Undergraduate Course Catalog

Criminal Justice and Criminology

G. Morrison, Chairperson

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a variety of courses that help students understand the dimensions and causes of crime and delinquency and the theories of crime prevention and control. Courses examine the structure and philosophy of the American criminal justice system; the operation of criminal courts at the local, state, and federal levels; techniques and theories of law enforcement; and the philosophies and practices of various correctional programs. Students are prepared for entry-level professional positions in the criminal justice system as well as for graduate study in related subjects. 

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology will only accept 9 hours of independent learning credits toward a major or minor in that department.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE 

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS—CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY (AA), 60 hours

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General education, 39 hours

ENG


POLS

PSYS
SOC

103
104
231
130
or
100
100

Rhetoric & Writing
Composing Research
Professional Writing
American National Government (3)

Intro to Psychological Science (3)
Principles of Sociology

3
3
3


3
3

PFW 

   

1

Electives 

 

23





39 hrs

Concentration area, 21 hours

CJC



101
102
230
240
250

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Policing
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Courts

3
3
3
3
3

6 hours from
Electives from 300-400-level CJC

6



21 hrs


60 hrs
Students may substitute CJC 220 and 221 for the CJC 300-400-level courses with approval from the department chairperson. Students qualifying for exemption from ENG 103 or 104 will receive credit for the course(s). ENG 101 and 102 may be substituted for ENG 103. 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees, the University Core Curriculum and the concentration areas listed below.

MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY (BA/BS), 48 hours

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101
102
220
221
230
240
250
369
or
479

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology
Research Methods in CJC
Data Analysis in CJC
Introduction to Policing
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Courts
Paid Internship in CJC (12 or 15)

Unpaid Internship in CJC (12 or 15)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3


12 or 15

12-15 hours from electives in CJC

12-15





48 hrs
For those not taking the internship, a series of directed electives in CJC or related fields will be recommended. 

MINOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, 21 hours

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101
102
230
240
250

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Policing
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Courts

3
3
3
3
3

CJC 300-400 level
CJC 300-400 level

3
3





21 hrs

MINOR IN DIGITAL FORENSICS, 24 hours

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CJC



CS


GEOG

102
230
350
351
110
203
249
265

Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Policing
Criminal Evidence
Criminal Law
Intro Comp Sci & Web Prog
Intro to Computer Security
Forensics
Intro Geographic Info Systems

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3





24 hrs
Not open to computer security minors.

CERTIFICATE IN CORRECTIONS, 21 hours

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101
102
230
240
332
340
341

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Policing
Introduction to Corrections
Crisis Intervention in CJC
Institutional Corrections
Community Corrections

3
3
3
3
3
3
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21 hrs

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY (CJC)

101 Introduction to American Criminal Justice System (3)
Overview and analysis of the American criminal justice system. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1030)

102 Introduction to Criminology (3)
Examines the legal definitions of criminal and delinquent behavior; typologies of crime and criminals; trends in reported distribution of crime and delinquency within the population; and theoretical explanations.

220 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
Introduction to research methods pertinent to the study of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system. Emphasizes the design, development, use, and ethical concerns of both qualitative and quantitative research. 
    Prerequisite: CJC 101, 102; or permission of the department chairperson.

221 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
Introduction to data analysis in the study of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system. Emphasizes computer applications in the analysis of data and use of existing records and sources of information.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102; or permission of the department chairperson.

230 Introduction to Policing (3)
Examination of the development of the police in America in the past, present, and future. Emphasizes institutional context of police activity, bureaucratization of the police, professionalization, role of the police, and police/community change.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101, 102; or permission of the department chairperson.

240 Introduction to Corrections (3)
Introduction to penology emphasizing the history, philosophy, programs, policies, and problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections, and alternative sanctions.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101, 102; or permission of the department chairperson.

250 Introduction to Courts/Judiciary (3)
Introduction to the American court and judicial systems emphasizing their structure, operation, and objectives. 
    Prerequisite: CJC 101, 102; or permission of the department chairperson.

