Criminal Justice (CJCU)

CJCU 250 Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice

This survey course examines the structure, organization, and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students will assess the general features of crime and crime typologies, the impact of race, ethnicity, gender, and economic class within the criminal justice system, courts and corrections, and theories of crime causation. Students will also evaluate trends in the administration of criminal justice. 3 credits.

CJCU 320 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

An examination of selected topics in the area of criminal justice. Courses that examine different topics may be repeated for credit. 3 credits.

CJCU 329 Experimental Topics in Criminal Justice

An examination of selected topics in Criminal Justice relevant to evolving areas in the field. Syllabi must be approved by Dean and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to be offered. May be repeated for credit provided that the course content is different. 3 credits.

CJCU 380 Correctional Systems

Criminals and institutional personnel involved in corrections at all levels will be reviewed in depth. History, politics, and contemporary corrections issues such as punishment theories, sentencing alternatives, prison experience and prisoner rights, female and juvenile incarceration problems, overcrowding, and 21st century corrections will be examined. 3 credits.

CJCU 403 Police and Society

This course focuses on law enforcement and its interaction with society. Various perspectives will be explored including police subcultures, use of force and authority, selective enforcement and discretion, community reactions and media relations with police, dissent and conflict management. 3 credits.

CJCU 405 Forensic Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to forensic-science topics. Students will gain an understanding of topics including, but not limited to, crime-scene processing, fingerprints, firearms, and tool marks, questioned documents, serology, fire and explosives, trace evidence, pathology and instrumental analysis. Students will apply what they learn by participating in exercises to practice forensic methods. Students will analyze the connection between forensic evidence and identification of crime suspects. 3 credits.

CJCU 406 Forensic Documentation

This course provides students with practical skills to examine forensic documentation and analyze its authenticity. Study of forensic documentation includes artifacts, such as handwriting, typewriting, photocopies, commercial printing, and computer-generated and digital documents. Students will evaluate the life cycle of forensic documentation from the inception of a legal case to its conclusion. 3 credits.

CJCU 408 Crime Scene Investigation

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of proper crime scene investigation techniques. Students will analyze basic investigative responsibilities, including preparing cases for court. Additionally, students will explore the historical perspective of criminal investigations.The course provides information about how technological advances support the work of crime scene investigators. 3 credits.

CJCU 411 Gangs and Gang Behavior

The purpose of this course is to sensitize students to the issues surrounding gangs and gang behavior. Students will analyze race, gender, age and demographics of gang make up. The course provides insight into gangs and gang behavior historically and in contemporary times. Students will analyze law enforcement strategies to deter and address gang activity. Additionally, students will evaluate theories of gang behavior. 3 credits.

CJCU 414 Organized Crime

This course examines the structures, organization, typologies and operations common to organized criminals. Students will analyze the effects of intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic rivalries and cooperation between criminal groups and organized criminal enterprises. Finally, students will assess law enforcement efforts at combating organized crime in the United States and abroad. 3 credits.

CJCU 416 Domestic Violence

This course provides an overview of the criminal laws and sanctions specifically applied to domestic violence. Students will address various types of court proceedings including family court, juvenile court, and civil trials. They will also consider incidence, research, and theories of domestic violence and their influence on criminal justice response and intervention. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 418 Victim Advocacy

This course provides an overview of the Victim Advocacy system from a criminal justice perspective. Student will address the history of advocacy, specifically substance abuse, homelessness, mental health patients and diseases, physically impaired people, and victims of crime. They will have the opportunity to explore intervention techniques and determine local, state, and federal resources available to practitioners and clients. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 426 Crime and Delinquency

This course presents an extensive examination of juvenile delinquency within the context of the criminal justice system. The nature and extent of delinquency will be addressed from social, cultural, and historical perspectives. Students will focus on several causal theories of crime and delinquency and evaluate various environmental factors contributing to the problem. Finally, students will analyze the multitude of responses to juvenile delinquency from rehabilitation through incarceration. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 430 Applied Criminology

This course is designed to teach students to apply criminological concepts and theories to contemporary crime issues and debates. Students will study the nature, causes, extent, and control of criminal behavior in both individuals and groups. The course provides students with the opportunity to analyze why some individuals adopt ‘deviant’ lifestyles or make criminal choices. Students will explore the theories, principles, techniques, materials, and methods commonly employed in the discipline of criminology and criminal justice. 3 credits.

CJCU 432 Communication and Conflict Resolution for Criminal Justice

This course surveys the communication process within the context of criminal justice. Students will examine theories of communication as they relate to police external interactions with the public and internal interactions within their organizations. They will compare the effectiveness of verbal and nonverbal communication in police investigations and evaluate communication techniques used for diverse groups in multiple settings. Students will also analyze processes for resolving conflict, de-escalating potentially violent situations, and using effective communication to build effective relationships between the public and criminal justice professionals. 3 credits.

CJCU 434 Diversity, Conflict, and Crime

This course is designed to sensitize students to diversity issues in criminal justice. Students will analyze gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, and social class issues as well as theoretical perspectives on diversity and crime. They will also explore the influence of diversity on the relationship between criminal justice professionals and citizens, victims, suspects, and co-workers. 3 credits.

CJCU 436 Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences

This course provides students with an introduction to community corrections and alternative sentences. Topic areas include: sentencing, probation, parole, and intermediate sanctions (intensive supervision, electronic monitoring). The focus is on such issues as punishment vs. control, community justice models, special offender models (drug offenders, sex offenders, mentally ill offenders), and the cost effectiveness of community corrections. The course also includes a critical analysis of evidence-based community correctional supervision, reentry issues and solutions, and assessment and risk prediction. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 438 Mental Health Issues in Society

This course presents a comprehensive review of the origins of mental health/illness issues as they relate to the criminal justice system. Key concepts, such as criminalization, deinstitutionalization and crisis response, will be addressed within the context of mental illness. Students will focus on mental health issues from a cultural, social, historical, legal and institutional framework. They will investigate the roles that social class, gender, family, race, culture, and ethnicity play in the development of maladjustment. Access to resources such as mental health services and continuity of care will also be addressed. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 440 Drugs and Society

This course examines the treatment of drugs in the United States from both the public policy and criminal justice perspectives. Students will analyze public policy decisions to address drug use and addiction through the criminal justice system rather than through the public health apparatus. Consideration will be given to why certain drugs are banned and why other drugs, though controlled, are not banned. The historical underpinnings of drug prohibition will also be identified. Finally, students will critique the current public debate over the merits of drug legalization versus prohibition. (Not offered in 2017-2018.) 3 credits.

CJCU 450 Homeland Security

This course studies the structure of the newest federal cabinet level agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in terms of prevention and response capability. It studies the capacity of the agency to respond to terrorist events, natural disasters, man-made emergencies, safety of US transportation systems and protection of US borders. It also explores the relationships, sharing and cooperation of all federal agencies in regard to intelligence gathering capability to support DHS counter-terrorism missions as well as the impact of counter-terrorism has on civil rights. 3 credits.

CJCU 451 Information Security

This course examines a broad range of issues in computer and information security that security management professionals must address as they communicate with information technologists and prepare general information security plans. Computer and computer data protection, intrusion and control are introduced. In addition, ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of information management are discussed in the context of accessing and distributing data in a secured fashion. Computer forensics, vulnerability of networked and Internet-accessible computers, and fraudulent activities using computers are covered. Online Only. 3 credits.

CJCU 452 Principles of Security Management

This course surveys the scope of security management, introducing principles and frameworks for recognizing security issues and solutions. Aspects of protecting people, information and physical assets are examined, including loss prevention. Legal foundations, historical roots, operations and tools of security management are introduced, as is the role of security in contemporary business, government and public settings. Online Only. 3 credits.

CJCU 454 Risk Analysis, Loss Prevention and Emergency Planning

This course examines the nature of security threats as well as analytical approaches to assessing risk of intrusion and loss of assets. Tools such as security surveys and audits will be introduced. Using case studies, coursework addresses planning for emergency interventions, including managing detection, delay and response measures. Online Only. 3 credits.

CJCU 455 Security Administration

This course focuses on daily actions taken to manage individuals and organizations engaged in security, as well as communication and interaction with people and systems being secured. Topics include common administrative procedures and practices such as complying with regulations, following identification and verification protocols, securing information systems, responding to workplace violence, addressing emergency threats and related safety functions, educating clients, and managing staffing and guard operations. Students will apply security and privacy laws and regulations to real life situations. Online Only. 3 credits.

CJCU 460 White Collar Crime

This class examines the underlying theories, changing definitions and diverse nature of white-collar crime. These crimes may include offenses perpetrated by “the rich,” corporations and businesses, and/or individuals. Topics may include embezzlement, political corruption, employee theft, fraud, “con games,” and emergent areas such as computer crime and environmental crime. 3 credits.

CJCU 465 Management in Criminal Justice Organizations

This course applies management and financial principles to Criminal Justice organizations. Emphasis is placed on budgets, personnel issues, organization and management, as well as discipline procedures and EEO practices. Constitutional requirements, court decisions, and legislation as they impact management in criminal justice organizations are also discussed. 3 credits.

CJCU 470 Public Sector Leadership and Ethics

This course provides a general overview of the philosophical issues and problems faced by those who work in the field of criminal justice. Special emphasis is given to ethical leadership and the tension caused by the special considerations that are inherent in the role of any criminal justice practitioner. Students are provided an opportunity to address real criminal justice issues and problems, and discover ways to resolve them while applying theory to practical situations. Issues examined are particularly relevant to the administration of police, courts, and corrections. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 471 Team Leadership in Criminal Justice

The focus of this course is team-based leadership in settings related to the discipline of criminal justice. Students study the four basic components related to group dynamics and teamwork: characteristics of teams, processes of teamwork, issues teams face, and organizational context of teams. They will critique criminal justice organizational hierarchy models as they relate to effective team leadership. Additionally, they will apply conflict resolution, communication, and decision-making strategies to team environments in their fields of study. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 472 Criminal Justice Leadership Theory and Practice

This course examines leadership from theoretical and practical perspectives. It compares and contrasts leadership theories, models, and strategies; and explores how leaders can create organizations, systems and structures to achieve organizational goals and engage employees. The application of course concepts to enhance leadership effectiveness is emphasized. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 474 Counterterrorism

The study of counterterrorism necessarily entails the study of terrorism itself. Terrorism is about the struggle to gain power. This course presents a look at the historical background of terrorism, modern terrorist tactics, counterterrorism tactics, and the social, economic, and political factors that foster terrorism. Students will examine modern terrorist and counterterrorist tactics. An evaluation and assessment of how best to formulate responses to violent Islamist extremism will be an important focus of the course. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 475 Domestic Terrorism

This course focuses on the study of the foundations of domestic terrorism, including an examination of its historical origins. Topics include active domestic groups, organizational structures, networks, modes of operation and philosophies. Students will consider religious, economic, political and social underpinnings of domestic terrorism. Online only. 3 credits.

CJCU 499 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Instructor's approval and approval of petition.

Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper division students. 1-3 credits.