Justice Studies


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report-writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the methods and body of rules by which criminal law functions in a free society. Topics include the collection and handling of evidence in a crime, police procedure in regard to search and seizure, emergency police searches, vehicle searches, confessions, and arrest and interrogation procedures.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of criminal law. Students will learn about general categories of criminal law (felonies and misdemeanors) and the various defenses to criminal charges (alibi, justification, excuse, conspiracy, and legal insanity).

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history of community relations and the police. This course explores public relations programs and strategies.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the relationship between the media and the justice system. Topics include freedom of the press, the individual’s right to privacy, the Freedom of Information Act, sensationalism in the media in regards to crime, and the role of the media in crime-solving and law enforcement.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces criminal investigation procedures. This course explores the historical development of criminal investigations; how investigation processes relate to the various functions of law enforcement; the collection, organization and preservation of evidence; and the constitutional limitations of criminal investigation.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency, and ways in which the American juvenile justice system responds to youthful offenders. Students examine societal shifts between punitive and therapeutic approaches to delinquency and the merits of various formal and informal treatment options.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history, structure and procedures of the state and federal judicial systems. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the district attorney, the defense attorney, the bailiff, the judge, the jury, and the expert witness in determining guilt or innocence. Pretrial activities are also discussed.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces essential criminal justice information systems. Students gain hands-on experience with computer applications widely used in police and correctional settings. Topics include criminal tracking databases, crime mapping software, crime analysis, crime patterns, and real time crime data utilized in law enforcement.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on social issues such as violence, abuse, racial and ethnic relations, racism, concentrated poverty, joblessness, terrorism, and suicide, and explores how these issues impact justice in the United States.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


1 to 3 Credit Hours

Changes depending on the instructor's selected topic.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the management practices and organizational designs in American policing. Topics include leadership and leadership development, law enforcement and politics, CompStat, organizational development, and human resources.

Prerequisites: JUS1100, SOC2218

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the emerging issues of Homeland Security and potential terrorist threats. Course topics include the history of terrorism, the National Security Act, the events of September 11th, and overall public safety challenges.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the history and current state of corrections, probation, and parole in the United States. Topics include the roles of corrections, probation, and parole officers; different types of jails and prisons; restorative justice; community-based correctional models; and extra-institutional supervision of convicted offenders.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Considers the intelligence function within the context of the Patriot Act. Topics include the use of informants, issues in police interrogation practices, Miranda warnings, electronic eavesdropping and surveillance, and the civil rights implications of electronic evidence.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the history and causes of terrorism. This course concentrates on the structure and function of major terrorist groups and the response of democratic governments in combating terrorism. Includes an investigation of terrorist activities, legal viewpoints, and media responsibility.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces contemporary security management in the private sector. This course emphasizes the integration of the security function into an organization’s operations in order to ensure safety and security, and enhance overall efficiency and profitability.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines security management and the role of management in handling protection and control of facilities, property, and personnel in the private sector. Topics include disaster control, fire safety and prevention, industrial espionage, labor disputes, public disorder, computer security, and coordination with public safety agencies.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the links between computers, crime, and social control. This course includes an analysis of the technological, social, economic, and political context from which cybercrime has emerged. Students consider social and political relations to cybercrime, as well as social policy questions of privacy and freedom on the Internet.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the social and legal dimensions of crimes committed by corporations, as by individuals. Covers the social definition of white collar crime, who commits it, who is harmed by white collar offenses, and how law enforcement and society respond.

Prerequisite: JUS2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Analyzes the security challenges created by economic dependence on public transportation. This course emphasizes the impact of compromised public transportation systems.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the process of academic research with particular attention to research designs, data collection, and sampling. This course will address the procedures and methods necessary to conduct a research study in criminal justice. Methodological problems and ethical issues will be considered in detail.

Prerequisites: JUS1100, SOC2220, MAT2215

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces various international security concepts such as international terrorism, multi-national military conflict, economic growth and expansion, and the global environment.

Prerequisite: JUS1100 or NTS1102

 


1 to 3 Credit Hours

Changes depending on the instructor's selected topic.

Prerequisite: JUS1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission