Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kari E. Larsen, Chairperson

The Criminal Justice Department offers a major in Criminal Justice with concentrations in: Law and Justice, Corrections, Police Administration, Investigative Sciences, Criminal Research & Intelligence Analysis, and Cyber Security and Computer Forensics. A minor in Criminal Justice is also offered.

Degree Requirements for Criminal Justice Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

CJ-165Introduction to Criminology3
CJ-170Introduction to Criminal Justice3
SO/CJ-253Social Deviance3
CJ-280Juvenile Delinquency3
CJ-258Criminal Justice Ethics (Values course)3
CJ-285Criminal Corrections Systems3
CJ-315Criminal Procedure3
CJ-316Criminal Evidence3
CJ-350Research Techniques and Data Analysis3
CJ-489Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice3
PS-151Introduction to Psychology 13
CJ/BI/CH-237Forensic Science 13
Select one of the following3
Ethnicity and Race in Urban History
Ethnic and Racial Relations
Multiculturalism in Justice
History of Amercan Immigration
Select one of the following concentrations and take 9 credits in that concentration, except for the Computer Science and Crime Forensics Concentration, take 12 credits9-12
Total Credits48-51

Special Note on Core Requirements for Criminal Justice Majors 

Special Note on Major Requirements for Criminal Justice Majors

Law and Justice Concentration

CJ-390Criminal Law3
Select two of the following:6
Comparative Justice Systems
Internship I
or CJ-487
Internship II
Family Law
Gender Crime and Justice
Homicide: Investigation and Prosecution
Child Protection Agencies and the Law
International Law
Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
Black Community and the Law
Total Credits9

Corrections Concentration

CJ-395Probation and Parole3
Select two of the following:6
Comparative Justice Systems
Leadership for Criminal Justice
Drugs, Society and Human Behavior
Internship I
or CJ-487
Internship II
Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits9

Police Administration Concentration

CJ-175Introduction to Law Enforcement3
Select two of the following:6
Police Culture
Homeland Security and Terrorism
Gangs and Organized Crime
Traffic Management
Leadership for Criminal Justice
Community Policing
Police Administration
Police Patrol
Internship I
or CJ-487
Internship II
Total Credits9

Investigative Sciences and Profiling Concentration

CJ-237Forensic Science3
Select two of the following:6
Infamous Crimes and Criminals
Introduction to Forensics Techniques
Internship I
or CJ-487
Internship II
Crime Investigation
Leadership for Criminal Justice
Homicide: Investigation and Prosecution
Abnormal Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Total Credits9

Criminal Research & Intelligence Analysis Concentration

Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in Accountancy, Modern Languages, or Mathematics as well.

AC-151Principles of Accounting I3
CJ-230Homeland Security and Terrorism3
Select one of the following:3
Gangs and Organized Crime
Introduction to Forensics Techniques
White Collar Crime
Internship I
or CJ-487
Internship II
Terrorism and Threat Assessment
Total Credits9

Cyber Security and Computer Forensics Concentration

CS-180Introduction to Programming3
CS-260Information Technology Ethics3
CS-496Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Lab3
Take one of the following courses:3
Cyber Security Planning and Risk Management
or CS-495
Total Credits12

Requirements for a Minor in Criminal Justice

CJ-165Introduction to Criminology3
CJ-170Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ-253Social Deviance3
CJ-285Criminal Corrections Systems3
CJ-315Criminal Procedure3
CJ-350Research Techniques and Data Analysis3
Total Credits18

Special Notes on Requirements for Criminal Justice Minors


CJ-165. Introduction to Criminology. 3 Credits.

Theories and research findings on lawbreaking: the role of criminal law; types of criminal careers; crime prevention and the criminal justice system.

CJ-170. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The criminal justice process from arrest through conviction: the law of arrest, the role of the prosecutor, plea bargaining, sentencing practices, jury trials, diversion and alternatives to imprisonment. Careers in criminal justice.

CJ-175. Introduction to Law Enforcement. 3 Credits.

The police in modern urban society: policewomen, the training of police, police corruption, social science research on the police.

CJ-177. Police Culture. 3 Credits.

The total way of life of police: formal and informal on the job and off the job. Police norms, values, beliefs and behavior. Police brutality, corruption, community relations, misunderstandings, and scapegoating are considered. Prerequisites: CJ-175 OR CJ-170.

