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UT Tyler Division of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Courses

CRIJ 2300: The Criminal Justice System [TCCN: CRIJ 1301--please see admission requirements to program for transferability of lower-level CRIJ courses]Analyzes the structure, functions, and relationships of the components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections).Emphasizes current issues.

CRIJ 2302: Criminal Justice: Issues and Applications The study of contemporary issues among the major components of the criminal justice system: law, police, courts, and corrections; and how these issues affect American society. Open to criminal justice and non-criminal justice majors.

CRIJ 3302: Deviant Behavior and its Social Impact (Same as SOCI 3302)Study of various definitions, probable sources, and major effects of social deviance. Emphasis on evaluating strategies for reducing such deviance. CRIJ 3310: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice A study of ethical issues facing the criminal justice system. Problems confronting law enforcement, the courts and the juvenile and correctional systems are addressed.

CRIJ 3311: Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies Principles and practices of administration and their application to criminal justice. Relationship of theoretical administrative concepts and practical criminal justice problems.

CRIJ 3320: Criminology An examination of theoretical explanations of offenses and societal reactions. Also considers models of treatment, the nature and extent of crime, and control of crime.

CRIJ 3322: Probation and Parole The structure, organization and operation of probation and parole services. Emphasis is placed on applicable state statutes and administrative guidelines.

CRIJ 3325: Law and Society A study of the problems of defining criminal conduct and the appropriate social responses in a democratic society. Emphasis is placed on the adjudication of social issues, the role of discretion and ethical considerations for the criminal justice practitioner.

CRIJ 3326: Criminal Law An examination of the general doctrines of substantive criminal law and their application in the Texas Penal Code. Subjects considered include history and development of criminal law, definitions and elements of principal crimes, criminal liability, defenses to criminal prosecution, and criminal penalties.

CRIJ 3328: White-Collar Crime (Same as SOCI 3328) Study of the causes, consequences, and control of white-collar crime.

CRIJ 3330: Organized Crime and Political Corruption Studies the origins and contemporary forms of organized crime, including traditional aspects, and proposes certain strategies for combating its influence. Special emphasis is placed on the direct connection between organized crime and political corruption.

CRIJ 3332: American Policing An examination of the critical issues faced by American police through analyses of research relating to the historical, sociological, and legal bases for policing; contemporary trends in law enforcement; emphasizing community policing strategies; and problem-oriented policing, a strategy of signal importance.

CRIJ 3340: Victimology An analysis of the literature, research and current trends concerning the victim in the criminal justice system. Includes the history of the victims' movement, victim rights and compensation, and the impact of victimization on the individual, family, workplace, and community.

CRIJ 4305: Juvenile Delinquency (Same as SOCI 4305) Analysis of the extent, distribution, and varieties of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis on using sociological theories and research to examine delinquency causation and prevention.

CRIJ 4306: Drug Abuse Counseling Intended primarily for social work and law enforcement support, this course studies the theory and practice of drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation. CRIJ 4307: The Juvenile Justice System The history, philosophy, and evaluation of the juvenile court, and juvenile practices and procedures; a study of juvenile law and the role of police, correctional, and treatment officers.

CRIJ 4313: Corrections Theory and Practice A study of the concepts of punishment and rehabilitation and of the corrections process from conviction to release: sentencing, incarceration, treatment, and loss and restoration of rights.

CRIJ 4314: Community-based Corrections A survey of diversionary practices and treatment programs available to offenders in a local context. Selected nationally recognized models will be compared and contrasted. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3320.

CRIJ 4315: Correctional Counseling Counseling psychology with emphasis on principles and procedures; the theoretical foundations and techniques and processes of correctional psychology; psychology and counseling as applied to diversion programs, and adult and juvenile rehabilitation. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3320.

CRIJ 4322: Criminal Justice Research Methods Studies the methods by which factual information is generated on crime and the criminal justice system. Topics include experiments, surveys, observation, unobtrusive techniques, measurement, statistics, data analysis, and ethics in research.

CRIJ 4332: Criminal Investigation A study of methods of obtaining and reporting information from the crime scene, victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects. Equal concern is given to the investigation of specific crimes. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3332 & CRIJ 4345.

CRIJ 4340: Crimes of Violence Analyzes the incidence, patterns, and causes of criminal violence, the characteristics of particular crimes (murder, robbery, rape, domestic abuse, and terrorism), and society's reaction to such violence. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3320.

CRIJ 4341: Criminal Procedure Federal and state laws and rules of criminal procedure prior to trial. Subjects considered include law of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation and confession, identification procedures, etc. with emphasis on constitutional restraints imposed on law enforcement. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3320 and CRIJ 3326.

CRIJ 4345: Evidence An analysis of the law regarding the collection of evidence at a crime scene, preserving the chain of evidence, and its presentation at criminal court. Includes discussing the evolution of the law of evidence in the United States, defining the different types of evidence, solving the problems inherent in their differences, and comparing state and federal rules of evidence. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3326.

CRIJ 4350: Comparative Criminal Justice A comparative study of modern criminal justice systems. The formal structure and informal operation of the various criminal justice models are examined, along with the cultural and historical environment in which they have developed and exist.

CRIJ 4355: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice The policy cycle is studied in relation to critical issues framed by ideological positions labeled "due process" and "crime control." A model for analyzing public policy is introduced. Participants are expected to formulate and defend policy proposals. Prerequisite: successful completion of upper-division core courses in criminal justice or CI. Course fee pending.

CRIJ 4360: Topics In Criminal Justice The study of a contemporary problem in criminal justice. May be repeated once for credit when content changes.

CRIJ 4370 & 4371: Internship Program An 8 to 16 week program offering a learning experience in an off-campus environment. CR/NC option. Prerequisite: Consent of intern instructor. No more than three semester hours of internship program credit may apply to fulfillment of the major requirements in criminal justice.

CRIJ 4199-4699: Independent Study Independent study in specific areas of criminal justice not covered by organized undergraduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

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