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CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES

CRIMLJUS 1130 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

A survey of the administration of Criminal justice, including the structural components of the criminal justice system and the stages of the criminal process from the detection of crime and arrest through prosecution, adjudication, sentencing and correctional intervention; emphasis upon analysis of decisions and practices within the context of the entire criminal justice system.

Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences

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CRIMLJUS 2130 - The Police Function (3 CREDITS)

The roles and functions of police in a democratic society, including their responsibilities for peacekeeping, law enforcement and service; the police as part of the criminal justice system and as agents of municipal government; models and styles of police behavior.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better

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CRIMLJUS 2230 - Correctional Philosophy (3 CREDITS)

The theories, philosophies and practices of corrections; sentencing structures and their relationship to correctional objectives; the modes of correctional intervention.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better

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CRIMLJUS 2340 - US Courts and the Criminal Justice System (3 CREDITS)

A detailed study of the adversarial system in the United States examining the history, tradition and philosophy underlying the system of justice as it is played out in the criminal courts, as well as administrative and civil courts.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better

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CRIMLJUS 2630 - Private Security Operations (3 CREDITS)

A survey of the physical, personnel and informational aspects of the security field; concept of physical information and personnel security systems integrated with management systems; controls in regard to private, public and government owned complexes.

Components: Class

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CRIMLJUS 2830 - Ethnicity, Race, and Crime (3 CREDITS)

A study of the correlation between ethnicity, race, crime and criminality in the United States. This course explores the interrelatedness of ethnicity, race, criminal law, and the sanctioning of criminal behavior in the United States.

Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 2830
GE: Ethnic Studies
Prereqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class

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CRIMLJUS 2930 - Interviewing (3 CREDITS)

Examination of the principles of effective interviewing as applied to investigative reporting, research, persuasion, counseling, employment, and the investigation of crime. The latter part of this course will pay particular attention to the theory and practice of interviewing and interrogation as applied to gaining information from complainants, witnesses, victims, informants, and suspects.

Components: Class

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CRIMLJUS 3130 - Criminal Investigation (3 CREDITS)

An introduction to the principles and procedures of criminal investigation, including the identification of physical and testimonial evidence, creation of hypotheses for the development of leads and documentation of findings.

Components: Discussion, Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a “C-” or better and junior standing or junior standing and a forensic investigation major

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CRIMLJUS 3230 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 CREDITS)

Cultural bases of laws, development of laws, conceptions of justice and patterns of crime; comparison of American justice systems with other Western and Asian justice systems.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better in each and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3330 - Police Administration (3 CREDITS)

Principles of police administration and organization; detailed analysis of police administration such as budgeting, personnel management, implementation of programs toward fulfillment of objectives and decision making.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3430 - Patterns of Criminal and Delinquent Behavior (3 CREDITS)

The legal and behavioral classification of crimes and criminals based on analysis of the criminal career of the offender, group support of the behavior, society’s reaction and the response of the legal system; analysis of crimes as systems of behavior: property, violent, professional organized, victimless, whitecollar, conventional and political crime.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better in each and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3530 - Correctional Institution (3 CREDITS)

History, development and functions of correctional institutions including prisons and jails; their custodial and correctional programs; the impact of incarceration upon inmates; the interactional structure of the prison environment; improving conditions and correctional programs.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3630 - Juvenile Justice (3 CREDITS)

Conceptions of juvenile delinquency; the juvenile offender in the juvenile justice system; the philosophy, structure and function of juvenile courts; legal rights of accused juveniles, correctional theories, and programs in juvenile institutions; methods and models of rehabilitating juvenile offenders and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3730 - Women and the Law (3 CREDITS)

A study of women in their legal roles as wives and mothers, workers and students, criminals and victims of crime. The course examines how the law affects women’s personal choices regarding marriage, having children, and aiming for high-level achievements in education and in work. Also examines ways in which law affects women in poverty and in old age.

Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3730
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 or one course in women’s studies and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3830 - Crime Prevention (3 CREDITS)

An investigation of the prevention of crime utilizing changes in both the physical and social environment of the community.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3900 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 CREDITS)

An introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better in each, MATH 1830 and junior standing or a Forensic Investigation major, MATH 1830 and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 3930 - Law of Corrections (3 CREDITS)

The law pertaining to the effects and consequences of conviction, sentencing and prisoner rights; the legal process in terms of post-trial motions and appeals of conviction.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4030 - Criminal Law (3 CREDITS)

A study of the principles, doctrines and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better in each and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4130 - Police-Community Relations (3 CREDITS)

Analysis of the interdependence of the police and community in maintaining order and controlling crime; theories of community and the community’s role in the development of police systems; tension and conflict in police-community interaction; programs and strategies for improving the quality of policecommunity relations.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4230 - Community-Based Corrections (3 CREDITS)

Community-based correctional programs; pre- and post-trial; a critical investigation of theories, practices and problems involved in pre-trial diversion, probation and parole.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3 CREDITS)

A study of case law defining constitutional constraints on police behavior in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification and investigation; rules on the exclusion of illegally seized evidence.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4430 - Issues in Criminal Justice Planning and Management (3 CREDITS)

Problems confronting American criminal justice in the areas of criminal law, courts, law enforcement and corrections; models and alternatives for reforming the criminal justice process including program planning, development and management.

Components: Class

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CRIMLJUS 4500 - Directed Individual Studies (1-3 CREDITS)

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student with staff approval.

Components: Independent Study
Cross Offering: FORENSIC 4500
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a “C-” or better, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4530 - Social Welfare Policy (3 CREDITS)

This course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting historical and contemporary social welfare policy proposals, methods, and alternatives to existing policies and programs such as those that impact at-risk and diverse populations. (Spring)

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better or PSYCHLGY 1130 with a “C-” or better or SOCIOLGY 1030 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4540 - Social Work Practice with Communities, Organizations, and Social Institutions (3 CREDITS)

This course will prepare students to engage with, assess, intervene with, and evaluate social work organizations and communities. The purpose of this course is to address social work practices with communities, organizations and social institutions. The National Association of Social Workers (NSAW) Code of ethics and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards for cultural competence in social work practices will provide the guiding principles for social work values and ethics. This course includes an analysis of social work theories and principles, their application to organizational, communal, and institutional settings, and specific techniques and methods appropriate to community organizing and development. (Fall)

Components: Class

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CRIMLJUS 4630 - Current Topics In Criminal Justice (1-3 CREDITS)

Current issues in criminal justice that may not warrant a permanent course. Course content will be announced each time the course is presented.

Components: Class
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a “C-” or better

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CRIMLJUS 4730 - Honors in Criminal Justice Research (2-4 CREDITS)

The practical application of research to the criminal justice field. The student will design a complete research project within the framework of a tutorial relationship with a member of the criminal justice faculty.

Components: Independent Study
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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CRIMLJUS 4840 - Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment (3 CREDITS)

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic psychopharmacology, recreational drug use, substance abuse, and dependency. Included in this approach will be coverage of addiction theory, prevention, and assessment. Particular attention will be paid to risk and protective factors associated with abuse and dependency. (Fall)

Components: Class
Cross Offering: PSYCHLGY 4840
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 1130, PSYCHLGY 1130 or SOCIOLGY 1030 and junior standing; a biology course is recommended

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CRIMLJUS 4850 - Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Populations (3 CREDITS)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of substance abuse counseling. In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge of recognized substance abuse counseling interventions, students will also practice these intervention skills in class. Issues related to case management will be covered including treatment planning, goal setting, continual assessment, referral, record management, and written documentation. Particular attention will be paid to addressing the application of these interventions and case management procedures to culturally diverse special populations . Ethical issues related to substance use and professional responsibility will also be discussed. (Spring)

Components: Class
Cross Offering: PSYCHLGY 4850
Prereqs: PSYCHLGY 4840 or CRIMLJUS 4840

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CRIMLJUS 4880 - Internship (3 CREDITS)

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a governmental or private agency, emphasis place on integration of criminal justice theory and practice through field observations, practical experience, and extensive report writing, including submission of daily reports, administrative reports, and case reports.

Components: Field Studies
Cross Offering: FORENSIC 4880
Prereqs: 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, an accumulated GPA of 2.25 and have passed the department’s writing certification requirement

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CRIMLJUS 4930 - Criminal Justice Seminar (3 CREDITS)

Discussion and evaluation of problems in the contemporary criminal justice system; individual research and presentation of findings.

