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Palmetto College


Criminal Justice

Course Listing

General Education Courses (43-44 hours, specific courses required)
Major Required Courses (24 hours)

Introduction to Criminal Justice (Credits: 3) CRJU 101

Survey of the law enforcement, judicial, correctional, and juvenile systems; interrelationships between criminal justice agencies and the community.

Criminal Justice Writing Laboratory (Credits: 3) CRJU 102

Mechanics and skills of research writing applied to topics in criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on collecting and communicating criminal justice research literature in writing style appropriate for the social sciences. For criminal justice majors only. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CRJU 101.

Policing in America (Credits: 3) CRJU 210

Police organizations; the recruitment, training, and socialization of police officers; the role of police in society; and critical issues in policing. The problem of coercive power as it relates to policing is also examined. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

The Criminal Courts (Credits: 3) CRJU 220

The administration of criminal justice in the American federal and state court systems. The nature and concept of justice, court personnel, functions, jurisdictions, policies, procedures, discretion, and current developments in court technology and organization will be reviewed. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

Introduction to Corrections (Credits: 3) CRJU 230

Penology emphasizing the history, philosophy, programs, policies, and problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections and alternative sanctions. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.

Criminal Justice Research Methods (Credits: 3) CRJU 361

Quantitative, qualitative and comparative methods used in criminal justice research, focusing on research design, data collection and analysis, and ethical issues. Prerequisites: CRJU 101, CRJU 210, CRJU 220 and CRJU 230.

Criminological Theory (Credits: 3) CRJU 371

Analysis and critical assessments of traditional and contemporary crime and theories of criminal behavior. Prerequisites: CRJU 101, CRJU 210, CRJU 220, and CRJU 230.

Senior Seminar (Credits: 3) CRJU 501

Exploration, at an advanced level, of issues, topics and dilemmas related to crime and the criminal justice system. The specific topics covered vary depending upon the instructor. Prerequisites: One statistics course, CRJU U101, CRJU U210, CRJU U220, CRJU U230, CRJU U361, and CRJU U371.

Upper Division CJ Courses (15 hours)
Congnate Courses (12 hours)
Supporting Courses (9 hours)

Statistics Course (Credits: 3)

Choose from Criminal Justice Statistics or Elementary Statistics.

Elementary Statistics (Credits: 3) MATH 102

The fundamentals of modern statistical methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, probability and sampling; primarily for students in fields other than mathematics who need a working knowledge of statistics. Perquisites: high school Algebra I and II, or equivalent.

American National Government (Credits: 3) POLI 101

The formation and development of the national government, its organization and powers.

Ethics Course (Credits: 3)

Choose from Criminal Justice Ethics or Philosophy options.

Elective Courses (16-17 hours)