Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
Societal responses to people and organizations that violate criminal codes; police, courts, juries, prosecutors, defense and correctional agencies, and the standards and methods used to respond to crime and criminal offenders; social forces that affect the evolution of criminal laws.
The function of police in contemporary society; the problems arising between citizens and police from the enforcement and nonenforcement of laws, from social changes, and from individual and group police attitudes and practices.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:202:201.
Prison and Prisoners (3)
Origins and methods of revenge, coercive custody, confinement, punishment, rehabilitation, restitution, deterrence, and prisoner education programs are examined. Includes emphasis on current controversies related to jail and prison overcrowding, treatment of violent juveniles and chemically dependent offenders, and AIDS risk assessment of juvenile and adult offenders.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:202:201.
Crime and Public Policy (3)
Introduces students to the
process by which criminal law and criminal justice policies are crafted and
implemented in the American political process. Because of the nature of
U.S. federalism, crime policy is a multilayered process with distinctive features
at each level. Students will learn basic concepts about public
policymaking across local, state, and national governments and will focus on
specific areas of criminal punishment to more fully understand the complex
nature of the policy process, as well as the unique challenge of developing
effective crime control policies.
Criminal Procedure (3)
Description and discussion of what is commonly characterized as the "criminal justice process and public policy consideration" through which the substantive criminal law is enforced.
Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance (3)
Analysis of the concepts and methods underlying major criminal justice endeavors to prevent crimes; examination of research literature concerning the effectiveness of crime prevention policies and strategies; review of policies, programs, and treatment for crime victims and witnesses.
White-Collar Crime (3)
Crimes organized by persons whose economic, political, and privileged positions offer ease and relative impunity in the commission of unusual crimes that are often national and international in scope and that have serious, long-term consequences.
Introduction to Security (3)
Principles and methods for screening people; monitoring environments; effective use and care of preventive techniques; preventive response and control; response procedures; legal aspects of security; individual and collective behavior; and developing problems in security such as terrorism and organized vandalism.
Human Rights and Legal Remedies (3)
Case studies of denial of human rights on an international level and the legal responses, national and international, to correct deprivation and suppression of such rights.
Police Organization and Administration (3)
The effect of organizational structure and administrative procedure on police function; the processes of police recruitment, career advancement, and leadership.
Correctional Systems (3)
The major types of community-based correctional alternatives ranging from probation, shock incarceration, parole, work-release, overnight and weekend incarceration, and halfway houses to community-based centers; discussion of correctional laws, personnel development, correctional management, controversies, political pressures, and emerging trends in organization and goals.
Court Management and Administration (3)
Court organization, management and administration, planning, budgeting, coordination, and personnel effectiveness; judicial standards for improving the quality of justice; development and training of nonjudicial personnel as court administrators.
Scientific Applications in Justice (3,3)
Contributions of physical science to crime prevention, detection, and
prosecution; significant forensic aspects of chemistry, biology,
geology, and physics as applied to prevention planning, contraband
control, preserving evidence, ballistics, optics, sound, and sampling
Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)
Underlying research concepts, methodologies, and techniques appropriate for application in the main behavioral environments of justice; application of course content to justice agencies, policies, and programs.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201; 01:640:112 or 115, or Calculus I; or placement.
Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)
Advanced research concepts, methodologies, and techniques appropriate for application in the main behavioral environments of justice; application of course content to justice agencies, policies, and programs.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201 and 307.
Criminal Law: Theory and Practice (3)
Study of the substantive criminal laws and judicial opinions, with emphasis on the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice to enhance insights into an understanding of the potentialities and limitations on the law as an instrument of social control.
Victimology and Domestic Violence (3)
Definitions and scope of violent crime in society. Includes a review of the issues, prevalence, myths, policies, programs, and services aimed at victims of violent crimes. The expanding role of the courts, police, battered women shelters, victim/witness assistance programs, crisis intervention units, and legislation highlighted.
Political Terrorism (3)
Analysis of diverse organizations using terror, starvation, torture, and murder for political objectives.
Crimes against Humanity (3)
Applies the concept of "crimes against humanity," as developed at the Nuremberg trials, to an analysis of similar events.
Juvenile Justice (3)
Examination of the recent political history of American juvenile justice; the policies, trends, and programs in juvenile justice during the past two decades. Focus on historical developments, the full range of contemporary alternatives for counseling and treatment, legal issues and functions of juvenile justice agencies, an exploration of future directions, and a reform agenda for the next two decades.
Justice Planning (3)
Survey of changing social methods for developing comprehensive short-term and long-term planning documents for criminal justice system components; planning documents explained and justified in oral and written presentations.
Sex, Crime, and Justice (3)
Survey of changing social values about sex, changing criminal codes about sex crimes, changing law enforcement policies and procedures in prosecuting sex offenders, and emerging legal doctrines about privacy and sexual rights.
Forensic Science (4,4)
Lecture and laboratory
training in scientific methods and techniques applied to criminal
investigation. Suitable for natural science majors and criminal justice majors
interested in forensic science.
Prerequisites: 01:119:101-102, 01:160:161-162, 01:202:201, 01:202:205; and 01:640:112 or 01:640:115 or Calculus I; or placement.
Criminal Justice Seminar (3,3)
some central issues in contemporary criminal justice. Topics vary from semester
Ideas in Justice (3)
Twentieth-century contributions to the development and application of penology, criminology, and criminal and social justice; study of the main ideas and key events that influenced the ideas and ideals evident in our social institutions.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201, 01:920:222, and 01:202:307 or other research methods course satisfying the criminal justice major requirement.
Internship in Criminal Justice (3,3,3)
The internships are 120 hours in a local criminal/administration of justice agency. Involves an intensive learning experience under professional agency supervision, as well as periodic symposia and study sessions, research, semester papers, and oral presentations.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201, 3 credits in criminal justice, senior standing, and permission of instructor.
Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice Settings (3)
Focuses on the conceptual framework for crisis intervention practice, including crisis theory, crisis concepts, crisis intervention models and strategies, and guidelines for evaluating program outcomes.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201, and 01:830:340 or 01:920:210.
Race, Crime, and Justice (3)
Explores the economic, political, and sociological relationships between the criminal justice system and racial minorities in the United States.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201 and 307 or other research methods course satisfying the criminal justice major requirement.
Advanced Criminal Justice Seminar (3,3)
Examination of some central issues in contemporary criminal justice.
Topics vary from semester to semester.
Independent Study (1-3)
Independent study under the direction of a member of the faculty.
Prerequisites: 01:202:201 and permission of instructor and program.
Special Topics (3)
Focuses on critical issues in criminal justice. May encompass topics related to law, law enforcement, the courts, corrections, etc. Specific issues are determined by the instructor.
Honors Thesis in Criminal Justice (3,3)
Individual research projects to be written as an honors thesis.
Prerequisite: Permission of program. For majors only. Students must have completed 15 credits toward the major, have senior standing, a 3.4 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall.