Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 TOTAL
CREDITS REQUIRED

The B.S. in Criminal Justice degree courses can prepare you to lead a successful career.

You’ll complete a total of 120 credit hours, comprising 34-55 core credits, major course requirements (10 credits), major related course requirements (33-36 credits), a specialization (12 credits), and electives (0-31 credits). You will choose from six specializations, so you can stand out from other criminal justice professionals.

Complete or transfer in core coursework requirements in Math, English, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, Written & Oral Communication, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. In addition, at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Major Course Requirements Total Hours:

CRJ 101 Seminar in Justice StudiesCredit Hours: 1

Explore criminological research methods and APA, and learn basic research and writing principles as they apply to Justice Studies as a field of study.

CRJ 103 Introduction to Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore the history, theory, and structure of the criminal justice system. This course emphasizes substantive and procedural criminal law with additional examination of police, prosecution, defense, courts, and institutional and community corrections, as well as the juvenile justice subsystem.

CRJ 208 Ethics in Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore the role of ethics in the operation of the criminal justice system, and take a close look at how to use critical thinking to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas associated with crime control.

CRJ 222 Criminal Justice CommunicationsCredit Hours: 3

Review the ethics, professionalism, and critical thinking involved in the criminal justice communication process. Gain an understanding of how research, writing, and oral and visual communication skills are related to criminal justice.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

Major Related Course Requirements Total Hours:

CRJ 212 Policing Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Examine the role of police in American society. You'll explore the nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism, and operational trends.

CRJ 224 Corrections Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Learn about probation, jails, prisons, and parole. You'll also examine methods of dealing with offenders, organizational theory, incarceration rationales, inmate social systems and correction program effectiveness.

CRJ 235 Courts Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Discover the legal origins of the American criminal courts, court procedures and the trial process, as well as sentencing and appeals. You'll also study the roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 327 Assessing Evidence in Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Learn how evidence is used and understood differently in the practice of criminal justice versus the study of it. You'll examine the purpose, role, uses, sources, and credibility of evidence in practice and theory. Consider 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. Learn how to be a critical consumer of criminal justice claims and how evidence is used in criminological research.

CRJ 358 Introduction to Intelligence StudiesCredit Hours: 3

Discover the foundational aspects of intelligence studies. You'll learn about collection and analysis of intelligence information from the perspective of national security, law enforcement, and business.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 334 Economic Crime InvestigationCredit Hours: 3

This examination of white-collar crime in the United States emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CYB 337 Computer Network InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Examine and gain an understanding of the technology, laws, regulations, ethics, and procedures necessary for conducting computer network investigations.

Prerequisite: CRJ 333

CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection TechnologiesCredit Hours: 3

Get to know the types of proactive technology programs and tools that are used to prevent and detect the occurence of fraudulent face-to-face, e-commerce, and e-business transactions. You'll also examine the development and implementation of business models for creating prevention and detection products and techniques.

Cross-Departmental Total Hours:

PSY/SOC 211 Statistics in the Behavioral SciencesCredit Hours: 3

Learn to apply statistical methods in psychological research. You'll gain an understanding of descriptive statistics, tests of significance, correlation, simple analysis of variance, chi-square, and some nonparametric methods.

Students cannot also take ECN 241, MAT 112 for credit towards Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning.

Prerequisite: Core Component I Mathematics

ECN 241 StatisticsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of how to apply statistical methods to management and economics. Learn about descriptive statistics, probability, normal curve, sampling, confidence, and regression.

Prerequisites: Completion of mathematics and computer requirements in component one of core.

Students may not also take Psychology/Sociology 211 or Mathematics 112 for credit toward Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning.

MAT 112 Basic StatisticsCredit Hours: 3

Explore statistical competencies as a non-mathematics major. You'll explore probability theory topics, binomial distribution, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, and hypothesis testing. Additionally, you'll learn about confidence intervals, correlation, and prediction.

Prerequisites: MAT 100, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor

Students may not also take PSY 211, ECN 241, or SOC 211 for credit toward Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning

PSY 101 Introduction to PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Explore the various fields of psychology including human development, learning and memory, and sensation and perception. You'll also examine psychopathology and psychotherapy, physiology and behavior, social psychology, psychological testing, motivation, and emotion.

SOC 274 CriminologyCredit Hours: 3

Examine crime as a form of deviant behavior and its relationship to social values and social structure. You'll also explore types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of criminal justice.

SOC 376 Criminological Research MethodsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of quantitative methods and their application in crime study. Through the analysis of scientific journals, you'll test hypotheses and evaluate policy, in addition to exploring computer applications in processing data and data analysis.

Prerequisites: SOC 274 and SOC 211 /PSY 211 or MAT 112.

Law Total Hours:

CRJ 342 Law and JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of criminal law and the framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. You'll explore how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

GOV 341 Jurisprudence of the Criminal LawCredit Hours: 3

Learn about criminal law as a process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. You'll focus on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

Technology Total Hours:

CYB 107 Computer Hardware and PeripheralsCredit Hours: 3

Explore computer hardware, peripherals, and other digital media used in the commission of cybercrimes. You'll spend time examining these devices, completing tasks including building, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.

CYB 228 Cyber Technologies for Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore concepts related to the influence of cyber technologies on the modern criminal justice organization. Examine topics ranging from information technology, social networking, and cloud computing to cybersecurity and cryptography. You'll also review data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance.

Professional Development Total Hours:

CRJ 461 Proseminar in Justice StudiesCredit Hours: 3

This capstone experience will integrate what you've learned in previous classes with a critical analysis of current research literature. You'll develop action projects with fellow seminar members focused on selected topics of current interest.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CRJ 470 Criminal Justice - InternshipCredit Hours: 6

Gain field experience by joining the staff of a criminal justice agency under co-supervision of school faculty and agency personnel. Your hands-on field experience will be combined with weekly readings, online discussions, and writing assignments designed to pair theory with professional practice.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CRJ 475 Senior ProjectCredit Hours: 3

Consult with a faculty supervisor to select a policy issue and conduct senior-level research.

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor

Cyber Criminology and Policy Specialization Total Hours:

CYB 228 Cyber Technologies for Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore concepts related to the influence of cyber technologies on the modern criminal justice organization. Examine topics ranging from information technology, social networking, and cloud computing to cybersecurity and cryptography. You'll also review data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance.

CRJ 232 Economic Crime TheoryCredit Hours: 3

Explore the typology of economic crime and the related theories, causation, and victimization.

SOC 274 CriminologyCredit Hours: 3

Examine crime as a form of deviant behavior and its relationship to social values and social structure. You'll also explore types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of criminal justice.

CRJ 305 TerrorismCredit Hours: 3

During this overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts, you'll be introduced to evolving definitions and models of terrorism, its causes, key events, and countermeasures. You'll examine the origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, as well as the sociocultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 Homeland Security and CounterterrorismCredit Hours: 3

Examine America's critical infrastructures and how to safeguard and manage them when under threat. You'll explore key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, and crisis and consequence management. Study defense, government-wide and non-government information systems, and the importance of strategic contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CYB 337 Computer Network InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Examine and gain an understanding of the technology, laws, regulations, ethics, and procedures necessary for conducting computer network investigations.

Prerequisite: CRJ 333

CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection TechnologiesCredit Hours: 3

Get to know the types of proactive technology programs and tools that are used to prevent and detect the occurence of fraudulent face-to-face, e-commerce, and e-business transactions. You'll also examine the development and implementation of business models for creating prevention and detection products and techniques.

CRJ 423 Evidence-Based Crime PolicyCredit Hours: 3

Explore 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 StudiesCredit Hours: 3

Discover the foundational aspects of intelligence studies. You'll learn about collection and analysis of intelligence information from the perspective of national security, law enforcement, and business.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

GOV 161 Introduction to International PoliticsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of international cooperation and conflict. You'll explore the evolution of global political systems, problems of war and peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons, and foreign economics, organizations, and law.

Homeland Security Specialization Total Hours:

CRJ 212 Policing Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Examine the role of police in American society. You'll explore the nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism, and operational trends.

CRJ 305 TerrorismCredit Hours: 3

During this overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts, you'll be introduced to evolving definitions and models of terrorism, its causes, key events, and countermeasures. You'll examine the origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, as well as the sociocultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 Homeland Security and CounterterrorismCredit Hours: 3

Examine America's critical infrastructures and how to safeguard and manage them when under threat. You'll explore key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, and crisis and consequence management. Study defense, government-wide and non-government information systems, and the importance of strategic contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CRJ 311 Emergency ManagementCredit Hours: 3

In this overview of the emergency management response cycle, you'll explore planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. You'll be introduced to FEMA operations, the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System.

CYB 333 Information SecurityCredit Hours: 3

Examine methods for protection of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors. You'll explore concepts including information as a resource, legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies, and case studies.

CRJ 336 Information PrivacyCredit Hours: 3

Learn the principles of privacy relating to non-public personal information and proprietary business or government information. You'll examine policy issues and best practices, as well as legal, regulatory, and business controls.

