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Department of Criminal Justice

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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950



Criminal Justice Undergraduate Programs and Courses

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Only courses where students (including transfer) have earned a C or better may be used to fulfill a requirement, apart from CJ electives used for a program, in any major or minor offered exclusively by the Department of Criminal Justice. For a list of when CJ electives are offered: click here.

Criminal Justice Major Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 1605 Orientation to the Criminal Justice Major
1
CJ 2010 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 2300 Criminal Law and Procedure
3
CJ 2700 Introduction to Juvenile Justice 3
CJ 3006 Corrections
3
CJ 3010 Policing a Democratic Society
3
CJ 3600 Intro. to Crim. Justice Research & Stat.
3
CJ 3605 Junior Seminar in Criminal Justice
1
CJ 4020 Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity 3
CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
3
CJ 4605 Senior Sem. in Criminal Justice
1
Criminal Justice electives
15
Total
45

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 2300 Criminal Law and Procedure
3
CJ 3006 Corrections
3
CJ 3010 Policing a Democratic Society
3
CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
3
Criminal Justice electives
6
Total
21

Corrections Minor Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 2000 History of Corrections & Penal Inst.
3
CJ 3006 Corrections
3
CJ 3104 Institutional Operations
3
CJ 3310 Law of Corr. & Prisoners' Rights
3
CJ 4006 Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
3
CJ 4330 Criminal Justice & the Mental Health Systems
3
CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
3
Total
24

International Justice Minor Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CJ 3020 Comparative Justice Systems
3
CJ 3398 International Human Rights & Criminal Justice
3
CJ 4352 International Criminal Law
3
POLS 3530 International Organizations
3
POLS 4530 International Law
3

Electives

CJ 2405 International Policing 3
CJ 4444 Terrorism 3
CJ 4703 International Juvenile Justice 3
SOC 3885 Globalization & the Future 3

Or one of the following...

POLS 3522 Modern Asia
3
POLS 3524 Middle East Politics
3
POLS 3525 Politics in Europe
3
POLS 4520 Principles of International Development
3

Or one of the following...

GEOG 3200 Geography of Europe
3
GEOG 3225 Geography of Latin America
3
GEOG 3310 Geography of Africa
3
GEOG 4230 Geography of Asia
3
GEOG 4235 Geography of the Former Soviet Union
3
GEOG 3314 Geography of North Africa/ Southwest Asia
3
Criminal Justice electives
6
Total
21
*Three credit hours may be granted for a study in a UCM approved program or study tour in a foreign country which focuses on the justice structures of the country.

 

Juvenile Justice Minor

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CJ 2700 Introduction to Juvenile Justice 3
CJ 4702 Juvenile Corrections 3
CJ 4704 Dynamics of Delinquent Behavior 3
CFD 3260 Youth Culture and Development 3
CFD 3230 Family Systems & Lifespan Development 3

Electives

CJ 4701 Juvenile Law & Policy 3
CJ 4703 International Juvenile Justice 3
CFD 4540 Addiction and the Family 3
CFD 4550 Selected Issues: Health and Human Services 3
CFD 4580 Resilience in Children and Adolescents 3
Electives total 6
Total 15

 

CJ 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

The history, nature and function of the criminal justice system in America. Special attention is given to the philosophical basis underlying this system and to the problems associated with crime control in a democratic society. At each stage of the process, major issues confronting the system are examined. FA, SP. ONL.

CJ 1605 - Orientation to the Criminal Justice Major

Course gives student opportunity to become acquainted with academic tools used and techniques for success in major; to be taken immediately upon declaration of major. Prerequisite: CJ 1000 and a major in Criminal Justice.

CJ 2000 - History of Corrections & Penal Institutions

Historical analysis of the development of corrections and penal institutions and the influence of social thought and philosophy on this development. Prerequisite: CJ 1000 or consent.

