Criminal Justice Undergraduate Course Descriptions

CRJU 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3-0-3 
An introduction to the structure, functions, and operations of criminal justice agencies,
including the police, the courts, and corrections.

CRJU 2100 Survey of Law Enforcement 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An overview of law enforcement
in a free society and the relationship of police to the criminal justice system as a whole.
History, organization, administration, operations, and selected issues such as community
policing are examined.

CRJU 2200 Corrections 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the history,
structure, and functions of corrections, and the legal and philosophical basis for the punishment
of criminal offenders. Study will include the role of corrections as one of the three major
components of the criminal justice system.

CRJU 2400 Survey of Juvenile Justice 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An analysis of the juvenile
justice system. Major emphasis will be placed upon the socio-historical development of the
juvenile justice system, the impact of Supreme Court decisions, and current issues surrounding
the juvenile justice system.

CRJU 3300 Criminal Law 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the source and
development of criminal law, its application, interpretation, and enforcement, and an analysis
of Supreme Court decisions to emphasize problems in due process.

CRJU 3310 Criminal Procedure 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the nature and
function of the law with relation to the criminal processes, and policies and procedures in the
administration of criminal justice. Special attention will be given to United States Supreme
Court decisions that govern criminal procedures.

CRJU 3401 Criminal Justice Data Analysis 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to criminal
justice data analysis including the logic of science, operationalization, sampling, coding, data
entry, data file management, and microcomputer processing of research information. Will be
taught in an electronic classroom, as facility availability permits.

CRJU 3402 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or CRJU 3401 or permission of instructor. An introduction to
criminal justice research methodologies with an emphasis on firsthand data collection. Project
work introduces students to issues in research design, ethical concerns, conceptualization,
sampling, data analysis, interpretation of research results, report writing, and application of
research findings. Students will use computer applications in the development of their projects.

CRJU 3600 Criminology 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the nature and
scope of crime and delinquency in society with an emphasis on criminological theories.
Study will include the application of theory as a foundation for conducting research.

CRJU 3700 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. Standards of conduct in law
enforcement, the court system, and corrections. An examination of traditional and nontraditional
criminal justice practices such as fidelity to office, discretion, covert operations,
deadly force, affirmative action, political involvement, sentencing, incarceration, and the
death penalty.

CRJU 4010 Comparative Justice Systems 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: Area F Criminal Justice courses or permission of the instructor. A
study and comparison of the world’s major justice systems.

CRJU 4100 Seminar in Law Enforcement 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 2100 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth
study of policies and procedures which govern law enforcement and major contemporary
problems in law enforcement.

CRJU 4110 Forensic Criminology 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: Area F Criminal Justice Courses or permission of the instructor. The
scientific investigation of crime with emphasis on the collection, analysis, comparison, and
identification of physical evidence.

CRJU 4200 Seminar in Corrections 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 2200 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth
study of laws, policies, and procedures which govern corrections and major contemporary
problems and issues in corrections.

CRJU 4400 Seminar in Juvenile Justice 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 2400 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth
examination of current issues surrounding the juvenile justice system in the State of Georgia
and nationwide. Topics include treatment strategies and alternative rehabilitation programs.

CRJU 4500 Classification of Criminal Behavior 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of the methods of
identification and classification of specific criminal behavior types with and emphasis on
violent offenders, sexual deviants, the anti-social personality, and the criminally insane.

CRJU 4610 White-Collar Crime 3-0-3
 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A forum for students to explore
the nature and extent of white-collar crime in the U.S. and abroad. Students will
critically review several explanatory models of the elite criminality, construct a typology of
offenses, evaluate current criminal justice responses, and explore policy options for criminal
justice administration.

CRJU 4620 Criminal Victimization 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to the study
of victims of crime. The course will examine different areas related to the study of crime
victims, including different types of crime victims, the role of the crime victim within the
criminal justice system, reporting and data collection methods used to assess crime victims,
and how crime victims are identified, confronted, and treated, both historically and in today’s
criminal justice system.

CRJU 4630 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. Basic concepts of crime prevention
theories and techniques, with a special focus on the Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design (CPTED) Model. Students will study past and current techniques
and programs to determine their effectiveness and how these can be used to establish crime
prevention in today’s society.

CRJU 4640 Organized Crime 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An examination of the history,
nature, scope, and typologies of organized crime. Students will apply several theories in
order to better understand the development of organized crime. In addition, students will
critically evaluate the criminal justice system response to the problem of organized crime.

CRJU 4650 Sex Crimes 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. A study of sex offenses,
including nuisance and dangerous sex crimes, theoretical explanations for sex crimes, identification
of and treatment for sex offenders, and the role of the criminal justice system in
identifying, punishing, and preventing sex crimes.

CRJU 4660 Issues in Cybercrime 3-0-3 
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 or permission of the instructor. An examination of the extent of
illegal activities occurring in cyberspace. The course reviews the varieties of cybercrime and
discusses legal issues in the investigation and prosecutions of cybercrimes.

CRJU 4670 Terrorism 3-0-3 
An analysis of the various forms of terrorism and the organizations that carry out terrorist
activities. Students will use a criminological framework to review the theoretical causes and
historical development of terrorist organizations. Students will also examine the criminal
justice system's response to terrorist activities.

CRJU 4700 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3-0-3 to 6-0-6 
Prerequisite: Area F Criminal Justice Courses or permission of instructor. An intensive
study of a topic relevant to criminal justice.

CRJU 4800 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3-0-3 
Prerequisites: CRJU 3300, CRJU 3310, CRJU 3401, CRJU 3402, CRJU 3600, CRJU
3700, and senior status or permission of the instructor. An application and integration
of core and related criminal justice courses to contemporary criminal justice issues.

CRJU 4900 Directed Study in Criminal Justice 3-0-3 to 6-0-6 
Prerequisite: major in Criminal Justice; permission of the student’s advisor, the
instructor, and the Criminal Justice coordinator or department head. Graded “Satisfactory”
or “Unsatisfactory.” A study in an area not covered in other criminal justice
courses; allows the student to explore in more detail a topic which is normally covered in
criminal justice courses. May be taken for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

CRJU 4910 Internship in Criminal Justice 3 or 6 hours credit 
Prerequisite: major in Criminal Justice; permission of the student’s advisor, internship
coordinator, , and the coordinator Criminal Justice application: application forms
must be submitted prior to midterm of the semester before internship. Graded “Satisfactory”
or “Unsatisfactory.” Supervised, practical experience in an appropriate criminal
justice agency; an opportunity for students to demonstrate maturity and judgements to
discover the integration between theory and practice.