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Criminal Justice COURSES

The Bachelor's Completion in Criminology and Criminal Justice Online Degree was designed for students who have already completed 60-63 approved hours of undergraduate coursework. The 66-hour program draws strength from the criminology and criminal justice faculty and curriculum from the four participating universities.

Students with approval of their academic advisors may be allowed to substitute appropriate courses.

  • CRCJ 2334 (CCJO 2310) Introduction to Criminal Justice (UTA)
    An overview of the entire criminal justice system; history and development, law enforcement, prosecution and defense, courts and trial processes, and corrections.
  • CRCJ 3350 (CCJO 3320) Research Methods (UTA)
    This course introduces students to the research methodology used in criminal justice research. Emphasis is on the development of a general understanding of why and how research can be and is conducted in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Other dimensions of research are discussed including the nature of scientific thought, the link between research methods and criminological theory, and the various ethical issues concerning research in the field of criminology.
  • CRCJ 3380 (CCJO 3370) Ethnic and Gender Issues in CJ (UTA)
    An overview of ethnic, racial and gender issues focusing on victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Prerequisites: CRCJ 2334 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRCJ 4301 (CCJO 4330) American Judicial Systems (UTA)
    An in-depth study of the judiciary in relation to the criminal justice system. Course looks at the state and federal court systems as well as the role of prosecutors, judges, and defense counsel. The entire court process is studied from charging until sentencing. Attention is given to the rights of the accused. Aspects of sentencing. The appeals process is also covered in-depth. Prerequisites: CRCJ 2334 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRCJ 4380 (CCJO 4336) Comparative CJ Systems (UTA)
    This course is an overview of criminal justice systems in other countries. It includes an intensive study and analysis of materials on their law enforcement, judicial and corrections components, and is a review of comparative studies on a variety of criminal justice topics. Prerequisites: CRCJ 2334 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
  • CRCJ 4333 (CCJO 4350) Institutional Corrections (UTA)
    A systematic analysis and overview of correctional processes in adult and juvenile institutions including development, abuses, improvements, research, and planning is presented. Content will include the history and development of institutional corrections, punishment philosophies, sentencing practices, intermediate sanctions involving facilities, structure of prison systems, administrative models, legal issues, prisoners' rights, and emerging trends in the field.
  • CRCJ 4315 (CCJO 4352) Criminal Careers and Behavior Systems (UTA)
    Study and analysis of criminal syndicates, corporate crime, criminal corporations, organized crime, and transnational crime.
  • CRIJ 3315 (CCJO 3322) Legal Aspects of Evidence (UTB)
    This course is a general examination of the rules of evidence and procedures for law enforcement officers. It is designed to introduce the student to basic individual rights under the U. S. Constitution and to show how certain of these rights come into conflict with the maintenance of public order and the enforcement of criminal laws of the U. S. and each individual state. The course offers an overview of the criminal court system, the arena in which conflict is resolved and in which much of the law of criminal procedure is formulated. Limitations placed on the executive branch of government (police) by the U.S. Constitution will be discussed using specific case precedents. The underlying concepts of the exclusionary rule, privacy, probable cause, reasonableness, and others are examined for universal applicability across a variety of search and seizure issues. Criminal courts tend to focus on individual rights as guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments and the manner in which these rights affect the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of criminal behavior. The primary focus of this course is on the law of arrest, search, and seizure, confessions, and pretrial identification. Evidentiary procedures and related concepts that have been developed over the years by the U.S. Supreme Court will be analyzed.
  • CRIJ 3331 (CCJO 3326) Legal Aspects of Corrections (UTB)
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the rights of convicted offenders and the liabilities of correctional personnel. Topics covered will include habeas corpus, procedures and activism of the courts, civil rights of inmates, probationers and parolees, and the legal responsibilities of correctional workers.
  • CRIJ 4370 (CCJO 4338) Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (UTB)
    This course is especially designed for highly motivated criminal justice students nearing the completion of their baccalaureate degree. Readings in this seminar will explore: (1) current criminal justice policy issues, (2) topical criminal justice policy issues as they affect each CJ agency and (3) assess the intended and unintended consequences of criminal justice policies throughout the system and society. Readings in this seminar will focus on the policy-making role of the criminal justice system and the role of the courts in particular; the nature, legitimacy and origin; the strengths and limitations of the criminal justice system as a policy-making institution; and the policy impact of judicial decisions.
  • CRIJ 4312 (CCJO 4358) Principles of Law Enforcement Supervision (UTB)
