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    CRJ 105 The Criminal Justice System  

    3 credits
    An introduction to the U.S. justice system. An analysis of the formal components of the system--law enforcement, prosecution, the courts, and corrections--and the processes by which these functions interrelate. The course is designed to give the student a comprehensive perspective of the system of justice in the U.S.


    CRJ/POL 230 The Law, Society, and Polity  

    3 credits
    An introduction to the notion of law, its function in society, its place in a political system. Examination of the relationship of law to economic, social and political reality; the role of the judicial process in policymaking. Consideration is given to Common Law and Civil Code legal systems; substantive and procedural aspects of civil and criminal law with emphasis on understanding the nature of the law.


    CRJ/POL 231 The History of the Constitution of the United States of America  

    3 credits
    An examination of the nature, scope, and history of U. S. government as embodied in the U. S. Constitution. Special emphasis on the constitutional limits to and extent of federal power as developed since 1787 through the history of leading constitutional Supreme Court decisions: judicial review, federalism, commerce and taxation, the contract clause, due process, equal protection, and civil liberties. Prerequisites: POL 101 or POL/CRJ 230. Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 261.


    CRJ/POL 236 The Judicial Process  

    3 credits
    Treatment of the workings and problems of the U.S. judicial system with emphasis on the structure and function of the federal and state court systems; criminal procedure and pertinent legal aspects of corrections.


    CRJ/SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency  

    3 credits
    The history of the treatment of juvenile offenders, patterns of delinquency, treatment modalities, causative factors, the juvenile justice system, social and cultural influences upon juveniles in modern society, and current theories of juvenile delinquency.


    CRJ 268 Victimology  

    3 credits
    An examination of theory and research of victims of crime, with particular emphasis on victims of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence including spousal abuse, elder abuse and exploitation, rape and other forms of sexual violence. The psychological and physiological reactions of crime victims to trauma and implications for appropriate treatment practices within the criminal justice system will be examined with attention to diversity of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


    CRJ 278 Crime in Media and Popular Culture  

    3 credits
    This course examines the role of media and popular culture in shaping public perceptions of crime and the criminal justice system. Issues examined include: media portrayals of race and crime, the influence of legal dramas on the court process, and the impact of media on the public‘s perception of crime, police, courts, and corrections.


    CRJ/POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values and Policymaking  

    3 credits
    This course explores how the "common good" might be considered a way of judging government‘s actions with respect to the natural environment. Some environmentalists wonder if conventional thinking—even democracy itself—is up to the challenge. Course will illustrate real-world technical complexities and uncertainties, and the existence of competing worthy (and costly) common objectives besides environmental protection, stand in the way of any easy solutions to environmental problems. This course is necessarily interdisciplinary since neither nature nor policymaking is organized by academic departments. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG-102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in CRJ/POL-258.

    CRJ/PJU 279G CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation and Mediation 
    3 credits
    This course introduces basic and intermediate level skills useful for resolving interpersonal conflicts and reconciling relationships post trauma. Building on an understanding of conflict theory and communication, the course uses skills of active listening, problem-solving and bargaining in family, work and community conflicts. Emphasis will be placed on training through simulations and role-play. Particular attention will be focused on the areas of interest-based negotiation, principled mediation and victim-offender reconciliation. These topics will serve as the vehicle for addressing the question of the seminar: How shall we live in the world in the light of divine and social justice? Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in PJU 230 or CRJ 237 or CRJ 379B. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. 

     
    CRJ 280 Police and Modern Society  

    3 credits
    A review of the historical, philosophical, and legal issues related to the role of the police, both public and private, in a modern democratic society. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    CRJ 305 Ethics in Doing Justice  

    3 credits
    An analysis of public and private institutions and structures affecting the socio-cultural bonds of society and ways of understanding human rights; an examination of the underlying historical, philosophical and legal issues of freedom, security, and citizenship in contemporary social settings. A special emphasis will be placed on varying ways of understanding the meaning of justice in different contemporary settings.


    CRJ 310 Corrections  

    3 credits
    Examination of correctional institutions and correctional policy with emphasis on the social and political contexts and consequences of contemporary correctional policies and practices. Issues examined include: history of corrections, correctional policy, mass incarceration, prisoner re-entry, community based corrections, and the impact of correctional policy on communities. Not open to students with credit in CRJ-269 and in the CRJ 315 two credit course.


    CRJ 320 Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice  

    3 credits
    The study of women crime victims, offenders, and criminal justice professionals. Issues examined include: victimization of women including sexual assault and domestic violence, patterns of criminality of female offenders, theories of female criminality, and incarcerated female offenders.


    CRJ 330 Punishment, Sentencing, and the Death Penalty  

    3 credits
    This course examines historical, cross cultural, and contemporary perspectives on punishment. The impact of theories and philosophies of punishment on sentencing is examined. Emphasis will be placed on the development, impact, and effectiveness of sentencing policies. Particular attention will be devoted to the death penalty including analysis of historical, legal, cross cultural, and contemporary issues.


    CRJ/SOC 348B Prisons and Mental Hospitals  

    3 credits
    An historical review of the notions of criminality and mental illness with a focus on the emergence and development of prisons and mental hospitals. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


    CRJ/SOC/POL 352 Research Methods  

    3 credits

    This course examines research design and measurement techniques useful for understanding social science research. The course is skill based involving students in designing and carrying out an original research project, tabulating and analyzing the data, and writing a research report. Of particular interest are issues of problem definition, conceptualization and operationalization of research questions, sampling, and application of various methodologies from experimental designs to evaluation research. Prerequisites: MTH 140; junior standing or consent of the instructor.


    CRJ/SOC 365 Criminology  

    3 credits
    Study of the nature, distribution and types of crime in society. Theories of crime causation in both historical and contemporary perspectives are examined. Prerequisite: CRJ 105, junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.


    CRJ 378 Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice  

    3 credits
    This course examines the role of race and ethnicity in criminal justice. Course material and assigned readings will examine current criminal justice theory and research in the study of race and ethnicity. Topics include: history of race and ethnicity in the construction of law, differences in rates of involvement in crime by race and ethnicity, and disparities in the impact of criminal justice based on race and ethnicity. Policies for alleviating inequality in the criminal justice system will be examined.


    CRJ/POL/SOC 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War  

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Prerequisites: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or 111.  


    CRJ/HST 379A/POL 379D CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty  

    3 credits
    The search for justice in terms of the development of civil rights in the United States. Readings, discussions, and debate on the concept of justice; examination of history, substance, and value of civil rights—with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights; focus on the Civil Rights Movement (race and gender) as a case study. Prerequisites: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (HST) or partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (POL/CRJ). Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 232. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    CRJ 479 CORE: Criminal Justice Seminar  

    3 credits
    This senior capstone seminar integrates theory and research to analyze selected contemporary criminal justice issues. Students will synthesize knowledge from previous coursework in the major and core curriculum to examine the origin, impact and implications of criminal justice policies. Pre-requisite: Completion of junior core seminar, senior standing, and completion of at least two courses in criminal justice or consent of instructor.


    CRJ 1/2/3/485 Special Topics  

    2-3 credits
    Intensive reading and class discussion of selected topics in criminal justice not covered in regular courses.


    CRJ 2/3/486 Independent Study  

    2-3 credits
    Intensive reading or special research projects for students with advanced standing. Includes Honors Program research. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.


    CRJ 497 Internship  

    1-6 or 9 credits
    Supervised internship of 50 hours of activity for each hour of credit in an approved agency setting. Placements are arranged in cooperation with the student and agency representative. Prerequisites: Junior standing, 2.5 GPA or permission of the instructor, and four courses in areas of concentration; successful completion of application requirements for internship. No more than 8 hours of internship credit allowed. Course will be graded Pass/Fail.