Criminal Justice Degree Program

The criminal justice degree program is intended for students interested in a career in law enforcement, a variety of positions in the field of adult or juvenile corrections and court services, private security and treatment facilities.

BA Degree - Criminal Justice Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, students majoring in Criminal Justice must complete 39 semester hours as prescribed below with a grade of C or better in all courses to be counted toward the major:

Five courses from the following:

*It is recommended that MATH1380 Statistics be taken prior to enrolling for SOCI3440 Research Methods.

**Internships must be approved by instructor prior to enrollment.


Courses in Criminal Justice

CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
A survey of the structure and process of the criminal justice system, including the study of law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional agencies. ELO5 Social Science - Peace

+ CRMJ2510 Policing in America 3 s.h.
History, functions, and organization of law enforcement, including study of internal operation, legal restraints, jurisdictional problems, and community relations. Prerequisite: CRMJ2400.

+ CRMJ2520 Corrections in America 3 s.h.
Includes the study of theories of punishment and approaches to corrections; the evolution, organization and operation of the correctional system; and corrections issues and policy questions. Prerequisite: CRMJ2400.

CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System 3 s.h.
An overview of Constitutional law that impacts the American justice system from arrest through trial, punishment to release. Key legal cases and precedents for policing, prosecution, sentencing, and corrections will be covered in depth. Prerequisite: CRMJ2400.

+ CRMJ3340 Penology (Also SOCI3340) 3 s.h.
Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed. Prerequisite: CRMJ2520 Corrections in America (grade of C or better).

+ CRMJ3350 Community-based Corrections 3 s.h.
Study of the history and design of community-based correctional programs, including probation and parole. The nature and variety of community corrections programs are examined and analyzed. Prerequisite: CRMJ2520 Corrections in America (grade of C or better).

+ CRMJ3410 Police Practices and Problems 3 s.h.
Examines the role of police as formal social control agents, the foundation and evolution of police practices, and the problems and issues characteristic of police institutions. Major topics include: the organization of law enforcement systems; the role of police in society; police discretion and ethics; police and community interaction; and current and future issues. Prerequisite: CRMJ2510 Policing in America (grade of C or better).

+ CRMJ3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (also SOCI3520) 3 s.h. 
Includes an examination of the nature, extent, and patterns of juvenile delinquency, evaluation of theories and causal explanations of delinquency and investigation of delinquent subcultures, as well as an examination of legal processing and treatment programs for young offenders. PREREQUISITE: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology (grade of C or better).

CRMJ3900 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
An in-depth study of topics from the fields of criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections. Courses may be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisites: CRMJ2400 (grade of C or better).

+ CRMJ4100 Correctional Case Management 3 s.h.
This course examines the role and techniques of casework in corrections with emphasis on integrating casework and counseling responsibilities and procedures. The course includes examining of therapy techniques and processes in various correctional settings and studying of service delivery programs tailored to the specific needs of correctional clients. Prerequisite: CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology or CRMJ3350 Community-based Corrections (grade of C or better).

CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship 1-3 s.h.
An intensive internship program in appropriate agencies or departments directly related to criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections. Placements will be supervised by department faculty and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisites: CRMJ2400, minimum 3 s.h. upper division Criminal Justice course, major in Criminal Justice, junior/senior status, a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better in the major, and instructor's consent.

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

POLS3500 Criminal Law 3 s.h.
Survey of the history, scope, and nature of criminal law in the United States. Includes study of the legal process and rules of evidence. Goal 1B

POLS3510 Criminal Procedure 3 s.h.
Through study of US Supreme Court decisions, students explore the meaning of criminal procedure, the 4th Amendment and the exclusionary rule, arrest and stop procedures, search warrants, warrantless searches, right to counsel, interrogation and confessions, identification of suspects, pretrial process and trial process. Special readings are used to teach the workings of US Supreme Court, and to examine use of expert witnesses in criminal cases, false confession issues, special issues relating to interrogation of children, problems of eyewitness identification, and comparative police line-up techniques. Students learn legal research techniques and write motion to suppress illegal search as final project. Goal 1B

PSYC3310 Social Psychology (Also SOCI3310) 3 s.h.
The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C

PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

PSYC3470 Psychological Tests and Measurements 3 s.h.
Assessment information applied to decision making in education and psychology. Tests of processes and skills will be reviewed as well as the technical aspects of measurement. Credit not allowed for this course and EDUC3630. Goal 1C

PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling 3 s.h.
A course designed to explore characteristics of counselors, characteristics of clients, basic counseling techniques, and current theories of counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C

SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality

SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
Study of the nature, extent and causes of crime, and the analysis of various types of crimes. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better) and Sophomore standing.

SOCI3440 Research Methods 3 s.h.
A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, in-depth interviews, content analysis, participant observation, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.
Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

+ Denotes an alternate year course.