Criminal Justice (CRIJ)

CRIJ 1301

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a multi-disciplinary overview and analysis of the major agencies, personnel and decision-making points which comprise the criminal justice system. Included are a survey of problems and issues confronting legislatures, police, courts, corrections and the community as they respond to crime in a free society. Legal precedents guiding the decisions of criminal justice agents are also discussed.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 1306

Court Systems and Practices

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a study of procedural regulations that guide the processing of criminal cases through the criminal justice system with emphasis on the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and rules of evidence. Included is a discussion of due process rights of the criminal defendant from arrest through confinement, as well as issues related to the administration of capital punishment.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 1310

Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a study of the nature of criminal law; historical and philosophical development of law in society; major definitions and concepts; classifications of crime; elements of crime and penalties using the Texas statutes as illustrations, and criminal responsibility.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 1313

Juvenile Justice System

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This is the study of the juvenile justice process to include specializing in juvenile law, the role of the juvenile courts, police agencies and correctional agencies, as well as a focus on the theories of juvenile delinquency.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 2313

Correctional Systems and Practices

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a study of corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; and current and future issues in corrections.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 2314

Criminal Investigation

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course will focus on the many ways of conducting a criminal investigation; to include, but not limited to: collection and preservation of evidence, interviewing and interrogation techniques, sources of information, use of forensic science and trial preparation. This course will use investigative theories in achieving its goals.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent.

CRIJ 2328

Police Systems and Practices

CRT HRS:3   LEC HRS:3   LAB HRS:0

This course is a study of the police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; and current and future issues in the police profession.

Prerequisite: Completion of READ 0100 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent.