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Criminal Justice Course Catalog

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CJL 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice                               CERTIFICATE COURSE

A survey and analysis of the criminal justice system, including an historical and philosophical overview of its development, with special emphasis on the system's primary components (Police, Courts, Corrections and Juvenile) and the relationship among these components in the administration of criminal justice in America. IAI - CRJ 901 (Formerly CJL 300) (Offered every semester) (This course is a prerequisite [or co-requisite] for all subsequent criminal justice courses. (3 semester credits)

CJL 210 Introduction to Policing

An introduction to the theories and techniques of modern policing, to include a historical overview of the genesis of the modern police force; the structure and integration of the various levels of law enforcement in America; the structure and mission of a police agency's component parts; the Constitutional and ethical considerations and constraints faced by law enforcement professionals; the dynamics of police-community relations; and the various enforcement methods used by police agencies.  (Offered fall semester even years)
(3 semester credits)


CJL 220 Juvenile Justice                                                        CERTIFICATE COURSE
History and philosophies of society's reaction to juvenile behavior and problems.  Interaction among the police, judiciary, and corrections are examined within the context of cultural influences.  Theoretical perspectives of causation and control of delinquency are examined.  IAI - CRJ 914 (Formerly CJL 320) (Offered spring semester odd years) (3 semester credits)  

CJL 230 Introduction to Corrections
An overview and analysis of the American correctional system: history, evolution, and philosophy of punishment and treatment; operation and administration in institutional (Jails & Prisons) and non-institutional settings (Probation & Parole); and issues in correctional law.  IAI - CRJ 911 (Offered fall semester odd years)

(3 semester credits)

CJL 240 Introduction to Criminology                                    CERTIFICATE COURSE
An introduction to the multi-disciplinary study and analysis of the nature, causes, and control of crime; measurement of crime; and the interactive roles of the system, victim, and offender.  IAI - CRJ 912 (Offered spring semester even years)   (3 semester credits)

CJL 250 Criminal Law    A study of the nature of criminal law including the historical and philosophical developments of substantive and procedural law; students will learn to define and apply terms of law and concepts that accompany them; discuss the classifications of crime; discuss and relate the elements of crimes and the penalties attached thereto according to model penal code; and discuss the criminal responsibilities of persons.  This course will focus on criminal law, using the current Penal Code.  The course will also examine and analyze the structure and function of substantive criminal law and the principles of criminal law, including the acts, mental state, and attendant circumstances that are necessary elements of crime.  IAI - CRJ 913 (Offered fall semester odd years) (3 semester credits)

CJL 305 Research Methods
An introduction to the process, logic, and skills of gathering data using the scientific method.  The range of research designs, their strengths and weaknesses, the specific research tools needed for the collection of criminal justice data, analytical techniques, and appropriate policy responses are examined.  (Offered fall semester even years) (CJL 200 is a prerequisite for this course) (3 semester credits)

CJL 310 Ethics & Diversity in Criminal Justice                         CERTIFICATE COURSE
An examination of the ethical considerations and constraints relevant to the criminal justice system.  The course will use scenario based exploration of the issues of crime and justice in the context of a contemporary diverse society.  Topics include police corruption, corrections and judicial corruption, diversity issues pertaining to agency practitioners and interacting in a diverse world.  specific attention is given to the effect of race, ethnicity, gender and special populations on offending and victimization, adjudication and sentencing.  (Offered spring semester odd years)   (3 semester credits) 

CJL 330 Criminal Justice & the Constitution                          CERTIFICATE COURSE
An exploration of the various 20th century social movements that have confronted the criminal justice system, and the various ways these movements have affected judicial interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.  Specific areas of focus include the impact of civil rights on police methods, prison reform and hate crimes legislation; civil liability of law enforcement and corrections officials; the rights pertaining to due process and equal protection for accused and convicted individuals; and the role of law in efforts to evaluate and solve social problems.  (Offered fall semester odd years) (CJL 250 and CJL 200 are prerequisites for this course)
(3 semester credits) 

CJL 356 Principles of Criminal Behavior                                  CERTIFICATE COURSE
An in-depth focus of criminal behavior as described by the major biological, psychological and sociological contributions to criminological theory.  Specific emphasis will be placed upon contemporary explanations for criminal and delinquent behavior, including theory integration and general theories.  The important relationships among criminological theory, research and policy will also be discussed to better understand response patterns to adult and juvenile offenders.  (Offered spring semester even years) (CJL 240 and CJL 200 are prerequisites for this course)    (3 semester credits)

