Undergraduate Courses for Criminal Justice & Criminology
CRJU 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
A three-hour survey course of the criminal justice system and its central components: police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: the activities and legal environment of each component; individual rights and public order; the juvenile justice process; theories of causation; the growth and use of technology in crime and crime solving; and special issues such as AIDS, drugs, and public policy.
CRJU 2131 Justice and Ethics
Applies ethical theories to issues in the justice system. Topics include definitions of justice, theoretical approaches to ethical conduct, and applications of ethical behavior and decision-making in law enforcement, the judiciary, and the correctional system. Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent enrollment with a minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3131 Criminal Law
A study of the nature, origins, and purposes of criminal law in the United States. Addresses the constitutional limits on criminal law, general principles of criminal liability, elements of specific crimes, criminal defenses, and the application of the Georgia Criminal Code in terms of specific crimes. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3133 Criminal Procedure
Focuses on the legal processes from arrest through appeal, with emphasis on the rights of the accused. Particular attention paid to due process, right to counsel, search and seizure, self-incrimination, and challenges to individual rights represented by advances in technology and information systems. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3134 Investigations
Introduces students to fundamentals of conducting investigations. Topics include: evidence gathering, interviews and interrogations, court preparation and testimony, and written reports. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3137 Judicial Process
Analyzes and evaluates the judicial process by addressing the actors, institutions, processes and procedures that affect the administration of justice. Prerequisite(s): POLS 1101 or a minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3230 Policing
Critical examination and assessment of American policing. Major emphases include policing history, functions, organizational structure, effectiveness of practices, community policing, and accountability measures. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3234 Justice Studies Research Methods
Provides students with an understanding of research and its application in the field of justice studies. Topics include understanding the scientific method, research methodology, inductive and deductive statistics, and data analysis for report preparation. Includes student utilization of computer-based spreadsheets, database management, and interactive statistical packages. Prerequisite(s): STAT 2231 and a minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3331 Corrections
Provides an introduction to the correctional process and interventions designed to prevent and control adult criminal behavior. Addresses the philosophy and goals underlying correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing, and penal sanctions, including community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and parole. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3431 Juvenile Justice
Provides an overview of the juvenile justice system and juvenile jurisprudence. Examines the development of the juvenile justice system, elements that contribute to juvenile delinquency and delinquency prevention, and the treatment of juveniles by the civil and criminal justice systems. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3531 Victimology
An examination of the causes and consequences of victimization. Major emphases on victimization patterns, risk factors, the victim-offender relationship, range of injuries experienced, and the role of the victim in criminal justice proceedings. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3532 Organized Criminality
Provides students with a realistic understanding of the problem of organized criminality in the United States. Focuses on the theories and evolution of traditional organized crime in America, as well as an examination of new and emerging organized crime groups that attempt to acquire a stronghold on criminal enterprises and activities. Examples of organized criminality examined in the class include, but are not limited to: drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering, environmental crime, and intellectual property crime. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3533 Crimes Against Vulnerable Populations
Provides an introductory examination of criminality against vulnerable populations via an overview of current theory, research, and trends within the context of specific victimization types. Specific crimes, their impact on victims, and their social and policy implications will be examined. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3631 Crime and Justice in Public Policy
Focuses on the intersection of crime and social justice in the policy process. Particular attention paid to the development of public policy, actors in the process, and the impact of public policy on society, social programs, and the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3632 The Death Penalty
Examines the political and legal controversies surrounding the application of capital punishment. Addresses the theoretical and legal foundation behind its use, historical trends, current practices, constitutional issues, implementation concerns, questions of bias, international law, and American exceptionalism. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3731 Crimes Against Humanity
Provides an introduction to human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. Focuses on crimes that are part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population, and may include such crimes as individual and collective acts of violence, extermination, enslavement, torture, and persecution. Examines the political, historical, and philosophical explanations for crimes against humanity, as well as the development of international human rights law. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3732 Conflict Resolution
Examines the causes of conflict and the techniques to resolve conflict among colleagues, the public, and with clients in the criminal justice field. Special emphases on collaborative resolutions, mediations, arbitration, and the development of interpersonal communication skills. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3733 Equality, Crime, and Justice
An introduction to forms of social stratification and how it intersects with the social realities of crime and justice. Explores the extent, causes, and consequences of institutional inequalities in power, wealth, and status within the realms of criminal offending, victimization, criminal justice processing, and criminal justice employment. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3831 Popular Culture and Justice
Examines portrayals of crime, justice, social stratification, the criminal justice system, as well as social and political responses to those issues, in television, film, and literature. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 3931 Issues in Homeland Security
Provides students with an overview of the legal, practical, and ethical challenges that accompany efforts to secure the homeland against major twenty-first century threats such as terrorism and cyber-terrorism. Course topics include, but are not limited to: threat assessment, crisis response, incident prevention, and the need to reconcile governmental strategies for disrupting attacks on the homeland with the imperative of protecting civil liberties. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4031 Counseling and Supervising Offenders
Examines the theories and techniques employed to influence and alter the attitudes, values, and behaviors of criminal offenders. Supervision of offenders is emphasized. Focuses on practical application of theories to case studies. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4032 Criminal Behavior
Examines criminal and deviant behaviors from a multidisciplinary approach. Addresses major theories and research, correlates of crime including classification concepts, case studies, and application by components of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4135 Directed Study in Justice Studies
A structured, individualized research focus to be mutually designed and agreed upon by instructor and student. May be used to meet individual needs or interests that students have in various areas of criminal and social justice. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100 and junior or senior standing.
CRJU 4192 Special Topics
Scheduled periodically to explore topics not offered in the regular curriculum.
CRJU 4531 Comparative World Justice Systems
Examines the institutions of justice in various countries around the world as well as the variety of international institutions that address questions of justice. The legal, political, philosophic, social, and historical factors underlying these institutions are of primary concern. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4632 Senior Seminar in Justice Studies
A discussion-based, intensive reading and writing capstone course for Justice Studies majors and minors. Integrates material from the major core courses and addresses current issues and trends in the administration of criminal and social justice. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100 and senior status (completion of at least 90 hours).
CRJU/POLS 4733 Theories of Justice
A consideration of the primary theories of justice formulated through history. Examines and evaluates the theoretical foundations of conceptions of justice from a variety of perspectives. Prerequisite(s): POLS 1101 or a minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
CRJU 4792 Internship in Justice Studies
Provides students the opportunity to utilize, in a supervised work setting, the knowledge they have gained through their course work. Emphasizes the experiential, professional, and academic development of the student. Students must attain junior or senior status and have the permission of the internship coordinator to enroll.
CRJU 4830 Justice Administration
Addresses organizational and managerial issues associated with the criminal justice system in respect to the courts, policing, and corrections. Attention is paid to a variety of topics within the context of the criminal justice system, including: staffing and training; leadership, power, and decision-making; organizational change; budgeting, and the selection and use of technology. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in CRJU 1100.
Last updated: 7/25/2017