Criminal Justice (LAW)

LAW 100  Introduction to Criminal Justice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: A survey of the philosophical and historical background of the criminal justice system as it relates to the individual; reviews the principles underlying social organization control devices with an emphasis upon such legal systems as the criminal courts, corrections, and law enforcement; designed to provide general knowledge about the concept and causes of crime, the varying goals and objectives of the criminal justice system, and an assessment of specific role performance of various members of the criminal justice system including major aspects of civil process.

LAW 110  Introduction to Juvenile Justice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Studies the delinquent juvenile as an individual and the impact on society; investigates delinquency, causation, the role of the law enforcement officer, the juvenile officer, the juvenile court, and juvenile corrections.

LAW 130  Modern Police Procedures     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Examines issues critical to the policing of today's society. Although the primary focus will be on problems faced by street officers, the philosophical concepts will be of concern to anyone in the criminal justice system.

LAW 140  Traffic Control and Accident Investigation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Introduction to traffic control and accident investigation in modern cities; reviews principles of organizing and administering police units for traffic enforcement, accident prevention, and safety education; presents basic techniques of accident investigation, analysis, and interpretation.

LAW 190  Criminal Investigation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: A course on modern investigative methodology. All aspects of the criminal investigative function of the police are fully covered from the preliminary investigation to the preparation of the case for review by the prosecutor. Particular attention is given to the importance of information, interrogation, and instrumentation in the solution and preparation of criminal cases for trial. Prerequisite(s): LAT 101 or LAW 100.

LAW 200  Penology and Corrections     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: The origins and theories of punishment and the prison system; introduces principles and programs of institutional correction and special problems in administration; reviews modern recommendations for improvement of the system. Prerequisite(s): LAW 100.

LAW 260  Criminal Law     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Explores the origin, development, and classification of substantive criminal law; reviews the rules of evidence of particular importance at the operational level of law enforcement and criminal procedures in arrest, force, search, and seizure. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies.

LAW 270  Probation and Parole     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Examines probation, parole and alternatives to confinement and their effectiveness in curbing future criminal behavior. Prerequisite(s): LAW 100.

LAW 275  Police Photography     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: To introduce students to the principles and practices of police photography. They will learn the legal issues for the development of evidence and the way photography is used in the field of criminal justice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 6 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies or permission of the instructor.

LAW 280  Criminalistics     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Introductory survey of modern methodology for police laboratories and introduces the means of achieving high degrees of proficiency in the field of scientific criminal inquiries with the use of laboratory equipment. This will allow the student the opportunity to have actual experience in utilizing the techniques performed in the forensic laboratory. Prerequisite(s): LAW 190.

LAW 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research in criminal justice or legal studies. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving criminal justice or legal studies-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

LAW 300  Criminal Justice Communications     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: The study of interviewing and interrogation as an oral form of communication; the legal guidelines, and the techniques used in the field of criminal justice. The development of technical writing skills to transfer oral communications into written materials, in the form of narrative reports to be used in the criminal justice field. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 and COM 104.

LAW 305  Introduction to Theories of Crime     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Provides an introduction to the study of crime and causation of crime from the interdisciplinary perspectives of sociology, psychology, and biology. This course is primarily concerned with understanding the causes of crime and examining some of the most influential explanations for criminal behavior. Also, this course examines various categories of crimes such as (1) violent crimes, (2) property crimes, (3) white collar and organized crimes, (4) public order crimes and (5) cyber crimes and technologies. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours in criminal justice or permission of course instructor.

LAW 315  Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Gives students an opportunity to investigate selected problems or topics on a group discussion basis. Provides materials which reflect prevailing trends and fundamental concepts in criminal justice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies and LAW 305.

LAW 320  Criminal Evidence     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Comprehensive study of evidentiary rules and procedures that apply to the enforcement of criminal law and to the stages of investigation and trial. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies.

LAW 325  Understanding Research in Criminal Justice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An introduction to qualitative and quantitative criminal justice research method theory and techniques. In addition, this course will examine ethics, academic writing and the components of a research study. The student will also be responsible for the building and general interpretation of a database. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice, legal studies or social work and successful completion of the general studies math requirement, or permission of instructor. MAT 112 is recommended, but not required.

LAW 365  Practicum I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An applied learning experience designed to provide students with a practical experience that is supervised in a criminal justice or legal agency, monitored by the instructor. The student will be required to work at least 135 hours in the field. The experience in the field must be combined with further study of one aspect of the placement agency, which the student must research and write about in a term paper due at the end of the semester. Students who use this course for part of the Applied Learning requirement must further develop this paper and a presentation in LAW 470 that is based on the student's work in LAW 365. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Declared criminal justice or legal studies major and completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies.

LAW 392  Selected Criminal Justice Topics     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Provides students with the opportunity to examine specialized or advanced topics in criminal justice. Topics will be offered on a rotating basis. These topics will usually be an in-depth examination of a subject introduced in other LAW courses. There may be an applied learning experience with this course, such as a trip or other related activity.

LAW 405  Research Methods     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Provides the student an understanding of the practical usage of key methods of research and statistical evaluation in criminal justice and law. Methods will be demonstrated via classroom application and academic journal articles. The student will develop a research proposal in an area of his or her particular interest during this course. Prerequisite(s): LAW 325 and successful completion of general studies math requirement or permission of course instructor.

LAW 410  Intermediate Criminal Law     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Explores criminal law and examines court decisions as they pertain to functional law enforcement procedures. Prepares the individual to maintain professional skill levels in this area over an extended period of time. Prerequisite(s): LAW 260.

LAW 420  Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Quantitative analysis bridges the gap between evaluation and policy implication by providing the student experience utilizing, interpreting, and presenting statistics and statistical models. A key component of this course will be examining restrictions on data and matching the appropriate statistical technique to the data source. Prerequisite(s): Completion of LAW 405 or permission of course instructor.

LAW 440  Juvenile Law and Procedures     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: The jurisdiction of juvenile courts; their function and organization; processing the detention of juveniles; case disposition; juvenile statutes; and court procedures. Prerequisite(s): LAW 110.

LAW 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared criminal justice major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.

LAW 460  Administration and Planning     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An overview of administration and management in criminal justice organizations. This course utilizes both historical and current organizational theory, leadership, and planning. Examines the impact of communication, legal issues, ethics, and changing social standards. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 credit hours in criminal justice or legal studies.

LAW 465  Internship     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: An academic program which offers criminal justice and legal studies majors an opportunity to integrate theory with actual practice. Students spend at least 135 hours in a position related to their major. Anticipated learning objectives are established in a contract agreed to by the student, the on-site supervisor and the course professor. The student will work with the faculty member to identify a topic during the Internship to develop further and present on in LAW 470. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): LAW 325.

LAW 470  Senior Seminar     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Designed for seniors majoring in criminal justice or legal studies; presents selected topics for group discussion, guest speakers, and the exploration of career options. Paper and PowerPoint presentation will be required, based on a topic developed during LAW 365 Practicum I or LAW 465 Internship. This course should be taken during the student's senior year. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and either LAW 365 or LAW 465 or permission of course instructor.

LAW 492  Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Senior level students are given the opportunity to study more advanced topics in criminal justice with either full-time faculty or faculty with specialized credentials recruited from outside the University. There may be an applied learning experience with this course, such as a specialized lab component, study away or other related activity. This course is repeatable for credit.