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CJ 2003: Introduction to Criminal Justice

ACTS Common Course - CRJU1023

Cross-listed: SOC 2003

An overview of the criminal justice system and the workings of each component. Topics include the history, structure, and functions of law enforcement, judicial and correctional organizations, their interrelationship and effectiveness, and the future trends in each.

CJ 2033: Social Problems

ACTS Common Course - SOCI2013

Cross-listed: SOC 2033

Prerequisite: SOC 1003

A sociological analysis of contemporary social problems including inequalities, deviance, population changes, and troubled institutions.

CJ 2043: Crime and Delinquency

Cross-listed: SOC 2043

Prerequisite: SOC 1003 or CJ(SOC) 2003

A study of the major areas of crime and delinquency; theories of crime, the nature of criminal behavior and the components of the criminal justice system. Topics include: crime statistics, criminology research, theories of crime and delinquency, criminal typologies and operations of the criminal justice system.

CJ 3023: Judicial Process

Cross-listed: POLS 3023

The structure and operations of the state and national court systems. Emphasis is upon the role of the criminal courts in the political system and the consequences of judicial policy making.

CJ 3033: The Criminal Mind

Cross-listed: PSY 3033

Prerequisites: PSY 2003 and CJ(SOC) 2003 or (CJ)SOC 2043

The course familiarizes students with various models, theories, and research regarding criminality from a psychological perspective. Genetic, constitutional, and biological factors will be emphasized and some practical applications to dealing with criminals will be considered.

CJ 3083: Social Deviance

Cross-listed: SOC 3083

Prerequisite: SOC 1003 or SOC(CJ) 2003

An introduction to the sociological and criminological study of human deviance. Various theories of deviance will be examined and applied to real life examples.

CJ 3103: The Juvenile Justice System

Cross-listed: SOC 3103

Prerequisite: CJ(SOC) 2003 or permission of instructor

An in-depth look at the juvenile justice system including the structure, statuses and roles as well as current issues, problems, and trends.

CJ 3153: Prison and Corrections

Cross-listed: SOC 3153

Prerequisites: SOC 1003 and SOC(CJ) 2033

An introduction to and analysis of contemporary American corrections. Emphasis will be on current and past correctional philosophy, traditional and modern correctional facilities, correctional personnel and offenders, new approaches in corrections, and the relationship of corrections to the criminal justice field.

CJ 4013: Drugs in Society

Cross-listed: SOC 4013

Prerequisite: SOC 1003 or CJ 2003

This course presents a comprehensive study of the history and prohibition of drug use in the United States, as well as the effects of drugs on society in the form of crime, prison and treatment. The main focus of this class is on the history of drug use, how certain drugs become illegal, and the intended and unintended consequences of drug prohibition for communities and society.

CJ 4023: Law and the Legal System

A comprehensive study of judicial process and behavior in criminal and civil law.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of POLS 5023 or equivalent.

CJ 4141,4142,4143,4144: Seminar in Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: CJ 2003 and consent of instructor.

This course is a directed seminar in an area of criminal justice selected by both the student and supervising faculty member. Topics will vary depending on the research underway, community or student need, and the unique educational opportunity available.

This course may be repeated for course credit if the content differs.

CJ 4206: The Law in Action

Cross-listed: SOC 4206

Offered: Summer only

Prerequisites: CJ(SOC) 2043, 9 hours of Criminal Justice coursework, senior classification, and instructor permission.

An examination of sociological theories of law and main currents of legal philosophy is followed by participant observation of actual community legal agencies, including police, courts, and others as available.

Note: Requires insurance fee.

CJ 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Criminal Justice

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

CJ 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in Criminal Justice

Prerequisite: Prior approval of instructor and department.

Content is to be determined by faculty student conference and based on student background and interest.