Criminal Justice Courses

 

CRJS102 Introduction to Criminal Justice
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
The history, organization, and functions of various components of the criminal justice system. Focuses on the interrelationships among law enforcement agencies, prosecution, courts, correctional processes and institutions, probation, parole, juvenile justice, and other officials and their agencies. Critical thinking is applied to the system and its practices.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

CRJS119 Freshman Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Introduces students to the culture and mission of the University, as well as the University services available to students.  Students are also exposed to the Criminal Justice major, with specific focus on required and elective coursework, internship options, and early career exploration.  Students will engage in active learning and the development of effective study skills.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS205 Drug Abuse

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the use and abuse of drugs in America. The history of such use and abuse, the pharmacology and legalization or criminalization of such drugs, the social response to drug use and abuse, effects of drugs on the body and the role of law enforcement are considered.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


CRJS207 Hate Crimes

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the broad scope and issues that foster hate crimes including how these criminal acts impact individuals as well as communities.  Emphasis is placed on recent developments, topics and current research, court cases and statistics from a variety of sources.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None

 

CRJS210 Diversity in Criminal Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Encompasses a critical examination of the issues and problems relating to the administration of justice in a culturally diverse society. Emphasis is placed on the study of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity and the respective challenges these diverse characteristics pose in the various agencies of the criminal justice system. Emphasis is also placed on the opportunities and challenges of providing criminal justice services within a multicultural society. Theoretical perspectives will be included.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS215 American Gangs

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the social and cultural history of American gangs including the influence and relationship between national, regional and local gangs. This course includes evaluation of gang identification and membership.  Emphasis is placed on growing concern within the criminal justice community of the influence and spread of youth gangs and growing hybridization and migration of gangs in terms of location, member diversity and organization.  Criminological theories of youth gang involvement will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102)

Corequisite:   None


CRJS217  Women and Crime

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the nature and extent of issues relating to women and criminal justice.  The content includes a focus on crimes committed by women, theories of female criminality, processing of women offenders through the criminal justice system, the response of police and court officials to women as victims of crime, and opportunities for women as employees in criminal justice agencies.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102)

Corequisite:   None

 

CRJS220 Introduction to Conservation Law Enforcement

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the theory and practice of Conservation Law Enforcement. An overview of the conservation law enforcement officer's role and duties in enhancing, protecting, and conserving natural areas and wildlife in the United States, with special focus on Pennsylvania, is provided. Attention is given to statutory provisions and regulations pertaining to natural resource protection and conservation. Focus is given to unique types of training requirements and risks inherent in this profession.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   (SOCI101 ) OR (CRJS102 )


 

CRJS240 Law Enforcement

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Examines the philosophical and historical background, Constitutional limitations, objectives, and processes in the enforcement of law.  The nature and responsibilities of law enforcement are discussed and evaluated, including police accountability, civil liability, selection process, stress, and multicultural issues.  Critical thinking and ethical decision making in law enforcement situations are developed through case analysis, exercises and simulations.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS260 Criminal Law
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Focuses on criminal law and practical application of the law. Specific emphasis on the parameters of criminal law, general principles of criminal liability, defenses to criminal liability, and definition of the different types of criminal offenses. The course emphasizes practical application of the law.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS290 World Criminal Justice Systems
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Considers issues related to criminal justice from the perspective of a number of nations. The course is intended to enable students to develop a creative approach to American criminal justice by seeing these issues are dealt with in other cultures.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite: None


 

CRJS300 Forensic Criminology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide students with an in depth study of the concepts of profiling, behavioral analysis, and threat assessment. The course examines a variety of serious offenses such as serial murder, serial rape, school violence, workplace violence and child abduction. Emphasis will be placed upon the underlying psychological factors and societal stressors that contribute to the above events.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS301 Juvenile Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of major components of the juvenile justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on major components of the juvenile justice system including law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Additional emphasis is placed on historical origins and philosophy of juvenile justice and evolution of reforms in juvenile justice. An overview of the legal framework in which the juvenile justice system operates highlights differences between adult and juvenile case processing.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 AND SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS302 Criminology 3.0 sh

An examination of the development of criminological theory including historical influence, underlying premises and corresponding social responses to crime.  Students will apply and analyze formal criminological theory in the examination and explanation of criminal behavior.  Students will also examine the role that criminological theory plays in social science research and public policy development.

Prerequisites:  CRJS102 and SOCI101


 

CRJS304 Criminal Justice Ethics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the application of ethical theories relative to the practice of professionals in the criminal justice system. The course is designed to examine prominent moral issues faced by criminal justice professionals. The student will be required to conduct detailed examinations and evaluations of ethical issues and to apply various ethical theories, codes, and canons to arrive at moral decisions.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS305 Corrections

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Studies the major components of the correctional system including prisons, jails, and community corrections.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the history, use, and philosophy of punishment, including an examination of sentencing models for criminal offenders.  Additionally, students will examine methods of treatment, supervision, management, and reentry of offenders.  Correctional management, supervision, and treatment of special offender populations is also emphasized.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 and SOCI101)

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS309 Environmental Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Explores prominent contemporary environmental issues. Engages students in analysis of various laws and policies developed to neutralize key environmental threats, including policy and statutes related to the following: natural resource management, clean air and water, and waste disposal. Specific attention is given to development and analysis of environmental laws and policy.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS310 Criminal Investigation

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduces students to the fundamental principles and concepts of the criminal investigative process.  This course applies the procedures used in criminal investigations, including problem solving and scientific approaches to solving crimes. It is both a didactice (classroom lecture) and experiential (outdoors/hands on experience) with emphass placed on the fundamental and advanced features of investigations.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 AND CRJS240 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS315 Terrorism in the 21st Century
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

A study of the origin and history of terrorism and its conceptual and theoretical framework in the world.  This course provides an emphasis on the pre-1980's historical development of the phenomenon of terrorism and the role that this history plays in terrorism today.  An overview and analysis of the major active modern terrorist groups and their respective philosophies are presented.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )
Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS320 Topics in Criminal Justice
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Introduces in-depth topics relevant to the varied fields of criminal justice and aspects of the criminal justice system not otherwise substantially covered in existing courses, or which are of current topical interest. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )
Corequisite: None


CRJS325 Community Corrections

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of community-based corrections to include offenders under legal restraint in community-based settings.  The course examines the practices and programs used to supervise justice-involved individuals including pretrial diversion, restorative justice models, risk assessment and treatment programming, intermediate sanctions, and offender reentry programs.  Special offender populations will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )
Corequisite: None

CRJS330 World Criminal Justice Systmes
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
A study of the issues related to criminal justice from the perspective of a number of nations.  The course is intended to enable students to develop a creative approach to American criminal justice by examining how issues such as policing, courts, and corrections are dealt with in other countries and cultures.

 Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )
Corequisite: None

CRJS340 Police Management and Supervision
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Provides an understanding of the principles and practices of police management and supervision.  It includes an examination of the functions and roles of supervisors, interpersonal communications, psychological aspects of supervision, discipline, handling complaints, and dealing with staffing issues.

 Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )
Corequisite:  (CRJS240)

 

CRJS360 Criminal Procedure

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A consideration of the procedures the criminal justice professional must use in implementing the criminal law.  The course primarily focuses on the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.  The course examines issues related to the following:  search and seizure, warrant requirements, right to counsel, pre and post-trial proceedings, and relevant case law.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS425 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is intended to help students consolidate their learning in criminal justice and related areas and prepare for the world of work. Major concepts from throughout the criminal justice program are reconsidered and integrated. Major emphases include integrating theory, research and the application of findings to understanding the functioning of various functions of the criminal justice system. The process of obtaining employment in the criminal justice system is also a major emphasis of this course.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS490 Criminal Justice Research

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of research methods used in criminal justice including quantitative and qualitative paradigms.  This course includes an evaluation of the scientific method; sampling; reliability; validity; and the relationship of statistics, theory, and research.  Emphasis will be placed on the use of various types of research in the criminal justice discipline.

Prerequisite: ( CRJS302 AND MATH107 )

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS600 The Correctional System

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is a description and analysis of the correctional system with special emphasis on total institutions and their impact on clients and their lives. Special attention is given to the lives of clients in such systems and on their adaptations to such a way of living.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

CRJS605 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides an overview of applied research and the advanced concepts of research design most frequently used in the discipline. Students will learn how research builds to theory and how trends in the discipline are identified from the accumulation of research results. Students are also introduced to the dissemination of research in the field and ways to retrieve existing research.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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