Department of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Catalog

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a major in criminal justice leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The program
emphasizes the global context of crime and justice, as well as an emphasis on professional ethics. Criminal justice majors are required to take an exit exam in their last semester of study. Students are to come for mandatory advisement with their assigned faculty advisor at designated times during the academic year.
 
The criminal justice program offers coursework leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees, a minor in Security and Emergency Management, certificates in Law Enforcement and Security and Emergency Management, and an area of concentration in security and emergency management for students pursuing the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The Security and Emergency Management programs are designed to help prepare students for careers related to, or that involve elements of, security and emergency and disaster management in local, state, or federal government, business, and volunteer organizations.
 
The undergraduate program offers coursework leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and is designed to serve the professional and advanced educational needs of its students. The program consists of the criminal justice curriculum, general education requirements, cognate course requirements, and general elective courses. In addition, a minor is required. Potential areas of employment include, but are not limited to, such areas as law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, court administration, and other law-related and human service areas within federal, state, and local government agencies, including private organizations.
 
The program also prepares its students for graduate study leading to teaching and research at the collegiate level or to careers requiring advanced study. The graduate program offers coursework leading to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The certificate program offers police-related coursework leading to the Law Enforcement Academic Certificate.


REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Course Credit
A. General Education Component. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
For general education requirements and additional requirements for
UNA students, refer to Academic Procedures and Requirements.
Criminal Justice majors must complete:
Area IV. Psychology 201 (3) Sociology 221 (3)
For the Bachelor of Arts degree the student must satisfy the following requirement: 6 hours of a required foreign language at the intermediate level.


B. Major Core Requirements:
Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 250) ..........................3
Police Organization and Community Relations (CJ 255)  ......3
Corrections (CJ 285).......................................................3
Criminal Law (CJ 295) ....................................................3
Professional Ethics and Legal Liabilities (CJ 326) ................3
Criminology (CJ 323) ......................................................3
Methods and Statistics in Criminal Justice (CJ 440W) ..........3
Theory and Control of Crime (CJ 450) ...............................3
                                                                                      24

Course Credit
Criminal Justice Electives:
Select twelve hours (four courses) from among the remaining                                                                                                                                        Criminal Justice electives ............................................12
                                                                                  36
Cognate Course Requirements:
Business Applications of Microcomputer Software (CIS 125) or                                                                                                                                Computer Skills for Problem-Solving (CS 135)......................3
U.S. Government and Politics (PS 241) ...............................3
Judicial Process and Behavior (PS 344)................................3
                                                                                         9
Total ............................................................................45

C. Minor:
A minor is required for this major.
D. General Elective hours, if required, to bring total to 120.

 

Courses

250. Introduction to Criminal Justice.

A survey of the elements of the criminal justice system including the nature and definition of criminal law, the functions of the police, courts and corrections as subsystems and their interrelationship within the total system.

255. Police Organization and Community Relations.

A study of the organization and functions of police agencies, with special reference to state and local agencies and community relations.

285. Corrections.

A survey of the historical, sociological, and philosophical development of corrections; analysis of institutional operation, programming, and management.

295. Criminal Law.

A study on the historical and philosophical concepts of law, preserving life and property, offense against persons and property, and common offense and defense to criminal acts.

306. Juvenile Delinquency.

An analysis of the nature, causes, and extent of juvenile delinquency; and an evaluation of preventive programs.

323. Criminology.

A study of crime and criminal behavior in American society, with special emphasis on the individual, group trends, and theories concerning treatment.

326. Professional Ethics and Legal Liabilities

An examination of the standards and principles through which "professional misconduct" is recognized in an emerging system of ethics and law applicable to criminal justice practitioners.

330. Domestic Violence

An examination of intrafamily physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; its causes, its consequences, its extent and the manner in which social control agencies have responded.

336. Community-Based Corrections

Organization of systems of aftercare treatment of juvenile and adult offenders released under probation and parole.

390. Substance Abuse.

A comprehensive study concerning the historical, social, and legal aspects of substance abuse. This course explores the impact of substance abuse on criminal behavior, criminal justice personnel, and the community.

405. Criminal Investigation.

Investigation methodology, relations of the detective with other police divisions, modus operandi, evidence development, source of information, interview, interrogation, surveillance, and courtroom testimony.

406. Forensic Investigation

An examination of modern forensic science principles and techniques as applied to the detection, collection, preservation and analysis of crime scene evidence. Course topics will include but are not limited to fingerprints, serological evidence, trace evidence, and other evidentiary items.

406L. Forensic Investigation Lab

Applied field experience in crime scene documentation, evidence collection/storage, evidence processing, and evidence transportation. Topics include fingerprint trace, blood, and firearm/ballistic evidence. Prerequistie: Current registration of CJ 406.

430. Criminal Evidence.

An examination of the basic principles of evidence including but not limited to testimonial and physical evidence used in the prosecution of criminal cases.

434. Criminal Procedure

Examines the procedural requirements for judicial processing of criminal offenders. Topics include the concepts of evidence sufficiency, standards of proof, due process, and constitutional safeguards.

440. Methods and Statistics in Criminal Justice

An examination of the methodologies and statistical techniques employed by criminal justice researchers and professionals.

450. Theory and Control of Crime

An examination of the major theories of criminal behavior and their implications for crime control policies.

480. Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice

Examines the psychological dimensions of criminal justice practice. Topics include psychology of criminal conduct, the science of forensic profiling, the interviewing and interrogation of suspects, witnesses and victims, the interpersonal relationships among criminal justice professionals and members of the public, and other timely selected topics.

CJ 491. Special Topics

This course surveys a contemporary justice issue. Topics will be treated by developing a theoretical understanding of the issue, and will foster both writing and critical inquiry skills. Course may be substituted for one upper-level elective in criminal justice.

495. Internship in Criminal Justice.

Supervised work experience with a criminal justice agency in which the student spends a minimum of 150 hours during the term under joint supervision of the agency and the University. There will be four meeting sessions during the internship period held on campus designed to evaluate and discuss the internship experience. Prerequisites: senior criminal justice majors and department chair approval.

499. Independent Study-Practicum.

Open to senior majors on approval of the department chair. Provides for independent study, research, or practical experiences under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation.   

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