309 Juvenile Justice/Delinquency (3)
Examination of societal explanations for and treatment of juvenile delinquents including the role of families, schools, police, courts, and correctional institutions.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

311 Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3)
Examination of racial, ethnic, and gender issues regarding criminal offenders, victims of crime, and employees of the criminal justice system.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

312 Victimology (3)
Criminological examination of victims including victims' reactions and various responses made by the criminal justice system and other societal agencies.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

329 Decision Making and Ethics (3)
Examination of the process of decision making in criminal justice agencies and social institutions that influence those agencies in American society. Emphasizes ethical practices and concerns that affect the justice system.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

331 Organized Crime in America (3)
Nature and structure of organized crime in America with special emphasis on the history and changing images of organized crime, its operation and activities, and programs for control.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

332 Crisis Intervention in CJC (3)
Study of theoretical and practical bases for accurately assessing and responding to crises that are unique to the criminal justice profession.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

333 Police Systems/Organizations (3)
Examination of issues and developing trends confronting the management and administration of police in the United States. Emphasizes developments in the provision of law enforcement and social services by police at the local, state, and federal level.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

340 Institutional Corrections (3)
In-depth inquiry into the function, structure, and operation of American adult and juvenile correctional institutions.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

341 Community Corrections (3)
Organization and operation of community-based correctional programs throughout the United States. Topics include probation, parole, halfway houses, group homes, diversion, restitution, and community service programs emphasizing the most popular programs and practices.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

350 Criminal Evidence (3)
Examines the rules of evidence as applied in criminal investigations and criminal court with a discussion of relevant issues and legal standards.         
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.  

351 Criminal Law (3)
Purposes and functions of substantive criminal law, historical foundations and limits of criminal law. Emphasizes Indiana criminal law.                 
    Prerequisite: CJC 220 and 221 and 230 and 240 and 250 and sophomore standing, or permission of the department chairperson.

369 Paid Professional Experience in Criminal Justice and Criminology (12 or 15)
Paid, full-time individual assignment under field supervision in one of a variety of criminal justice settings.
    Prerequisite: senior standing, 2.5 grade-point average, permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 15 hours of credit may be earned.
    Not open to students who have credit in CJC 479.
    Open only to criminal justice majors.

390 Honors Colloquium in Criminal Justice (1)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in criminal justice with emphasis on individualized study, reporting, and group discussion.
    Open only to honors students; others by permission of the department chairperson.

410 Current Topics in Criminology (3-6)
Exploration of selected, contemporary issues and topics in criminology emphasizing individualized study, reporting, and group discussion.
    Prerequisite: successful completion of CJC 101, 102, 220, 221, 230, 240, 250, and junior or senior standing.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to criminal justice majors and minors.

430 Current Topics in Policing (3-6)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in policing and law enforcement emphasizing individualized study, reporting, and group discussion.
    Prerequisite: successful completion of CJC 101, 102, 220, 221, 230, 240, 250, and junior or senior standing.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to criminal justice majors and minors.

440 Current Topics in Corrections (3-6)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in penology emphasizing individualized study, reporting, and group discussion.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101, 102, 220, 221, 230, 240, 250, and junior or senior standing.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to criminal justice majors and minors.

450 Current Topics in Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice (3-6)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in legal aspects of criminal justice emphasizing individualized study, reporting, and group discussion.
    Prerequisite: successful completion of CJC 101, 102, 220, 221, 230, 240, 250, and junior or senior standing.
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to criminal justice majors and minors.

471 Practicum in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3-6)
Part-time individual assignment under field supervision in one of a variety of criminal justice settings.
    Prerequisite: successful completion of CJC 101, 102, 220, 221, 230, 240, 250; 2.5 grade-point average; permission of the instructor, and senior standing.
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.
    Open only to criminal justice majors.

479 Professional Experience in Criminal Justice and Criminology (12 or 15)
Non-paid, full-time individual assignment under field supervision in one of a variety of criminal justice settings.
    Prerequisite: senior standing, 2.5 grade-point average, permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 15 hours of credit may be earned.
    Not open to students who have credit in CJC 369.
    Open only to criminal justice majors.

490 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (1-3)
An opportunity to study specific topics related to the criminal justice system.
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.