Criminal Justice

  • Douglas Davis, program director
    Douglas Davis, Daniel Stuhlsatz, Laura Van Assendelft, John Wells, steering committee
    Robert Farley, Jr., Saray Ludwig, Jane Pietrowski, Bob Robinson, Daniel Stuhlsatz, Carey Usher

    Criminal Justice provides students with a thorough knowledge of crime, criminal behavior, the police and courts, law and society, and theories of crime through offerings within the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and other disciplines related to this field of study. The major also contains a strong applied component which offers students the opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system by taking courses such as police procedure, crime scene investigation, forensics, corrections and judicial procedures. In addition, students will be offered internships in which they will work with crime agencies and police departments.

  • Requirements for the Major in Criminal Justice

    48 semester hours
    CJ 100
    SOC 211
    SOC 233
    SOC 232
    POLS 322
    Three of the following (to total 9 hours): CJ 215, CJ 220, CJ 225, CJ 235, or CJ 287
    Senior Requirement (to total 15 hours): INT 222, CJ 300, SOC 320 or POLS/ECON 301, CJ 387, and CJ 400 or 401
    Electives (to total 9 hours): Select one course from each of the following three categories
    Category One: Ethics: PHIL 102 or PHIL 235
    Category Two: Public Policy and Administration: POLS 101, POLS 200, POLS 210, SOC 210, or ECON 115
    Category Three: Social System: PSYC 203, SGS 261, SOC 112, SOC 200, PSYC 248, SOC 248, or CHEM 101

    Requirements for the Minor in Criminal Justice

    21 semester hours
    CJ 100
    SOC 211
    SOC 232
    SOC 233
    POLS 322
    Two of the following: CJ 215, CJ 220, CJ 225, CJ 235, CJ 287

  • 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
    This course provides a general overview of the social creation of crime and of social responses to crime. Students analyze the social circumstances that produce crime in diverse societies and cultures. They also study a variety of legal and law enforcement systems that define and control crime. This course focuses on the perspectives of all those involved in the production of crime and on the critical analysis of those perspectives.

    215 Criminal Investigations (3 s.h.)
    This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation including the gathering of investigative information from victims and witnesses, the search and recording of crime scenes, and the principles involved in collecting and preserving physical evidence. There is a strong emphasis on investigative policies, procedures, and practices that are necessary and essential to secure the truth within today’s legal climate.

    220 Police Procedures (3 s.h.)
    This course introduces the student to police organizations, focusing on the procedures, politics, and human relations issues that police supervisors and administrators must understand in order to succeed.  Students will explore topics such as the evolution of American policing, the organization of policing in the U.S., the nature of police leadership, the management of police organizations, and current issues in policing.  The course will examine the many influences that have affected change within police administration to include: the closing of the frontier in 1890, the evolution of different management techniques adapted from private business, contributions by innovative police chiefs, WWII, the civil unrest of the 1960’s, and the events of September 11, 2001.  The course will examine and critically analyze organizational design, planning, human resource management, organizational communication, labor relations, financial management, and the legal constraints on the organization.  This course counts as an “applied”, professional – training course for the major.  Students will have the opportunity to research major influences and changes in the police organization.  Students are encouraged to take CJ100 prior to taking this course.

    225 Police Response to Disasters (3 s.h.)
    This course will explore the development of public safety response to major incidents following the National Response Framework (NRF), the Incident Command System (ICS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Students will learn how to manage public safety resources in school shootings, major accidents including trains and planes, pandemics, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires.  Students will conduct classroom exercises using real life or fictional events to manage major incidents and catastrophes.  They will learn to critically analyze policy as well as specific events for effectiveness in achieving practical, social and ethical goals.  Students will learn how to develop more useful procedures through analysis both failure and success for “lessons learned”.  This course counts as an “applied”, professional – training course for the major.  Students are encouraged to take CJ100 prior to taking this course.

    235 Law Enforcement and the Community (3 s.h.)
    This course on Community Policing focuses on problem solving and the strategies and skills necessary to build community/police partnerships.  The student examines traditional policing techniques and lessons learned through trial and error.  The student explores new and innovative programs aiding a police department’s shift to Community Policing.  The student addresses the pitfalls encountered, and the citizens’ concerns and criticisms of Community Policing.  The student examines how these obstacles are resolved and explores untried methods to gain community commitment.  This course counts as an “applied”, professional – training course for the major.  Students are encouraged to take CJ 100 prior to this course.

    287 Internship (credit varies)*
    Provides students with the opportunity to observe criminal justice related occupational possibilities in actual employment settings. A maximum of 9 s.h. of internship credit will count toward the Criminal Justice major. This course does not substitute for CJ 387. *Prerequisite: permission of a member of criminal justice faculty.

    300 Theory of Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems (3 s.h.)
    In this course, students study the role of theory in social scientific analysis of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior.  Students become more familiar with some of the major theoretical traditions in the discipline.  They write a scholarly paper on at least one social scientific theorist or theoretical tradition.  The course also introduces students to criminal justice as an academic profession.  This course is offered every spring semester for RCW students, and at least one semester per school year for ADP students.  RCW majors take this course during spring semester of their junior year. *Prerequisites: CJ 100, SOC 211, SOC 232, and SOC 233.

    387 Senior Internship (3 s.h.)*
    This course is one of four fulfilling the criminal justice senior requirement. The senior internship offers students a field experience in one of a wide range of Criminal Justice professions. Students keep a journal and work with their advisor in order to benefit as much as possible from this opportunity. Ideally, the internship provides data that can be analyzed and developed as part of the senior thesis. *Prerequisites: CJ 100, SOC 211, SOC 232, and SOC 233.

    400/401 Senior Seminar/Thesis (3 s.h.) (M)
    This course is one of four fulfilling the criminal justice senior requirement. Students in the senior seminar will conduct  an in-depth investigation of a topic in criminal justice and write two scholarly analyses .  Student in Senior Thesis will conduct research on a topic in criminal justice and write a thesis presenting their findings.  In both cases, senior papers will demonstrate a significant command of criminal justice theory, academic literature and research methodology.   Ideally, both the seminar papers and thesis will analyze information acquired during the senior internship. *Prerequisites: INT 222; SOC 320 or POLS/ECON 301.

    *Students may take up to 6 credit hours of internship toward their degree (CJ 387/CJ 287). Internship credits above 3 s.h. will be taken in lieu of the elective requirement.

    Note: Directed inquiries, teaching assistantships, and internships in criminal justice can be arranged on an individual basis.