Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice prepares students to work in the areas of municipal, state, and federal law enforcement; corrections; and juvenile justice and probation. This degree program also provides a firm foundation in the analytical, communication, and research skills needed for law and graduate school. This degree requires proof of computer literacy.
Successful completion of the Computer Literacy requirement.
Criminal Justice Minor
A minor in Criminal Justice must include 15 credit hours of criminal justice course work, with at least 9 hours at the 3000-level or above. Please see /minors/criminaljustice/
CRJU 1100. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
Introduces the structure, functions, and operations of criminal justice agencies, including the police, the courts, and corrections.(F,S)
CRJU 2000. Criminal Justice Issues in Northwest Georgia. 3-0-3 Units.
Explores the underlying causes and complexities of and the possible solutions for the major criminal problems facing the Northwest Georgia area. Topics will include the issues stemming from a rapidly expanding immigrant population, the challenges of addressing the impact of methamphetamine, and the appropriate response to the growing influence of gangs.
CRJU 2100. Introduction to Law Enforcement. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an overview of law enforcement in a free society and the relationship of police to the criminal justice system as a whole. History, organization, operations, and selected issues are examined.(F)
CRJU 3100. Criminal Law. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers an overview of both substantive and procedural law related to the definitions, investigations, processing, and punishment of crimes. The course will introduce students to the legal idea of criminal responsibility, the concept and elements of criminal responsibility, required state of mind (mens rea), and prohibited conduct (actus reus). The course discusses the substantive content, structure, and sources of major crimes against persons and property and provides a comprehensive evaluation of various legal defenses to criminal liability under both common law (case law) and statutory law (legislative law) approaches.(F)
CRJU 3110. Introduction to Criminal Procedure. 3-0-3 Units.
A study the nature and function of the law regulating the criminal processes, policies, and procedures in the administration of criminal justice. Special attention will be given to United States Supreme decisions.(F)
CRJU 3200. Introduction to Criminology. 3-0-3 Units.
A study of the nature and scope of crime in society with an emphasis on criminological theories.(S)
CRJU 3300. Introduction to Corrections. 3-0-3 Units.
A study of the history, structure, and functions of corrections as well as the legal and philosophical basis for the punishment of criminal offenders.
CRJU 3400. Introduction to Juvenile Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
An analysis of the juvenile justice system, with major emphasis placed on the sociohistorical development of the juvenile justice system, the impact of Supreme Court decisions, and current issues surrounding the juvenile justice system.
CRJU 3500. Criminal Investigation I. 3-0-3 Units.
An overview of principles, techniques, law and procedure involved in the criminal investigative process from its inception to culmination.
CRJU 3501. Criminal Investigation II. 3-0-3 Units.
Continues information introduced in CRJU 3500, with special focus on the investigation of the crimes of burglary, robbery, forgery, homicide, assault, and bombings. Providing testimony in court, assessing modus operandi, and developing personality profiles will also be examined, as well as obtaining fingerprints and other types of latent evidence.
CRJU 3600. Criminal Justice Administration. 3-0-3 Units.
Introduction to criminal justice management theory, practice, and policy. This course includes a review of traditional schools or organizational theory, including bureaucracy, scientific management, human relations, and the behavioral approach, with particular emphasis on how each applies to criminal justice agencies.
CRJU 3700. Criminal Justice Research Methodology. 3-0-3 Units.
An introduction to criminal justice research methodologies, with a focus on research design, ethical concerns, conceptualization, sampling, data analysis, interpretation of research results, report writing, and application of research findings.
CRJU 3710. Special Topics in Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
An intensive study of a specific topic relevant to criminal justice, including sex crimes, terrorism, drug law, or capital punishment. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.(F)
CRJU 3800. Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
Addresses the racial impact of criminal laws enacted by the people's elected representatives, the actions and policies of law enforcement agencies, the courts, correctional institutions, the juvenile justice system, and the death penalty. Raises awareness and promotes critical thinking about the problems that exist in our system, how those problems originated and evolved, and possible solutions for these problems.
CRJU 3810. Victimology. 3-0-3 Units.
Addresses the physical, emotional, and financial impact of crime victimization; the relationship between victims and offenders; how the criminal justice system interacts with crime victims; and the policies designed by the government to offer assistance to individuals who are victimized by crime. Raises awareness and promotes critical thinking and problem solving about the most effective strategies for interaction with crime victims, the measurement of crime victimization, and victim trends.
CRJU 4000. Internship in Criminal Justice. 0-0-3 Units.
Supervised, practical experience in an appropriate criminal justice agency. This course allows students the opportunity to discover the integration between theory and practice. This course may be taken three times for a total of nine hours of credit.(S)
CRJU 4100. The Judicial Process. 3-0-3 Units.
An overview of the judicial component of the criminal justice system which focuses on the structure, role, jurisdiction, and operation of the courts and the courtroom workgroup in the adjudicatory and appellate process at the local, state, and federal levels.(S)
CRJU 4110. The Law of Criminal Evidence. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of the rules of evidence used in criminal prosecutions, including burden of proof, presumptions, inferences and stipulations, relevancy of evidence and competency of witnesses, expert testimony, hearsay, and constitutional limitations.
CRJU 4200. Profiling the Serial Offender. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of the type and patterns of crimes committed by serial offenders and the process by which profiles are developed to solve these crimes.
CRJU 4210. Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of the motives and actions of terrorists, the governmental response to terrorism, especially in the wake of 9/11, and the legal and constitutional restraints on the government. Included will be issues such as surveillance of American citizens, detention of suspected terrorists, enemy combatants, limits on the methods of interrogation, and use of military tribunals.
CRJU 4300. Community Corrections. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of alternatives to incarceration. Special emphasis will be given to the issues of probation and parole, as well as diversion, community service, electronic monitoring, and various treatment programs.
CRJU 4350. Family Violence. 3-0-3 Units.
Explores a range of crimes that occur in the family setting, including violence between intimate partners, child abuse, and neglect. Theoretical factors, as well as how the criminal justice system responds to both victims and perpetrators of family violence, will be examined.
CRJU 4400. Juvenile Delinquency. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of the causes, measurement, and extent of juvenile delinquency. This course will also explore methods and programs designed to prevent or control delinquent or other high-risk behaviors committed by youth.
CRJU 4500. Management of Forensics. 3-0-3 Units.
CRJU 4600. Police Problems and Practices. 3-0-3 Units.
An advanced examination of policing, exploring topics including the police subculture, the police use of discretion, the broken-windows approach, community policing, and problem-solving approaches.
CRJU 4700. Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
An examination of the philosophical theories underlying ethics and how they relate to issues involving the police, courts, corrections, law, and principles of justice.
CRJU 4710. Readings in Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
Permits selected students to pursue approved topics through independent study under the direction of a faculty member. This course may be taken twice for a total of six credit hours with change of topics.
CRJU 4800. Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice. 3-0-3 Units.
Serves as the comprehensive experience in criminal justice utilizing the student's knowledge and academic skills, including pursuing archival research, journal keeping, note taking and report writing to address a topic or issue of contemporary interest in criminal justice or one of its sub-fields. The course will be taught at the senior level and will focus on criminal justice issues at the national and international levels. In addition to the course requirements, students will complete a major research paper that results in an end-of-semester presentation to the class. This course serves as a capstone course for criminal justice majors.