Courses

CJC 101 Introduction To Criminal Justice Credits: 3

This introductory overview course is designed to familiarize students with the three main components of the adult criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. The course will investigate the viewpoints of offenders, victims, social scientists, the general public, and workers in the system on diverse issues of social control, criminal behavior, treatment and punishment.

CJC 210 Introduction To Statistics In Sociology/Criminal Justice Credits: 3

A first course in the statistical analysis of quantitative data. Course emphasizes descriptive statistics, probability theory, parameter estimation, bivariate hypothesis testing, and computer applications.

Prerequisites: MATH 110, MATH 116.

CJC 215 Methods Of Criminological Research Credits: 3

A seminar which explores the interrelationships between sociology theory, research methods and statistics. May focus on major contemporary issues building on and integrating knowledge obtained in previous courses.

CJC 220 Theoretical Criminology Credits: 3

A comprehensive examination of the major criminology theories, their philosophical assumptions, and the socio-historical context in which they were articulated.

CJC 240 Delinquency And Juvenile Justice Credits: 3

This course focuses on the nature, extent and theoretical explanations of delinquency and the history and philosophy behind the juvenile justice system in terms of the roles played by law enforcement, juvenile courts, and corrections. Juvenile groups such as status offenders, delinquents, gang members, victims, and juveniles adjudicated as adult criminals will also be examined.

CJC 280 Gangs and Crime Credits: 3

This course will provide students with an overview of what is known about street gangs. Specifically, the course will cover definitional issues, gang organization and structure, gang culture, gang member onset and desistance, among other issues related to criminal street gangs. This course will also encourage students to think critically about communities, crime, and group formation.

CJC 282 Criminal Justice & Criminology in Popular Media Credits: 3

This course examines criminology and criminal justice as it is represented in popular film to explore critically the impact media has on the public's perception of the criminal justice system, the origin of criminal behavior, and the broad sociological constructs of criminology. A key focus is the media's power to shape criminal justice policy and practice.

CJC 332 Race, Class and Justice Credits: 3

This course examines the intersection of race and class as it relates to crime and justice. Specifically, the course focuses on race and class in relation to criminological theory and the application of justice system practices and policies.

CJC 350 Social Deviance Credits: 3

The dominant sociological perspectives on deviance will be discussed with special attention given to the processes that define behavior and persons as deviant and the impact of such definitions on social relationships and identity.

CJC 351 Policing In The Community Credits: 3

The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to police operations and the effectiveness of different police programs. The material discussed in class focuses on empirical evaluations of police effectiveness, and the role of the police in today's society. This class is divided into four broad areas: the nature and effectiveness of patrol; criminal investigations; special operations including crackdowns, responses to domestic assaults, and hot spot policing; and the latest crime prevention strategies, such as community oriented policing and problem solving.

CJC 354 Policing in America Credits: 3

A comparison of law enforcement and peace-keeping functions of the police provides a basic theme for the course, with examination of several topics related to police accomplishing these functions. Some of the topics covered include police discretion, police professionalism, the police officer as a bureaucratic agent, and police-community relations.

CJC 361 Principles & Practices of Criminal Courts Credits: 3

The course examines the American criminal judicial system, including the history, philosophy, and changing nature of criminal courts. The activities of lawyers, judges, and related professionals are emphasized, and current topics involving the criminal court are discussed.

CJC 364 The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process Credits: 3

Course examines recent Supreme Court decisions on the constitutional aspects of the administration of justice. Topics include the nationalization of the Bill of Rights and jurisdiction with an emphasis on problems involving the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments.

CJC 370 Principles Of Corrections Credits: 3

This course explores adult institutional and community-based corrections in the United States. Major areas examined include the evolution of corrections, the process of correctional reform, adult offenders and prison culture, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, intermediate sanctions, and correctional workers.

CJC 371 Community Corrections Credits: 3

This course will examine intermediate sanctions in the United States, such as probation, halfway houses, boot camps, among others. Specifically, the origin and proliferation of the use of corrections in the community will be explored in depth. The effectiveness of several major community correctional strategies will be explored through a review of the research literature base. Several issues will be highlighted including (but not limited to ) ethical constraints, political problems, and treatment effectiveness in light of the use of community sanctions.

