Course Descriptions



Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the American criminal justice system and is intended to provide an overview of the Criminal Justice field. Students examine each of the three primary components of the justice system: policing (law enforcement and its agencies), adjudication (the court system and its actors), and the corrections (theory and practice). Each component will examine the social and legal relationships between individual rights and societal rights. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Corrections in America

Credit(s): 3

A survey of the historical, philosophical, and legal bases of correctional procedures and institutions and an examination of current problems and innovations. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: CJ-103 or LAWE-103


Criminal Procedures

Credit(s): 3

An examination of the procedural aspects of criminal law. Specific applications of procedures by actors in the criminal justice process including police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and corrections officials. This examination will provide a basic understanding of state and local legal codes, as well as current applications of law in both arrest and search and seizure. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Criminology

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to the study of criminology by exploring a broad range of issues related to crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the theoretical foundations and relevant research for understanding the causes of crime, criminal behavior, and systems of punishment within society. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Recommended: SOC-101 or SOC-102