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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950





Course Description

Undergraduate Online Degree Completion

Online Course Descriptions

Course Number and Title

UCM Course Catalog Description

Typical Assignments

Required/Core Courses

CJ 1000

Introduction to Criminal Justice

(3 hours)

(CJ 1000 is the required prerequisite for all other core courses)

The history, nature and function of the criminal justice system in America. Special attention is

given to the philosophical basis underlying this system and to the problems associated with crime control in a democratic society. At each stage of the process, major issues confronting the system are examined.

- Chapter reviews

- Chapter quizzes

- 4 exams throughout course

- Discussion Board posts

CJ 1605 Orientation to the Criminal Justice Major

(1 hour)

Course gives student opportunity to become acquainted with academic tools used and

techniques for success in major; to be taken immediately upon declaration of major. Prerequisite:  CJ 1000 and a major in Criminal Justice

- Chapter reviews

- Blackboard navigation exercises

- APA citation style exercises

CJ 2300 Criminal Law & Procedure

(3 hours)

An examination of the major

legal principles concerning the definition of crimes and defenses and the legal parameters of criminal investigation and prosecution.

- Chapter/weekly quizzes

- weekly writing assignments

- Unit exams

- Term paper

CJ 3006 Corrections

(3 hours)

An overview course in correctional theory and practice. Traces the historical development of corrections with emphasis on

changing social standards and philosophies. Examines the various types of correctional institutions, their mission, physical structure, management, and problems. Also examines probation and parole, including theory, practice and major issues confronting these correctional alternatives.

- Weekly quizzes

- Discussion Board posts

- Unit exams

CJ 3010 Policing in a Democratic Society

(3 hours)

An in‑depth look at the

relationship between law enforcement and American society. Focus is on police‑community relations, the police sub‑culture, and the need for

police objectives to conform to constitutional procedures.

- Weekly assignments

- 3 Unit exams

- Discussion Board posts

- Term paper

CJ 3600 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research & Statistics

(3 hours)

An introductory examination of the research methods and statistics with application most commonly utilized in criminological and criminal justice

research.

- Weekly or module assignments

- Unit exams

- Term paper/Research proposal

CJ 3605 Junior Seminar in Criminal Justice

(1 hours)

Junior Seminar is designed

to prepare students for a successful transition into a criminal justice career

or transition to graduate school. Prerequisite: CJ 1605.

- Access Office of Career Services to complete resume and other documents

- Complete Mock Interview

CJ 4503  Dynamics of Criminal Behavior

(3 hours)

An investigation of the perspectives of causation of norm-violating behavior. Emphasis will be placed on rule violating behaviors as defined by the criminal law and on potential policy implications for the criminal justice system.

- Module assignments and quizzes

- Unit exams

CJ 4605 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

(1 hours)

Capstone course for a final opportunity to assess a student’s general performance in the criminal justice major. Prerequisite: CJ 3605 and senior major in Criminal Justice.

- Core topic quizzes

- Complete MFT-iBT

Elective Courses*

CJ 2700 Introduction to Juvenile Justice

(3 hours)

An examination of the origins, philosophy and objectives of the juvenile justice system. Focus is on the operation, legal processes, current trends and roles of the various actors within the juvenile justice system.

- Module based assignments and quizzes

- Unit exams

- Research based final project

CJ 3020 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

(3 hours)

An examination of comparative

crime rates among nations and the world’s major models of justice systems.

- Weekly assignments

- Structured essay assignments

- Mid term and final exams

- Term paper

- Discussion Board posts

CJ 4060 Victimology

(3 hours)

An examination of the many facets of crime victimization including the victim, the offender, society-at-large, and the

dynamics of the victim-offender relationship.

- Module based quizzes

- Unit exams

- Discussion Board posts

- Create informational poster

CJ 4070 Drug Policy

(3 hours)

An examination of policies on the criminalization of drugs, ranging from their possession to their distribution, including issues

of legalization and the societal and political impact of the war on drugs.

CJ 4101 Criminal Justice Planning

(3 hours)

Planning concepts and development of comprehensive criminal justice plans; their integration into meaningful crime reduction and resistance programs; and their influence

on the operations of police, judicial and correctional agencies.

- Module based individual and group assignments

- Create strategic plan with other group members

CJ 4390 Death Penalty

(3 hours)

An examination of the jurisprudence, history and current issues about the death penalty.

CJ 4420 Organized Crime

(3 hours)

An analysis of both the historical

development of organized crime and its current impact on society. The enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, and legislative actions utilized to combat organized crime will be examined.

- Weekly assignments

- Unit exams

- Term paper

- Discussion Board posts

CJ 4444 Terrorism

(3 hours)

Study of violent political and religious movements around the world and the difficulties they pose to the institutions of justice in a democratic society.

- Module based discussion board, exam, and group exercise

CJ 3700 Juvenile Corrections

(3 hours)

An analysis of the theories, concepts, practices and special problems of juvenile corrections, including a review of contemporary juvenile correctional systems and discussion of recent

research concerning the juvenile institution and the various field services.

CJ 4703  International Juvenile Justice

(3 hours)

An overview of international

juvenile justice, through a examination of how the international society reacts to juvenile misbehavior and various juvenile justice models.