LSCJ-Criminal Justice

LSCJ 2283. Introduction to Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Investigation and analysis of the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. Topics include the criminal justice system's ability to balance crime control and individual civil liberties, the use of formal and informal decision-making processes, and the effectiveness of criminal justice policies, practices, and programs. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 2700. Topics in Criminal Justice.1-9 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine credit hours. Specific course content will be defined each time the course is offered. A problem-oriented approach to Criminal Justice. Reading and research, arranged and directed in consultation with the instructor, in specified areas of Criminal Justice. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3063. Statistics in Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. An introduction to the basics of social statistics, the methods and techniques which sociologists, policy analysts, and other social scientists use to summarize numeric data obtained from censuses, surveys, and experiments. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3113. Comparative Justice Systems.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Examines and compares the legal and criminal justice systems of different nations. Focuses on historical, political and social factors, and explains their influence on legal institutions and systems of justice. Discusses points of divergence between other societies and the United States in perceived causes of crime and differing approaches to rehabilitation and crime prevention. Countries representing Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America are included. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3133. Theories of Criminal Behavior.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. An overview of theories of criminal behavior as well as current issues in criminology. Students will be exposed to biological, sociological and psychological theories of crime, as well as opposing viewpoints on important topics in criminology. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3173. Deviance and Social Control.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Students will be introduced to the sociological study of deviance and social control, with a focus on the social construction of deviant behavior and the relative nature of such definitions through time and across cultures. Current research on selected types of deviance will be reviewed to understand the individual and structural dimension of behavior as well as implications for policy and social control. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3203. Criminal Justice Administration.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Covers the development, proliferation, institutionalization, and goals of the components of the criminal justice system and their administration. The course will also cover the ethics of managing justice and punishment. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3223. American Judicial Processes.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Acquaints students of criminal justice with the overall structure of state and federal courts, including jurisdiction, sources of law, civil and criminal legal procedures from initial pleadings through appeal, substantive civil and criminal law, and policy issues about the role of the judiciary in representative government. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3233. Restorative Justice and Problem-Solving Courts.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from advisor. Exploration of the philosophies, principals and strategies of non-incarceration justice models that seek to rehabilitate offenders as well as reduce harm to society and victims. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3333. Special Populations in Corrections.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from academic advisor. Introduction to the management challenges presented by special populations in the criminal justice system, including individuals with mental illness, addictions, the disabled and the elderly. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4123. Introduction to Forensic Science/Criminalistics.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Using the study and application of science to examine the relationship between science disciplines, and the criminal investigative process, students will be presented with theories and principles related to methods in the recognition, collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence. Actual forensic cases will be presented and discussed throughout the course. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4143. Drugs and Society.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Examines the impact of drug abuse on contemporary American society. Students learn about drug regulation and legal issues, how drugs affect the brain and shape behavior, and the various categories of drugs and their characteristics. Also focuses on drug abuse prevention, treating drug dependence, and law enforcement programs to address drugs in society. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4223. School and College Campus Policing.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. A review of the role law enforcement plays in improving the safety and security of schools and the best practices for responding and dealing with multiple types of school crises. This course will emphasize successful practices in policing within the education systems of the United States and offer instruction to both police and educators on cooperative approaches to making schools safer. (F, Sp)

LSCJ 4233. Community Policing and Problem Solving.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from academic advisor. An introduction to the concept of community policing. Topics include an historic overview of policing in the US, the definition of and strategies used in community policing, and an exploration of challenges related to modern policing. Specific emphasis is placed on developing a tool set for law enforcement professionals to effectively lead police agencies into the future. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4243. Police and Policing.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Provides a historical perspective of policing as well as up-to-date information on policing and the issues that police deal with in a post-9/11 society. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the CSI effect, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and developments in community policing. The course also highlights the role of officers in society and within the criminal justice system. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4253. Private Policing: Corporate Security in the 21st Century.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from academic advisor. An examination of the operational aspects of private security and private forms of policing with particular emphasis towards how these functions relate to the broader public safety and homeland security landscape. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4263. The American Correctional System.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. A survey course covering the development of the field of corrections from its early American roots to the present. Included are discussions of the role and function of jails, traditional and modern correctional facilities, private/contract corrections, and probation and parole. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4273. Community Corrections.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from academic advisor. Introduction to the topics of probation, parole, and other alternatives to incarceration, collectively referred to as Community Corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the role of research and program evaluation in determining policy/program effectiveness. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4403. Criminal Investigation.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Provides students with the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation. Students develop an analytical and practical understanding of investigative methodology, the collection and preservation of physical evidence and explore current crime solving technology. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4413. Intelligence Analysis for Law Enforcement.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission from academic advisor. A survey of intelligence analysis and the use of data, cyber, and human sources of information to predict, interdict, and investigate crime. Topics include understanding the role of intelligence analysis and dissemination in modern law enforcement and homeland security, crime analysis techniques, geographic information systems, cyber data gathering, and human sources of intelligence. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4423. Cyberspace Security.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Provides an in-depth exploration of cyberspace crime and security. An intensive study of the types of crimes committed in cyberspace, a profile of offenders, and current legal issues in cyberspace. Students will explore emerging issues in information assurance and prevention of cyberspace crimes and will examine the proper collection, preservation and examination of digital evidence. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4443. Juvenile Delinquency.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. An overview of juvenile delinquency in the United States, including current issues. Students will read both classic studies on the emergence of the juvenile system and current research on trends in juvenile delinquency. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4463. Homeland/Global Security and Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. Designed to help the student understand how governments deal with the problem of securing the homeland. Examines what terrorism is, and how America has traditionally dealt with homeland security, and how that perspective is evolving. Once we understand what terrorism is, the focus of the course will be on how law enforcement and the courts have taken on the challenge of providing global security while ensuring justice. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4700. Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice.1-9 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission from CLS adviser. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Specific course content will be defined each time the course is offered. A problem-oriented approach to criminal justice. Reading and research, arranged and directed in consultation with the instructor in specified areas of criminal justice. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 4920. Internship in Criminal Justice.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission from CLS adviser. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Field experience in issues related to a student's area of study. Students will gain knowledge through experiential and on-the-job practice. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5063. Research Methods for Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSTD 5013; or permission of dean. Introduces students to conducting and evaluating scientific research of the criminal justice system. Research methods overview the basics of research methodologies, with a focus on measurement and data collection. Statistical analysis overviews basic statistical techniques for analysis of criminal justice data, with a focus on both descriptive and inferential statistics. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5113. Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Enhances students' understanding of criminal theory focusing on critical analysis of major theoretical perspectives in a social, historical and political context. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5133. Criminal Justice Policy Development.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Students will learn how to measure policies against established standards of practice and case law, writing model policies to gain experience in the process, and evaluating policies to see if they actually work. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5153. Ethical Decision Making in Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Principles from the major ethical positions charted by Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Mill, Kant, and Rawls. Students will combine these principles with codes of practice and current case law, examine case vignettes and discuss the ethical components of each case. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5203. Victimology and Restorative Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. A survey of the evolving field of victimology from its preoccupation with the study of the victim as a co-active participant in crime to the reemergence of the victim as the focus of the criminal justice system and public policy. This course will also examine the corollary reemergence of the concept of restorative justice, which seeks to address the needs of victims, offenders, and the community. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5213. Mediation & Conflict Resolution for Criminal Justice Professionals.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of practical strategies for managing and resolving conflicts in criminal justice professions.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5223. Community Corrections in the 21st Century.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. Introduction to the topics of probation, parole, and other alternatives to incarceration, collectively referred to as Community Corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the role of research and program evaluation in determining policy/program effectiveness. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5243. Community Policing.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, LSCJ 5113, and LSCJ 5133; or permission of dean. An examination of proactive community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) in the context of changes in police departments and communities. Topics include the history of COPPS initiatives, as well as implementation and methods for evaluating program efficacy.