CRI Courses

CRI250 - Criminology and the Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)

An introduction to the social scientific study of crime and criminals and to the criminal justice system. Topics include definitions of crime, nature of law, extent and fear of crime, problems of measurement, types of crime, patterns of victimization, characteristics of offenders, and theories of crime. In parallel with the above, the course includes an examination of the basic agencies of the criminal justice system. (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI251 - Criminal Law (3 cr.)

An Introductory course in U.S. Criminal Law. Topics covered include the common law roots of the criminal sanction, criminal culpability, the elements of crimes, various defenses, and legal argument in the criminal courtroom. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: SOC101 and criminal justice major or criminal justice or legal studies minor or POI.

CRI253 - Community Corrections (3 cr.)

This course will focus on the basic principles of community correctional method, theory, and practice. Students will cultivate a working vocabulary and basic functional knowledge of community-based supervision for adult and youthful offenders. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI270 - Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)

The course will cover issues ranging from drugs, crime scene procedures, and death investigation, to computer and environmental crimes. The legal issues of interrogation, search and seizure, and arrest will be examined. At the completion of the course, student will have cultivated a working vocabulary and basic knowledge of criminal investigation. (Fall). Prerequisite: CRI250.

CRI311 - Introduction to Justice Research (3 cr.)

This course examines social-science research methods as applied to criminal justice research. Topics include elements of research and methodology, operationalization and measurement, research design, sampling, types and sources of data, ethical considerations, and acknowledging the limits of research and its conclusions. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: SOC101, CRI250, and MAT161.

CRI352 - White Collar Crime (3 cr.)

Examines white-collar crime in American society, with particular emphasis on the crimes of large organizations. Various case studies will be examined to illustrate different aspects of the white-collar crime problem. These include the explanation of corporate and governmental crime, its social control, recent trends in white-collar crime enforcement, and research strategies for studying white-collar crime. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI353 - Punishment and Society (3 cr.)

This course offers a social scientific view of punishment and corrections in the U.S., and seeks to place the study of jails, prisons, capital punishment, probation, parole, and community corrections in a macrosociological and historical perspective. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI354 - Policing and Society (3 cr.)

As a "survey" type of course CRI354 will necessarily touch upon many theories, authors, issues, and problems related to the policing of a free society. It is meant to be a broad introduction to several fields at once; we will study the individual police officer's experience (and that of the police subculture) as well as police organizations and operations. Discussion will avail the student of theoretical as well as practical information relating to the functions of the police. On a regular basis, the endeavor will involve comparing "real life" police work to theories and images, presented throughout our society, of how the police operate. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI356 - Organized Crime (3 cr.)

A realistic concept and historical understanding of the problem of organized criminal activity in the United States within a global context. Focuses on theories and the evolution of organized criminal syndicates from many regions of the world - including Asia, Russia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa - as well as homegrown organized crime, including political and law enforcement corruption and street and prison gangs. Also studies the rapidly evolving relationship between terrorism and organized crime, the emergence of cybercrime, and the latest strategies for investigation and prosecution. Special emphasis on the politics and mythology of organized crime. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SOC101, CRI250.

CRI357 - Courts and Criminal Procedures (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the structure and process of U.S. criminal courts. Included are concepts of jurisdiction, venue, role of court participants, due process of law, and post arrest procedures employed in the adjudication of trial process and appellate review. Constitutional issues such as prosecutorial discretion, indigent rights, right to counsel, provident pleas, excessive bail, preventive detention, competency, suppression of evidence, compulsory process of witnesses, double jeopardy, and speedy trial will also be addressed. (Spring). Prerequisites: SOC101, CRI250, and criminal justice major or minor.

CRI359 - Human Rights and Justice (3 cr.)

This course covers the theoretical, legal and political aspects of human rights. It addresses the evolution of international human rights and of legal instruments designed for their protection. It will study the theoretical foundations of the idea of human rights in various civilizations and cultures and examine its relevance in dealing with major issues in the contemporary world. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SOC101.

CRI360 - Minorities and Crime (3 cr.)

This course examines the role of minorities in the criminal justice system. In particular, the course will examine minorities as victims, offenders, defendants, and prisoners. Students will get an overview of various issues in the criminal justice system as they relate to minority status. Both historical and contemporary issues will be addressed. Theoretical frameworks will be introduced to help students better understand minority status and its effects on various aspects of the criminal justice system. Liberal arts. (Every Other Spring). Prerequisites: SOC101 and CRI250.

