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Criminal Justice Studies

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies

An overview of the criminal justice system as it currently operates in its three major components: police, courts, and corrections. A broad-based interdisciplinary perspective is employed to introduce students to the process of criminal justice in the United States. Fall, Spring.

CJS201 Corrections

An overview of the correctional process with an emphasis on the social, political, and economic influences upon this process. Topics to be examined include the impact of race, class, and gender on the correctional system; the uses and effectiveness of institutional placements; and intermediate sanctions and community-based programming. Fall.

CJS240 Criminology

An overview of the field of criminology. The areas considered range from the definitions, origins, and extent of crime and law, to causal theories of criminal behavior, to types of crimes and victims. Particularly stressed is an analysis of the relationship between law and society and social structure to crime. Prerequisite: CJS 101, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

CJS250 Homeland Security

Principles and practices associated with the emerging discipline of homeland security. Policies, directives, national plans, and legislation that shape and define the ongoing evolution of homeland security. Key issues including civil liberties and diversity. Relationship to public safety, private security, and national security. Fall

CJS290 Topics in Criminal Justice

1-4 credits

Selected topics in Criminal Justice Studies. May be repeated as topics change; however, only a maximum of 4 credits can be used to satisfy the depth requirements of the CJS minor. Prerequisites: Prerequisites vary as topics change. See course listings for details. Occasionally.

CJS310 Perspectives on U.S. Policing

Introduces students to the evolution and state of police work as practiced in the U.S. It will include an examination and discussion of the role of the police in a changing society; police socialization, behavior and discretion; institutional organization, routine and specialized operations. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall/Spring.

CJS320 Case Studies in Violence

This course focuses on the various types of violence in our society including family violence, sexual violence, workplace violence, and so called "random actor" violence. Through readings and discussion, participants will examine the causes, key identifiers, consequences, and costs of violence. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall.

CJS330 Criminal Law and Procedure

This course is a study of the fundamentals of criminal law and criminal procedure. The principles that regulate the balance between the power of our government and the rights of individual citizens will be discussed. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall, Spring.

CJS332 Forensic Anthropology

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. It will cover the basic information and methods necessary to recognize, collect, identify, and process skeletonized human remains. Crosslisted with ANTH 332. Prerequisite: ISANTH 111 or CJS 240. Spring.

CJS342 Advanced Criminology

This course examines the intersection of criminological theory, public policies on crime, and political ideology. A number of important crime control policies are analyzed. Students will examine the political philosophy and theoretical ideas which underlie these policies, the research evidence on their effectiveness, and their political implications. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall, Spring.

CJS352 Sociology of Deviance

This course examines the processes involved in labeling behaviors and people as "deviant" within society. We will explore theories of why individuals engage in deviance as well as those discussing societal reactions to deviance. We will also explore popular forms of deviance in American culture through a theoretical lens. Cross listed with SOC 352. Prerequisites: CJS 240 or ISSOC 125, or permission of instructor. Fall.

CJS365 Juvenile Delinquency

This seminar focuses on the study of cultural influences defining the juvenile justice system. The structure of the juvenile court, choices for intervention, methods for measuring juvenile crime, and comparisons between juvenile and the adult justice systems are discussed. Prerequisite: CJS 240 or permission of instructor. Spring.

CJS372 Criminal Justice Administration

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the principles of public administration and related management techniques as they are applied to the operation of the various subsets of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJS 240 or permission of instructor. Spring.

CJS390 Studies in Criminal Justice

Studies in Criminal Justice. See course listings for details. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Occasionally.

CJS455 Special Populations and the CJS

This course examines the treatment and needs of special populations within the United States criminal justice system from initial law enforcement contact to reentry back into the community. Special populations covered include individuals with mental health disorders, the elderly, those with infectious diseases, noncitizens, transgender individuals, and pregnant women. Prerequisites: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or Permission of Instructor. Spring.

CJS461 White-Collar Crime

This seminar focuses on occupational, corporate, and government crime viewed using a sociological lens. This course will explore the causes, consequences, and criminal justice system response to white-collar crime. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS465 Terrorism

Offers historical perspectives of the current terrorist threat and challenges with a review of major terrorist groups and their strategies, tactics and targets. Limits on military and civil authority, jurisdictional issues, federal law enforcement and intelligence, anti- and counter-terrorist operations and operational techniques, and future trends will be discussed. Prerequisite: CJS 342, or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS467 Human Behavior and the Legal System

Human behavior is shaped and limited by the laws that human society develops. An understanding of the effects of individual behavior on the legal system and the consequence of the existence of a legal system for individual behavior is central to the understanding of human behavior. This course is crosslisted with PSYC 467. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or PSYC 221 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS469 The Sociology of Punishment

This seminar discusses sociological perspectives on crime control and punishment. We will look at the historical development of the institutions and practices of punishment, as well as contemporary reforms and changes in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS471 Women and Crime

Specifically concerns women and crime, a subfield within criminology. In addition to evaluating traditionally androcentric approaches to explaining criminality, we will also explore other intersections of women with criminal justice, including women as offenders, victims, and workers in criminal justice fields. Prerequisites: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS473 Race and Crime in the Media

This course examines the relationship between crime, race, and the media, with a focus on media representations of race in the criminal justice system. We will explore current issues, highly publicized cases, and depictions of victims, offenders, and police as they are presented in film, television, news media, and print. Prerequisites: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS478 Order, Chaos, and Violence

This course focuses on the role of violence in terms of the disruption and maintenance of order as socio-cultural adaptive strategies. Various forms of violence in human societies around the world are examined from cross-cultural and multi-ethnic perspectives with an emphasis on differing worldviews and the reasons for violence. This course is crosslisted with ANTH 478. Prerequisites: ISANTH 110 or CJS 101 and SOC 301. Spring, even years.

CJS490 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Studies

Advanced studies in criminal justice. See course listings for details. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

CJS494 Cooperative Education

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests. Students must apply to the CJS program before placement can occur; see your advisor for details. This experience is supervised, approved, and evaluated by full-time faculty. Elective CJS credit only (normally 120 hours for 4 credits) to maximum of 4 credits per degree program. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and junior/senior status. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall/Spring.

CJS498 Independent Study

1-4 credits

Advanced independent study of a criminal justice studies area not normally available in the curriculum. Requires written report. Prerequisite: written permission of the instructor. May be repeated to a total of 4 credits. Fall, Spring.