School of Criminology and Justice Studies

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44.5CO-OP Curricula Practical Training Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 37989
Status Active

Curricula Practical Training

44.101 The Criminal Justice System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5347
Status Active

This course resents a brief history of the Criminal Justice System and an analysis of its structure and function. This course required of all CJ majors and is a prerequisite for all other courses in criminal justice.

44.111 Introduction to Industrial Security Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5349
Status Active

An introduction to the planning, organization, and management of industrial, business, and government security resources. The focuses are on the protection of assets via the integration of physical, personal, and information security. Relations between security organizations and government agencies are also explored.

44.115 Introduction to Homeland Security Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30826
Status Active

This course will encompass the study and relationship between those entities and institutions necessary for the protection of the United States. Course instructional material will examine the components of Federal, State and Local Police Agencies, as well as the role of Private Security and Emergency Responders needed to facilitate the implementation of the Homeland Security Act. Particular attention will be focused on Policy, Plans and Procedures at governmental and community levels. Credits: 3

44.141 Police Process Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5350
Status Active

This course provides an examination of the historical development of police work with special emphasis on the conflicting role expectations facing police officer.

44.151 Introduction to Corrections Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5351
Status Active

This course provides an overview of the American correction system including the history of corrections, probation, incarceration, community corrections, the prison experience and release.

44.203 Technology and the Criminal Justice System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30356
Status Active

This course is designed to introduce students to the latest innovations in the applications of new technological advances in the criminal justice system. Topic areas include an examination of the new technology of crime commission, and the corresponding new technology of crime control strategies. Our focus will be on the application of both "hard" technology (e.g. equipment, hardware, devices, etc.) and "soft" technology (e.g. computer software programs, information systems, classification devices, and other problem-solving applications) in each of the following areas: crime prevention, police, courts, institutional corrections, community corrections and the private sector.

44.212 Weapons of Mass Destruction Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30825
Status Active

This course will center on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their potential use by terrorists to obtain their goals. We will explore the origins, development and weaponization of Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Radiological Systems and Devices. The course content is designed particularly for the First Responder to such incidents of WMD. The class will focus on the preparation and execution of plans and policies to counter this threat. Credits: 3

44.213 Emergency Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36270
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the various ways in which a corporation and local municipality can plan for a disaster before it occurs. Topics covered include risk identification and assessment of multi-hazards whether natural and man-made, violence in the workplace, development of crisis and disaster incident management programs, and business/agency continuation planning.

44.214 Security Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37791
Status Active

Addresses the basic interdisciplinary principles of security management including planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. This course will also cover marketing security services to management, risk management, civil and criminal liability, and labor relations. Each aspect of the course is designed to prepare security managers to face the new challenges as broader and more cost-effective protection is required with fewer resources. The course will also bring about greater awareness and understanding of the various options available in security and loss control. It will identify a number of risk areas and outline various deterrent and preventative methods.

44.221 Criminology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5356
Status Active

The definition and nature of crime, criminal statistics, and theories of crime causation are included. Required of all CJ majors.

44.221 Criminology I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5356
Status Active

The definition and nature of crime, criminal statistics, and theories of crime causation are included. Required of all CJ majors.

44.223 Crime and the Media Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5357
Status Active

This course provides an overview about how the media portrays crime and its impact on the general public, crime, and victims and offenders.

44.233 Criminal Procedure Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5358
Status Active

Examines the rules that govern the everyday operation of the criminal justice system from investigation to sentencing and appeal. Topics include: Investigation, arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, pretrial detention and hearings, plea bargaining, trial procedures, sentencing, and appeals.

44.234 Criminal Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5359
Status Active

The historical origins and development of criminal law from the early common law to contemporary decisions and statutes. Constitutional and statutory factors as they pertain to criminal responsibility, capacity, crimes against persons and property, defenses to criminal charges and sentences. Sections of the Massachusetts Criminal Code and other statutes will be covered where applicable.

