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Online BS in Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice courses build a solid foundation in the understanding of the criminal justice system including ethics, fraud prevention, cyber technologies, police, court and correctional practices, and economic and computer crime investigation. From there, you’ll focus on one of six unique specializations, allowing for concentrated study in your chosen career to prepare you for excellence on day one.

Core Courses

CRJ 101 - Seminar in Justice Studies (1)
Basic research/writing principles that should be applied to Justice Studies as a field of study. Introduction to criminological research methods and APA.

CRJ 103 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
History, theory, and structure of the criminal justice system emphasizing substantive and procedural criminal law; police, prosecution, defense, courts, institutional and community corrections; juvenile justice subsystem.

CRJ 208 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
We explore the role of ethics in the operation of the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on how to use critical thinking to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas associated with crime control.

CRJ 222 - Criminal Justice Communications (3)
Research, writing, oral, and visual communication skills related to criminal justice. Review of ethics, professionalism, and critical thinking involved in the criminal justice communication process. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 212 - Policing Theory and Practice (3)
Role of police in American society. Topics include nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism and operational trends

CRJ 224 - Corrections Theory and Practice (3)
Overview of probation, jails, prisons, and parole. Incarceration rationales, methods of dealing with offenders, organizational theory, inmate social systems, and program effectiveness.

CRJ 235 - Courts Theory and Practice (3)
Legal origins of American criminal courts, court procedures and trial process, sentencing and appeals. Topics also include roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 327 - Assessing Evidence in Criminal Justice (3)
Noting how ‘evidence’ is used and understood differently in the practice versus the study of criminal justice, this course critically examines the purpose, role, uses, sources, and credibility of evidence across both domains. After considering what evidence is and is not, the types of questions for which evidence is needed, and the complementary roles of evidence and logic in answering criminal justice questions and being a critical consumer of criminal justice claims, the course focuses on how evidence is used in the practice of criminal justice and how evidence is used in criminological research.

CRJ 358 - Introduction to Intelligence Studies (3)
Foundational aspects of intelligence studies. Collection and analysis of intelligence information from the perspective of national security, law enforcement and business. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 334 - Economic Crime Investigation (3)
White collar crime in the United States. Emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 337 - Computer Network Investigations (3)
Study of the technology, laws, regulations, ethics and procedures for conducting computer network investigations. Prerequisite: CRJ 333

CRJ 347 - Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies (3)
Types of proactive technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce and e-business. Includes development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.

Cross-Departmental Courses

MAT 112 - Basic Statistics (3)
For non-mathematics majors. Probability theory topics, binomial distribution, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, hypothesis testing. Confidence intervals, correlation, and prediction. Students may not also take for credit: PSY 211, ECN 241 or SOC 211 for credit towards Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisite: MAT 100, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor.

PSY/SOC 211 - Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3)
Application of statistical methods in psychological research. Descriptive statistics, tests of significance, correlation, simple analysis of variance, chi-square, and some nonparametric methods. Students may not also take ECN 241, MAT 112 for credit towards Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning. Same as SOC 211. Prerequisite: Core Component I Mathematics

ECN 241 - Statistics (3)
Application of statistical methods in management and economics. Descriptive statistics, probability, normal curve sampling, confidence, and regressions. Students may not also take PSY 211, SOC 211 or MAT 112 for credit towards Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: Completion of mathematics and computer requirements in component one of core.

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
Survey of the various fields of psychology including human development, learning and memory, sensation and perception, psychopathology and psychotherapy, physiology and behavior, social psychology, psychological testing, motivation and emotion.

SOC 274 - Criminology (3)
Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.

SOC 376 - Criminological Research Methods (3)
Emphasis on reading studies in scientific journals, understanding quantitative methods and their applications in crime study, hypothesis testing and policy evaluations. Computer applications in processing data and data analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 274 and SOC 211 /PSY 211 or MAT 112

Law

CRJ 342 - Law and Justice (3)
Understanding of criminal law by providing a framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. Emphasis on how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

GOV 341 - Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law (3)
Criminal law as process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. Emphasis on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

Technology

CRJ 107 - Computer Hardware and Peripherals (3)
Computer hardware and peripherals and other digital media used in commission of cyber-crimes. Hands-on examination of devices, including building, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.

CRJ 228 - Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice (3)
Introductory concepts related to the influence of cyber technologies on the modern criminal justice organization. Topics include information technology, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance.