    This course is designed to examine the principles involved in law enforcement supervision - specifically, but not limited to: concepts of management, leadership, psychology, complaint and grievance procedures, morale building, duties and responsibilities of command level personnel, supervisory problems and responsibilities relating to discipline, and internal affairs investigations. The design of this course is to provide the advanced student an opportunity for an in-depth analysis of the dynamics of police supervision. Effective supervision and management requires an understanding of the complex relationships between mission, goals, objectives and work plans in the law enforcement environment. The basic theme of the course is to unite the concepts of leadership, supervision, management and motivation theories as they relate to police supervisors.
  • CRIJ 4341 (CCJO 4360) Correctional Casework and Counseling (UTB)
    This course provides the student with a review of many of the prominent criminological theories as related to correctional casework and counseling. Next, the processes of interviewing and interrogating are examined, addressing such topics as interviewing techniques, handling the awkward offender, and interview termination. The student will also be provided with a detailed examination of the pre-sentence investigation and its usefulness to the criminal justice profession. Finally, various assessment tools and therapy/counseling theories will be examined.
  • CRIJ 4313 (CCJO 4362) Seminar of Issues in Law Enforcement (UTB)
    This course has been designed to provide you, the student, with an overview of some of the central issues in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice facing society today. These issues must be dealt with not only by law enforcement personnel, but also by legislators and citizens. This course will touch upon a number of topics inclusive of, but not limited to: the history of law enforcement and past roles played by the police; the current role/job of the police and associated ethical considerations; social inequality and the criminal justice system; the effectiveness of law enforcement; education and the police; community and problem-oriented policing and; the changing nature of law enforcement in our society. A special emphasis will be placed on debates regarding controversial issues in law enforcement. As many of the issues necessarily involve ethical and moral questions, there will be instances where there are no "right" answers. Each student must decide for him/herself what the "right" thing to think, say, and/or do is.
  • CCJO 3312 (formerly CRIM 3340) Criminal Justice Administration (UTPB)
    This course is designed to provide students with the basic philosophy, principles, and organizational structures available for administrators of the police, the courts, and corrections. The intent is not to postulate a one, true management style, or organization. It is to develop set of principles and practices used to organize and operationalize the personnel, and define their functions and roles within the criminal justice system. The course will examine the police, the courts, and corrections aspects separately. A select portion of the semester will be devoted to the rights of employees, labor relations and liability issues, as well as discipline and budgetary concerns of the criminal justice system.
  • CCJO 3332 (formerly CRIM 3365) Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (UTPB)
    A study of the juvenile system, theories of causation, the distribution and frequency of delinquency, correctional treatment, and prevention programs in modern society.
  • CCJO 4316 (formerly CRIM 4332) Theories of Criminal Behavior (UTPB)
    The students will learn about the principal theories of criminality and the application of these theories to research and corrections. This course introduces the various theories that have been developed over time to explain why people engage in criminal behavior. This background will assist the students in developing their own theory of criminal behavior and how they can apply their theory in the criminal justice system.
  • CCJO 4354 (formerly CRIM 4381) Ethics in Criminal Justice (UTPB)
    No other occupation provides the opportunity for abuse more than through the inappropriate actions of our police officers, prosecutors, and corrections officers. Our criminal procedural laws are satiated with examples of abuses of power and inappropriate actions of criminal justice personnel. This course is designed to examine specific ethical issues using past court cases and scenarios to determine appropriate ethical and moral behaviors. It will also provide techniques on how to instill appropriate behaviors, how to enforce and ensure the principles of ethical behavior within each individual and the collective group of institutions we call the criminal justice system.
  • CCJO 4356 (formerly CRIM 4321) Probation and Parole (UTPB)
    This web class is designed to inform students as to the basic philosophy, tasks, and part that probation and parole plays within the criminal justice system as a whole. Specifically, it describes the tasks of probation and parole officers from two specific philosophies: Control Model and Medical Model.
  • CCJO 4364 (formerly CRIM 4382) Police and the Community (UTPB)
    This course is developed to examine the role of police in a democratic society. It is designed to assist the new student and practitioners in understanding what the task(s) of being a police officer should be in relation to the society, culture, morals, and laws of the United States. Sometimes this view is not always the same as what police officers themselves believe. Topics will include: Professionalism, police discretion, Police-community relations, Police-minority relations, use of force, and control of police behavior, and other selected contemporary issues that arise.
  • PSYC 4305 (CCJO 4372) Drugs and Behavior (UTPB)
    This course is designed to familiarize you with some of the most common drugs, their use and misuse in today's society, and laws proscribing their use. Learning how each drug influences behavior and why people use drugs will help us better understand the society in which we live. During the semester, you will become familiar with the terminology, learn of the vast number of problems surrounding drug use, and discover numerous outside resources that will benefit you in your present or future career.

