UHV Catalog 2007-2008

Criminal Justice (CJS)

CJS 3310:

Foundations of Criminal Justice
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Overview of the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice. Examined in brief are the various aspects which comprise the framework of the criminal justice system. Required course/gateway course to program.

CJS 3314:

Criminal Justice Administration
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Study of contemporary theories of management and supervision from an interpersonal relations standpoint. Emphasis on establishing and maintaining effective communications and a supportive environment. (Formerly: Criminal Justice Personnel Administration; and also Introduction To Police Management)

CJS 3316:

Ethics of Social Control
Cr. 3. (3-0).
The role of law in controlling behavior, questions of individual responsibility and governmental obligation and authority, and professional ethics in corrections and law enforcement.

CJS 3318:

Cr. 3. (3-0).
The examination of the causes of crime (etiology) by exploring and analyzing sociological, biological and psychological theories of crime causation.

CJS 3321:

American Court Systems
Cr. 3 (3-0).
Focuses on the role of the courts in the administration of criminal justice. Topics include court structures, the Supreme Court, plea bargaining, and trial proceedings.


CJS 3322:

Patterns and Typologies
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Concentrates on major patterns of offender behavior, career criminal data, and systematic classification of criminal behavior. Included are terrorism, mass and serial criminals.

CJS 3323:

Institutional Corrections
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Historical analysis of the development, philosophy and function of incarceration in America. Examination of issues, trends and practices in institutional corrections.


CJS 3324:

Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CJS 3318 or consent of instructor.
Introduces the student to some of the fundamentals of knowledge-generating processes in criminal justice. Discussion of research techniques and writing.

CJS 4102: 4202: 4302:

Independent Study
Cr. 1-3 per semester.
Restricted to 5 s.h. toward requirements of major (alone or in combination with Directed Research)


CJS 4103: 4203: 4303:

Directed Research in Criminal Justice
Cr. 1-3 per semester. Prerequisites: CJS 3324 and 4424 or consent of instructor. Restricted to 5 s.h. (alone or in combination with Independent Study)
Designed to enable advanced students the opportunity to experience development and implementation of a research project in the area of criminal justice.

CJS 4300:

Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
Cr. 3. (3-0). May be taken twice for credit toward major if topics differ.
On recommendation of advisor, when topic is appropriate for specialization.


CJS 4305:

Internship for Criminal Justice Majors
Cr. 3 per semester. Prerequisite: Senior standing. May be taken twice for credit.
Supervised placement with one or more of the agencies comprising the criminal justice system. Requires five class meetings, 135 field hours and project.

CJS 4311:

Criminal Law
Cr. 3. (3-0).
General doctrines of criminal law and their application in the Texas penal code.

CJS 4312:

Alternatives to Incarceration
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CJS 3323.
Explores alternatives to imprisonment and intermediate sanctions. Included are probation, parole, diversion and other community-based corrections. Theories of rehabilitation, treatment and corrections are covered. (Formerly: Probation and Parole)


CJS 4313:

Juvenile Justice System
Cr. 3. (3-0).
The history, philosophy and role of the juvenile court with emphasis on jurisdiction, treatment, criminal proceedings, and the family court.


CJS 4315:

Group and Gang Delinquency
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CJS 4313.
Study of group behavior, peer relationships and adolescence. Focus is on the history and development of gangs, female gangs, theories, and policies.


CJS 4318:

Cr. 3. (3-0).
A study of victims, victimization and the consequences of victimization, including victims of sexual assault and child abuse; victimís rights and services.


CJS 4320:

Senior Seminar
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CJS 3310, CJS 3314,CJS 3318,CJS 3324,CJS 4424
Intensive seminar examining students understanding of fundamental knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Designed to build analytical abilities and measure comprehension.


CJS 4321:

Policing a Democratic Society
Cr. 3. (3-0).
An in-depth look at the relationship between law enforcement and American society. Focus is on police-community relations, the police subculture, social perception and cultural differences.


CJS 4322:

Advanced Criminology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: CJS 3318.
Provides an advanced understanding of factors related to crime by study of selected theories and their impact on criminal justice philosophy and practice.


CJS 4424:

Research Methods in Criminal Justice II
Cr. 4. (3-1). Prerequisite: CJS 3324.
Methods and techniques of research. Design of studies, data collection and interpretation of results. Emphasis on use of computers in research.


CJS 6300:

Selected Topics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Topics to be related to the criminal justice field.


CJS 6310:

Issues in Criminal Justice
Cr. 3. (3-0).
An analysis of the current issues facing the criminal justice system.


CJS 6320:

Research Design and Methods
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Methods and techniques of research and research design; conducting and assessing research in the criminal justice agency management environment.


CJS 6321:

Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Cr. 3. (3-0).
The use of descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications as used in criminal justice research.


CJS 6330:

Advanced Criminology
Cr. 3. (3-0).
History of criminological thought, etiology of criminal behavior, and analysis and evaluation of contemporary criminological theories.