Coordinator: Dr. Todd Peppers
The B.A. degree with a major in criminal justice may be awarded to those students who satisfactorily complete 12 units from the following program.
209 Research Methods in Public Affairs
An examination of the research methodologies and techniques used in the study of public policy and politics. The course emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative methods. The lab focuses on statistical applications. (1) (Cross-listed at CJUS and I.R. 209). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 and one course in the major, ENVI 250, or permission.
211 Criminal Justice
An introductory analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States, its structure, processes, and problems. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Cross-listed as POLI 211).
213 Criminal Law
A study of the criminal justice system at work in the courtroom setting, emphasizing the relationship between substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Cross-listed as POLI 213).
214 The Judicial Process
An exploration of the politics of the American Judicial System.This includes such topics as the structure of courts, selection of judges, actors who participate in the judiciary, judicial behavior, and the civil and criminal varieties of courts. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. (Cross-listed as POLI 214).
215 Criminal Justice Forensics
An introduction to the practices of the forensic science in law enforcement and the court system. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: CJUS/POLI 211 or permission.
227 Law and Society
An introduction to legal culture by studying the interaction between law, legal systems, and society.The class exposes the student to the theoretical perspectives used to explain the interplay between law and society found in the literature of the social sciences. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
231 Juvenile Justice
An examination of selected topics in juvenile justice. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: One course in CJUS or permission.
261 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
An examination of selected topics in criminal justice. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
325 Comparative Law Enforcement
A comprehensive overview of law enforcement using a comparative perspective.The development, mission, organization, and management of law enforcement agencies will be examined.The U.S. system will be analyzed and compared to those of other countries. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisites: POLI/CJUS 211 or permission.
326 Comparative Corrections
An exploration of philosophies, rationales, and models of adult corrections. Historical and existing correctional systems in select countries, e.g., the U.S., Canada, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and Russia will be examined. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: CJUS/POLI 211 (Cross-listed as SOCI 326).
401 Seminar in Criminal Justice
Advanced, in-depth study of selected topics in criminal justice with emphasis on developing a synthesis from the multi-disciplinary coursework required in the major. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: Senior Criminal Justice major with Political Science 201 or 270 and Sociology 334 completed, or permission.
406 Independent Study
Supervised review of a literature and research project in the area of criminal justice. (1) Prerequisite: a minimum 3.0 major GPA and both instructor and major coordinator permission.
A supervised placement providing practical experience in an agency relating to criminal justice. (1) Prerequisite: a minimum 2.5 GPA and both instructor and major coordinator permission.
495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance. Prerequisite:To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee.A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. ( 1 / 2 , 1, 1 / 2 )
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