Master Course List

This is the master course list of both criminal justice courses that are offered within our program, as well as the courses that are offered by outside departments which satisfy the Thematic requirements of the Criminal Justice major.   Please be advised that not all of these courses are offered every semester.   To check out our past course offerings, please take a look at our course schedules available by semester.   More detailed course descriptions and course syllabi are located on the Course Descriptions page, and course syllabi can also be found by semester on the Course Syllabi page.   For more information about internships, independent study, and honors research thesis projects, please visit the respective pages.

Criminal Justice Courses:



Societal responses to people and organizations that violate criminal codes; police, courts, juries, prosecutors, defense and correctional agencies, and the standards and methods used to respond to crime and criminal offenders; social forces that affect the evolution of criminal laws.


01:202:202  POLICE (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   The function of police in contemporary society; the problems arising between citizens and police from the enforcement and non-enforcement of laws, from social changes, and from individual and group police attitudes and practices.


01:202:203  PRISONS AND PRISONERS (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Origins and methods of revenge, coercive custody, confinement, punishment, rehabilitation, restitution, deterrence, and prisoner education programs examined.   Includes emphasis on current controversies related to jail and prison overcrowding, treatment of violent juveniles and chemically dependent offenders, and AIDS risk assessment of juvenile and adult offenders.


01:202:204  CRIME AND PUBLIC POLICY (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Introduces students to the process by which criminal law and criminal justice policies are crafted and implemented in the American political process.  Because of the nature of U.S. federalism, crime policy is a multi-layered process with distinctive features at each level.  Students will learn basic concepts about public policy-making across local, state, and national governments and will focus on specific areas of criminal punishment in order to more fully understand the complex nature of the policy process as well as the unique challenge of developing effective crime control policies.


01:202:205  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Description and discussion of what is commonly characterized as the "criminal justice process and public policy consideration" through which substantive criminal laws are enforced.



Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Analysis of the concepts and methods underlying major criminal justice endeavors to prevent crimes; examination of research literature concerning the effectiveness of crime prevention policies and strategies; review of policies, programs, and treatment for crime victims and witnesses.


01:202:209  WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Crimes organized by persons whose economic, political, and privileged positions offer ease and relative impunity in the commission of unusual crimes that are often national and international in scope and that have serious, long-term consequences.


01:202:210  INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Principles and methods for screening people, monitoring environments, effective use and care of preventive techniques, preventive response and control, response procedures, legal aspects of security, individual and collective behavior, and developing problems in security such as terrorism and organized vandalism.


01:202:301  HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL REMEDIES (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Case studies of denial of human rights on an international level and the legal responses, national and international, to correct deprivation and suppression of such rights.



Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  The effect of organizational structure and administrative procedure on police function; the processes of police recruitment, career advancement, and leadership. 


01:202:303  CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   The major types of community-based correctional alternatives ranging from probation, shock incarceration, parole, work-release, overnight and weekend incarceration, and halfway houses to community-based centers; discussion of correctional laws, personnel development, correctional management, controversies, political pressures, and emerging trends in organization and goals. 



Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Court organization, management, and administration; planning, budgeting, coordination, and personnel effectiveness; judicial standards for improving the quality of justice; development and training of non-judicial personnel as court administrators.


01:202:305 & 01:202:306  SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS IN JUSTICE (3 credits/3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Contributions of physical science to crime prevention, detection, and prosecution; significant forensic aspects of chemistry, biology, geology, and physics as applied to prevention planning, contraband control, preserving evidence, ballistics, optics, sound, and sampling natural materials. 



Prerequisite: 01:202:201, 01:640:112, 01:640:115, or Calculus I placement.   Underlying research concepts, methodologies, and techniques appropriate for application in the main behavioral environments of justice; application of course content to justice agencies, policies, and programs.



Prerequisites: 01:202:201 and 01:202:307.   Advanced research concepts, methodologies, and techniques appropriate for application in the main behavioral environments of justice; application of course content to justice agencies, policies, and programs. 


01:202:309  CRIMAL LAW: THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   The Model Penal Code and various state statures will be examined to provide foundational understanding of criminal law, particularly sentencing procedures and related jurisprudential issues.  Emphasis will be placed on the offense categories of rape and homicide.  Topics will include how guilt is established, justification of punishment, and defining criminal conduct.



Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Definitions and scope of violent crime in society.  Includes a review of the issues, prevalence, myths, policies, programs, and services aimed at victims of violent crimes.  The expanding role of the courts, police, battered women shelters, victim/witness assistance programs, crisis intervention units, and legislation highlighted.


01:202:311  POLITICAL TERRORISM (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Analysis of diverse organizations using terror, starvation, torture, and murder for political objectives.


01:202:312  CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Applies the concept of "crimes against humanity," as developed at the Nuremberg trials, to an analysis of similar events.


