-making process, implementation of new policy, and policy assessment.

CRCJ 4365. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (3-0) An examination of historic and current trends in capital punishment. Considers the literature and philosophical basis of capital punishment, the costs of capital punishment, and future trends of capital punishment. Provides an in-depth examination of capital punishment from a criminal justice policy perspective.

CRCJ 4380. COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (3-0) An overview of criminal justice systems in other countries. Includes an intensive study and analysis of materials on their law enforcement, judicial, and corrections components; review of comparative studies on a variety of criminal justice topics.

CRCJ 4386. TOPICS IN CORRECTIONS (3-0) May be repeated for credit as the topics vary, but credit will not be granted for more than 12 semester hours of CRCJ-prefix topics courses without permission of advisor.

CRCJ 4387. TOPICS IN CRIME AND CRIMINOLOGY (3-0) May be repeated for credit as the topics vary, but credit will not be granted for more than 12 semester hours of CRCJ-prefix topics courses without permission of advisor.

CRCJ 4388. TOPICS IN LAW AND JUDICIAL PROCESSES (3-0) May be repeated for credit as the topics vary, but credit will not be granted for more than 12 semester hours of CRCJ-prefix topics courses without permission of advisor.

CRCJ 4389. TOPICS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PRIVATE SECURITY (3-0) May be repeated for credit as the topics vary, but credit will not be granted for more than 12 semester hours of CRCJ-prefix topics courses without permission of advisor.

CRCJ 4390. INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0) Provides the student with an opportunity to apply academic experience to practical situations by serving for a specified number of hours as participant-observer in a criminal justice agency. May be taken for a total of six semester hours. Internships must be arranged with internship supervisor in the semester prior to enrolling for this course. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (0-0) Directed individual study; research and study on a topic agreed upon by instructor and student. No more than six hours credit will be granted for conference courses in criminal justice. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 4394. HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or a project under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

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