Course Descriptions

Gender, Race, Class, Crime, and Justice
This course examines the association between the concepts of gender, race, class, crime, and justice in the American criminal justice system, and exposes students to historical, ideological, and theoretical perspectives that provide a framework for understanding how these sociodemographic factors interact with the criminal justice system (3 cr.).

Sociology of Crime
This course highlights the social construction of crime by examining the social factors that impact how we define, recognize, measure, and respond to criminal behavior. Using criminological theory, the course traces how ideas surrounding the nature of crime and punishment have changed and continue to change across time and place. The course also gives special attention to the intersections between various forms of social stratification and experiences with crime and the criminal justice system, including police, courts, and prisons.

Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
This course provides a substantive introduction to the basic concepts of criminal law and the law governing due process for criminal defendants.  Using a case study approach, the course focuses on the constitutional aspects of criminal law and procedure and introduces students to the reading and interpretation of statutes, general court procedures, the law of search and seizure as well as the interrogation of suspects (3 cr.).

Police and Society
This course examines the history of the police institution and their role in the administration of justice.  The relationship between the police and communities are also examined along with other critical issues affecting contemporary law enforcement (3 cr.).

Corrections
The course provides an overview of the historical, theoretical and contemporary issues that underlie the correctional system and sub systems in the United States.  The course also covers organizational management of staff and inmates of the prison system as well as alternative approaches to incarceration and rehabilitation (3 cr.).

Global Terrorism, Counter Terrorism, and Law Enforcement Procedures
This course will introduce students to policies, strategies, techniques, and tactics used by law enforcement to combat terrorism threats, and counterterrorism policies and response. Students gain knowledge about terrorist and criminal extremist groups and individuals, political violence, radicalization, methods of financing used by terrorists, and how to identify and report suspected offenders (3 cr.).

Crime Analysis and Report Writing
An orientation to criminal justice databases such as the UCR, NCVS, SHR and NIBRS.  The focus is on analyzing, mapping crime data and preparing related reports.  Emphasis is also placed on equipping students with the writing skills necessary for the preparation of various correspondence, briefings and social media outreach (3 cr.).

Restorative Justice
This course provides students with an understanding of the philosophy, values, principles, and practice of restorative justice.  Students examine justice through a rehabilitative lens that involves victims, offenders, and affected members of the community as active partners in repairing harm caused by criminal behavior (3 cr.). 

Human Rights and International Criminal Law
This course interweaves readings, lectures, discussions, and group projects on human rights and the impact of comparative cultures and laws, international institutions, and transnational agendas on the construct of international crime.  Topics include human trafficking, children and war, refugees and migration, international legal institutions, INTERPOL, and transnational crime in a global economy (3 cr.).

Criminal Justice Assessment
This course provides a capstone experience by providing a series of assignments that tasks students with integrating and applying various concepts from the criminal justice curriculum. The assignments build student’s critical thinking skills and application of criminal justice concepts to various fact-based scenarios (3 cr.).