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Criminal Justice Courses (Primary/Core^ & Elective*)

SOCI 100* Introduction to Criminal Justice — 3 Credit Hours ^

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system with an emphasis in the United States. Components surveyed include the law, crime, policing, courts, corrections, adult and juveniles systems.

SOCI101 Justice ---3 Credit Hours (Liberal Studies under IV. E. Theology/Philosophy/Ethics) *

This course reviews the classical and contemporary theories of justice applying them to contemporary issues. Particular attention will be given to resolving the dilemmas of legal vs. justice; individual vs. community; and justice vs. mercy.

SOCI 125 Courtroom Survival Skills -- 1 Credit Hour*

Applications to help provide credible, comfortable, and effective testimony in court. Expert testimony and mock courtroom experience are included in the content of this course.

SOCI 131* General Sociology — 3 Credit Hours*

This course will introduce the student to Sociology’s basic ideas, research, and insights. The topics studied include the major theoretical approaches used in sociology, culture, socialization, stratification, social institutions, and social change. Global culture is studied in comparison to American culture.

SOCI 140 Criminal Justice Report Writing — 2 Credit Hours*

Applications for criminal justice professionals in the areas of report writing, note taking, reporting procedures, and ethical reporting. Prerequisites: ENGL 120 and ENGL 121.

SOCI 180 Introduction to Gangs — 3 Credit Hours *

Survey the history growth, characteristics and interventions of gangs. Specific gangs and gang categories are profiled in the course.

SOCI 203* Criminal Law — 3 Credit Hours^

This course surveys the history, nature and definition of criminal acts, juvenile law violations, including consideration of the elements of crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against society, and the various sentencing modalities.

SOCI 205 Criminal Procedures — 3 Credit Hours^

This course examines the principles relevant to statutory requirements for actions starting with crime detection and arrest through prosecution, sentencing, and appeal procedures. Prerequisite: SOCI 203.

SOCI208 Patrol Procedures --- 3 Credit Hours*

Describes the nature and purpose of patrol activities for the law enforcement officer. Includes routine and emergency procedures such as: handling abnormal persons, traffic collision investigation, note-taking and report writing, vehicle operation, traffic direction, crowd control; and types of patrols.

SOCI 210 Victimology — 3 Credit Hours *

Examination of the criminal justice process from the prospective of the victim. Examination of effects, patterns and programs included.

SOCI 233 Crime & Delinquency — 3 Credit Hours^

Crime and Delinquency surveys major types of crime, their etiology, nature, and extent. The contributions of biology, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology to understanding crime will be examined.

SOCI 240* Social Inequality—3 Credit Hours * (SOCI240 or SOCI250 as elective)

This course examines the economic diversity found in the United States, with particular attention paid to the three key dimensions of inequality: gender, race, and class. The course studies the fundamental sources of inequality as well as the consequences that arise from life in different parts of the inequality structure. Students will be expected to take a critical look at how inequality issues affect their lives, their families, and the community around them.

SOCI 250* Racial & Ethnic Minorities — 3 Credit Hours *

This course studies cultural diversity in America. Emphasis will be placed on both the history and present circumstances of all racial/ethnic groups, including white ethnics. It is expected that each student will complete an exhaustive review of their own family history.

SOCI 286 Special Topics - Lower Level — Variable Credit*

This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice best suitable for sophomore level students. The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics.

SOCI 290 Independent Study — Variable Credit*

This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice. The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics. Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations, urban sociology, social deviance, formal organizations, and social problems. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.

SOCI 303 Criminal Investigation — 3 Credit Hours *

A study of the fundamentals of investigative techniques including crime scene searches, preservation of evidence, modus operandi of offenders, personal identification and presentation of evidence is presented. Prerequisite: SOCI 205.

SOCI 304 Violence – 3 Credit Hours*

A foundational exploration of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. Examination of key factors contributing to violent behaviors including the correlation and impact of the media, community and family on violence, resulting in ability to create specific strategies for minimizing the occurrence of violence in a variety of settings.

SOCI 305 Correctional Procedures— 3 Credit Hours*

This course offers the opportunity for intensive study of philosophy, procedures and practice within the field of corrections. Under different subtitles this course may be repeated for credit: Institutions, Community-based, Juvenile Offenders.

SOCI 306 Domestic Violence – 3 Credit Hours*

Explores the law, policy, history and theory of domestic violence. Studied will be such topics as the dynamics of abusive relationships; the history of the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence; physical, sexual (including maritial rape), psychological (including stalking), and economic deprivation. In addition, the course examines the causes and characteristics of abusers, their pattern of behavior and escalation signs as well as power and control techniques.

SOCI 320 Criminal Justice Administration— 3 Credit Hours ^

The study of the theory, concepts and structures of managing criminal justice agencies. Emphasis will be placed in planning, performance-based objectives, decision-making, organizational structures and control.

SOCI 331 Methods of Research — 3 Credit Hours^

The course surveys the major research designs and their implementation. Some field work will be required. Typically, this course is for students with advanced standing. Computer applications should be anticipated.

SOCI401 Criminal Justice Capstone --- 3 Credit Hours ^
This is the capstone course for graduating Criminal Justice majors. Major focus is upon an integration of knowledge developing a comprehensive, focused study of a modern criminal justice issue while applying solutions and predictions for future trends in criminal and social justice. Completion of department assessments is a requirement of this course.

SOCI 485 Special Upper Level Topics — Variable Credit*

This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice. The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics. Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations, urban sociology, formal organizations, urban planning, demography.

SOCI 490 Independent Study — Variable Credit*

This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice. The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics. Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description

BSHS 105* Foundations of Addiction — 3 Credit Hours*

This introductory course introduces information on the use and abuse of various drugs including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and others. Areas studied include models of addiction and treatment, the disease concept and its relationship to current psychological thought on learning associated with addictive behavior and other issues involved in the problem of substance abuse and addiction.

BSHS 210/* Statistical Analysis — 3 Credit Hours ^

MATH 210 The course is a study of requisite mathematical foundations of statistics followed by extensive coverage of statistical techniques used in research and data analysis. The mathematical foundations include scales of measurement, probability, the binomial and normal distributions and sampling theory. The statistical techniques include descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics covered include at least through correlation. Inferential statistics covered include at least through simple ANOVA designs. Assumptions, logic and interpretation of statistics are emphasized over calculation. Use of a calculator and simple algebraic manipulation are required. Prerequisite: Knowledge of MATH101/120 or equivalent. This course will have a mathematics/basic algebra review test during the first week of class. Students not achieving 70% or better will be strongly advised to drop the class and take a course to improve mathematics/algebra skills.

Correctional Counseling – 3 Credit Hours*
A study of the various treatment and rehabilitation methods used in correctional settings. Topics include the roles of correctional personnel, the assessment and treatment of juveniles and adults, casework in correctional settings, crisis intervention, the assessment and treatment of special populations in correctional settings, and the evaluation of treatment and rehabilitation programs.

PSYC 201* Social Psychology — 3 Credit Hours*

This course reviews the relationship between the individual and others, including interpersonal perception, attitude formation, social influence, prejudice, aggression, romantic relationships, group processes, and other topics. Areas studied include the application of experimental methods to social processes, and current and historical theoretical perspectives on social processes.

PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology — 3 Credit Hours *

This class will examine the major psychological disorders including the anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, addictive disorders, and schizophrenias. Areas also studied include the application of experimental methodology to mental disorders, current and historical theoretical perspectives, methods of assessment, classification, treatment, etiology and prognosis.