Courses

An overview of the design and functioning of the criminal justice system in the United States. The nature and extent of crime, criminal procedure, the constitutional basis for due process, principles of the criminal law, and the agencies of criminal justice will be examined.

(Major requirement)

Credit Hours: 3

Examines philosophy and administration of the juvenile justice system. Incorporates social science research and case law to understand the system.

Focus devoted to: (1) history of juvenile justice, (2) theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, (3) family, school and cultural influences on juvenile behavior, and (4) interventions for juvenile offenders.

(Major requirement)

Credit Hours: 3

Historical and contemporary perspectives on the causes of crime and deviance in society and the treatment of offenders. Major social, psychological, and economic theories will be assessed. Nonbehavioral science perspectives will also be examined.

(Major requirement; concentration: criminology)

Credit Hours: 3

The history and state-of-the-art process in evaluating the police role in  the community in attempting to balance peace, order and individual rights. Influential theoretical and empirical studies of police discretion, attitudes and corruption will be examined. Other topics include the effect of Supreme Court decisions on police practices, evaluating  police performance and policewomen.

(Major requirement; concentration: law enforcement)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the constitutional rules and principles that help shape the law of criminal procedure. The issues covered include pre-trial rights and proceedings, the adversarial system, the right against compelled self-incrimination, and search and seizure. Attention is given to U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret and apply federal constitutional provisions to these issues.

(Concentration: Law adjudication)

Credit Hours: 3

Examines criminal punishment as a social and political institution. Critically examines prominent philosophical justifications for criminal punishment, its guiding principles and its implications for contemporary policy. Explores related principles such as equality, rights, proportionality and moral desert.

(Major requirement; concentration: law adjudication)

Credit Hours: 3

Examines the prison within a social, political and economic context as well as its place within contemporary crime control debates. Explores the nature of the prison environment, including the prison subculture, violence and its management, correctional officers and the prospects for reform. Critically evaluates the impact of imprisonment on prisoners and their post-release adjustment, families and communities.

(Major requirement; concentration: penology)

Credit Hours: 3

Experimental and quasi-experimental designs in criminological applications. Sampling, reliability, validity, causality and other topics will be presented and analyzed. The pros and cons of quantitative research design and measurement.

(Major requirement)

Credit Hours: 3

The nature, extent and impact of illicit behavior on the part of corporations, organizations, government agencies and employees. The causes, enforcement, prosecution, sentencing and prevention of organized criminal behavior will be examined. Political, white-collar, organized and corporate crime are assessed.

(Concentration: criminology)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the design, functioning and legal basis for systems of criminal justice in other countries. An attempt will be made to relate governmental, political, demographic and economic factors in explaining past and current trends in the adjudication of offenders. Cross-cultural analysis of the causes of crime.

(Concentration: criminology)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the history of drug use and abuse, the nation’s current drug policy and issues relative to the prevalence of drugs in society, the effects on the body, current law enforcement practices and the prospects for rehabilitation and prevention of drug abuse.

(Concentration: law enforcement)

Credit Hours: 3

The history and present status of private law enforcement in the United States. Assessment of the need for policing in the private sector and a review of the causes and effectiveness of control procedures for employee theft, shoplifting, commercial burglary and other crimes. The legal powers and restrictions of private law enforcement will be examined.

(Concentration: law enforcement)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the constitutional rules and principles that help shape the law of substantive criminal law. Some of the issues covered include sources of criminal law, due process, equal protection, freedom of speech, right to privacy, cruel and unusual punishments, actus rea, mens rea, omissions, causations, attempts, legal and  factual impossibility, self defense, battered wife syndrome, necessity defense, and the insanity defense. Attention will be given to U.S. Supreme Court and state court decisions that interpret and apply federal and state constitutional provisions to these issues.

(Concentration: law adjudication)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the history, philosophy and functioning of community-based correctional programs. Each of the various types of programs, including probation and parole, will be discussed and evaluated. The legal rights of ex-offenders.

(Concentration: penology)

Credit Hours: 3

The historical, philosophical and legal basis for criminal sentencing. Judicial discretion, disparity, indeterminate and determinate sentences, mandatory sentencing, parole procedures and current legal provisions will be examined.

(Concentration: penology)

Credit Hours: 3

The application of accumulated knowledge in criminology and criminal justice in a field setting. Students will be placed in a criminal justice agency and complete an internship under the supervision of a faculty member.

(Concentration: advised elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: permission of instructor

An opportunity for students to design and execute a research or evaluation project in an area of particular interest. Selection of topics, research plan and methods used are left up to the student under the supervision of a faculty member.

(Concentration: advised elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: permission of instructor