Criminal Justice Requirements

Criminal Justice Requirements

Required Courses for the Major in Criminal Justice

CJ 231 - Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 hrs.

A survey of the major components of the criminal justice system including the police,
courts, and corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be
able to describe the American criminal justice structure and functions, distinguish
between consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system and explain the meaning of due process and equal protection under the law.

CJ 260 - Criminal Law and Individual Rights - 3 hrs.

This course covers substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. Upon successful
completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the origins of criminal
law; identify the elements of various types of crime and defenses to criminal acts; and
discuss constitutional protections related to search and seizure, due process, double-
jeopardy, rights against self-incrimination, rights to an attorney, rights to a jury trial and
court decisions on cruel and unusual punishments.

CJ 307 - Criminology - 3 hrs.

A scientific study of crime and criminal behavior based on classical, neoclassical,
positivistic, social process, and structural theories of crime causation. Upon successful
completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the development of
sociological criminology, critically analyze theoretical explanations for crime and
articulate research findings on crime.

CJ 316 - Introduction to Corrections - 3 hrs.

An overview of the history and contemporary development of the
field of corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate philosophies of punishment, discuss correctional law and inmate rights, and evaluate correctional programs to rehabilitate correctional clients.

CJ 355 - Law Enforcement - 3 hrs.

A comprehensive study of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Upon
successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate methods, problems, issues, and challenges of police work; explain the rule of law as it applies to probable cause for arrest, Miranda rights, search and seizure, and the questioning of criminal suspects; and discuss the civil liabilities for civil rights violations and police misconduct.

CJ 416 - Crime and Punishment - 3 hrs.

An advanced study of classical and modern theories of penology with emphasis on
contemporary issues related to crime and punishment. Upon successful completion of
this course, students will be able to discuss and critically analyze the development of
penology as a field of study, articulate philosophical views of punishment, and apply
criminal and correctional law to individual rights and public order.
Prerequisite: CJ 307, CJ 316 or consent of instructor.

SOC 420 - Sociological Theory - 3 hrs.

Study of the major classical and contemporary theories of society and social
behavior, involving reading and discussion of the writings of major sociological
theorists. Includes comparison of theoretical positions relative to location and cultural
backgrounds of the theorists. Students successfully completing the course will be able
to identify, compare and evaluate the major theoretical perspectives and the major
sociological theories.
Prerequisites: SOC 100, or permission of the instructor.

SSCI 347 - Research Methods - 3 hrs.

This course teaches the basic principles and practices of the s
cientific method as applied to the behavioral sciences. By completing this course, students will be able to conduct a research project through all of its stages, including research design, implementation, analysis of results, and draft of a research paper. Students should also demonstrate proficiency in the broad research skills necessary f
or creating and testing hypotheses and in the evaluation of research in business, economics, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, education and biology.

Electives in Criminal Justice* - 6 hrs.

6 hours of electives in Criminal Justice.

Events

April 22

Spring Student Showcase

Spring Student Showcase

11:00 AM
April 23

Odd?Rod – Slam Poet

Odd?Rod – Slam Poet

07:00 AM
April 24

Awards Day

Awards Day

11:00 AM
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