44.235 Introduction to the Law and Politics of Constitutional Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5360
Status Active

A course examining American constitutional doctrine as it has developed historically through the process of constitutional adjudication.

44.237 Introduction to the Law and Politics of Civil Liberties Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5361
Status Active

44.241 Physical Security Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5362
Status Active

The basic principles of physical security with emphasis on tailoring these principles to the protection of specific operations and facilities. Proper planning, appropriate design, and use of modern techniques and devices to enhance security while reducing costs are discussed.

44.243 Criminalistics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5363
Status Active

This laboratory course will cover basic procedures in arrest, search and seizure, and the gathering and evaluation of evidence as to admissibility, weight, and competence.

44.244 Criminalistics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5364
Status Active

This course is a continuation of Criminalistics I. It is intended to familiarize the student with various types of physical evidence that can be found at the more violent crime scenes. Methods of identification, preservation, collection and analysis of physical evidence relating to specific criminal activities shall be stressed. Topics shall include Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, DNA Typing, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Point of Origin Determination and evidence associated with Death Investigations, Sexual Assaults, Bombings, Arsons, Motor Vehicle Homicides, Robberies and Burglaries.

44.248 Terrorism (international and domestic) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5368
Status Active

This course acquaints the Criminal Justice student with the concept of terrorism at both the international and domestic levels. Topics include the history of terrorism, terrorism today and terrorism in the future. Counter measures taken to respond to terrorist threats are also examined.

44.251 Institutional Corrections Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5369
Status Active

Detailed examination of the U.S. prison and jail systems, highlighting such topics as classification of offenders, crowding, treatment programs, prison violence, and privatization.

44.261 Juvenile Delinquency Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5370
Status Active

An examination of causative factors in the development of youthful offenders and the development and philosophy behind treatment and rehabilitative practices.

44.280 Criminal Justice Ethics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5371
Status Active

44.291 Short Study Abroad: Selected Topics Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 38292
Status Active

This is a short study abroad course, usually 3 weeks in duration. Topic and location vary.

44.312 Security Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5375
Status Active

Addresses the basic interdisciplinary principles of security management including planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. This course will also cover marketing security services to management, risk management, civil and criminal liability, and labor relations. Each aspect of the course is designed to prepare security managers to face the new challenges as broader and more cost-effective protection is required with fewer resources. The course will also bring about greater awareness and understanding of the various options available in security and loss control. It will identify a number of risk areas and outline various deterrent and preventative methods.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.111 Industrial Security or 44.115 Intro to Homeland Security; CJ majors.

44.318 American Courts and Judicial Process Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33792
Status Active

This course will study the organization of and the processes employed by American Courts in an intensive participation format. Traditional text lessons on the U.S. Court system will be supplemented by simulations and mock trial problems. Using this two track approach, students will learn about the courts and simultaneously develop the analytical, critical reasoning and public speaking skills used in the Judicial system.

44.323 White Collar and Elite Deviance Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5378
Status Active

This course will provide an overview of white collar crime including white collar, corporate, occupational, workplace, and organized crime.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 44.101 Criminal Justice System, 44.221 Criminology I; Criminal Justice (BS) majors.

44.326 Hate Crime Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5379
Status Active

This course examines prejudice as a motivation for criminal behavior. The criminological theory for hate crime is reviewed, as well as historical perspectives of this crime category.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System.

44.327 Violence in America Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30803
Status Active

This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the courses, context, and control of a wide range of violent crimes.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology 1.

44.340 Criminal Networks Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37470
Status Active

This course examines various forms of decentralized criminal networks and activities, both domestic and international, with particular focus on trafficking in drugs, weapons, counterfeit goods and humans. Students will study money laundering and the intersections of terrorist and criminal networks, as well as the challenges faced by law enforcement in responding to these activities.

44.341 International Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5382
Status Active

This course provides an introduction to international perspectives on crime and crime control policy in Western countries. International developments and cross-national research on crime and victimization, criminal justice, and crime prevention policy, and current issues will be examined.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System.

44.342 Criminal Profiling Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5383
Status Active

This course provides an overview of the development and character of the many types of offenders who become criminal psychopaths. The course explores the various methods used in classifying and predicting criminal behavior derived form the field of Criminology, Psychology and Forensic Science.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: CJ majors only.

44.343 Forensic Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30368
Status Active

This course examines the application of psychological theories, principles, and research to issues of concern to the criminal justice system.

44.347 Police Innovations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5385
Status Active

This course is concerned with contemporary efforts to change police agencies, particularly in the United States. Contemporary reform revolves mainly around what we now know as "community policing" and this course will dwell at some length on these initiatives. Other innovations, some of which may complement community policing, and all of which are narrower in scope, are also considered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.141 Police Process; Criminal Justice (BS) majors.

44.348 Advanced Seminar on Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37471
Status Active

This course will examine the scientific and technological details of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons; the proliferation of these weapons and international CBRN prevention efforts (like the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Biological Weapons Convention); and the treat of terrorist groups seeking to acquire and use CBRN weapons, and explore ways to improve our response to this complex threat.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.248 Terrorism (Domestic & International).

44.350 Institutional Correction Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5386
Status Active

This course provides an in-depth examination of the history, function, structure, and operation of American adult and juvenile correctional institutions.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.151 Introduction to Corrections.

44.351 Community -Based Corrections Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5387
Status Active

A comprehensive review of community-based sanctions and community-based, early-release mechanisms. In addition to traditional probation and parole reviews, "new" intermediate sanctions such as electronic monitoring, intensive supervision, boot camps, day fines, day reporting centers, and community service sentences.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.151 Introduction to Corrections; Criminal Justice (BS) majors.

44.360 Gender, Race, and Crime Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5390
Status Active

This course examines gender and racial implications of criminal laws, criminal justice practices and programs will be examined. The position of women and racial/ethnic minorities will be assessed from the different perspectives of victims, offenders, and criminal justice practitioners.

44.361 Philosophy of Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5391
Status Active

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: CJ majors only.

44.365 Hate Crimes Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5392
Status Active

Hate crimes illustrate bigotry plus criminal acts. This course examines prejudice as a motivation for criminal behavior. The criminological theory for hate crime is reviewed, as well as historical perspectives of this crime category. This is a rich and comprehensive exploration that begins with understanding the psychology of prejudice and ends with reviewing genocide as a mass hate crime.

44.370 Criminal Justice Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5393
Status Active

This course provides an introduction to the principles of administration, including planning, budgeting, grantsmanship, and evaluation as they relate to the criminal justice manager.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System.

44.373 Issues in Police Administration Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5396
Status Active

Specific analysis of the management of contemporary police forces, including staffing, scheduling, training, collective bargaining, community relations, and other related issues.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 44.101 Criminal Justice System, 44.141 Police Process.

44.380 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5397
Status Active

An advanced course of study and examination of a variety of current issues and topics in criminal justice. Students without a sufficient background in criminal justice courses should not attempt this course. Subject matter to be announced in advance. Visit the current semester schedule on the Continuing Studies website for more details.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.221 Criminology I , CJ majors only.

44.385 Crime and Mental Illness Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5401
Status Active

This course examines the realities and myths surrounding the involvement of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Material from criminal justice and psychology will be examined, with emphasis on service models that foster collaboration between mental health professionals, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology 1.

44.387 Criminal Mind and Behavior Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5402
Status Active

This course will explore the psychological dimensions of criminal thinking and behavior. The course will cover the psychological origins and types of crime, the multidimensional influences on criminal behavior, developmental criminal pathways, diagnoses, assessment and treatment approaches and a description of the continuum of psychopathic behavior.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology 1.

44.388 Forensic Psychopathology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5403
Status Active

This course addresses psychopathology in forensic settings, providing students with an integrative approach to understanding the multiple causes of psychological problems and disorders of adult and juvenile offenders as well as crime victims including biological, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral influences.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level is Junior or Senior standing.

44.390 Criminal Justice Research Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5404
Status Active

An introduction to research methods for the criminal justice professional including terminology, standard methodologies, and elementary statistics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Academic Plan Criminal Justice (BS) and Junior/Senior Standing only.

44.395 Statistics in Criminal Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5406
Status Active

This course is an extension of concepts learned in 44.390 (Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods). Statistics will be utilized as a mathematical language for interpreting the interrelation of social forces impacting criminality and deviance. The course will focus on how various statistics are calculated, but more importantly, the meaning of these figures for criminal justice scholars and practitioners will be discussed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Academic Plan Criminal Justice (BS) and Junior/Senior Standing only.

44.397 Crime Mapping Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5407
Status Active

This course examines the use of new technologies to analyze crime patterns and develop crime prevention strategies. Students study theories that explain the geographic distribution of crime and learn how to use Geographic Information Systems to study crime in ways that draw upon theory as well as how to apply GIS techniques in the law enforcement and corrections fields.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.390 CJ Research Methods or 47.269 Research I: Basics; CJ (BS) Junior/Senior standing only

44.398 Criminal Justice Data Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5408
Status Active

The student is introduced to computer software packages (i.e. SPSS) used to analyze large quantitative data sets common in criminal justice/criminology. This course is seen as the capstone to the research methods/technology component of the major, and is intended for upper level students, especially those preparing for graduate study.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 44.390 CJ Research Methods or 47.269 Research I: Basics; CJ (BS) Junior/Senior standing only

44.401 Substance Abuse and Crime Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5409
Status Active

Covers the problems posed by substance use/abuse and examines the role and impact of the legal, criminal justice, and public health systems, as well as current treatment/intervention approaches.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology I, Junior/Senior standing only.

44.422 Victimology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5413
Status Active

This course examines the patterns of victimization, the characteristics and lifestyles of crime victims, and the impact of their victimizations. The treatment of victims by the criminal justice system will be examined along with possible reforms in these approaches.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology I, Junior/Senior standing only.

44.477 Intimate Partner Violence Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5417
Status Active

This course examines the causes and consequences of domestic violence and the latest research regarding the responses of the criminal justice system.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level is Junior or Senior standing.

44.478 Child Maltreatment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5418
Status Active

This course introduces students to empirical findings and theoretical perspectives concerned with the maltreatment of Children and youth. One of the major course goals is to balance the view of children and youth in the criminal justice system by focusing of their victimization instead of exclusively on their offending behavior.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level is Junior or Senior standing.

44.489 Capstone Seminar in Criminology & Criminal Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38519
Status Active

This course is designed to provide criminal justice majors with a capstone experience emphasizing integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses on the causes of criminal behavior and responses to it, particularly the institutions, policies and practices of the criminal justice system. Students engage in the development and production of a senior level research paper grounded in relevant criminology and criminal justice literature.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 44.101 Criminal Justice System, 44.221 Criminology l, 44.390 CJ Research Methods and Senior-level standing.

44.490 Criminal Justice Honors Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5419
Status Active

Specific practice in the definition, design, and execution of a research project, and an analysis of the impact of contemporary criminal justice research on policy development.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level Junior Standing.

44.491 Directed Study - Criminal Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5420
Status Active

44.492 Short Directed Study Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 32152
Status Active

This course is designed as an independent study of a subject with Chair's permission.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level Senior Standing.

44.493 Issues in Technology and Security Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5421
Status Active

An examination of the causes and consequences of computer crime as well as the criminal justice system's response to the problem.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: CJ majors only.

44.495 Criminal Justice Field Studies Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 5423
Status Active

This is an intense internship program for Criminal Justice majors which requires approval by the Department Chair.

44.496 Criminal Justice Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5424
Status Active

Assigned fieldwork under the supervision and with the permission of the instructor assigned to the course. The purpose is to broaden the educational experience of pre-service students in law enforcement, probation, and correctional agencies within this area. This course is designed to provide a correlation of theoretical knowledge with practical experience in an area of particular interest to the student.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Jr. or Sr. status only.