David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice

Course Descriptions

CRJ 1700. Violent Crime. An in-depth exploration of the most violent acts committed by criminals such as serial murder, rape, arson, abduction, robbery, and aggravated assault. The mind-set, motives, methods, and behavioral profiles of such offenders will be examined in order to reveal the common patterns associated with these violent crimes. Four credits.

CRJ 1900. Introduction to the Justice System. A survey of the controversial concepts and issues associated with crime, police, law, courts, punishment, jails, prisons, and the latest technologies employed in our nation’s war on crime. Four credits.

CRJ 2000. Criminology. An exploration of the causes of crime. This course examines the theoretical explanations of crime via biological, psychological, social, and cultural models of juvenile delinquency and adult criminal behavior. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 2500. Controlled Substances. This course looks at the variety of dangerous drugs and their impact upon individuals and society. The problems of abuse, addiction, drug trafficking, drug policy, treatment/rehabilitation and drug enforcement strategies are explored in this course. Four credits.

CRJ 2700. Juvenile Justice. This course acquaints students with the separate justice system for juveniles in our country. Subjects include common varieties of juvenile delinquency, the unique features of juvenile law, the distinctively different manner in which juvenile cases (compared with adult cases) are handled by police and the juvenile court system, as well as the nature of careers in the juvenile justice field such as positions within the multitude of federal and state juvenile organizations including career options as juvenile court counselors, juvenile program specialists and juvenile detention and rehabilitation personnel. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 2881, 3881, 4881. Special Topics. This course designation is for the creation of special interest courses on an as needed basis.

CRJ 2900. Mock Trial. This is an experiential learning course in the area of courts and law. Students in this course will prepare for and participate in the American Mock Trial Association Competition. They will receive a hypothetical case, analyze the case, prepare the case for presentation and present the case. In doing so, they will compete against other universities across the nation. They will learn analytic and presentation skills through the course as well as specific skills such as making opening statements, closing arguments and witness examination. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated once. Two credits.

CRJ 3000. Victimology. This course addresses the nature and study of crime victimization and the multitude of issues associated with being the victim of a violent crime. Students will learn the forms of assistance for crime victims, the history of the victim’s rights movement, categories of victims and related issues, pioneering theory and research in this subfield, the intersection of victims with police, prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and correctional agencies. Best practices with victims will be examined as well as future trends and employment opportunities in the field of victimology. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Four credits.

CRJ 3100. Criminal Law. An examination of state law related to major forms of violent personal and property crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 3200. Courts and Trials. Courtroom battles between defense attorneys and prosecutors are analyzed relative to the trial process in America and the structure of both the federal and state court systems. The operation of trials and courts are emphasized and numerous famous, high-profile cases are analyzed by students in this course. Additionally, students are exposed to new technologies employed by the courts to more efficiently process court cases. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 3300. Police Operations. This course acquaints students with the nature of law enforcement in America with emphasis on police procedures and major issues related to federal, state, and city law enforcement agencies and their operations. Examples of specific topics include police patrol operations and issues, investigations (including interviewing and interrogation principles), special weapons and tactics units (SWAT), as well as the variety of new technologies employed by police in the fight against crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 3400. Research Methods. This course introduces students to the basic methods of conducting criminal justice research. Topics include the scientific method, research designs such as experiments, surveys, field research, content analysis, secondary data analysis, as well as basic statistical tools. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 3500. Crime Scene Investigation. This course covers the investigation of society’s most brutal crimes via the efforts of detectives, criminalists, forensic experts, medical examiners and other investigative specialists. Emphasis is placed upon techniques used in the investigation of major types of crime and the technologies employed to unravel the mystery of crime scenes. Prerequisite: CRJ 3300. Four credits.

CRJ 3600. Citizens Police Academy. This is a special interest course taught at the High Point Police Department. The course features presentations made by current high-ranking police veterans on many high-profile police subjects such as the use of force, arrest procedures, vehicle stops, K-9 operations, SWAT tactics, death investigation and more. Students participate in some simulated scenarios and practical exercises. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Two credits.

CRJ 3650. Life Skills for Inmates. This course is designed to provide a service learning component to the study of criminal justice and corrections. In partnership with the High Point Jail Ministries, students will deliver weekly life skill classes to inmates who are incarcerated a the High Point Detention Center. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Four credits. [SL]

CRJ 3700. Probation, Parole, and Community Service. This course focuses on punishments that are served within the community rather than in prison or jail. A critical examination of probation and parole will be offered, as well as an overview of community-based treatment programs that have effectively reduced recidivism. The rationale for these alternative sanctions will be discussed, as well as the problems with traditional incarceration. Four credits. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900.

CRJ 3800. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. This course examines the criminal justice systems employed by other nations and cultures. It examines aspects of policing, courts, law and corrections in these systems. Emphasis will be placed on the concepts of justice and the procedures used to obtain accurate results used by other nations. In particular, the course will examine the inquisitorial system of justice used by European nations. Attention will also be given to the role of international criminal justice. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Four credits.

CRJ 4000. Terrorism. This course examines the variety of domestic and international terror groups, their objectives, philosophies, operations and tactics (including specific terror threat scenarios and methods of mass destruction), as well as our nation’s technologies and countermeasures designed to combat terrorist organizations. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 4100. The Death Penalty. A look at the historical evolution of death as a criminal penalty and the multitude of fascinating issues surrounding this controversial sentence. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 4200. Corrections. The punishment, treatment, and rehabilitation of criminals is explored in this course as students learn about sentencing, probation, parole, diversion, jails, prisons, and various programs designed to deal with a diverse criminal population. Prerequisite: CRJ 1900. Four credits.

CRJ 4300. Crime, Law, and National Security. This course addresses the problems and issues confronting America in regard to national security. The role and duties of national security policy makers are discussed. The intersection of civil, criminal and military law is explored, as well as issues that relate to terrorism and related crimes that threaten national security. Policies related to the collection of surveillance and intelligence data are discussed as well as the protection of such information. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Four credits.

CRJ 4400. Police Administration and Supervision. This course is designed to give students the requisite skills to go beyond the rank of field agent/line officer and assume responsibilities associated with executive positions such as police chief or other upper-level administrative positions. Subjects explored include the unique police organizational structures, crime fighting programs, police policies/procedures and innovative strategies to effectively administer law enforcement organizations. Prerequisites: CRJ 1900 and CRJ 3300. Four credits.

CRJ 4444. Independent Study. Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the department. One to four credits each semester.

CRJ 4810-4815. Internship. An experiential study of the nature and operations of a justice related agency or organization via personal observations and discussions with agency personnel. All university requirements must be fulfilled to complete an internship. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair and completion of the university internship application process. Variable credit.



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