Department of Psychology and Sociology

Courses in Criminal Justice

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Criminal Justice to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Lady JusticeCJUS 150 | Introduction to Statistics

Basic course in statistical techniques which includes measures of central tendency, probability, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing. For non-business majors. IAI M1 902. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


CJUS 195 | Research Practicum

Participation in on-going departmental research. 1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms. Department Consent Required.

 


CJUS 206 | Juvenile Justice

Treatment of the juvenile offender in the Juvenile Justice System. Emphasis is on theory, research, principles of law as they apply to the juvenile, causation, prevention, the role of the police and the courts and juvenile corrections and treatment of the convicted offender. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 233 | Police Systems

Historical overview of the development of policing systems from early societies to the present. Overview of different police systems throughout the modern world and how they operate. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 240 | Social Problems

Effects of social change, disorganization and value conflict on family life, mental health, ethnic relations, crime and delinquency, related topics. IAI S7 901. Prerequisite: SOCL 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 


CJUS 243 | Ethics in Policing

Ethical issues faced by law enforcement officers in the course of their personal and professional lives. Basic ethical theory is examined as it applies to selected issues and cases. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 251 | Statistics II

ANOVA designs, correlation, regression, non-parametric tests, survey and experimental research techniques, social and behavioral measurements and multivariate analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 150 or SOCL 150 or CJUS 150. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


CJUS 252 | Research Practicum

Goal of the course is to develop the student's research skills in a particular field (Psychology, Sociology or Criminal Justice) by involving him/her in an actual research project under the direction of a faculty member. Students will meet with the instructor on a regular basis and will write both a preliminary proposal and final paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypothesis, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate. Prerequisite: Successful completion of basic skills courses. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


CJUS 260 | Introduction to Criminal Justice

Examination of the criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections. Analysis of functions, jurisdiction, operation and relationships. IAI CRJ 901. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


CJUS 294 | Criminal ProcedureFingerprint

In-depth analysis of the criminal and juvenile justice process from arrest through adjudication. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.


CJUS 306 | Correctional System

Theory and research relating to treatment, incarceration and rehabilitation of the offender. IAI CRJ 911. Prerequisite: SOCL/CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


CJUS 321 | Crime and Delinquency

Social and psychological factors related to crime, theories of crime and delinquency, police and court systems and correctional institutions. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

 


CJUS 322 | Criminal Law

An examination of criminal law including origins and developmental changes to the present. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 

 

CJUS 324 | White Collar Crime

An analysis of crime as it relates to business and business practices. Examines occupational, political, economic and social variables that relate to white collar criminality. Theory of research will be examined. Emphasis is on causation, prevention, laws, arrest, adjudication, conviction, sentencing and treatment of white collar criminals. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 326 | Introduction to Criminal Investigation

Fundamentals of investigation beginning with the discovery of a crime and including the preservation of the crime scene, the collecting of clues and information, physical and chemical analysis, case preparation and courtroom testing. Case studies will be used. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 


CJUS 330 | Probation and Parole

Examination of probation and parole as components of the correctional system. Emphasis is on theory, research and the mechanisms of probation and parole as a means of treating adjudicated criminals. Prerequisite: CJUS 260 and CJUS 306. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 331 | Organized Crime

Examination of the origins, models and explanations of organized crime and criminal groups, goods and services produced, and the role of the criminal justice system in the social system. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 351 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences

An analysis of various theoretical approaches to the study of social sciences as well as discussion and completion of the first two chapters of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 251 or SOCL 251 or CJUS 251. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


CJUS 356 | Clinical Practicum Lab

Focus is on teaching interpersonal and primary-level skills of empathy, listening, and interviewing to the introductory level helping professional. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in CJUS program. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.


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CJUS 372 | Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Contemporary critical issues that impact the Criminal Justice System including the legislative process, law enforcement, the judicial process and the correctional system. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 

CJUS 390 | Criminal Justice Field Placement

This field placement provides experience in practice in a professional agency under the supervision of a trained practitioner. Prerequisite: CJUS 356, consent of field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement and a GPA of 2.5 or greater. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 6.

 


CJUS 391 | Topics in Criminal Justice

Relevant topics according to the needs and interests of the criminal justice students. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


CJUS 395 | Senior Thesis

Completion of an original research project under faculty supervision, involving either an original survey design, case study, or experimental analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 351 or SOCL 351 or CJUS 351. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.