Associate Professor Peppers (Coordinator); Teaching Associates Brogan, Scott

The B.A. degree with a major in criminal justice may be awarded to those students who satisfactorily complete 12 units from the following program:

A.    Criminal Justice - three required units:
CJUS 209  Research Methods in Public Affairs
CJUS/POLI 211 Criminal Justice
CJUS 401 Seminar in Criminal Justice

B.    Political Science - two required units:
POLI 201 State and Local Government or POLI 270 Public Administration
POLI 250  Public Policy

C.    Sociology - three required units:
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 238 Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 334 Criminology

D.    Electives - four required units:
Two from Group I: Policy Studies
CJUS/POLI 213 Criminal Law
CJUS/POLI 214 The Judicial Process
CJUS 215 Criminal Justice Forensics
CJUS 325 Comparative Law Enforcement
CJUS 326 Comparative Corrections
POLI 233 International Law

Two from Group II: Related Studies
BUAD 215 Accounting Principles I
CHEM 105 Investigating Forensics Chemistry
CJUS 227 Law and Society
CJUS 231 Juvenile Justice
POLI 201 State and Local Government
POLI 270 Public Administration
POLI 312 Civil Liberties
PSYC 211 Adolescent Development
PSYC 230 Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 237 Deviant Behavior

Courses from among CJUS 261, 401, 406, 416, 495-497 or one from among INQ 260 PS or IL 177, 277 or 377 may be used as electives within either groups I or II when they include topics related to Criminal Justice with the approval of the major coordinator; or any Honors 301 course whose topic is appropriate and approved by the major coordinator.

209 Research Methods in Public Affairs
An examination of the research methodologies and techniques used in the study of public policy and politics.  The course emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative methods.  The lab focuses on statistical applications.  (1) (Cross-listed as POLI/I.R. 209)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: POLI 101 and one other course in the major, ENVI 250, or permission.

211 Criminal Justice
An introductory analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States, its structure, processes, and problems. (1) (Cross-listed as POLI 211)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

213 Criminal Law
A study of the criminal justice system at work in the courtroom setting, emphasizing the relationship between substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence. (1) (Cross-listed as POLI 213)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

214 The Judicial Process
An exploration of the politics of the American judicial system. This includes such topics as the structure of courts, selection of judges, actors who participate in the judiciary, judicial behavior, and the civil and criminal varieties of courts. (1) (Cross-listed as POLI 214)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

215 Criminal Justice Forensics
An introduction to the practices of forensic science in law enforcement and the court system. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: CJUS/POLI 211.

227 Law and Society
An introduction to legal culture by studying the interaction between law, legal systems, and society. The class exposes the student to the theoretical perspectives used to explain the interplay between law and society found in the literature of the social sciences. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

231 Juvenile Justice
An examination of the theory, policy, and administration of the juvenile justice system. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: One course in CJUS or permission.

261 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
An examination of selected topics in criminal justice. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

325 Comparative Law Enforcement
A comprehensive overview of law enforcement using a comparative perspective. The development, mission, organization, and management of law enforcement agencies will be examined. The U.S. system will be analyzed and compared to those of other countries. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: POLI/CJUS 211 or permission.

326 Comparative Corrections
An exploration of philosophies, rationales, and models of adult corrections. Historical and existing correctional systems in select countries, e.g., the U.S., Canada, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and Russia will be examined. (1) (Cross-listed as SOCI 326)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Pre-requisite: POLI/CJUS 211 or permission.

401 Seminar in Criminal Justice
Advanced, in-depth study of selected topics in criminal justice with emphasis on developing a synthesis from the multi-disciplinary coursework required in the major. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Senior Criminal Justice major with POLI 201 or 270 and SOCI 334 completed, or permission.

406 Independent Study
Supervised review of a literature and research project in the area of criminal justice. (1)
Prerequisite: A minimum 3.0 major GPA and both Departmental and instructor permission.

416 Internship
A supervised placement providing practical experience in an agency relating to criminal justice. (1)
Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 major GPA and both Departmental and instructor permission

495, 496, 497 Honors Project
A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Prerequisite: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major, a student, in his/her senior year or in the Summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. 495 Honors Project is prerequisite for 497 Honors Project. (1/2, 1, 1/2)