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Course Descriptions

CJ 211 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
A comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, courts, and corrections; analysis of the problems and needs of the agencies involved in the criminal justice process; a survey of professional career opportunities. (Fall)

CJ 221 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY (3)
This class is taught in conjunction with the Athens Police Department and provides insight into the policies and operations of this criminal justice agency. It is designed to allow the college student to share ideas related to improving the quality of life for the citizens of our community. (Spring)

CJ 231 THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM (3)
The issues of youth crime and juvenile delinquency with emphasis on the history and role of the juvenile justice system, the police and juvenile court’s role. A study of the methods of rehabilitation and correction of the delinquent. (Fall, alternate/even years)

CJ 241 TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
A study of the history, reasoning, and incidents of terrorism. Emphasis on the role of law enforcement in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of terrorism crimes. Unique constitutional and legal issues are examined. (Fall, alternate/odd years)

CJ 321 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
An examination of critical issues encountered within the criminal justice system, including codes of professional ethics, criteria for ethical decision-making, and perspectives of legal and judicial ethics. Prerequisite: CJ 211 (Spring)

CJ 331 CRIMINOLOGY (3)
An analysis of the concepts of crime, law, and criminology; theories of crime causation to include types of crime and offenders; a study of ethical issues in criminology. Prerequisite: CJ 211 (Fall)

CJ 333 CORRECTIONS IN AMERICA (3)
A study of the development of corrections in Western societies; considerations of the functions of corrections in America; analysis of current conditions and operations of jails and prisons; examination of correctional options, including pre-release, probation, and parole. Prerequisite: CJ 211 (Spring, alternate/even years)

CJ 341 WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
Explores the experience of women in the criminal justice system as victims of violence, as employees (in law enforcement, courts, and prisons), and as prisoners. Focuses on gender-based differences in the experience of criminal justice from historical, economic, and professional perspectives. (Spring, alternate/odd years)

CJ 351 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION AND PRIORITIZATION (3)
This course will introduce the student to the basics of practical crime scene investigation procedures and techniques. Covering the history of forensic investigation from the ancient Chinese culture to the phenomena known today as the “CSI-Effect” on the general population, this course explains the methods and protocol involved in the crime scene investigator’s two prime directives: protect and preserve the evidence.

CJ 421 THEORY OF CRIMINAL LAW (3)
A study of the history, purpose, and theory of criminal law. An examination of crime classification, the nature of criminal liability, and contradictions in public expectations. Prerequisite: CJ 211 (Fall)

CJ 431 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3)
Analysis of the leading constitutional principles pertaining to modern criminal procedure: a consideration of the effects of constitutional limits on law enforcement, judicial processes, and correctional practice. Prerequisite: CJ 211 (Spring)

CJ 441r TRAIL PRACTICE AND EVIDENCE (3)
A study of the history, purpose, and theory of trail procedure and evidence. An examination of the history, purpose, and function of trials within the legal system. Participation by students in mock trial scenarios and competition. This course may be repeated due to the fact that the trial scenario changes with each spring semester. Students participate as teams, either on the prosecution or the defense team. If the student enrolls a second time, they will be assigned to the opposite team. This provides the student with a separate skill set as to analytical reasoning and legal techniques.

CJ 451 FORENSIC EVIDENCE (3)
This course will introduce the student to the basics of the relationship of forensics and the law. Historical as well as practical application of forensic science will be discussed as the the application of forensic evidence within the legal system.

CJ 460r INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
Supervised internship in a criminal justice agency employing a project-centered approach. Requires written application filed with the internship coordinator two months prior to the term of enrollment and an interview with the coordinator. Prerequisite: Minimum of 6 semester hours of upper division coursework in criminal justice and permission of instructor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CJ 467 PRACTICUM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT (8)
This course is accredited by attending and graduating from a POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) approved law enforcement academy. Students are responsible for the cost of tuition at the academy. Criminal Justice majors only, senior status required or permission of instructor. Note: Any student who has graduated from POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) approved law enforcement academy may receive eight (8) hours credit in lieu of CJ 460r and CJ 467. (Summer)

CJ 471 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SENIOR SEMINAR (3)
Capstone course. Senior students will develop and complete in an approved major research project on a selected criminal justice topic. This project will be an integration of subject knowledge acquired in previous criminal justice courses. Final paper will be presented in a formal research seminar. For criminal justice majors only. Prerequisites: CJ 211, 321, 331 and senior status. (Spring)