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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

* Denotes availability in both Traditional and Online formats.

 

CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society) [CRIJ 1301] 
An overview and description of the criminal justice system is presented including its goals, its relationship to other government bodies and its relationship to society.  Also included is the study of basic components of the criminal justice system.

CJ 2301 (The Police System) [CRIJ 2328]
Prerequisite: CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society) 
Historical analysis of the police function and how it has evolved into the contemporary professional police function.  Overview of philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the role of the police in a democratic society and a survey of contemporary and traditional police policies and practices.

CJ 2302 (The Criminal Court System) [CRIJ 1306] 
Prerequisite: CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society) 
The history, philosophy, and basic concepts of the legal system are studied. The criminal justice legal process from inception to appeal is also presented.

CJ 2303 (The Correctional System) [CRIJ 2313] 
Prerequisite: CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society) 
The historical and philosophical development of the correctional system is examined. The role of correctional agencies, their personnel, and their relationship to the criminal justice system is emphasized.

CJ 3300 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice) *
Prerequisite: CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society) or departmental approval 
Introduction to the design and implementation of research in the field of criminal justice. The principles of research methods and design for use in policy analysis, content analysis and analysis of secondary data will be presented. Considerable attention will be given to the application of design and implementation as it relates to criminal justice within a real world context. 

CJ 3301 (Criminology) *
Prerequisite: CJ 1301 (Crime, Law, and Society), PSY 1303 (General Psychology), or
SOC 1303 (Principles of Sociology) 
An overview of criminal behavior, its impact on the criminal justice system and theories of criminal behavior are presented. 

CJ 3302 (Criminal Investigation) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
The history and theory of criminal investigation, investigative procedures, conduct at the crime scene, collection and preservation of evidence and problems of successful prosecutions are studied. The law and procedure affecting case preparation and presentation are emphasized. 

CJ 3304 (Criminal Law) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
This course examines the elements of the various specific crimes against persons and property, along with associated legal concerns. General legal principles are studied and related to the Texas Penal Code. 

CJ 3305 (Criminal Evidence and Procedure) 
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
Laws of evidence and procedure are studied through examination of case law and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Emphasis is given to the rules governing admissibility of various classes of evidence, as well as their exceptions. 

CJ 3306 (Crime and Delinquency) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
Delinquent behavior and the role and responsibility of the criminal justice system in controlling delinquency is examined. Special emphasis is placed on social problems contributing to the delinquency as well as current treatment methods.

CJ 3307 (Community Oriented Policing) 
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
The nature of the community and its impact on the police is explored. Those factors which contribute to conflict and inhibit police-community relations are studied in order to discover how the police and the community can achieve a more cooperative relationship. 

CJ 3308 (Juvenile Justice System) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
The history, philosophy and role of the juvenile court with emphasis on jurisdiction, treatment, criminal proceedings and the family court is presented. 

CJ 3309 (Security and the Law) 
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
The functional aspects of private and public security agencies, including industrial, commercial, campus, governmental and private security and their roles in the criminal justice system.

CJ 3311 (Ethics of Social Control) *
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor 
This course explores the role of law in controlling behavior, examines questions of individual responsibility and governmental authority and covers professional ethics in law, corrections and law enforcement. 

CJ 3312 (Institution-Based Corrections) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
This course is a comprehensive examination of the history, philosophy and management of prisons. The effectiveness of jails and prisons for the purposes of retribution, incapacitation, deterrence and rehabilitation is evaluated. 

CJ 3313 (Community Based Corrections) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
The history, philosophy and legal authority of community correctional alternatives is presented. Community corrections include probation, parole, fines, diversion, restitution, community treatment centers, work/study release centers and half-way houses. 

CJ 3316 (Victimology) *
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core
Examines the role of the victim in the criminal process. Emphasis is given to victims' rights and responsibilities.

CJ 3317 (Race and Crime) *
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Examines impact of race on victimization, criminal behavior and type and seriousness of legal sanctions. Emphasis is given to disproportionate representation of minorities in the criminal justice system. 

CJ 3318 (Sex Crimes)
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core 
Examines sexual activities prohibited by law with special attention given to activities of rape, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion issues, pornography, some serial murders, and juvenile related offenses. Emphasis will also be given to causative factors and societal attitudes concerning these crimes and others which have a sexual orientation. 

CJ 3319 (Legal Research)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing 
Study of the principles of legal problem solving using research materials available in a law library. Students will be introduced to various legal texts, Shepard's citations, statutes, case reporters. Assignments involve practical research applications. 

CJ 3320 (Statistics in Criminal Justice) *
Prerequisite: CJ 3300 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice) and MATH 1301 (College Algebra) or MATH 1310 (College Mathematics for Liberal Arts), or departmental approval
Introduction to data analysis in criminal justice. Emphasis will be placed on the application of quantitative measures to the study of the prevention, interdiction and suppression of criminal behavior. The course will examine both descriptive and inferential statistics. In addition, students will be introduced to data analysis through the use of statistical computer software. 

CJ 4301 (Police Management)
Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core
The role of the chief executive and command level personnel is presented.  Organization, structure and functions are examined through the applications of the principles of management and human relations. Special emphasis is given to those areas which most concern top management, such as planning, supervision and policy development. Current police management problems and practices are examined. 

CJ 4302 (Organized Crime)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core
A historical survey is made of organized crime including basic knowledge of the organizational function and structure of crime. Societal factors, preventive techniques and control systems are stressed. 

CJ 4303 (Vice, Drugs, and the Law)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of 18 hour Criminal Justice core
The historical, philosophical and legal aspects of vice activities and drugs is examined. An analysis is made of the reactions of the police and society to victimless crime. The classification, description and extent of the drug problem is surveyed. 

CJ 4304 (White Collar Crime) *
Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of the 18 hour Criminal Justice core
A comprehensive examination of the nature, extent and consequences of white collar crime. Emphasis on explanation from the criminological perspective and sanctioning from a multicultrual perspective

CJ 4305 (Correctional Counseling)
Prerequisite: CJ 3312 (Institution-Based Corrections)
An introduction to the philosophy and objectives of counseling. The prison is viewed as a community and the group counseling process in this setting is given special attention. Problems relating to custody and treatment are examined. 

CJ 4307 (Rights of the Convicted)
Prerequisite: CJ 3312 (Institution-Based Corrections) 
A comprehensive analysis of the legal rights of prisoners, probationers and parolees derived from case law, statutes and constitutional principles on both state and federal levels. 

 

CJ 4306 (Domestic Terrorism)
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
This course will examine the development, organization and activities of the various groups that have been labeled as threats to state and national security. Special attention will be given to their disproportionate impact on the American Criminal Justice System.

CJ 4311 (Security Management)
Prerequisite: CJ 3309 (Security and the Law) or CJ 3315 (Security Investigations) 
The organization, administration and management of the security function is examined from the perspective of efficiency and effectiveness. This course surveys organizations in business, industry and government. Particular emphasis is placed upon policy and decision-making, training, personnel development and budgeting. 

CJ 4312 (Research Topics)
Prerequisite: CJ major, senior standing, and departmental approval 
This course provides a unique opportunity for the criminal justice major to conduct in-depth research into an area of the student's field of interest. A major paper is required. 

CJ 4313 (International Criminal Justice) *
Prerequisite: CJ major and senior standing 
Examines and analyzes the structure and operation of various criminal justice systems from an international perspective. 

CJ 4314 (Women and the Criminal Justice System)
Prerequisite: CJ major and senior standing 
Provides an in-depth look at women's participation in three areas of criminal justice- as offenders, as victims, and as criminal justice professionals. 

CJ 4370 (Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice)
Prerequisite: CJ major and junior or senior standing 
Students will address current issues in criminal justice. Analytical skills to frame the problem and suggest solutions will be stressed. The oral and written presentations in class will emphasize problem solving techniques and analysis. Ethical, political and social issues that impact criminal justice research will also be examined. 

CJ 4380 (Field Experience) [120 hours]
Prerequisite: CJ major, at least junior standing, 2.5 or above CPA, and departmental approval 
Selected students are placed in criminal justice agencies for 120 hours, applying academic training to practical situations. Recommended for criminal justice majors who are not employed in the criminal justice system. Practitioners, however, may apply for an internship in an area of criminal justice other than the one in which they normally function. 

CJ 4390 (Special Topics in Criminal Justice)
Prerequisite: CJ major and senior standing
Selected topics or current issues in criminal justice, taught by faculty, visiting lecturers or others who possess a special area of expertise. 

CJ 4680 (Field Experience) [240 hours]
Prerequisite: CJ major, at least junior standing, 2.5 or above GPA, and departmental approval 
Selected students are placed in criminal justice agencies for 240 hours, applying academic training to practical situations. Recommended for criminal justice majors who are not employed in the criminal justice system. Practitioners, however, may apply for an internship in an area of criminal justice other than the one in which they normally function. 

 

* Denotes availability in both Traditional and Online formats.


For additional information contact
Phone: 713-221-8943
Fax: 713-221-2726
cjadvising@uhd.edu

 

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