CRI362 - Women in the Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)

This course explores the intersection between women and the criminal justice system and examines the nature and extent of women as offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system. Feminist criminology theories and perspectives will be used to examine how women are particularly affected by victimization, crime and punishment, and investigate the relationship between victimization and offending. The course also includes a critical analysis of the intersections between race, gender, crime and punishment. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI364 - Victimology (3 cr.)

Victimology is an introduction to the social-scientific study of individuals harmed by criminal acts. Topics include the nature of victimization, the sources of victimization data, the role of the victim in victimization and the impact of the criminal justice system. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101 or CRI250.

CRI370 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.)

Theory and concepts of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system; factors underlying delinquency; treatment and prevention. (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: SOC101.

CRI380 - The War on Drugs (3 cr.)

This analytical course will touch upon many theories, authors, issues, and problems related to the so-called "Drug War" that is being waged on the streets of American and elsewhere in the world. The course develops an understanding of drug usage, the "problem" of drugs, and the regulation of same from philosophical, psychological, sociological, and political perspectives. It ends with a consideration of the geo-political implications of drug baron driven clandestine political operations around the world. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SOC101, CRI250.

CRI382 - Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

This course is a cross-cultural analysis of crime, responses to criminal and deviant behaviors, and systems of justice. The course places crimes and responses within the appropriate social, historical, legal, economic, and/or political context. (Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CRI250 and one of the following: CRI353, CRI354, or CRI357.

CRI384 - Terrorism (3 cr.)

This course will focus on terrorism from a criminological standpoint and pay particular attention to the strategies to reduce terrorism and associated harms. Both domestic and international issues will be addressed in the course. The course will cover the actors, organizations, and crimes that are associated with terrorism as well as some of the theories, sources, history, causes, social conditions, and responses related to the broad topic of terrorism. (Every Other Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SOC101 and CRI250.

CRI393 - Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

Significant topics relating to the analysis of crime and its correction in modern societies will be offered so as to utilize the research specializations of faculty and provide students with an opportunity to study topics not covered in depth in other courses. Examples: corporate crime, private policing. My be repeated for a total of six credits. Liberal arts. (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: SOC101, CRI250.

CRI399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Fall/Spring/Summer).

CRI405 - Selected Issues in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

A seminar which focuses on key issues in criminal justice. It draws on previous course work in criminal justice, but provides a more in-depth analysis of specific issues. Examines major schools of thought and how they approach these various issues. Approved AWR. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: ENG101, SOC101, CRI250, and either CRI353 or CRI354 and junior standing and criminal justice major.

CRI450 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

This course covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice ethics. Classical, modern, and postmodern ethical perspectives are analyzed from the perspective of the criminal justice practitioner. Approaches to solving ethical dilemmas are applied to the reality of careers in a variety of criminal justice fields - from law enforcement and punishment and corrections, to the role of the prosecutor, defense counsel, and judiciary in the administration of justice. Ethical codes of conduct are critically examined. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SOC101 and CRI250 and senior standing; criminal justice major or minor or legal studies minor.

CRI490 - Study Abroad in Comparative Criminology (3 to 9 cr.)

This course examines crime and deviance in an international context, with a focus on one country. The course begins with a broad introduction to comparative criminology and criminal justice; measuring cross-national crime, criminality, and victimization; and historical, cultural, and political topics related to the study abroad. The study abroad experience typically consist of lectures by criminologists, lawyers, and other experts; visits to appropriate criminal justice, victim, and drug treatment facilities; and visits to related historical and cultural sites. Destinations will vary. (Winter/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CRI250 and one of the following: CRI353, CRI354, or CRI357.

CRI497 - Applied Criminal Justice Seminar (3 cr.)

This course will be taken concurrently with CRI498 (Applied Internship). It will provide an opportunity for interns to critically evaluate their internship experience and discuss the broad issues that emerge (e.g., criminology, justice system, policing, punishment and correction, etc.). (Fall). Liberal arts. Corequisite: CRI498. Prerequisites: junior standing or above, minimum 2.5 GPA, permission of instructor and chairperson. Must be taken concurrently with CRI498.

CRI498 - Applied Criminal Justice Internship (1 to 12 cr.)

The student placed as an intern in a private or public organization will apply social science methods and theories to a topic of current concern to the host organization. Participation 9-18 hr/wk required. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Corequisite: CRI497. Prerequisites: junior standing or above, minimum 2.5 GPA, POI and chairperson. Must be taken concurrently with CRI497.

CRI499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter).

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