Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Course Description


General Education Requirements and Electives– See University Catalog or discuss with your Admissions Representative or Academic Advisor

Business Core

AC 201 – Accounting Principles I

This survey course in financial accounting emphasizes the use of financial accounting information in decision making by individuals in business, government, and other organizations.  The accounting environment is examined along with the basic principles and concepts, which govern the recording and reporting of accounting data. Study of the language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle establishes the framework for comprehending how accounting data is transformed into the financial statements and utilized by decision makers.  Accounting of current and long-term assets and liabilities is introduced along with the study of contributed capital, retained earnings and the non-operating components of income.  The course concludes with comprehensive financial statement analysis for decision-making purposes.  Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

EC 201 – Macroeconomics

An introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the structure and operation of the United States economy: scarcity and resource allocation, the price system, national income and related problems, the role of government in the economic sphere, and theories of economic growth. Prerequisite: SC 120, MS 182.

LA 200 - Contracts, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations

A study of the legal aspects involved in the making of contracts and the enforcement thereof, both under the general law and under the Uniform Commercial Code.  Also covers the legal aspects of the relationships of principal and agent and of the responsibilities resulting therefrom; and of the legal aspects involved in the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships and of corporations. Prerequisite: None.

MG 200 - Administrative Management

This introductory course provides a global view of management.  Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems.  Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities. Prerequisite: EN 150 or equivalent, MS 182.

MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied.  Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment.  Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems.  Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.  This course uses Office 2007/2010.  (Equivalent to former MS 281) (No textbook required- included in course resource fee). Prerequisite:  MS 100 or demonstrated proficiency.

Criminal Justice Core

CJ 200 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

An overview of the criminal justice system, specialized criminal research, (legal and factual), and specific writing techniques and requirements particular to the criminal justice area.  Prosecution, police, court functions, sentencing, and corrections will be overviewed. Prerequisite: None.

CJ 351 – Corrections

Deals with the corrections continuum and with community- based corrections.  Topics in the course will include supervisory and administrative duties in correctional institutions as they relate to an understanding of custody, treatment, training, and release of inmates.  Internal policies of penal institutions are reviewed, as well as programs, regulations, policies and procedures and their evaluation. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or departmental approval.

CJ 352 – Criminology

Study of crime from legal and social perspectives.  Emphasis is on the theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Additional emphasis is placed on the biological, psychological, and sociological factors leading to criminal behavior. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment.

CJ 353 - Juvenile Delinquency

Examines the juvenile court system and theories of punishment and rehabilitation of juveniles.  Trial of juveniles as adults, limits on rights of juveniles, and prevention control of juveniles are reviewed.  Juvenile court procedure and case law are studied.   Society's role in, and social consequences of, juvenile crime is discussed. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment.

CJ 354 - Criminal Psychology

An overview of the theories and research relating to the causes, symptoms, and treatment of crime.  Applied psychological principles will be used in exploring various causes of criminal behavior and strategies in coping with it. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment.

CJ 355 - Law Enforcement Administration

Overview of the development, structures, and functions of law enforcement organizations.  Also examines the role of police in a democratic society.  Controversial issues and current practice concerning the administration of law enforcement are examined. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment.

CJ 356 - Survey of Forensic Science

The scientific study of crime, physical evidence and material associated with processing criminal evidence and crime scenes to enable police and prosecutors to use evidence in court, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of physical evidence. Actual laboratory experiments and demonstrations concerning evidence will be discussed. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350.

CJ 358 - Criminal Justice Ethics

Ethical issues which affect criminal justice professionals in the development of policies, procedures, duties, behavior, and judgment, which form their ethical standards, are studied. The course will focus on addressing and solving ethical dilemmas, which affect the criminal justice system in both the private and public sectors.  Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment.

CJ 366 – Courts and the Law

This course is an extensive overview of the entire judicial system and processes; including its functions, history, constitutional requirements, courtroom actors, procedures, and dynamics of the courtroom, trial, appellate process, and sentencing.  It focuses mainly on the prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, witnesses, and jurors who are involved in the overall decision making process. Prerequisite:  CJ 200 or CJ 350.

CJ 370 - Constitutional Law

Study of the principles underlying American constitutional government as developed in leading cases, with special reference to interpretation of the Constitution. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or CJ 350, LA 200 or LA 201.

CJ 400 - Special Topics

Senior-level class limited to criminal justice majors.  The primary focus is on specific topics of interest, which may have been discussed in brief fashion in other criminal justice classes.  The class typically will be designed to assist students in seeking careers and employment in law enforcement, but will also focus, at times, on special issues such as The Death Penalty, Undercover Matters, or the USA PATRIOT Act. Prerequisite:  CJ 200 and Senior standing and department approval.

PA 373 - Criminal Law and Procedure

This course is an analysis of fundamental concepts of criminal law.  Course content includes common law and statutory crimes, culpable mental states and the elements of crimes. Procedural aspects from arrest to pretrial and trial are explored, including constitutional guarantees of criminal suspects and rules of evidence. In addition, the rights of society are contrasted with the rights of criminal defendants and the government. Prerequisite: PA 352 or CJ 200 or CJ 350 or concurrent enrollment in either course.

Six additional Criminal Justice electives - See University Catalog or discuss with your Admissions Representative or Academic Advisor

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