Criminal Justice Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Introduction to Criminal Justice (SCJ 110)
Provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States, including the historical and contemporary operation of police, courts, and corrections. Examines differences between the adult and juvenile justice systems. Reviews ethical guidelines for criminal justice professions. A 20-hour service learning requirement introduces students to the components, best practices, and career opportunities in the criminal justice field. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Restorative Justice (SCJ 180)
This course provides a thorough introduction to restorative justice theory and practice by exploring the theoretical roots of the restorative justice movement and the methods used in the field. Students develop proficiency in discipline-specific writing. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. 3 credits.
Law Enforcement in the Community (SCJ 200)
Surveys the history, function, and current operation of law enforcement in American society. Studies the role of the police in a democratic society and issues related to the proper boundaries of police authority and discretion. Examines the ethics, opportunities, and dangers of policing as a profession. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Juvenile Delinquency (SCJ 220)
Provides an overview of the principles and operation of the juvenile justice system, with a particular focus on restorative justice. Surveys theories and research on the nature, extent, and causes of delinquency and strategies for preventing and treating delinquent behavior. Fall semester. 3 credits.
The Criminal Court (SCJ 225)
Examines the organization and structure of criminal courts in the United States and their functioning in relation to other components of the criminal justice system. Stages in the criminal court process and the roles played by the judge, defense counsel, police, probation officers, and other personnel in that process are discussed. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Special Topics:Criminal Justice (SCJ 250)
Explores various topics in criminal justice. Prerequisite: SCJ110. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee when field trip is part of the course.
The Dark Side of Crime: Profiling (SCJ 260)
This course allows the student an opportunity to become acquainted with the terminology of profiling and to gain a basic understanding of the factors involved in profiling. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Corrections (SCJ 300)
Examines the legally sanctioned methods of dealing with lawbreakers including institutional corrections, community corrections, and dispositions including community service, restitution programs, victim awareness programs, and electronic monitoring. A 20-hour service learning component introduces students to correctional facilities, practices, and personnel. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Female Crime and Delinquency (SCJ 325)
Examines the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural correlates of gender and gender-based crime, both adult and juvenile, in American society. Students utilize current research studies to examine criminology theories and their applicability to women and juvenile females. Prerequisite: SCJ220. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Policy & Program Analysis (SCJ 405)
By learning and applying an evaluation process to criminal justice policies, students learn how to determine whether policies and programs address specific needs, are theoretically sound, are implemented correctly, meet their goals, and are cost-efficient. Juniors and seniors only. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Applied Criminology (SCJ 425)
Focuses on the study of crimes, criminals, causes of, and interventions into criminal behavior and victimization issues. Students work with an agency within their field of interest to identify, assess, and revise or develop a practical, restorative justice-based intervention to a real world need. Prerequisite: SCJ405 or permission of the instructor. Juniors and seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Internship & Seminar (SCJ 430)
Provides students with a minimum of 120 hours of supervised, directed field learning in criminal justice, providing opportunities for students to relate the theories and principles of criminology and delinquency to the structure and operations of the criminal justice field. Fall, spring, J-term, M-term, and summer. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.
Criminal Justice Capstone (SCJ 435)
Integrates theory, research, and practice in the criminal justice field with the liberal arts knowledge base. Topics include best practices in criminal justice, presentation of the showcase portfolio, and preparation for a career in criminal justice or graduate school in criminology or a related field. Seniors only. Spring semester. 1 credit.
Fundamentals of Criminalistics (SFN 105)
This course provides an introduction to the broad range of forensic services offered by crime labs. The student gains an understanding of the scientific basis of forensic services through a general study of biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Topics include processing a crime scene, trace and contact evidence, identification of body fluids, DNA analysis, drugs of abuse, bloodstain patterns, fingerprints, and firearms. The student performs selected forensic techniques in the laboratory. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)
Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Race, Class, and Gender (SSO 200)
Reviews research on cultural definitions of race, class, and gender and their consequences for social life; institutional stratification and efforts to reduce inequalities; and attempts to revise the meaning of race, class, and gender in American culture. Spring semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Sociology of Deviance (SSO 280)
Studies cultural constructions of deviance and the changing nature of deviance in American society; various forms of deviant behavior, including organized crime and governmental and corporate deviance; and societal responses to deviance. Spring semester and ADP Session 5. 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.
Research Methods (SSS 251)
Introduces students to the procedures that are used in conducting research in the social sciences. Provides practice in designing research studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)
Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.