COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
CJUS050 Criminal Justice Student Club
This club will provide students with the opportunity to visit criminal justice-related agencies and organizations. It will further provide the students with the opportunity to maintain and share a collective ownership in their chosen career goals. Course is graded S/U.
CJUS100 Intro to Rsrch & Field Exp.
This course provides an introduction to basic research concepts and methodologies. Specifically, topics include sources of scholarly research and data, literature reviews, basic research designs, data collection strategies/instruments, sampling techniques, foundational research concepts such as reliability and validity, data presentation, and proper APA citation. Existing research will be analyzed and critiqued as well as novel scholarly works produced. This course also provides opportunities for interaction with criminal justice professionals and/or involvement in criminal justice agencies as an initial experience in the field.
CJUS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Y
This course is intended to provide an introduction and broad-based understanding of the functional components of the criminal justice system, their independence, and formal and informal working relationships. It will also provide a basic understanding of the American crime problem.
CJUS111 Self-Defense/Stress Management
The course presents aspects of self-defense and various exercises and breathing techniques to control personal stress. The primary emphasis of the course is to provide students with an appreciation of health and wellness through physical fitness and personal self-defense without weapons. Skill development is stressed as a means of reducing and controlling personal stress and situational conflict. It will provide activities that foster flexibility and enhance strength, determination, coordination, and self-confidence. The course is highly recommended for all students majoring in criminal justice and is open to all University students.
CJUS201 The Juvenile Justice System
Prerequisite: CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course covers an in-depth study of the various components that comprise the juvenile justice system. Topics will include juvenile courts, role modeling, interaction between youth and the juvenile justice system, and the future of the juvenile justice system. Additional topics include development and trends in the juvenile court process; laws and procedures in the adjudication process; philosophy and practices; definitions, causation, prevention, treatment, and control of delinquent behavior.
CJUS220 Intro to Criminological Theory
This course focuses on the causes, nature, measurement, etiology, trends, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. This course will provide comprehensive coverage of the vast array of criminological theories that currently exist. It will also focus on the pragmatic application of those theories to criminal justice policy in an attempt to bridge the divide between theory and practice making criminology relevant to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. Additionally, this course will cover the construction of theory, its relevance to research methodology, and the importance of moving toward integrated criminological theories.
CJUS230 Police
Prerequisite: CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course is an overview of police functions and responsibilities at the local, state, and federal levels. Police operations are examined relative to effectiveness in crime control, delivery of services, and order maintenance. Additional topics will include major developments, such as diversity; problems in policing, such as profiling; rights and responsibilities of the uniformed officer; patrol and manpower distribution theories; police professionalism, unionism, ethics, and corruption; community relations; continuous fitness; and, the police subculture as a distinct value system.
CJUS232 Corrections
Prerequisite: CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course further develops the concept of corrections and sentencing philosophies. It covers the historical development of corrections leading to analysis of our correctional process and systems in contemporary America.
CJUS265 Community-Based Corrections
Prerequisite(s): CJUS 101 and 232 or permission of the instructor This course is concerned with correctional theory and practice as applied to the community setting. Specific areas of concern are probation, parole, diversion, and non-traditional community correctional programs. The application of community resources and responsibilities with the needs of offenders in the criminal justice system is a primary focus of the course. Some contrasts and comparisons are made with the institutional correctional setting.
CJUS300 Criminal Investigation
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, and 230 or permission of the instructor (recommended completion of CJUS 320) This course deals with the following fundamental procedures of criminal investigation: crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, scientific evaluation, modus operandi, sources of information, interviews and interrogations, and case preparation.
CJUS305 Intermediate Sanctions
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 100 or permission of the instructor This course is concerned with judicial and correctional sanctions that fall between traditional probation and prison. Specifically, this course focuses on a multitude of sanctions that were developed and implemented within the criminal justice system in response to the perceived leniency of probation and the dramatic increase in prison populations that led to prison overcrowding and unsustainable budgetary expenditures on corrections. The course provides a comprehensive overview of intermediate sanctions within the criminal justice system such as boot camps, day fines, restitution, shock probation, intensive probation, community service, re-integrative shaming, electronic monitoring, and graduated sanction programs to name a few.
CJUS310 Criminal Law
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course offers a study of the essential elements that constitute criminal offenses by state and federal statutes. There will be a survey of crimes and procedures for social control, general principles of excuses and defenses, and an examination of all major felony crimes. Emphasis is on the substantive area of law.
CJUS315 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 This course will examine the legal issues involved in corrections, policing, courts, juvenile justice, and other aspects of criminal justice. While other classes in the discipline focus on police procedures and correctional requirements, this course will focus exclusively on the legal limitations and pitfalls that await the criminal justice professional. Attention will be given on learning the law pertaining to specific situations and the legal guidelines that limit/proscribe the behavior of criminal justice professionals in the field.
