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School Dean

Janet Dizinno, Ph.D.


Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Chair

Armando J. Abney, Ph.D.

Description of Program/Major

Criminal justice professionals and criminologists have assumed a central role in researching, formulating, implementing and evaluating public policy designed to control crime. Crime transcends all geographical, social and economic boundaries, affecting all countries and demographic strata.

Controlling crime requires knowledge of individual and social factors that lead to criminal behavior, and strategies and practices to control crime. Criminal justice is the study of the administration, organization, goals, processes, practices, roles, philosophies and histories of organizations created to prevent and control crime and dilenquency.

These include the police and law enforcement agencies, courts, community-based corrections and correctional institutions. The criminal justice program at St. Mary's University focuses on the integration of liberal studies with the professional preparation of the student.

The criminal justice degree prepares graduates for a variety of employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. The program aims to develop students' critical thinking, problem solving, communications, and technology skills that will help them excel in the criminal justice field.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self (Formerly PL 1310)3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God (Formerly TH 2301)3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics (Formerly PL 2332)3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process (Formerly FA 1101, FA 1102, FA 1103)3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core (30 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Mathematics MT 1301, MT 1302, MT 1303, MT 1305, MT 1306, MT 1411, MT 24123
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year;
Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied;
Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.
HistoryAny HS courses.3
ScienceBL 1301, BL 1302, BL 3311, BL 3312, CH 1303, CH 1304, CH 1401, CH 1402, EG 2300, ES 1300, ES 1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY 1300, PY 1310, PY 1401, PY 14023
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX, HU 33033
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU3
LiteratureEN 23XX3

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
CJ 2300 Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
Survey of the philosophy, history, and practices of the American criminal justice system. Empha sis is given to current needs, ethics, duties, and diverse opportunities in various local, state, and federal agencies. This course is a prerequisite for all Criminal Justice courses.

CJ 2304 Criminal Justice Admin (3)
Study of the nature, organizational structures and administration of criminal justice agencies.

CJ 2308 Police Role in Crime&Delinquen (3)
Study of police strategies and practices in the prevention and control of crime among juveniles.

CJ 2310 Criminal Procdure and Evidence (3)
Study of legal rules governing the procedures for gathering and admitting criminal evidence in court proceedings.

CJ 2312 Police-Community Relations (3)
Study of the role of the police officer in achieving and maintaining positive relations with the general public.

CJ 2314 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
Jurisprudential philosophy and historical development of common law and statutory crimes; classi fication of crimes; elements of specific crimes, defenses and penalties.

CJ 2350 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
Study of ethical issues confronted by the criminal justice profession.

CJ 2399 Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
Topics in Criminal Justice (for elective credit only)

CJ 3300 Adjudication of Social Issues (3)
Issues vary from semester to semester as our society faces new developments and challenges. Examples of offerings include sanctity of life, euthanasia, AIDS, environment, genetic research, ob scenity, privacy, conscience, consumer rights, the family, suicide, religious freedom, freedom of the press, victimless crimes, family abuse, affirmative action and reverse discrimination, equality, and justice.

CJ 3302 Process & Policy Amer Courts (3)
Study of the structure, organization, and procedures of federal and state courts.

CJ 3303 International Justice system (3)
A cross-na tional study of crime and crime control.

CJ 3305 Law and Society (3)
Study of the interaction between the U.S. legal and social cultures.

CJ 3306 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
An introduction to the methods used to conduct qualitative research in natural social settings. An examination of the methods of ethnography, participant observation/non-participant observation, focus group, interview, and use of documentary sources included. Students may have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Additional topics include data coding, data analysis, and research ethics. Prerequisites: Junior standing

CJ 3307 Issues in Policing (3)
Study of current issues affecting police management and administration.

CJ 3310 Corrections in the Community (3)
Study of probation, parole, and other community-reintegration procedures.

CJ 3312 Correctional Counsel&Treatment (3)
Study of the scope and purposes of correctional treatment and techniques of correctional counsel ing.

