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
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
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
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.
CRJ-0260 Criminal Investigations
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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