Criminal Justice Courses
CRJ 113 (3-0-3)
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides the philosophical and historical background of the agencies that compose the criminal justice system. It focuses on the development of justice and law, crime and punishment, the administration of laws, the agencies’ functions, career orientation and public policy.
CRJ 131 (3-0-3)
This course emphasizes the study of substantive criminal law. Selected crimes most
likely to be dealt with by the criminal justice professional are explored through
discussion, where applicable, of the English Common Law precedents, general modern
application and specific New York Penal Law.
CRJ 133 (3-0-3)
This course provides an etiology of crime and criminal behavior. The course delves
into biological, psychological and sociological theories that examine arrest and conviction
data. Analysis of criminal activity through an understanding of the theories is undertaken.
CRJ 143 (3-0-3)
Criminal Evidence and Procedure
This course presents an in-depth analysis of the rules of criminal evidence. The process
of the American criminal justice system will be examined and special emphasis will
be placed on Constitutional limitations in the area of criminal evidence and the law
of search and seizure. Topics also include concepts of evidence and rules governing
its admissibility, theoretical and pragmatic considerations of substantive and procedural
laws affecting arrest, and search and seizure. This course demonstrates the importance
of case law at the state and federal levels and its impact on the administration of
CRJ 147 (3-0-3)
Terrorism and Public Security
This introductory course investigates the criminal, economic, historical, political, psychological, and social roots of terrorist phenomenon. The course explores existing and potential terrorist threats and how local, national, and global communities may counter these threats.
CRJ 160 (3-0-3)
This course focuses on the investigation and prosecution of the high impact crime of murder and the transition to multiple murders. Topics include identification and linking of heinous crimes with crime event signatures, motivations of the offender who murders numerous human beings, and patterns of behavior that increases the likelihood of this type of crime.
CRJ 215 (3-0-3)
This course offers an intensive study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency.
It addresses the nature of youth crime and the critical issues of juvenile delinquency.
The course provides students with a greater understanding of the present juvenile
justice system including the biological, psychological and sociological approaches
being administered in an attempts to reduce juvenile crime.
CRJ 217 (3-0-3)
Principles of Investigation
This course offers an introduction to the basic principles and a detailed examination
of specific offenses. The course focuses on the crime scene, physical evidence interviewing
and interrogation, and the use of informers and confessions. The study of specific
offenses focuses on the scientific approach and the methodology used in crime detection.
CRJ 219 (3-0-3)
This course provides a broad-based representation of the American correctional system
and how it relates to our society. The course will delve into the history of punishment
before confinement evolved into modern penal concepts. Analysis of the correctional
client as well as facility management is undertaken.
CRJ 230 (3-0-3)
This course will provide a unique perspective on the issue of interpersonal violence
concentrating on the public perception and criminal justice approach to sexual assaults
and sexual offenders. An emphasis will be placed on characteristics and behavioral
patterns of the offender and the crime itself. Particular attention will be given
to the critical issues of victimology, rape typologies, stalking, domestic violence
and criminal/constitutional law. Students will benefit from this course as it explores
the etiology of sexually deviant behavior from both sociological and psychological
approaches within the functioning of the criminal justice system. Students will learn
to develop an informed analysis of sexual offenses, sexual offenders, the public perception
and the handling of such offenders within the criminal justice system.
PR: CRJ 113 or SOC 121
CRJ 233 (3-0-3)
Current Issues in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to allow study and discussion of those relevant issues of
most current concern affecting components of the criminal justice system. Such issues
as hiring practices, community relations, court decisions, and the impact of the mass
media may be explored in relationship to the administration of justice in America.
CRJ 237 (0-0-3)
Criminal Justice Internship
This course provides the opportunity to explore and gain experience in a career area
related to criminal justice. Textbook theory and classroom experience is enhanced
while working in a supervised professional setting. The field study will incorporate
criminal justice or criminal justice related assignments. All field work will be supplemented
by scheduled meetings with the instructor. The course requires completion of 120 hours
of field work. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.
PR: Criminal Justice major, completion of 30 credit hours, completion of CRJ 113 and CRJ 131, minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and permission of the Division.