C J-CRIMINAL JUSTICE (C J)

C J 101G. Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Examination of crime and justice within the broader social and cultural context of U.S. society from interdisciplinary social science perspectives. Includes critical analysis of criminal justice processes and the ethical, legal, and political factors affecting the exercise of discretion by criminal justice professionals.

C J 199. Special Topics in Criminal Justice I

1-3 Credits

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of 6 credits.

C J 205. Criminal Law

3 Credits

Rules, principles, and doctrines of criminal liability in the United States. The historical development, limits, and functions of the substantive criminal law. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

C J 210. The American Law Enforcement System

3 Credits

Historical and philosophical foundations of law and order. An in-depth examination of the various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

C J 221. Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

3 Credits

Investigation procedures from crime scene searches, collection of evidence, and case preparation. Community Colleges only. (Note: students completing C J 221 may not take C J 321.)

C J 230. Introduction to Corrections

3 Credits

Development of correctional philosophy, theory, and practice. Instructional and non-institutional alternatives available in the corrections process.

C J 250. Courts and the Criminal Justice System

3 Credits

Structures and functions of American courts. Roles of attorneys, judges, and other court personnel; operation of petit and grand juries, trial and appellate courts.

C J 293. Field Experience in Criminal Justice

3-6 Credits

Field experience in a public criminal justice agency or equivalent private sector organization. Supervised internship experience, conferences, and observations. Restricted to majors. Community Colleges only.

Prerequisites: C J 101G, prior arrangement and consent of instructor and a GPA of 2.0 or better in major.

C J 300. Introduction to Criminal Justice Research

3 Credits

Overview and evaluation of criminal justice research. Selection of research topics, methods of data selection and collection, analysis techniques, and presentation of findings.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 301. Advanced Research Methods

3 Credits

Study of selected quantitative and qualitative skills and their application to criminal justice research.

Prerequisite: Restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 302. Crime, Justice and Society

3 Credits

Through critical analysis students build a rich understanding of the role of crime in our contemporary landscape and explore ideas and practices associated with justice, victimization, criminality, morality and righteousness. The course cultivates knowledge & awareness of the interactions between socially constructed phenomena (race, class, power, ethnicity, economic structures) and popular beliefs, policies, and practices associated with crime, punishment, and formal social control. It is recommended that you complete three of the following English courses before enrolling in this class: ENGL 111G, 203G, 211G, 218G, & 311G. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 303. Introduction to Criminological Theory

3 Credits

Defining and measuring crime, crime causation, and the criminal behavior system, and their linkage to criminal justice policies, procedures, and practices. Completed two of the following: ENGL 111G, 203G, 211G, 218G, or 311G. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to majors or consent of the instructor and must have completed C J 300.

Corequisite(s): Must be enrolled or have completed third English writing class.

C J 304. Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems

3 Credits

Examines the precursors to and development of three distinct systems associated with crime and punishment in the United States: the Courts, the Police, & Corrections. By studying the historical context and socio-political backdrop in which theses institutions emerged and expanded students will come to a richer understanding of them and their attendant polices, practices, conventions, and assumptions.It is recommended that you complete three of the following English courses before enrolling in this class: ENGL 111G, 203G, 211G, 218G, & 311G. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

Prerequisite(s): C J 300.

C J 306. Criminal Procedural Law

3 Credits

Legal analyses of the rights of criminal defendants; legal duties and responsibilities of criminal justice personnel in the processing of criminal defendants. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to majors, Forensic Science minors, or consent of instructor.

C J 307. Law of Evidence

3 Credits

Evidentiary rules and concepts and their application in a criminal trial. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to majors, Forensic Science minors, or consent of instructor.

C J 321. Criminal Investigation and Intelligence

3 Credits

Principles of criminal investigation and intelligence production; processing cases from complaint through crime scene search, identification and collection of evidence, interviewing and interrogation, and case preparation for courts. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to majors, Forensic Science minors, or consent of instructor.

C J 331. American Correctional Institutions

3 Credits

Structure, organization, and operations of United States jails and prisons. Overview of correctional standards and classification systems, emphasizing current theory and practice.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 332. Correctional Law

3 Credits

Federal and state laws and rules of post-conviction procedures; rights of the convicted related to sentencing, appeals, clemency, and restoration of rights.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 333. Juvenile Corrections

3 Credits

Development and implementation of juvenile facilities and community programs. Effectiveness of current corrections practices. Restricted to majors.

