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Criminal Justice B.A.C.J./B.S.C.J.

The broadfield major in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to receive the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The curriculum has a multi-disciplinary foundation, is social science oriented, is academic in content, and emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills essential for a broad understanding of the criminal justice system. The objective of the major is to prepare students for entry level positions in law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, community based corrections, institutional corrections, and other related fields. A second major or a minor is not required for students electing this major.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required core courses
24 semester hours from:24
Introduction to Criminal Justi
Police & Law Enforcement
Criminal Investigation
Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Justice System
Crime & Criminology
Courts and Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Correctional Systems
Community-Based Corrections
Criminal Justice Internship I
Senior Sem in Criminal Justice
Required support courses
19 semester hours from:19
US-World Cultures: Perspectives from Anthropology *
Introduction to Sociology
Deviant Behavior
Intro to Social Research
Mthds of Stat Analys
Minority Groups
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Lifespan Development
Forensic Psychology
Electives for Major
12 semester hours from:12
Mass Media and Crime
Crime Profiling
Courts and Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Criminal Justice Internship I (whichever of the two is not taken as core)
Senior Sem in Criminal Justice
Correctional Systems (whichever of the two is not taken as core)
Community-Based Corrections
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Special Topics
Family Law
GLB/Intro to Global Pub Pol
GLB/Elementary Spanish I
Also, any 300-400 level SOC course. Except: SOC 320, 331, 332, 370, and 485
Additional Electives Required23
Total Hours120

Course should be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Additional Requirements

  • Students seeking a B.A. degree must fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement
  • A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all SOC and CJ courses required for this major
  • Fifteen Semester hours in CJ courses must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Courses transferred in from a Community College may not count for senior level credit

CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justi
Hours: 3
(CRIJ 1301) Introduction to Criminal Justice. Three semester hours. An overview of law enforcement, courts and corrections from historical, ethical, philosophical, and practical perspectives. A focus on defining crime, searching for its causes, and studying its impact on society through the investigation and arrest of suspects, prosecution and defense of the accused, and punishment and rehabilitation of criminals.

CJ 201 - Police & Law Enforcement
Hours: 3
(CRIJ 2328) Police and Law Enforcement. Three semester hours. A general survey of the history and social issues involved in law enforcement in a democratic society with significant problems of crime. The course will also focus on aspects of police administration and police-community linkages.

CJ 301 - Criminal Investigation
Hours: 3
Criminal Investigation. Three semester hours. An examination of theories and practices of the investigation process in the criminal justice system. An analysis of information and application of operational techniques relating to crime scenes, forensic sciences, interviews, and interrogations. A study of issues concerning rules of evidence, trial testimony, and other constitutional processes.

CJ 326 - Juvenile Delinquency
Hours: 3
Juvenile Delinquency. Three semester hours. The study of the nature, extent, causation, treatment, and prevention of juvenile delinquency. Prerequisite: CJ 101

CJ 328 - Juvenile Justice System
Hours: 3
An overview of the American juvenile justice system with an emphasis on contemporary themes of its different aspects including school violence and drugs. It will explore the juvenile justice system from arrest through intake, prosecution, adjudication, and dispositions. It will also cover the organization, processes, and functions of the juvenile justice system in the United States, its historical antecedents, and contemporary challenges. Consideration is also given to sociopolitical factors in juvenile justice decision-making including surveys of juvenile law and a comparative analysis of adult and juvenile justice systems. Prerequisites: CJ 101 or SOC 1301.

CJ 330 - Crime & Criminology
Hours: 3
Crime and Criminology. Three semester hours. The scientific study of the creation, causation, and societal reaction to crime. Focus is on criminological theories and developing a sociological understanding of trends and patterns of specific crimes and types of criminal offenders. Pre-requisite: CJ 101

CJ 338 - Dealing with Terrorism
Hours: 3
Dealing with Terrorism - Three semester hours This course covers critical thoughts on the meaning and focus of terrorism. It addresses the social and criminal justice impact of terrorism at the global, national, and local levels. The many explanations for terrorism are presented. The multiple ways of preventing it from intensifying as a serious type of so-called "dirty violence" are investigated.

CJ 340 - CJ Policy and Practice
Hours: 3
Criminal Justice Policy and Practice This course will evaluate various policy dimensions of crime and criminal justice. Students will learn the process through which policy is made, will critically evaluate current criminal justice policies, and will study the impact of policy decisions on criminal justice practice. Pre-requisites : CJ 101

CJ 360 - Mass Media and Crime
Hours: 3
This course examines the media's effects on perceptions of crime and justice in America. An examination is performed on media-generated crime and criminal justice policies. An example of media-generated crime would be when politicians/media "emphasize" a problem to essentially "create" a crime or crime wave. A discussion of the effect of social constructionism and the ability of the various types of media to create a new type of crime will occur. An investigation of the impact of various types of media (radio, television, motion pictures, records, and printed sources, etc.) on criminals, crime fighters, and the courts will be conducted. An example of criminal topics to be discussed is the drug problem, sex offenders, murders, etc.