CSC 217 - Computer Programming for Business Applications (3)
Computer aided problem solving in the business environment. Efficient use of spreadsheet software. Macro programming. Creating solutions from built-in functions and features. Prerequisite: CSC 117

Professional Development

CRJ 461 – Pro-seminar in Justice Studies (3)
Selected topics of current interest. Emphasizes critical analysis of current research literature and development of action projects by seminar members. Integrates previous learning as a capstone experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CRJ 470 - Criminal Justice - Internship (6-15)
Participation on staff of criminal justice agency under co-supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Field experience, weekly readings, online discussions, and writing assignments designed to combine theory and professional practice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CRJ 475 - Senior Project (3)
Senior level research project on policy issue determined after consultation with faculty supervisor. Permission of advisor

Choose From these Criminal Justice Specializations

Cyber-Criminology and Policy Specialization

CRJ 228 - Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice (3)
Introductory concepts related to the influence of cyber technologies on the modern criminal justice organization. Topics include information technology, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance.

CRJ 232 - Economic Crime Theory (3)
Typology of economic crime. Study of theory, causation, and victimization relating to economic crimes.

SOC 274 - Criminology (3)
Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.

CRJ 305 - Terrorism (3)
Overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts. Introduction to evolving definition and models of terrorism, causes, key events, countermeasures. Origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, and socio-cultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 - Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism (3)
America’s National Critical Infrastructures. Safeguarding and managing them when under threat. Key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related Counter Terrorism technologies. Defense, government-wide, and non-government information systems. Importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CRJ 337 - Computer Network Investigations (3)
Study of the technology, laws, regulations, ethics and procedures for conducting computer network investigations. Prerequisite: CRJ 333

CRJ 347 - Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies (3)
Types of proactive technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce and e-business. Includes development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.

CRJ 423 - Evidence-based Crime Policy (3)
Major theories of public policy making, mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminal studies policy can affect and be affected by research. Prerequisites: CRJ 103 and CRJ 384.

CRJ 358 - Introduction to Intelligence Studies (3)
Foundational aspects of intelligence studies. Collection and analysis of intelligence information from the perspective of national security, law enforcement and business. Prerequisite: CRJ 103.

GOV 161 - Introduction to International Politics (3)
International cooperation and conflict including the evolution of international political systems, problems of war and peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons, international economics, international organizations, and international law.

Homeland Security Specialization

CRJ 212 - Policing Theory and Practice (3)
Role of police in American society. Topics include nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism and operational trends.

CRJ 305 - Terrorism (3)
Overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts. Introduction to evolving definition and models of terrorism, causes, key events, countermeasures. Origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, and socio-cultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 - Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism (3)
America’s National Critical Infrastructures. Safeguarding and managing them when under threat. Key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related Counter Terrorism technologies. Defense, government-wide, and non-government information systems. Importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CRJ 311 - Emergency Management (3)
Overview of the Emergency Management response cycle: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Introduction to FEMA, the Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System.

CRJ 328 - Security Administration (3)
Principles of administration of physical, human, and asset security. Risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration.

CRJ 333 - Information Security (3)
Protection of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors. Topics include: information as a resource, legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies, and case studies.

CRJ 336 - Information Privacy (3)
Principles of privacy relating to non-public personal information and proprietary business or government information, including policy issues; legal, regulatory and business controls; and best practices. Prerequisites: CRJ 103 or Permission of Instructor

CRJ 351 - International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons (3)
Policing, court, and correctional systems can vary drastically from one country to the next, with potentially serious consequences to a visitor unfamiliar with how a nation’s justice system works and interacts internationally. Student research, both at the macro and micro level, will expose such differences- and commonalities- existing between countries around the world. This course will also examine topical issues, such as terrorism, and world events, such as the Olympics, to determine how respective criminal justice systems are impacted. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

GOV 161 - Introduction to International Politics (3)
International cooperation and conflict including the evolution of international political systems, problems of war and peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons, international economics, international organizations, and international law.

Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization

CRJ 208 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
We explore the role of ethics in the operation of the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on how to use critical thinking to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas associated with crime control.

CRJ 212 - Policing Theory and Practice (3)
Role of police in American society. Topics include nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism and operational trends.

CRJ 235 - Courts Theory and Practice (3)
Legal origins of American criminal courts, court procedures >and trial process, sentencing and appeals. Topics also include roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 335 - Cybercrime Law and Investigations (3)
Cybercrimes, including computer crimes, Internet fraud, e-commerce, and threats to the national infrastructure. Policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, and implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CRJ 342 - Law and Justice (3)
Understanding of criminal law by providing a framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. Emphasis on how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

CRJ 343 - Law of Economic Crime (3)
Government and judicial regulations of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees in relation to economic and business crime. Constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 345 - Criminal Evidence (3)
Rules of evidence and trial procedures applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels. Student mock trial experience as witness and attorney.