C J 345. Victimology

3 Credits

Study of risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims, and the role of the victim in the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 346. Psychology and the Justice System

3 Credits

Analysis of psychological underpinnings of criminal behavior and the implications of these psychological principles for criminal justice policy. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to majors, Forensic Science minors, or consent of instructor.

C J 347. Sex Crimes

3 Credits

Dynamics of sex crimes for victims and offenders, plus consideration of the legal and correction systems' response to sex crimes. Restricted to majors.

C J 348. Serial Killers

3 Credits

Overview and critical assessment of serial homicide and its relevance for contemporary U.S. society. Focus on factors influencing definitions and cultural understanding of serial homicide.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours.

C J 360. The Juvenile Justice System

3 Credits

History, development, and philosophy behind a separate juvenile justice system. Role of the juvenile court, evaluation of juvenile law and procedure, and the processing of juvenile offenders.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 380. Introduction to Terrorism

3 Credits

Overview of the phenomenon of terrorism, psychological and sociological theories of terrorism, and various contemporary governmental policies.

C J 391. Special Readings in Criminal Justice

1-3 Credits

Individually chosen subject areas not readily available in other courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisites: at least a 2.5 GPA and consent of instructor.

C J 393. Internship in Criminal Justice

1-12 Credits

Field experience in a local, state, or federal criminal justice or private security agency. Includes orientation, observation, conferences, and work experience. Credits limited to six if student has taken C J 293. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Restricted to majors. Graded S/U.

Prerequisites: consent of instructor and GPA of 2.5 or better.

C J 399. New Mexico Law

3 Credits

Same as GOVT 399, JOUR 399, SOC 399, and HIST 399.

C J 405. Juvenile Courts and Law

3 Credits

History, development, and current status of juvenile courts. Legal status of juveniles in court and constitutional protections afforded them. Restricted to majors.

C J 410. Criminal Justice Administrative Systems

3 Credits

Administrative structures in criminal justice agencies and institutions; relationship of administrative structures to practical police, courts, and corrections problems.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 412. Introduction to Security Technology and Loss Prevention

3 Credits

Private and public responses to security problems, including employee theft, perimeter security, and domestic or foreign terrorism; reviews related law and management practices.

C J 414. Race, Crime and Justice

3 Credits

Historical and contemporary analysis of the relationship between race and crime in the United States with emphasis upon human equality and fairness. Overview of racial and ethnic social categorizations and how they impact law and order.

C J 416. Global Perspectives on Youth and Drug Use

3 Credits

Overview of global drug use among young people, comparative legal structures, formal and informal responses. Restricted to C J, ANTH, GOVT, SOC, W S, S WK majors.

C J 417. Drugs In Our World

3 Credits

Comparative analysis of patterns and theories of drug use, formal government mitigation strategies.

C J 424. Forensic Law

3 Credits

Overview of the rules and issues related to the use of scientific information in the legal process. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: C J majors.

Prerequisite(s): C J major, Forensic Science minors, or consent of instructor.

C J 425. Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Examination of the key ethical and decision-making dilemmas facing professionals working in the field of law and criminal justice.

Prerequisite: restricted to majors or consent of instructor.

C J 427. Race and Crime in Film

3 Credits

Critical analysis of film where messages relating race and crime are present, with emphasis on how this imagery informs problem definition, policies, and practice within the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours.

C J 428. Mexican-American and Issues of Social Justice

3 Credits

In this course we will explore and discuss social issues related to the Mexican American community in the U.S., with special emphasis on their collective historical struggles and contributions to society. We will discuss the political, economic and cultural forces that exemplify their experience as a “whole.”

Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed C J 300 or research methods equivalent or consent from the instructor.

C J 429. Immigration & Justice

3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the complexities of immigration in the United States through a social justice lens. Students will explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in immigration through different groups’ historical and contemporary experiences, including immigrants' experience with the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): Student must have completed C J 300 or Research Methods equivalent or consent of the instructor.

