Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice

CJ 1113 Introduction to Criminal Justice

An introduction to the primary components of the criminal justice system - law enforcement, the court system, and corrections -and their general operating processes and responsibilities; the legal, social, and ethical issues influencing criminal justice; and the availability of criminal case file information to the public.

CJ 1213 Introduction to Corrections

A survey of corrections including a review of the history and development of the system; roles and functions of participants; and prevention, treatment, and supervision programs for offenders.

CJ 2013 Criminal Law I

The study of criminal law including the classification of criminal offenses, elements of crimes, ranges of punishment, and basic defenses to criminal charges. Prerequisite: CJ 1113.

CJ 2150 Criminal Justice Seminar

The study of law enforcement procedures, problems, and topics. May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. (1-4 credit hours.)

CJ 2343 Community Relations

An examination of the relationship between law enforcement and the community, including programs in community policing, human relations, and crime prevention. The course will examine ethics, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and professionalism.

CJ 2533 Patrol Techniques Seminar

The role, responsibilities, and duties of a local police patrol officer; an examination of the police patrol function; and crime prevention and suppression methods.

CJ 2553 Traffic Administration and Investigation

A study of traffic enforcement, education, and engineering; traffic accident investigation, analysis, and reconstruction; and traffic enforcement methods and techniques.


A practicum of proprietary law enforcement concepts, skills, and techniques for community relations, patrol, CPR, and first aid. Prerequisite: CJ 2013, completion of at least one-half of the General Education requirements (21 hours), acceptance into the CLEET Collegiate Officer Program, and COP Director's permission.

CJ 2711 CLEET Firearms

The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training basic police firearms training course. Restricted to Collegiate Officer Program students. Prerequisite: COP Director's permission. (Formerly CS 2712)

CJ 2721 CLEET Custody and Control

The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training basic police custody and control training course. Restricted to Collegiate Officer Program students. Prerequisite: COP Director's permission.

CJ 2731 CLEET Law Enforcement Vehicle Operation

The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for basic police law enforcement vehicle operation training course. Restricted to Collegiate Officer Program students. Prerequisite: COP Director's permission.

CJ 3003 Criminalistics

The fundamentals of criminal investigations encompassing the search, recognition, collection, transportation, and presentation of physical evidence in criminal proceedings and the evidentiary rules governing admissibility during criminal legal proceedings Prerequisite: CJ 2013.

CJ 3013 Criminal Procedures

An analysis of the constitutional protections most frequently implicated by routine police conduct; the primary United States Supreme Court decisions interpreting the constitutional validity of police action with special emphasis on arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel, consent, and out-of-court identification; and the Federal statutes imposing civil liability of police and correctional officers for unconstitutional conduct. Prerequisite: CJ 2013. (Formerly CJ 2133)

CJ 3023 Communications for Justice Professionals

Development of advanced communication skills, both written and oral, with emphasis on writing formats used by justice professionals. Formats will include investigative reports, affidavits for search & arrest warrants, and the development of strategic plans. Prerequisites: ENGL 1213 and ENGL 2333 or SPCH 1113. (Formerly CJ 3024)


A practicum of proprietary law enforcement concepts, skills, and techniques for advanced patrol and traffic administration. Prerequisites: CJ 2563, CJ 3013, good standing in COP Option, and COP Director's permission.

CJ 3213 Criminal Law II

A study of the legal foundations of selected topics that impact many professions including criminal justice, social sciences, medical, and education. Emphasis includes domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, emergency intervention, legal jurisdiction of law enforcement officers, legal rights of crime victims and consular notification by undocumented aliens. Prerequisite: CJ 2013. (Formerly CJ 2023)

CJ (POLS) 3243 Ethics in Public Service

This course investigates the distinctive ethical dilemmas that face leaders whose work will likely impact the public at large. Case, studies, ethical concepts, and terminology are introduced in an effort to seriously analyze the practical application of ethical practices in the public sector. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.

CJ 3313 American Court System

A general perspective of the legal system and judicial branch of government; introducing legal terminology, survey of practices, and ethics of legal professionals. Prerequisites: CJ 1113 and POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 3113 and cross-listed with LA 3113)

CJ 3523 Interview and Interrogation

Interviewing skills and techniques of witnesses, informants, and suspects. Communications skills developed to include the interrogation process with emphasis on voluntariness of admissions and confessions within the legal parameters of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Documenting the interview and interrogation exchange also included. Prerequisite: CJ 2013. (Formerly CJ 2523)

CJ 3950 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

A seminar in selected topics in criminal justice. Topics and credits may vary each time course is offered (1-3 credit hours). May be repeated with changes of topic. Prerequisites: CJ 2013 and CJ 1213.

CJ 4613 Criminal Justice Internship

Opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals within a work environment. Students experience the connection between criminal justice theory and practice, particularly the time constraints, interactive dynamics, and magnitude of decisions that are routinely made within the criminal justice paradigm by federal, state, and local law enforcement; institutional and community-based corrections, juvenile facilities, and other social service facilities. Prerequisites: CJ 3013, CJ 3023, and CJ (POLS) 3243. (Formerly CJ 2140)

CJ (POLS) 4993 Policy and Program Evaluation

This is a senior-level course in which students will apply knowledge they've gained in other courses in their major to develop and execute an evaluation plan. Along the way, students will learn how to interpret and apply various quantitative and qualitative research methods, measurement and data collection techniques, theoretical and practical applications, relevant literature, and cultural and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: ORGL 3333. (Formerly POLS 3503)