Dept. of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

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 at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

 

CJUS 195 | Research Practicum
Participation in on-going departmental research. 1-3 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer Terms. Department Consent Required.

CJUS 205 | Racial and Ethnic Groups
The nature of prejudice. Studies of ethnic relations in America and other societies. Cross-listed as CJUS 205/SOCL 205. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CJUS 206 | Juvenile Justice
Treatment of juvenile offenders in juvenile justice system. Emphasis on theory, research, principles of law as they apply to juveniles, causation, prevention, role of police and courts, and juvenile corrections and treatment of convicted offenders. Prerequisite: CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall.

Lady Justice

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. Prerequisite: SOCL 100.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CJUS 243 | Ethics in Policing
Ethical issues facedby 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 250 | Basic and Applied Statistics
Acquaints students with descriptive statistical techniques (including measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression and large and small sample estimation) as well as inferential statistical procedures (t, z and ANOVA designs, nonparametric tests and multiple regression). Focus will be on how these statistical procedures can be directly applied to real-life situations. Prerequisite: MATH 105, MATH 108 or MATH 110.  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.

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. Engaged Learning. 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.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

CJUS 291 | Topics
Topics of interest to criminal justice majors  3 semester credit hours.Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 9.

CJUS 294 | Criminal Procedure
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. 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: Spring Term.

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  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 250 or SOCL 250 or CJUS 250. Fee: $35.  3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

CJUS 352 | 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 a scholarly paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypotheses, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate, results of the study and a discussion on the results of the study.  Student will present the results of the study at a scholarly meeting. Cross-listed with PSYC 352 and SOCL 352.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

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.  Engaged Learning and Writing Intensive. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

CJUS 371 | Death and Dying
Dynamics of the grief process, the care of the terminally ill and the needs of survivors in the sociological and psychological context of death.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

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 3.0 or greater.  3-6 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. 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.  Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 9.

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.