Criminal Justice

Degrees and Certificates


CRMJ101W: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice covers the history, development, and current state of the criminal justice system in the United States, along with the challenges it faces. When appropriate, students visit relevant agencies.

CRMJ105W: Introduction to Homeland Security

Introduction to Homeland Security provides an historic overview of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the legislation that led to its creation and implementation. The course reviews related definitions and concepts, as well as the organizational structure of DHS. The course likewise reviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Students examine the all-hazards approach to emergency management, including prevention, preparation, response, and recovery to critical incidents. They also learn about critical infrastructure, risk analysis, and landmark national and international terrorist events.

CRMJ123W: Criminal Law

Criminal Law examines the current U.S. Criminal Justice system, both the law and legal procedures. The course uses a combination of the Socratic/case law approach and the lecture approach. First, it takes a law approach that familiarizes students with laws, their histories, and their underlying theories. Then it takes a procedural approach that examines specific legal procedures.

CRMJ150W: Criminology

Criminology analyzes in detail the development of criminological theory, taking into account the contributing disciplines of biology, psychology, sociology, and political science. The course applies integrated theory to combine these disciplines. The course also considers the offender/ victim relationship.

CRMJ201W: Criminal Procedures

Criminal Procedures offers an in-depth study on how the Constitution and other laws are relevant in today's criminal justice system. It focuses on policy, laws, process, and the procedure of the defendant in the criminal courts setting.

CRMJ210W: Juvenile Justice Administration

Juvenile Justice Administration examines theories, causation, and prevention programs. It includes the study of rehabilitative theories and treatment programs in public institutions and public and private agencies. Students analyze case studies and examine adolescent behavior, peer pressure, and the role of family.

CRMJ215W: Corrections Operations

Corrections Operations explores the many facets of a correctional facility. It provides an entry-level approach to educate aspiring law-enforcement professionals and to prepare them for the various correctional settings, practices, and expectations of both staff members and inmates. Topics include pretrial inmates, sentencing of inmates, the incarceration period, rehabilitative programs, parole, probation, and ways to reduce recidivism.

CRMJ225W: Drug Abuse and the Law

Drug Abuse and the Law examines drug use, drug misuse, and drug abuse from a criminal justice perspective. It provides an overview of the major drug categories, the substance-use disorders, and the impact drug abuse has on society. It also reviews drug-control policies, the enactment of these policies, and the response of the criminal justice system to drug-related crimes.

CRMJ230W: Justice and the Community

Justice and the Community reviews the history and evolution of police and community relations, along with the administration of justice in today's free society. Students become acquainted with different communication styles and the way they impact desired outcomes. The course pays particular attention to special populations, the use of discretion, social and health considerations, and the impact of media on the administration of justice.

CRMJ270W: Criminal Justice Internship

Criminal Justice Internship allows students to put learned theory to practice. With the assistance of the course instructor, students are responsible for finding agency placement. The internship requires the successful completion of 120 hours with the selected agency. The final grade is based on a combination of daily site logs, the supervising agency's assessment, a final analytical report, and a current resume.