Criminal Justice Studies
CJS 102: Security Management
Security Management will focus on the general principles of the organizational structure required in the private security field. This course will review the importance of risk management and its function in private security.
CJS 108: Introduction to Criminal Justice Science
A survey of the American criminal justice system, agencies, and personnel and the processing of offenders through the system.
CJS 210: Police and Law Enforcement (formerly CJS 204)
A survey of law enforcement roles and responsibilities at the national, state, and local level. Examines the structure and function of police agencies including jurisdiction, personnel standards and staffing, and support units.
CJS 220: Corrections I (formerly CJS 205)
An introductory survey course in corrections focusing on philosophy, theory, and history of correction. Includes an examination of the various fields in corrections including institutional corrections, community corrections, probation and parole, and reentry programs.
CJS 240: Criminal Law I
An introduction to the study of the Illinois court system and criminal law. Emphasis is upon various subject areas of law including the constitutional limits of criminal law, the defining of criminal behavior, the elements of a crime, criminal liability, and criminal defenses.
CJS 260: Criminalistics (formerly CJS 212)
An introduction to forensic science and the scientific examination of physical evidence. The course examines the science of recording, identifying and interpreting physical evidence. Class includes 2 clock hour lab.
Recommended Sequence: Any biology class and CJS 108.
CJS 262: Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (formerly CJS 213)
An introduction to crime scene investigation, evidence gathering and evidence preservation. Includes a discussion of the forensic standards necessary to get evidence accepted by the court and forensic testimony required by the crime scene investigator. Two clock hour lab included.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 108.
CJS 264: Fingerprint Techniques (formerly CJS 220)
An introduction into fingerprinting techniques focusing on providing the student with a working knowledge of friction ridges, pattern interpretations, latent prints, lifting prints, and court preparation with an overview of classification and filing of prints. Includes 2 clock hour lab.
CJS 280: Juvenile Justice (formerly CJS 206)
An introduction to juvenile delinquent behavior and society’s response to juvenile delinquency. A survey of causation theories, the juvenile court system, and prevention, treatment and control of juvenile delinquency programs.
CJS 299: Special Topics in Criminal Justice I
Curriculum focuses on contemporary issues, a specialty of the instructor, or possible new curriculum. Can be repeated for total of 6 credit hours if the content of the classes are different, but no more than 12 hours combination of CJS 299, CJS 354, CJS 492, and CJS 499.
CJS 320: Women in Criminal Justice
Women in Criminal Justice examines the unique role juvenile and adult females play in the Criminal Justice system as offenders, inmates, victims, and professionals. The course include both historical and contemporary exploration of the theoretical and applied nature of each role.
CJS 346: Criminal Law II (formerly CJS 336)
Survey of the development of criminal law, legal philosophy, substantive criminal law of the Model Penal Code, role of the judiciary, and justifications and defenses.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 240
CJS 350: Criminology (formerly CJS 332)
Examines offending, offenders, victims, the role of the criminal justice system, society’s reaction to offenders, and prevention theories and programs.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 108
CJS 353: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (course cross-listed with CRT 303)
Emphasizes the understanding of research methodology frequently used in criminal justice such as descriptive and inferential statistics supported by calculators and computers, experimental and survey methodologies, and issues of reliability and validity. Grade of C or better required in course.
Prereq. Grade of C or better in MAT 110
CJS 354: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
An examination of a contemporary issue or controversy in the criminal justice system. Can be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours if the second class focuses on a different issue than the first, but no more than 12 hours combination of CJS 299, CJS 354, CJS 492, and CJS 499.
CJS 356: Community Relations and Social Justice
An examination of the relationship between criminal justice agencies, particularly law enforcement agencies, and community
expectations and values. Focuses on programs and practices which promote community perceptions of social justice and professional conduct.
CJS 360: Corporate and White Collar Crimes
Examines the origins, organization, function, and response of the criminal justice system to white-collar crime, frauds and crimes committed by corporations and business, and organized crime groups. Possible forms of intervention are examined.
