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CRJS 131. Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides a study of substantive criminal offenses in an effort to understand overall strategies for social wellbeing.  Additionally the course reviews federal and state court systems, case law, and the impact of the Bill of Rights and later amendments to the United States Constitution. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CRJS 233. Corrections
This course examines the historical and contemporary structure of the corrections system in America. The function and types of punishment, both historical and contemporary, will be studied. Current issues confronting institutions of correction will be addressed. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CRJS 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

CRJS 234.   Policing
This course examines the foundation and modern developments of policing in the United States.  Special attention will be paid to patrolling and investigation, civil accountability and ethics, career options in policing at local, state, and federal levels, and the future of policing. Prerequisite: CRJS 131.  Credit, 3 hours. 

CRJS 235.  Police Patrol
Police patrol divisions are considered to be the backbone of any police department. This course will focus upon the goals, objectives, and implementation of strategies to effectively patrol and investigate crimes. There will be an emphasis on police patrol functions under the philosophies of police professionalism, problem-oriented policing, and community policing. In addition, the responsibilities of the first responder are also addressed regarding emergency situations, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and accident reconstruction. Prerequisites: CRJS 131,234. Credit 3 hours

CRJS 236.  Probation and Parole
This course provides an overview of probation and parole, focusing primarily on the duties and challenges that modern parole and probation officers face.  Topics addressed include understanding and identifying the concepts of probation as part of the judicial process and parole as part of the prison/correctional system.  Students will become familiar with the variety of roles and the legal decisions affecting probation and parole officers. Prerequisites: CRJS 131,233. Credit 3 hours

CRJS 331.   Deviance and Society
This course studies the types, sources, and functions of deviant behavior.  The social control mechanisms that have been established in response to societal deviance will be examined within the context of the criminal justice perspective. Prerequisite: CRJS 131.  Offered fall semesters.

CRJS 334.  Criminal Law Substance, Procedure, and Society
This course provides a study of substantive criminal law and procedure, the federal and state court systems, and the United States Supreme Court case law, with special emphasis upon the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.   The relationship between participants in the criminal justice system (law enforcement, lawyers, judges, and accused defendants) with the rest of society is also examined.  The course content will highlight practical, "real world" aspects within the above course curricula.  Prerequisite:  CRJS 131.  Credit, 3 hours.

CRJS 336.  Criminal Investigation
Students will examine the nature and extent of and factors related to criminal investigations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals of crime scene processing to include identification, recording, marking, and gathering substantial evidence as well as identifying and interviewing witnesses and suspects. Students will be able to conduct a mock criminal investigation designed to mimic real life crime scenes an investigator may process.  Students will be able to sketch, photograph, gather evidence, fingerprint, take detailed notes and interview victims, witnesses and suspects. At the conclusion of the mock investigation, students will present their evidence obtained from their investigations in a mock criminal court trial. Prerequisites: CRJS 131,234. Credit 3 hours

CRJS 338.  Homeland Security
This course is designed to familiarize students with homeland security policies and procedures initiated following the attacks on 9/11. Students will be able to compare and contrast homeland security strategy as it relates to the federal, state, local and private sectors. Students will be able to identify the relations between the government, military and private sector as it relates to the implementation of homeland security policy. Students will be able to clearly identify what role homeland security plays in the daily protection of our borders, airways, land transportation, waterways and ports. Prerequisites: CRJS 131,234. Credit 3 hours

CRJS 431. Criminology
This course examines the nature and impact of criminal action and the causes in America. Career criminals, types of crime, and public policies concerning crime control will be examined with an emphasis on theoretical explanations and of crime and delinquency. Prerequisite: CRJS 233. Offered fall semesters.

CRJS 433. Juvenile Justice
This course studies the juvenile justice system and the management of juvenile offenders within the context of society.  Attention is given to the special procedures established for juveniles with a focus on prevention and diversion. The challenges of professionals who work with juveniles will be examined. Prerequisite: CRJS 233. Offered spring semesters.

CRJS 434.  Ethics in Criminal Justice
This course provides an insight into the one of the most important aspects of the criminal justice system: ethics. Students will study ethical perspectives from individuals involved in several areas of the criminal justice system including courts, corrections and policing. Students will be able to identify organizational requirements pertaining to ethical behavior by examining the hiring process of law enforcement officers. Special attention will be given to identifying agency interventions designed to maintain the high ethical standards in criminal justice, and agency fallacies that may inadvertently allow for unethical behavior. Prerequisites: CRJS 131, 233, 234. Credit 3 hours

CRJS 439.    Internship and Seminar
This course provides the opportunity for criminal justice students to work within the criminal justice system under the supervision of a professional.  The field experiences are systematically selected to provide opportunities in multiple settings.  Specific policies and procedures are established to facilitate the field experience.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 125 clock hours in a criminal justice agency or institution.  Attendance at a weekly seminar is required.  Departmental approval must be received one semester prior to being placed. This course may be repeated for additional credit and experience in a second agency but cannot be counted twice in the criminal justice major or minor. Prerequisite: 21 credit hours in core courses for major and approval of department chair. Credit, 3 hours. 

CRJS 490. Special Topics in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to address specialized topics in criminal justice that are not otherwise available as a separate course. Examples of possible topics include criminal victimization, court process, organized crime, computer crimes, and gang violence. This course can be counted twice if taken under a different offering.  Prerequisite: CRJS 131. Credit, 3 hours.


Kentucky Peace Officer Transfer Credit

Officers who have successfully completed the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice’s Basic Training course (DOCJT) are able to receive up to 15 credit hours as Transfer Credit toward completing a Criminal Justice Degree at UC. The academy graduate must currently be employed by a law enforcement agency and be in good standing with their agency. The Officer must first enroll and be accepted as a student in the UC Criminal Justice Degree Program. The Officer must be able to present documentation from the DOCJT verifying graduation and also must submit a copy of their Peace Officers Professional Standards Certification.  The officer must submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor within the officers department.

Transfer Credits will replace the following courses:

  • CRJS 131 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CRJS 234 Policing (3 credits)
  • CRJS 235 Police Patrol (3 credits)
  • CRJS 334 Society and Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • CRJS 439 Internship and Seminar (3 Credits)


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