Criminal Justice

Courses in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Courses

CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis (3 cr)

Covers the properties of single variables, the measurement of association between pairs or 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-P 100 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.
Offered fall and spring semesters and most summers.
Previously SPEA J101

CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr)

Critical examination of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and deviance. Examination of individual, group, and societal reactions to norm-violating behaviors.
Offered spring semester.
Previously SPEA J201

  • Prerequisite: CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor
CJUS-P 295 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.
Offered fall semester.
Previously SPEA J202

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor
CJUS-P 300 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
Offered occasionally.
Previously SPEA J370

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor
CJUS-P 301 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.
Offered fall semester.
Previously SPEA J321

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor
CJUS-P 302 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.
Offered fall semester
Previously SPEA J306

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor
CJUS-P 303 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.
Offered fall semester
Previously SPEA J331

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 320 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: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 330 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: SPEA-J101 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: SPEA-J101 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.Offered occasionally.
Previously SPEA J303

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 374 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr)

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

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 375 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: SPEA-J101 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 processes, utilizing the case-study method.

  • Prerequisite: SPEA-J101 CJUS-P100 or consent of instructor

CJUS-P 411 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-P 100

CJUS-P 422 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-P 100

CJUS-P 457 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-P 100

CJUS-P 458 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 systemically 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-P 100

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.

Offered spring semester.
Previously SPEA J439

  • Prerequisite: Senior Standing, SPEA-J101, SPEA-J202, CJUS-P 295, and MATH-K300 or PSY-K300, or CJUS-K300.

CJUS-P 493 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-P 100

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-V 170 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 fall and spring semester.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS P-100 or consent of instructor
SPEA-V 263 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 influences on public managers, the effect of intergovernmental environment and, in particular, problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.
Offered fall semester.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS P-100 or consent of instructor
SPEA-V 366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations (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.
Offered fall semester.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS P-100 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.
Offered spring semester.

  • Prerequisite: CJUS P-100 or consent of instructor