Undergraduate Courses

2016-2018 Catalog

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 Beginning with the 2014-2016 catalog - all CJ courses used for the major or the minor in CJ will have to have a grade of C or better.

1301 (CRIJ) Introduction to Criminal Justice (3-0) History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined; its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; prosecution and defense; trial process; correction. (Required)

1302 Introduction to Homeland Security (3-0) This course will introduce students to the organization, structure and function of Homeland Security at the federal, state and local levels as well as in the civilian world. Constitutional issues and special criminal processing will also be discussed.

1307 (CRIJ) Crime in America (3-0) American crime problems in historical perspective; social and public policy factors affecting crime; impact of crime and trends; social characteristics of specific crimes; prevention of crimes. (Formerly CJ 1305)

1313 (CRIJ) Juvenile Justice System (3-0) Study of the juvenile justice system and juvenile crime and delinquency. Theories of delinquency.

1320 Police Academy I (3-0)1st of 4 part credit for Police Academy. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in the SRSU Police Academy and enrollment in 1321, 1322, 1323

1321 Police Academy II (3-0)2nd of 4 part credit for Police Academy. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in the SRSU Police Academy and enrollment in 1320, 1322, 1323

1322 Police Academy III (3-0)3rd of 4 part credit for Police Academy. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in the SRSU Police Academy and enrollment in 1320, 1321, 1323

1323 Police Academy IV (3-0)4th of 4 part credit for Police Academy. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in the SRSU Police Academy and enrollment in 1320, 1321, 1322

2302 Basic Skills for CJ (3-0) Thinking skills such as critical thinking, legal reasoning and social-scientific thinking.  Basics of Criminal Justice library research including Internet and data sources.  Criminal Justice communication skills including report and paper writing, and testifying.  Ethics and professionalism.

2313 (CRIJ) Correctional Systems and Practices (3-0) Corrections in the criminal justice system; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

2321 Special Topics (3-0) Study of selected issues in Criminal Justice. May be repeated when topic varies.

2323 (CRIJ) Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3-0) Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional restraints; laws of arrest, search and seizure; police liability. (Formerly 2305) (Required)

2328 (CRIJ) Police Systems and Practices (3-0) The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police community interaction; current and future issues. (Formerly CJ 2304)

2350 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3-0). Students will explore the crucial incidents and issues within the criminal justice system that drive changes to the system. Within an ever-changing society, members of the public and members of the criminal justice system are sometimes in conflict requiring adaptation and evolution of the system. Students will examine the dynamics of police operations involving the use of deadly force, high speed pursuits, civil disobedience and unrest, natural disasters, and homeland security. Course may be repeated as topic changes.

2351 Hate Crimes (3-0). This course will cover issues and current research on the causes, controls, and controversies surrounding hate crimes. Students will explore issues that foster hate crimes while learning how these criminal acts impact them.

2352 Community Corrections (3-0). This course will focus on community corrections in the criminal justice system as an alternative to institutionalization. Students will examine the treatment and rehabilitation processes and discuss current and future issues.

2353 Crimes Against Children (3-0). This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issue surrounding child abuse and neglect.

2360 Introduction to Cybercrime (3-0). Students will explore the history and current state of computer-related crime. Beginning with an exploration of the development of ARPANET and progressing to the interweb and social media, ethical and criminal violations at home and in the workplace . Students will discuss current federal and state laws regarding cybercrime and identify crimes. An introduction to investigative methods and security protocols are also studied.

2362 Cybercrime Investigation (3-0). Students will analyze criminal acts that can be committed using a computer or the Internet, including narcotics and human trafficking, arms and weapons smuggling, and pornography distribution. The students will explore how those acts can be successfully investigated and prosecuted. Legal aspects of search and seizure, and proper procedures for handling digital evidence vis-à-vis the rules of evidence. An overview of the dark web will be included. Prerequisite: CJ 1301 or CJ 130

3101 Independent Study (1-0) Independent research of a selective topic in the Criminal Justice or Homeland Security fields. May be repeated when topic varies. Enrollment by permission of instructor only.

