Criminal Justice - CRJS
1003 - Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 credit
Surveys the American justice system, including legal and
constitutional dimensions, the juvenile justice system, probation
and parole, and elements of law enforcement.
Note: It is highly recommended that
students first complete or test out of the reading sequence
before taking this course. It is also recommended that
students complete ENGL 1013 before taking this course.
2103 - Criminology - 3 credit hours
Focuses on theoretical and pragmatic factors involved in illegal
behavior. Note: Students must
first complete or test out of the reading sequence before taking
this course and complete ENGL 1013 and 1023 before taking this
2203 - U.S. Constitutional Law - 3 credit
The study of the development of foundational constitutional
principles, the U.S. Constitution and amendments, the workings of
the U.S. Supreme Court, and the landmark decisions of the U.S.
Supreme Court. Prerequisites: CRJS 1003
or POSC 1003.
2213 - Juvenile Offender - 3 credit hours
A psycho/social examination of deviant and criminal behavior among
juvenile populations in the United States, focusing on prevention,
treatment, and other elements of the juvenile justice system.
3003 - American Legal Systems - 3 credit
Examines the American system of alternative and judicial dispute
resolution, focusing on court structures, jurisdictions, and steps
in the civil and criminal processes.
3023 - Police Investigation - 3 credit hours
Focuses on how the crime scene should be investigated,
searched, and processed for
evidence, and includes an emphasis on the legal admissibility of
these procedures. Students will discuss the forensic value of
physical evidence and the role of forensic science and
criminalistics in evaluating this evidence and presenting it in
court. Prerequisites: CRJS 1003,
CRJS 2213, and CRJS 3003.
3113 - The Legal Profession - 3 credit hours
An examination of the legal profession in the United
States including prelaw and legal education, methods of practice,
and current issues facing the legal profession.
Prerequisites: Sophomore or higher class
3123 - Police & Society - 3 credit hours
A study of law enforcement in the United States as it
relates to society. Topics include: changing mores, the nature and
evolution of the family and other social institutions, ethnic and
racial elements, and social stratification.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1003.
3203 - Corrections - 3 credit hours
Study of the American penal system with attention to
objectives, administration, historical evolution, and comparative
status among developed countries.
Prerequisites: CRJS 1003, CRJS 2213 and
3303 - Criminal Courts - 3 credit hours
Examines personnel, administration, legal issues, and
delivery of legal services in the American criminal court system in
the context of local, state, and federal systems.
Prerequisites: CRJS 1003 and CRJS
3403 - Probation & Parole - 3 credit
Administration and management of county, state, and federal
community-based correction systems, including developing innovative
systems of accounting and tracking those committed to the
correctional system. Prerequisites:
CRJS 1003, CRJS 2103 and CRJS 3203.
3573 - Rural Crime - 3 credit
Examines critical issues related to criminal offending, criminal
victimization and the administration of criminal justice in rural
communities. Specific attention will be devoted to examining the
social context of domestic violence, youth violence, substance
abuse, drug trafficking, policing and crime prevention in rural
3613 - Statistics in Criminal Justice - 3 credit
Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures relevant to
crime and criminal justice, including quantitative and qualitative
techniques. Prerequisites: General
education math requirement and CRJS 1003.
3623 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice - 3 credit
Overview of the research process with emphasis on research design,
data collection, and analysis and interpretation of data and
statistics. Use of both quantitative and qualitative research
methods appropriate to the study of criminal justice.
Prerequisites: General education math
requirement, CRJS 1003 and CRJS 3613.
3703 - Criminal Law - 3 credit hours
Attention will be given to the history and development of
the substantive law, including common law, statutory law, and
administrative regulations at the federal, state, and local levels.
Prerequisites: CRJS 1003, CRJS 2203 and
3903 - Criminal Procedure - 3 credit
Focus upon the procedural law at the federal, state, and local
levels, including a comprehensive look at the meaning of the legal
concept of "due process." Prerequisites:
CRJS 1003, CRJS 2203 and CRJS 3003.
4173 - Homeland Security - 3 credit
Focuses on the entities and institutions necessary for the
protection of the United States. Course instructional material will
examine the components of Federal, State and Local Police
Agencies, as well as the role of Private Security and Emergency
Responders needed to facilitate the implementation of the Homeland
4273 - Evidence - 3 credit hours
Examines forms of evidence, preservation of evidence, chain of
custody, witnesses, proof, privileges, hearsay, and circumstantial
evidence. Solid preparation for law enforcement candidates and a
plus for the student focused on the law or the courts aspect of
criminal justice today. Prerequisites:
CRJS 1003, CRJS 2213, CRJS 3003, and CRJS 3703.
4303 - Ethics and Professionalism - 3 credit hours
Examines ethical codes related to specific career fields
in criminal justice as well as general ethical issues related to
the overall discipline. Focuses on current legal, political, and
social issues related to the criminal justice area.
Prerequisites: Senior-level standing in
CRJS major program and at LWC.
4803 - Special Topics - 3 credit hours
Studies within a specific area of criminal justice are
offered on an irregular basis in order to address a field of
interest, current issues, or cases in criminal justice that are not
addressed in depth in the normally offered courses. Examples of
special topics: legal profession, criminal justice and mental
health issues, forensics, current issues, and cases.
Prerequisites: CRJS 1003 and instructor's
PN03 - Professional Internship - 3 credit
Required work experience in an occupational area related to
student's interest or focus. Students must have 120 clock hours
worked and write a scholarly paper related to the work experience.
Prerequisite: Senior-level standing in
CRJS major program and at LWC. Grading: Credit/No