GOV 341 - Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law (3)
Criminal law as process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. Emphasis on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

GOV 345 - Constitutional Law in the Governmental Process (3)
Principles underlying American constitutional government with special reference to interpretation of the Federal Constitution. Same as HIS 345. Prerequisite: GOV 101

GOV 366 - International Criminal Law (3)
Laws governing the behavior of individuals and their accountability to the international community and states. Development of a body of law and enforcement mechanism for piracy, war crimes, and terrorism. Role of international criminal tribunals.

Public Policy and Leadership Specialization

GOV 221 - State and Local Government (3)
Examination of the structure, politics, policy process, and problems of American state and local governments as they function within the federal system.

GOV 235 - Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Social Change (3)
People, events, and issues of civil rights struggle in the United States, including impact on democratization and social change in American society, and formation of public policy.

MGT 201 - Principles of Organization and Management (3)
Principles of management and organizational theory. Addresses all functional areas of management, emphasizing key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. Also addresses ethical and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges. Prerequisites: MGT 101 or CMG 103

SOC 252 - Race and Ethnicity (3)
Sociological analysis of the interrelationships among religious, national, and racial minority groups and their dominant majorities in America; international comparisons.

CRJ 382 - Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
Issues in the organization and management of criminal justice agencies, including police departments, prosecutors’ offices, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections.

CRJ 423 - Evidence-based Crime Policy (3)
Major theories of public policy making, mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminal studies policy can affect and be affected by research. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 and CRJ 384

GOV 332 - Public Administration (3)
Introduction to the principles and problems of administering government agencies. Included: nature of bureaucracy, bureaucratic politics, inter-governmental relations, organization theory, decision-making, leadership, personnel management, budgeting, regulation, program implementation, ethics, and accountability.

GOV 333 - American Public Policy (3)
Examination of the relationship of government units to their environment. Exploration of the way policy is formulated, adopted, and implemented in the political system.

PHI 305 - Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and Technology (3)
Students are introduced to ethical issues at the intersection of contemporary politics, science, and culture. The course focuses on how technological changes have affected our conception of human beings.

PHI 345 - Political Ethics (3)
A critical study of problems and theories in social philosophy from classical Greek thought to the present.

PHI 385 - Healthcare Ethics (3)
Designed to benefit healthcare professionals, this course explores current issues in medical ethics. It focuses on development of moral reasoning and decision making skills, and on the relationship between ethical theory and medical policy.

White-Collar Crime Specialization

CRJ 232 - Economic Crime Theory (3)
Typology of economic crime. Study of theory, causation, and victimization relating to economic crimes.

SOC 274 - Criminology (3)
Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of justice.

CRJ 313 - Corruption and Organized Crime (3)
Development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. Special focus on role of corruption as a facilitator of crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 321 - White-collar Criminology (3)
History, definitions, categories, offenders, victims, trends, theories, policies, and societal reactions to corporate and other forms of white collar crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 334 - Economic Crime Investigation (3)
White collar crime in the United States. Emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 343 - Law of Economic Crime (3)
Government and judicial regulations of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees in relation to economic and business crime. Constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 347 - Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies (3)
Types of proactive technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce and e-business. Includes development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.

CRJ 354 - Payment Systems and Fraud (3)
Study of modern payment systems from global perspective. Exposure to fraud within payment systems. Techniques for fraud prevention, detection, and investigation. Prerequisite: CRJ 232 or Permission of Instructor

General Specialization

You’ll select any four 3-credit electives based on course selection guidelines for completing a specialization within the BS in Criminal Justice program.

Major Electives

You’ll take the following general elective courses as needed to reach a minimum of 60 credits of CJ coursework. Only two, 200-level courses will apply. Courses taken as general electives cannot also be used to satisfy other major graduation requirements.

CRJ 212 - Policing Theory and Practice (3)
Role of police in American society. Topics include nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism and operational trends.

CRJ 218 - Local Crime Lore (1)
Case-study investigation of local high profile criminal cases. Involves online assignments and discussions, readings, and a technology-based final project. May be repeated for up to 3 credits with different readings.

CRJ 221 - Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
Philosophy and methods of criminal justice programs for the prevention and control of youth crime. History of juvenile justice system, police handling of juveniles, the juvenile court, detention, and treatment of offenders.