CJ-210. Multiculturalism in Justice. 3 Credits.

Understanding community groups of various ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds, elevating the awareness in Law Enforcement Agencies. Prerequisites: CJ-165, CJ-170.

CJ-222. Family Law. 3 Credits.

A study of laws and court decisions regarding marriage, cohabitation, divorce, child custody and support, reproductive rights, adoption, parental rights and child abuse and neglect. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-230. Homeland Security and Terrorism. 3 Credits.

Introduction to and understanding the importance of Homeland Security with dealing with contemporary terrorism. Prerequisites: CJ-170.

CJ-237. Forensic Science. 3 Credits.

The basic concepts and practices of biology and chemistry as applied to criminal investigation, examining and preserving forensic evidence, conducting crime-scene investigations, science in the courts, laboratory experience. Three class periods weekly. Prerequisites: BI-122 OR BI-184.

CJ-240. Gangs and Organized Crime. 3 Credits.

Examines the street gang from Colonial era America to present day. Explores ethnic organized crime groups, the connections between groups, drug trafficking, extortion, prostitution, money laundering, and violent criminal activity.

CJ-250. Victimology. 3 Credits.

Contemporary developments in Victimology conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature subfields and role as a field of study within criminal justice. The historical and emerging roles of Victimology and various aspects of victimization the social, psychological, financial and other impacts of crime. Prerequisites: CJ-165 CJ-170.

CJ-253. Social Deviance. 3 Credits.

Explores the concepts of social norms, egocentricity, and ethnocentricity. Examines the relativity of deviance including criminal behavior, human sexuality, drug use, suicide, and other alternative forms of behavior.

CJ-258. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Credits.

Examines the criminal justice system from the ethical point of view. Among the topics discussed are police procedures and human rights, the conduct of trials, due process of law and the operation of correctional facilities. Prerequisites: # PL-101 PL-110 OR HP-116 # CM-115 CM-116 CM-117 CM-119 CM-120 OR HP-122.

CJ-260. Traffic Management. 3 Credits.

The sources of traffic problems: traffic engineering and travel patterns. Traffic jams and rush hour collisions and disabled vehicles. Managing volume detours and advance warnings. Coordinating street traffic and highway operations. Zero tolerance programs for moving violations and equipment violations. Crime detection: stolen vehicles, fugitives, smuggling. Prerequisites: SO-175.

CJ-265. History of Crime and Punishment. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to crime and delinquency, both as a philosophical and historical exercise in corrections and contemporary criminal justice systems. Provides an understanding of how crime plays a role in the historic development of the criminal justice system.

CJ-280. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 Credits.

Theories of delinquency causation; the family and delinquency; problems of adolescence; the juvenile justice system; delinquency prevention programs: methods of treatment; alcohol and drug abuse; child abuse and neglect.

CJ-285. Criminal Corrections Systems. 3 Credits.

Objectives of punishment, jails and their contemporary problems types of prisons corrections officers and their training prison work, education and treatment programs inmate social structure parole and reintegration programs. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-290. Comparative Justice Systems. 3 Credits.

Post conviction differences between the United States and several other nations: sentencing, probation, fines, prison systems and alternative punishments, highlighting Japan, Canada, India/Egypt. Stress on values and political influences. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-295. Cooperative Education. 3 Credits.

Cooperative work experience.

CJ-298. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of international justice systems and institutions with the primary emphasis on the history and development of legal systems. The study of the police organizations, the courts, the criminal sentencing process and rehabilitative institutions and their respective jurisdictions.

CJ-299. Leadership for Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Provides students with a solid foundation in leadership principles and effectively leading change in criminal justice agencies.

CJ-306. Cops, Crime and Cinema: Criminal Justice in Film. 3 Credits.

An examination of the images the popular film media portrays of law enforcement, corrections, and the courts, and how these views differ from the reality of the criminal justice system.

CJ-315. Criminal Procedure. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth amendments to the Constitution as they apply to criminal suspects and defendants.

CJ-316. Criminal Evidence. 3 Credits.

The nature of evidence, its classification, admissibility, weight and relevance the trial record and rules of evidence hearsay and its exceptions the constitutional issues in the gathering and introduction of evidence expert and scientific evidence. Prerequisites: CJ-170.

