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CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
An introduction to the philosophical and historical background and development of the criminal justice system. Review of criminal justice functions, processes and procedures, and an examination of current trends and concepts are also explored. A grade of C or higher in this course is required for all higher level Criminal Justice courses.

CRJ209 Criminal Investigation (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. Criminal Investigation entails an examination of the fundamentals of criminal investigations, including courses of information, crime scene, collection, recording and preservation, scientific aids, modus operandi, interviews and interrogations, follow-up and case preparation.

CRJ210 Theory and Philosophy of Policing (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. A study of the role of the law enforcement officer in society, including the responsibility of the police in the community, and citizen's responsibilities to the law enforcement agencies and the police.

CRJ225 Criminology (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. Criminology examines crime and the criminal in society. The nature of crime and criminal law, theories of crime and crime causation, and methods of treatment and prevention are also addressed. Cross-listed with SOC 225.

CRJ226 Juvenile Justice (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. The Juvenile Justice course analyzes the social and legal implications of the juvenile system. Causes, treatment, and prevention of juvenile delinquency are explored. Cross-listed as SOC 226.

CRJ301 Criminal Law & Courts (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. An examination of the definitions and interpretations of the penal code and the structure and functions of the American court system.

CRJ304 Substance Abuse (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. A study of the pharmacological, social, legal, and clinical aspects of drug use in contemporary society. Cross-listed as SOC 304.

CRJ307 Institutional Corrections (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. An examination of the history and development of penal systems for the treatment of juvenile and adult offenders, focusing on current programming, treatment services, and structure of corrections services.

CRJ311 Social Research Methodology (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101; MAT 208 or PSY 201. Social research methodology involves exposure to and application of various methods used in conducting social science research. Topics include survey design, interview techniques, field research methods, participant/non-participant observational techniques, sampling design, data analysis, and publication of findings. Cross-listed as SOC 311.

CRJ313 Probation and Parole (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. A study of the structure and function of adult and juvenile probation and parole agencies, policies, and service. Examination of various roles of the probation and parole officer and legal issues encountered in the practice of probation and parole is included.

CRJ320 Advanced Policing (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. Advanced policing focuses on the varieties of police behavior, providing an in-depth examination of how police practices vary according to individual officer, situational encounters, police organizations, and surrounding communities, including the roles of police discretion, officer behavior, rural policing, community policing, corruption, and use of force.

CRJ324 Women and Crime (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. An examination of the role of women in crime as offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals. This course examines these roles in all the components of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections.

CRJ355 Contemporary Topics (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. Courses are offered periodically as criminal justice electives when courses are developed that deviate from the offerings of the established curriculum, but remain consistent with departmental goals, such as serial murder, data analysis and grant writing, or psychology and the law.

CRJ400 Independent Study (3)
Independent study credit is offered when students wish to explore a specific issue of criminological interest that falls outside the parameters of the established curriculum. Independent studies are subject to departmental approval and entail direct supervision of a departmental faculty member.

CRJ401 Practicum (3)
Course requirement: Junior or senior standing. Under the auspices of a criminal justice agency, a practicum is designed to provide the student with a realistic learning experience in a professional setting. Arrangements must be made with the instructor during the prior semester.

CRJ405 Career Development (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. The career development course focuses on exploration and development of students' future roles in the criminal justice system and/or civil/criminal law. Emphasis is placed upon resume preparation, GRE and LSAT preparation, human resource marketing, interview techniques and graduate and law school application processes.

CRJ407 Criminal Justice Administration (3)
Prerequisite: CRJ 101. A focus on the study of the administrative aspects of the criminal justice system, including the structure and function of criminal justice organizations, research, planning and development of services, and personnel issues.

CRJ409 Senior Seminar (3)
Course Requirement: Junior or Senior standing. Senior seminar is a capstone for the major. In the course specific topics are addressed in a fashion that promotes synthesis of previous courses.