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Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

CRIJ 1301 : Introduction to the Criminal Justice System [3-0]

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 1301)
The History, development and philosophy of the criminal justice system; an overview of law enforcement, courts and corrections subsystems.

CRIJ 1306 : Courts Systems and Practices [3-0]
(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 1306)
The judiciary in the criminal justice system; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing.
Previous course number: CRIJ 2333; a student may receive credit in only on course.

CRIJ 1307 : Crime in America [3-0]

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 1307)
American crime problems in historical perspective; social and public policy factors affecting crime; crime impact and trends; social characteristics of specific crimes; prevention of crime.
Previous course numbers: CRIJ 2301 and CRIJ 3361; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 1310)
A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crime and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations; criminal responsibility. Previous course number: CRIJ 2331; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 1313)
An overview of the nature of juvenile delinquency; the theory and practice of juvenile courts; juvenile case law; juvenile crime prevention; treatment of juvenile offenders; juvenile justice system. Previous course number: CRIJ 2313; a student may receive credit ion only one course.

CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 2313)
Corrections in the criminal justice systems; correctional role; institutional operations, alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues. Previous course number: CRIJ 2342; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 2314)
An introduction and analysis of current criminal investigation procedures; philosophy of the crime scene investigation; an advanced study of important areas involved in criminal investigation, such as proper handling of physical evidence, arrest search and seizure, hearing and probable cause; a discussion of techniques involved in drug and narcotic investigations. Previous course number: CRIJ 2323; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 2323)
Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional restraints; laws of arrest, search and seizure; police liability. Previous course number: CRIJ 2332; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 2326 Police-Community Relations

(Texas common Course Number is CRIJ 2326)
A study of the problems involving law enforcement agencies and the community; the philosophy of community action groups and boards; theories regarding police involvement in community projects and the principles and techniques used in establishing a proper law enforcement-community relationship; principles and techniques of crime prevention programs. Previous course number: CRIJ 2304; a student may receive credit in only one course

CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices

(Texas Common Course Number is CRIJ 2328)
The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; current and future issues. Previous course number: CRIJ 1313; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 2335 Legal Aspects of Corrections

Legal problems and principles from conviction to release, to include consideration of convictions, imprisonment, prisoner rights, probationer rights and validity of conviction. Previous course number: CRIJ 3331; a student may receive credit for only one course.

CRIJ 3303 Criminology

Provides an overall perspective of the crime problem with special emphasis given to philosophical and theoretical ideas pertaining to crime causation and its control. Includes victomology and criminal typologies.

CRIJ 3304 Criminal Justice Research Methods

A review of current literature and examination of selected problems affecting the criminal justice system; instruction of steps involved in the scientific approach to problem solving. Discussion of research techniques and paper writing; applications of research in criminal justice. Previous course number: CRIJ 3402; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 3341 Probation and Parole

The philosophy, history and principles of probation, parole and other community-based treatment programs; philosophy of punishment and rehabilitation; trends, practices and current research in probation and parole, including methods of analysis, selection and prediction.

CRIJ 3355 Criminal Evidence & Proof

as scheduled
This course explores how the legal system has developed a complicated yet effective process for controlling the production of relevant evidence in making decisions in forensic proceedings. Study of the balance of competing interests in presenting information in court, whether in pretrial motions, in camera proceedings, or public trial.

CRIJ 4311 Criminal Justice Administration

as scheduled
Study of organizational and administrative theory and its application to police departments, court systems, and correctional setting. Looks at how philosophies used in business can be applied to not-for-profit and public agencies for better management of physical and human resources. Covers social trends and recent issues affecting criminal justice administration.

CRIJ 4312 Civil Liability in Criminal Justice

as scheduled
Study of statues, case law, and research in areas of civil rights and civil liability particular to employees and supervisors in the criminal just system. Examination of legal issues, litigation trends and patterns in the federal courts, policy and procedure issues, failure to train liability, and individual officer and administrative responsibilities in this contentious subject area.

CRIJ 4313 Current Issues in Law Enforcement

Analysis and discussion of contemporary issues in policing with particular attention to current developments, service delivery and the changing police role. Integration of established scientific knowledge with practical police experiences in various areas of policing.

CRIJ 4314 Private Security and Loss Prevention

as scheduled
This course analyzed critical issues in the administration and supervision of private security organizations, with an emphasis on preventing retail theft, or loss prevention. Examinations of legal and ethical issues in public surveillance for private benefit, detecting employee malfeasance, cost-benefit analysis, inventory control and audit systems, and cutting-edge technologies for use in crime prevention.

CRIJ 4321 White-Collar and Organized Crime

as scheduled
Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems; discussion of recent research concerning correctional institutions and various corrections field services. Emphasis is given to both administrative and treatment concerns in corrections.

CRIJ 4343 Current Issues in Corrections

Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems; discussion of recent research concerning correctional institutions and various corrections field services. Emphasis is given to both administrative and treatment concerns in corrections.

CRIJ 4355 Current Issues in the Courts

as scheduled
Analysis and discussion of contemporary issues in the courts, with particular emphasis on trends, service delivery to victims, defendants, and the community, and the changing role of courts in society. In-depth study of drug courts, juvenile courts, community courts and prosecution, tribal justice and other specialized means of adjudication and disposition of criminal and delinquency cases.

