University of Houston-Victoria



Criminal Justice (CRIJ)

CRIJ 1301:   Intro to Criminal Justice

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1300
History and philosophy of criminal justice, ethical considerations, definition of crime, its nature and impact, overview of criminal justice system, law enforcement, court systems and corrections.

CRIJ 2313:   Correctional Systems and Practices

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 1301
Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

CRIJ 2328:   Police Systems and Practices

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 1301
This course will examine the police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; and current and future issues.

CRIJ 3310:    Foundations of Criminal Justice

Cr. 3. (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.

CRIJ 3314:    Criminal Justice Administration

Cr. 3. (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)

CRIJ 3316:    Ethics of Social Control

Cr. 3. (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.

CRIJ 3317:    Terrorism & Counterterrorism

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  CRIJ 1301 or CRIJ 3310
This course will provide an examination of counterterrorism policies as well as various psychological and sociological theories which attempt to define and explain terrorism.

CRIJ 3318:    Criminology

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

CRIJ 3321:    American Court Systems

Cr. 3 (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.

CRIJ 3322:    Patterns and Typologies

Cr. 3. (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.

CRIJ 3323:    Institutional Corrections

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

CRIJ 3324:    Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 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.

CRIJ 4102:  4202:  4302:  Independent Study

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

CRIJ 4103:  4203:  4303:  Directed Research in Criminal Justice

Cr. 1-3 per semester. Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 3324 and CRIJ 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.

CRIJ 4300:    Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). May be taken twice for credit toward plan if topics differ.
On recommendation of advisor, when topic is appropriate for specialization.

CRIJ 4305:    Internship for Criminal Justice Plans

Cr. 3 per semester. Prerequisite(s): 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.

CRIJ 4311    Criminal Law

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

CRIJ 4312:    Alternatives to Incarceration

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 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)

CRIJ 4313:    Juvenile Justice System

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

CRIJ 4315:    Group and Gang Delinquency

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): CRIJ 1301 or CRIJ 3310.
Study of group behavior, peer relationships and adolescence. Focus is on the history and development of gangs, female gangs, theories, and policies.

CRIJ 4317:    Bioterrorism and Biosecurity

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
This course will focus on biological weapons and warfare and their adverse effects on humans, animals, and agricultural products.

CRIJ 4318:    Victimology

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

CRIJ 4320:    Senior Seminar

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

CRIJ 4321:    Policing a Democratic Society

Cr. 3. (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.

CRIJ 4322:    Advanced Criminology

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