Course Descriptions

CRJS131. Intro to Criminal Justice

This course provides a study of substantive criminal offenses, the 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.

CRJS233. 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 Corequisite: CRJS 131. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

CRJS234. Policing

This course examines the foundations 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.

CRJS235. 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. Credit 3 hours.

CRJS236. 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.

CRJS331. 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.

CRJS334. Society and Criminal Law

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.

CRJS336. 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 trail. Prerequisites: CRJS 131, 235. Credit 3 hours.

CRJS337. White Collar Crime

This course provides a general overview of the topic of white collar crime with a focus on the following topics: occupational and corporate white collar crime; victims of white collar crime; the financial, social and human impact of white collar crime; theoretical explanations; and the regulation and punishments of white collar crime offenders. This course will explore various types of white collar crime, including fraud, tax evasion, perjury, obstruction, computer crime, bribery, corruption, embezzlement, conspiracy, and organizational crime. It will explore the impact that this form of crime has on individuals, businesses, and society. Prerequisites: CRJS 131,233 Credit, 3 hours

CRJS338. 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 roll homeland security plays in the daily protection of our borders, airways, land transportation, waterways and ports. Prerequisites: CRJS 131, 235. Credit 3 hours