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CRIM 1000 - Criminology Elective: Lower Division
Criminology, Law and Society
Transfer credit - lower division elective.


CRIM 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
History, philosophy, and ethical consideration of criminal justice; the nature and impact of crime; and an overview of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement and court procedure.


CRIM 1306 - Court Systems and Practices
Criminology, Law and Society
Study of the judiciary in the American criminal justice system and the adjudication process and procedure


CRIM 1310 - Criminal Law
Criminology, Law and Society
Study of criminal law; its philosophical and historical development, major definitions and concepts, classifications and elements of crime; penalties using Texas statues as illustrations, and criminal responsibility.


CRIM 2313 - Correctional Systems and Practices
Criminology, Law and Society
Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of the correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.


CRIM 2323 - Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System
Criminology, Law and Society
This course is an examination of the legal authority of criminal justice practitioners; responsibilities, constitutional constraints, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and liability for noncompliance. The course will emphasis case law with ethical and practical application.


CRIM 2328 - Police Systems and Practices
Criminology, Law and Society
The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.


CRIM 3000 - Criminology Elective: Upper Division
Criminology, Law and Society
Transfer credit - upper division elective.


CRIM 3319 - Introduction to Human Trafficking
Criminology, Law and Society
This course will introduce the student to the concept of human trafficking. The student shall be made aware of who are most likely victims and perpetrators of the human trafficking crimes. U.S. and local laws are addressed. This course provides insight into the complexity of human trafficking by addressing both how the scope of globalization impacts the sex industry and forced labor, and how vulnerability is a growing cause of human trafficking.


CRIM 3320 - Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Criminology, Law and Society
This course examines the identification and prevention programs designed to respond to child victims of sexual exploitation. The course includes child risk factors, approaches to prevention, recovery and reintegration. Commercial sexual exploitation of children is the abuse of persons under the age of 18 years through prostitution, pornography, or other paid sexual activities. This course examines how the vulnerable youth surviving through illegal activity are criminalized despite the acknowledgment that they are victims. The course will research how children being exploited engage in high-risk health behaviors and experience both physical and emotional harm.


CRIM 3321 - U.S. and Vatican Response to Human Trafficking
Criminology, Law and Society
This course reviews the United States Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. This includes various amendments, the multiple Vatican addresses, statements and projects to eliminate human trafficking, local criminal justice and volunteer organizations to eliminate human trafficking.


CRIM 3322 - Terrorism, Homeland Security and the American Criminal Justice System
Criminology, Law and Society
This course examines the identification of terrorist acts, comparison and understanding of the various definitions of terrorism and the perpetrators of these acts. The student will be introduced to the nexus between terrorism and homeland security as it relates to homeland security strategy, assessment, evaluation, preparation, responses, and recovery actions and mechanisms relating to terrorism and homeland security. The course considers the phenomenon of the term terrorism as it relates to the United States domestically as well as internationally from the time of the Cold War to the present day.


CRIM 3323 - Weapons of Mass Destruction
Criminology, Law and Society
This course explores the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as a unique phenomenon within the homeland security landscape. Specifically, this course provides students with a historical perspective on the development and use of WMD from both an international and a domestic perspective and their impact on the criminal justice system. The course also explores the efforts to prevent, prepare, and respond to the use of WMDs.


CRIM 3324 - Financing Terrorism
Criminology, Law and Society
Introduces the evolving nature of finance, techniques and practices of funding terrorism and the current practices to prevent the terrorists from obtaining the revenue.


CRIM 3330 - Wrongful Convictions
Criminology, Law and Society
Since 1989, more than 300 wrongly convicted persons have been exonerated by DNA testing alone. In this class, students will learn to think critically about the criminal justice system so as to understand the causes of wrongful convictions. The class will also consider reforms to the criminal justice system that could help avoid these miscarriages of justice.


CRIM 3340 - Public Service Mindset: Integrity, Corruption, and Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
An exploration of power across various law enforcement careers and its impact on the individual, organization, and the community. Students will be challenged to critically analyze prevailing attitudes and actions related to specific career paths and opportunities to conform to or transform the law enforcement culture.


CRIM 3344 - Criminal Investigation
Criminology, Law and Society
This course provides a brief overview of scientific crime detection and more detailed discussion of techniques for case management and documentation, the concept of proof, the impact of emergent technology on the investigative process, interacting with victims and witnesses, and interviewing suspects. Particular emphasis may be placed on the investigation of particular types of crimes, for example, homicides, sex offenses, child abuse, and hate crimes.


CRIM 3350 - Criminology
Criminology, Law and Society
Examines the major perspectives on criminal and deviant behavior. Specific deviant and criminal activities will be described and explained using established theories. Issues related to societal social problems and social control of deviant and criminal behavior will also be analyzed.


CRIM 3351 - Victimology
Criminology, Law and Society
Research and current trends concerning the victim in the criminal justice system; particular attention is given to restorative justice, victim rights, protection orders, restitution, Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), subrogation, and the impact of victimization on the individual.


CRIM 3362 - Organized Crime
Criminology, Law and Society
This course explores theoretical questions along with history and business of organized crime in the US. and globally. There is an examination of the connection between organized crime, terrorism and human trafficking. This course provides familiarization with the language and methods of organized crime as well as responses from criminal justice agencies.


CRIM 3370 - Criminal Justice on the United States-Mexico Border
Criminology, Law and Society
An examination of the nature and scope of crime on the United States-Mexico border and an evaluation of the strategies and programs employed by both governments to control criminal activity on the border.


CRIM 3371 - Race, Ethnicity & Criminal Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
This course examines different issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the criminal justice system in America. One of the most important points that students should take into consideration, is that historically as well as in modern times, racism, differential treatment by the criminal justice system, and discrimination have been part of the structure of American society. This course further focuses on social, institutional, political, as well as economic factors that have contributed to racial discrimination and biases in the criminal justice system. Finally, this course considers different measures that have or should be taken into consideration in order to address the problems of the past and present.


CRIM 3390 - Sentencing and Corrections
Criminology, Law and Society
A review of how the U.S. punishes and rehabilitates convicted law violators. The conflicts among the major purposes of sentencing—rehabilitation, deterrence, and incapacitation—are discussed, as well as the effects of different sanctions on public safety, offender rehabilitation, and justice system costs.


CRIM 4193 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
Upper–division treatment of selected topics of mutual interest to the faculty member and students.


CRIM 4319 - Social Justice/Juveniles at Risk
Criminology, Law and Society
Explores the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency and examines explanatory models and theories of juvenile delinquency. Topics related to the juvenile justice system process along with social justice for juvenile offenders and victims such as juvenile waiver to the adult court, diversion and deinstitutionalization, police interaction, and community intervention.


CRIM 4331 - Crime and Social Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
This course will examine selected issues relating to crime and social justice. Topics will include false convictions, the war against drugs, over criminalization, racial profiling, and anti-gang legislation.


CRIM 4340 - Field Internship in Criminal Justice
Criminology, Law and Society
A minimum of three months in an approved criminal justice or social service agency setting taken preferably between junior and senior years. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic learning in practical situations.


CRIM 4341 - Field Internship in Criminal Justice II
Criminology, Law and Society
A minimum of three months in an approved criminal justice or social service agency setting taken preferably between junior and senior years. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic learning in practical situations.


CRIM 4350 - Action Research Leadership Project for Criminal Justice Majors
Criminology, Law and Society
In this course, which serves as the BA capstone requirement, students will choose a social problem related to crime, criminal justice, and law, relate it to criminal justice, legal, and social issues, and devise a plan of action to research the problem, develop informed policy, and propose an action research plan to solve the problem. Students will write an action research prospectus, proposal, and leadership project paper on their chosen topics using knowledge obtained from prior required courses, and input from CLS faculty.


CRIM 4391 - Internship in Criminology
Criminology, Law and Society
Practicum or on-the-job experience under guidance of practicing specialists in the criminology field.


CRIM 4392 - Independent Study In Criminology
Criminology, Law and Society
Student research on a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Permission of faculty member required.


CRIM 4393 - Independent Study
Criminology, Law and Society
Student research on a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Permission of faculty member required.




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