Course Descriptions

CRJ 1301. Introduction to Criminal Justice: 3 hours

A basic introduction to the Criminal Justice FIeld.

CRJ 1316. Criminal and Forensic Procedure: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 (or consent of instructor). Texas specific Rules of Evidence and courtroom procedures such as cross examination, how to get evidence in court and why. Using an understanding of correct Forensic investigative procedures, students determine which evidence is admissible and which is not. The usual criminal procedure content, including constitutional criminal procedures such as searches, seizures, arrests, and analysis of problems encountered during police interrogation and interviewing are also covered.

CRJ2316. Corrections and Community Supervision: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor A course designed to provide students with the philosophy, nature, and scope of correctional procedures. Probation and community supervision are also covered.

CRJ 2321. Forensic Investigation: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor Forensic Investigation is designed to provide students with the basic aspects of evidence collection, such as observation, documentation, preservation and collection of human remains at the scene of death. It includes how to look for evidence, what the investigator should do and not do, what they should collect, legal rights involved in collecting evidence, and locating the next of kin (notification of death).

CRJ 3310. White Collar Crime/Corporate Crime: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor A study of the violent and nonviolent crimes on behalf of white collar criminals and coproations what have significant physical, fiscal and social costs. Included in this course will be a review of widespread costs. Included in this course will be a review of widespread victimization, difficulties in crime discovery, ambigious legal definitions, corporate and individual deterrence and perceived disparities in sanctioning.

CRJ 3312. Juvenile Delinquency (CRJ 3312): 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor A study of possible causes and consequences of juvenile delinquency, societal reactions to it, and an overview of the juvenile justice system.

CRJ 3319. Criminal Law and Justice: 3 hours

An overview of the Texas Penal code and a look at Texas criminal law in other areas. It also includes substantive criminal law, including crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against the public, and defenses to criminal accusations. The pre-trial, trial, and appellate processes in Texas criminal cases are examined.

CRJ 3320. Victimology (CRJ 3320): 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor An overview of the history and theory of victimology in which patterns of victimization are analyzed, with emphasis on types of victims and of crimes. The interaction between victims of crimes and the system of criminal justice is considered in terms of the role of the victim and the services that the victim is offered.

CRJ 3397. Criminal Justice Statistics: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or consent of instructor This course provides an introduction to basic statistical techniques used by social scientists to effectively organize and present data about the social world. Interpretation of statistical information is stressed. Topics include measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association, normal curve, ANOVA, and multivariate analysis. Students will design and do original research as well as make us of existing data sets.

CRJ 3399. Gangsters: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 and or consent of instructor). Topics of interest to Criminal Justice students in the profession, including Gangsters, Women and Crime, History of Crime, and other pertinent topics.

CRJ 4313. Criminology: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 and 6 hours of criminal justice (or consent of instructor). An examination of the causes and consequences of crime and juvenile delinquency and an evaluation of penal methods and agencies for rehabilitation.

CRJ 4317. Forensic Sociology (CRJ 4317): 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 and 6 additional hours of criminal justice or sociology. This course examines the sociological causes of criminal activity and ways to use social characteristics to identify criminal tendencies. Similarities between sociology and the crime scene investigation will be explored through examination of the way in which seemingly isolated events and random pieces of information are embedded in larger frames of social and informational significance which can have predictive relevance and meaning. This course explored the interpretive approach of semiology, the science of reading signs in the social world.

CRJ 4320. Criminal Justice Research Methods: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CRJ 3493 and 6 hours in criminal justice(or consent of instructor) An introduction to the fundamentals of designing, conducting, and evaluating psychological, sociological, and organizational research in applied settings.

CRJ 4393. Criminal Justice Internship: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor. An academically based work experience within agencies of the criminal justice system. The goal of internship is to provide an arena for the application of classroom principles within the context of the day to day reality of the criminal justice system. The internship includes field supervision as well as classroom experience. Students with previous work experience within the criminal justice system are not eligible.

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