Department of Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Juvenile Justice

Purpose and Goals

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to produce proficient graduates who can excel in various aspects of the field in leadership, service, research, and innovation. Criminal Justice majors will have the benefit of an informed and caring faculty to challenge them in their preparation to meet the demands of today’s workplace and the nation’s most rigorous graduate programs. Our undergraduate programs are designed to produce graduates who are skilled in improving the life experiences of youths in the juvenile/criminal justice system, law enforcement, and child-helping organizations.  Our undergraduate programs are also designed to ensure students acquire the knowledge and research skill to enter graduate programs in their chosen areas of specialization.  

Instructional Organization

    Undergraduate Degree Programs in Criminal Justice

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following areas for the Criminal Justice Programs.  

Program Degree Offered
Criminal JusticeB.S.C.J.
Criminal Justice with Specialization in Juvenile JusticeB.S.C.J.-J.J.

Academic Standards and Academic Progress

Only courses passed with grades of "C" or higher may be applied to the forty-two (42) semester hours constituting the Major Requirements for Criminal Justice. 

Criminal Justice Degree Program Requirements

Core Curriculum42
College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Language Requirements6
Foreign Language Electives (One Language; One Sequence). Criminal Justice majors must complete 6 semester hours of one language to satisfy the foreign language requirement. 1
Support Area Requirement 3
Statistics
Major Requirements for Criminal Justice
CRJS 1133Principles of Criminal Justice3
CRJS 2413Police Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2513Corrections: Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2613Court Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2713Juvenile Justice Systems3
CRJS 3623Criminal Law I3
CRJS 3823Criminal Justice Research Methods I3
CRJS 4923Criminology3
CRJS 4983Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice3
Criminal Justice Electives15
Minor/Unrestricted Electives 127
Total Hours120

1

Students may use their unrestricted electives to complete a minor. The student is responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements are met. Students are advised to select minors in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field such as psychology, human development, sociology, social work, political science, economics, or foreign language. If the minor requires less than 27 credit hours the difference should be made up in unrestricted electives. If no minor is selected, the total unrestricted electives would be 27 hours. Students are advised to select electives in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field.

Minor in Criminal Justice for Majors in other Disciplines

CRJS 1133Principles of Criminal Justice3
CRJS 2413Police Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2513Corrections: Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2613Court Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2713Juvenile Justice Systems3
CRJS 3623Criminal Law I3
CRJS 4923Criminology3
CRJS 4983Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice3
Criminal Justice Elective3
Total Hours27

Criminal Justice Suggested Degree Program Sequence

Freshman
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 11333CRJS 25133
ENGL 11233ENGL 11333
MATH 11133POSC 11233
POSC 11133Natural Science3
COMM 10033Visual and Performing Arts 3
Total15Total15
Sophomore
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 26133CRJS 27133
HIST 13133CRJS 24133
Natural Science3HIST 13233
Foreign Language I3Foreign Language II3
Unrestricted Elective 3Social/Behavioral Science3
Total15Total15
Junior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
Statistics3CRJS 38233
CRJS 36233CRJS Elective3
Two CRJS Electives6Unrestricted Elective3
Unrestricted Elective 3Humanities3
 Computing3
Total15Total15
Senior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 49233CRJS 49833
CRJS Elective3CRJS Elective3
Three Unrestricted Electives 9Three Unrestricted Electives 9
Total15Total15
Total Hours: 120

Criminal Justice with Specialization in Juvenile Justice Degree Program Requirements

Core Curriculum42
College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Language Requirements6
Foreign Language Electives (One Language; One Sequence)
Support Area Requirements3
Statistics
Major Requirements for Criminal Justice with Juvenile Justice Specialization
CRJS 1133Principles of Criminal Justice3
CRJS 2413Police Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2513Corrections: Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2613Court Systems and Practices3
CRJS 2713Juvenile Justice Systems3
CRJS 2723Theories and Development of Juvenile Gangs3
CRJS 2743Law of Juvenile Justice3
CRJS 3623Criminal Law I3
CRJS 3733Juvenile Probation and Parole3
CRJS 3823Criminal Justice Research Methods I3
CRJS 4923Criminology3
CRJS 4983Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice3
Two Criminal Justice Electives6
Minor/unrestricted electives 127
Total Hours120

1

Students may use their unrestricted electives to complete a minor.  The student is responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements are met.  Students are advised to select minors in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field such as psychology, human development, sociology, social work, political science, economics or foreign language.  If the minor requires less than 27 credit hours the difference should be made up in unrestricted electives.  If no minor is selected, the total unrestricted electives would be 27 hours.  Students are advised to select electives in areas that are supportive of the criminal justice field. 

