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CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CRJ)
Fletcher Winston, Chair/Associate Professor of Sociology
Riku Kawaguchi, Assistant Professor of Sociology
 
Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major and minor program offered by the Sociology Department that includes courses within the social sciences and humanities. Required classes from the disciplines of Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology provide a solid base for understanding crime and criminal justice. Students majoring in Criminal Justice also complete two social-science research courses where they learn the methods used to analyze crime. Additional courses in the domains of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Justice Studies further develop an understanding of issues related to this social problem. Through courses within the Criminal Justice block, students gain an understanding of criminal law, law enforcement, judicial processes and other aspects of the criminal justice system. Classes within the domain of Criminology are grounded in social theory. These courses use a social-science approach to understand criminal behavior and the relationship between crime and society. Courses within the Justice Studies block afford students the opportunity to better appreciate the moral, philosophical, and humanistic dimensions of the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice major does not satisfy the Additional Depth of Understanding requirement of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This comprehensive interdisciplinary approach provides a strong foundation for graduate school and professional careers in criminal justice. Courses within the program prepare students for employment in agencies such as the FBI, GBI, DEA, Homeland Security, and ICE. Classes also prepare students for graduate school and professional degree programs in fields such as law, criminology, law enforcement, and public affairs.
Criminal Justice majors may receive Departmental Honors by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.75 in courses required for the major and satisfactorily completing a substantial research project originating in SOC 405. Honors students will develop their research project under the direction of a faculty member and must present their research paper at an approved conference. Students who wish to receive Departmental Honors are strongly encouraged to complete SOC 405 before their senior year.
 
Major in Criminal Justice
36 semester credit hours minimum
 
CRJ 160. Introduction to Criminal Justice
POL 101. Introduction to American Government
POL 337. U.S. Legal System
PSY 101. Introduction to Psychology
PSY 256. Forensic Psychology
SOC 304. Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
SOC 385. Criminology
SOC 405. Empirical Research Project
One additional Criminal Justice course from:
CRJ 362. Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 370. Criminal Law
CRJ 372. Criminal Procedure
CRJ 390. Special Topics
CRJ 490. Internship in Criminal Justice
One additional Criminology course from:
PSY 265. Abnormal Psychology
SOC 313. Deviance
SOC 350. Women, Crime, and Justice
SOC 367. Law and Society
Two Justice Studies courses (in different disciplines) from:
AFR 210. Civil Rights and the Black American
AFR 221. Prison Narratives
REL 230. Approaches to Christian Ethics
REL 335. Christian Ethics in America
PHI 195. Introduction to Ethics
PHI 235. Philosophy of Law
PHI 237. Gender, Philosophy, and Law
POL 330. Race, Law, and Politics
POL 332. Women, Law, and Politics
 
Minor in Criminal Justice
21 semester credit hours minimum
 
CRJ 160. Introduction to Criminal Justice
POL 101. Introduction to American Government
PSY 101. Introduction to Psychology
POL 337 or PSY 256 or SOC 385
One course from the Criminal Justice block
One course from the Criminology block (or POL 337 or PSY 256 or SOC 385)
One course from the Justice Studies block
 
At least 6 hours toward the minor must come from courses numbered above 300
 
CRJ 160. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)
An introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States, including criminal laws, policing, courts and legal processes, and punishments and corrections. Students will examine the dimensions and implications of racial, gender, and class inequalities in contemporary criminal justice. (Every semester)
CRJ 198. Special Introductory Topics in Criminal Justice: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
This course examines an introductory topic in criminal justice not covered in any other departmental offerings. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)
CRJ 290. Research in Criminal Justice (1-3 hours)  
Prerequisite: CRJ 160 or SOC 101 and consent of instructor. 
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their research skills by assisting faculty in conducting research. Students are expected to work at least three hours per week for every hour of credit. Graded S/U. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours, but no more than 3 credit hours may count toward the major. (Every semester) 
CRJ 362. Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160.
A study of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency in contemporary society, with particular emphasis on theories of causation, treatment, and control. (Every two years)
CRJ 370. Criminal Law (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160.
The study of substantive criminal law, this course focuses on criminal culpability, defense to criminal culpability, sentencing issues, and the elements of felony and misdemeanor crimes including homicide, other crimes against persons, property, and the public order. (Every two years)
CRJ 372. Criminal Procedure (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160.
Criminal Procedure is the study of the processes and procedures of criminal law and the criminal justice legal system. The course includes the study of search and seizure, bail procedure, plea negotiations issues, trial procedures, charging, indictments, information and adversary systems, and special problems. (Every two years)
CRJ 390. Special Topics in Criminal Justice: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160 or consent of instructor.
This course examines a significant topic in criminal justice that is not available through other departmental course offerings. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)
CRJ 490. Internship in Criminal Justice (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: CRJ 160 and consent of instructor.
This course involves an internship at an approved business, non-profit organization, government agency, or academic institution. It provides the opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of criminal justice, develop career-related skills, and better define their career paths. Students will complete the course under the direction of a faculty member and an onsite supervisor. In addition to handling internship site work responsibilities, students complete reading and reflection assignments and meet periodically with the faculty sponsor. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. (Every semester)
CRJ 495. Directed Independent Research in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Prerequisites: SOC 405 and permission of instructor and department chair.
This course involves the development of an independent student research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students who enroll in this course are expected to present their research projects at an approved conference. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours, but no more than 3 credit hours may count toward the major. (Every semester)