Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

CRJU 1010
Introduction to Criminal Justice [Course] (3)

This overview of the criminal justice system includes its dynamics, philosophy, and historical evolution. Also included is an analysis of the roles of law enforcement and correctional agencies and of the courts. Opportunity is available for a pre-practicum experience in a criminal justice agency.

CRJU 2070
Introduction to Forensic Science [Laboratory] (1)

This course provides an introduction to the problems and techniques of scientific criminal investigation. Discussion is focused on the fundamental principles of the physical and biological sciences with concern for the application of these principles as an aid to the resolution of legal questions. The value and assistance of various scientific aids to the police officer, detective, or evidence technician in criminal investigations are examined. Also listed as NSC 207. This laboratory is designed to provide hands-on experiences in Forensic Science laboratory work. Also listed as NSC 207.

CRJU 3020
Criminology [Course] (3)

Crime and the criminal offender are studied sociologically to analyze causes of criminal behavior and alternatives for treatment of the offender. Both classical and contemporary reseach perspectives are considered. Also listed as SOCS 3020

CRJU 3120
Juvenile Delinquency [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course offers an analysis of the problems and causes of juvenile delinquency and society's responses to it. History, philosophy, and institutional organization of the juvenile system are considered. Also listed as SOCS 3120

CRJU 3140
Juvenile Justice Systems [Course] (3)

This course concentrates on the historical development of the juvenile justice system in the United States, the rehabilitative philosophy, jurisdiction issues, prinicples of adjudication, the role of police, juvenile courts, corrections, community agencies, and abuses within the system. Future trends of the juvenile justice system are considered. Also listed as SOCS 3140.

CRJU 4050
Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice [Course] (3)

This course provides an in-depth analysis of selected topics germane to the juvenile justice system. The course includes topics such as child abuse and domestic violence, alternatives for the status offender, ethical issues, children's rights, right to treatment and right to refuse treatment, the politics of juvenile justice, and the juvenile court as a socio-legal institution. Also listed as SOCS 4050. (Offered alternate years)

CRJU 4500
Internship Experience [Practicum] (2 - 4)

The internship involves an 8-16 hour per week placement under close professional supervision in a criminal justice agency designed to further the student's integration orientations with practice. Students, agency supervisors, and the College develop an individual learning contract. Prerequisite: CRJU 3500

CRJU 4900
Cross Cultural Experience in Criminal Justice [Trip] (3)

Cross-Cultural Experience in Criminal Justice will introduce students to criminal justice systems and processes as carried out in a country or territory other than the United States. Students will gain personal experience and interpersonal skills that can be effective tools when working with culturally and racially diverse groups. This course will explore selected criminal justice policies as they relate to the nation's plans and programs in education and public information, policing, the judiciary, corrections and social welfare. Students will explore criminal justice issues, agencies and programs sponsored by the Church and/or by the public sector. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 and Permission of Instructor. (Offered on demand)

CRJU 4950
Independent Study in Criminal Justice [Independent Study] (1 - 3)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

CRJU 4980
Undergraduate Research [Course] (1 - 3)

Students have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member. A written report is required. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar. This course may be repeated.