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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 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1001 [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.

JumpLink2210 [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. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001 and POLS 1000.

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. 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.

JumpLink3110. 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. Prerequisite: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, and CRMJ/SOC 2400, or declared Public Law minor.

3250 [ADJU 3250]. Juvenile Delinquency. 3. Considers the nature of delinquency, including an analysis of treatment methods and the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

3320. Family Violence. 3. 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]. Correctional Theory and Practice. 3. Examines the various components of the correctional complex from both theoretical and practical frameworks. Students are exposed to the abundance of research that informs current correctional practice and will be called upon to critically evaluate this research and its implications for correctional policy and practice. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, and CRMJ 2685.

3400 [ADJU 3400]. Deviant Behavior. 3. 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]. Issues in Policing. 3. Examines the various components of policing from both theoretical and practical frameworks. Students are exposed to the abundance of research that informs current policing practice and will be called upon to critically evaluate this research and its implications for policing policy and practice. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, 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, CRMJ 2210, and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

JumpLink4110 [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. Prerequisite: POLS 1000, 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 5130. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, and CRMJ 3490.

4140 [ADJU 4140]. Criminal Legal Procedure. 3. Examines the constitutional principles that safeguard the rights and liberties of criminal suspects and constrain police during the investigatory stages of the criminal justice process: arrest; search and seizure; interrogation; undercover operations; pretrial identification; and the exclusionary rule. 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. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, and CRMJ 3350.

4151 [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. Dual listed with CRMJ 5151. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

4200 [3200/ADJU 3200]. Ethics in Administration of Justice. 3. 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 3110, CRMJ 3350 and CRMJ 3490.

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 policy implications of this social problem. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, and upper division standing in criminal justice.

4280 [ADJU 4280]. Comparative Criminal Justice. 3. [WC,G<>{none}] 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 5280. Prerequisites: WA, WB, CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, and junior standing.

4350 [ADJU 4250]. Sociology of Law. 3. 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 the 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: C or better in 6 hours in psychology.

4540. Women, Crime and the Law. 3. 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 WMST 4540. Prerequisite: WMST/SOC 1080, WMST/SOC 3500 or CRMJ/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. Prerequisite: POLS 1000, or SOC 1000, or POLS 1200, or POLS 1250, or POLS 2310, or permission of instructor. (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, CRMJ 2210 and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

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: C or better in 6 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. Prerequisites: junior standing, 2.500 cumulative GPA, completion of at least 6 upper division hours in CRMJ and consent of instructor.

4760. Child Maltreatment. 3. 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: C or better in 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 5860. Prerequisites: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210 and CRMJ/SOC 2400.

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: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, 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. Prerequisite: as listed for housing department's topics course.

JumpLink5000. Survey of Criminal Justice. 3. Provides an overview of criminal justice theory by providing critical evaluation and discussion of research in the criminal justice field. It will emphasize seminal works and review current research concerning the structure, function, operation, interaction of the criminal justice system’s primary components, and future trends. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Program or consent of instructor.

5100. Public Policy and Crime. 3. This course is designed to take a multidimensional look at public policy issues related to the prevention and control of crime in the United States. Issues covered include the development, implementation, and evaluation of crime control policy. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Program or consent of instructor.

5130. 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 4130. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5151. 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 4151. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

5280. Comparative Criminal Justice. 3. 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 4280. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5500. Internship in Criminal Justice. 3. Educationally-oriented assignments for work in selected criminal justice agencies, with tutorial types of supervision. Offered Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Program or consent of instructor.

5860. 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. Dual listed with CRMJ 4860. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

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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