CJ-333. Gender Crime and Justice. 3 Credits.

An in-depth survey of changing social values about gender, changing criminal codes about sex crimes, changing law enforcement policies and procedures in prosecuting sex offenders, and emerging legal doctrines about privacy and sexual rights. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-390 OR SO-121 OR WS-140.

CJ-350. Research Techniques and Data Analysis. 3 Credits.

Methods of scientific inquiry in the field of criminal justice: theory and research causation and validity research design, conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, sampling survey research, field research, agency records, content analysis, secondary data, program evaluation and analysis of data. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-357. Infamous Crimes and Criminals. 3 Credits.

A survey of anti-social behavior manifested by infamous criminals including serial murderers, mass murderers, and organized crime members. The impact of these crimes on victims and society the role of law enforcement agencies and profiling. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-358. White Collar Crime. 3 Credits.

Types of crime by the privileged: crimes of the professions: employee pilferage, embezzlement and fraud corporate crime and the crimes of managers political corruption and crimes of public officials. Techniques of investigation and prosecution for upper class defendants. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-359. Corruption. 3 Credits.

Analysis of deviance and criminal activities of corporations and government agencies. sociological and psychological implications are discussed. Organizational processes of communication, power, socialization, group processes and ethics are analyzed. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-390. Criminal Law. 3 Credits.

Origins of the criminal law from the Napoleonic Code and the English common law; substantive and procedural criminal law. The new state penal codes.

CJ-395. Probation and Parole. 3 Credits.

Techniques, procedures and regulations of supervision of criminal offenders. Training and preparation of parole and probation officers. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-396. Community Policing. 3 Credits.

Police involvement in the community: regular and meaningful contact, quality of life conditions, problem solving and coordination with community service organizations. Crime information, investigation and prevention through community relations. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-175.

CJ-400. Police Administration. 3 Credits.

The management of law enforcement agencies recruitment and testing training and supervision, evaluation and promotion, research and planning, budget management and coordination with other municipal agencies. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-175.

CJ-405. Crime Investigation. 3 Credits.

Primary crime investigation, preservation of the crime scene and identification of witnesses. Secondary investigation; use of computerized data bases, development of witnesses, role of informants, criminalistics and the role of the evidence laboratory.

CJ-406. Homicide: Investigation and Prosecution. 3 Credits.

Crime scenes: physical evidence and witnesses, constructing the scenario. Prosecution: case evaluation, pretrial and grand jury. Plea bargaining and trial strategies.

CJ-418. Introduction to Forensics Techniques. 3 Credits.

The basic concepts of forensic science emphasizing recognition, evaluation, and utilization of physical evidence. The significance of forensics types, classification, collection and preservation of evidence rules governing scientific and physical evidence and expert testimony. Prerequisites: CJ-175.

CJ-419. Terrorism and Threat Assessment. 3 Credits.

Provides students interested in intelligence research with a fundamental knowledge of terrorism theory, statutes and groups. Emphasizes entities with access to radiological, biological, and chemical weapons and their delivery systems. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-240.

CJ-420. Drugs, Society and Human Behavior. 3 Credits.

Processes of interaction through which substance abusing careers are developed and maintained substance abusers and crime impact upon families and communities organized public response. Prerequisites: CJ-165.

CJ-435. Police Patrol. 3 Credits.

The police mission in a democratic multicultural society: staffing, management and rewards for routine patrol. Traffic, calls for help, crimes in progress calls. Tactics and strategies. Prerequisites: CJ-170 OR CJ-175.

CJ-485. Child Protection Agencies and the Law. 3 Credits.

Emphasizes state-level child protection agencies federal and state statutes affecting child welfare and theories of abuse and maltreatment. Prerequisites: CJ-170.

CJ-486. Internship I. 3 Credits.

Provides students interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice with field placements in law enforcement, courts, corrections or investigative agencies.

CJ-487. Internship II. 3 Credits.

Provides students interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice with field placements in law enforcement, courts, corrections or investigative agencies. Normally runs in the spring semester.

CJ-489. Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

The capstone course for the Criminal Justice major. This course allows students the opportunity to explore career options prior to graduation, or to pursue a special topic within the Criminal Justice arena. Prerequisites: CJ-165 CJ-170 CJ-350.