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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course Descriptions and Prerequisites
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Major Requirements
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice:  This course provides an overview of the history and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations, defines crime and its nature and impact, provides an overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, the court system, prosecution and defense, the trial process, and corrections.   Prerequisites: Students must have passed the READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing.
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices: Students will study the judiciary in the American criminal justice system and the adjudication processes and procedures. Prerequisites: Students must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or equivalent assessment testing.
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law: This course focuses on the nature of criminal law and its philosophical and historical development; major definitions, concepts and classifications of crime; elements of crimes and penalties, using Texas statutes as illustrations; and the concept of criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: Students must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing. Prerequisite ENGL 1302 with "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practice: This course introduces corrections in the criminal justice system, organization of correctional systems correctional role, institutional operations, alternatives to institutionalization, treatment and rehabilitation, and current and future issues.
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices: This course focuses on the policing profession.  Major topics include: the organization of law enforcement systems; the role of police in society; police discretion and ethics; police and community interaction; and current and future issues. Prerequisite ENGL 1302 with "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3302 Research Methods in Criminal Justice: This course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in criminal justice studies. Measurement issues related to validity, reliability, objectivity, and methods of data collection are discussed in detail.  Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3303 Nature of Crime: This course provides an overall perspective of the crime problem with special emphasis given to philosophical and theoretical ideas pertaining to crime and its control, including examining of the victim and criminal topologies. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3362 Statistics in Criminal Justice: This course covers the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics. It emphasizes the use of data analysis employing SPSS and the understanding of the proper application of statistics in criminal justice research. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4301 Practicum-Field Experiences: This capstone course focuses on academic and professional development. It requires placement in a criminal justice (or related) agency for a minimum of 120 hours. Students will be evaluated by agency critiques, daily logs, and meeting with the intern coordinator and a cumulative program exam. Prerequisite : Must have completed 36 credit hours of CRIJ.
CRIJ 4370 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Issues: This course is designed for students nearing completion of their BS degree. This seminar will explore: 1) current criminal justice policy issues, 2) topical CJ policy issues as they affect each agency, and 3) assess the intended and unintended consequences of CJ policies throughout the system and society. Prerequisite: Must have completed 36 hours of CRIJ.
Corrections Concentration
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System: This course is a study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency. Prerequisite: Student must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing.
CRIJ 3331 Legal Aspects of Corrections: This course examines legal problems and principles from conviction to release, including consideration of convictions, imprisonment, sentencing, conditional release, post conviction procedures, prisoners' rights, probationers' right, and validity of conviction. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4341 Correctional Casework and Counseling: This course examines the role and techniques of casework in corrections with emphasis on integrating casework and counseling responsibilities and procedures. The course includes examining of therapy techniques and processes in various correctional settings and studying of service delivery programs tailored to the specific needs of correctional clients. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4343 Seminar of Issues in Corrections: This course analyses and discusses contemporary correctional systems, including discussion of recent research concerning correctional institutions and various corrections field services. Emphasis is given to administrative and treatment concerns in corrections. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4320 Criminal Justice Organization and Management: This course focuses on fundamental concepts of management, organization, and administration as specifically applicable to corrections and law enforcement. The course also focuses attention on societal trends that impact criminal justice administration. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
Law Enforcement Concentration
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System: This course is a study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency. Prerequisite: Student must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing.
 
