The Criminal Justice Major requires 65-67 semester hours, including 41-43 major core hours and 24 support core hours.
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Major core courses
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.
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. Course fee applicable.
This course introduces the historical, philosophical, and legal bases of the private security field. An overview of school and campus security, hospital security, housing security, contract security, and corporate security will be presented. Security organization, policies, and personnel roles will be examined. Emphasis is on creating security awareness, relations with other organizations, security's place in relation to the criminal justice system, and privatization. (Offered alternate years)
Students analyze the structure and processes of the federal, state, and local court systems with emphasis on interrelationships, recent changes, and future developments. Court simulation and actual observation are included.
This course provides an explanation of current practices and trends concerning the role of law enforcement personnel in relationship to community, courts, corrections, and social control constraints. Course fee applicable.
The purposes, functions, historical foundations, and limitations of criminal law are considered. Emphasis is on the substantive criminal law; examining specific offenses and related case law that speaks to these crimes.
This course is a continuation of CRJ 205, focusing on procedural rather than substantive criminal law. Emphasis in this course will be on a casebook approach to the actual functioning of criminal law procedures, from arrest through deposition. Recent changes and trends in procedural law will be considered.
This laboratory is designed to provide hands-on experiences in forensic science laboratory work. Course fee applicable. Also listed as NSC 207.
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.
Criminal Investigation is designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process. Analysis of problems encountered in interviewing, interrogating, evidence collection, admissibility, and testifying will be examined. Application of investigation theories to the administration of justice will also be developed. (Offered alternate years)
This course will examine the fundamentals of security investigations. The course will compare public and private sector investigation processes and emphasize types of crimes, policies, and procedures more likely to be found in the private sector. A portion of the course will be dedicated to exploring investigative management competencies as well as the common types of security investigations such as fraud, internal and external theft, domestic disputes, contraband in the workplace, and unauthorized access and trespassing. Topics are likely to include qualities of the investigator, discovering covert crimes, interview techniques, evidence, and written statements.
This course analyzes crime as it specifically impacts the lives of victims. It offers a scientific study of victimization including the relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system, and the connections between victims and other societal groups and institutions. Emerging issues such as victim-impact statements, victim assistance programs, victim-directed sentencing, and victim-offender reconciliation are studied. (Offered alternate years)
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 research perspectives are considered. Also listed as SOC 302. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.
The techniques and methods of social research are introduced and studied. Included are research interviewing, formulating research hypotheses, scaling, contructing a questionnaire, conducting a formal survey, and analyzing quantitative data. Opportunity is provided for a practical application of the scientific method of study. Also listed as SOC 304. Prerequisite: MTH 200. (Offered alternate years)
Students examine national, state, and local correctional services. Strategies, objectives, processing, program, legal aspects, institutional arrangements, effectiveness, roles, and interagency relationships are studied from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Both institutional and non-institutional alternatives to incarceration are considered. (Offered alternate years)
This course will acquaint students with criminal justice systems from different countries and cultures, comparing and contrasting those legal systems with the criminal justice system in the United States. Emphasis is on the variety of legal approaches and philosophies of justice throughout the world. Students gain an appreciation of how diverse cultures, religion, politics, and economics shape each country's criminal justice apparatus as a unique system of social control.
White Collar Crime is designed to facilitate a unique macro-analysis of crime as it specifically impacts upon the lives of citizens. This course involves a historical and contemporary look at white collar and occupational crime in the United States. The analysis of white collar crime will include: the concept of occupational crime, data collection and reporting on occupational crime, state authority occupational crime, professional occupational crime, individual occupational crime, and the sanctioning and social control of white collar crime. (Offered alternate years)
This laboratory is designed for the practical application and observation of concepts contained in CRJ 312 - Juvenile Delinquency. It concentrates on the restorative and rehabilitative philosophy of the juvenile system in the United States. Students will be involved in a joint venture with the Westside Academy of BOCES 2, Spencerport, New York. This venture, known as the R.E.A.C.H. Program (Roberts Engaging Adolescents and Creating "Heroes"), is aimed at recognizing the value of youth in society and emphasizes the ethical and moral issues of honesty, excellence, respect, and obligation. Also listed as SOC 312. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
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 SOC 312.
