Survey of the law enforcement, judicial, correctional, and juvenile systems; interrelationships between criminal justice agencies and the community.
Police organizations; the recruitment, training, and socialization of police officers; the role of police in society; and critical issues in policing. The problem of coercive power as it relates to policing is also examined.
The administration of criminal justice in the American federal and state court systems. The nature and concept of justice, court personnel, functions, jurisdictions, policies, procedures, discretion, and current developments in court technology and organization will be reviewed.
Penology emphasizing the history, philosophy, programs, policies, and problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections and alternative sanctions.
Overview of the field of crime analysis, including theoretical, methodological, and ethical foundations.
Contemporary issues related to manifestations of crime, offenders, victims, justice system response, and societal trends. Emphasis placed on debunking misconceptions of crime and its correlates in media and society.
Career fields related to criminal justice. Topics include the perspectives of professionals, challenges associated with specific careers, and the future of the field.
Causes, consequences, and prevention strategies for homeland security issues. Topics include government roles in homeland security, strategies of protecting U.S. Citizens and interests, and specific threats to homeland security such as natural disasters and acts of terrorism.
Origin and development of criminal law in America along with basic elements of crime and defenses.
The criminal trial, including the rules of evidence, trial strategy, opening statements, the presentation of evidence, arguing objections, closing arguments, and a critical analysis of the entire process.
Functions, structure, procedures and philosophy of American correctional institutions; constitutional limitations and the impact of law on correctional practices.
Development and impact of community programs, halfway houses, group homes, work-release, and educational release programs, including the role of the community and citizens in the correctional process.
History, philosophy, and evaluation of the juvenile court, juvenile court practices and procedures; the role of the police, correctional alternatives, prevention and intervention strategies in the juvenile justice process.
Social factors in the development, identification and treatments of delinquents and juvenile delinquency in the context of juvenile justice systems.
Forms of victimization, the role of victims in crimes, their treatment by the criminal justice system, their decisions to report crimes and help prosecute offenders, victim-offender mediation, and victim compensation. The national crime survey regarding patterns and trends in victimization is introduced.
Examination of public forms of sexual misconduct, specifically sexual harassment and sexual assault in places of employment and education. Includes an analysis of motives, victim/perpetrator characteristics, and corporate, societal, and individual responses to sexual misconduct.
Quantitative, qualitative and comparative methods used in criminal justice research, focusing on research design, data collection and analysis, and ethical issues.
Basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to topics in criminal justice, including correlation, probability, measures of central tendency and variability, hypothesis testing, and estimation. For criminal justice majors only.
Theoretical and practical aspects of tactical crime analysis focusing on pattern analysis and profiling.
Theoretical and practical aspects of strategic crime analysis focusing on long-term analytical strategies to control and/or prevent specific crime problems.
Analysis and critical assessments of traditional and contemporary crime and theories of criminal behavior.
The experience of special populations including racial, ethnic, and other historically marginalized groups in various roles within the criminal justice system.
History and theories of alcohol and other drug use, types and effects of drugs, crime associated with drugs, prevention and treatment of abuse, and efforts to control and regulate drug use. Both past and present public policies for the control of licit and illicit drugs will be evaluated.
The traditional and contemporary explanations of female delinquency and criminality, the differential treatment accorded female defendants and victims, the nature of crime against women, the quality of state and federal correctional systems for women, and the status of females as criminal justice professionals.
International criminal justice systems, their legal foundations, current structures, and strategies of crime control.
Child sexual abuse and commercial child sexual exploitation. Characteristics of pedophiles, child molesters, traffickers, and their methods; victim/survivor attributes and recovery; secondary victimization; the role of technology; the criminal justice system response, and legal issues are included.
Theories, causes, consequences and prevention of violent acts. Topics include trends and patterns, violent offenders, typologies of violent behavior, social construction of violence, and criminal justice response.
Global crime focusing on the relationship between globalization, crime, and justice which involves a diverse range of activities affecting the political, economic, and social development of countries around the world. Topics will focus on the proliferation of crime emphasizing migration, international policing, drug/human trafficking, international terrorism, environmental crime, cybercrime, and economic exploitation.
Problems and issues related to capital punishment in the United States, including its history, important Supreme Court decisions, variations in jurisdictional processes (state, federal, and military), the comparative cost of incarceration and execution, miscarriages of justice in capital cases, and responses to these issues.
A planned individual study program in conjunction with a Criminal Justice faculty member. Course may be repeated once with consent of advisor.
Problems, processes, and theories of communication, decision making, and control in criminal justice agencies.
Liability of criminal justice practitioners, agencies, municipalities, and other criminal justice entities including types of actions, defenses, damages, injunctions and other remedies for civil wrongs as mandated by state and federal law are included.
Ethical issues confronted by criminal justice personnel and organizations. Standards and professional responsibilities of criminal justice practitioners are examined within the context of ethical dilemmas.
Laws and constitutional safeguards that govern the process of criminal offenders from police investigation through post-conviction relief.
Advanced practical and theoretical topics in the field of crime analysis. Specific topics may change based on prevailing current trends in the field.
Theories, methods, and substantive issues in the creation, involvement, recognition, and control of deviance. Pertinent research data is integrated in the context of contemporary societal issues.
A seminar for advanced students. May be repeated once with the consent of the adviser.
A planned program of observation, study and work in selected criminal justice and related agencies. Meeting prerequisites does not guarantee an internship placement. A history of illegal drug use or experimentation, a criminal record, location of desired internship, inability to attend on-campus seminars, and other issues may prevent program acceptance as an intern.
Practical experience in the crime analysis field through a portfolio or practicum.
Exploration, at an advanced level, of issues, topics and dilemmas related to crime and the criminal justice system. The specific topics covered vary depending upon the instructor.