CRJ 224 - Corrections Theory and Practice (3)
Overview of probation, jails, prisons, and parole. Incarceration rationales, methods of dealing with offenders, organizational theory, inmate social systems, and program effectiveness.

CRJ 232 - Economic Crime Theory (3)
Typology of economic crime. Study of theory, causation, and victimization relating to economic crimes.

CRJ 235 - Courts Theory and Practice (3)
Legal origins of American criminal courts, court procedures and trial process, sentencing and appeals. Topics also include roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 250 - Community Corrections and Sentencing Alternatives (3)
Major theoretical and operational concepts related to probation, parole, and alternatives to incarceration at state and federal levels.

CRJ 263 - APA Style (1)
Social science writing, including manuscript organization and content, grammar and writing mechanics, referencing and citation, avoiding plagiarism, and proper submission. Prerequisite: ENG 102

CRJ 265 - Writing with Evidence (1)
Value of evidence in scientific writings. When and how to quote, paraphrase, or summarize information from different types of sources. Proper in-text citations and other ways to avoid plagiarism. Prerequisite: ENG 102

CRJ 267 - Editing (1)
Role of editing in the writing process. Common writing problems (punctuation, noun-pronoun agreement, wrong word, wordy sentences) and ways to correct them. Effective titles and headings. Prerequisite: ENG 102

CRJ 275 - Meth Labs and Laws (3)
Interdisciplinary approach. Pharmacological bases for meth lab legislation; structure and organization of the meth market; how meth labs/laws fit into the broader US ‘war on drugs’; and the consequences of meth labs and laws.

CRJ 300 - Select Topics: Criminal Justice (1 to 3)Consideration of one or more contemporary topics. Tailored by ind
ividual instructors. Each variation may be taken for credit.

CRJ 303 - Policing Communities (3)
Focused study of evidence-based, community-oriented policing strategies. Topics include problem-oriented policing, hot spots, multi-agency partnerships, and building community trust. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 305 - Terrorism (3)
Overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts. Introduction to evolving definition and models of terrorism, causes, key events, countermeasures. Origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, and socio-cultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 - Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism (3)
America’s National Critical Infrastructures. Safeguarding and managing them when under threat. Key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related Counter Terrorism technologies. Defense, government-wide, and non-government information systems. Importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CRJ 311 - Emergency Management (3)
Overview of the Emergency Management response cycle: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Introduction to FEMA, the Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System.

CRJ 313 - Corruption and Organized Crime (3)
Development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. Special focus on role of corruption as a facilitator of crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 314 - Modern Techniques in Crime Investigation (3)
Theory and practice of modern investigation methods for public and private sector agencies. Techniques and procedures for evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Reviews investigation resources, including crime laboratory and databases. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 316 - Crime & Justice in Literature (1)
How crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system are represented in major literary works from countries around the world. May be repeated for up to 3 credits with different readings. Prerequisites: CRJ 103 or SOC 274.

CRJ 321 - White-collar Criminology (3)
History, definitions, categories, offenders, victims, trends, theories, policies, and societal reactions to corporate and other forms of white collar crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 324 - Violence in the Workplace (3)
Different types of violence and how they occur in the work setting. Designed to accommodate many different areas of interest, not just law enforcement. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

CRJ 334 - Economic Crime Investigation (3)
White collar crime in the United States. Emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 335 - Cybercrime Law and Investigations (3)
Cybercrimes, including computer crimes, Internet fraud, e-commerce, and threats to the national infrastructure. Policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, and implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CRJ 343 - Law of Economic Crime (3)
Government and judicial regulations of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees in relation to economic and business crime. Constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 345 - Criminal Evidence (3)
Rules of evidence and trial procedures applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels. Student mock trial experience as witness and attorney.

CRJ 351 - International Criminal Justice: Issues and Comparisons (3)
Policing, court, and correctional systems can vary drastically from one country to the next, with potentially serious consequences to a visitor unfamiliar with how a nation’s justice system works and interacts internationally. Student research, both at the macro and micro level, will expose such differences- and commonalities- existing between countries around the world. This course will also examine topical issues, such as terrorism, and world events, such as the Olympics, to determine how respective criminal justice systems are impacted. Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 382 - Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
Issues in the organization and management of criminal justice agencies, including police departments, prosecutors’ offices, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections.

CRJ 490 - Independent Study (1 to 6)
Upper-level applied course designed for exceptional students to further their interest in a specific field of criminological or criminal studies inquiry.

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