Course Descriptions 

Required Criminal Justice Classes:

1301    Introduction to Criminal Justice

Development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society; introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice.

3300    Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice

An overview of the process of effective assessment in the development, application, and administration of criminal justice policy. 

Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 with a grade of “C” or better.

3313    Criminology

This course surveys historical perspectives on crime, contemporary criminological theory, penological theory, current trends in crime, and critical thought on current criminal justice practices and procedures. Particular emphasis is given to the development and application of theory in regard to different types of crimes, “crime waves”, and appropriate penal policy. 

Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 with a grade of “C” or better.

4312 Criminal Procedure

This course  presents an overview of the constitutional rules governing the criminal investigation, detention, prosecution and adjudication of persons in the United States with focus on the Forth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution and the Supreme court decisions that have interpreted the meaning of these amendments. 

Criminal Justice System Elective Classes: Select 3

1306    Court Systems and Practices

Focuses on the role of the courts in the administration of criminal justice, with special attention to the legal processing of criminal defendants. Topics include the structure of the American courts, due process, right to counsel, pre-trial release, plea bargaining, trial proceedings, and sentencing.


1310    Criminal Law

History and philosophy of modern criminal law, including the structure, definition, and application of statute and leading case law; the elements of crimes and penalties.

 2313  Correctional Systems and Practices

A tracing of the evolution and the philosophical underpinnings of institutional and community based correctional practices.


2328   Police Systems and Practices

An overview of the structures, functions, and operations of law enforcement agencies in the United States, with emphasis on municipal police departments. 

Criminal Justice Elective Courses: Select 5, one may be lower division

 3308    Juvenile Justice

The law of juvenile delinquency and the administration of the juvenile justice system. The historical development of the concept of delinquency, the special status of juveniles before the law, and juvenile justice procedural law will be examined in detail.

3309    Community Corrections and Correctional Counseling

An examination of  methods used by correctional officers in rehabilitating criminal offenders in community settings

3311    Crime Control and Prevention

An examination of those activities undertaken by public and private organizations to control and prevent crime. Those programs which have been successful in reducing the amount of crime will be analyzed, as well as attempts which have been made at predicting and deterring behavior.

3321    Family Violence

This course surveys definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence in the United States. Special emphasis is given to 1) the impact of variation in definitions of family violence on scientific research and conclusions; 2) the societal response to family violence; and 3) the effectiveness of policing strategies of domestic violence.

3351     Criminal Justice on the United States-Mexico Border

An examination of the nature and scope of crime on the United States-Mexico border and an evaluation of the strategies and programs employed by both governments to control criminal activity on the border. 

3389    Criminal Justice Ethics

This course identifies and examines the complexity of ethics pertaining to the practice of criminal justice. It focuses on applied ethics and the reasoning process justice practitioners can use to analyze and evaluate ethical dilemmas.

4300    Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Focuses on those selected issues and problems confronting the various components of the criminal justice system. Topics covered may change each semester. May be repeated for credit upon change of topic.

4302  Cyber Crime

In addition to the history of computer and internet crime, this course addresses how computers have become tools and targets of criminal activity and how they represent national security threats. The topics covered include hardware and software network components, vulnerable infrastructures and readiness for cyber terrorism.

4303  Crime, Criminal Justice & Film

Using film as a medium for culture, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of how cultural norms, values, goals and beliefs pertaining to crime and the criminal justice system are important to the scholarly study of law-making, law-breaking and law-enforcement (i.e., criminology). Films, including documentaries, represent an ideal medium to consider popular as well as scholarly understanding of the causes of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system, as well as how these understandings have changed over time and vary across cultures.

4309    Internship in Criminal Justice I

First part of a program in which the student is assigned two days (or 16-20 hours) each week to a criminal justice agency. A weekly seminar is also required. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic training in practical situations. 

Prerequisite: See Internship Qualification Criteria  (tabs on left)

4310    Internship in Criminal Justice II

A program in which the student is assigned 16-20 hours each week to a criminal justice agency. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic training in practical situations. 

Prerequisite: See Internship Qualification Criteria (tabs on left)

4311    Immigration Law and Administration

An examination of federal regulations pertaining to legal and illegal immigration into the United States. Among the topics discussed are legalization, employer sanctions, amnesty, and constitutional rights of immigrants.

4313    White Collar Crime

This course will focus on the history and philosophy of white-collar crime in the United States with an emphasis on private, corporate, and governmental actions that define white-collar crime as well as governmental responses to control it. 

4314    Women in Criminal Justice

This course will focus on the history and role of women as offenders, victims and professionals within the criminal justice system. 

4315   Homicide

This course  examines patterns and trends in homicide as well as the various theoretical explanations for why offenders engage in homicide. It will focus on the process of solving homicides including investigation techniques, evidence, interrogation, investigative profiling, and cold case squads. 

4316    Comparative Criminal Justice and transnational Crime

This course provides a description, discussion, and evaluation of the various criminal justice systems across the globe with special attention given to the three stages of criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). It also explores crimes involving more than one country 

4317    Victimology

This course examines patterns and trends in victimization as well as an overview of the history and theory of victimology. It will identify the categories of people facing the greatest risks and assesses victim-blaming arguments that invoke facilitation, precipitation, and provocation. 

4318    Violence in America

This course will cover the epidemiology of violence as well as the roots of violence including biological, psychological, and social causes (e.g., economic deprivation, religious factors).

4319    Street Gangs: Structure, Activity, and Response

This course introduces students to factors that contribute to gang formation and membership, the structure and function of gangs, and patterns of gang crime. It will also focus on the various policy and programmatic response to ganges from the traditional law enforcement based efforts to school based initiatives.  

4320    Criminal Justice Organization and Management

The structures, functions, and operations of criminal justice agencies, including the police, the courts, and corrections are analyzed from an organizational and managerial perspective. Particular attention is given to supervision decision-making and policy analysis in the administration of justice.  

4321    Organized Crime

This course examines the origins and modern activity of organized crime groups in the United States and internationally. 

4390    Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice

This course is a critical examination of selected problems and issues in the criminal justice system from an interdisciplinary perspective. It includes an emphasis on theory and research, using comparative and integrative approaches, and case studies. 

Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 with a grade of "C" or better.