The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs. You can jump directly to the criminal justice descriptions, graduate courses or special & advanced courses.
104. Introduction to Sociology (3) (SOCIAL SCIENCE)
The patterns of relationships among individuals, groups, organizations and social instructions in society. Students are introduced to different sociological perspectives and methodologies used in understanding social life. FALL, SPRING.
201. Social Problems (3)
The nature, causes and attempted solutions to various American social problems are examined; these may include deviance, poverty, family violence, various forms of discrimination, health issues and environmental hazards. (Co-requisite: SOC 104). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
202. Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
A sociological analysis of gender construction and sexual inequality, including an introduction to general historical knowledge about men’s and women’s lives, social forces affecting reproduction, sexuality, intimacy, parenthood and gender role patterns. FALL.
219. Social Deviance (3)
Examines social definitions of deviant behavior, social control, labeling, stigma and official records. Topics include prohibition era, drugs, child abuse, white collar crime, juvenile and adult criminal subcultures and restorative justice. (Prerequisites: SOC 104 and ENGL 101 [taught as a writing-intensive course]). SPRING.
230. Introduction to Art Therapy (3)
See ART 230.
303. Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
A sociological analysis of the concepts of race and ethnicity both in the United States and around the world. Special emphasis placed on relationships between ethic groups and solutions to problems associated with race and ethnicity. (Prerequisite: junior standing). FALL.
305. Social Research Methods (3)
The logic and skills involved in doing social research, including examination of the assumptions, procedures and problems associated with historical/documentary, field work, survey and experimental research and use of the computer in social research, including statistical packages. (Prerequisite: junior standing). SPRING.
307. Marriage and the Family (3)
Topics include the development of marriage and the family in their various forms up to the present; consideration of contemporary marriage patterns and relationships; family disorganization and reorganization; and the effects of social change on marriage and the family. (Prerequisite: SOC 104).
308. Sex Discrimination and Violence Against Women (3)
Explores how legal and social institutions handle issues of sex and gender-based discrimination and violence. These issues include sexual assault and exploitation, domestic violence, equal opportunity in the workplace and sexual harassment. Examines effects of patriarchy, prejudice and sex and gender stereotyping.
309. Urban Sociology (3)
Topics include types of communities, factors influencing urban growth and development in world regions and in the US, demographic trends and ecological factors; urban planning and redevelopment, community agencies and services, social problems associated with urban life and forms of interaction emanating from urban structures. (Prerequisite: SOC 104). FALL.
311. Class, Status and Power (3)
Who gets what and what? An examination of social class, the social conditions that lead to class formation, class-related behavior, social class through the life cycle and the historical basis of stratification, particularly in the US. (Prerequisite: SOC 104). FALL.
350. Selected Topics in Sociology (2-4)
Examination of a particular topic of current interest to faculty and students. Topics that may be considered include applied sociology, conflict management, crime and gender, crime prevention, sexual deviance, terrorism violence and the sociology of culture, film and the media. May be repeated with a different topic. (Prerequisite: one social science course). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
380. Fortification to Reformation: The History of York, England to the 15th Century (6)
A five-week interdisciplinary course centered on York Minister. Readings/lectures cover Roman York, York and Northumbria, Anglo-Saxon York, Viking-Anglo Scandinavian York, Norman York, Late Medieval York, Reformation York and beyond. Includes response papers, a 10-page research project, a service-learning experience with a reflection journal and excursions to significan sites. May not be repeated for credit. (Prerequisite: Study Abroad Application Process.)
402. Sociological Theory (4)
Discussion of classical and contemporary sociological theories with an emphasis of historical context of their origins, their contributions to sociological knowledge and application in today’s society. (Prerequisites: SOC 104 and 305). FALL.
405. Critical Theory of Society (3)
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine how legal, political and social institutions function within society. It gives special emphasis to the roles class, authority and ideology play within these systems. (Prerequisite: SOC 104). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
407. Capstone: Senior Research (3)
A critical, in-depth study of selected topics from the various fields of sociology, criminal justice and human services. Each participant will write and present a formal research paper. (Prerequisites: SOC 305 and 402, senior status). SPRING.
225. Introduction to Criminal and Juvenile Justice (3)
A sociological approach to prevention as justice, followed by an introduction to topics such as the US legislative and legal system, crime, politics, the media, police, courts, probation, corrections, parole and prisoner reentry as applied to both adults and juveniles. (Prerequisite: SOC 104). FALL.