This course is designed for the practical application and observation of concepts contained in CRJ 314 - Juvenile Justice Systems. It concentrates on the restorative and rehabilitative philosophy of the juvenile justice system in the United States. Students will be involved in a joint venture with Alternative Junior High School at BOCES 2, Spencerport, New York. This venture, known as the R. E. A. C. H. Program (Roberts Engaging Adolescents and Creating "Heros"), is aimed at recognizing the value of youth in society and emphasizes the ethical and moral issues of honesty, excellence, respect, and obligation. Also listed as SOC 314. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)
This course concentrates on the historical development of the juvenile justice system in the United States, the rehabilitative philosophy, jurisdiction issues, principles 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 SOC 314. (Offered alternate years)
This course presents an introduction to administrative leadership in non-profit public safety and criminal justice organizations. Major theories of leadership and the fundamentals of leadership are introduced in the context of public service, public safety, and criminal justice. Subjects covered include government and bureaucratic structures and political environments, as well as conflicting management in the workplace, labor relations, and collective bargaining.
This course will focus on the importance of ethics as it relates to practitioners within the criminal justice system. The problems of unethical and deviant behavior among the police and other criminal justice professionals will be explored in the context of case studies. An emphasis on Christian ethics and philosophy to counteract current unhealthy trends and to insulate future criminal justice practitioners from acting in an unethical manner will be fostered throughout this course. (Offered alternate years)
This course will focus on the importance of ethics as it relates to practitioners within the criminal justice system. The problems of unethical and deviant behavior among the police and other criminal justice professionals will be explored in the context of case studies. An emphasis on Christian ethics and philosophy to counteract current unhealthy trends and to insulate future criminal justice practitioners from acting in an unethical manner will be fostered throughout this course.
In this seminar course students consider and explore in depth current issues, problems, research, and trends. Topics vary from year to year allowing students to take the course twice. Among the content options are terrorism, community policing, domestic violence, penal and judicial reform, drug enforcement and policy, and restorative justice. (Offered on demand)
In this seminar course students consider and explore in depth current issues, problems, research, and trends. Topics vary from year to year allowing students to take the course twice. Among the content options are community policing, domestic violence, penal and judicial reform, drug enforcement and policy, and restorative justice. (Offered on demand)
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 SOC 405. (Offered alternate years)
This course is designed to explore criminal justice within the framework of historical development and contemporary practices. It provides a solid foundation of knowledge about policy dimensions of crime and criminal justice. This course includes the evaluation and analysis of criminal justice policies from the perspective of political implications, criminal justice contexts, public needs, and economic factors. Students will explore criminal justice legislation and the legislative process. This course builds on previous learning from Introduction to Criminal Justice, Correctional Services, Judicial Systems, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. Prerequisites: CRJ 101 and two of the following: CRJ 201, 205, 305. (Offered on demand)
This course is designed for the upper level student. This course will be issue oriented and will challenge traditional notions and perceptions concerning diversity, biases, and in-justice in the overall Criminal Justice System . A significant portion of the class will be dedicated to the challenges, and various perceptions, associated with the application of criminal justice in a pluralistic society. The course design focuses on the narratives of the criminal justcice system , ethnic, racial, and culturally diverse local communities. Through class discussions, assignments, and real-world simulations, the student will be challenged to explore inherent biases that influence objectivity and shape or analyses of current controversial events relating to the interface between communities and the criminal justice system
This course helps to prepare the student for the internship with an emphasis on resume writing, interviewing, and networking. Prerequisites: senior standing and formal admission to the major.
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: CRJ 450A.
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)
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.
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.
- Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJ 101)
- Judicial Systems (CRJ 201)
- Fundamentals of Law Enforcement (CRJ 203)
- Criminal Law & Processing (CRJ 205)
- Crime Victims and the Criminal Justice System (CRJ 301)
- Criminology (CRJ 302)
- Research Methods (CRJ 304)
- Correctional Services (CRJ 305)
- Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (CRJ 307)
- Juvenile Delinquency (CRJ 312)
- Ethical Practices in the Criminal Justice System (CRJ 401)
- Integrative Seminar (CRJ 410)
- Internship (CRJ 450)
Support core courses
- Introduction to Computers & Applications (CSC 101)
- Computer Applications: Database (CSC 104)
- Drugs, HIV, and the Family (SOC 206)
- American Studies: Constitutional History(PSC 203) or Principles of Political Science (PSC 301) or American Government (PSC 302)
- Modern Social Problems (SOC 102)
- Ethnic & Social Diversity (SOC 205)
- Counseling Theory and Practice(PSY 308)
- Abnormal Psychology (PSY 402)
- Argumentation & Debate (CMC 207) or Principles of Persuasion & Criticism (CMC 302) or Cross Cultural Communication (CMC 206) or Organizational Communication & Leadership (CMC 405)
Each student is strongly encouraged to consider the inclusion of an emphasis/track or a minor in the program of study. This should be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and consideration given to specific professional aspirations, broad career preparation, and the unique academic interests of the student. An emphasis requires 12 semester hours, while the requirements of the minors vary between 18 and 21 semester hours. Established emphasis tracks include Juvenile Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice.