2014-15 Catalog

Criminal Justice

Courses

CRIJ 1301. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the history, philosophy, and operations of the American criminal justice system. Topics include the nature of crime and justice, the history and development of the modern criminal justice system and the role of police, judiciary, and corrections in society.

CRIJ 1306. Court Systems and Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the role of the judiciary in the criminal justice system. Topics include right to counsel, pre-trial release, grand juries, adjudication process, and sentencing. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 or approval of department head.

CRIJ 1310. Fundamentals of Criminal Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the nature of criminal law, philosophical and historical development, major definitions and concepts, classification of crime, elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations, and criminal responsibility. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301, or approval of department head.

CRIJ 2313. Correctional Systems and Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to corrections as a profession. Topics include organization of correctional agencies, the role of corrections in society, correctional philosophies and agency operations, and current and emerging issues. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 2328. Police Systems and Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the police profession. Topics include organization of law enforcement agencies, the police role in society, police operations, discretion, corruption, and current and emerging issues. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 2335. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Investigative theory, collection and preservation of evidence, sources of information, interview and interrogation, uses of forensic sciences, and case and trial preparation. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301, or approval of department head.

CRIJ 3300. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the nature, extent, causation, treatment, and prevention of juvenile delinquency. A survey of the procedures and operations of the juvenile justice agencies will also be considered.

CRIJ 3301. Survey of Forensic Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the scientific methods that currently play a major role in solving crimes. It provides background information on various forensic disciplines together with the basic techniques utilized by forensic scientists in analyzing common types of physical evidence.

CRIJ 3305. Criminology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study and critical appraisal of various theories of crime causation, including an examination of classical, biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives on the etiology of crime. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 3308. Comparative Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of criminal justice systems around the world. The organization, administration, and philosophy of various criminal systems will be examined, along with the cultural and historical environment in which they developed and exist. Prerequisite: 18 hours CRIJ or approval of department head.

CRIJ 3310. Criminal Justice Supervision and Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of theories and principles of supervision as applied to criminal justice agencies. Topics include organization, leadership, motivation, human resources flow, and managerial ethics. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 3311. Techniques of Interviewing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of interview and interrogation techniques. Topics include preparation, environmental and psychological factors, legal issues, and ethics.

CRIJ 3313. Professional Writings in Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The process of developing and documenting information related to criminal justice field work and graduate studies in criminology and criminal justice, including researching, editing, revising, and creating technical reports, case narratives, grant applications and reports, academic and field related research proposals, training modules, and correspondence. Students will use word processing and related graphic software. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major (BS and BAAS).

CRIJ 3315. Criminal Evidence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An analysis of the procedures and rules of evidence applied to the acquisition, offering, admissibility, and presentation of evidence from the crime scene, courtroom, and appellate court perspectives. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 and CRIJ 1306 or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 3330. Community Corrections. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophy, administrative procedures, and operational techniques used in the community based treatment and supervision of offenders. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301, CRIJ 1301, or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 3331. Criminal Justice Statistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the elementary forms of statistical analysis, including measures of central tendency, variation, the normal curve and Z scores, measures of difference, regression analysis, and correlations. Emphasis will be placed on application of statistical analysis to criminal justice research and planning using the SPSS data analysis program.

CRIJ 3340. Homeland Security. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth study of strategic, legal, policy, operational, and organizational issues associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland from foreign and domestic terrorist threats. Topics include psychology of mass movements, terrorists' ideology, religion and terror, legal issues in homeland security, weapons of mass destruction, effective interfacing between local, state, and federal agencies, emergency management operations and dealing with mass casualties.

CRIJ 4300. Professional Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

CRIJ 4312. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course presents an analysis of contemporary ethical issues in crime and justice. Classical and contemporary ethical theories will be applied to the discussion of such issues as discretion, corruption, use of force, racism, deception, professionalism, and the nature and meaning of justice. Prerequisite: junior classification or approval of instructor.

