AOJ Courses

AOJ Courses

Consider some of the courses within the Administration of Justice curriculum:

Criminology (3) Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent, property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes.

Juvenile Delinquency (3) Juvenile conduct, causes of delinquency, current methods of treatment; organization and function of agencies concerned with delinquency.

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System (3) Criminal justice system, including formulation of laws, extent of crime, processing and correction of offenders, victims.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Private Security (3) Detailed examination of legal issues and ethical considerations in private sector security.

Issues in the American Criminal Justice System (3) Examination of the models of the criminal process, functions of the justice system, and approaches to crime and punishment.

Correctional Institutions and Services (3) Intensive analysis of intramural and extramural programs for juvenile and adult offenders; professional functions in the total correctional process.

Field Research in the Administration of Justice (4) Field research and observational strategies appropriate to the identification, investigation, and analysis of research questions in the administration of justice.

Policing in America (3) Effective Date: FA2004 This course will focus on the current status of law enforcement in the United States.

Fundamental Techniques of Scientific Criminal Investigation (3) Traditional and innovative technical approaches utilized by law enforcement scientists; capabilities and limitations of technical techniques highlighted.

Probation, Parole, and Pardons (3) Examination of community treatment in the correctional process; contemporary usage of presentence investigation, selection, supervision, release of probationers and parolees.

Sociology of Deviance (3) Theory and research concerning behaviors and lifestyles viewed as significant departures from a group's normative expectations.

Correctional Counseling Processes (3) Basic concepts and principles of counseling, interviewing, individual and group therapy, carried on in correctional field and institutional services.

Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System (3) Legal and extralegal control; public opinion on crime; criminal justice and correctional processes; legal sanctions; control strategies. Field trip.

Criminal Careers and the Organization of Crime (3) Research on and theory of criminal careers and crime organizations, emphasizing recruitment and disengagement; offender characteristics and lifestyles; policy implications.

Law and Society (3) Social origins of law and legal systems; occupational careers and decision- making of legal officials; law and social change.

Violent Crime in the United States (3) The impact of violent crime on victims, their families, and communities; the police process as it relates to violent crime.

Victimless Crimes and the Administration of Justice (3) An examination of victimless crimes; decriminalization and legalization strategies; the role of the criminal justice system.

Sexual and Domestic Violence (3) Legal, sociological, and psychological perspectives on sexual and domestic violence.

International Traffic in Narcotics (3) Analysis of international narcotics trafficking in the twentieth century.

Law Enforcement Responses to Organized Crime (3) This course examines organized crime in the United States, and analyzes the effectiveness of responses by law enforcement agencies.

Computer Security (3) Introduction to computer security for Administration of Justice majors, designed to create an educated user of computer security services.

The Politics of Terrorism (3) Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age.

The Juvenile Justice System (3) Historical and contemporary view of the juvenile justice system. Focus on analyzing components of the system, their interactions, processing, and handling of youths.

Criminal Justice and the Community (3) Justice agencies and the community's crime prevention and participation strategies; community involvement in policy development.

Women and the Criminal Justice System (3) This course focuses on the experiences of women as offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

Drugs and Drug Policy in the United States (3) Examines the history and dimensions of drug use and analyzes the impact of drug policy

Law of Crimes and Corrections (3) Origin and function of law, legal reasoning, civil and criminal law concepts, the crimes code, specific crimes.

Legal Rights, Duties, Liabilities of Criminal Justice Personnel (3) Civil law issues within a justice agency and between criminal justice agencies and members of the public.

Crime and the American Court System (3) An overview of the American criminal court system. Topics include court structure and personnel, processing of offenders, and sentencing practices.

Gangs and Gang Behavior (3) The history, structure, and practices of gangs in America as well as societal reaction to them.

Organized Crime (3) This course examines organized crime in terms of historical antecedents, structure, related theories, and policy issues.

Alternatives to Incarceration (3) Control and treatment of offenders in the community, probation and parole organizations, diversion programs, innovative sentences, supervision techniques.

Ethics in Criminal Justice (3) Ethical behavior in the criminal justice system.

Introduction to Forensic Science (3) Introduction to forensic science.

Internship in Criminal Justice (3-12) Experience with a criminal justice agency coordinated through readings and discussion.


Note: Along with these specific curriculum courses, students are advised and encouraged to take sociology, psychology and political science courses.