Following is a list of official course descriptions of criminal justice courses:
CRJS102 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits
The history, organization, and functions of various components of the criminal justice system. Focuses on the interrelationships among law enforcement agencies, prosecution, courts, correctional processes and institutions, probation, parole, juvenile justice, and other officials and their agencies. Critical thinking is applied to the system and its practices.
CRJS205 DRUG ABUSE 3 credits
An introduction to the use and abuse of drugs in America. The history of such use and abuse, the pharmacology and legalization or criminalization of such drugs, the social response to drug use and abuse, effects of drugs on the body and the role of law enforcement are considered. (Please note: CJ majors may take PSYC322 to satisfy this requirement). Prerequisite: CRJS102 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
CRJS210 DIVERSITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits
Encompasses a critical examination of the issues and problems relating to the administration of justice in a culturally diverse society. Emphasis will be placed on gender, race, class, sexual preference, and ethnicity and their relationship to the criminal justice system. Emphasis will also be placed on the opportunities and challenges of providing criminal justice services within a multicultural society. Theoretical perspectives will be included. This course is restricted to Criminal Justice students who have completed CRJS102 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) and SOCI101 (Introduction to Sociology) or with permission of the instructor. Note: Students who have already taken SOCI205 are not required to take this course.
CRJS240 LAW ENFORCEMENT 3 credits
The philosophical and historical background, Constitutional limitations, objectives, and processes in the enforcement of law. The nature and responsibilities of law enforcement are discussed and evaluated, including police accountability, civil liability, and multicultural issues. Critical thinking and ethical decision making in law enforcement situations are developed through case analysis, exercises and simulations. Prerequisite: SOCI101 and CRJS102, or permission of instructor.
CRJS260 CRIMINAL LAW 3 credits
Focuses on substantive criminal law. Elements of a crime; parties to a crime; types of offenses; and scope, purpose and definitions of criminal offenses are critically analyzed. The elements of creative problem solving are applied to problems in the field. There is an emphasis on ethical decision making by participants in this part of the system. The general principles of substantive law are studied through the analysis of appeals court decisions. Prerequisite: CRJS102 or permission of the instructor.
CRJS290 WORLD CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS 3 credits
Considers issues related to criminal justice from the perspective of a number of nations. The course is intended to enable students to develop a creative approach to American criminal justice by seeing these issues are dealt with in other cultures. Prerequisite: CRJS102 or permission of the instructor.
CRJS301 JUVENILE JUSTICE 3 credits
Studies major components of the juvenile justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on major components of the juvenile justice system including; law enforcement, prosecutions, courts, and corrections. Additional emphasis is placed on historical origins and philosophy of juvenile justice and evolution of reforms in juvenile justice. An overview of the legal framework in which the juvenile justice system operates highlights differences between adult and juvenile case processing. Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to criminal justice majors who have completed SOCI101 and CRJS102 or by permission of the instructor.
CRJS305 CORRECTIONS 3 credits
An analysis and critique of what the criminal justice system does with convicted persons. Also a consideration of what the system should do with convicted persons. Further, considers the long term implications of corrections policy and practice on individuals and on society. Prerequisite: CRJS102 Introduction to Criminal Justice and junior standing or permission of the instructor.
CRJS360 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3 credits
Considers the procedures the criminal justice professional must use in implementing the criminal law. The course gives primary consideration to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The course considers the Incorporation Doctrine, search and seizure, warrant requirements, arrest, stop and frisk, the right to counsel, interrogation, identification procedures, entrapment, cruel and unusual punishment and related matters. Prerequisite: CRJS260 or permission of the instructor.
CRJS425 SENIOR SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits
This course is intended to help students consolidate their learning in criminal justice and related areas and prepare for the world of work. Major concepts from throughout the criminal justice program are reconsidered and integrated. Major emphases include integrating theory, research and the application of findings to understanding the functioning of various functions of the criminal justice system. The process of obtaining employment in the criminal justice system is also a major emphasis of this course. Prerequisite: Limited to Criminal Justice majors with senior standing or permission of the instructor.