C J 430. The U.S. Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System

3 Credits

History and workings of the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of the criminal justice system from writs of certiorari to last minute appeals in death penalty cases, including study of specific U.S. Supreme Court cases in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedural law, 8th amendment prison sentencing issues, and death penalty cases. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 431. Family Violence and the Law

3 Credits

This course will examine how practitioners are involved in the criminal justice system in areas of family violence including: child physical abuse; child sexual abuse; child neglect; child ritualistic abuse; child exploitation; sibling abuse; intimate partner abuse; stalking; sexual abuse and elder abuse. This course will be helpful for those who wish to go into law enforcement or victim’s advocacy work. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 432. Issues in Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Seminar on problems and conflicts encountered in major criminal justice issues. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for unlimited credits under different subtitles.

C J 434. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

3 Credits

Structure, organization, and operation of probation, parole, and other community-based correctional programs in the U.S. Overview of historical and recent trends in the supervision of offenders in the community and in the development of alternatives to incarceration. Analysis of issues related to community correctional policies and practices. Restricted to majors.

C J 435. Political Penology

3 Credits

Comparative analysis of incarceration and sanctions as punishment for crimes of conscience, religious intolerance, and dissidence.

C J 436. Courts and Sentencing

3 Credits

This course will focus on the structure, organization, and operation of the state and federal court systems in the United States. It examines courtroom decision making and dynamics of courthouse justice—prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining practices, jury and judicial decision making and sentencing. Additional topics will include racial, gender and class disparities in sentencing outcomes and the impact of recent reforms directed at the criminal court system. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 437. Wrongful Convictions

3 Credits

This course will address causes (e.g. problems in witness identification, forensics, police and attorney conduct) as well as results of erroneous dispositions (e.g. compensation, media dynamics, possible reforms) in a critical analysis. Appropriate for prospective police, legal, and policy professionals. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 440V. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3 Credits

Cross-national study of selected Western and non-Western legal systems. Comparison of structures and functions of police, court systems, and corrections in different systems.

C J 449. Senior Seminar

3 Credits

Problems and conflicts encountered in major attempts to control crime. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite(s): C J 101, C J 205, C J 210, C J 230, C J 250, C J 300, C J 301, 90 credit hours completed.

C J 451. Border Violence and Justice

3 Credits

Critical analysis of violence and systems of justice along border regions. Examines causes and correlates of violence experienced by those living in border regions and the social responses to that violence.

C J 453. Women and Justice

3 Credits

Critical analysis of the impact of the criminal justice system, race and class upon the lives of women. Restricted to majors.

C J 454. Human Trafficking

3 Credits

Study of global human trafficking, its causes and costs, and mitigation strategies. Restricted to C J, GOVT, SOC, W S, S WK majors.

C J 455. Feminist Research Methods

3 Credits

Feminist research practices and methodologies utilized in various disciplines. Definitions of research, what constitutes valid inquiry, how research can be feminist, and what it means to do interdisciplinary work. Same as W S 455.

C J 484. Hate Crimes & Groups

3 Credits

Explores the phenomenon of hate-motivated violence. Examines the hate crime laws, organized hate groups, and social theories attempting to explain violent hate.

C J 501. Research Methods in Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Research design, methods of data collection and analysis, and preparation of research reports. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite: C J major or consent of instructor.

C J 511. Nature of Crime

3 Credits

Defining and measuring crime, crime causation, and criminal behavior systems. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite: C J major or consent of instructor.

C J 514. Advanced Race, Crime, and Justice

3 Credits

Advanced analysis of the historical and contemporary relationship between race and crime in the United States with emphasis upon human equality and fairness. Overview of racial and ethnic social categorizations and how they impact law and order.

C J 515. A Course on Punishment

3 Credits

Exploration and analysis of the idea and practice of punishment through a variety of philosophical perspectives, seeking to understand its moral and practical viability as employed in contemporary society, including its application within the criminal justice system.

C J 520. Advanced Girls, Women & Crime

3 Credits

Advanced critical social science analysis of concepts of violence and justice as experienced by women impacted by the criminal justice system. Restricted to C J, W S majors. Crosslisted with: W S 520

C J 521. Law and Social Control

3 Credits

The development and implementation of criminal law. Consideration of functionalist, conflict, and interpretive theories and research. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite: C J major or consent of instructor.

