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Criminal Justice


Students majoring in Criminal Justice for either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree will complete the following required courses: CRIM 101, 128, 143, 201, 202, 232, 244, 250, 318, and 325, with grades of C or better.

Additional credit hours will be selected in consultation with each student's advisor from Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, or complementary classes. Where possible, a second major or a minor should be developed in an area dictated by the interests of the student.

A student who receives a D or F grade in any Criminal Justice course may repeat the course only once. If a student withdraws from a Criminal Justice course with a current grade below C, the withdrawal will be noted in the department as WF (withdrawal while failing). The subsequent attempt of the course will be counted by the department as a repeat.

Departmental Honors

A student with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 in Criminal Justice classes and 3.25 overall at the end of the junior year is eligible to enroll in CRIM 495 and write a proposal for a thesis. If the student gets an A in that course, he or she may enroll in CRIM 497 and write the thesis. The student who then earns an A in that course will graduate with Honors in Criminal Justice.


CRIM 101. Introduction to Criminal Justice. (3) The evolution of the system of criminal justice in the United States; differing approaches to law enforcement; and the process of criminal justice from intake to dismissal through its main agencies: police, courts, corrections, probation, and parole. Current problems, experiments, and reforms in criminal justice. Planning for a career in criminal justice.

CRIM 128. Juvenile Justice. (3) An analysis of the factors causing juvenile delinquency; theory and practice of delinquency prevention and intervention; the juvenile justice system involving arrest, prosecution, and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents; and juvenile codes. No prerequisite.

CRIM 143. Writing in Criminal Justice. (3) Study and practice of written reporting as required in criminal justice. Strong emphasis on the mechanics of report writing, including accurate choice of words, spelling, grammar, syntax, style, punctuation, editing, and proofreading. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major.

CRIM 201. Criminal Law. (3) Purpose and scope of criminal law, the definition of criminal conduct, the classification and definition of specific offenses, defenses to criminal liability, complicity and vicarious liability, and inchoate offenses. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 or HSEC 101 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CRIM 202. Criminal Procedure. (3) A detailed analysis of due process of law from the initial investigation to the ultimate disposition of the case, including search and seizure, interrogation, hearings, motions, pleas and trial procedures, the role of the principal trial participants, basic rules of evidence, sentencing, and the appellate process. Prerequisite: CRIM 201 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor.

CRIM 203. Cyber Crimes I. (3) Provide the student knowledge regarding the types of computer crimes that exist and the motives behind those crimes. The course will afford an understanding of the variety of methods and techniques commonly used to commit computer crimes. Course content will focus on the laws that are in place to assist law enforcement with investigating and prosecuting perpetrators in computer crimes as well as the impact on victims and society.

CRIM 204. Cyber Crimes II. (3) Provide the student knowledge regarding the types of computer crimes that exist such as "hacktivism," cyberterrorism, cyberbullying, and child pornography and other sex offenses. The course will also address the criminological theories behind cybercrimes. In addition, the course will afford an understanding of the variety of laws and resources available to police and engage the student in practical investigative exercises.

CRIM 211, 212. Forensic Science I and II. (3, 3) Principles and techniques of collecting, preserving, and analyzing evidence; using photography, medical pathology, toxicology, serology, ballistics, graphology, polygraph tests, voice prints, and other aids for the analysis of evidence such as physical damage, hair, blood, semen, drugs, weapons, documents, and oral statements; and the operation of crime laboratories and the use of evidence in court. Forensic Science I is not a prerequisite to Forensic Science II.

CRIM 232. Criminology. (3) The nature and causation of crime. The nature of criminal behavior, theories, and research. Prerequisite: SCWK 101 or permission of instructor.

CRIM 244. Victimology. (3) This course focuses upon crime and the justice system from the victims' perspective. Students will study and gain an understanding of the legal, social, psychological, and economic perspectives, approaches, and consequences of victimization from an individual, institutional, and legal point of view. The course will examine the levels, dynamics, and major correlates and consequences of primary and secondary criminal victimization and the appropriateness of a variety of formal and informal responses aimed at preventing and/or remedying them. Emphasis throughout the course will be upon developing students' skill at systematically clarifying the definition of those problems and proposed or existing responses, as well as understanding and applying criteria and methods by which alternative responses might be evaluated. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

CRIM 250. Internship I. (3) Supervised field experience in criminal justice. Working with their advisors and the Career Services Office, students arrange an internship in criminal justice. The students will then work in the field during the semester, meeting in the classroom to report on related reading and the field experience. Prerequisites: second semester sophomore or above and minimum 2.00 grade point average. Must have permission of instructor prior to registration. Cross listed with HSEC 250.

CRIM 251. Internship II. (3) Supervised field experience in criminal justice and homeland security. Working with advisors and the Career Services Office, students arrange and internship in his/her career field. The students will then be provided "real-world" experience in the field during the semester. The classroom portion will consist of discussion and preparation for the written test students will take upon entry into the career of their choice. Prerequisites: CRIM/HSEC 250. Cross listed with HSEC 251.

CRIM 252. Internship: Student Safety Aide. (1) This Internship will afford students the ability to be a part of ensuring a safe campus environment at MacMurray College while exposing them to the practical application of their academic experience in the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Program. As a Student Safety Aide, students will interact with faculty, staff, students, and campus guests. Student Safety Aides perform in a supporting role to campus security, serve at sporting events, and other campus activities, to include providing campus escorts when requested. Participants will be required to complete designated online Incident Command System training courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, successfully complete first aide/CPR training, and participate in the annual campus safety project. Prerequisites: Completion of 60 credit hours; online completion of NIMS/ICS courses IS-100.b, IS-700.b, and IS-800.b; minimum 2.5 GPA. This does not take place of an internship within the department. Cross listed with HSEC 252.

CRIM 300. Corrections. (3) An overview of corrections including rationales for punishment, the history of corrections, alternate means of correction, and contemporary issues in corrections. Class will include visits to correctional institutions. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major with 18 hours of courses in the major or permission of the instructor.

CRIM 305. Community Corrections. (3) This course explores the history, functions, purposes, and operations of community-based corrections programs and how they are linked to the larger criminal justice system. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of community corrections as an alternative and supplement to incarceration. No prerequisite.

CRIM 314. Security. (3) An overview of security including the history and future of security, career opportunities in security, specialized security fields, risk management, crime prevention, and technological services. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 with a grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.

CRIM 318. Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice. (3) Significant cases, principles, and trends in the interpretation of the United States Constitution. The class emphasizes those sections of the Constitution most directly related to the Criminal Justice system. Prerequisites: CRIM 101, 201, and 202 with grades of C or better or permission of instructor.

CRIM 320. Policing. (3) Study and practice of some of the commonly performed duties of police. Included are crime prevention and detection, patrol tactics, criminal and traffic enforcement, accident investigation, arrest and apprehension procedures, and trial court testimony. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the importance that each of the above components have on the success of a police agency. Prerequisites: CRIM 101, 201, and 202 with grades of C or better or permission of instructor.

CRIM 325. Criminal Investigations. (3) This course is designed to introduce students to the unique aspects of criminal investigation. Students will explore investigative theory, the collection and preservation of evidence including the legal aspects, sources of information, concepts of interviewing and interrogation, the use of forensic sciences, and trial preparation. Emphasis will be placed on investigative techniques employed, identification of motives and modus operandi, and the use of informants. Learning how to gather information through interviews and interrogation and applying legal concepts to solving crime will be important focuses of the course. The course will also examine concepts and methods of investigation of specific forms of crime (for example, homicide, sexual assault, arson, and robbery). Prerequisite: CRIM 101 with a grade of C or better.

CRIM 330. Administration and Organization of Criminal Justice Agencies. (3) Examines police administration from multiple perspectives: a systems perspective (emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective (communications and information systems, performance evaluation, strategies and tactics, and prevailing and promising approaches to increasing effectiveness of police agencies). Prerequisites: CRIM 101, 201, and 202.

*CJ 390. Special Topics in Criminal Justice (for online students). (3) Topics address recently identified current events, trends, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to criminal justice and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary.

CRIM 495. Seminar in Criminal Justice. (3) A comprehensive analysis of a major problem, leading to a senior thesis proposal. Prerequisite: cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 in Criminal Justice classes and 3.25 overall.

CRIM 497. Senior Thesis. (3) Prerequisite: grade of A in CRIM 495.