Course Descriptions

 

CRIJ 1301.  Introduction to Criminal Justice        3:3:0

This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.  Prerequisite: TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 1306.  Court Systems and Practices 3:3:0

This course is a study of the court system as it applies to the structures, procedures, practices and sources of law in American courts, using federal and Texas statutes and case law. Prerequisite: TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 1307.  Crime in America         3:3:0  Core 080

American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime.  Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 1310.  Fundamentals of Criminal Law          3:3:0

This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability.  Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 2301.  Community Resources in Corrections          3:3:0

An introductory study of the role of the community in corrections; community programs for adults and juveniles; administration of community programs; legal issues; future trends in community treatment.  Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 2313.  Correctional Systems and Practices 3:3:0

This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues.  Prerequisite: TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 2314.  Criminal Investigation 3:3:0

Investigative theory, collection and preservation of evidence, sources of information, interview and interrogation, uses of forensic sciences, case and trial preparation. Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 2323.  Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement   3:3:0

Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional constraints; laws of arrest, search and seizure; police liability.  Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

CRIJ 2328.  Police Systems and Practices            3:3:0

This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority.  Prerequisite:  TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing

 

 

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