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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Criminal Justice (CRIMJ)

CRIMJ 100 (GS) (CRIM 100) Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) Overview of the criminal justice system, including legal foundations, processing and correction of offenders, extent and types of crime, victims.

CRIMJ (CRIM) 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics to be covered include: the extent of crime in the United States; competing and complementary goals of the criminal justice system; sources of criminal law; the history and development of the system; the functions of police, attorneys, courts and correctional agencies; the interactions between different parts of the system; and the impact of crime on the victim. Students are evaluated on two exams (20% each), two written assignments (30%), and a final exam (30%). This course is a prescribed course in the CLJBA, CLJBS, ADM J BS and ADM J BA majors, and it is also a prerequisite for most 400-level courses in Crime, Law, and Justice.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.