Academics

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

MAJOR

A major in Criminal Justice requires completion of 33 semester hours in Criminal Justice, consisting of six required courses and five elective courses.

MINOR

A minor in Criminal Justice requires completion of 21 semester hours in Criminal Justice, consisting of five required courses and two elective courses.

Course Descriptions

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CRIJ)

1301. Introduction to Criminal Justice. (CRIJ 1301). 3(3-0)
Introduction to the operation of the U.S. criminal justice system including an overview of law enforcement, the judiciary and corrections.

1310. Fundamentals of Criminal Law. (CRIJ 1310). 3(3-0)
Study of criminal law, its philosophical and historical development, major definitions and concepts, classifications and elements of crime, penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations and criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

1313. Juvenile Justice System. (CRIJ 1313). 3(3-0)
Introductory overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States, to include common law roots, case law and evolution of juvenile courts and corrections. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

2313. Correctional Systems and Practices. (CRIJ 2313). 3(3-0)
Introductory overview of modern corrections including its history and current correctional issues and practices. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

2314. Criminal Investigation. 3(3-0)
Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation as they apply to the field of criminal justice. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

2323. Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement. (CRIJ 2323). 3(3-0)
Study of the procedural rules for judicial enforcement of the substantive criminal law and analysis of constitutional law as it relates to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

2328. Police Systems and Practices. (CRIJ 2328). 3(3-0)
Introductory overview of the U.S. system of policing including its history, development and methods of policing. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301.

3304. Research Methods in Criminal Justice. 3(3-0)
Examination of various research, planning and evaluation methods as they apply to the field of criminal justice. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 and 6 hours of Criminal Justice.

4301. Criminal Justice Theory. 3(3-0)
Survey of the origins and subfields of criminology/criminal justice, how crime is defined and measured, issues affecting victims of crime and leading theories that attempt to explain crime. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 and 6 hours of Criminal Justice.

4302. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3(3-0)
Examination of the philosophical ideals of ethics that arise in the criminal justice context. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 and 6 hours of Criminal Justice.

4304. Organization and Management in Criminal Justice. 3(3-0)
Overview of the various management and organization theories as applied to the criminal justice context. Prerequisites: CRIJ 1301 and 6 hours of Criminal Justice.

4305. Seminar in Criminal Justice. 3(3-0)
Intensive seminar in Criminal Justice, culminating in the production of a significant research paper. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of CRIJ and PSYC 3381 or SOCI 3381.

4320. Law and Society. 3(3-0)
In-depth examination of law and society through the philosophy and evolution of legal systems and legal institutions. The major functions of law as agents of social control, dispute resolution and societal engineering are addressed. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 and 3 semester hours of Criminal Justice, Criminology or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of CRIJ 4320, CRIM 4320 and SOCI 4320.)

4331. Constitutional Law I. 3(3-0)
Survey of American constitutional law, using leading cases, both historic and contemporary, of the Supreme Court of the United States. Establishment of the federal political system for which the Constitution provided and the judicial allocations of political and economic power within that system. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of Political Science. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of CRIJ 4331, POLS 4331 and CRIM 4331.)

4332. Constitutional Law II. 3(3-0)
Survey of American constitutional law using leading cases, both historic and contemporary, of the Supreme Court of the United States. Matters of rights and liberties, their recognition and definition, policies of rights developed by the Supreme Court of the United States. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of Political Science. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of CRIJ 4332, POLS 4332 and CRIM 4332.)

4333. The American Judicial Process. 3(3-0)
Federal judicial system in terms of structure, function and process with stress on court interaction at both intracourt and intersystem levels. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of Political Science. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of CRIJ 4333, POLS 4333 and CRIM 4333.)

4338. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3(3-0)
Focused study of an issue in Criminal Justice. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Criminal Justice.

4343. International Law. 3(3-0)
Introduction to the study of international law. Examines the definition, object and sources of international law as well as its relationship to domestic law and to the study of international relations. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of Political Science. (Credit may not be obtained in both CRIJ 4343 and POLS 4343.)

4345. Victimology. 3(3-0)
Examination of the historical role of crime victims, nature of victimization in modern society, the victimization process, solutions to victimization and victim’s rights. Emphasis given to the social, legal, psychological and societal aspects of victimization. Victim-offender interaction and societal response to victimization will also be treated. Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of social science. (Credit may not be obtained in both CRIJ 4345 and CRIM 4345.)

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