01:202:322  JUVENILE JUSTICE (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Examination of the recent political history of American juvenile justice; the policies, trends, and programs in juvenile justice during the past two decades.  Focus on historical developments, the full range of contemporary alternatives for counseling and treatment, legal issues and functions of juvenile justice agencies, an exploration of future directions, and a reform agenda for the next two decades. 


01:202:324  JUSTICE PLANNING (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Survey of changing social methods for developing comprehensive short-term and long-term planning documents for criminal justice system components; planning documents explained and justified in oral and written presentations.


 01:202:327  SEX, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (3 credits)

 Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Survey of changing social values about sex, changing criminal codes about sex crimes, changing law enforcement policies and procedures in prosecuting sex offenders, and emerging legal doctrines about privacy and sexual rights.


01:202:351   FORENSIC SCIENCE I (4 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:119:101; 01:119:102; 01:160:161; 01:160:162; 01:202:201; 01:202:205; 01:640:112 or 01:640:115 or Calculus I placement.   Lecture and laboratory training in scientific methods and techniques applied to criminal investigation.   Suitable for natural science majors and criminal justice majors who are interested in a career in forensic science.   Required laboratory course component.


01:202:352   FORENSIC SCIENCE II (4 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:119:101; 01:119:102; 01:160:161; 01:160:162; 01:202:201; 01:202:205; 01:202:351; and 01:640:112 or 01:640:115 or Calculus I placement.   Lecture and laboratory training in scientific methods and techniques applied to criminal investigation.   Suitable for natural science majors and criminal justice majors interested in forensic science.   Required laboratory course component.


01:202:360  IDEAS IN JUSTICE (3 credits)

Prerequisites: 01:202:201, 01:920:222; and a research methods course satisfying the Criminal Justice major.   Twentieth-century contributions to the development and application of penology, criminology, and criminal and social justice; study of the main ideas and key events that influenced the ideas and ideals evident in our social institutions.  **Can not receive credit for this class if student completed 01:202:405.



Prerequisite: 01:202:201; 01:830:340 or 01:920:210.   Focuses on the conceptual framework for crisis intervention practice, including crisis theory, crisis concepts, crisis intervention models and strategies, and guidelines for evaluating program outcomes.  **Can not receive credit for this class if student completed 01:202:422.


01:202:388 and 01:202:389  Criminal Justice Seminar (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Examination of some central issues in contemporary criminal justice. Topics vary from semester to semester.


01:202:406/01:202:407/01:202:408.  INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

Prerequisites: 01:202:201, 3 credits in Criminal Justice, senior standing, and permission of instructor.    The internships are 120 hands-on hours in a local criminal/administration of justice agency.  Involves an intensive learning experience under professional agency supervision, as well as periodic symposiums and study sessions, research, term papers, and oral presentations. 


01:202:425  RACE, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201 and a research methods course satisfying the Criminal Justice major.   Explores the relationship between the criminal justice system and racial minorities in the United States.  Seeks to understand some of the economic, political, and sociological reasons why racial minorities, particularly African-Americans, are over-represented in the criminal justice system.  Explores normative issues of justice and equity in broader social interactions that influence and are influenced by crime and the criminal process.


01:202:488 and 01:202:489   ADVANCED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.   Examination of some central issues in contemporary criminal justice.   Topics vary from semester to semester.


01:202:495   INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Prerequisite:01:202:201, permission of both the instructor and the program.  Independent study under the direction of a member of the faculty.


01:202:496 and 01:202:497  SPECIAL TOPICS (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 01:202:201.  Focuses on critical issues in criminal justice.  May encompass topics related to law, law enforcement, the courts, corrections, etc.  Specific issues are determined by the instructor.


Outside Department Courses:

These courses are used to satisfy the Thematic requirements of the C.J. Major.


Theme: Human Behavior, Deviance, and Crime (HBDC)

Africana Studies
01:014:318       Bigotry, Prejudice, and Racism

American Studies
01:050:324       Wayward Americans

01:070:310       Human Aggression

01:830:375       Prejudice and Conflict
01:830:376       Psychology and the African American Experience

01:920:304       Sociology of Deviant Behavior
01:920:306       Race Relations
01:920:307       Sociology of Mental Illness
01:920:361       Sociology of Drug Use
01:920:410       Sociology of Alcohol Problems


Theme: Social Control Institutions (SCI)

Africana Studies
01:014:353       Black Community Law and Social Change

01:220:395       Law and Economics

01:512:404       Constitutional History from 1865

Political Science
01:790:340       Law and Society
01:790:341       Public Administration
01:790:404       Politics of Criminal Justice

Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies
01:595:370       Law and the Latino Community

01:920:349       Law and Society


Theme: Law and Ethics (LE)

01:512:406       American Legal History

01:730:342       Social and Political Philosophy
01:730:345       Philosophy and the Law
01:730:358       Philosophy of Law

Political Science
01:790:373       Legal Philosophy, Rights, and Justice
01:790:401       American Constitutional Law
01:790:406       Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Women’s and Gender Studies
01:988:307       Women and the Law





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