M.P. Brown, 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.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE 

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

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General education, 36 credits   

ENG

MATH
HIST

103
104
125
150

Rhetoric and Writing
Composing Research
Quantitative Reasoning
The West in the World

3
3
3
3

Fine Arts elective    
One course from:   
AHS  100  Introduction to Art (3)   
MUHI  100  Music (3)   
THEA  100  Intro to Theatre (3)   3
       
Natural Science elective    
One course from:  
BIO  100  Biology for a Modern Society (3)   
CHEM  100  People and Chemistry (3)   
GEOG  101  Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)   
GEOL  101  Planet earth Geol Environment (3)   
HSC  160  Fundamentals of Human Health (3)   
NREM  101  Environment and Society (3)   
PHYC  100  Conceptual Physics (3)   3
       
Humanities elective   
One course from:   
ANTH  111  Anth, Cult, and Globalization (3)   
CC  101  Word Origins and Vocab Dev (3)   
  105  Intro to the Classical World (3)   
ENG  206  Reading Literature (3)   
GEOG  121  Geog of Cultural Environment (3)   
HIST  201  American History, 1492-1876 (3)   
  202  US History, 1877 to Present (3)   
PHIL  100  Introduction to Philosophy (3)   
RELS  160  Intro to Religion in Culture (3)   3
       
Directed electives   
COMM  210  Fundamentals of Public Comm    3
   
One course from:   
PFW 100  Physical Conditioning (2)   
  103  Walking (2)   
  104  Jogging (2)   
  117  Water Aerobics (2)   
  127 Swimming (2)   
  148  Aerobics (2)  2
   
One course from:   
FCS  135  Financial Literacy (1)   
FIN  101  Pers Fin for Fiscal Wellness (1)   
  110  Personal Finance (3)   1-3
   
Any Tier 2 Fine Arts, Design, or Humanities   3
6 credits in open electives    6 




36 crs
CJC concentration area, 24 credits   
Required courses   
CJC  101  Intro to Criminal Justice (3)   
  102  Introduction to Criminology (3)   
   
One course from:   
CJC  211  Race, Gender, and Crime (3)   
  229  Decision Making and Ethics (3)   
  251  Criminal Law (3)   
15 credits from   
CJC 300-400-level electives   15 


24 crs


60 crs

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 credits

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CJC

101
102
211
220
229
251
301
495

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology
Race, Gender, and Crime
Research Methods in CJC
Decision Making and Ethics
Criminal Law
Evaluation Research in CJC
Capstone in Criminal Justice

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

24 credits from electives in CJC

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48 crs
For those not taking the internship, a series of directed electives in CJC or related fields will be recommended.  Majors and minors in criminal justice and criminology are not permitted to enroll in the Certificate in Corrections.

MINOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY,
21 credits

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CJC

101
102

Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminology

3
3

15 credits of electives in CJC

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21 crs
Not open to CJC majors. 

MINOR IN DIGITAL FORENSICS, 24 credits

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GEOG

102
230
251
350
110
203
249
265

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

3
3
3
3
3
3
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24 crs
Not open to computer security minors.

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.

211 Race, Gender, and Crime (3)
The purpose of this course is to examine racial, ethnic, gender, and class issues regarding criminal offenders, victims, and employees of the criminal justice system. Focus is given to the development of cultural competency skills and practices.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors.

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.

229 Decision-Making and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
This course provides an examination of decision making in the American criminal justice system. Ethical systems are applied to justice system decision making. An emphasis is placed on ethical principles and concerns impacting the justice system.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors.

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.

251 Criminal Law (3)
This course provides an examination of the functions of substantive criminal law; its historical foundations and limits. Emphasis is placed on Indiana criminal law.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors. 

301 Evaluation Research in Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines how evaluation research is used to study crime, criminality, policy, and the criminal justice system. The underlying assumptions of statistics are learned, research methods are evaluated, statistical tests are interpreted, and evaluation research skills are learned in order to teach students how to draw conclusions about the utility and application of criminal justice-related research findings.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 220.
    Open only to CJC majors.

309 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3)
This course examines theoretical explanations of delinquency and the juvenile justice system. Delinquency is examined from numerous perspectives, including the role of families, communities, schools, and genetics. The examination of responses to delinquency include those by the police, courts and correctional institutions.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.           

332 Victimology (3) The purpose of this course is to examine the correlation of victimization theories. It also examines victims’ reactions and various responses made to victims by the criminal justice system and other societal agencies.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
   Open only to CJC majors and minors. 

333 Policing in Free and Diverse Society (3)
This course is an examination of issues and developing trends confronting police in the United States. It examines issues of police and policing including organizations and management, minorities in policing, police deviance, use of force, and community policing. It emphasizes developments in the provision of law enforcement and social services by the police at the local, state, and federal levels.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 230.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors. 

340 Institutional Corrections (3)
This course provides an in-depth inquiry into the function, structure, and operation of American adult and juvenile correctional institutions.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 240.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.  

341 Community Corrections (3)
This course examines the 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, with an emphasis on best practice.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 240.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors. 

350 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3)
This course intends to enhance student’s understanding of the rules of evidence in criminal proceedings. In criminal trials, the primary goal of the rules of evidence is intended to secure a defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial. Rules of evidence are not only important for the protection of the fundamental rights of the accused, but also are necessary in maintaining the integrity of the criminal justice system.
    Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 250.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors. 

369 Paid Professional Experience in Criminal Justice and Criminology (6 or 12)
Paid, 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 12 credits may be earned.
    Not open to students who have credit in CJC 479.
    Open only to CJC 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.

396 Advanced Criminology (3)
This course engages students in the process of understanding, evaluating, and empirically testing the major theories of crime causation. Further, students will be able to summarize the major schools of thought related to criminological theories, including, but not limited to, the historical context and primary assumptions of these theories as they relate to criminal behavior and social policy.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and CJC 102.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors. 

397 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
This class explores legal precedents in the criminal justice system. Analyses of appellate court decision are limited to those that are related to the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments. Topics include criminal investigations, custody, interrogations, searches and seizures, trial components, and sentencing.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102 and 250.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.

398 Human Services in Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines offender characteristics and needs, and explores how human services can meet those needs. Special attention is paid to human service policies and practices in prevention efforts, criminal justice interventions, and reentry.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.

399 Special Populations in Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines special populations within the US criminal justice system, including (but not limited to) offenders with mental illness, elderly offenders, and offenders with HIV/AIDS. This course addresses the specific needs of each special population, as well as legal and ethical issues arising from their treatment in criminal justice contexts.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.

410 Current Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3)
This course examines contemporary issues and topics in the criminal justice and criminology fields. The specific course topic is faculty-selected and delivered through various platforms, including individualized study, reporting, group discussion, or field study and observation.
    
Prerequisite: CJC 101 and 102.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.

479 Professional Experience in Criminal Justice and Criminology (6 or 12)
Non-paid, 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 12 credits may be earned.
    Not open to students who have credit in CJC 369.
    Open only to CJC majors.

490 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
This course involves researching a relevant topical area in criminal justice agreed upon by the instructor and student. Course topics will vary based on the research specialization of the instructor, but emphasis will be placed on formulating and completing original research.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    Open only to CJC majors and minors.

495 Capstone in Criminal Justice (3)
As the capstone class for CJC majors, this course evaluates data driven and evidence-based practices in criminal justice. Evaluations of criminal justice practices include historical information as well as current evidence-based and data driven practices within the field. 
    
Open only to CJC majors with senior status.