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5253. Juvenile Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. Provides an overview of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. The course will examine the historical background of juvenile delinquency and will focus on the depth and breadth of the problem, including theoretical causes of delinquency and their association with juvenile crime, the use of juvenile justice statistics and trend data, and the efficacy of intervention and diversion programs. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5263. Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An exploration of the restorative justice model focusing on how drug courts have implemented key principles of restorative justice programs to deter crime and improve public health. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5283. Human Trafficking and Prostitution.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSAL 5113; or permission of dean. This course is an in-depth survey of human trafficking - both labor trafficking and sex trafficking. This course studies human trafficking in select countries around the world, including the United States. The course addresses each country as both a destination and a departure point for victims, as well as how officials of each country respond to victims of human trafficking.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5303. Correctional Leadership.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. A review of leadership styles, core competencies demonstrated by effective correctional leaders, skills sets needed for each managerial level within corrections, and elements of leadership that effect the development of a collaborate and dynamic workforce.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5323. Juvenile and Elderly Offenders in Prisons.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of juvenile and elderly prisoners and the concerns these special populations present in corrections management.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5343. Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of mental illness in the criminal justice system. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5353. Women and Crime.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. Provides an in-depth examination of women and crime, particularly in the United States, from a sociological perspective, focusing on theoretical explanations, women as offenders, women as victims of crime, and societal responses to female crime. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5363. Penology.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An exploration of key issues and emerging themes in scholarship on penology and corrections. Specific attention will be devoted to the United States and the significant correctional issues that it faces including theories of punishment, the history of incarceration, the current state of corrections in the United States, international comparisons in prisons, as well as an investigation of the future of incarceration. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5383. Collateral Effects of Incarceration.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of the indirect consequences of incarceration. Topics will include the impact of incarceration on the offender's family and community, indirect costs associated with incarceration, psychological harm to offenders caused by imprisonment, and the stresses experienced by correctional employees. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5403. Drug Enforcement Operations and Management.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. This course will examine how criminal justice professionals administer and manage drug investigations. Administrative topics will include personnel issues, policy development, and budgeting. Operational management topics will include informant management, undercover operations, tactical operations, wire-intercepts, and money laundering investigations.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5413. Substance Abuse and Crime in the United States.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of substance abuse trends in the United States. Topics include the interrelationship between substance abuse and dependency, substance abuse treatment and the criminal justice system, and the effectiveness of drug policies and programs. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5423. Global Drug Trafficking, Narco-Terrorism, and United States Drug Policy.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of the global nature of drug supply and demand, organizations involved in drug trafficking and narco-terrorism, and the implementation of US drug policies at the local, state, and federal levels. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5463. Gangs in the United States.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. Gang formation, risk factors for joining gangs, and the efficacy of different types of prevention, intervention and interdiction policies. The historical backgrounds of gangs, drugs, and violence in America, as well as current issues related to these subjects, will be explored. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5513. Studies in Police Leadership.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An exploration of the dynamics of leadership within the law enforcement context, including the history and evolution of police administration, general leadership theories, management best practices, as well as contemporary issues confronting the profession. (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5533. Crime Analysis for Intelligence-Led Policing.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. Introduction to crime analysis and the use of data to intelligently prevent and/or interdict crime.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5553. Interpersonal Communications for Criminal Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of professional interpersonal communications within the field of Criminal Justice. Topic for the course include effective communication processes, verbal and non-verbal communication, stereotyping, crisis intervention, interviewing, negotiating, stress awareness in communication encounters, conflict resolution, and team and leadership communication.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5583. Cyber-Forensics.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and LSCJ 5113; or permission of dean. An examination of the legal, ethical and technical aspects of cyber-forensics.(F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5700. Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice.2-9 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Advanced studies in various criminal justice topics, offered under stated titles determined each semester by the instructor involved (F, Sp, Su)

LSCJ 5920. Internship in Criminal Justice.2-6 Credit Hours.

2-6 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and permission of dean. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Field experience directly related to study focus in the Criminal Justice program. Requirements include some combination of journal, progress reports, written summary of experiences, or academic paper, and a possible comprehensive examination over these materials. (F, Sp, Su)