CJUS320 Criminal Procedure
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course provides an extensive coverage of landmark cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the area of criminal procedure. Areas to be covered include confessions, search and seizure, interrogation, arrest, right to counsel, lineups, and other critical stages of the criminal process. The student will be exposed to theoretical and practical applications of our constitutional protections relative to the criminal justice system.
CJUS330 Criminal Evidence
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, 320 or permission of the instructor This course is an advanced study of criminal law and procedure with concentration on evidence rules, an overview of criminal trial procedures, lay and expert testimony, admissibility of evidence, pretrial discovery, typologies of evidence, constitutional rights, presumptions, relevance, privileges, hearsay, confessions, and impeachment.
CJUS335 Victimology
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, 300, 345, or permission of the instructor This course introduces students to the sociological study of victims and victimization, which includes an examination of risks, perceptions, and the various consequences of victimization. More specifically, course topics will include the "discovery" of victim groups, primary and secondary victimization, public attitudes toward victims, victims' treatment within the criminal justice system, and the impact of culture on victim experience.
CJUS345 Comparative Criminal Justice
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 100 or permission of the instructor This course takes a comparative approach in examining crimes, criminal justice systems, and legal systems across the globe. This course juxtaposes the United State's criminal justice system and practices with those from other countries. Specifically, this course provides comparison and analysis of international definitions of crime, legal philosophy, criminal procedure, law enforcement practices, judicial procedures, and correctional practices for both adults and juveniles. The course also examines international and transnational criminal activity and the collaborative strategies employed to inhibit it. Through this course, students are exposed to diverse perspectives on the administration of justice allowing them to think globally about crime and its control.
CJUS347 Research Methods in Crim Justice
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course is an introduction to research methods and an overview of the research process, with emphasis on finding, using, and evaluating criminal justice research. It will include an examination of research methods appropriate to the study of crime, policy, and criminal justice.
CJUS365 Probation and Parole
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor This course provides coverage of the correctional process and probation/parole systems within the United States. The historical evolvement, philosophy, standards, and innovations of probation and parole will be discussed. Also covered are electronic surveillance and community programs. The student will become acquainted with the numerous duties of state and federal officials within the probation/ parole systems.
CJUS385 Prof Practices in Criminal Just
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor The course focuses on theories and concepts of criminal justice conduct and character as they relate to personal and professional discretionary decision making; emphasis will be on police and corrections officers relative to administrative policy and legal guidelines as they apply to federal and state civil, criminal, and administrative law including civil rights issues. The course is also designed to familiarize students with concepts relating to cultural diversity and the professionalism of criminal justice practitioners in the U.S. with regard to issues that are recurrent and problematic.
CJUS415 Issues in Correctional Treatment
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, and 232 or permission of the instructor The course is designed to develop knowledge of specific treatment programs in corrections and to help students learn the role of correctional caseworkers and counselors as practiced in correctional agencies.
CJUS420 Special Topics in Crim Justice
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101 or permission of the instructor Various problems and investigations will be conducted on a chosen topic. Topics will vary. Repeatable course, if topic is different.
CJUS430 Fraud Exam & White-Collar Crime
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, 300, 345 or permission of the instructor This course analyzes the usually nonviolent criminal conduct described as violations of trust. Typologies of fraud and white-collar crime will be presented as occupational, governmental, corporate, financial, technical, professional, and religious in nature. Measurement and assessments of costs will include the economic and social damage. Various types of white-collar crime committed in the United States, including fraud, perjury, obstruction, computer crime, bribery and corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion, conspiracy, RICO, and organizational (entity) crime will be explored.
CJUS435 Criminal Justice Management
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course introduces students to management theories and perspectives as applied to criminal justice organizations: including the courts, law enforcement agencies, and correction facilities. Major topics explored are: criminal justice organization structure, motivation, communication, supervision/evaluation, decision-making, organizational effectiveness, and conflict resolution. A special emphasis will be placed upon the consideration of the leadership skills needed to succeed as a manager in criminal justice organizations.
CJUS440 Criminal Profiling
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206, CJUS 101, 300, 345, or permission of the instructor This course will provide a broad overview of criminal profiling, exploring the history, theoretical and empirical foundations, and practice of criminal profiling with focus on serial and violent crime. This course will focus on the role of criminal profiling in the criminal justice system, the major theories of criminality, and the rationale behind the practice of profiling. The scientific literature on the effectiveness of profiling, and an overview of the phenomenon of serial offenders will also be explored. Attention will be given to crime scene analysis, forensic science, and geographic profiling. The final section will examine the ethics of profiling when used in criminal investigations, sentencing, correctional management and treatment, and the future of criminal profiling.
CJUS490 Internship in Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and CJUS 101, permission of the instructor, minimum 2.75 GPA and a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay This course involves guided work-study experiences within a public or private agency related to criminal justice or private security. These agencies will be with law enforcement, corrections, courts, or private industry. Student must arrange placement with internship coordinator. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.