Criminal Justice with Specialization in Juvenile Justice Suggested Degree Program Sequence

Freshman
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 11333CRJS 25133
ENGL 11233ENGL 11333
MATH 11133POSC 11233
POSC 11133Natural Science3
COMM 10033Visual and Performing Arts3
Total15Total15
Sophomore
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 26133CRJS 27133
HIST 13133CRJS 24133
Natural Science3HIST 13233
Foreign Language I3Foreign Language II3
Unrestricted Elective 3Social/Behavioral Science 3
Total15Total15
Junior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 36233CRJS 38233
CRJS 27233CRJS 27433
CRJS Elective3Humanities 3
Statistics 3Computing3
Unrestricted Elective 3Unrestricted Elective 3
Total15Total15
Senior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
CRJS 49233CRJS 49833
CRJS 37333CRJS Elective3
Three Unrestricted Electives 9Three Unrestricted Electives 9
Total15Total15
Total Hours: 120

Honor Societies, Clubs and Service Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma - National Honor Society in Criminal Justice . The Honor Society was created to recognize scholarship among students of Criminal Justice and provide them with opportunities to attend various conferences sponsored by the national organization. Students are also provided information about opportunities in careers in Criminal Justice as well as educational opportunities in graduate and professional schools.

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice - Student Division . This is a national organization of Criminal Justice Professionals who provide its members with current information about the field of Criminal Justice. The Prairie View Chapter provides its members with opportunities to attend various conferences sponsored by the national organization and regional chapters. Students also have access to career counseling and information about career opportunities with various federal, state, and local agencies.

The Criminal Justice Club . This organization is open to any student majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice at this institution. The primary purpose of the organization is to provide its members with information about career opportunities and graduate and professional educational opportunities in the field. They also provide a forum for various recruiters to speak to its members and they also take field trips to area criminal justice agencies to observe and speak with professionals.

Courses

CRJS 1111 Introductory Seminar in Criminal and Juvenile Justice: 1 semester hour.

An overview of the professional opportunities available in criminal justice, juvenile justice and related fields. Students will be introduced to the importance of professional relationship building, the value of internships, and the myriad professional job opportunities available in both juvenile and criminal justice

CRJS 1123 Crime in America: 3 semester hours.

Presentations from active practitioners and researchers in the field of criminal justice on the current state of crime in America. The course includes an examination of the statements of offenders themselves on the nature of their criminality

CRJS 1133 Principles of Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

Principles of philosophy and history of criminal justice including the constitutional restraints imposed on criminal justice officials. Emphasis will be on the criminal justice officials' role in the prevention and control of crime and delinquency. ** (CRIJ 1301, 1314) ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2113 Intro Geog Info Sys: 3 semester hours.

An introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information System (GIS) and science and art of making maps. The course introduces students to the basic principles of using GIS as tool for managing and analyzing spatial data

CRJS 2413 Police Systems and Practices: 3 semester hours.

A study of the structural aspects and principles of personnel management, program development, fiscal management, and other major components of police organization. ** (CRIJ 2332) ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2423 Introduction to Criminal Investigation and Identification: 3 semester hours.

A survey of scientific crime detection methods, the identification and presentation of evidence. Instrumentation, and crime report writing. ** (CRIJ 2314) ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2433 Police Community Relations: 3 semester hours.

An examination of various aspects of police- community relations. It includes the effects of various forms of policing styles on community dynamics, misperceptions and bias on the part of both communities and the police. Other topics include civil rights and civil liberties as they relate to law enforcement policy. ** (CRIJ 2318, 2326) ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2443 Introduction to Homeland Security: 3 semester hours.

The course will introduce students to the history of the Department of Homeland Security as a federal entity and homeland security as an area of study in the United States. It will include major research and theoretical perspectives that have resulted in significant initiatives to keep persons in the United States safe from various threats

CRJS 2453 Introduction to Terrorism: 3 semester hours.

The study of the history and development of terrorism the various types of terrorism, including narcoterrorism, religious terrorism, state-sponsored terrorism and domestic terrorism. Emphasis will be placed on counter-terrorism program

CRJS 2513 Corrections: Systems and Practices: 3 semester hours.

An examination of the organization, administration and management of correctional facilities and programs in the United States. It includes a study of the populations served, sentencing structures and their outcomes for the individuals, families and communities involved

CRJS 2523 Alternatives to Incarceration: 3 semester hours.

An examination of various correctional alternatives to incarceration including probation, parole, developments in the technological monitoring of offenders, and community-based reintegration and rehabilitation efforts. ** (CRIJ 1321) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2613 Court Systems and Practices: 3 semester hours.

The legal procedures for arrest, complaint, presentation before the magistrate, grand jury consideration, indictment or waiver, arraignment, and the admissibility of evidence on these issues; pretrial matters, post-verdict motions, sentencing, and appeal. ** (CRIJ 1306) ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2643 Criminal Procedure: 3 semester hours.

An examination of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments regarding search and seizure, warrant requirements, the right to counsel, confessions, and the admissibility of evidence. ** (CRIJ 2323) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 2663 Evidence Law: 3 semester hours.

A study of Evidence Law with an emphasis on burden of proof, relevance, judicial notices, real and demonstrative evidence (including documents), the Hearsay Rule and its exceptions, privileges, unlawfully obtained evidence, and presumptions of guilt and innocence

CRJS 2713 Juvenile Justice Systems: 3 semester hours.

An overview of the Juvenile Justice System including research and theoretical perspectives. It includes an in-depth study of the system and early decision-making process with focus on the police, the juvenile courts and the limits on juvenile sanctions. Community-based corrections with a historical perspective on juvenile probation and juvenile aftercare are also examined. A thorough working knowledge of institutionalization in terms of the treatment of juvenile offenders is provided

CRJS 2723 Theories and Development of Juvenile Gangs: 3 semester hours.

This course is a comprehensive, in-depth coverage of historical and contemporary reactions to juvenile gangs. Among the key areas to be covered will be the legal and social definitions of juvenile delinquency, the theories, the social context, and the institutional responses. An understanding of public policy and its impact on juvenile gangs will complete the course

CRJS 2743 Law of Juvenile Justice: 3 semester hours.

The course offers an examination of both substantive and procedural laws related to juvenile justice including criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and family codes. The course also examines the institutions that enforce these laws and the principal actors involved. Finally, the course examines current trends and projections in juvenile justice

CRJS 2813 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

An introduction to the interface necessary for functioning effectively in various areas of criminal justice. The course also examines how the use of computers and related technology has changed the process of maintaining law and order nationally and internationally. It includes a review of social engineering techniques (ways that people might enhance personal and institutional security) and the field of computer forensics

CRJS 3313 Policy Analysis: Prevention and Control: 3 semester hours.

A systematic examination of various crime control efforts involving primary and secondary prevention and the implementation of treatment programs

CRJS 3463 Transnational Crimes: 3 semester hours.

The study of criminal behavior that transcends traditional national boundaries. The course will focus on the origins of these types of crimes and the efforts of law enforcement to address them. Cyber-terrorism, cyber-crimes, human trafficking, drug trafficking and patrimonial crimes will be reviewed

CRJS 3623 Criminal Law I: 3 semester hours.

A study of basic principles of substantive criminal law which include definitions of crimes against persons. Emphasis is on the Texas Penal Code as it pertains to murder, capital murder, voluntary homicide, criminal negligence, homicide, and sexual offenses. ** (CRIJ 1310). ) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges

CRJS 3633 Criminal Law II: 3 semester hours.

