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Criminal Justice - Curriculum
Required Courses (30 Semester Hours):
- CRIM 202 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRIM 205 Introduction to Criminology
- CRIM 206 Corrections Justice
- CRIM 215 Criminal Law I: Substantive
- CRIM 220 Ethics in Criminal Justice
- CRIM 240 Law Enforcement Operations
- CRIM 305 Criminal Law II: Procedural
- CRIM 390 Research Methods in Criminal
- CRIM 520 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
- BMAL 311 Business Statistics
Financial Fraud and Fraud Examination Concentration (15 SH)
- FFFE 425 White Collar Crime Investigations
- FFFE 501 S enior Seminar I
- FFFE 502 S enior Seminar II
- FFFE 507 Forensic Accounting
- COMP 265 Introduction to CIS
Homeland Security Concentration (15 SH)
- CRIM 222 Criminal Justice Administration
- CRIM 340 Emergency Management
- CRIM 345 Homeland Security
- CRIM 442 Terrorism
- PLSC 405 Public Policy
Pre-Law Concentration (15 SH)
- PLSC 303 I ntroduction to Law
- PLSC 307 Law and Society
- PLSC 405 Public Policy
- PLSC 411 Constitutional Law I
- PLSC 412 Constitutional Law II
Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program
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Criminal Justice - Course Descriptions
CRIM 202 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 SH)
An overview of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the holistic nature of criminal justice today. The history and evolution of law enforcement, the courts and corrections are examined along with contemporary issues.
CRIM 203 - Criminal Investigation (3 SH)
An overview of the criminal investigative process and its various components including the area of substantive crime. Emphasis is placed on the study of rules and evidence, criminal procedures, crime scene search, the role of the crime laboratory, interviewing, and professionalism.
CRIM 204 - Juvenile Justice (3 SH)
Studies traditional and contemporary views of juvenile delinquency. Historical development of juvenile law and the juvenile justice system within the context of the criminal justice system. Future trends in juvenile justice are examined. Prerequisite: CRIM 202 or SOCY 201.
CRIM 205 - Introduction to Criminology (3 SH)
The nature and scope of crime with emphasis on the social and psychological causes is studied. Emphasis will be placed on criminological theories and the application of theories and current crime issues. Prerequisities: SOCY 201, or CRIM 202, and Senior status or permission of the instructor.
CRIM 206 - Corrections (3 SH)
This course focuses on societal responses to punishment. It traces the evolution of practices based on the philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. This course reviews the contemporary world of corrections, including alternatives to incarceration. Also examined is the corrections industry's relationship to other aspects of the criminal justice system. The cost and condition of corrections, the privatization of punishment, and utility
of prison labor will also be examined.
CRIM 207 - Criminal Justice and Society (3 SH)
A contemporary and historical study of criminal justice and its relationship with the public, the press and other governmental agencies. Evaluation of law enforcement, judicial and correction problems and practices in society today.
CRIM 215 - Substantive Criminal Law (3 SH)
The evolution and current status of substantive criminal law in the United States, including the role of common law, case law, and statutory law are examined. The application of criminal law on both a federal and state level will be studied. Emphasis will be upon legal research and the study of important legal decisions and their effect on society.
CRIM 220 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 SH)
Potential ethical controversies confronting the criminal justice process and law enforcement agencies. Special attention given to contemporary ethical issues in the administration of justice.
CRIM 222 - Criminal Justice Administration (3 SH)
An examination of the principals, elements, practices, and procedures of management and administration that are essential to the operation of criminal justice agencies. A specific focus of this course will be practical application of management and adminstrative techniques in areas of law enforcement, adjudication, institutional and residential corrections.
CRIM 240 - Law Enforcement Operations (3 SH)
The course will explore the policing subsystem from early stages of development through present day. The course will explore the history of policing and how the evolution of policing has impacted present day policing. The couse will also examine police administrative structure, rule of law, police problems and practices, community policing issues, investigation aspects, and special problems and issure within the policing subsystem.
CRIM 305 - Criminal Law II: Procedural (3 SH)
Criminal procedure within the United States legal system is examined with emphasis on pre-arrest, arrest and court procedures. Both state and federal procedural law is studied looking at the role of legal precedence, judicial decision making, administration of the courts and the appellate process. Students will visit various state and federal courts to observe actual court proceedings.
CRIM 340 - Emergency Management (3 SH)
The course explores the fundamental aspects of emergency and disaster management, including threat assessment, risk analysis, plan formulation, staffing, coordination, liaison, incident management, and analysis of the response. The course will make use of various cases to illustrate concepts covered in the course. Prerequisite: CRIM 202.
CRIM 345 - Homeland Security (3 SH)
The course examines all levels of entities involved in homeland security, including local, state, and federal levels. The course will also explore the concept of homeland security historically through present time, focusing on the current homeland security function and organization.
CRIM 390 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 SH)
(WI) Basic research techniques and statistical analyses used in criminal justice, field observation, survey methods, and experimental designs; evaluation of social programs; uses of computers in the social sciences. All students are required to design an original research project with data that is collected through individuals or community agencies that contribute to a specific need in the local criminal justice community.
CRIM 407 - Criminal Procedure II (3 SH)
Criminal Procedure II examines the concepts of pre-arrest, arrest, search and seizure relative to exceptions to the search warrant requirement, consent to search, plain view searches and seizures of evidence, vehicle searches and seizures, opens fields and abandoned property. Emphasis is placed on criminal procedure and the fifth and sixth amendments pertinent to Interrogations, admissions, confessions, and pretrial visual identification procedures.
CRIM 425 - White Collar Crime Investigations (3 SH)
Whether the investigation is a preliminary procedure for fraud detection/prevention, there are established procedures that are required for courts of law. The course covers the process of evidence collection and preservation for white collar criminal investigations. The course is an overview of the investigative process and its various components including all areas of fraudulent activity: Financial fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and cybercrime.Emphasis is placed on the sutdy of rules of evidence, criminal procedures, searches, inteviewing and professionalism.
CRIM 442 - Terrorism (3 SH)
Provides a theoretical and conceptual framework that enables your students to understand how terrorism arises and how it functions. The most sophisticated theories by the best terrorist analysts in the world are presented. The focus is on the domestic and international threat of terrorism and the basic security issues surrounding terrorism today.
CRIM 520 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 SH)
This course is designed as a capstone to integrate the knowledge and skills of the criminal justice major. A journal of contemporary criminal justice issues, multiple class presentations and a research project and paper are requirements.
Prerequisite: Senior status, CRIM 202 and CRIM 504 or permission of the instructor.
CRIM 555 - Internship in Criminal Justice (3 SH)
Provides an opportunity to develop professional skills in a law enforcement setting. Requires a minimum of 100 hours of field work for the semester. A weekly seminar with a faculty member provides guidance and evaluation of the learning experience.
Prerequisites: Senior status and approval by the department.
CRIM 556 - Internship in Criminal Justice (6 SH)
Provides an opportunity to develop professional skills in a criminal justice setting. Requires a minimum of 200 hours of field work for the semester. A weekly seminar with a faculty member provides guidance and evaluation of the learning experience.
Prerequisites: Senior status and approval by the department.