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Criminal Justice (CRMJ)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1001 [2120] [ADJU 2120]. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3. Introduces the American criminal justice system. Examines nature of crime and describes historical and philosophical foundations of law enforcement agencies, criminal courts and correctional institutions. Discusses major issues facing the criminal justice system.

1005. Issues in Criminal Justice. 1. [(none)<>I, L] Introduces students to Criminal Justice through a study of a contemporary issue or problem from the perspectives of the various subfields. Prerequisite: criminal justice major.

2210 [ADJU 2210]. Criminal Law. 3. Introduces the fundamental principles of substantive criminal law: the history and philosophy of modern criminal law, the basic dimension of criminality, the elements of major crimes, criminal defenses and the nature of criminal sanctions. Prerequisite: CRMJ 1001 and completion of a USP V course.

2400 [ADJU 2400]. Criminology. 3. Generally introduces the nature of crime, statistics on crime, types of criminal behavior and explanations of crime. Cross listed with SOC 2400. Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or equivalent.

2685 [CRMJ 3680, ADJU 3680]. Research Methods in Criminal Justice. 3. [M3<>(none)] Introduces students to fundamental issues associated with the application of scientific methods to criminal justice problems. Students examine research designs involving ethnographic, archival, historical, and quantitative methods and how they relate to criminal justice issues. Prerequisite: enrollment limited to criminal justice majors.

3110. Criminal Courts and Processes. 3. Examines the structure, organization and operation of criminal courts and their role in the  larger criminal justice system; the process of adjudication of criminal cases from initial charging through post-conviction review; the constitutional rights of the accused; and the roles of the major courtroom participants. Prerequisites: CRMJ 2210 or declared Public Law minor.

3150. Crime Causation. 3. Examines the causal mechanisms that produce crime. Theoretical perspectives and empirical research from various disciplines will be evaluated, with particular emphasis placed on social factors that may cause crime. Policy implications of the different perspectives will be discussed. Prerequisites: CRMJ/SOC 2400 and junior standing.

3200 [ADJU 3200]. Ethics in Administration of Justice. 3. [C1<>(none)] Introduces basic ethical theories, emphasizing how ethical theory can be applied to contemporary problems in law enforcement, corrections and adjudication. Students will be called upon to apply these various ethical frameworks to typical moral dilemmas in criminal justice. Prerequisites: CRMJ 2210; 2400.

3250 [ADJU 3250]. Juvenile Delinquency. 3. Considers the nature of delinquency, including an analysis of treatment methods and the juvenile justice system. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001.

3320. Family Violence. 3. [C2<>(none)] Prevalence, types and causes of family violence are examined with an emphasis on a sociological understanding. Theories of violence are applied to the conflict that exists within the family institution such as woman battering, courtship conflict and child abuse. Cross listed with SOC 3320. Prerequisite: 6 hours of sociology or equivalent social science (including SOC 1000).

3350 [ADJU 3350]. Introduction to Corrections. 3. Encompasses contemporary practice in area of corrections, including study of police, courts and correctional institutions. Prerequisite: CRMJ 1001.

3400 [ADJU 3400]. Deviant Behavior. 3. [C2<>(none)] Examines theory and research relevant to understanding deviant behavior in general and specific types of individual and subcultural deviancy. Cross listed with SOC 3400. Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or equivalent.

3490 [ADJU 3490]. Policing. 3. Modern American police agencies strike a difficult balance between the rule of law and the protection of the rights of the citizenry.  As such, police work is a difficult and sometimes misunderstood profession. Examines the development, organization, policies, and performance of the police in the United States. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ/SOC 2400, CRMJ 2210, and junior standing.

3500. Drugs and the Criminal Justice System. 3. Focus on drugs and their impact on society. Particular interest is paid to the extent of drug use/abuse in America, and the effects of this problem on the criminal justice system and society as a whole. Strategies for controlling both supply and demand are discussed. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001 and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

4110 [ADJU 4110]. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights. 3. Encompasses case-study analysis of judicial decisions and policies of the constitutional interpretation of the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech, press, association and religion), privacy rights, the rights of the criminally accused, and civil rights (racial and gender equality). Cross listed with POLS 4110. Prerequisites: 9 hours of POLS courses, POLS 3100 recommended.

4130 [ADJU 4130]. Leadership and Management in the Criminal Justice System. 3. There is a clear need for managers and administrators to understand leadership and ethics. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the management and leadership discourse surrounding criminal justice agencies. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001 and 3350 or 3490.

4140 [ADJU 4140]. Criminal Legal Procedure. 3. Confront issues and processes relevant to safeguarding personal liberties consistent with constitutional provisions. Also allows them to comprehend complexities of the rule of law in a democratic society. Presents working knowledge of criminal procedure, search, seizure, arrest and application of force to show how evidence is used in a courtroom. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, 2210, and 2400 or declared Public Law minor.

4150. Community-Based Corrections 3. Designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the community corrections complex. It will examine the history and growth of community corrections, the probation system, methods of post-incarceration supervision, intermediate sanctions, and correctional programming and treatment in the community. Prerequisite: 9 hours of Criminal Justice (CRMJ 3350 recommended).

4230. Forensic Anthropology. 3. Introduces methods and purposes of physical anthropology as applied in human identification for law enforcement agencies. Cross listed with ANTH 4230. Prerequisite: ANTH 1100.

4260. Gangs. 3. Considers the nature and the characteristics of gangs and gang members. The theoretical and empirical evidence regarding the phenomenon of gangs is evaluated. Particular emphasis is placed on the social and polity implications of this social problem. Prerequisites: CRMJ/SOC 2400 or CRMJ 3250 and upper division standing in criminal justice.

4270 [ADJU 4270]. Discrimination and the Law. 3 (Max. 6). A sociological examination of specific examples of discrimination and justice within the law and the legal system. Topics routinely vary and may include race, gender, religion, cultures or sexuality. Class may be repeated for credit when topics differ. Prerequisites: SOC 1000 and junior status.

4280 [ADJU 4280]. Comparative Criminal Justice. 3. [W3, C2, G1<>WC, G] Compares the incidence, trends, control, treatment and prevention of crime across nations using mainstream criminological theories. Examines criminal justice systems from an international perspective and draws lessons for the American society. Explores forms of international cooperation and difficulties in the control of transnational crimes. Prerequisite: WA, WB, CRMJ 1001, junior standing.

4350 [ADJU 4250]. Sociology of Law. 3. [W3, C2<>(none)] A consideration of sociological concepts such as inequality, stratification, social control and social change in an analysis of the law and legal institutions. Topics include: the role of the police, lawyers, judges, and juries; race, sex, age, and sexuality discrimination and civil rights; free speech, and toxic torts. Cross listed with SOC 4350. Prerequisites: SOC 1000 and upper division status. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

4370 [ADJU 4370]. Criminal Psychopathology. 3. Provides an overview of current theories and empirical evidence concerning relationship between psychological disorder and criminal behavior. Examines various clinical syndromes and their role in biological, social and psychological genesis of crime, as well as the concept of criminal responsibility. Cross listed with PSYC 4370. Prerequisite: 6 hours in psychology.

4540. Women, Crime and the Law. 3. [W3, C2<>(none)] Addresses status of women as offenders and as victims in society and in the criminal justice system. Considers special role of women as professionals in the criminal justice system. Cross listed with SOC/WMST 4540. Prerequisite: WMST/SOC 1080, 3500 or SOC 2400.

4600 [ADJU 4600]. Political Violence. 3. Examines causes and consequences of violence both among individuals and among nations. Cross listed with POLS 4600. Prerequisites: POLS 1000 or SOC 1000. (Normally offered every other year)

4700. Global Terrorism. 3. Examines the concept, causes, incidence, types, consequences of, and responses to terrorism. Highlights the distinction between domestic and international terrorism and expands on the latter within the framework of the global environment. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001 and CRMJ 2400 and CRMJ 2210; or POLS 2310.

4710 [ADJU 4710]. Police Deviance. 3. A  general description of police officials' activities which are inconsistent with the officers' official authority, organizational authority, values, and standards of ethical conduct (which are usually implied, rather that stated). Deviance can encompass a plethora of behaviors for which an officer can be disciplined. Prerequisites: POLS 1000 and CRMJ 1001.

4730. Psychology and Law. 3. Exposes students to the application of psychological principles to problems in law. Emphasizes the American trial system, correction systems and civil commitment. Cross listed with PSYC 4730. Prerequisite: 12 hours in psychology. 

4750 [ADJU 4750]. Internship in Criminal Justice. 1‑12 (Max. 12). Integrates practical criminal justice experience with academic knowledge. Students participate in specifically assigned duties and observe broader activities of the sponsoring organization, and reflect upon these experiences through written assignments. Prerequisite: junior standing, 2.5 cumulative GPA, completion of at least 6 upper division hours in CRMJ.

4760. Child Maltreatment. 3. [C2<>(none)] Lecture and seminar. Examines the phenomenon of child abuse and neglect. Includes an overview of attitudes towards and legal definitions of child maltreatment. Explores parental factors, contextual influences and developmental consequences of maltreatment. Relies heavily on current research in child abuse and neglect. Emphasizes policy implications. Cross listed with PSYC 4760. Prerequisite: 6 hours in psychology. (Offered alternate years)

4860. Social Inequality, Crime, Criminal Justice and the Law. 3. Provides an in-depth look at social inequality and its impact on crime, criminal justice, and the law. Particular emphasis will be given to the individual and interactive effects of race, class, and gender inequality. Critical theoretical perspectives that promote social justice will be the primary analytical focus. Prerequisite: 9 hours of CRMJ related coursework.

4890. Serial Killers. 3. Introduces students to particular case studies of notorious serial killers and explores current methods of tracking and apprehending such individuals. Draws on readings, films, and lectures. Prerequisites: junior standing and 6 completed hours of upper division criminal justice courses.

4965. Research Hours in Criminal Justice. 1-6 (Max. 6). Provides undergraduates with an opportunity to assist in conducting various aspects of research under the supervision of criminal justice faculty. Specific research activities and requirements will be determined in consultation with the sponsoring faculty person. Credit is only available for research corresponding to enrollment in this course. Dual listed with CRMJ 5965. Prerequisites: upper division standing and consent of instructor required in advance.

4970 [ADJU 4970]. Criminal Justice Practicum. 9-12 (Max. 12). Integrates academic knowledge with applied administration of justice experience through supervised field placement. Students are required to complete reading, discussion and writing assignments in addition to their practicum responsibilities. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of practicum coordinator.

4975 [ADJU 4975]. Readings. 1-3 (Max. 6). Special programs of readings in criminal justice related subjects will be outlined to meet needs of individual students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

4990 [ADJU 4990]. Topics: ___. 1-3 (Max. 6). Intended to accommodate various special subjects not offered as regular courses. Prerequisites: as listed for housing department's topics course.

5965. Research Hours in Criminal Justice. 1-6 (Max. 6). Provides students with an opportunity to assist in conducting various aspects of research under the supervision of criminal justice faculty. Specific research activities and requirements will be determined in consultation with the sponsoring faculty person. Credit is only available for research corresponding to enrollment in this course. Dual listed with CRMJ 4965. Prerequisites: upper division standing and consent of instructor required in advance.

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