A study of the basic principles of substantive criminal law which includes definitions of crime against property. Emphasis is on the Texas Penal Code related to arson, robbery, burglary, theft, forgery, embezzlement, and false pretense

CRJS 3673 International and Federal Criminal Law: 3 semester hours.

The study of the origin purpose of international laws related to homeland security and terrorism and federal criminal law including crimes against persons, property crimes, principles, defenses and a comparison with state criminal law including the Texas Penal Code

CRJS 3733 Juvenile Probation and Parole: 3 semester hours.

A survey and analysis of juvenile probation aftercare. The course addresses the history and legal aspects of probation, role and responsibilities of the juvenile probation officer including pre-sentence investigation reports, conducting risk assessment, case planning, caseload supervision, probation officer safety, professional ethics, and trends in the field

CRJS 3823 Criminal Justice Research Methods I: 3 semester hours.

An introduction to research techniques such as formulating research questions, research design, and data collection methods such as surveys and case studies. The course also examines research ethics, locating data and navigating the special requirements for conducting research with protected populations such as incarcerated adults and juveniles. Students are also introduced to computer applications for research

CRJS 3933 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System: 3 semester hours.

An analysis of problems frequently encountered by minorities in the American justice system. This includes police-minority confrontations, an examination of possible bias throughout various levels of the justice system and the contributions of minority criminal justice practitioners, scholars, and activists to the development of the field of criminal justice

CRJS 4323 Criminal Justice Management Principles: 3 semester hours.

A study of basic criminal justice management theories and contemporary practices. This includes an examination of the unique behaviors, social skills and organizational techniques necessary for the criminal justice professional to be successful in various settings. Special attention is given to relating effectively with superiors, colleagues, subordinates and various members of the public impacted by criminal justice agencies

CRJS 4416 Undergraduate Internship in Criminal Justice: 6 semester hours.

A student may be required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of three month's internship in an approved criminal justice setting preferably between the junior and senior year. This internship program is specifically designed to acquaint the student with practical aspects of criminal justice

CRJS 4653 Constitutional Rights of the Criminally Accused: 3 semester hours.

A study of the rights of the criminally accused according to the United States Constitution

CRJS 4833 Seminar: Criminal Justice Research Methods II: 3 semester hours.

Direction in performing an original research project. This involves an examination of how a choice of research question influences methodology. Basic statistical concepts and techniques for obtaining and analyzing large quantitative data sets will be reviewed. The course also examines techniques for conducting qualitative research and a familiarity with the latest qualitative research software packages

CRJS 4913 Study of Criminal Justice Systems Abroad: 3 semester hours.

An analysis of criminal justice programs and institutions outside of the United States

CRJS 4923 Criminology: 3 semester hours.

Focus will be a comprehensive analysis of the sociological, psychological and biological aspects of deviant human behavior

CRJS 4943 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

Focus on recent significant and controversial issues which affect the administration of justice especially in law enforcement, the courts and corrections

CRJS 4953 Seminar: Special Topics in Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

This course has a revolving theme from semester to semester. Theme areas include but are not limited to policing, courts, corrections, ethics, women and crime, economics and crime, white collar crime, terrorism, consensual crime, victimology, alternative dispute resolution, media influences and special topics in juvenile justice. (May be repeated once for credit as the course theme changes). Department approval required

CRJS 4963 Philosophy of Crime: 3 semester hours.

An examination of religious and economic principles as they shape the definition and response to crime. This includes an analysis of specific concepts such as guilt, shame, care, love, desire and dignity on the evolution of deviance and crime across time and place in the western world

CRJS 4973 Women and Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

An ideological and historical analysis of the role of women and criminal justice as reformers, professionals, scholars, and as offenders

CRJS 4983 Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

An overview of ethical theories, concepts, and issues. Illustrates the major unethical themes common in Criminal Justice management. Illustrates ethical dilemmas in policing, courts, prisons, community corrections, and crime prevention. The class works together to develop foundational ethical truths upon which to logically develop practice of moral decision making

CRJS 4993 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Readings, research or fieldwork on selected topics. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor