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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CRJ 210 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Hours

This course introduces the history and philosophy of criminal justice systems, including law enforcement, courts and corrections. It offers a comprehensive study of the theory and systems of criminal justice in modern societies, and examines the interrelationships of law enforcement agencies, court systems, correctional and penal systems, and the administration of justice.

CRJ 258 Criminology

3 Hours

This course includes an analysis of the major sociological theories of crime causation, sociological aspects of types of offenders, and the methodologies of measuring and analyzing criminal behavior and environments conducive to criminal behavior.

CRJ 261 Criminal Law

3 Hours

Students will study the scope and sources of criminal law. This course gives special attention to the basic elements of crime, defenses and criminal responsibility.

CRJ 357 Corrections

3 Hours

This course introduces the concepts, philosophies and theories of corrections and penology. Students will examine trends and patterns in treatment of criminal offenders with special emphasis on early identification, referral processes and current innovative methods of rehabilitation.

CRJ 395 Police Procedures/Individual Rights

3 Hours

Students will study the effects of the U.S. Constitution and state laws on law enforcement processes. Topics include the history and contemporary applications of the law to the search and seizure of evidence, electronic surveillance, interrogation practices, and identification procedures.

CRJ 433 Seminar in Criminal Justice

3 Hours

This course is an advanced seminar and capstone experience for students majoring in criminal justice. Students will focus on emerging issues of significant concern for agencies, organizations and individuals within the criminal justice profession.

HMS 245 Drug Use and Abuse

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the physical, psychological and social effects of drug use and abuse in American society. This course is designed to assist students in making value choices relative to their own use of legal and illegal drugs.

HMS 300 Alcohol Use and Abuse

3 Hours

This course is a study of the psycho/social aspects of addiction. Study will include symptoms, causes and available treatment approaches. This course serves as an introduction to alcohol and related drug abuse. Students will explore historical, theoretical and current perspectives of alcoholism.

HMS 320 Victimology

3 Hours

Victimology is the scientific study of crime victims, focusing on the physical, emotional and financial impact on victims, communities and the larger society.

PHL 220 Introduction to Ethical Issues

3 Hours

This course examines ethical decision making in the context of contemporary issues that are a part of our personal and social life, such as lying, sexual morality, capital punishment, war and euthanasia. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (effective by 2009)

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

SOC 312 Methods of Social Research

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to theresearch process as applied to social andpsychological subjects. Students will studyproblem formulation, research design,instrument design, project administration,data analysis and interpretation, reportwriting and issues in research. A researchproject is required. Students interested inobtaining a social work license in SouthDakota or graduate study in sociology needthis course.

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