3201 Independent Study (2-0) Independent research of a selective topic in the Criminal Justice or Homeland Security fields. May be repeated when topic varies. Enrollment by permission of instructor only.

3302 Victimology, Victim Services and Victims' Rights (3-0) A study of victims, victimization and the consequences of victimization, including victims of sexual assault and child abuse; victim perception, self-help and prevention of victimization; victimization surveys and other data sources; history of victims' rights and the victims' rights movement; victims' rights and services.

3303 Crime and Justice in the Movies (3-0) Examination of the interrelationships between cinema, reality, and public opinion. Examination of stereotypes and assumptions shown in cinema as compared to fact. Study of professional, ethical, and historical issues in criminal justice as reflected in movies.

3304 Wildlife Law Enforcement (3-0) Application of investigative and evidentiary procedures to wildlife law enforcement; legal basis for wildlife laws; federal and state wildlife laws, role of wildlife law enforcement in wildlife management.

3307 Organized Crime (3-0) Analysis of crime problems of an organized nature; economic impact upon society; laws regulating organized crime; investigation techniques.

3311 Women and Crime (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding women and their interaction with the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include women as victims of crime, as perpetrators of crime, and as workers within the system.

3312 Criminal Investigation (3-0) Investigative theory, collection and preservation of evidence, sources of information, interview and interrogation, uses of forensic sciences, case and trial preparation, photography.

3316 Domestic Violence (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding victims and perpetrator characteristics, explanations for the violence, and explanations for the victim's behavior. Criminal justice responses to domestic violence situations both currently and historically will also be covered.

3317 White Collar Crime (3-0) This course is designed to familiarize the student with the special crimes that qualify as white collar crime.  By the end of the course, the student will be able to distinguish white collar offenses from other types of crimes.  Additionally, students will be familiar with the criminal justice system's contemporary responses to white collar crimes.

3320 Emergency Management (3-0) This course covers risk management and disaster management theory, risk assessment, protection of critical infrastructure, Incident Command Systems, FEMA strategies and other efforts to prevent and mitigate terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other large scale events.  The role of all levels of government, military and citizenry will be examined.

3321 Human Trafficking (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding human trafficking.  Topics covered will include: the rise of human trafficking, the financial side of human trafficking, legislation and regional perspectives on human trafficking as well as women and children as sex slaves.

3322 Cybercrime 21st Century (3-0).  Students will examine the developments and changes on the criminal justice system as a result of technology advancements and the introduction of computer-related crime. Discussions will include how criminals profit from technology , cybercrimes against persons, property, and institutions, and how criminal justices (law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and corrections) have evolved to address cybercrime. Prerequisite: CJ 1301 or CJ 1302.

3340 Criminal Justice Ethics (3-0). Students will explore a comprehensive overview if ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals. This course will address many ethical scenarios encountered by law enforcement, prosecutors, court officers, and corrections staff in the performance of their duties. Students will develop an understanding of the moral and ethical issues as well as how these dilemmas are resolved.

3341 Research Methods for Criminal  Justice  (3-1). This course provides as introduction to criminal justice research methods. Students will learn how to evaluate current and conduct contemporary research in the field of criminal justice. The course introduces students to terminology and tools of the scientific method. Several data collection techniques available to criminal justice researchers are explored and evaluated Students will learn how to evaluate academic research products in terns if their contribution to the fields of criminal justice, as well as to how to develop their own research problems.

3342 Multicultural Communication for Criminal  Justice  (3-0). Students will learn basic practical language skills that will assist them as criminal justice practitioners in situations such as dealing with suspects, victims, witnesses, prison populations, as well as border  and immigration issues. Students will also explore various cultures and customs to better understand the needs of members of their communities.

3362 Advanced Cybercrime Investigations (3-0). This course examines advanced investigation techniques in cybercrime cases, including internet frauds and schemes, issues in ecommerce, and threats to the national infrastructure. Cyber security policies, legal issues, and advanced investigative strategies, as well as the implications of investigations on a national and global scale will also be evaluated. Prerequisites: CJ 1301 or CJ 1302 and CJ 2362.