CRIJ 4313. Social Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

CRIJ 4316. Methods of Criminal Justice Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course is an introduction to the methods of criminological and criminal justice research, with emphasis on research ethics, research design, and methods of data.

CRIJ 4324. Penology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the structure and function of correctional systems and how various philosophies of correctional treatment affect the operation of confinement institutions.

CRIJ 4325. Advanced Investigation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced criminal and civil investigation topics will be covered. An examination of frequently used, yet special investigative techniques will also be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on crime scene processing, crime scene analysis, forensic evaluations, investigative techniques, and investigative surveys. Prerequisite: CRIJ 2335.

CRIJ 4385. Seminar: Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Topics will vary according to timeliness and special needs. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 or approval of the department head.

CRIJ 4398. Senior Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is a capstone course that will assist the student in completing their knowledge of the criminal justice system through a study of current practice related to operations, recruitment, testing, training, law, and other issues to prepare the student for entry into the criminal justice profession. Prerequisite: Senior Year. Restricted to Criminal Justice majors.

CRIJ 4431. Criminal Justice Field Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Application and integration of academic content and development of skills within a criminal justice setting. Entry into this course will be arranged with the internship coordinator. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisite: At least 18 hours of CRIJ or approval of the department head. Course graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Field experience fee $50.

CRIJ 4686. Problems in Criminal Justice. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading, research and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the department head.

CRIJ 5300. Statistical Methods for Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of basic and advanced descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications in the criminal justice system. An emphasis will be placed on the various multivariate statistical procedures.

CRIJ 5301. Theories of Criminology and Deviancy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

In-depth examination of major theoretical perspectives of crime and deviancy. Theories will be analyzed for their logical and empirical adequacy in light of what is known about the distribution of crime and deviant behavior.

CRIJ 5304. The American Judiciary. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A critical evaluation of the role courts play in the American criminal justice system. Topics include the structure, function, and operations of the courts at the state and federal level.

CRIJ 5305. The Juvenile Justice System. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A critical analysis of the policies and practices of the juvenile justice system.

CRIJ 5308. Corrections. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A critical analysis of the issues, problems, trends, and prospects faced by the administration of the American correctional system to include the impact of legal and social change on the correctional agencies and an evaluation of current research in the field.

CRIJ 5310. The Criminal Justice System. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the criminal justice system in the United States. This course includes a systems approach to the study of criminal justice and the interrelationships of the various components. The social and political issues related to the criminal justice system are examined in depth.

CRIJ 5314. Directed Study in Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Demonstration of competency in a specialized area of criminal justice through the completion of a substantial research project incorporating independent study and critical analysis of the topic area. May be repeated one time for credit as topic varies. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CRIJ 5315. Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of selected topic(s) directly related to criminal justice. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. (Course will be offered not more than one semester each year.).

CRIJ 5320. Policing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in depth study of the philosophical, operational, and social aspects of law enforcement.

CRIJ 5321. Management of Criminal Justice Peronnel. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An investigation of the personnel decision-making process used within criminal justice agencies. Areas to be investigated include recruitment, training, continuing education requirements, performance evaluation, fair employment practices, termination, and allocation of personnel.

CRIJ 5322. Advanced Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The practical implications of moral philosophy and ethics in a free society during the day-to-day administration of a criminal justice agency will be discussed.

CRIJ 5340. Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A consideration of the major legal issues of criminal justice management and the effect of constitutional provisions, statutes, ordinances, and judicial decisions in justice administrations. A discussion of the legal aspects of selection, promotion, assignment, and termination of justice employees. Emphasis is on the possible liabilities of managers and agencies for failure to adhere to legal requirements.

CRIJ 5386. Problems in Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading, research, and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the department head. Students may repeat this course for a total of 6 hours credit.

CRIJ 5398. Research Methods for Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of scientific research methods used in the criminal justice system. Includes a review and critique of research on crime causation, law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

CRIJ 5399. Practicum, Field Problems, Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in public service professions. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices in the area of professional interest. Field experience fee $50.