Criminal Justice Courses

Course offerings reflect the 2019-2020 Elmhurst College Catalog. One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

An overview of the development, organization and function of the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems in the United States. Issues of prevention, control, prosecution and treatment of crime and violators will be discussed. The social and cultural factors that influence the creation of laws, the commission of crime and the operation of law enforcement, courts and corrections will be emphasized. Professional, legal and ethical concerns will be explored using case examples.

An examination of the role of the police in modern society. Topics include interactions with minorities, racial profiling, police corruption and the use of force. Emphasis on accountability and remedies for strained relationships between the police and the public.

An examination of the historical foundations and ideological and pragmatic justifications for punishment and imprisonment; sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration; organization and management of correctional institutions; inmate life and prison; treatment and custody; discharge and parole.

An analysis and in-depth study of how multiple institutions within the social environment of contemporary U.S. society influence juvenile offenders. Special attention is given to issues and dilemmas in arresting, processing, charging, interrogating, prosecuting, sentencing/punishing and incarcerating juvenile offenders.

Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

A focus on the operation of organized criminal activities and white collar crime. Structure, participant characteristics, legal handling, investigation, prosecution and sentencing will be examined and compared.

Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

An introduction to the logic and procedures for conducting social research. An examination of the foundations of social research, research design, methods of observation, data analysis and ethical issues in research.

Prerequisite: PSY 355 or MTH 345 or MTH 346.

An examination of the evolution of criminal investigation as well as current investigative techniques and protocol. Students will explore the various stages of crime (the scene) via physical evidence, canvassing for witnesses, arrest and preparation for prosecution.

Prerequisite: CJ 200.

Gender and Crime focuses on explanations of the criminality of women, men and transgender people in the U.S. and the prison cultures associated with different genders. The course examines how dominant cultural norms and values reflect differential power relations between individuals in U.S. society and how these power inequalities act as root causes of crime. It explores how crime is used by individuals to appeal to, reject or change societal norms and relationships as well as how social control of such individuals is used to shore up support for existing societal norms and relationships.

Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

An examination of early and modern theories of criminality from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on sociological explanations, including social disorganization, subcultural theories, strain and self-control. Associations among theory, research and policy will be highlighted.

Prerequisites: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent and junior or senior standing.

An examination of the development and operation of United States criminal law, including legal terminology, crime definitions and criminal defenses. Criminal responsibility and the capacity to commit a crime will be covered. Specific areas of interest include jurisdiction, double jeopardy, entrapment, insanity and mens rea.

Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of the instructor.

A focus on the protections afforded by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. Specific topics include the exclusionary rule, Miranda warnings, warrantless searches and probable cause. Students will be required to read U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to law enforcement activities and individual rights.

Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of the instructor.

Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. Some of these include police racial profiling, capital punishment, the courts, domestic violence, probation and parole and serial murderers.

May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of the instructor.

.50, .75 or 1.00 credit

Independent, guided field work in criminal justice. Field work involves work in an agency, organization or community setting using criminal justice theory to analyze and solve problems. A minimum of 140 hours on site is required during the term for 1.00 credit.

Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice and consent of the instructor. Upon request.

.50, .75 or 1.00 credit

A course in independent, guided research. Practical experience is acquired in the stages of designing and conducting a research project in criminal justice.

Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: CJ/SOC 323 and consent of the instructor. Upon request.

.50, .75 or 1.00 credit

An independent and concentrated reading course focusing on a specific problem area, field of specialization or thought of a major thinker in criminal justice.

Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice and consent of the instructor. Upon request.

.50 credit

This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of criminal justice, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance.

Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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