266. Juvenile, Justice and Delinquency (3)
Research on child development, family, school, neighborhoods, peers and drug abuse as it relates to criminology of youth crime. Introduction to the juvenile justice system, including teen court, juvenile probation, juvenile detention, residential treatment and aftercare for adjudicated youth. (Co-requisite: SCJ 225). FALL.
267. Criminal Investigation and Forensics (3)
Introduces aspects of police work involving investigative techniques, protecting and reconstructing the crime scene and use of natural and social sciences in gathering and analyzing evidence and in preparing presentation for the court. (Prerequisite: SOC 225). SPRING.
301. Federal Law Enforcement Careers (3)
Survey of criminal justice occupations in the federal system, including positions in homeland security, law enforcement, corrections and the judiciary. This course will explore the roles those holding these occupations play within their respective institutions and the federal system as a whole.
351. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (2-4)
Topics of interest to faculty and students may include juvenile treatment, domestic violence and batterers treatment, probation, prison, parole, women and crime, federal law enforcement and public administration, stress and crime. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
360. Criminology and Prevention (3)
Introduction to major criminological theories and research, including fieldwork insights from criminals, prisoner stories and ex-con academic criminologists. Application of criminal theory to design of crime prevention programs. (Prerequisites: SCJ 225). FALL.
361. Police and Urban Society (3)
Issues in urban policing including the history, organization, roles and styles of policing, the police subculture, patrol and investigative duties, community relations, discretion, corruption and accountability. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). FALL.
363. Corrections and Rehabilitation (3)
Introduces treatment and therapy modalities used in residential treatment for adjudicated youth and in adult corrections. Exposure to US prison system use of mass incarceration, roles of probation and parole and reentry issues. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). FALL.
364. Drugs in American Society (3)
The history of drug use in the US: types of drugs and their effects, medical and health perspectives, social control and legal aspects of drug use, the “legalization” debate, the social consequences of drug use and the period of the “war on drugs” and its effectiveness. Drug policy in the criminal justice system. (Prerequisite: SOC 104). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
366. Criminal Law (3)
Introduce first-year law school and American court systems with focus on criminal law. Defense attorney’s role, burdens of proof, forms of evidence, criminal evidence and legal reasoning. Introductory research skills for briefing a case. (Prerequisite: junior standing). FALL.
393. Criminal Procedure and the Courts (3)
Focuses on constitutional rights of criminal suspects and defendants during the investigation and litigation process. Explores structures and procedures within state and federal trial and appellate courts. Attention is given to the role of participants, relevant substantive and procedural law and implications of court decisions. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). SPRING.
396. Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government (3)
Study of US Supreme Court decisions that resolve struggles for power between three branches of the federal government and between the federal and state governments. Consideration of such issues as the government’s authority to regulate drugs, the president’s commander-in-chief powers and the distinctions between federal and state court cases. (Prerequisite: junior standing). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
397. Constitutional Law II: Individual Liberties (3)
Study of US Supreme Court decisions that determine the extent to which individual liberties are protected under the US Constitution, with special attention given to civil rights issues. Will include explorations of the constitutional rights to due process, equal protection to keep and bear arms and other issues. (Prerequisite: junior standing). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
398. First Amendment (3)
Uses major US Supreme Court cases and other materials to explore all the constitutional rights afforded under the First Amendment. This course will include discourses on free speech theory, the interplay between a free press and democracy and the extent to which religious institutions and government are constitutionally compatible. Also listed under JRNL 396. Students who have taken PSCI 395 may not take this course for credit. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). OFFERED AS NEEDED.
401. Legal Research and Case Analysis (3)
This course offers pre-professional skills in training legal research, case analysis and preparing legal memos and briefs. This training includes interpreting judicial opinions, briefing cases and learning how to use online legal libraries. This course will also include a substantive analysis of how law schools function and the expectations they place on incoming law students. (Prerequisite: junior standing). SPRING.
404. Issues in Homeland Security (3)
Focuses on national security agencies and issues, including cyber-crimes and terrorism. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the creation and operations of the US Department of Homeland Security. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). FALL.
405. Issues in Prison Reform (3)
Explores controversial and topical issues in US Prisons. Special focus is given to exposing problems and studying proposed solutions regarding the quality and functionality of correctional institutions. (Prerequisite: SCJ 225). FALL.
500. Criminology and Prevention Policy (3)
Advanced criminology and crime prevention readings are used to examine recent criminology and public policy. Participants learn policy dimensions of criminology theory and use critical thinking, research methods and writing skills to create a timely research or program proposal. (Prerequisite: Admission to MA in Criminal Justice Program). FALL.
501. Theorizing Criminal Justice: Agendas and Policy (3)
Theorizes the criminal justice apparatus through critical questions and compares fundamentally different orientations to criminal justice agencies and missions. Explores systematic studies of crime and policy, the analysis of policy windows and how political agendas are set to consider criminal justice policies. (Prerequisite: Admission to MA in Criminal Justice Program). SPRING.
503. Advanced Criminal Procedure and the Constitution (3)
Using US Supreme Court cases, this course examines the rights of those accues of crimes throughout the criminal justice process from the onset of police investigation to an inmate’s last legal appeal. Special attention given to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. (Prerequisites: SCJ 500 and 501). FALL.
504. Graduate Research Methods (3)
Advanced criminal justice research methods including theory-based research questions, writing literature review, research design, data analysis, ethics and submission to Institutional Review Board. Includes advanced qualitative and quantitative approaches: experimental, survey, content analysis, secondary analysis, qualitative data, evaluation research and writing a draft thesis proposal. (Prerequisites: SCJ 500 and 501). FALL.
505. Advanced Topics in Homeland Security (3)
Focuses on issues such as foreign and domestic terrorism, cyber-crimes and other non-military threats against internal US security. Will also explore the structure of international criminal organizations and how they are investigated and prosecuted. (Prerequisites: SCJ 503 and 504).
506. Advanced Community Policing (3)
Analysis of relationships between policing agencies community partnerships, community policing, performance evaluation, police roles and discretion. Explores persistent problems including perception, attitudes, beliefs, values, demography, race and ethic issues, media, and crime prevention. Focus on research-based policy articles on policing. (Prerequisites: SCJ 503 and 504). SPRING.
507. Criminal Justice Organizational Analysis and Management (3)
Organizational theory as applied to criminal justice agencies. Examines cases and research that highlights issues in criminal justice policies and agency management theory such as group processes, leadership, goals, environment, communication, motivation, job design, power, decision-making and innovation. Focus on case analysis. (Prerequisites: SCJ 500 and 501). FALL.
508. Advanced Legal Thought (3)
Classic and contemporary texts explore how courts interact with societal norms and popular values and examine major schools of judicial decision-making: Natural Law, Legal Realism, Legal Positivism and Critical legal Theory. Special emphasis given to the role of courts within the American criminal justice system. (Prerequisites: SCJ 503 and 504). SPRING.
550. Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
A seminar that examines a particular topic of interest to faculty and students not typically covered in other courses. Topics vary, but will generally treat a particular issues relating to policing, corrections or legal studies. (Prerequisites: SCJ 503 and 504). SPRING.
590. Advanced Practicum (3)
Field placement in a professional criminal justice situation working with a local court; law firm; police agency; a state probation, corrections or parole agency; prisoner re-entry; federal law enforcement agency or an educational group influencing legislation—applies criminal justice knowledge to the practitioner setting and goals. (Prerequisite: Admission to MA in Criminal Justice Program). FALL.
592. Thesis Preparation (3)
Implement thesis research proposal, and prepare and complete literature review and research design with appropriate methods so that the student will be in a position to successfully complete the thesis and prepare to defend the thesis in front of their thesis committee the following semester. (Prerequisites: SCJ 503 and 504). SPRING.
599. Thesis Defense (3)
A thesis normally requires a minimum 50 page research project of publishable quality focusing on a relevant scholarly issue. This requires substantial research, analyses and writing. Students are expected to defend their thesis before their committee in the summer of their fifth year, demonstrating skill to merit a Master’s in Criminal Justice. (Prerequisite: SCJ 592). SUMMER.
199. Exploratory Internship (1-3)
An observational internship providing opportunities to gain relevant career experiences and information in the fields of sociology and criminal justice. Open to second semester-freshmen and above.
299. Experimental Course (1-4)
399. Professional Internship (1-12)
Students have the opportunity to participate in field projects or work with professional staff members in organizations such as police and sheriff’s departments, courts, probation departments, juvenile centers, correction facilities, prevention agencies, community organizations and human service organizations. Open to juniors and seniors.
451. Independent Study (1-4)
Supervised reading and research in sociology, criminal justice or anthropology. (Prerequisite: department permission).