Criminal Justice (CJ)

200 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 - Fall & Spring) An intensive examination of the philosophical and historical backgrounds, agencies and processes, purposes and functions, administration and technical problems, and career orientations of our criminal justice system. Extensive reading required. Critical thinking, problem solving and writing exercises are utilized through interaction with a computerized software application package simulating the criminal justice system. This course is a prerequisite to all other criminal justice courses.

210 Principles of Law Enforcement (3 - Fall & Spring) An introduction to the complex responsibilities, procedures, and policies of a law enforcement agency operating in a pluralistic, multi-culture, free market, democratic society. Extensive reading required. Critical thinking, problem solving and writing exercises geared to practical applications in law enforcement are core requirements of this course. Interaction with computer based software applications for research required.

220 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 - Spring) An examination of the ethical issues encountered within the Criminal Justice System. Critical moral reasoning, criteria for ethical decision making, codes of professional ethics, and typical ethical dilemma in the Criminal Justice System will be covered. Prereq: CJ 200, 210.

310 (510) Criminal Investigation (3 - Fall) An intensive examination of the scientific basis for criminal investigative procedures including theory, case preparation, specific techniques for interpreting and evaluating physical evidence, and problem areas encountered when conducting a criminal investigation in our society. Extensive reading and writing required. A research project utilizing library resources and computer based software applications required. Prereq: CJ 210.

320 (520) Criminal Procedure (3 - Fall & Spring) An overview of the process of adjudication of a criminal case from the time of arrest to final disposition, including trial procedures, the due process requirement, and constitutional limitations. Research requirement. Prereq: CJ 210.

364 (564) Corrections (3 - Fall & Spring) A survey of correctional methods including probation, parole, other community based corrections, and correctional institutions. (Same as SOC 364/564)

370 Juvenile Justice Process (3 - Spring) Law and procedure in the juvenile justice system. (Same as SWRK 345)

400 (600) Criminal Law (3 - Fall & Spring) The history, purpose, and theory of criminal law. An examination of the classification of crimes and the nature of criminal liability. Prereq: CJ 210.

411 (611) Special Topics (1-3 - Fall & Spring) Selected topics of current interest and importance. Prereq: Instructor's approval. Course may be repeated with different topics. A maximum of six credit hours can be counted toward a major or a minor in Criminal Justice.

420 (620) Criminal Evidence (3 - Fall & Spring)The organization and presentation of evidence in a courtroom setting including an examination of the law of evidence.

450 (650) Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3 - Spring, Even Numbered Years) Emphasizes the professional development of criminal justice students by a critical examination of ethics, topical commentaries, articles and reports from the most recent literature in the criminal justice field. Extensive reading and writing are core requirements. A research project involving a review of current literature and/or original research is required. Interaction with computer based software applications is essential. Prereq: CJ 200, 210.

460 (660) Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 - Fall & Spring) A critical examination of theory and practice in the Criminal Justice System. Research, writing and presentation of papers. Prereq: Senior standing, SOC 301, 302, 305, 413, and completion of at least 21 credit hours in Criminal Justice courses.

470 (670) Tennessee Criminal Law (3 - Fall & Spring) In-depth study of the current Tennessee Code Annotated sections on substantive Criminal Law and applicable sections of evidence and procedure. Prereq: CJ 400 or permission of instructor.

480 Internship in Criminal Justice (3-6 - Spring) Application of criminal justice skills in a supervised workplace setting. Placement will be determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student. The student may or may not be paid. Student grades will be based on the instructor's academic evaluation as well as the work evaluation by the student's on-the-job supervisor. Prereq: Criminal Justice major, senior standing, and a minimum 3.00 GPA in Criminal Justice coursework or permission of department chair. May only be taken once for credit.