CRIJ 3315 Legal Aspects of Evidence: This course critically examines the legal controls on police officers, with special attention to current court decisions related to such issues as arrest, search and seizure, confessions, wiretapping and eavesdropping, right to counsel, and self-incrimination. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4312 Principles of Law Enforcement Supervision: This course examines the principles involved in law enforcement supervision, principles of leadership, psychology involved in handling grievances and in building morale, duties and responsibilities of command level personnel, law enforcement budgeting procedures, supervisory problems and responsibilities relating to discipline, and internal affairs investigations. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4313 Seminar of Issues in Law Enforcement: This course analyses and discusses contemporary issues in policing with particular attention to current developments, service delivery, and the changing police role, integration of established scientific knowledge with practical police experiences in various areas of policing. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4320 Criminal Justice Organization and Management: This course focuses on fundamental concepts of management, organization, and administration as specifically applicable to corrections and law enforcement. The course also focuses attention on societal trends that impact criminal justice administration. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
Forensic Investigation
CRIJ 2315 Forensic Investigation I: A course in criminal investigation processes, methods, tools, and techniques, forensic applications, investigative case management, role of the crime lab, and case documentation. Students engage in semester-long simulation in preparation of comprehensive, legally sufficient investigative felony case folders from crime scene response to the eventual prosecutor's presentation to a grand jury. Prerequisite: Six hours of English: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311.
CRIJ 2416 Forensic Investigation II: A course involving the field collection of evidence and the preservation of crime scene evidence, with emphasis on fingerprints, photography, and other skills and competencies expected on an apprentice identification officer and crime scene investigator. Course competencies and tasks correspond to the IAI body of knowledge for the certified crime scene investigator. Prerequisite: CRIJ 2315.
CRIJ 2320 Evidence for Forensic Investigation: This is a course in gathering evidence, fashioning evidentiary arguments and preparing evidence for trail, with emphasis on the practical applications of the rules of evidence with specific forensic science cases and situations presented. Prerequisite: Six hours of English: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311.
CRIJ 2325 An interdisciplinary course in concepts in forensic investigation/ evidentiary aspects of traumatic wounds and injuries, death, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse, this course is of utility to law enforcement, protective services, and health care professionals. Prerequisite: Six hours of English: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311.
CRIJ 2230 Seminar in Forensic Investigation: This course is a general survey of forensic science careers, specializations, qualifications, professional literature, ethics, certifications, with a special emphasis on legal and procedural aspects of preparation for and actual testimony in court. Prerequisite: CRIJ-2315, CRIJ-2320, BIOL-1306, BIOL-1106, CHEM-1311 and CHEM-1111.
Electives (list only includes courses recently offered)
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America: This course introduces American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime! the impact of crime! crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime. Prerequisite: Student must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing.
CRIJ 3325 Violent Crime and Offenders: This course examines genesis or violence and its expression in criminal and noncriminal forms, theories of violence, victim-offender interactions, types of violent crimes, such as homicide, assault, robbery, and rape. domestic abuse and violence, distribution of violent crimes, gender, class, race and crime, proactive and reactive measures to control violent crimes. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4321 White Collar and Organized Crime. This course surveys, criminological and criminal justice theories and approaches to classifying white-collar, and organized crime and deviance. Beginning with classic articles and continuing with case studies of corporate and organized criminality and irresponsibility, this course examines social, legal and ethical issues surrounding racketeering, and crime in the suites. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'.
CRIJ 4363 Gangs and Gang Behavior: This course introduces the student to street and prison gangs! it explores gang structure, organization, and characteristics. Official response to gang problems is also analyzed. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
Course Descriptions and Prerequisites
Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice Studies
The following are courses offered by the Criminal Justice Department that are part of the BA in Law and Justice Studies.  To see course descriptions for courses offered by sociology, psychology, and government, please visit their individual websites. 
ALAW 3300 Foundations of Law: This course surveys the origins and development of the American legal system. Topics include legal principles and procedures, federal and state courts, legal terminology, research, and resources, professional organizations, and ethical responsibilities. Prerequisites:  None
ALAW 4301 Legal Research and Writing: This course focuses on the goals and processes of legal research and the development of legal research, analysis and writing skills. Topics include traditional and electronic legal resources, correct citation of legal authority, and drafting of effective communication of legal analysis. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 with "C" or better.
ALAW 4310 Legal Analysis and Writing: This course focuses on the identification, research and analysis of legal issues. Topics include the appellate process and standards of review, application of key facts and relevant law, and effective use of mandatory and persuasive authority. Practical experience is gained by drafting legal forms. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law: This course focuses on the nature of criminal law and its philosophical and historical development; major definitions, concepts and classifications of crime; elements of crimes and penalties, using Texas statutes as illustrations; and the concept of criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: Students must have passed READ 0322 and ENGL 0321 or the equivalent assessment testing. Prerequisite ENGL 1302 with "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3315 Legal Aspects of Evidence: This course critically examines the legal controls on police officers, with special attention to current court decisions related to such issues as arrest, search and seizure, confessions, wiretapping and eavesdropping, right to counsel, and self-incrimination. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3331 Legal Aspects of Corrections: This course examines legal problems and principles from conviction to release, including consideration of convictions, imprisonment, sentencing, conditional release, post conviction procedures, prisoners' rights, probationers' right, and validity of conviction. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3302 Research Methods in Criminal Justice: This course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in criminal justice studies. Measurement issues related to validity, reliability, objectivity, and methods of data collection are discussed in detail.  Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3362 Statistics in Criminal Justice: This course covers the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics. It emphasizes the use of data analysis employing SPSS and the understanding of the proper application of statistics in criminal justice research. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3380 Jurisprudence and Justice: The course provides abroad overview of theory and philosophy pertaining to law and justice. The focus of the course is on theory and philosophy underlying the development and maintenance of law, the various types/categories of law, and important concepts in understanding the nature of law. The course also explores the relationship of law to various conceptualizations of justice. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1310 and ALAW 3300.
Course Descriptions and Prerequisites
Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice - Online
The following are courses offered by the Criminal Justice Department that are part of the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  To see course descriptions for courses offered by UT Arlington or UT Permian Basin, please see their websites. 
CRIJ 3315 Legal Aspects of Evidence: This course critically examines the legal controls on police officers, with special attention to current court decisions related to such issues as arrest, search and seizure, confessions, wiretapping and eavesdropping, right to counsel, and self-incrimination. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 3331 Legal Aspects of Corrections: This course examines legal problems and principles from conviction to release, including consideration of convictions, imprisonment, sentencing, conditional release, post conviction procedures, prisoners' rights, probationers' right, and validity of conviction. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor and department chair. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4312 Principles of Law Enforcement Supervision: This course examines the principles involved in law enforcement supervision, principles of leadership, psychology involved in handling grievances and in building morale, duties and responsibilities of command level personnel, law enforcement budgeting procedures, supervisory problems and responsibilities relating to discipline, and internal affairs investigations. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4341 Correctional Casework and Counseling: This course examines the role and techniques of casework in corrections with emphasis on integrating casework and counseling responsibilities and procedures. The course includes examining of therapy techniques and processes in various correctional settings and studying of service delivery programs tailored to the specific needs of correctional clients. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.
CRIJ 4313 Seminar of Issues in Law Enforcement: This course analyses and discusses contemporary issues in policing with particular attention to current developments, service delivery, and the changing police role, integration of established scientific knowledge with practical police experiences in various areas of policing. Prerequisite: ENGL-1301 and ENGL-1302 with minimum grade of 'C'. Concurrent enrollment not accepted unless approved by instructor and department chair.

 

 

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