List of Courses
CRJ 101 Justice System (3 credits)
This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the collection and analysis of crime data, the activities of the components of the criminal justice system, and key criminological theories. Special attention is paid to the interrelationship among law enforcement, courts, and corrections as they work toward balancing public order and individual rights in an increasingly diverse society. Required of all Criminal Justice majors. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ENG 099 and RDG 093, if placements are not at college level, or permission of instructor.
CRJ 102 Introduction to Criminal Law (3 credits)
An in-depth study and historical approach to the development and understanding of criminal law. A survey of the basic elements required to classify occurrences as crime. Classification of crimes with respect to the segments of society they affect. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 107 Women and the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
This course explores the intersection between women and the criminal justice system. The nature and extent of women as offenders, as victims, and as professionals in the criminal justice system will be explored, as well as theories related to offending and victimization. Also integral to the course is the relationship between victimization and offending and the intricacies of women's intersectionality with the criminal justice system as offenders, law enforcement officers, correction workers, lawyers and judges.
CRJ 108 Police and the Community (3 credits)
This course examines police and community collaboration to maintain public safety with a focus on their ever evolving relationship. The history, current strategies and impact of this inter-dependence on crime rates and community safety will be explored. The influence of culture, race, and ethnicity is interwoven into the study of strategies required to build a strong police and community partnership.
CRJ 142 Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
CRJ 142 is a course that focuses on methodology in the field of crime, modus operandi, sources of information, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, interviews and interrogation, scientific aids, observation and description, case preparation, and testimony in court. There is a strong emphasis on investigative policies, procedures, and practices that are necessary and essential to secure the truth within today's legal climate.
CRJ 201 Criminology (3 credits)
This course examines the nature, function, and causes of crime. Tracing the evolution of crime theory from the 18th Century to the present, focus is placed on the application of theory within the context of contemporary crime control policy, victimization and offender treatment within the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: CRJ 101 and ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 202 Ethics and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course will explore the ethical issues that confront modern practitioners in the various criminal justice settings. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing and analyzing moral dilemmas confronting criminal justice professionals, both on an organizational and individual level, as well as determining responses to those complex and controversial dilemmas through an understanding of ethical theories, the development of ethical reasoning skills, and the application of appropriate standards and codes of conduct. Approaches to solving ethical dilemmas are applied to the reality of careers in a variety of criminal justice fields such as law enforcement and punishment and corrections, to the role of the prosecutor, defense counsel and judiciary in the administration of justice. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.
CRJ 203 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
This course examines the justice system's practice of treating juveniles and adults differently. It addresses the physical, emotional, and social issues faced by juveniles in an increasingly diverse society. Students will study the major theories proposed as explanations of deviant and delinquent behavior, and will explore the use of theory as a foundation for policy and research. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 206 Juvenile Justice System (3 credits)
This course will cover the history and philosophy of juvenile justice in America, the mission and how it diverges from adult philosophy and process, and the impact of present societal reforms on the juvenile system. A wide array of theoretical positions will be discussed, as will the influence of the family, media, peers, socioeconomic status, drugs, gang affiliation, and schools. Students will be introduced to landmark juvenile court cases and the current trends. The role of the police, the juvenile court, and juvenile institutions will be explored.
CRJ 207 Sexual Violence and the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
This course will explore the criminal justice system response to crimes of sexual violence against both adults and juveniles, including the crimes of child sexual exploitation and the global sex trade industry. The various types of offenders and rehabilitative efforts will be discussed as will the role of law enforcement in all aspects of the investigation and the specific problems that arise in the process of adjudication.
CRJ 210 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the study of terrorism. It will focus on both domestic and foreign varieties of this unique form of organizational crime and its implications for the American criminal justice system.
CRJ 212 Organized Crime and Society (3 credits)
A systematic exploration of theoretical and practical issues pertinent to organized criminal behavior. The organizational structures of traditional and non-traditional groups are studied as well as the historical background beginning in the nineteenth century. The impact of law enforcement is thoroughly reviewed with special emphasis on illegal drug trafficking. The relationships between drug use and crime are examined from the legal and societal viewpoint. Additionally, the relationship between the political environment and organized crime, including the infiltration of legitimate business, is studied.
CRJ 215 Criminal Law (3 credits)
A study of the scope, purpose, definition, and classification of crimes. Consideration is given to the more common offenses under the Penal Law. A concern for criminal intent, acts of omission and commission, arrest, and search and seizure, along with an introduction to the Criminal Procedure Law, is emphasized. The rules of evidence and their application to proper law enforcement will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Completion of CRJ 101 and ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 219 Victims, Witnesses, and the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
This course focuses on the impact of crime on its victims and witnesses. Specific types of victims, witnesses, and crime will be studied, including homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. This course requires the student to analyze restitution issues, the treatment of victims and witnesses by the criminal justice system, victims' rights legislation, and contemporary trends in the treatment of crime victims and witnesses. Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 103 and RDG 140/153, or permission of instructor.
CRJ 220 Corrections Process (3 credits)
This course focuses on the development, organization, and effectiveness of corrections. The legal rights of the probationer, the inmate, and the parolee are examined in detail, providing both the student and practitioner the basis for understanding future developments in corrections. Observations are made as to the effectiveness of modern rehabilitation techniques, obstacles to correctional progress, and strategic errors made in correctional reform. Students are taught to perceive and articulate ethical issues in corrections. Prerequisite: CRJ 101; ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 226 Law Enforcement Process (3 credits)
This course covers the history and development of law enforcement in modern society and the various systems of police control and philosophical aspects of police service with an overview of crime and police problems. The process of justice and constitutional limitations on law enforcement, along with the organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal agencies are covered. A survey of professional career opportunities is interwoven into the course, as well as the critical importance of an ethical decision making process in every aspect of police activity. Prerequisite: CRJ 101, and ENG and RDG placement at college level, or permission of instructor.
CRJ 232 Cybercrime (3 credits)
This course focuses on computer based crime and cybercrime issues facing the American criminal justice system. The course explores computer based crime investigations, the importance of preserving and correctly interpreting digital evidence, the application of cybercrime laws and regulations along with the identification of emerging issues facing the legal system (Courts). Students will also examine the future trends of cybercrime and government responses. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.
CRJ 241 Homicide Investigation (3 credits)
This course will introduce the student to various investigative methods utilized in general death investigation as well as specific investigations involving suicides, accidents, and homicides. The purpose of the course is to explore the various causes of homicide and the nature of death investigation in the United States. The techniques employed by the personnel and agencies tasked with resolving cases involving death will be examined. The intra-agency relationships as well as the scientific tools used in processing death investigation cases will be explored.
CRJ 243 Criminalistics I (3 credits)
A comprehensive overview of the collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence of various types, including: forensic photography, latent fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks, firearms identification, tool marks, glass fractures, questioned documents, and ink identification. The function of the crime laboratory and the use of the criminalist as an expert witness will also be examined.
CRJ 244 Evidence Analysis (3 credits)
This course covers the advanced microscopic and chemical methods of crime detection: DNA, drugs, explosives, poisons, ultraviolet and infrared examinations, advanced optical and instrumental methods of analysis. Special problems and topics of interest in criminalistics are also covered. Prerequisites: CRJ 101; ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or permission of instructor.
CRJ 252 Internship (3 credits)
This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate classroom theory and knowledge with the practices of the criminal justice system agencies. The course is designed to promote professional development, and expose students to the realities of working in the system in several capacities. The internship will provide challenging and valuable work experience in an environment conducive to learning and prepare students for future careers in the field of criminal justice. Prerequisite: completion of CRJ 101 and permission of instructor.