Course Descriptions



Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit(s): 3

This course offers an introduction to the purpose, function, and brief history of the agencies dealing with criminal justice, while presenting a survey of requirements for entering criminal justice service. Students discuss crime, the criminal, traffic, and vice as social problems; the function of the courts; prosecution and defense attorneys; correctional and penal institutions; and probation and parole. This course will introduce the student to the various agencies and employment opportunities within the criminal justice system. 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