Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is a major 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.

B.A. Degree - Criminal Justice Major

In addition to the general 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:

  • CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ2510 Policing in America or
        
    CRMJ2520 Corrections in America 3 s.h.
  • POLS3500 Criminal Law or
         POLS3510 Criminal Procedure or
         CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System 3 s.h.
  • PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.
  • *SOCI4440 Social Research 3 s.h.

Five courses from the following:

  • CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ3350 Community-based Corrections 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ3410 Police Practices and Problems 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ/SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ3900 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ4100 Correctional Case Management 3 s.h.
  • **CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship 3 s.h.
  • PSYC/SOCI3310 Social Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h. or
         PSYC3470 Psychological Tests and Measurement
  • PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling 3 s.h.

*It is recommended that MATH1380 Statistics be taken prior to enrolling for SOCI4440 Social Research.

**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.

+ 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.

CRMJ3200 Multicultural Law Enforcement 3 s.h.
The course will focus on the need for police administrators to understand the diversity of communities they serve in supervisory and policy-making decisions. All levels of law enforcement need to understand the cross-cultural contacts they will have with citizens and increase awareness and understanding of difference and respect for difference. Prerequisite: CRMJ2510, 2520.

+ 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).

CRMJ4200 Statistical Research in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
A capstone course that the key statistical measures and social research methodologies used to analyze all areas of the justice system. The course will cover important methods of measuring crime and criminal activity, of resource allocation, of the effectiveness of policy and program initiatives, and of the efficiency and productivity of criminal justice agencies. Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 s.h. of upper division courses in the major, senior standing.

CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship 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.