Criminal Justice Courses (CRIJ)

1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined; its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections.

1306 Courts and Criminal Procedures

The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of the American court system; prosecution, right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing.

1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

Study of criminal law, its philosophical and historical development and concepts, classifications and elements of crime, penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations, and criminal responsibility.

2301 Community Resources in Corrections

An introductory study of the role of the community in corrections; community programs for adults and juveniles; administration of community programs; legal issues; future trends in community treatment.

2313 Correctional Systems and Practices

Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

2314 Criminal Investigation

Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.

2328 Police Systems and Practices

The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.

3300 Criminal Law

In-depth examination of principles of substantive criminal law with emphasis on Texas penal statutes and case law.

3304 Interpersonal Effectiveness

Skills and attitudes needed by the criminal justice professional to successfully interact with clients and colleagues. Personal planning; time management; communication skills; win-win problem solving techniques.

3309 Class, Race and Gender

Role of social class, race and gender in the etiology and control of crime. Injustices within the criminal justice system and broader society. Cultural sensitivity.

3310 Criminal Procedure and Evidence

In-depth examination of laws of criminal procedure with emphasis upon Texas procedural laws; rules of evidence; recent state and federal case law in fields of criminal procedure and evidence.

3311 Crime and Criminals

American crime problems in historical perspective; social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends; liberal and conservative views of the crime problem and policy implications; crime prevention.

3315 Criminal Behavior

An examination of the typologies of criminal behavior.  Psychological issues related to criminality and deviance will be presented.  Topics include offender motivation, psychopathy, serial murder, sex offenders and career criminals.

3320 Correctional Counseling

Overview of basic counseling skills used within correctional programs.  Practice with therapeutic communication and crisis intervention will be provided.  Issues facing the treatment of mentally ill offenders will be presented

3330 Counseling Practicum

Supervised counseling practice in a criminal justice setting.
Pre or Co-requisite: CRIJ 3320.

3350 Juvenile Justice System

A study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency.

3380 Correctional Law

Legal aspects of correction; rights of the convicted. Laws governing correctional officers and facilities. Legal liabilities in correctional activities.

4101, 4201, 4301 Directed Studies in Criminal Justice

Individual study with an instructor in an area of mutual interest. May be repeated for credit when the designated topics are varied.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4300 Legal Research, Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy

Preparation of appellate brief on assigned point of law; presentation of appellate oral argument.

4310 Social Justice

Theories of justice; relationship of justice to freedom and democracy; injustices in social class, gender, and race relationships.

4311 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

An examination of selected ethical issues and problems confronting criminal justice professionals.

4313 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

Current topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit when the topic is varied.

4320 Seminar in Correctional Programs

Overview of programs in institutional and non-institutional agencies; examination of such programs based upon various correctional theories.

4321 Responses to Crime

An examination of crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system using critical analysis of recently published materials as sources for research, discussion, and student seminar.
Prerequisite: Senior classification and approval of advisor.

4323 Incarceration

A focal study of jails and prisons.  Topics include inmate management, jail administration, prison gangs, emergency procedures, correctional design, and special populations.  Low, medium, high, and supermax prisons will be examined.

4330 Police Problems

Advanced analysis of major contemporary police problems from various perspective.  Examination of current issues in policing.

*4340 Criminal Justice Applications

Application of principles learned in the classroom to a non-classroom setting.  Requirements for this course may be satisfied through a special project or internship.  May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor

4350 Criminal Justice Administration

Problems and issues in the administration of criminal justice organizations.

4370 Conflict Resolution

Elements of conflict, from interpersonal to international. Concepts and skills needed to intervene in conflict situations; mediation techniques.  Emphasis on situations confronting criminal justice officials.

4380 Criminal Justice Research Methods

An examination of the research methodologies used in the evaluation of crime and criminal justice systems.  The fundamentals of research design, interpretation, and communication of results will be provided.