CJ 383 - CJ Administration and Mgmt
Hours: 3
Criminal Justice Administration and Management - Three semester hours The study of criminal justice administration (i.e., police, courts, and corrections) with special emphasis on applying theoretical concepts to practical planning and application, including the policy-making process, implementation of new policy, and policy assessment. Pre-requisite: CJ 101

CJ 384 - Terrorism
Hours: 3
The course provides various meanings and interpretations of terrorism as a unique form of violence in human society. It identifies various forms of types of terrorism such as one based on suicide. The course also explores a variety of theoretical as well as empirically based explanations, and preventive strategies for terrorism around the globe along with their relevance to the American criminal justice system

CJ 390 - White-Collar Crime
Hours: 3
White-Collar Crime. Three hours. This course examines the theories, ideas, nature and scope that are dominant in the field of white-collar crime. An examination of the structural foundation of occupational, political, and organization/corporate crimes, with some comparison with street (predatory) type crimes will occur in this class. Multi-level responses and forms of intervention will also be discussed.

CJ 397 - Special Topic
Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

CJ 420 - Crime Profiling
Hours: 3
Crime Profiling. Three semester hours This course examines various types of crimes, in terms of offender profile, victim profile and situational elements, using both national crime and victimization data. Within each crime typology, data are utilized to examine the characteristics of the most likely offender, and the circumstances under which the crime is most likely to be committed. Pertinent theories are examined, relating to both the crimes and offenders, by types of crimes. Responses to each type by law enforcement agencies are also discussed.

CJ 430 - Courts and Criminal Procedure
Hours: 3
Courts and Criminal Procedure. Three semester hours. A survey of federal, state, and local judicial systems with an emphasis on pretrial, trial, and appellate criminal procedure. A description of court structures and roles of the judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, juries, and other court personnel. Prerequisite: CJ 101 or equivalent.

CJ 431 - Criminal Law
Hours: 3
Criminal Law. Three semester hours. Introduction to the basic concepts, principles and the nature of criminal law. The course also examines the mutual relationships between criminal law and society.

CJ 468 - Correctional Systems
Hours: 3
Correctional Systems. Three semester hours. (1) A theoretical, historical, and pragmatic overview of institutional corrections, including the administration, design, and organization of adult prisons and jails and juvenile detention facilities and reformatories. An examination of punishment and treatment philosophies and objectives. Prerequisite: CJ 101 or equivalent.

CJ 469 - Victimology
Hours: 3
This course will present a number of different definitions of Victimology to include early theorists and recent theories as to the causes of victimization. Methods of reporting crimes, both official (government) and unofficial reports will be examined including the Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The course will offer an examination of the criminal and civil process as it relates to victims. It explains the impact of crime on victims; a global perspective of victimization; and responses to victimization.

CJ 470 - Criminal Justice Internship I
Hours: 3
Criminal Justice Internship I. Three semester hours. An academically based work experience within selected agencies of the criminal justice system. The purpose of the internship is to provide an arena for the application of classroom principles within the context of the day to day reality of the criminal justice system. The internship includes field supervision as well as classroom experiences. Prerequisites: Junior standing with 12 hours in criminology, law enforcement, and permission of the instructor. NOTE: Students with previous work experience within the criminal justice system are not eligible.

CJ 478 - Community-Based Corrections
Hours: 3
Community-Based Corrections. Three semester hours. (2) A study of probation, parole, diversion, pre-trial release, and intermediate sanctions. A critical analysis of the statutes and policies relating to the administration of community-based correctional programs. Prerequisite: CJ 101.

CJ 479 - Offender Reentry
Hours: 3
Offender Reentry - Three semester hours Offender reentry is the process of transitioning offenders from prison/jail to the community. This course will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the issues impacting successful offender reentry, including employment, drug treatment, family reunification, and housing issues. In addition, this course will educate students about barriers and impediments to offender reentry such as voter disenfranchisement. Pre-requisites : CJ 101

CJ 480 - Senior Sem in Criminal Justice
Hours: 3
Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice. Three semester hours. A review and discussion of significant current research and case studies in the criminal justice field. Examination and application of methods of transferring theoretical perspectives, knowledge, and skills from academics to the work environment. An overview of career opportunities, resume preparation, and job interviewing skills. Prerequisite: CJ 101, declaration as a Criminal Justice major, and completion of at least 90 semester hours.

CJ 488 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
Hours: 3
Ethics in Criminal Justice. Three semester hours. A review of ethical theories and their application to the fields of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The development of ethical reasoning, familiarity of professional standards and codes of ethics, and resolution of complex ethical dilemmas.

CJ 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

CJ 490 - Honors Thesis
Hours: 3

CJ 491 - Honors Reading
Hours: 3

CJ 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. Three semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.