Criminal Justice

The Department of  Criminal Justice offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master of Criminal Justice.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 1306Court Systems and Practices3
CRIJ 2328Police Systems and Practices3
or CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2335Criminal Investigation3
CRIJ 1310Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 3305Criminology3
CRIJ 3310Criminal Justice Supervision and Management3
CRIJ 3315Criminal Evidence3
CRIJ 3340Homeland Security3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIJ 4316 [WI] Methods of Criminal Justice Research3
CRIJ 4398Senior Seminar3
Advanced CRIJ Electives6
SPAN 1411Beginning Spanish I4
or SPAN 1303 Basic Spanish for Vocations
CRIJ 3300Juvenile Delinquency3
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Justice Statistics
Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Social Science Statistics
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
or CRIJ 3313 Professional Writings in Criminal Justice
Electives (9 Hours Advanced)24
Total Hours120
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Please see Academic Information section.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice Administration

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
Occupational Specialization: Approved Technical Training Approved, Work Experience33
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
or CRIJ 3313 Professional Writings in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 3300Juvenile Delinquency3
CRIJ 3305Criminology3
CRIJ 3310Criminal Justice Supervision and Management3
CRIJ 3315Criminal Evidence3
CRIJ 3340Homeland Security3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIJ 4316 [WI] Methods of Criminal Justice Research3
CRIJ Electives (12 Hours Advanced)21
Total Hours120
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Please see Academic Information section.

Peace Officer Exemption Information

To be eligible for the exemption, a Peace Officer must:

  1. Be employed as a Peace Officer by the State of Texas or by a political subdivision of Texas
  2. Apply for admission and be accepted to the university
  3. Provide the Department of Criminal Justice proof of employment as a currently paid Peace Officer (required each semester in which the exemption will be used).  A letter from the employer on official letterhead, an email from your employer's official email account, or a recent two week pay stub will fulfill this requirement.
  4. Have a degree plan on file in the Registrar's Office for an eligible Criminal Justice degree program at the institution:
    BS, Criminal Justice
    BAAS, Criminal Justice Administration
  5. Apply for the exemption at least one week before the last day of the institution's regular registration period for that semester.
  6. Submit the completed Application for Texas Peace Officer Exemption form
  7. Be in compliance with the institution's financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirement

NOT ALL TUITION AND FEES MAY BE COVERED BY THE EXEMPTION.  STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL TUITION AND FEES THAT MAY NOT BE COVERED.

ELIGIBLE COURSES:

  • The date you submit your application will be used to determine the eligibility of courses.
  • No more than 20 percent of the maximum student enrollment designated by the institution for a given law enforcement or criminal justice class may receive an exemption under this program (this will be determined on a first come, first served basis).
  • Only undergraduate courses pertaining to the major requirement of criminal justice degrees are eligible for the tuition and laboratory fees exemption.

METHODS OF SUBMITTING THE PEACE OFFICER EXEMPTION FORM:

  • Bring to the Department of Criminal Justice, located in the O.A. Grant Building, Room 370; or
  • Fax to the attention of Sharon Johnson at 254-968-9288; or
  • Email the form to sjohnson01@tarleton.edu (all signatures and attachments required).

QUESTIONS:

For information and questions please contact Sharon Johnson at 254-968-9024 or sjohnson01@tarleton.edu.

Courses

CRIJ 1301. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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) and ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

CRIJ 3315. Criminal Evidence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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: 3 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 3340. Homeland Security. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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 4086. Problems in Criminal Justice. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

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

CRIJ 4301. Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the issues related to women as victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

CRIJ 4303. Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the complex interrelationship between cultural diversity, crime, and the American Criminal Justice System.

CRIJ 4312. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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 4316. Methods of Criminal Justice Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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 collection and analysis.

CRIJ 4318. Criminal Justice Statistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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. Prerequisite: CRIJ 4316.

CRIJ 4324. Penology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 8 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.

Dr. Rhonda R. Dobbs, Interim Department Head
Department of Criminal Justice
O.A. Grant Building, Room 375
Box T-0665
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9024
dobbs@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/criminaljustice

Professors

  • del Carmen, Alejandro
  • Eichenberg, George

Associate professors

  • Dobbs, Rhonda
  • Styron, Kelli

Assistant professors

  • Brown, Katherine
  • Copeland, Christopher
  • Downey, Sharece
  • Hankhouse, Shannon
  • Hollis, Meghan
  • Kim, Jeong Lim
  • Lacefield, Gary
  • Rodriguez, Brittany

Instructor

  • Heath, Casey