100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3:3:0) Overview of the American system of criminal justice, covering theories of justice, criminal law, policing, courts and associated pre- and post-trial legal processes, punishment and corrections, and juvenile justice.
300 Research Methods and Analysis (4:3:1) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Required for all ADJ majors. Students are strongly encouraged to take ADJ 300 before or during the first semester of enrolling in 300-level courses. Emphasizes asking clear, researchable questions and using appropriate evidence to answer them. Students learn to use a broad range of evidence, including quantitative and qualitative information. Covers design and analysis of surveys, government archives, case studies, and interpretations of events in journals. Examines ethical implications of information technologies.
301 Public Law and the Judicial Process (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Covers American judicial organization and operation, role of the Supreme Court in policy formation, and selected constitutional principles.
302 Sociology of Delinquency (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100 and SOCI 101, or permission of instructor. Presents theories of juvenile delinquency and societal reactions to it; gender differences in rates and types; historical overview; development of juvenile justice system; and critical assessment of juvenile justice and its alternative.
303 Experiencing the Criminal Justice System (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ENGL 302; COMM 100, 101, or 104; and 60 credits. Experiential learning course designed to give preservice ADJ students a firsthand, practical journey through the criminal justice process and system.
304 Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing (3:3:0) Prerequisites: IT 103 and 223. Covers computer crime, relevant laws, agencies, standards, auditing, logging, forensics, and related software. Explores legal principles such as chain of evidence, electronic document discovery, eavesdropping, and entrapment. Hands-on experience with forensics tools.
305 Crime and Crime Policy (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Explores and evaluates how crime is defined and measured, and examines crime patterns and trends. Provides an overview and critical assessment of the major theories of crime at the individual, neighborhood, and structural levels. Considers policies intended to reduce crime.
306 Criminal Justice Ethics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits, or permission of instructor. Analyzes ethical principles relevant for those working in criminal justice.
307 Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Explores the significance of social inequality (especially race and gender inequality) for several crime and criminal justice issues. Examines the effect of gender and race on rates of criminal offending and victimization and explanations for the variation in offending and victimization.
308 Human Rights and Justice (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Studies the norms, laws, and systems for the promotion and protection of human rights. Provides a foundation for understanding historical, legal, political, economic, and ethical aspects of human rights. Examines ideological and cultural perspectives, sources of violations, the United Nations, regional and national mechanisms, special issues (e.g., women, torture, children, minorities), and the role of nongovernmental organizations
400 Applied Criminal Psychology (3:3:0) Uses overview of psychological and criminological theories to apply behavioral science theory to practical application in forensic settings. Focuses on analysis of various crime scenes, and characteristics of offenders.
401 Policing in America (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Fundamental issues relevant to contemporary public policing in America: role and history of police; impact on crime, disorder, and other social problems; discretion and its
control; moral hazards; police legitimacy and public support; police culture and the police organization; and community policing.
402 Sociology of Punishment and Corrections (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Covers theories on forms of punishment systems; punishment and corrections as a product of historical, cultural, and political changes; differences by race and gender in punishment and corrections; problems of social control and violence in prisons; alternative rehabilitation; and community prevention strategies.
403 Community Corrections (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Studies the purposes and goals of community-based corrections and its various components, including pretrial diversion, probation, parole, and emerging alternatives to traditional incarceration. Addresses issues related to offenders returning to the community and critical issues facing jails, community corrections, and the management of offenders in community settings. Examines the role of community-corrections within the broader correctional system.
404 Crime Victims and Victimization (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Explores experiences of crime victims, distribution of the risks of victimization, and causes and consequences of victimization. Also considers nature and influence of victim’s rights advocates.
405 Law and Justice around the World (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Comparative inquiry into the models of legal and justice systems around the world. Considers how social and legal norms are created, and how different societies exercise powers of social control. Evaluates justice models in action, including law and courts, policing, corrections, and juvenile justice.
406 Family Law and the Justice System (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Introduction to the elements of family law, and exploration of its influence on American social life and contemporary notions of justice. Topics include marriage and parenting, divorce, custody and support, nontraditional families, and domestic violence.
407 Law and Society (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100 or GOVT 301. Explores relationship between law and society, including concept of law; origin, development, and role of law in society; and relationship between law and social change. Considers different approaches to the study of law and society, and assesses methodologies.