CRIJ 4356 Law and Society

as scheduled
This course emphasizes the complexity and interrelationship of legal, social, and ethical issues in their historical and comparative contexts. By examining the role of the legal system in society and specific legal issues from the perspectives of the social sciences and the humanities, students will be able to analyze and understand the legal implications and ramifications of policy and decision making.

CRIJ 4357 Crime Prevention Techniques

as scheduled
This course examines the theories and techniques of mobilizing community resources for crime prevention. Implementation and evaluation of crime reduction efforts through crime prevention through environmental design, routine activities and situational crime prevention case studies, and physical planning of the built environment will be studied. The conceptual framework will draw from principles of the community psychology and environmental criminology.

CRIJ 4361 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

This is an upper-division course elective. The course’s primary goal is to introduce students to the idea of a world criminal justice system. Several countries will be selected each semester. A survey of the criminal justice systems (government, police, judiciary, laws, corrections and juvenile justice) will be conducted of each of the countries.

CRIJ 4362 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Designed to give advanced undergraduate students academic flexibility and the opportunity to study contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice.

CRIJ 4363 Independent Studies in Criminal Justice

Designed for advanced students who are capable of independent study and research to examine an issue of project of specific interest. Registration upon approval of the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and the professor directing the course.

CRIJ 4364 Field Internship

Three hours per week studying job interview techniques. Placement in a criminal justice agency or related experience for on-the-job training for a minimum of 120 hours. Evaluation of student and agency critiques, daily logs and a weekly meeting with the intern coordinator. Previous course number: CRIJ 4401, CRIJ 4464; a student may receive credit in only one course.

CRIJ 4399 Criminal Justice System: Capstone

This course in intended to serve as a capstone course. It will give students the opportunity to complete a comprehensive overview of and demonstrate the ability to integrate all facets of the criminal justice system in the United States: Philosophy, history, and development of criminal justice institutions, functions, current controversial issues, and future trends. PREREQUISTES: CRIJ 1301, CRIJ 1306, CRIJ 2314, CRIJ 2328, CRIJ 3303, & CRIJ 3304.

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Graduate

CRIJ 6301 Criminal Justice System

as scheduled
This course is designed to give students a current, thorough and comprehensive overview of all facets of the criminal justice system in the United States, its functions, current controversial issues and future trends. The philosophy, history and development of criminal justice institutions will be examined.

CRIJ 6302 Crime, Criminal Behavior & Criminology

as scheduled
Major theoretical approaches to the study of crime and criminology, including the biological, economic, political, psychological and sociological views on crime and criminal behavior.

CRIJ 6303 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

as scheduled
An analysis of the development, implementation and evaluation of criminal justice policy.

CRIJ 6304 Law, Courts and Criminal Procedure

as scheduled
Advanced study of the legal system of the United States. Discussion of the sociology of law as related to the application and operation of the judicial system and police procedure. Analysis of current research and literature related to the United States legal system.

CRIJ 6305 Criminal Justice Organizational Theory and Behavior

as scheduled
Advanced examination and evaluation of management, organization and administration of criminal justice agencies.

CRIJ 6306 Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice

as scheduled
Advanced statistical methods used in criminal justice research, including multivariate analysis and application of computerized statistical programs in analyzing criminal justice data. Prerequisite: An undergraduate statistics course or consent of instructor.

CRIJ 6307 Criminal Justice Research Methods

as scheduled
Theory, techniques, methods and applications of the quantitative analysis in criminal justice, with emphasis upon experimental design and collection, tabulation and analysis of in-field data. Prerequisite: CRIJ 6306 or consent of instructor.

CRIJ 6308 Juvenile Justice System

as scheduled
An overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. The administration of juvenile institutions and agencies, the juvenile court system, theories of juvenile delinquency and innovative methods of treatment strategies. Current research and trends in juvenile justice.

CRIJ 6309 Issues in Corrections

as scheduled
Examination of correctional philosophy, contemporary correctional issues, administration and management of correctional institutions. The role of probation and parole, an analysis of community-based corrections and related topics in corrections.

CRIJ 6310 Issues in Policing

as scheduled
Examination and discussion of current trends and issues related to policing in the United States. Evaluation of current strategies of policing and their application in police agencies.

CRIJ 6311 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

as scheduled
This course gives graduate students an opportunity to study contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice. The course will focus attention on international criminal justice issues and topics. May be repeated once in a new topic.

CRIJ 6312 Independent Research and Study

as scheduled
Independent study designed to provide an opportunity for students to pursue research and/or participate with graduate faculty in research for publication or professional presentation. Students may also opt under this course to study in-depth theoretical/empirical readings in a substantive area not normally covered in standard courses.

CRIJ 7301 7302 Thesis

as scheduled
The student is required to complete an individual research project under the direction and supervision of a graduate thesis committee. The thesis will be defended publicly and approved by a majority of the thesis committee. Prerequisite: Approval of Graduate Program Director.

CRIJ 7303 7304 Applied Research Project

as scheduled
The student is required to complete a problem-oriented applied research project under the supervision of a graduate project committee. The project must be approved by a majority of the project committee. Prerequisite: Approval of the Graduate Program Director.

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