Course Descriptions

2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours.

2301 Police and Community Crime Prevention
The role of the police in community crime prevention efforts; citizen organization and participation; the police as the crucial linkage; examination of existing programs, problems, and potential; analysis of success and failure in joint community crime prevention efforts. Three credit hours.

3105, 3205, 3305 Seminar in Criminal Justice (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
Special problems, issues, or trends relating to the criminal justice system. May be repeated with a change of subject and with permission of the department chairperson. Three credit hours.

3301 Criminal Evidence (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An analysis of the legal problems associated with the investigation of crime; the acquisition, preservation and presentation of evidence; principles of proof  in criminal proceedings.  Three credit hours.

3302 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
A study of the leading constitutional cases in the area of criminal justice with particular emphasis on cases dealing with search and seizure, the privilege against self- incrimination, assistance of counsel, and fair trial guarantees. Three credit hours.

3303 Survey of Corrections
Explores the operation of the correctional system within the context of society and within the criminal justice system, the integration of criminology, the course and corrections, the relationship the correctional system has to society, its interaction with the other components within the criminal justice system, and its historical foundations. Three credit hours.

3304 Police and Society
This course will examine the relationship between the police and the community from several different perspectives.  We will start with an introduction to the history, practices and issues related to the law enforcement function in our society, followed by an overview of police functions and responsibilities at the local, state, and federal levels.  Police operations will b examined relative to effectiveness in crime control, delivery of services, and maintenance of order.  We will review contemporary policy issues, programs and strategies.  Finally, we will examine existing programs, problems, and potential directions as well as successes and failures in policing.  Primary emphasis will be placed on community policing and its impact on policing in the 21st century.  Three credit hours.

3306 Police Administration and Management
Basic understanding of the part police play within society and within the criminal justice system.  Explores the relationship the police have to society, their interaction with the other components within the criminal justice system, and their historical foundations.  Discusses management strategies that have been employed over the past century in policing emphasizing the daily administration of a police agency. Three credit hours.

3307 Criminal Law (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An analysis of criminal acts, elements of specific crimes, and defenses permitted in the United States legal system. Three credit hours.

3309 Cybercrime (Prerequisite: IFAS 2300 or consent of instructor)
Designed to acquaint students with law enforcement’s response to crimes committed using computers, networks, and the internet.¬†Three credit hours.

3310 Race/Ethnicity and Criminal Justice (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An exploration of the differing experiences of racial/ethnic groups as they come into contact with crime and the criminal justice system. Three credit hours.

3311 Gangs (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An examination of the historical, cross-cultural, and current state of gang involvement. Three credit hours.

3312 Victimology (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
A review of the distribution and causes of crime from the point of view of the victim, as well as detailing the interface between victims and the legal and social service communities. Three credit hours.

3313 Crime and Science: An Introduction to Forensic Science
A general overview of the field of forensic science, the application of “science,” and the scientific method to the law.¬† Topics such as criminalistics, including firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence, fingerprints, toxicology, and biological evidence, such as serology and DNA. Forensic pathology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and forensic psychology will be introduced.¬†An experience oriented component will be provided by currently active forensic specialists. Three credit hours.

3337 Juvenile Delinquency (Prerequisite: Sociology 2300)
Juvenile delinquent behavior, problems, theory, cause, control, and prevention.  See Sociology 3337.  Three credit hours.

3348 Internship I (Prerequisite: consent of instructor)
Experience in law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, probation and parole departments, other correctional institutions, delinquency control programs, and public or voluntary agencies. Three credit hours.

3349 Internship II (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 3348, consent of instructor)
A continuation of Internship I. Three credit hours.

3396 Psychology and the Criminal Process
Contributions of psychology to the practice of law, law enforcement, and other related areas, illustrated in terms of testimony and court procedures, psychopathology, correctional services, the development of laws, and social psychology. Three credit hours.

4199, 4299 Crimal Justice Workshop
Subjects vary.  Sixteen hours of workshop time will equal one credit hour.  One or two credit hours.

4300 Crime and Behavior
Enables students to identify and understand the major schools of thought in criminology and to integrate them into a comprehensive application to the real world. Three credit hours.

4301 Judicial System and Process (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
A survey of state, local, and federal judicial systems and their interrelationships. Examines judicial structures, functions, and decision-making procedures. Three credit hours.

4302 Law and Society (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An examination of the origins and history of law in society, including the evolving roles of judges, juries, defense attorneys, and prosecutors.  Examines the evolution of civil and criminal law, the adversary system, and the concept of justice. Three credit hours.

4303 Readings in Criminal Justice (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
A survey of the current literature on crime and law enforcement, with emphasis on special research reports and periodical and journal articles in criminal justice, law, sociology, and related fields.  Three credit hours.

4304 Research Methods
Instruction in reading and comprehension of reports and research within the criminal justice field, identifying the application of various research techniques and statistical methods, and producing a draft research proposal.  Three credit hours.

4305 Juvenile Law and Process (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
An exploration of the philosophical basis, process, legal rights of juveniles, and roles of the major participants in the juvenile justice system.  Three credit hours.

4307 Drug Abuse
A study of frequently abused drugs, with emphasis on the personal, social, and legal consequences of drug abuse and on the treatment of drug addiction. Three credit hours.

4120, 4220, 4320 Independent Study (Prerequisite: 15 hours of criminal justice courses, senior standing with 3.00 GPA, consent of instructor)
Advanced study and research. One, two or three credit hours.

4332 Corrections Psychology (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
A review of theoretical and applied issues in the practices of correctional psychology. Focus on relevant empirical studies and their application in a correctional context. Three credit hours.

4333 Cooperative Education (Prerequisite: consent of instructor)
Experience in law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, probation and parole departments, other
correctional institutions, delinquency control programs, and public or voluntary agencies. Three credit hours

4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (Prerequisite: Political Science 1310 or junior standing)
Civil liberties; analysis of leading constitutional decisions focusing on human freedom and fundamental rights. Emphasis on religious liberty, freedom of expression, racial equality, privacy, criminal procedures, and the dymanics of Supreme Court decision making.  See Political Science 4351. Three credit hours.

4380 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2300)
Analysis of the law enforcement, judicial, and correctional systems of other nations, with emphasis on comparison with the United States system of criminal justice. This comparative criminology course provides country profiles, comparisons, and cross-national analyses that reflect the international nature of crime.  We will review the many faces of crime as it takes place around the world and details unusual crimes in foreign countries including: organized crime, money laundering, the drug trade, sex trade, white-collar crime, and terrorism.  Three credit hours.