Prerequisites: CRJ 103 or permission of instructor

CRJ 351 International Criminal Justice: Issues and ComparisonsCredit Hours: 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. By conducting both macro- and micro-level research, you'll expose differences and commonalities existing between countries around the world. You'll also examine topical issues, like terrorism, and world events, such as the Olympics, to learn how criminal justice systems are impacted.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

GOV 161 Introduction to International PoliticsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of international cooperation and conflict. You'll explore the evolution of global political systems, problems of war and peace, diplomacy, nuclear weapons, and foreign economics, organizations, and law.

Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Total Hours:

CRJ 208 Ethics in Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore the role of ethics in the operation of the criminal justice system, and take a close look at how to use critical thinking to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas associated with crime control.

CRJ 212 Policing Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Examine the role of police in American society. You'll explore the nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism, and operational trends.

CRJ 235 Courts Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Discover the legal origins of the American criminal courts, court procedures and the trial process, as well as sentencing and appeals. You'll also study the roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 335 Cybercrime Law and InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Explore topics ranging from computer crimes and e-commerce to internet fraud and threats to the national infrastructure. You'll analyze policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, as well as implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CRJ 342 Law and JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of criminal law and the framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. You'll explore how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

CRJ 343 Law of Economic CrimeCredit Hours: 3

Understand the government and judicial regulations designed to address economic crime, and how they impact financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees. You'll also look at constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 345 Criminal EvidenceCredit Hours: 3

Become familiar with the rules of evidence and trial procedures applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels. You'll also gain experience as a witness and an attorney during an in-class mock trial.

GOV 341 Jurisprudence of the Criminal LawCredit Hours: 3

Learn about criminal law as a process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. You'll focus on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

GOV 345 Constitutional Law in the Governmental ProcessCredit Hours: 3

Examine the principles underlying American constitutional government with special attention to interpretation of the Federal Constitution.

Prerequisite: GOV 101

GOV 366 International Criminal LawCredit Hours: 3

Understand the laws governing the behavior of individuals and their accountability to the states and international community. You'll learn what it takes to develop a body of law and enforcement mechanisms for piracy, war crimes, and terrorism and explore the role of international criminal tribunals.

Public Policy and Leadership Specialization Total Hours:

GOV 221 State and Local GovernmentCredit Hours: 3

You'll examine the structure of 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 ChangeCredit Hours: 3

Examine people, events, and issues of the civil rights struggle in the United States. You'll explore the impact on democratization and social change in American society and the formation of public policy.

MGT 201 Principles of Organization and ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore the principles of management and organizational theory. You'll gain an understanding of all functional areas of management, with an emphasis on the key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. You'll also examine ethical and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges.

Prerequisites: MGT 101 or CMG 103

SOC 252 Race and EthnicityCredit Hours: 3

Explore the interrelationships among religious, national, and racial minority groups and their dominant majorities in America through a sociological lens. You'll then compare these relationships to similar groups in other countries.

CRJ 423 Evidence-Based Crime PolicyCredit Hours: 3

Explore 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

GOV 332 Public AdministrationCredit Hours: 3

You'll gain an overview of the principles and problems of administering government agencies, including the nature of bureaucracy, bureaucratic politics, inter-governmental relations, and organization theory. You'll also examine decision-making, leadership, personnel management, budgeting, regulation, program implementation, ethics, and accountability.

GOV 333 American Public PolicyCredit Hours: 3

You'll examine the relationship of government units to their environment and explore the way policy is formulated, adopted, and implemented in the political system.

PHI 305 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and TechnologyCredit Hours: 3

Explore the ethical issues at the intersection of contemporary politics, science, and culture. Examine how technological changes have affected our perception of human beings.

PHI 345 Political EthicsCredit Hours: 3

From Classical Greek thinking to contemporary ethical issues, take a critical look at the problems and theories in social philosophy.

White-Collar Crime Specialization Total Hours:

CRJ 232 Economic Crime TheoryCredit Hours: 3

Explore the typology of economic crime and the related theories, causation, and victimization.

SOC 274 CriminologyCredit Hours: 3

Examine crime as a form of deviant behavior and its relationship to social values and social structure. You'll also explore types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of criminal justice.

CRJ 313 Corruption and Organized CrimeCredit Hours: 3

Learn about the development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. You'll examine the role of corruption as a facilitator of crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 321 White-Collar CriminologyCredit Hours: 3

A comprehensive look at the history of white-collar crime, including definitions and categories, trends, theories, and policies. You'll also study offenders, victims, and societal reactions to corporate crime and other forms of white-collar crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 334 Economic Crime InvestigationCredit Hours: 3

This examination of 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 CrimeCredit Hours: 3

Understand the government and judicial regulations designed to address economic crime, and how they impact financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees. You'll also look at constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection TechnologiesCredit Hours: 3

Get to know the types of proactive technology programs and tools that are used to prevent and detect the occurence of fraudulent face-to-face, e-commerce, and e-business transactions. You'll also examine the development and implementation of business models for creating prevention and detection products and techniques.

CRJ 354 Payment Systems and FraudCredit Hours: 3

Examine modern payment systems from a global perspective. You'll become familiar with opportunities for fraud within payment systems, and learn techniques for preventing, detecting, and investigating fraud.

Prerequisite: CRJ 232 or permission of instructor

General Electives Total Hours:

CRJ 212 Policing Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Examine the role of police in American society. You'll explore the nature of police subculture, professionalism, personnel selection, unionism, and operational trends.

CRJ 218 Local Crime LoreCredit Hours: 3

Using a case-study investigation of local high-profile criminal cases, you'll complete 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 JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Examine the history of the juvenile justice system, police handling of juveniles, the juvenile court, detention, and the treatment of offenders. You'll explore the related philosophies and methods of criminal justice programs for the prevention and control of youth crime.

CRJ 224 Corrections Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Learn about probation, jails, prisons, and parole. You'll also examine methods of dealing with offenders, organizational theory, incarceration rationales, inmate social systems and correction program effectiveness.

CRJ 232 Economic Crime TheoryCredit Hours: 3

Explore the typology of economic crime and the related theories, causation, and victimization.

CRJ 235 Courts Theory and PracticeCredit Hours: 3

Discover the legal origins of the American criminal courts, court procedures and the trial process, as well as sentencing and appeals. You'll also study the roles of prosecution, defense, judges, juries, the media, and the public.

CRJ 300 Select Topics: Criminal JusticeCredit Hours: 3

Explore and analyze one or more contemporary topics chosen by your instructor.

Each topic variation may be taken for credit.

CRJ 305 TerrorismCredit Hours: 3

During this overview of terrorism and counterterrorism in global and domestic contexts, you'll be introduced to evolving definitions and models of terrorism, its causes, key events, and countermeasures. You'll examine the origins, structure, and activities of terrorism, as well as the sociocultural environments that lead to terrorism.

CRJ 307 Homeland Security and CounterterrorismCredit Hours: 3

Examine America's critical infrastructures and how to safeguard and manage them when under threat. You'll explore key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, and crisis and consequence management. Study defense, government-wide and non-government information systems, and the importance of strategic contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

CRJ 311 Emergency ManagementCredit Hours: 3

In this overview of the emergency management response cycle, you'll explore planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. You'll be introduced to FEMA operations, the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System.

CRJ 351 International Criminal Justice: Issues and ComparisonsCredit Hours: 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. By conducting both macro- and micro-level research, you'll expose differences and commonalities existing between countries around the world. You'll also examine topical issues, like terrorism, and world events, such as the Olympics, to learn how criminal justice systems are impacted.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 313 Corruption and Organized CrimeCredit Hours: 3

Learn about the development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. You'll examine the role of corruption as a facilitator of crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 314 Modern Techniques in Crime InvestigationCredit Hours: 3

Study the theory and practice of modern investigation methods for public and private sector agencies. Learn about the techniques and procedures for evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Become acquainted with investigation resources, including crime laboratories and databases.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent

CRJ 316 Crime and Justice in LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Look at 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 CriminologyCredit Hours: 3

A comprehensive look at the history of white-collar crime, including definitions and categories, trends, theories, and policies. You'll also study offenders, victims, and societal reactions to corporate crime and other forms of white-collar crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103

CRJ 334 Economic Crime InvestigationCredit Hours: 3

This examination of 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 InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Explore topics ranging from computer crimes and e-commerce to internet fraud and threats to the national infrastructure. You'll analyze policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, as well as implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CRJ 343 Law of Economic CrimeCredit Hours: 3

Understand the government and judicial regulations designed to address economic crime, and how they impact financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees. You'll also look at constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 345 Criminal EvidenceCredit Hours: 3

Become familiar with the rules of evidence and trial procedures applicable to criminal cases at the state and federal levels. You'll also gain experience as a witness and an attorney during an in-class mock trial.

 
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