Criminology, Law, and Justice (CLJ)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
CLJ 101 Introduction to Criminology, Law, and Justice 3 hours. The study of the development and contemporary operations of criminal justice agencies, from police through probation and parole, focusing upon "power elites" and the use of discretion.  US Society course.
CLJ 102 Foundations of Law and Justice 3 hours. The philosophical and historical foundations of American and non-American criminology, law, and justice. Focus on diversity, due process, equality, liberty, punishment, social control and legal institutions and procedures.  US Society course.
CLJ 110 Rights, Justice, and the Law 3 hours. The historical evolution, philosophical justification and political context of human rights is examined. The balance between individual rights and social responsibility is analyzed.  US Society course.
CLJ 114 Race, Class, Gender, and the Law 3 hours. A review of criminological theories, organizational decision-making, and a consideration of contemporary criminology, law, and justice policies with specific attention to race, class, and gender.  US Society course.
CLJ 120 Crime and Society 3 hours. Provides an introduction to theories of social deviance and control. The historical development, empirical basis, strengths, and limitations of various theories are analyzed. This course may be taught in a blended-online and classroom format.  When that is the case, use of a computer and Internet access will be required. A high-speed connection is strongly recommended. Please check the online class schedule for blended-online sections.  US Society course.
CLJ 121 Violence in Society 3 hours. Causes and consequences of violence in the United States and in other societies. Various theories of violence are discussed and used to analyze individual, group, and governmental violence. This is a blended-online and classroom course. Use of a computer and Internet access is required. A high-speed connection, while not required, is strongly suggested.  US Society course.
CLJ 200 Law in Society 3 hours. Development of law and legal institutions from historical, comparative, and contemporary perspectives; interrelationships of law, custom, morality, and social change; the legal profession. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101. US Society course.
CLJ 210 Principles of Criminal Law 3 hours. A survey of the basic principles of criminal law and procedure: proof of fact, act and intent, responsibility. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101.
CLJ 220 Criminology 3 hours. Introductory survey of the literature developed by criminologists in their study of crime in American society. Same as SOC 231. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101. 
CLJ 240 Criminal Justice Organizations 3 hours. Theories of complex organizations, organization behavior, and administration relating to criminal justice and other rule-applying agencies. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101. 
CLJ 261 Research Methods I 3 hours. Introduction to research in criminology, law, and justice. From conceptualization to description of results. Research design, observation, archival, survey, and experimental methodologies in criminal justice related settings. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101.
CLJ 262 Research Methods II 3 hours. Statistical data analysis in the criminology, law, and justice context. Probability, t-tests, correlation, regression, sampling theory, tests of significance. Problems with police and crime survey data. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 261; and one of the following: MATH 090 or MATH 092 or MATH 118.
CLJ 271 African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration 3 hours. Examination of the status of African Americans as offenders, victims, and personnel within the criminal justice system. Same as AAST 271 and SOC 271. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or CLJ 101 or SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
CLJ 301 Writing in the Discipline 0 hours. This course will be used to identify the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing; and approval of the department.
CLJ 303 Introduction to Forensic Science 3 hours. Examines the basic principles and judicial uses of forensic science. Reviews the applications of the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences to questions of evidence and the law. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and major in either criminology, law and justice, or a natural sciences discipline; or consent of the instructor. 
CLJ 310 Substantive Criminal Law 3 hours. General doctrines of criminal liability in the U.S.; classification of crimes against persons, property, and the public welfare; the concept of governmental sanctions of an individual's conduct. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 210 and one other 200-level criminology, law, and justice course.
CLJ 311 Criminal Procedure 3 hours. Legal problems associated with the investigation of crime, acquisition of evidence, commencement of adjudication, sentencing and appellate rights. Prerequisite(s): One 200-level criminology, law, and justice course.
CLJ 345 Police in Society 3 hours. The functions and organization of police/investigative agencies, especially those on the local level, the nature of the experience of being a police officer. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and CLJ 240 and one other 200-level criminology, law, and justice course; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 350 Courts in Society 3 hours. Behavior and structure of state and federal criminal courts including preadjudication processing, prosecutorial and defense decisions, guilty-plea processes, bench and jury trials, sentencing, judicial selection, court administration. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 355 Punishment, Prisons, and Corrections 3 hours. A survey of American corrections from local jails to mega prisons; correctional field services; probation and parole and recent developments in alternatives to incarceration. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 361 Criminal Investigation 3 hours. Methods for reconstructing criminal acts using information derived from people, physical evidence and records; scientific, organizational and legal considerations in conducting such inquiries. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 394 Senior Studies in Criminology, Law, and Justice 3 hours. The analysis and exposition of historical or contemporary issues in the criminology field. Topics may vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.