CJS 362: International Criminal Justice
The study of criminal justice in societies other than the United States. Examines structure and process of criminal justice of the country or countries selected by the instructor as well as a comparison with the American criminal justice system.
CJS 363: Advanced Fingerprint Techniques
An in-depth analysis of fingerprint techniques focusing on the overview of pattern interpretation, the Henry system, and forensic testimony. 2 clock hour lab included.
Prereq. CJS 264
CJS 364: Fraud Investigation
An analysis of economic crimes committed by individuals, businesses, and governmental units. Discusses the history of economically motivated crimes, the response of the criminal justice system and society to economic crimes, intervention strategies, the effect of the computer and Internet upon the ability to commit economic crimes, and the phenomena of economic crimes associated with major disasters.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 108 and CJS 262
CJS 366: Sex Crimes and Offenders
An overview of the criminal justice system as it concerns sexual offenses with focus on the sexual offender and the victim. Examines both the legal and moral aspects of sex crimes and offenders. Explores the origins and various motivations for sexual offending and treatment strategies and the effect of public values on reentry of the sexual offender into the community. Discusses the treatment of the offender by the criminal justice system.
CJS 368: Drug Crimes and Offenders
A survey of the legal issues and legislation, psychological models, social issues and concerns regarding community safety, and medical issues related to understanding, assessing, and responding to criminal behavior of those who manufacture, distribute, and/or use illegal drugs or abuse legal drugs.
CJS 380: Theories and Techniques of Counseling in Children and Adolescents
Introduction to the main theories of psychosocial assessment and intervention, supporting research, and practical applications with children and adolescents. The course provides an overview of theories of psychological treatment and change, as well as practical preparation to assume counseling roles in human service careers.
CJS 420: Corrections II
An analysis of institutional and community-based corrections and the processing of the convicted offender. Emphasizes the mission of the various correctional institutions and programs, the relationships within institutions and programs among various units such as custodial force and treatment staff, and the professional knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary for the correctional professional.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 220
CJS 422: Counseling in Criminal Justice
Examines counseling psychology with emphasis on principles and procedures; the theoretical foundations of therapeutic psychology; and therapeutic techniques and the therapeutic process. Includes the study of group-based methods of counseling and
Recommended Sequence: PSY 101
CJS 423: Drug and Alcohol Counseling in the CJS
Focuses on counseling/rehabilitation theories and practices used in counseling drug and alcohol dependent persons. Emphasis is upon counseling clients who are under court supervision, incarcerated, or non-profit agencies who partner with the CJS system.
Prereq. CJS 422
CJS 424: Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions
A survey and analysis of probation, parole, and other community-reintegration procedures; halfway houses; community treatment centers; volunteer programs; and graduated release with special emphasis upon the functions, possibilities, and problems of community-based programs. Examines the foundations of therapeutic psychology needed to supervise offenders in the community.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 220 or CJS 420
CJS 430: Management and Organizational Behavior in Criminal Justice Agencies
Examines the behavior of criminal justice personnel and managers at the individual-, group-, and organizational-level with emphasis upon how behavior and organizational structure affects organizational goals, performance, and community safety. This course reviews major management theories and examines the knowledge and abilities needed by criminal justice managers for effective planning, budgeting, and supervision.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 108
CJS 442: Criminal Procedure (formerly CJS 340)
Examines the rights of criminal defendants as set out in the U.S. Constitution and interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The curriculum focuses on procedures governing state and federal criminal justice systems and related public policies affected by court opinions, statutes, and case studies.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 346
CJS 444: Constitutional Law I (course cross listed with POS 391)
An analysis of the historical development and contemporary impact of the three branches of the federal government and the relationship of those powers to state governments. Focuses on the development of judicial review, the powers of Congress, the presidency, and the bureaucracy, and the nature of the Federal system as interpreted by the Supreme Court in landmark Supreme Court decisions.