CJ 3313 Correctional Institutions (3)
Study of the philosophy, organizational structure and practices of correctional insitutions.

CJ 3314 Substance Abuse (3)
Introduction to chemical dependency and the factors associated with the abusive use of chemicals; factors associated with helping the chemically dependent person.

CJ 3320 Social Stratification (3)
An analysis of social stratification utilizing social class as the unit of study. The course will focus on the structure of social classes in the U.S. as a ma jor factor influencing individual and group life chances with regards to education, crime, health, and disease, world views and life styles.

CJ 3323 Victimology (3)
Study of crime victims and their interaction with offenders, criminal justice officials, and the public.

CJ 3324 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
An examination of juvenile delinquency in the U.S.: its nature, extent, causes, effects, prevention and rehabilitation. Sociological approaches to delinquency are em phasized, but psychological and legal approaches are also considered.

CJ 3325 Criminology (3)
An overview of the study of crime and the development of criminology. The nature, extent, causes, effects, rehabilitation and prevention of crime are examined from a sociological perspective. Psychological, legal, and philosophical approaches to crime are also considered.

CJ 3326 Interviewing Techniques (3)
An introduction to principles, strategies, techniques and practical skills involved in interviewing. Ma jor types of interviews are considered, including information-gathering, information-providing, and counseling. Personal involvement and experience in conducting and evaluating actual interviews.

CJ 3327 Mediation Techniques (3)
Study of methods and techniques of conflict resolution, communications, mediation, and diversity awareness. Upon completion of CJ 3327, students wishing to receive a Certificate of Training as a mediator must complete either CJ 4303 (Internship) or 100 hours of volunteer service as a media- tor in an appropriate setting approved by supervising faculty.

CJ 3330 Research Methods Crim Justice (3)
Study of methods and techniques of social research with an emphasis on criminology and criminal justice.

CJ 3331 Computer Tech in Criminal Just (3)
In tegrating computer application and research methods. Prerequisite: CJ 3330 or concurrently enrolled in CJ 3330.

CJ 3351 Social Psychology (3)
Theories and research on social factors in behavior, including such topics as attitudes, perception, leadership, and attraction.

CJ 3361 Urban Sociology (3)
An analysis of cities, their historical development and social organization. Topics include urbanization in developed and developing societies, urban stratification and lifestyles, and urban, metropolitan and regional planning.

CJ 3362 Demography and Ecology (3)
The demographic study of human populations, including fertility, mortality, migration, age, sex, class composition. The ecological study of relations between human societies and their environments. Analysis of environmental problems and proposed solutions.

CJ 3371 Minority Relations (3)
A study of ethnic, religious and racial relations in the U.S. and other countries. Topics include power relationships, prejudice, discrimination, ethnic stratification, migration, assimilation and pluralism. Minorities to be considered include Blacks, Mexican-Americans and Native Americans.

CJ 4301 Legal Topics in Crim Justice (3)
Study of a special topic and the law. Emphasis given to legal reasoning, of case briefing, historical evolution of the law, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: CJ 3300 or instructor approval.

CJ 4302 Senior Seminar in Criminal Jus (3)
Capstone course designed to evaluate knowledge and skills acquired by criminal justice and crimi nology students about their discipline. Students will design, analyze, write, and present a re search project. The student must demonstrate knowledge of computer applications to research methodologies. In addition, the student must demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively work within groups.

CJ 4303 Internship in Crimi Just&Crimi (3)
The student must acquire a minimum of 160 hours of practical experience in an approved criminal justice or social service agency. Unless an exception is made, this course is to be taken between the junior and senior years.

CJ 4304 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
Based on the student's professional and academic interest, the instructor will design an individuall ized reading course for the student.

CJ 4305 Special Topics in Criminal Jus (3)
Selected topics in criminal justice or criminology.

CJ 4325 Constitutional Law II (3)
Analyses of the constitutional system, including political and civil rights such as speech, press, assembly, religion, race discrimination, criminal procedure, and privacy.

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