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Course Descriptions - Criminal Justice/Criminology


CRJ113 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3-0-3)

This course provides the philosophical and historical background of the agencies that compose the criminal justice system. It focuses on the development of justice and law, crime and punishment, the administration of laws, the agencies' functions, career orientation and public policy. F, S

CRJ117 Police Organization and Supervision (3-0-3)

This course offers insight into the essentials of American policing. The historical evolution of American policing will introduce students to the developed concepts, politics, and pressures of modern law enforcement. The operational legal environment will outline the requirements of policing and display the need for adequate management as well as moral and ethical demands required in the field of work. Spring only

CRJ131 Criminal Law (3-0-3)

This course emphasizes the study of substantive criminal law. Selected crimes most likely to be dealt with by the criminal justice professional are explored through discussion, where applicable, of the English Common Law precedents, general modern application and specific New York Penal Law. F

CRJ133 Criminology (3-0-3)

This course provides an etiology of crime and criminal behavior. The course delves into biological, psychological and sociological theories that examine arrest and conviction data. Analysis of criminal activity through an understanding of the theories is undertaken. Spring only

CRJ135 Introduction to Security (3-0-3)

This course focuses on the various facets of modern security operations in a variety of settings. Security problems, both internal and external, and possible solutions will be explored for plant protection and industrial security, retail security and institutional security. Spring only

CRJ143 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3-0-3)

This course presents an in-depth analysis of the rules of criminal evidence. The process of the American criminal justice system will be examined and special emphasis will be placed on Constitutional limitations in the area of criminal evidence and the law of search and seizure. Topics also include concepts of evidence and rules governing its admissibility, theoretical and pragmatic considerations of substantive and procedural laws affecting arrest, and search and seizure. This course demonstrates the importance of case law at the state and federal levels and its impact on the administration of law. Spring only

CRJ147 Terrorism and Public Security (3-0-3)

This introductory course investigates the criminal, economic, historical, political, psychological, and social roots of terrorist phenomenon. The course explores existing and potential terorist threats and how local, national, and global communities may counter these threats.

CRJ150 Airport Security and Management (3-0-3)

This course familiarizes students with the fundamental components of a typical commercial airport and its multi-level security requirements. In addition to a commercial airport's various support functions, the organizational structure, governing FAA regulations, inter-agency relationships and management challenges are examined. Security issues are presented in a post 9/11 environment to include scenario-based discussions and problem-solving situations.

CRJ152 Policing Theory and Practice I (3-0-3)

This course is designed to teach students the necessary theoretical background and practical skills to function as county and municipal level law enforcement officers. Topics reviewed in lecture and in applied exercises include administration of justice, basic law and procedures and patrol functions.

CRJ153 Policing Theory and Practice II (3-0-3)

This course continues the study of law enforcement begun in Policing Theory and Practice I. It is designed to teach students the necessary theoretical background and practical skills to function as county and municipal level law enforcement officers. Topics reviewed in lecture and in applied exercises include traffic procedures, investigation procedures, community relations, and supervised field training.

PR: CRJ 152

CRJ215 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0-3)

This course offers an intensive study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency. It addresses the nature of youth crime and the critical issues of juvenile delinquency. The course provides students with a greater understanding of the present juvenile justice system including the biological, psychological and sociological approaches being administered in an attempts to reduce juvenile crime. Fall only

CRJ217 Principles of Investigation (3-0-3)

This course offers an introduction to the basic principles and a detailed examination of specific offenses. The course focuses on the crime scene, physical evidence interviewing and interrogation, and the use of informers and confessions. The study of specific offenses focuses on the scientific approach and the methodology used in crime detection. Fall only

CRJ219 Corrections (3-0-3)

This course provides a broad-based representation of the American correctional system and how it relates to our society. The course will delve into the history of punishment before confinement evolved into modern penal concepts. Analysis of the correctional client as well as facility management is undertaken. Fall only

CRJ229 Community Based Corrections (3-0-3)

This course exposes the student to the concept of community corrections as compared to the more familiar institutional correctional settings. The course will deal with such programs as probation, parole, half- way houses, home detention and other alternatives to incarceration. Relevant law and both adult and juvenile systems will be examined in public and private programs at local, state and federal levels. S

CRJ230 Interpersonal Violence (3-0-3)

This course will provide a unique perspective on the issue of interpersonal violence concentrating on the public perception and criminal justice approach to sexual assaults and sexual offenders. An emphasis will be placed on charateristics and behavioral patterns of the offender and the crime itself. Particular attention will be given to the critical issues of victimology, rape typologies, stalking, domestic violence and criminal/constitutional law. Students will benefit from this course as it explores the etiology of sexually deviant behavior from both sociological and psychological approaches within the functioning of the criminal justice system. Students will learn to develop an informed analysis of sexual offenses, sexual offenders, the public perception and the handling of such offenders within the criminal justice system.

PR: CRJ 113 or SOC 121 Spring only

CRJ233 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3-0-3)

This course is designed to allow study and discussion of those relevant issues of most current concern affecting components of the criminal justice system. Such issues as hiring practices, community relations, court decisions, and the impact of the mass media may be explored in relationship to the administration of justice in America. Fall only

CRJ237 Criminal Justice Internship (1-0-3)

This course provides the opportunity to explore and gain experience in a career area related to criminal justice. Textbook theory and classroom experience is enhanced while working in a supervised professional setting. The field study will incorporate criminal justice or criminal justice related assignments. All field work will be supplemented by scheduled meetings with the instructor. The course requires completion of 120 hours of field work. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

PR: Criminal Justice major, completion of 30 credit hours, completion of CRJ 113 and CRJ 131, minumum overall GPA of 2.5, and permission of the Division.

CRJ295 Ser Killers and Mass Murderers (3-0-3)

This course focuses on the investigation and prosecution of the high impact crime of murder and the transition to multiple murders. Topics include identification and linking of heinous crimes with crime event signatures, motivations of the offender who murders numerous human beings, and patterns of behavior that increase the likelihood of this type of crime.

PR: CRJ 113


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