Course Descriptions

CRJ-0150 The Criminal Justice System
An overview of the criminal justice system: an investigative look into the agencies of social control including law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. To include brief discussion of crime causation in order to identify methods of crime control. 3 credits.

CRJ-0200 Substantive Criminal and Procedural Law
An analysis of substantive criminal law and the procedure used to prosecute suspected criminals. A look into the written law, crimes against persons and property, and due process associated with arrest and search and seizure. Focus on U.S. law with specific case studies in Pennsylvania. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0210 Police and Corrections: Law Enforcement Today
An introduction to policing and the correctional system in the United States. To cover the history and structure of police and corrections and contemporary issues facing law enforcement today. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0215 Diversity and the Law
A look into minority issues relating to our criminal justice system. Which age, race, gender, or social class is most likely to be in a correctional institution and why? Is racial/ethnic profiling appropriate or necessary? What are some of the applied sociological theories and practices behind the statistics? No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0220 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
History, development, and policy of the juvenile justice system. Understanding theories along with biological, and psychological factors that contribute to juvenile delinquent behavior. Targeting, preventing, redirecting, and controlling delinquent behaviors. Punishment vs. rehabilitation. Intervention strategies. Youth gangs and substance abuse issues. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0240 Gangs: From the Mafia to the Crips

The history and organization of gangs in America: from neighborhood gangs to large scale, sophisticated organizations. Recruitment, activities (drugs, prostitution, protection, extortion, gun running, etc.), codes, inter/intra-gang rivalry, law enforcement evasion, and criminal justice system responses. A closer look at the proliferation of violence and escalating weaponry; the financial, moral and social impact on society; interaction with legitimate organizations and infiltration; predicting the future and demographic immigration patterns; and prison gangs. Speakers will include members of gangs and law enforcement gang units. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0250 Sexual Offenses, Offenders, and Victims
Types and definitions of sexual offenses; typologies, causations, assessment, and treatment of offenders; and care and treatment of victims. Societal views and their impact on identification and treatment of sex crimes. Monitoring issues. Juvenile vs. adult sexual offenders. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0260 Criminal Investigations
An applied course relating to conducting criminal investigations. What really needs to be done to solve the case? Topics to include identifying, collecting, processing, and utilizing evidence and conducting interviews and interrogations. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0270 Cybercrime

An exploration of the act and response to the recent explosion in computer-related crimes. Topics to include: legal issues in relation to investigation (electronic surveillance, Fourth Amendment issues), prosecution, and defense, emerging legislation, computer crimes (hacking, viruses, espionage, terrorism, etc.), and ways in which to combat cybercrime. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0275 White Collar Crime
Theories and trends of white collar crime: prediction and prevention. Tyco, Enron (macro) and smaller scale crimes. Types of white collar crime (embezzlement, cyber crime, money laundering, accounting fraud, tax evasion, stock traders and manipulation, compensation fraud, and others). Profiling the white collar criminal. Investigation, gathering evidence, and prosecution. Cultural incentives and community impact. Case studies, prosecutor’s perspectives, and historical patterns. Guest speakers to include: Wall Street analyst, prosecutor, and defense attorney. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0280 Understanding Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System
How terrorists operate and how they differ from other criminals. Conducting terrorism investigations including the collection of evidence. Differences between domestic and international terrorists. The Jihad, other religious fundamentalist movements, and indigenous terrorist groups. The threat of bioterrorism. Is prevention possible? The public’s role in prevention. Dangers to the public and specifically, first responders. Impact of the media. This course will move from motive, to terrorist acts, to evidentiary issues, to investigation, to prosecution, and to resolution. Recent case studies and guest experts will be incorporated. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ 0290 Women and the Criminal Justice System 
This course examines the roles of women in the criminal justice system.  The topics of women as victims, offenders, and practitioners in the field of criminal justice will be examined.  A theoretical and pragmatic approach will be applied to those crimes which have a greater impact on females in society, such as rape, prostitution, and domestic abuse.  The evolving role of women as professionals in the field of criminal justice will be explored.  Also considered will be societal views and the role of the media concerning these issues..

CRJ-0300 Sociology of Law and Violence
Examination of the relationship between society, the law, and causes of violence applying sociological concepts such as inequality, stratification, social control, and social change. Includes analysis of violent behaviors, law enforcement practices, court processes, the legal professions, the law itself, and related social institutions. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0310 Statistical Analysis and the Criminal Justice System
Collecting, compiling, and assessing statistics related to the criminal justice system. Learning what raw data truly represents and utilizing numbers to convey useful, meaning full information. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0320 Investigational Research Methods
Designed to assist the criminal justice major in performing research in the field. Formulation of research design, data collection, and interpretation of information. Knowing what to access, where to access it, and how to compile meaningful information that may accurately describe certain statistical probabilities. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0330 Abnormal Psychology
Exploration of common behavior disorders including anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. A look at the causes, manifestations, and approaches to treatment. Examination of research and trends in psychopathology. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0340 Forensic Anthropology
An introductory study of the scientific discipline that applies the methods of physical anthropology and archeology to the collection and analysis of legal evidence. Areas of specialized focus include the identification, excavation,, and recovery of skeletonized remains at crime scenes. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0350 Social Disintegration: Internal & External Forces
What did you think when you walked out of the grocery store the other week and the patron in front of you let the door slam in your face? Or how about the little “darling” that threw the temper tantrum in the theater and the parent refused to remove them when you were attempting to watch a movie that was geared toward an adult audience anyway? What is behind today’s lack of respect, decency, and personal responsibility? This course will explore the answers to those questions and more. Lack of moral and value teachings, lack of boundaries, the “me generation”, authority issues, drugs, group dynamics, continued segregation, lack of neighborhood structure, perception, attitude, affect, constitutional issues - right vs. privilege. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0360 CSI (Crime Scene Investigation): The Real Art and Science of Forensics Today
An overview of the field including realities and falsehoods of the mass media. An introduction to criminalistic procedure: how the sciences are used at and after crime scene investigations. Fingerprints, DNA, firearms analysis, hair and fibers, document examination, and more. Crime scene investigation procedures: preserving the scene, transporting, storing, and analyzing evidence. What type of evidence is “court-worthy” and how does that evidence needs to be handled to be admissible in a court of law? Closing the case with the right expert testimony. Mock crime scene simulations and visiting experts who work in the field. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0370 Foundations of Public Administration
An overview of the field of public administration, to include major themes in the profession, as well as an examination of the topics with which public administrators deal each day.  Case studies are used to support the topics and give practical expression to abstract theories.  

CRJ-0380 Management of Public Organizations
An overview of the theories and processes of management in public agencies, to include major themes in the profession, as well as an examination of the unique elements of public employment with which public administrators deal each day.  Case studies and landmark legal decisions are used to support the topics and give practical expression to abstract theories.  


CRJ-0400 Criminology
This course offers an interdisciplinary, scientific approach related to the study of criminal behaviors. Includes an introduction to the organization of the criminal justice system; theories of crime causation; crime typologies; research methods utilized to collect and analyze crime trends; and analysis of the crime trend statistics themselves. No Prerequisite. 3 credits.

CRJ-0450 Professional Seminar: Criminal Justice Ethics and Practice
This course is designed to synthesize the knowledge gleaned from required courses in the Criminal Justice major.  It will also look at the codes, standards, and decision making processes that apply to the professions within the criminal justice system: police, correction officers, forensic scientists, attorneys and judges. Requires advisor approval. 3 credits