College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies - Course Descriptions

JUS2301 Introduction to Justice Studies Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is an overview of contemporary criminal justice systems, with a special emphasis on the historical development, structure and goals of the justice system in the United States. The course will explore the various branches of the justice system and their functions. It will also examine the traditional responses to the society's effort to control crime and administer justice. Pre-requisite: None.

JUS2302 Writing & Research in Justice Studies I Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce the student to writing and research in justice studies. The student will receive instructions about how to develop a topic, conduct research, and organize a paper. The course will also cover the fundamentals of effective writing. The student will be required to produce a well-researched final paper. Pre-requisite: JUS 2311.

JUS3310 Police & Community Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is a survey of the organization, professional preparation, ethics, and basic procedures of the police. The course will also explore the major problems confronting the police today. The major emphasis of the course will be on understanding contemporary police organization and practices, and role of the police within the community. Pre-requisites: POS 2311 & JUS 2301.

JUS3335 Justice Administration Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the principles of organization and administration of private and public justice agencies. Emphasis will be placed on the substantive knowledge and analytical skills that will assist the student in understanding organizational behavior and the management problems commonly faced by justice agencies. Pre-requisite: JUS 2301.

JUS3336 The Judicial Process Credit: 3 hrs.

This course presents an analysis and evaluation of the main institutions and procedures affecting the administration of justice under law. Pre-requisite: POS 2311. Cross-listed as POS 3336.

JUS3337 Court Procedure & Evidence Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of criminal procedure, from the time a crime is discovered to the time judgment is entered in court. Basic principles of proof in criminal cases will be examined, including standards of proof, burden of proof, judicial notice of facts, presumptions of fact, testimonial privileges, hearsay, the exclusionary rule, and other evidentiary matters. Pre-requisite: JUS 2311.

JUS3342 Comparative Justice Studies Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is a survey of the major systems of justice around the world. Students will study the major features of justice systems (law enforcement, the courts, and corrections) in the developed and developing nations and compare them with the system of justice in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to organizational, administrative and philosophical principles informing these systems. Pre-requisite: JUS 2311.

JUS3344 The Political Economy of Justice Credit: 3 hrs.

This course will explore the history of justice as an instrument of political and economic power or as a mechanism with which those who wield political and economic power seek to achieve their ends. Students will be exposed to a variety of attempts to deconstruct justice as a social construct with no inherent objectivity. They will also be exposed to a variety of theories about the genesis of the current domestic and global inequalities, especially in the realm of human rights and the administration of justice. Pre-requisite: JUS 2311.

JUS3347 Drugs, Crime, and Justice Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is an overview of the nexus between drugs and crime in the United States and how it affects the criminal justice system. Included is a comprehensive examination of the nature of the drug problem from a historic, social, political, economic, and psychological and physical addiction perspective; general knowledge of the impact of legal and illegal drugs on society and the justice system; the contribution of illicit drugs to crime and criminal behavior; drug production and distribution organizations and systems; drug prevention and treatment programs; and the debate over the decriminalization of drugs. Pre-requisite: JUS 2301.

JUS3345 Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Credit: 3 hrs.

This course examines the theory and practice of strategic, comprehensive, data-based efforts to address current community justice issues. The course will explore methods of community organizing and partnership development; help students develop problem-solving techniques, employing insights from research and practice; and engage students in discussions of how to sustain community-based initiatives related to community justice issues. Pre-requisites: JUS 2301, POS 2311 & SOC 2301.

JUS3346 Sociology of Law Credit: 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the sociological understanding of law. It will link the study of law with such core sociological issues as social change and stability, order and disorder, the relationship between government and the individual, race, class and gender in law, and their consequences, legal definitions of deviancy and their consequences, introduction to theories of punishment, the sociology of the legal profession, and the functions of legal institutions and law-related structures and processes. Course content targets systems of law, with emphasis on the United States. Both empirical and qualitative models of sociological analysis of law will be scrutinized and evaluated within the curriculum. Pre-requisite: None.

JUS3355 Criminal Law Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is designed to familiarize students with an understanding of the American criminal court systems. Pre-requisite: POS 2311. Cross-listed as POS 3355.

JUS3361 Juvenile Justice Credit: 3 hrs.

This course will introduce students to the history, organization and philosophy of the juvenile justice system. It will also explore the legal rights of juveniles and the manner in which juvenile crimes are punished and treated. Students will examine the classifications of juvenile offenders, alternative explanations for juvenile misconduct, juvenile courts, and juvenile correction systems. Pre-requisite: JUS 2301.

JUS3382 Class, Race, Gender & Justice Credit: 3 hrs.

The course will examine the intersections of class, race, and gender as means of helping the student understand the problems of crime, punishment, and justice. It will explore legal, cultural, and theoretical issues that affect how individuals, communities, and systems conceptualize justice based on the social classifications of people. Various theories of the relationships between or among class, race, gender, and justice will be examined.

JUS4302 Writing & Research in Justice Studies II Credit: 3 hrs.

This course will focus on helping the student improve his or her research skills. Students in this course will be required to pursue their own independent research on a topic in Justice Studies. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. The students will also be assigned other research projects that demand accurate interpretation of data, critical and analytical thinking and the use of computer applications.

Pre-requisite: JUS 2302.

JUS4322 Contemporary Issues in Justice Studies Credit: 3 hrs.

Students will consider important contemporary issues in justice studies. They will be required to offer analyses of the issues considered, advocacy for particular resolutions of issues before courts, legislatures, or administrative agencies, or other approaches to contemporary problems. Pre-requisites: Senior standing, justice studies major & permission of the instructor.

JUS4342 Technological Analysis Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is designed to involve students in the use of current technologies that can inform decision making on justice-related issues. The course will introduce students to spatial and temporal analysis and other technologies, such as GIS, which are used as tools in analyzing, tracking, and presenting data such as information on crime, economic conditions, inequality, and community risk and protective factors. Students will learn how to gather and analyze demographic and other data to better understand relationships and possible applications in the context of community problem-solving. Pre-requisites: JUS 2301, SOC 2301, SOC 2336, POS 2311.

JUS4344 Corrections Credit: 3 hrs.

This course is a survey of the history of corrections and punishment and of the philosophy of correctional institutions and administration. Students will study the organization and philosophies of correctional institutions and agencies. They will also examine contemporary alternatives to incarceration such as house arrest, community supervised residence, probation, and parole, in addition to classical and contemporary issues in corrections and of future trends in correctional practices. Pre-requisites: POS 2311 & JUS 2301.

JUS4369 Constitutional Law Credit: 3 hrs.

This course presents an analysis of the basic principles of American constitutional law. Special attention is given to the judicial interpretation and application of these principles in constructing the powers of government and the rights of individuals. Cross-listed as POS 4369.

JUS4391 Internship in Justice Studies Credit: 3 hrs.

This course links theory with practice, providing the student with practical experience in an agency or institution concerned with justice-related issues. Students are required to meet regularly with the supervising faculty member. The placement must be approved by the student's advisor and the chair of the department. Pre-requisites: Senior standing, Justice Studies Major, and Permission of Instructor.

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