Prereq. POS 101 and Junior/Senior standing
CJS 445: Constitutional Law II (course cross listed with POS 392)
An analysis of the historical development and contemporary impact of American constitutional jurisprudence regarding American civil liberties and civil rights. Focuses on the development of civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, the incorporation of those liberties to the states, and the development of civil rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court in landmark Supreme Court decisions.
Prereq: POS 101 and Junior/Senior standing
CJS 446: Forensic Communication
Focuses on the study and development of written and oral communication skills required of criminal justice personnel with emphasis upon interviews, interrogations, and communications used as evidence in court.
CJS 456: Ethics in Criminal Justice
A study of the professional ethics in criminal justice and the effect of laws and social values on the practice of ethics. Topics include ethical standards and professional conduct of the police, courts, and corrections; society’s response to violation of ethical standards and professional conduct; and the relationship between criminal justice and social justice.
CJS 458: Racism and the Criminal Justice System
An historical and contemporary examination of the effect of the criminal justice system upon issues of race, ethnicity, crime, discrimination, and social justice. Includes an analysis of the major court decisions and legislation affecting minority groups and the treatment of racial minority groups by the courts, police and prisons.
CJS 460: Forensic Investigation related to Computers and the Internet
Examines methods which have been used to commit crimes with the aid of the computer and Internet and methods of detecting computer crime and gathering forensic evidence from computer hard disks and the Internet. Prior knowledge of and proficiency in computer hardware/software and the Internet recommended prior to taking this course.
CJS 462: Major Crimes Investigation and Management
Examines the planning, implementation, and management of teams charged with the responsibility of major criminal investigations such as those involving multiple agencies or international crimes.
Recommended Sequence: CJS 262
CJS 470: Disaster Mitigation and Response
A survey of the planning, roles, and responsibilities of criminal justice agencies in response to natural, criminal, and terroristic disasters. Analyzes the relationships with other federal, state, and local agencies necessary to mitigate and response to emergencies. Emphasizes the understanding and application of the federal disaster planning guidelines.
CJS 472: Homeland Security
Focuses upon the defense of the United States from attacks by terrorists (domestic and international), attacks upon commercial transportation, border security, attacks using weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to homeland security. Examines the effect of the War on Terrorism on local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, the balancing of civil rights, and strategies for mitigation of damages from such an attack.
CJS 474: First Responder and Hostage Situations
An introduction to negotiations and mitigation and response strategies for first responders to hostage situations.
CJS 480: School Safety, Security, and Response to Violence
Examines the phenomenon of school violence; the history of school shootings and lessons learned from them; and planning and mitigation strategies to reduce the injury caused by school shootings, bombings, or other serious violence/crime.
CJS 490: Senior Project
Capstone course in which the CJ major demonstrates his or her proficiency related to CJS major learning outcome goals. A grade of C or better required for graduation credit.
Prereq. CJS major, C or better in CJS 353/CRT 303
CJS 491: Internship in Criminal Justice and/or Pre-law
Credits: 3 or 6
Placement in a criminal justice agency to develop professional skills, knowledge, and abilities. Requires a minimum of 30 clock hours in the agency per one credit hour. Advance registration, attend internship orientation, resume submitted to CJS Program Director.
Prereq. 75 hours required before registration and permission of CJS Director
CJS 492: Individualized Study/Readings in Criminal Justice
An elective course designed for advanced students in criminal justice who are capable of independent study. An individualized syllabus is developed by the instructor and student to allow the student to study a criminal justice studies topic not in the curriculum or to explore a topic included in the curriculum in greater depth. Can be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours, but no more than 12 credit hours combination of independent study courses in CJS can be used to satisfy the degree requirements for the B.S. degree. Permission of CJS Program Director required.
CJS 499: Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies II
The curriculum for this class focuses on contemporary issues, a specialty of the instructor, or possible new curriculum. Can be repeated for total of 6 credit hours but no more than 12 hours combination of independent study courses in CJS.