Criminal Justice Courses
The following is a selection of the courses you might take as a Criminal Justice major.
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the administration and organization of criminal justice from arrest through final adjudication. The course begins with an overview of the criminal justice system followed by in-depth discussions on crime, victimization and criminal justice policy. Students are introduced to the evolution of the various components of the criminal justice system (police, prosecution, courts and corrections), the effects of each component and the role of discretion in each. 3 credits.
CRJ210 Law and Society
An introduction to the American judicial system and the main themes and events of American constitutional law since 1787. It introduces terms and concepts of law and legal history, focusing on three recurring themes in American public life – liberty, equality and property. Readings consist mostly of original court cases, especially from the U.S. Supreme Court, but with a focus on the historical connections between those cases and broader social, political and cultural trends. Prerequisite: CRJ101. 3 credits.
CRJ230 Drugs and Society
Examines the issues revolving around drug use and abuse within American society. Themes include the role of societal definitions and social responses to drugs, socio-historical perspectives on drug consumption and control, the structure of the legal and illegal drug industry and competing models of public policy. 3 credits.
CRJ240 Professional Writing for Criminal Justice
Examines forms of professional writing and formal communication within the criminal justice field. Students receive extensive experience in the format, structure and content of writing on criminal justice issues. The communication component focuses on developing multi-media presentation skills in the topical areas. Prerequisite: CRJ101, ENG102 and sophomore standing or approval of Division Chairperson. 3 credits.
CRJ250 Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class
Provides students with an opportunity to analyze the roles of race, ethnicity, gender and class in crime and criminal justice systems. Covers historical and theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between socio-demographic factors and criminal justice. 3 credits.
CRJ263 Media and Crime
An examination of images of crime and justice portrayed in the American cinema with specific attention to the social and historical forces that have shaped popular representations of good and evil during the modern era. 3 credits.
Study of risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims and the role of the victim in the event and within the criminal justice system. 3 credits.
CRJ280 Juvenile Justice
Considers the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of juveniles who encounter the criminal justice system as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is devoted to the study of the special legal categories and procedures established for juveniles, the challenges facing professionals providing juvenile services and the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society. 3 credits.
CRJ281 Policing in America
Examines the history, evolution and organization of the police in the United States and their role in society, the structure and culture of police organizations, function and activities of the police, and police deviance and accountability. 3 credits.
Examines the concept of punishment and its form, function(s) and enforcement throughout history, with an emphasis on current sentencing policies and procedures and their impact on the corrections system. Explores the operation, structure, clientele and issues confronting the institutions, agencies and programs encompassing the corrections system including jails, prisons, and probation and parole. 3 credits.
CRJ283 Criminal Justice Administration
Provides students with an overview of issues related to criminal justice organization and management within public administrative systems. These include the manner in which criminal justice agencies deal with crime and criminological issues, as well as how such agencies are organized and managed to find ways to deal with the crime problem in the context of economic, social and political factors. Students become familiar with the operations of criminal justice organization and management and how individuals navigate and work with criminal justice agencies to address crime-related issues. 3 credits.
CRJ285 Criminal Procedure
A comprehensive study of the investigative and adjudicatory stages of the criminal process, through trial, including an analysis of constitutional and statutory provisions, and judicial decisions (particularly those of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Vermont Supreme Court) governing the various procedural steps in the administration of criminal justice in federal and state courts. Junior standing. 3 credits.
With a primary focus on the role of crime and criminals in society, this course explores the nature and dynamics of crime, criminals, victims, society, law and public policy. Through critical analysis, students identify how and why widely varying theories about crime are adopted at particular times in history and in certain circumstances, assesses policy implications in light of social justice principles; and informs students’ understanding of the justifications offered for subsequent institutional responses to crime. 3 credits.
CRJ311 Interpersonal Skills for CRJ
Students gain a precise understanding of communication techniques and procedures that are fundamental to law enforcement and corrections. Prerequisite: CRJ281 & CRJ282. 3 credits.
CRJ312 Criminal Law
Discusses the rules, principles and doctrines of criminal liability in the United States. The historical development, limits and functions of the substantive criminal law. Addresses moral, philosophical, constitutional and public policy considerations in the use of criminal sanctions to regulate conduct. 3 credits.
CRJ314 Defensive Tactics/Skills
This course is designed to provide students with an appropriate understanding of specific issues related to conflict and crisis management within the criminal justice field. Students gain a precise understanding of response procedures and use of force techniques that are fundamental to law enforcement and corrections. Prerequisite: CRJ281 or CRJ282. 3 credits.
CRJ315 Criminal Justice Ethics and Professionalism
This course is designed to provide students with an appropriate understanding of ethical issues within the criminal justice system. These include a focus on police officers and offenders, correctional officers and inmates; the human services approach; and the range of respectful conduct elements in the context of diversity in the workplace. Prerequisite: CRJ218 or CRJ282. 3 credits.
CRJ320 Internship I
Field experience in a local, state or federal criminal justice or private security agency. Includes orientation, observation, conferences and work experience. Students will complete a minimum of 120 clock hours in the field during the semester. Prerequisites: CRJ101, 210, 230, 240, 285, 310 and 350; minimum 2.5 GPA in major. Restricted to majors. 3 credits.
CRJ340 Corporate and White Collar Crime
Introduces students to various topics and issues in the areas of corporate and white-collar crime. Examines a variety of special topics such as definitional issues, the nature and extent of white-collar crimes, detection, measurement, crime types, case studies, the etiology of offending and adjudication and sentencing. 3 credits.
CRJ350 Forensic Science
Provides students with knowledge and skills in the application of scientific principles and technological applications to further the purpose of justice in the study and resolution of criminal, civil and regulatory issues. $50 lab fee. Prerequisite: SCI105 or SCI106 for CRJ majors only. 3 credits.
CRJ420 & 420A Internships II & III
Field experience in a local, state or federal criminal justice or private security agency. Includes orientation, observation, conferences and work experience. Students will complete a minimum of 200 clock hours in the field during the semester. Prerequisites: CRJ320 Internship I and minimum 2.5 GPA. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to majors. 3 credits.
CRJ430 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Detailed exploration of various issues in crime, criminal behavior, policing, corrections, juvenile delinquency and/or international criminal justice. Prerequisite: CRJ101, CRJ240, CRJ285 and junior standing or approval of Division Chairperson. 3 credits.
CRJ440 Criminal Justice Seminar
Capstone course consisting of development and production of senior-level research paper grounded in relevant criminal justice theory and practice. Emphasis on integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses. Prerequisite: all required CJ core courses must be completed. Restricted to majors. 3 credits.