C J 524. Forensic Law

3 Credits

Rules and policy implications related to the use of scientific information in legal process. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite: C J major or consent of instructor.

C J 525. Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Examination of the key ethical and decision-making dilemmas facing professionals working in the fields of law and criminal justice. Restricted to majors.

C J 527. Advanced Race & Crime in Film

3 Credits

Advanced critical analysis of film where messages relating race and crime are present, with emphasis on how this imagery informs problem definition, policies, and practice within the criminal justice system.

C J 529. Advanced Immigration & Justice

3 Credits

Advanced analysis of the complexities of immigration in the United States through a social justice lens. Students will explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in immigration through different groups’ historical and contemporary experiences, including immigrants' experience with the criminal justice system.

C J 530. Advanced U.S. Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System

3 Credits

Advanced history and workings of the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of the criminal justice system from writs of certiorari to last minute appeals in death penalty cases, including study of specific U.S. Supreme Court cases in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedural law, 8th amendment prison sentencing issues, and death penalty cases. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 531. Advanced Family Violence and the Law

3 Credits

This course will examine how practitioners are involved in the criminal justice system in areas of family violence including: child physical abuse; child sexual abuse; child neglect; child ritualistic abuse; child exploitation; sibling abuse; intimate partner abuse; stalking; sexual abuse and elder abuse. This course will be helpful for those who wish to go into law enforcement or victim’s advocacy work. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 532. Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (f, s, sum)

3 Credits

Seminar on problems and conflicts encountered in major criminal justice issues. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under different subtitles for unlimited credit.

C J 535. Advanced Political Penology

3 Credits

Advanced comparative analysis of incarceration and sanctions as punishment for crimes of conscience, religious intolerance, and dissidence.

C J 537. Advanced Wrongul Convictions

3 Credits

This course will address causes (e.g. problems in witness identification, forensics, police and attorney conduct) as well as results of erroneous dispositions (e.g. compensation, media dynamics, possible reforms) in a critical analysis. Appropriate for prospective police, legal, and policy professionals. Restricted to: Criminal Justice majors.

C J 541. Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Planning

3 Credits

Seminar on policy development, planning and implementation processes in criminal justice. Links formal policy goals as they relate to theory and outcomes. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. Restricted to majors.

Prerequisite: C J major or consent of instructor.

C J 545. Advanced Victimology

3 Credits

Study of risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims, and the role of the victim in the criminal justice system. Consideration of the impact of criminal justice policy on victim outcomes. Same as W S 545.

C J 554. Advanced Human Trafficking

3 Credits

Advanced study of global human trafficking, its causes and costs, and mitigation strategies. Restricted to C J, GOVT, SOC, W S, S WK majors.

C J 555. Advanced Feminist Research Methods

3 Credits

Advanced feminist research practices and methodologies utilized in various disciplines. Definitions of research, what constitutes valid inquiry, how research can be feminist, and what it means to do interdisciplinary work. Same as W S 555.

C J 560. Juvenile Justice Systems

3 Credits

Policy development and operations in police, court, and correctional agencies in response to juveniles. Analysis of programs designed to identify, prevent and treat juvenile offenders. CJ 570. Probation and Parole 3 cr. Advanced analysis of goals, theories and practices of all forms of correction in the community, including probation, parole, plus other intermediate sanctions. Restricted to majors.

C J 581. Community Policing

3 Credits

Overview and analysis of community policing issues from various perspectives. Analysis of strategies that facilitate police and community collaboration. Restricted to majors.

C J 591. Directed Readings in Criminal Justice

3 Credits

Supervised review of literature in specialized areas of the nature of crime, law and social control, and criminal justice administration. Consent of instructor required.

C J 592. Independent Research

1-3 Credits

Design and execution of a criminal justice research project. Requires a written paper in standard format, including literature review, hypotheses, methodology, findings, and conclusions.

C J 593. Internship

3-6 Credits

Supervised placement in an applied or research setting in criminal justice. An in-depth written report of the project is required. Restricted to C J majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U.

Prerequisites: introductory graduate course in the area of the internship and consent of the internship supervisor.

C J 599. Master's Thesis

15 Credits

Thesis.