DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

B.A. Criminal Justice - Course Descriptions

CRJ 1700 Violent Crime (4)
An in-depth exploration of the most violent acts committed by criminals such as serial murder, rape, arson, abduction, robbery, and aggravated assault. The mind-set, motives, methods, and behavioral profiles of such offenders will be examined in order to reveal the common patterns associated with these violent crimes.

CRJ 1900 Introduction to the Justice System (4)
A survey of the controversial concepts and issues associated with crime, police, law, courts, punishment, jails, prisons, and the latest technologies employed in our nation's war on crime.

CRJ 2000 Criminology (4)
An exploration of the causes of crime. This course examines the theoretical explanations of crime via biological, psychological, social, and cultural models of juvenile delinquency and adult criminal behavior. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900

CRJ 2500 Controlled Substances (4)
This course looks at the variety of dangerous drugs and their impact upon individuals and society. The problems of abuse, addiction, drug trafficking, drug policy, treatment/rehabilitation and drug enforcement strategies are explored in this course.

CRJ 2700 Juvenile Justice (4)
This course acquaints students with the separate justice system for juveniles in our country. Subjects include common varieties of juvenile delinquency, the unique features of juvenile law, the distinctively different manner in which juvenile cases (compared with adult cases) are handled by police and the juvenile court system, as well as the nature of careers in the juvenile justice field such as positions within the multitude of federal and state juvenile organizations including career options as juvenile court counselors, juvenile program specialists and juvenile detention and rehabilitation personnel. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900

CRJ 2881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)
Course may be repeated.

CRJ 3100 Criminal Law (4)
An examination of state law related to major forms of violent personal and property crime. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900

CRJ 3200 Courts and Trials (4)
Courtroom battles between defense attorneys and prosecutors are analyzed relative to the trial process in America and the structure of both the federal and state court systems. The operation of trials and courts are emphasized and numerous famous, high-profile cases are analyzed by students in this course. Additionally, students are exposed to new technologies employed by the courts and to more efficiently process court cases. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900 and CRJ-3100

CRJ 3300 Police Operations (4)
This course acquaints students with the nature of law enforcement in America with emphasis on police procedures and major issues related to federal, state, and city law enforcement agencies and their operations. Examples of specific topics include police patrol operations and issues, investigations (including interviewing and interrogation principles), special weapons and tactics units (SWAT), as well as the variety of new technologies employed by police in the fight against crime Prerequisites: CRJ-1900 and CRJ-3100

CRJ 3400 Research Methods (4)
This course introduces students to the basic methods of conducting criminal justice research. Topics include the scientific method, research designs such as experiments, surveys, field research, content analysis, secondary data analysis, as well as basic statistical tools. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900

CRJ 3500 Crime Scene Investigation (4)
This course covers the investigation of society's most brutal crimes via the efforts of detectives, criminalists, forensic experts, medical examiners and other investigative specialists. Emphasis is placed upon techniques used in the investigation of major types of crime and the technologies employed to unravel the mystery of crime scenes. Prerequisites: CRJ-3300

CRJ 3600 The Citizens Police Academy (2)
This is a special interest course taught at the High Point Police Department. The course features presentations made by current high- ranking police veterans on many high-profile police subjects such as the use of force, arrest procedures, vehicle stops, K-9 operations, SWAT tactics, death investigation and more. Students participate in some simulated scenarios and practical exercises. Pass/Fail.

CRJ 3881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)
Course may be repeated.

CRJ 4000 Terrorism (4)
This course examines the variety of domestic and international terror groups, their objectives, philosophies, operations and tactics (including specific terror threat scenarios and methods of mass destruction), as well as our nation's technologies and countermeasures designed to combat terrorist organizations. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900 and CRJ-3300

CRJ 4100 The Death Penalty (4)
A look at the historical evolution of death as a criminal penalty and the multitude of fascinating issues surrounding this controversial sentence. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900 and CRJ-3200

CRJ 4200 Corrections (4)
The punishment, treatment, and rehabilitation of criminals is explored in this course as students learn about sentencing, probation, parole, diversion, jails, prisons, and various programs designed to deal with a diverse criminal population. Prerequisites: CRJ-1900 and CRJ-2000

CRJ 4444 Independent Study (0)
Individual study and research under the guidance of a member of the department. One to four credits each semester.

CRJ 4810 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4811 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4812 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4813 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4814 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4815 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

CRJ 4881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)
Course may be repeated.