CRJS490 CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH 3 credits
A study of research methods used in criminal justice which includes quantitative and qualitative paradigms. Includes an evaluation of the scientific method; sampling; reliability; validity; and the relationship of statistics, theory, and research. Emphasis will be placed on the use of various types of research in the criminal justice discipline. Restrictions upon student registration: SOCI302 and MATH107 or permission of instructor.
Following is a list of courses, within the major, that satisfy requirements in either, the Criminal Justice Elective area or the Criminal Justice Career Component area.These courses are not required, but are offerings within the major, which satisfy requirements in either, CJ Elective or CJ Career Component.
CRJS119 FRESHMAN SEMINAR 1 credits
Introduces students to the culture and mission of the University, as well as the University services available to students. The students are also exposed to the criminal justice major, with specific focus on required and elective coursework, internship options, and early career exploration. Students will engage in active learning and the development of effective study skills. Restrictions: Registration is restricted to first semester criminal justice majors and transfer students.
CRJS215 AMERICAN GANGS: HISTORY, IDENTIFICATION AND INTERDICTION 3 credits
A study of the social and cultural history of American gangs including the influence and relationship between national, regional, and local adult and juvenile gangs. Includes evaluation of gang identification and membership with emphasis on their impact on crime. Emphasis is placed on growing concern within the criminal justice community of the influence and spread of youth gangs and growing hybridization and migration of gangs in terms of location, member diversity and organization. Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to criminal justice majors who have completed CRJS102 and SOCI101.
CRJS220 INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT 3 credits
An introduction to the theory and practice of Conservation Law Enforcement. An overview of the conservation law enforcement officer's role and duties in enhancing, protecting, and conserving natural areas and wildlife of the United States, with special focus on Pennsylvania, is provided. Attention is given to relevant and specific statutory provisions and regulations pertaining to natural resource protection and conservation. Focus is given to unique types of training requirements and risks inherent in this profession. Prerequisite: Pre-requisite or Co-requisite of SOCI101 or by permission of instructor.
CRJS300 FORENSIC CRIMINOLOGY 3 credits
Designed to provide students with an in depth study of the concepts of profiling, behavioral analysis, and threat assessment. The course examines a variety of serious offenses such as serial murder, serial rape, school violence, workplace violence and child abduction. Emphasis will be placed upon the underlying psychological factors and societal stressors that contribute to the above events. Prerequisite: CRJS102 or permission of the instructor.
CRJS304 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS 3 credits
An introduction to the application of ethical theories relative to the practice of professionals in the criminal justice system. The course is designed to examine prominent moral issues faced by criminal justice professionals. The student will be required to conduct detailed examinations and evaluations of ethical issues and to apply various ethical theories, codes, and canons to arrive at moral decisions. Restrictions Upon Student Registration: Pre-Requisites: CRJS102 or permission of the instructor.
CRJS309 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 3 credits
Explores prominent contemporary environmental issues. Engages students in analysis of various laws and policies developed to neutralize key environmental threats, including policy and statutes related to: natural resource management, clean air and water, and waste disposal. Specific attention is given to development and analysis of environmental laws and policy. Restrictions Upon Student Registration: Pre-requisite of CRJS102 or by permission of the instructor.
CRJS310 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 3 credits
An introduction to the principles and procedures used in criminal investigation including problem solving and scientific approaches to solving crimes. Prerequisite: CRJS102 and CRJS240.
CRJS315 TERRORISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY 3 credits
A study of the origin and history of terrorism, and its conceptual and theoretical framework in the world. This course provides an emphasis on the pre- 1980's historical development of the phenomenon of terrorism, and the role that this history plays in terrorism today. An overview and analysis of the major active modern terrorist groups and their respective philosophies is presented. Prerequisite: Pre-requisite of CRJS102 and SOCI101 or by permission of instructor.
CRJS320 TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credits
Introduces in-depth topics relevant to the varied fields of criminal justice and aspects of the criminal justice system not otherwise substantially covered in existing courses, or which are of current topical interest. Topics will be selected prior to the start of the semester in which the course is offered.. Prerequisite: Pre-requisite of CRJS102 and 45 earned credits or by permission of instructor.
CRJS369 CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP (1-9 credits)
Field experience undertaken with a community agency or organization under faculty supervision. One hour of internship is equivalent to 1 semester hour. A three credit (3sh) internship equals 120 clock hours in the community. These credits count for letter grade.
GNED369 CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP (1-6 credits)
Field experience undertaken with a community agency or organization under faculty supervision. One hour of internship is equivalent to 1 semester hour. A three credit (3sh) internship equals 120 clock hours in the community. These credits are not eligible for letter grade and will be recorded as 'credit', which is passing or 'no-credit', which is failing. Once students have completed 9 credits of CRJS369 any additional internship credits will automatically be registered as GNED369.
General Education Courses which are particular to the Criminal Justice Major
The following courses are specifically required of CJ majors at LHUP. They satisfy general education requirements and will count as general education credits even though they are specifically named in the 'major requirements' in the online degree audit. Once the student has taken these courses, they will appear twice in the online degree audit (as having satisfied specific degree requirements and general education requirements). The student will only 'earn' 3 credits for each course.
PSYC100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 3 credits
A comprehensive overview of what psychological science has discovered about human behavior and mental processes over the last century. Students will be introduced to many areas of academic and applied psychology as well as persistent themes that characterize the field (e.g., nature vs. nurture). The practical applications of psychological knowledge will be emphasized. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the psychological phenomena that occur in their daily lives. In addition, a habit of thinking clearly about the relationship between knowledge claims and evidence will be fostered. Fulfills General Education Requirements.
SOCI101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 credits
A general study, emphasizing concepts and methodology by which the sociologist investigates the nature of the social structure and the social processes of group behavior. Fulfills General Education Requirements. (Fulfills multicultural general education)
Acceptable Substitutions for Required Courses in the Criminal Justice Major
Following is a list of courses that are recognized as satisfying specific CJ Major requirements. These courses are recognized as legitimate substitutions for specified CJ Courses. Students taking these courses as substitutes need to fill out the Course Substitution Form (available online through Enrollment Services) and have their advisor and their department chairperson sign the form upon completion of the course.
Substitutions recognized for CRJS490 Criminal Justice Research:
Criminal Justice Majors who are also pursuing the minor in psychology may substitute PSYC202 for CRJS490, with the permission of their advisor.
PSYC202 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY 3 sh
An introduction to psychological methodology and theory through the use of exercises, small experiments, in-class discussion, and lecture. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental methodological techniques of social science research are explored. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C minus in PSYC100.
Criminal Justice Majors who are also pursuing the minor in sociology may substitute SOCI404 for CRJS490, with the permission of their advisor.
SOCI404 SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH 3 credits
An exploration of basic research design and statistical inference, and the application of basic statistical techniques as utilized in sociological research. Prerequisite: SOCI101, SOCI352, MATH107, or permission of the instructor.
Substitutions recognized for CRJS205 Drug Abuse:
PSYC322 DRUGS AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR 3 sh
Provides information about the physiological and psychological effects of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs. Theories of addiction and methods of rehabilitation will be covered and the government agencies and laws, which regulate the manufacture and distribution of drugs, will also be considered. An emphasis will be placed on the narcotics, alcohol, stimulants, depressants and hallucinogenics. Prerequisite: PSYC100 and one of the following - BIOL101, BIOL106, or HLTH251.
HLTH320 DRUG EDUCATION 3 sh
Provide students with current, accurate, and documented information about drug abuse in society. Special attention will be given to prevention, treatment, and drug education programs. Prerequisite: HLTH105 or HLTH154.