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Criminal Justice Course Description(s)

CRIM1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

This course is an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States and covers four major content areas: the nature of crime and laws; policing and law enforcement; courts and adjudication; and corrections. (See SOGY1500.)

CRIM2250 Law Enforcement and Community Policing (3)

This course examines the history and roles of the police in American society. Topics include the philosophy, policy, structure, and methods of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, characteristics of effective police work, and contemporary issues facing law enforcement officers and agencies.

CRIM2960 Criminal Justice Practicum (1)

This course will prepare students for field experiences and internships in criminal justice settings. All criminal justice students seeking field experiences or internships must satisfactorily complete this course prior to registering for CRIM3960 or CRIM4960.

CRIM2970 Sophomore Research in Criminal Justice (1)

The student will assist an upper division research student or professor in conducting research. The student will learn the basics about the selected topic of research and gain experience in research methods. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisites: Instructor's approval

CRIM3094 Topics in Criminal Justice (3)

A variety of courses designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience to enhance the preparation of students in the criminal justice program. May be repeated for credit for different topics.

CRIM3150 Corrections (3)

This course provides an overview of the field of corrections, including its history and the goals, methods, and institutions that characterize it today. Topics include clients and officers, programs and facilities, life in and after incarceration, community corrections, and issues of punishment and reform, including innovation in policy, programs, and techniques.

CRIM3200 Juvenile Justice (3)

A study of the forms, causes, and consequences of juvenile delinquency. Intervention for offenders, preventive measures, and the legal and treatment system for dealing with juveniles will also be studied. The course is designed to expose students to textual/theoretical material and knowledgeable professionals from agencies in the community. (See SOGY3200.)

CRIM3550 Criminology (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to criminology as a field of study. Students will be introduced to theories that attempt to explain criminal behavior from social, economic, biological, personality and individual perspectives. It includes study of the types of crime, the classes and nature of offenders, and methods for treating offenders and preventing crime.

CRIM3960 Field Placement in Criminal Justice (1-2)

Supervised experience in a criminal justice setting designed to give the student practical, on-site exposure to the employment settings in the field of criminal justice. Some reading and journaling are required. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisites: CRIM2960, Program admission required.

CRIM3970 Junior Research in Criminal Justice (1)

The student will begin the process of developing independent research. This may be in cooperation with a professor or senior research student. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisites: CRIM2970, AND Instructor's Permission.

CRIM4010 Capstone (1)

This course provides students with a context for reflection and self-analysis regarding their educational experience at NNU. The approach in this course to self-analysis and critical reflection is two-fold: 1) students will reflect on their comprehensive educational experience through the lens of the four university outcomes, and 2) students will think about and discuss the integration of their learning with their future, post-university lives. (See CLST4010, HUMN4010, PSYC4010, SOGY4010, SPAN4010)

CRIM4250 Criminal Court Systems (3)

This course provides a description and analysis of the structure, functions, and procedures of the criminal court system in the United States, including the roles of the prosecutor, defender, judge, jury, and court administrator. The history of the system and issues facing the criminal courts today are examined. Offered: Alternate years.

CRIM4350 Criminal Law (2)

This course provides an introduction to the criminal law, including an historical overview and a survey of general legal principles. It covers basic elements of common and statutory law, and discusses specific categories of offenses and defenses used against prosecution for them. Offered: Alternate years.

CRIM4360 Criminal Procedure (2)

This course emphasizes the procedural protections established in the Bill of Rights and enforced by the courts through the procedural exclusion of evidence or the procedural dismissal of cases. In the course, students study the Fourth Amendment (Search and seizure), the Fifth Amendment (Rights against self-incrimination and double jeopardy), the Sixth Amendment (Rights to grand jury indictment, notice of charges, speedy and public trial, trial by impartial jury, confrontation of witnesses, compulsory process of favorable witnesses, and assistance of counsel), the Eighth Amendment (Rights against excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment), and the Fourteenth Amendment (Application of Bill of Rights to the states).

CRIM4960 Internship in Criminal Justice (3-15)

This course requires 45 hours per credit in an approved setting of intensive experience-based learning. Course is designed to give students in-depth, work-setting knowledge of an aspect of the field of criminal justice. Students assume career-related duties as deemed appropriate by their site-supervisor and approved by their major advisor. Prerequisites: CRIM2960, Junior standing AND Instructor's Permission., Program admission required.

CRIM4970 Senior Research in Criminal Justice (1-4)

The student will either develop and complete an empirical research project and a written report suitable for submission to a professional journal or assist a faculty member in independent professional research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: CRIM3970, AND Instructor's Permission.