Components: Seminar
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a “C-” or better, senior standing and have passed the department’s writing certification requirement

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FORENSIC COURSES

FORENSIC 1320 - Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (3 CREDITS)

This course delves into various types of technology, techniques and equipment used in crime laboratories, and various types of technology, techniques and equipment used by crime scene technicians at a crime scene. Course also provides an overview for the career of crime scene technicians. (Spring, Fall)

Components: Class

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FORENSIC 2320 - Fingerprint Classification and Development (3 credits)

This course delves into the theoretical and practical applications of fingerprint identification. Course involves developing latent prints from numerous sources in a laboratory setting and at a crime scene. Course also includes rolling fingerprints and fingerprint comparison using automated fingerprint identification systems. Students learn to examine and classify latent prints using the henry alpha - numeric classification system. (Spring, Fall)

Components: Class
Prereqs: FORENSIC 1320

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FORENSIC 2420 - Evidence Collection and Preservation (2 CREDITS)

This course covers the methodology associated with the collection and preservation of physical evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, footwear impressions, and blood and biological samples at crime scenes. Chain of custody procedures, recording evidence submissions and managing and maintaining evidence collection storage facilities will also be covered. The course will adhere to a step-by-step training associated with the most current version of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Evidence Collection Handbook, (8th Ed). (Spring)

Components: Class
Prereqs: FORENSIC 1320

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FORENSIC 2620 - Investigative Photography (3 CREDITS)

Investigative Photography is a course designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of photography and its application to the science and technology of criminal investigation. Students will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to record and document, collect, protect and defend the credibility of evidence with the use of photography. (Spring, Fall)

Components: Class
Prereqs: FORENSIC 1320

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FORENSIC 3040 - Crime Scene Processing Techniques (4 CREDITS)

Crime Scene Processing Techniques is a course crafted to familiarize the student with the methodologies and techniques associated with scientific crime scene processing. The student will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to document, collect, preserve, and defend the credibility of evidence. The student will take part in lecture and laboratory components to ensure theoretical understanding and technical application of the material presented. (Fall, Spring)

Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 2620

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FORENSIC 3140 - Criminalistics (5 CREDITS)

The function and techniques of the application of scientific methods to the evaluation of physical evidence. The course examines the various analytical systems used in the evaluation of physical evidence with a balance between the theoretical framework and practical application in the laboratory. (Fall)

Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 3040 with “C-” or better in all and junior standing

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FORENSIC 4020 - Courtroom Testimony and Evidence (3 CREDITS)

This course is intended to give the criminal justice student a fundamental understanding of the trial process including, inter alia, working with the prosecutor, establishing the chain-of-custody of evidence, qualifying as an expert, and legal requirements for specific forensic evidence. Although not a pre-law course, this course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the intricacies of trial-related issues of concern to investigators, police officers, and forensic examers. (Spring)

Components: Discussion, Class
Prereqs: forensic investigation major or minor or criminal justice major or minor, junior standing 241

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FORENSIC 4500 - Directed Individual Studies (1-3 CREDITS)

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student with staff approval.

Components: Independent Study
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4500
Prereqs: FORENSIC 3140 with a “C-” or better, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and junior standing

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FORENSIC 4620 - Current Topics in Forensic Investigation (1-3 CREDITS)

Current issues in forensic investigation that may not warrant a permanent course. Course content will be announced each time the course is presented.

Components: Independent Study
Prereqs: junior standing or consent of instructor

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FORENSIC 4720 - Honors Research in Forensic Investigation (2-4 CREDITS)

The practical application of research to the forensic investigation field. The student will design a complete research project within the framework of a tutorial relationship with a member of the forensic investigation or criminal justice faculty.

Components: Independent Study
Prereqs: FORENSIC 3140 with a “C-” or better and junior standing

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FORENSIC 4880 - Internship (8 CREDITS)

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a governmental or private agency, emphasis place on integration of criminal justice theory and practice through field observations, practical experience, and extensive report writing, including submission of daily reports, administrative reports, and case reports.

Components: Field Studies
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4880
Prereqs: 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, an accumulated GPA of 2.25 and have passed the department’s writing certification requirement

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FORENSIC 4920 - Forensic Investigation Seminar (3 CREDITS)

Discussion and evaluation of problems in the contemporary criminal justice system; individual research and presentation of findings. (Fall, Spring)

Components: Seminar
Prereqs: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a “C-” or better, senior standing and have passed the department’s writing certification requirement

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