4301 Multicultural Studies in Criminal Justice (3-0) Understanding, communicating and working with persons from different cultures; basic human relations skills needed by those working in the criminal justice system; women in the criminal justice system; equal protection of the law and anti-discrimination; civil rights; sexual harassment and related laws; criminal justice ethics.

4302 Seminar in Special Problems in Criminal Justice (3-0) Exploration and analysis of contemporary problems related to police, courts and corrections. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

4303 Death Penalty in America (3-0) In this course we will review the public policy concerning the Death Penalty. We will further look into issues that may or may not affect the application of the death penalty within the various States. Both the history of the death penalty and the future application of abolition of the death penalty will be addressed.

4304 Criminology (3-0) Study of factors that contribute to crime; criminological theories; criminal types; research methods; types of crimes; crime trends. (Required)

4306 Gangs (3-0) The Gangs class is designed to introduce and guide students in the understanding of the advent and expansion of criminal gangs. Topics and discussion will focus on the history, organization, identification, and criminological theories surrounding both "street" and "prison" gangs. Emphasis will be placed on the spread of prison gangs in Texas prisons and their influence on Texas prison policy. Street gangs will be studied as an artifact of the "drug war".

4307 Internship (3-0) This course is designed to give students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to actual practice. Internship may be repeated twice for credit at different agencies. It is the Student's responsibility to find a suitable agency to intern for. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and must complete a minimum of 45 hours of supervised work time. (No person may obtain internship credit for full or part time paid employment). Prerequisite: Criminal Justice Majors only: Junior or Senior standing and permission of the Department Chair.

4308 Terrorism (3-0) This class is specifically designed to introduce students to the threat of terrorism both domestic and international. We will discuss the implications of all aspects of terrorism on U.S. society. Students will have an opportunity to research and present to the class specific topics of interest. We will address the religious, sociological, criminal, and legal issues of the police, prosecutors, and courts. Additional focus will be on the application of "The Patriot Act" as it impacts U.S. freedoms.

4309 Senior Seminar (3-0) Professional ethics and professionalism, role of the private sector in criminal justice, opportunities for employment and graduate study, criminal justice data sources, history and future of discipline and current developments. (Required) The final exam for this course for CJ majors will be the CJ Senior Exam which must be passed to graduate. Students will write a major student-competition level paper. Open to all juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: CJ 1301, 2305, and 4304.

4310 Deviant Subcultures (3-0) This course examines the roots, structures, habits and sociological implications of deviant subcultures.  The most obvious example of a deviant subculture are criminal gangs, either street gangs or prison gangs.

4311 Sexual Predators (3-0) This course examines the roots, structures, habits and sociological implications of sexual predators.  The most obvious example of sexual predators is the violent sexual serial killer. 

4312 Punishment (3-0) In this course we will review the public policy concerning the death penalty and punishment.  We will further look into issues that may or may not affect the use of the death penalty in the various states.

4313 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0) This course will focus on the nature and extent of delinquent behavior, theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention, and the cultural and social factors related to delinquency.

4315 Serial Killers (3-0) This class examines Serial Killers worldwide. Students will be exposed to numerous highly publicized Serial Killers, as well as many that are not so well known. This class will examine the root causes of these criminals and their impact on society.

4318 Advanced Homeland Security (3-0) This course will explore the creation and evolution of the Department of Homeland Security. Additional focus will be on the War on Terrori, Weapons of Mass Destruction, new technologies and the role of civilian organizations within Homeland Security.

4319 School Violence (3-0) This class is designed to familiarize students with the sociological and legal issues concerning violence in schools.  The subject is not limited to the United States. 

4320 Forensic Ballistics - Handguns (3-0) This course is mainly a firearms examination course.  Students will learn the historical evolution Handguns and their relationship to changes in American society.  The identification of and differences between all forms Handguns will be emphasized.  This course will spend considerable time covering the usage and investigation of the criminal application of Handguns in crime, as well as, the tactical applications employed by law enforcement.  The course includes considerable “hands-on” time with actual firearms.

4321 Forensic Ballistics - Long Guns (3-0) This course is mainly a firearms examination course.  Students will learn the historical evolution of both Rifles and Shotguns and their relationship to changes in American society.  The identification of and differences between all forms of “long guns” will be emphasized.  This course will spend considerable time covering the usage and investigation of the criminal application of “Long guns” in crime, as well as, the tactical applications employed by law enforcement.  The course includes considerable “hands-on” time with actual firearms.

4322 Topics in Homeland Security (3-0) This course covers current and emerging issues in the area of Homeland Security. Topics may include programs, emerging technologies, and legal trends in both the domestic arena and on the global stage.

4323 Transnational Crime (3-0) This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of criminal organizations and their crimes on the global stage.  Focus is particularly on those organizations and crimes that cross international boundaries.  Areas of study include organizaed crime, trafficking in drugs, humans and weapons, piracy, and other crimes, groups and individuals criminals.  Global efforts and preventional, interdiction and punishment will also be covered. A particular focus will be on placing these issues in the context of Homeland Security and the war on terror.

4324 Immigration Issues (3-0) This course will focus on the history and development of immigration patterns and policies in the United States.  Emphasis will be placed on policy issues as related to the work of Criminal Justice practitioners, particularly in the post 9-11 world. Students will also be expected to analyze policy impact on various groups of immigrants.

4330 Law Enforcement Administration (3-0). Students will explore a comprehensive overview of practices within law enforcement administration. The history of law enforcement administration, the evolution of professional policing, as well as current issues and trends will be addressed. Emphasis will be places on issues related to human resource administration and the leadership skills required to successfully manage a law enforcement agency.

4331 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3-0). This course will be an advanced study of the various constitutional and other legal issues within all areas of criminal justice. Specific focus will be given to Texas laws, and US Supreme Court decisions affecting law enforcement or corrections. Prerequisite: CJ 1301 of CJ 1302.

4332 Critical Issues in Corrections (3-0). Corrections has changed over the past several decades. In the course, students will explore the origins of correctional systems, and how these systems and correctional philosophies have evolved over time. Students will examine the growth of the complex and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the various correctional paradigms. 

4333 Policing and the Community (3-0). Students will analyze ideas and ideals of Community Policing. Students will evaluate topics such as race, gender, economics, status, rural vs. urban, and other sensitive topics.

4334 Police Corruption (3-0). The class is designed to familiarize students with the sociological and legal issues concerning police corruption. Discussion will include specific “critical issues” such as: police militarization, the Police subculture, use of force, and the volatile political aspects of this issue.

4335 War on Drugs (3-0). In this course students will evaluate the public policy concerning the most topical issues of the War on Drugs. Students will analyze topics including historical, political, cost, corruption, and legalization.

4336 Prison Gangs (3-0). This course will focus on prison gangs, their origins and their evolution and growth within the prison system. The course will examine present-day prison gang activity in and out of the prison system and the impact of prison gangs on crime and the criminal justice system in the “free world.” By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and identify various prison gangs and have a detailed insight on the games criminals play.

4363 Introduction of Criminal Profiling (3-0). Students will explore the fundamental profiling. Discussions will include the definition of profiling, analysis of both the psychological basis and practical applications of criminal profiling, its uses, and historical applications in theory and practice. Students will explore the relationship between profiling and its application in crime and crime scene analysis, forensic science, and geographic profiling. Overview of applicable behavior-based criminal theories will be included. Prerequisite: CJ 130 or CJ 1302.

4365 Cyber Warfare (3-0). This course is an overview of cyber warfare including discussions on its strategy and impacts. Students will evaluate the use of cyber warfare by the military, terrorist, and criminal organizations. Students will examine computer network benefits and vulnerabilities, potential weaponry, and risk mitigation. Prerequisite: CJ 1301 or CJ 1302 and CJ 2360.

4367 Cybercrime Policy and Law (3-0). In this course, students will examine the impact of emerging technology on criminal justice policy, as well as the legal implications of changing criminal behaviors in the area of cybercrime. Particular attention will be paid to privacy issues, responses to various cybercrimes, and transnational issues such as cyber espionage  and human trafficking. Prerequisite: CJ 2360.