CJL 390 Senior Seminar
Designed as a comprehensive synthesis of the knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum, this capstone experience will engage students in the process of identifying and analyzing "real-life" issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.  The final project will culminate into a formal evaluation of a contemporary crime program or policy, complete with concerns and recommendations for future implementation.  The strengthening of skills pertaining to critical thinking, effective written and communication, teamwork, embracing alternative viewpoints, and presentation delivery will be emphasized.  (Offered every spring semester beginning 2010)  (This course requires instructor approval) (3 semester credits)

Criminal Justice Elective Courses

CJL 355 Crime in America
This course will study the crime problems from a historical perspective, with attention given to the social, political and economic factors affecting crime.  Students will review crime trends, efforts of crime prevention, and the evolution in the explanations for criminal behavior.  An effort to connect the theories that explain criminal behavior will be connected to crime policy, analysis and evaluated.  (Offered summer semester odd years)  (3 semester credits)

CJL 360 Community-Based Corrections
A study of probation, parole, diversion, pre-release, and intermediate sanctions.  Specific focus will be critical analyses of the statutes and policies relating to the administration of community-based correctional programs.  Students will discuss classical and contemporary issues in criminal justice, and discriminate fact from fiction. (Offered spring semester even years)
(3 semester credits)

CJL 365 White Collar Crime
An examination of white-collar crime; particularly definitional issues.  The nature and scope of white-collar crime; the costs associated with white-collar crime, and especially corporate crime are investigated.  Other topics include: digital crime, occupational crime, and governmental crime.  Students will explore how the criminal justice system responds to such crimes and what interventions will have been utilized.  Finally, students will explore why white collar crime occurs.  (Offered fall semester even years) (3 semester credits)

CJL 368 Criminal Justice Administration
An overview of the problems faced by managers of justice-related agencies, including the principles of police, courts, and corrections management.  The effects of the criminal justice process on practitioners, clients, and the public will be analyzed.  In addition, discussion includes resources, organizational status, and leadership in law enforcement agencies, courts and correctional settings, with particular emphasis on how leadership influences the effectiveness of the organization.  The construct of bureaucracy and the major theoretical foundations of leadership are also examined.  (Offered fall semester odd years)
(3 semester credits)

CJL 381 Death Penalty in America
An exploration of the history of social control and punishment leading up to the formation of the American system.  Topics include race, class, gender, juvenile, and comparative issues in punishment.  Issues such as deterrence, cost, innocence, constitutional law, and the social, political, and economic realities of punishment policy will be examined.  (Offered spring semester odd years) (3 semester credits)

CJL 382 Criminal Investigation

An introduction to investigation techniques, interviewing techniques, detection of deception, and the qualities of a credible witness.  Topics include issues with eye-witness testimony, cultural considerations when conducting an investigation, professional ethics and of course, what does forensic really mean in the context of investigation.  (Offered fall semester even years)
(3 semester credits)

CJL 383 Technology in Criminal Justice
An overview of the ways in which technological innovations have assisted criminals in the commission of crimes, police i the detection of crimes, and the courts in the determination of guilt.  an additional component will be the use of technology in the handling of offenders once arrested - electronic monitoring, Bio-metric identification, use and myths of DNA, GPS tracking, GIS in crime analysis, surveillance, drug screening, etc.  (Offered summer semester odd years) (3 semester credits)

CJL  384 Profiling
An introduction to the use of multidimensional data to study crime, criminals, victims, and criminogenesis.  Discussion includes classification of crimes/ criminals by typologies and their application to the prevention, prediction and control of crime.  The student will learn to synthesize information about crimes and criminals to derive essential and common elements from a variety of criminal actions.  The student will evaluate the role of media, and appraise the effect on contemporary crime control techniques.  Finally, students will discuss classical and contemporary issues in criminal justice, and sort out fact from fiction.  (Offered fall semester odd years) (3 semester credits)

CJL 389 Topics in Criminal Justice
Courses taught under this rubric will be faculty areas of specialization not currently in the catalog and are designed to give the advanced undergraduate student academic flexibility.  May be repeated for credit so long as the topic is different.  (This course requires instructor approval.)  (3 semester credits)