Electives (students must choose two courses)

  • CRIJ 4363 (CCJO 4366) Gangs and Gang Behavior (UTB)
    This course is designed to introduce the student to youth and prison gangs and gang activities. In this class we will cover such topics as definitions, measurement, theoretical considerations, structure and organization, communication, and policy implications. Prerequisites: 9 hours of English with a C or better. Every student will need to be be able to submit digital photographs and make a Power Point presentation.
  • CJS 3320 (CCJO 3374) Homicide and Capital Punishment (UTD)
    This course is a general examination of the nature, extent, and distribution of Criminal Homicide. It is designed to introduce the student to definitions of homicide, empirical trends and patterns, and victim offender relationships. The course offers an analysis of the administration of Capital Punishment (i.e., the Death Penalty) as a “just, fair, and effective” societal response to the crime of capital murder. Course material will cover (1) the use of Capital Punishment history; (2) US Supreme Court cases concerning the constitutionality of Capital Punishment, (3) and contemporary problems in administering Capital Punishment. The primary focus of this course is the examination of the contemporary controversy surrounding the alleged selectivity of the use of Capital Punishment and the extent to which it continues to be so arbitrary and capricious, that it may once again violate the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution. Prerequisites: Six hours of sophomore English. Concurrent enrollment will be accepted with approval of instructor.
  • BIOL 3320 (CCJO 3324) Genetics (UTEP)
    This course will provide information in genetics at an introductory level while incorporating enough comprehensive information to meet the needs of more advanced students. Genetics is the first analytical biology course for most students, thus, students will learn the theory behind the analytical techniques. Students will also learn modern molecular analysis techniques as applied to elucidating concepts of classical genetics, compare mechanisms of sex chromosome and autosome regulation in humans and other organisms, and compare DNA sequences for specific highly conserved genes that are present at different levels of evolution. The study of genetic mechanisms in DNA expression is important in the field of Forensic Science, as well as others. Prerequisites: BIOL 1305 General Biology or its equivalent.
  • CRIJ 4300 (CCJO 4300) Forensic DNA Analysis (UTEP)
    DNA Analysis has its roots in Classical Genetics and Molecular Biology and has become an essential part of our everyday lives. From identifying missing persons to solving crimes, the ability to identify specific genes has afforded us with great power. When used in a court of law, the specificity of the evidence is remarkable, yet, how can judges and juries hope to understand the complexities of the techniques and the information revealed? The Federal Justice Department, the FBI. the National Research Council, the Departments of Public Safety in all states train their private employees in these techniques and analytical methods. They require their employees to take courses at universities in order to attain in-depth understanding and continuing education. Major points in this course include: a. Use of DNA analysis in law and medicine; TWGDAM guidelines; b. Scientific analytical techniques used to identify specific genes and mutations in individuals; c. Validity of DNA data for use in law and medicine; d. Statistical interpretation of DNA typing results. Prerequisites: BIOL 1305 General Biology or its equivalent.
  • BIOL 4395 (CCJO 4395) Toxicology (UTEP)
    Toxicology is the study of the harmful interactions between foreign chemicals and biological systems. Exposures occur from contaminants in our food, in our environment, and in our homes. Toxicology also covers interactions with medications and has significant genetic/developmental concerns. The basic rules of Toxicology are directly applicable in Forensic Science. Prerequisites: BIOL 1305 General Biology or its equivalent.
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