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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is a program designed to develop, enhance and advance professionals in the field of Criminal Justice. It is a synthesis of traditional and contemporary crime studies. It is designed to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the functions of the United States Criminal Justice System; expose them to the system’s etymology, the evolution of traditional crimes; provide students with the solid foundation needed to understand and deal with contemporary crime. The program pays particular attention to new and evolving crime trends. This includes but is not limited to crime in the fields of contemporary Juvenile Justice, Digital Forensics, Homeland Security, Investigation, 21st Century Terrorism, Corporate crime etc. The program prepares students to incorporate Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) techniques used to investigate, combat, and reduce recidivism rates.

Contact your Advisor about academic credit for completion of the basic peace officer academy.

Major Requirements

A. UIW Core Curriculum (46 semester hours)

Students must complete the following courses in the UIW Core:

MATH 1304, 1306 or 1308 (satisfies the mathematics requirement)
PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology (satisfies social science requirement)

B. Criminal Justice Core (33 Hours)

CRIJ 1301
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course Description

This course is an introduction to all of the parts that make up our criminal justice system. Students will study law enforcement, our judicial system, the criminal justice process, the law, criminal justice agencies and current issues.

CRIJ 1308
Criminalistics
Course Description

This course is an introduction to crime scene investigation. Students will learn the basic theories of criminalistics and how the application of the theory relates to criminal investigation.

CRIJ 1325
Criminology
Course Description

This course is a survey of why people, both adults and juveniles, commit crimes. Patterns in behavior as well as types of crimes will be examined in this course.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301

CRIJ 2310
Criminal Law and Procedure
Course Description

This course is an overview of criminal law in the US. Students will study the principles of our legal system including liability, crimes against property, people, and society.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 2313
Introduction to Corrections
Course Description

This course is an introduction to modern corrections. The course will look at the corrections practices currently in place, the role of corrections in our society, as well as how correction agencies function.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 2328
Law Enforcement
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the role police play in our criminal justice system. It includes a historical survey of policing, the role of the modern police officer, as well as current issues in policing.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 2333
Juvenile Justice
Course Description

This course examines the issues concerning minors in the criminal justice system. The legal ramifications for courts, corrections, probation, police and reasons for criminal acts will be explored.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3315
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Course Description

This course aims to provide criminal justice students with the fundamental legal, moral, and ethical issues in the United States Criminal Justice System.  Students are exposed to the strengths and weaknesses of the US justice system.  The use of discretionary powers by personnel in the ethical issues involved in the fight against contemporary crime in the global world.  The course serves as an eye opener to the use, misuse and limitations of power in the justice system.  News making cases are reviewed.

CRIJ 3360
Criminal Justice Administration
Course Description

This course examines the organizational structure of criminal justice organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of management and organization structure of a variety of different types of criminal justice agencies. Students will learn what makes the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies unique from other private and/or public agencies.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3370
Criminal Justice Research Methods
Course Description

This course will introduce the student to research used in criminology and criminal justice. It will explore the nature of scientific inquiry, issues in research methods, and statistical concepts and allow for a critical examination to assess the design, results, and conclusions of quality research in criminal justice.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301,1325, 2310, 2313, 2328, 2333. and 3360

CRIJ 4380
Capstone in Criminal Justice
Course Description

The capstone course allows students to demonstrate their knowledge across the discipline of criminal justice. Students will demonstrate their knowledge integrating theory, concepts and decision making in a culminating project.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

C. Criminal Justice Electives (27 Hours)

CRIJ 2303
Introduction to Homeland Security
Course Description

This course is designed to give Criminal Justice students a general idea about what Homeland Security is all about.  It is also a foundational course for students enrolled in the Homeland Security concentration.  The course exposes students to the origin of the Department of Homeland Security, its organizational structure, and the security strategies that the department employs to keep the homeland safe from both domestic and international attacks.  the course rethinks the September 9-11 attacks, its survivors, and shows how the 9-11 attacks and technological development have opened up the way for the shape the department has adopted in recent years.

CRIJ 3300
Public and Private Security
Course Description

This course examines the basic problems, procedures, and needs in the field of security work including a comparison of private agencies, schools, hotels, retail and industrial enterprises which handle their own security with private and public security organizations. Emphasis is given to the role of private, industrial, and business security systems and their relationship to the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325

CRIJ 3330
Race, Gender, Ethnicity and the Law
Course Descriptions

This course explores the criminal justice systems and deals with differences in race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Students will learn about victimization, as well as crime, apprehension, prosecution and punishment as it relates to these differences.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3335
Civil Liability
Course Description

This course will expose students to civil liability issues at the local, state, and federal law levels. Students will develop better awareness of the liability risks relative to criminal justice service. They will learn proactive protocols that may minimize personal and organizational liability risks..

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3340
Victimology
Course Description

This course examines the issues concerning minors in the criminal justice system. The legal ramifications for courts, corrections, probation, police and reasons for criminal acts will be explored.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3380
Criminal Investigation
Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize the student with crimes against person and property and the investigation procedures used for successful prosecution: computer and technology, collections of evidence, report writing, interviews, techniques, and law and court testimony.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 3390
Terrorism and Homeland Security
Course Description

This course will explore the historical and philosophical foundations of terrorism and defined through typologies and motivations associated with such criminal acts and behaviors. It will review acts of terrorism and discuss how law enforcement and security processes have responded through law and criminal interdiction.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 4300
Corporate Crime and Deviance
Course Description

This course will provide an examination and analysis of the phenomena of organized and white collar crimes and efforts to control it. Attention will be paid to criminal organizations, including but not limited to government agencies, corporations, and corrupt individuals.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325

CRIJ 4305
Cyber Crimes
Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental principles of computer crime and investigations. Topics include crime scene/incident processing, information gathering techniques, data retrieval, collections and preservation of evidence, preparation of reports and court presentations.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 4320
Sex Crimes
Course Description

This course examines the range of crimes from exhibitionism to the most serious sexual crimes. Students will study the causes, impact and treatment possibilities for perpetrators.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325.

CRIJ 4340
Women in Criminal Justice
Course Description

This course provides an overview of issues surrounding women and crime: as offenders, victims, and criminal justice system professionals. Students will analyze changing social views of women and women's roles, and the impact of feminism and affirmative action policies. Topics will include theories on female crime; the implications of social class and race in female offending; the ways in which women are processed through the criminal justice system; patterns of female victimization; and the roles of women in law enforcement and corrections.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301 and 1325

CRIJ 4390
Concepts in Self-Defense
Course Description

This course will familiarize the student with theories and concepts in fear management, predator-prey dynamics, performance enhancement psychology, and conflict management strategies that enhance survivability in both personal and professional domains.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301, 1325, 2310, 2313, 2328, 2333, 3360, 3370, and 4380

CRIJ 4395
Internship in Criminal Justice
Course Description

This experience involves a minimum of 100 contact hours in a position that affords the student an opportunity to learn practical applications in the criminal justice field. It consists of one term of supervised service in a criminal justice agency.

Prerequisite
CRIJ 1301, 1325, 2310, 2313, 2328, 2333, 3360, 3370, and 4380

D. Free Elective Module (14 hours)

Total with requirements must equal at least 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation.

Minor

15 hours of the following:
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1325 Criminology
3000 - 4000 CJ Elective
3000 - 4000 CJ Elective
3000 - 4000 CJ Elective