CJC 380 Psycho-Social Determinants of Crime & Delinquency Credits: 3

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and delinquency outlining biological, developmental, psychological, social-psychological, and societal factors associated with criminal behavior. The course also focuses on ways in which these factors may be integrated to solve, explain, and prevent crimes.

CJC 383 Policies Of Drug Use And Control Credits: 3

Utilizing both historical and contemporary information, this course provides an assessment of the "drug problem" in the U.S. and policies of control developed in response to the problem. Drug use criminalization, legalization, medical treatment, and prevention strategies and related issues are considered in regard to scientific knowledge related to the patterns, causes, and impact of substance abuse.

CJC 385 Victimology Credits: 3

This course addresses the study of crime, criminals and victims. It examines the relationship between victims and offenders. Special treatment is given to criminological as well as victimological theories. A segment of the course will address the sporadic nature of juvenile crime. The course will examine viable strategies to reduce levels of victimization. In the final analysis the course will offer crime prevention strategies.

CJC 390 New Dimensions In Criminal Justice Credits: 3

Examination of contemporary topics, issues or problems related to the development of justice and/or operations in response to criminal and related behaviors addressed by the justice system. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

CJC 430 Women, Crime And Criminal Justice Credits: 3

This course will focus on the experiences of women and girls with crime in America. The primary areas studied will be females as victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Various criminological theories and research will also be examined in light of gender.

CJC 431 Hate & Bias Crimes Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to examine the development and enforcement of hate crime law within our legal system. Discussion focuses on the causes and consequences of hate crimes, the constitutional issues associated with bias crime statutes, and the effectiveness of formal and informal social controls for eliminating hate and bias crimes.

CJC 435WI Gender And Law Credits: 3

This course examines the contemporary legal rights and obligations of women in light of the historical relationships between the social status of women and their legal status. Topics investigated include proprietary and contractual rights, family law, employment practices, educational opportunities, and women as victims and perpetrators of crime.

Prerequisites: RooWriter.

CJC 481 Restorative Justice Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the concept of restorative justice. The course examines the roots of the concept, its theoretical perspective, and its applications in juvenile justice, mediation and correctional settings.

CJC 482 The Death Penalty In America Credits: 3

This course takes a sociological look at the most extreme punishment currently in use in the United States. Society debates its value without giving much weight to the research which social science conducts. Indeed, the political domain frequently misrepresents the data that is available. The course evaluates the adequacy of the research and separates the strands of the debates in order to understand the role of the death penalty in our society.

CJC 484 White Collar Crime Credits: 3

This course examines activities variously called white-collar crimes, crimes of privilege, corporate and government crimes, and upperworld crimes. The purposes of the course are (1) to describe, analyze, and assess social impact of these offenses, (2) to examine the capacity of existing theories in criminology and social deviance to account for those activities, (3) to describe the responsibilities, powers, and activities of those agencies which have jurisdiction over them, and (4) to assess the effectiveness of various legal sanctions in controlling such activities and to review the problems involved in legislation intended to achieve that control.

CJC 488 Mentoring Juvenile Justice System-Involved Youth Credits: 3

Youth mentoring experience in a juvenile justice setting with required training and classroom study.

Prerequisites: successful background check completion.

CJC 490 Directed Studies In Criminal Justice And Criminology Credits: 1-3

Individual research and study in the student's field of interest as approved and directed by major professors. The work involves examination and reporting of selected problems affecting the various agencies of our legal system. Only two of the 490 sequence courses and up to 3 credit hours can be applied to the major. A. Law Enforcement B. Court Operations and Administration C. Corrections D. Legal Theory and Philosophy E. Criminological Theory F. Sociology of Law.

CJC 491 Internship In Criminal Justice Credits: 3-6

Intern experience under faculty supervision in local, state, federal or private agencies working with justice system involved offenders.

Prerequisites: CJC 101, junior standing.

CJC 492 Topics In Criminal Justice Credit: 1

Specialized, short courses with focused examination of particular topics germane to the study of the justice system. May be repeated for credit.

CJC 495WI Capstone: Criminal Justice And Criminology Credits: 3

This course is designed to integrate student's program of study in the major of criminal justice and criminology. The class examines current conditions of the justice system with respect of race, gender and social class.

Prerequisites: RooWriter.