CLJ 395 Internship 3 hours. Observation of and participation in the daily work of a criminal justice agency, private or public. Work is supervised by a faculty member and the managment of personnel of the agency. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. A maximum of three hours may be counted toward the undergraduate major in criminology, law, and justice. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 200 and CLJ 210 and CLJ 220 and CLJ 240 and CLJ 261 and CLJ 262; and one from among CLJ 345 or CLJ 350 or CLJ 355 and junior standing; and consent of the instructor; and preregistration in the department.
CLJ 399 Independent Study 2 TO 8 hours. Independent study and research under the supervision of a faculty member, on a subject not covered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated. Repeating course for more than 6 hours must be approved by the head of the department. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 200 and CLJ 210 and CLJ 220 and CLJ 240 and CLJ 261 and CLJ 262; and one course from among CLJ 345 or CLJ 350 or CLJ 355; and a 3.50 overall grade point average, and a 3.00 grade point average in criminology, law, and justice coursework. For criminology, law, and justice majors only.
CLJ 402 Trial Interaction 3 OR 4 hours. Language use, culture, and law in the trial process. Analysis of qualitative methods applied to legal processes and change. Same as LING 402. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 261 and CLJ 350; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 404 Roman Law and the Civil Tradition 3 OR 4 hours. Roman law and its relationship to values and social structure; social analysis through law; continental law tradition. Same as CL 404, and HIST 404. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 200 or CL 203 or HIST 203 or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 405 The Problem of Justice 3 OR 4 hours. Premodern and modern views of justice and their practical utility in analyzing legislative, executive, and judicial programs for enhancing or restricting justice. Same as POLS 405. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101, plus two 200-level courses in criminology, law, and justice or two 200-level courses in political science.
CLJ 421 Youth, Crime, Law, and Justice in Society 3 OR 4 hours. Theories of juvenile delinquency and rule-breaking; juvenile rights; organization and administration of the juvenile justice system in the U.S. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 210 and CLJ 220.
CLJ 422 Victimization 3 OR 4 hours. Survey of criminal victimization theory and research. Examination of causes, consequences, and prevention of violent crime and of victims' experiences in the criminal justice system. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses.
CLJ 423 Violence 3 OR 4 hours. Explores how men and women have experienced violence historically and in modern times. Students examine how violence is perpetrated through words, pictures, physical harm, and silences. Same as ANTH 424. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and CLJ 200.
CLJ 424 Gender, Crime, and Justice 3 OR 4 hours. An in-depth examination of the etiology of female crime and the involvement of females in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and workers/professionals. Same as GWS 424. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101 and CLJ 220; or consent of the instructor.
CLJ 435 Organized and White Collar Crime in the United States 3 OR 4 hours. Analysis and evaluation of organized crime, including its public perception; sociological, political, and economic impacts as well as past and present enforcement strategies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses.
CLJ 442 Comparative Criminal Justice Institutions 3 OR 4 hours. Comparative study of law, jurisprudence, enforcement, and punishment in Western and non-Western societies, including civil law, common law, and Islamic systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level criminology, law, and justice courses.
CLJ 456 Community Corrections 3 OR 4 hours. History, processes, and functions of programs organized for sanctioning offenders in community settings, such as probation, parole, halfway houses, restitution, community service, home confinement. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 350 or CLJ 355; plus one 200-level criminology, law, and justice course.
CLJ 480 Application of Science to the Law 4 hours. Issues affecting the development, accessibility and admissibility of forensic science services by the criminal justice system; problems which may compromise the quality, fairness and effectiveness of scientific inquiries. Same as BPS 480. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 210 and CLJ 260; or graduate standing.
CLJ 491 Topics in Rule Breaking 3 OR 4 hours. Content of course varies, addressing major issues. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s). Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Six 200- or 300-level criminology, law, and justice courses.
CLJ 492 Topics in Rule Application 3 OR 4 hours. Content of course varies, addressing major issues. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s). Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Six 200- or 300- level criminology, law, and justice courses.