CJ 2010 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

Provides an overview of the major moral philosophies and allows students to understand how ethical theories may be applied to ongoing problems and issues. It also reviews laws and policies that exist, as well as rules of conduct and protocol, and it identifies the legal and extralegal factors that influence these laws, policies, and rules. By evaluating critical issues in law enforcement, courts, and corrections, students will be given the opportunity to better understand the complexities involved with decision-making by criminal justice practioners/ professionals. Prerequisite: CJ 1000.

CJ 2300 - Criminal Law and Procedure

An examination of the major legal principles concerning the definition of crimes and defenses and the legal parameters of criminal investigation and prosecution. Prerequisite: CJ 1000 or consent.

CJ 2700 - Introduction to Juvenile Justice

An examination of the origins, philosophy and objectives of the juvenile justice system. Focus is on the operation, legal processes, current trends and roles of the various actors within the juvenile justice system. FA, SP.

CJ 3006 - Corrections

An overview course in correctional theory and practice. Traces the historical development of corrections with emphasis on changing social standards and philosophies. Examines the various types of correctional institutions, their mission, physical structure, management, and problems. Also examines probation and parole, including theory, practice and major issues confronting these correctional alternatives. Prerequisite: CJ 1000. FA, SP. ONL.

CJ 3010 - Policing a Democratic Soceity

An in-depth look at the relationship between law enforcement and American society. Focus is on police-community relations, the police sub-culture, and the need for police objectives to conform to constitutional procedures. Prerequisite: CJ 1000. FA, SP. ONL.

CJ 3020 - Comparative Justice Systems

An examination of comparative crime rates among nations and the world's major models of justice systems. SP.

CJ 3104 - Institutional Operations

An examination of the procedures of correctional institutions and of the problems encountered in the classification, care and treatment of incarcerated offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 3006.

CJ 3310 - Law of Corrections & Prisoners' Rights

An examination of federal and state laws and resultant judicial interpretation regarding the substantive and procedural protections applied in the correctional setting with regard to the rights of the confined. Prerequisite: CJ 3303 or consent. SP.

CJ 3400 - Criminal Investigation

Principles involved in the investigation of crimes with particular attention given to its historical origins, the investigator, organization and management of the investigative function, and investigative methods; including crime scene processing, suspect identification and use of information sources. Consideration is also given to the investigation of specific crimes. FA.

CJ 3600 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Research & Statistics

An introductory examination of the research methods and statistics with application most commonly utilized in criminological and criminal justice research. FA, SP. ONL.

CJ 3605 - Junior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Junior seminar is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into a criminal justice career or transition to graduate school. Prerequisite: CJ1605.

CJ 4006 - Probation, Parole & Community Corrections

An examination of the roles of probation, parole and other community correctional methods as they relate to other elements of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJ 3006. FA.

CJ 4020 - Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity

Examines how issues of crime and justice are played out in the context of a diverse society. Diverse populations include those of income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and preference, age, immigration, and other disenfranchised elements of society. The course will focus on four major issues: 1) how diverse populations are socially constructed in American society; 2) how the law affects and has affected diverse populations in American society; 3) the differential response of the criminal justice system to various populations; and 4) how victimization impacts diverse groups. The course will emphasize historical patterns in conjunction with current critical issues regarding diversity and the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJ 1000.

CJ 4330 - Criminal Justice & the Mental Health Systems

The relation of the criminal justice system and the mental health process; legal concepts regarding the mentally disabled. Prerequisite: CJ 1000 or consent. SP.

CJ 4444 - Terrorism

Study of violent political and religious movements around the world and the difficulties they pose to the institutions of justice in a democratic society. OLO.

CJ 4503- Dynamics of Criminal Behavior

An investigation of the perspectives of causation of norm-violating behavior. Emphasis will be placed on rule violating behaviors as defined by the criminal law and on potential policy implications for the criminal justice system.

CJ 4605 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Capstone course for a final opportunity to assess a student's general performance in the criminal justice major. Prerequisite: CJ 3605 and senior major in Criminal Justice. *Not available for graduate credit.

Please see the current UCM Course Catalog for information on other Criminal Justice courses.