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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CJUST 105 Law Enforcement (3)
Examines the history, functions and problems of law enforcement in the United States. There is a special emphasis on promising solutions to problems affecting policing in contemporary American society.

CJUST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
A general introduction to the three components of the American justice system: the police, the courts and corrections. Special emphasis on the historical development, procedures, problems and directions for reform of each component.

CJUST 115 Corrections (3)
Examines the history, functions and problems of corrections in the United States. Both institutionalized corrections (e.g., jails and prisons) and community corrections (e.g., probation) are studied. There is a special emphasis on promising solutions to problems facing corrections in contemporary American society.

CJUST 200 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
This course provides an introduction to and overview of the field of intelligence analysis. It examines the history of intelligence analysis in the U.S. up to present day activities. One of the main course objectives is to have students explore the world of intelligence analysis in a way that does justice to the subject's complexities and ambiguities. In addition, students will study publicly available sources of actual intelligence activities, from both law enforcement and military/espionage perspectives.

CJUST 310 Oral Communication, Media Relations and Courtroom Testifying (3)
Designed to improve students' speaking skills as they relate to the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in the work place, to the public, media and at the time of trial.

CJUST 314 Cyber Security (3)
This course examines the development of the internet, how it has been used for licit and illicit purposes and by whom, and how government, corporate, and military organizations manage online security.

CJUST 317 Criminal Law (3)
An introduction to the legal principles that govern criminal acts, with emphasis on the basic elements of crime, crimes against person, property and society in general, and the privileges and defenses of the accused. A case study approach will be used.

CJUST 318 Criminology (3)
This course provides a study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws and the social reaction to the breaking of laws. Different types of crimes (e.g., violent crime, property crime and "victimless" crime) are examined. The social control of crime is also discussed.

CJUST 319 Cyber Forensics
The theft and destruction of identities and data on the internet has grown at an exponential pace. Criminal hackers around the world use increasingly sophisticated methods to steal information from a wide-open internet. The course identifies these techniques and provides methods to increase security of personal, business, and government data.This course will teach students how to recover lost or misplaced computer data and provide a mechanism for investigation of computer related activity. It will also explain how to maintain a chain of custody for data, ensure services remain in an unaltered state, and enhance timely processing of data to reduce vulnerability to litigation.

CJUST 320 Special Topics (3)
This course is offered on important and timely topics that are not normally covered in the CJ curriculum. Examples include courses on terrorism, computer crime, and women and crime.

CJUST 321 Environmental Crime (3)
This course examines the social history and development of environmental protection. There is an emphasis on understanding the nature and extent of environmental crimes which are acts committed with the intent to harm or with potential to cause harm to ecological and/or biological systems and for the purpose of securing business or personal advantage.

CJUST 335 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3)
An examination of the unlawful behavior of minors from a variety of perspectives, including historical, psychological, social psychological, cross-cultural and sociological perspectives. Topics include definitions of delinquency, long and short term trends, explanations of delinquent behavior, drug use, gangs, treatment and prevention strategies, and the juvenile justice system.

CJUST 345 Criminal Investigation (3)
Introduction to the lawful gathering and evaluation of information concerning criminal acts, with attention to the fundamentals of investigation, the organization and management of the investigative process, and the knowledge and skills necessary for investigation.

CJUST 365 Drugs and Crime (3)
An examination of the linkages between drugs (licit and illicit) and crime. Topics include history of drug use in the U.S. and abroad, drug smuggling and dealing, competing hypotheses regarding the connections between drugs and street crime, and the debate over decriminalization and legalization. Special attention is given to how social research findings contradict media presentations.

CJUST 370 Organized Crime (3)
The history, structure and operations of organized crime. Special attention is given to the laws and attempts to contain organized crime, particularly as they relate to new forms of organized crime (e.g. the Russian Mafia).

CJUST 380 White Collar (3)
The study of the nature, types and costs of white-collar crime. Special attention is given to corporate crime, computer crime and political crime.

CJUST 480 Internship (1-6)
Provides opportunities for students to serve as interns at nearby social service, criminal justice and social action agencies. Permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean for academic affairs is required.
Prerequisites: SOC 100 for sociology majors, CJUST 110 for criminal justice majors. This course is normally available only for juniors and seniors.

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