Mississippi Valley State University

November 23, 2014

Criminal Justice (CJ)

Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses

CJ 191 - Criminal Justice Seminar I: A basic seminar course designed to acquaint students with career opportunities in the criminal justice system and orientate them to the University life and studies. (1)

CJ 192 - Criminal Justice Seminar II: A basic seminar course designed to familiarize students with general issues in the criminal justice system. (1)

CJ 281 - Intro Criminal Justice System: An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the workings of the various subsystems of the criminal justice system and how they interact: Law Enforcement, Courts and Corrections. (3)

CJ 382 - Criminology: An introductory course designed to introduce students to the etiology of crime and it context. An extensive review of past and present criminological theories, including a survey of crime prevention and control strategies are also undertaken. (3)

CJ 383 - Criminal Law: An introductory course designed to familiarize students with substantive criminal law. The scope and sources of criminal law, essential elements of a crime, criminal liability, criminal responsibility and capacity to commit a crime, defenses, criminal punishment, and criminal jurisdiction are some to the topics covered in the course. (3)

CJ 384 - : Law Enforcement Systems And Practices: This course is a comprehensive review of law enforcement systems and practices. An exploration of the history of law enforcement and the discussions of recruiting procedures, training, operational functions such as, patrols, investigations, and strategies for controlling police corruption and brutality are undertaken. A review of law enforcement issues and practices are also carried out in the course. (3)

CJ 385 - Court Systems & Practices: This course is an extensive review of the federal and state court systems. A review of the history, evolution and staffing of the court system is undertaken. The procedures for the appointment of justices and judges, and the actual operations and practices of the courts will be extensively examined. Other relevant court issues, such as a plea bargaining, sentence disparities and the future of the courts will also be examined. (3)

CJ 386 - Correctional Systems/Practices: This course is a comprehensive survey of the history of and evolution of the correctional systems and practices such as security and control in prisons, treatment in prisons, classification systems, prison industries, prison congestion and remedies, the pros and cons of private prisons. An extensive examination of community based corrections, including probation and parole are also carried out. (3)

CJ 387 - Juvenile Justice System and Practices: This course is a comprehensive survey of all facets of the juvenile justice systems, policies and practices. The history and the development of the juvenile justice system, policies and practices are also reviewed. The course examines theories of delinquency, and reviews juvenile courts, prosecutions, juvenile rights and corrections. (3)

CJ 388 - Private & Industrial Security Systems And Practices: This course Extensively surveys the history of private and industrial security. The recruitment, training, operational and administrative practices are extensively reviewed,  including the physical security systems . The future of private and industrial security is also covered in the course. (3)

CJ 389 - Criminal Investigations: An extensive examination of the investigation process to include: historical origins of criminal investigation, the investigative method, note taking and reporting, crime scene focus, interviewing, the sources of information, special investigation, investigation in court, and the future of criminal investigation. (3)

CJ 390 - Introduction Statistics For Criminal Justice: A statistics basic course designed to introduce criminal justice students to descriptive, inferential statistics, and measures of associations. (3)

CJ 391 - Introduction to Cybercrime: This course is a comprehensive examination of crimes committed with the use of computers and strategies for preventing, controlling, and investigating such crimes. (3)

CJ 392 - Introduction to Forensic Science: This course is a comprehensive introduction to Forensic Science practices as they apply to criminal investigations. An explanation of crime and its context, including an extensive coverage of each of the major criminological perspectives/theories are undertaken. (3)

CJ 393 - Criminal Procedure:  This course extensively reviews the American criminal procedure. An examination of the courts and the criminal justice system procedures are undertaken. The course also covers the exclusionary rule and probable cause; arrest, searches and seizures; identification and interrogation; constitutional rights and rules during trial; and legal liabilities of law enforcement offices. (3)

CJ 394 - Terrorism and Homeland Security: This course is a survey of the history of national and international terrorism, and homeland security. Motives of terrorists, operational strategies and control strategies are examined. (3)

CJ 395 - Aviation and Airport Security: This course is an extensive examination of Aviation and Airport Security Systems and Practices, with special attention on how to prevent terrorist activities. (3)

CJ 480 - Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organization: This course is designed to provide an overview of a broad set of concepts, research, and practices surrounding management and administration of criminal justice. This course also offers a system-wide perspective that considers how management issues run through the entire criminal justice system. (3)

CJ 481- Comparative Criminal Justice: This course covers some of the major international criminal justice systems. A review of different types of government, and their criminal justice systems focusing on  police, judiciary, law, corrections, and juvenile justice are undertaken.

CJ 482 -Police Organization and Management: A comprehensive survey of police organization and management skills, which covers development and management theories, organization and structure, behavior, motivation and job design, including leadership theory and practice. The future of police organization and management is also covered. (3)

CJ 483 -Organized Crime: This course is a comprehensive study of the past and present theories of organized crime. Topics covered include: history of organized crime, the business of organized crime, organized crime in labor and drugs, law and law enforcement response to organized crime, organized crime committees, commissions, and policies. (3)

CJ 487-Victimology: This course is a comprehensive study of the victims of crime, including their characteristics per crime and their relationship with their perpetrators. Compensation programs and victimization studies will be covered. Other victim related contemporary issues will also be examined. (3)

CJ 488- Research Methods: This course is an introductory course to research methods in criminal justice. Experiments, surveys, field research, unobtrusive research evaluation, and analysis are examines. Prerequisite: CJ 390 (Intro to Statistics for CJ)   (3)

CJ 491- Criminal Justice Seminar III (Professionalism and Ethics): This course is an advanced seminar course designed to teach professionalism and ethics in criminal justice. Topics to be discussed include general requirements for professionalism, morality, values and ethics. The course will involve a series of student library assignments and class presentations. (1)

CJ 492 -Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics and Career: This course in an advanced seminar course designed to expose graduating seniors to job search and career options.

CJ 493 - Criminal Justice Internship: An internship course designed to familiarize students with the practical workings of a selected agency of the criminal justice system. The internship consist of a tour of duty in any criminal justice agency. Internship may be substituted with regular courses if a student, after genuine efforts, is unable to secure a placement with approval of the department chair. The substitution must be approved by the department chair. A total of 240 hours is required for the internship program. (6)

CJ 494 - Reading and Independent Studies in Criminal Justice: This course is designed for students who are advanced in the criminal justice program. Students taking the course must be capable of conducting independent studies. Upon approval by the department chair, students may register for the course. (3)