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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions(CRJU)

  • 101 -- American Criminal Justice System. (3) Survey of crime and societal responses to crime, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.


  • 202 -- Research Methods in Criminal Justice. (3) Introduction to the practice of social research in criminology and criminal justice settings. (It is recommended, but not required, to take STAT 201 or an equivalent course in quantitative methods before taking this course.) 


  • 203 -- Criminal Procedure. (3) Overview of constitutional requirements pertaining to the investigation, detention, prosecution, and adjudication of criminal suspects.


  • 311 -- Policing. (3) Current and historical perspectives on American policing.


  • 312 -- Corrections. (3) Current and historical perspectives on incarceration and its alternatives.


  • 313 -- Criminal Courts. (3) Structure, organization, and functions of the federal and state court systems and personnel.


  • 314 -- Criminal Law. (3) Origin and developments of criminal law in America. Basic elements of crimes and defenses.


  • 322 -- Drugs and Crime. (3) Overview of the criminal justice system responses to illegal substances. Relationship between substance abuse and crime.


  • 323 -- Violence in America. (3) Historical overview of violence in American society, including theoretical perspectives on the causes and prevention of violence.


  • 341 -- Sociology of Crime. {=SOCY 353} (3) Social factors in the development, identification, and treatment of criminals.


  • 351 -- Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. {=SOCY 350} (3) Social factors in the development, identification, and treatment of delinquents.


  • 399 -- Independent Study. (1-6) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and Office of Academic Programs is required for undergraduate students.


  • 420 -- Analyzing Homicide. (3) Relationships between patterns and trends in homicide, and theoretical explanations for why offenders engage in homicide.


  • 421 -- Victimization. (3) Causes and consequences of criminal victimization and public policy responses to victimization issues.


  • 422 -- Alternatives to Incarceration. (3) Correctional alternatives to imprisonment, including probation, parole, and various community corrections programs.


  • 423 -- Street Gangs: Structure, Activity, and Response. (3) Course covers the theoretical and empirical work on gangs, gang members, and gang activity along with insight on these issues from a practitioner perspective. It then examines the variety of policy presponses from government and community organizations.


  • 424 -- Criminal Justice Intelligence. (3) An investigation of the motivations to commit crime. The course presents profiles of the targets of crimes and provides strategic and tactical assessments of police investigations and intelligence.


  • 425 -- Hate Crimes. (3) An examination of the causes and responses to hate crimes. The course also provides a foundation for understanding crimes motivated by racial, gender, religious, disability, and sexual orientation biases.


  • 426 -- Criminal Justice and Mental Health. (3) Interface between the mental health sciences and the criminal justice system.


  • 430 -- Communities and Crime. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 341) Relationship between criminality and community characteristics, with particular attention to how variation in community structure, organization, and culture impacts crime.


  • 485 -- Selected Topics in Criminal Justice Policy. (3) Public policy responses to crime, its formation, and its impact on society. Individual topics to be announced with suffix and title. May be repeated with consent of advisor.


  • 491 -- Special Topics. (3) Topics in criminology and criminal justice. Individual topics to be announced with suffix and title. May be repeated once with consent of advisor.


  • 494 -- Internship. (3) (Prereq: consent of instructor) A supervised experiential course in a criminal justice agency. Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and Office of Academic Programs is required for undergraduate students.


  • 510 -- Critical Incident Management for Criminal Justice. (3) Leadership and management strategies for criminal justice agencies during critical incidents and disasters including multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional response.


  • 512 -- Information-Based Management in Criminal Justice. (3) The collection and use of information and data-driven analysis in criminal justice organizations.


  • 535 -- Inmates and Prisons. (3) Examination of issues affecting prisons and the inmates confined within them. Specific topics of study will include the philosophy and goals of imprisonment, institutional crowding, inmate rights, inmate adaptation, and individual and collective misconduct.


  • 554 -- Women and Crime. {=WOST 554} (3) Impact of gender-based relations on crime and the criminal justice system.


  • 563 -- Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice. (3) A historical overview of the intersection between issues of race, crime, and justice. The impact of the criminal justice system on minority groups.


  • 565 -- Organized Crime. (3) Origins and modern day activity of organized crime in the United States and internationally will be investigated. Attention is given to problems of criminal activity and the present day transnational character of criminal organizations.


  • 577 -- Law and Criminal Justice Policy. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 221 or 321) Legal and policy responses to crime and criminal justice.


  • 582 -- Computer Applications in Criminal Justice. (3) Computing, database systems, and software applications in research and professional practice.


  • 591 -- Selected Topics in Criminal Justice. (3) A seminar for advanced students. Individual topics to be announced with suffix and title. May be repeated once with the consent of the advisor.