408 Criminal Courts (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100 or GOVT 301. Studies the workings, advantages, and frailties of criminal courts, and explores whether the system works effectively and efficiently.
409 Community Policing (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Study of community policing, particularly in the United States. Covers history and development of community policing, community relations, problem solving, and issues of organizational change.
422 Controversial Legal Issues (3:3:0) Prerequisite ADJ 100. Focuses on the study of law as an institution that continuously interacts with other social institutions at the individual, community, state, and federal levels. Examines how constitutional and statutory laws are interpreted by the courts to determine and define the law through contemporary, controversial, legal issues. Explores how the courts, using the law, resolve today’s most controversial issues.
423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3:3:0) Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Studies 1st Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion; the right to privacy; and 14th Amendment right to equal protection.
424 Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights (3:3:0) Prerequisite: GOVT 103. Studies constitutional law pertaining to the rights of the criminally accused from investigation and evidence through attorney, trial, and punishment stages at federal and state levels.
425 Criminal Justice Management (3:3:0) Explains the management function for current and future criminal justice managers. Emphasizes communication, motivation, leadership skills, and organizational development.
460 Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Philosophical perspectives, historical context, technological developments, and institutional changes that surround controversies about privacy and surveillance in contemporary society. Explores public and private institutions conducting surveillance, how they calculate and manage risk, and legal constraints on surveillance activities.
461 Introduction to Homeland Security (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Examines governmental actions designed to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and national disasters. Focuses on efforts to align federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and nongovernmental preparedness, incident management, and emergency response plans into the effective and efficient national structure necessary for the protection of the United States.
462 Law Enforcement and Homeland Security (3:3:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Examines the effect of 9/11 on law enforcement organizations in the United States and explores the evolving relationship between the military, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the post-9/11 era. Emphasis on understanding the entire framework of homeland security in the United States and the unique issues faced by local law enforcement.
471/SOCI 471 Prevention and Deterrence of Crime (3:3:0) Theoretical and practical strategies for crime prevention and deterrence. Discusses social, environmental, and mechanical developments, police courts, and correctional elements of law enforcement in terms of current effectiveness and future potential for crime prevention.
475 Theory and Politics of Terrorism (3:3:0) Explores origins of terrorism, tracing development from early states to a modern mode of conflict. Presents national, regional, and global perspectives.
479 Preparation for Internship (3:3:0) Prerequisites: ADJ 100, 300, 303; and at least 21 credits of other upper-level courses required for the ADJ major. Preparation for internship in a justice organization or justice-related work activity. Students develop a relationship with a prospective internship sponsor and develop a plan for the internship and the research to be reported.
480 Internship in Justice Administration (3–12:0:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 479. Before enrolling, students must have a plan approved by the instructor. Application of classroom learning to an applied justice setting. Students maintain daily journals, conduct research, and deliver written and oral reports. Seminars are held three times during the semester for discussion and oral presentation. Minimum of 50 hours of on-the-job work time required for each credit. Students may take the course for 3, 6, or 9 credits. Course may be taken more than once, but total accumulated credits may not exceed 12. Students using the internship to satisfy skills for the justice professional must accumulate a total of 9 credits.
490 Special Topics in Administration of Justice (1–3:1–3:0) Recent developments in the field. Content varies. Recent topics covered workplace violence and international terrorism. May be repeated for credit four times.
491 Honors Seminar I (3:3:0) Prerequisites: admission to the ADJ honors program. First of a two-course sequence; subject varies. Course includes readings, individual or group projects, and discussion of seminar papers.
492 Honors Seminar II (3:3:0) Prerequisites: ADJ 491. Second of a two-course sequence. Subject varies. Course includes readings and discussion of seminar papers, leading to a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Oral exam on the research and report may be required.
499 Independent Study in Administration of Justice (1–3:0:0) Prerequisite: ADJ 100. Open to majors in ADJ and public and international affairs, with 90 credits and permission of instructor and program. Reading and research on a specific topic under the direction of a faculty member. Written report is required; an oral exam or report may also be required. Degree requirements to be fulfilled by a particular independent study determined by student’s advisor.
590 Special Topics in Administration of Justice (1–3:1–3:0) Recent developments in the field. Content varies. Recent topics have covered violence in the workplace and international terrorism. May be repeated for credit.