Course Descriptions:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE REQUIREMENTS
CJUS 110 | Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to general criminal justice concepts and knowledge about the relationships of crime and criminal behavior. The purpose, role, and interrelationships of the police, other law enforcement officials, the courts and judiciary, corrections, and parole systems are discussed.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 220 | Introduction to Corrections (3 credit hours)
This course is a general introductory course that describes the history and development of corrections in America, the various aspects of correctional practices, and issues and perspectives affecting institutional life within the correctional system. Organizational and administrative practices are examined.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 230 | Policing (3 credit hours)
This course covers the major roles of the police in American society. The course investigates the origins of policing and law enforcement, police organization, the functions of police in society, and the polices’ relationships to the various components of the criminal justice system. Issues confronting police administration are discussed.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 308 | Community-Based Corrections (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on correctional processes and strategies regarding probation, parole, juveniles, diversion, and other innovative approaches applied in a community setting.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 330 | Research Methods (3 credit hours)
This is an introductory course that concentrates on research methods and designs and statistical analysis procedures used in research projects. This course demonstrates how research methods are utilized in the criminal justice field.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

CJUS 340 | Criminal Procedures and the Courts (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the structure and functions of the criminal court system in the United States, including county, state, federal, and specialized courts. The roles of court personnel, case flow management, a variety of issues confronting the court system, court standards as compared to actual functioning, and court reform measures are studied. Constitutional rules regarding evidence, search and seizure, interrogations and confessions, and suspect identification guidelines receive significant attention. Constitutional rights, remedies, post-trial appeal processes, and criminal procedure during times of crisis receive consideration.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 360 | Criminology (3 credit hours)
This course examines the nature and causes of crime as a social phenomenon.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 385 | Victimology (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of victimization, the scope of victimization in the United States, the justice system’s response, victim’s rights, restorative justice, and research and evaluation findings. Being exposed to and understanding victimization issues enhances students’ knowledge about a comprehensive system of justice rather than a “criminal’s justice system.”
Components: Lecture

CJUS 401 | Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of Homeland Security, incident management, terrorism and counter terrorism as impacting the United States.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 410 | Juvenile Delinquency (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the nature and extent of delinquent acts and status offenses historically, theoretical approaches to explain why these behaviors develop including environmental/contextual approaches to explanation, and how the justice system and society legally respond. A variety of cultural and social factors related to delinquency are examined, along with program implications for prevention and intervention.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 110

CJUS 495 | Seminar In Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
This course requires students to use critical thinking, research, oral and written communication skills to investigate, discuss and explain how major criminal justice theories contribute to an understanding of deviant, delinquent or abnormal behaviors and crime. Particular emphasis is placed on discussion and evaluation of contemporary problems facing one of the elements of the criminal justice system; law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for criminal justice students and should be taken in the last year of study.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

REQUIRED PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
CMIS 101 | Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

PSYC 121 | Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course is a general introduction to contemporary psychology focusing on basic concepts, principles, terminology, trends in psychological research, and the application of this knowledge.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

SOC 201 | Principles of Sociology (3 credit hours)
This course is an introductory study of group and social dynamics, cultures, social problems, social institutions, inter-group relationships, and the impact of social policies.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

LAW AND SOCIETY OPTION REQUIREMENTS
Select eight (8) courses from the following options

BUS 251 | Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 credit hours)
This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.
Components: Lecture

BUS 252 | Commercial Law (3 credit hours)
This course examines the legal principles covering sales contracts and negotiable instruments under the Uniform Commercial Code, property ownership, bailments, corporations, partnerships, and other business organizations.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: BUS 251

BUS 353 | Organizational Ethics (3 credit hours)
This course applies ethical concepts and principles to moral issues in business: corporate responsibility, discrimination, advertising, competition, whistle-blowing, trade-secrets, multinationals, environment, workers’ rights, government regulation, investment, bribes, product liability, and consumerism.
Components: Lecture

BUS 493 | Team Design and Performance (3 credit hours)
This course examines the design and performance of work and decisional teams including team composition, authority, communication, roles, support, and leadership. This course will prepare the student to be a successful team member and leader by exploring team evolution, self-management, and conflict resolution. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors in any degree program.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 190 | Criminal Law (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on the concepts of substantive criminal law as they pertain to elements of criminal acts. Special focus will be assigned to basic legal concepts such as assigning punishment, voluntary criminal acts and omissions, explaining the nexus between mens rea and actus reus. Topics will also include theories of causation, homicide, theft, affirmative defences and attempted crimes. Further, contemporary criminal law issues confronting law enforcement officials from crime prevention to court appearance are considered. Special attention will also be given to evidentiary standards relating to rules of relevancy, character evidence and hearsay.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 441 | Criminal Justice Internship (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. Contact the Center for Engaged Learning for specific details.
Components:
Coop Ed Internship
Prerequisites required:
45 completed hours and good academic standing

PSCI 201 | American National Government (3 credit hours)
This course is a thorough introduction to the U.S. political system, its institutions and processes. Topics will include the Constitutional founding, federalism, political culture, Congress, the Presidency, judiciary, bureaucracy, public opinion and the media, the electoral process, and civil liberties.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSCI 202 | State and Local Government (3 credit hours)
This course includes description and analysis of political institutions and behavior in American states with interstate comparisons and comparisons between state and national political systems. Lecture topics include the development and role of American local government, its forms and structures, and the relationship to the federal government.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSCI 426 | American Constitutional Law (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical and political context of constitutional doctrine through major decisions. The emphasis is on constitutional growth as it relates to the fundamental structure of American government and the social order. Dual-listed as HIST 426.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: PSCI 201

PSCI 468 | Public Administration (3 credit hours)
Students will study a range of topics involved in the administration of public agencies. Topics will include the history of America’s public service, the development of intergovernmental relations, bureaucracies, public personnel, budgeting, decision making, evaluation procedures, and regulatory administration. This class will encourage students to investigate the role of public administration in the past and today, as well as to conjecture the possibilities for the future. Dual-listed as BUS 468.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite required: PSCI 201

SOC 300 | Contemporary Social Problems (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the causes, treatment, and prevention of selected social problems with particular emphasis on the problems of conflict and inequality. This course satisfies the Community, Regional and Global Studies requirement in the General Studies Program.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Community, Regional & Global Studies