Criminal Justice Courses


Criminal Justice Courses


CRIM 195. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

CRIM 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

CRIM 299. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Individual study in criminal justice. Topics are mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student.

CRIM 300. INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 5 Credits.

This course is taught from the perspective of the criminologist and emphasizes the interaction within and between the systems of law enforcement, the courts and treatment.

CRIM 302. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS AND DEVELOPMENT. 5 Credits.

In this course students will explore the origins and development of the contemporary criminal justice system in America.

CRIM 304. FORENSIC INQUIRY. 5 Credits.

Notes: for majors only.
Scientific methods of inquiry used in forensic investigations. Includes methodologies from social science, natural science, law, and criminal justice.

CRIM 307. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 1-5 Credits.

An open topics course on contemporary criminal justice practice.

CRIM 330. SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHOD. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CRIM 300.
An introduction to the scientific method in the social sciences, core concepts and issues in social science methods, core groups of methods for data collection and core group of analytic techniques.

CRIM 340. ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 5 Credits.

In this course, we will explore major ethical theories with an emphasis on their application to components of the criminal justice system. We will analyze current issues and ethical dilemmas that criminal justice professionals deal with. We will examine the complex process of moral and ethical decision making in the criminal justice system.

CRIM 356. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL STATISTICS. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: SOCI 356.
Notes: required for Sociology and Criminal Justice majors.
Pre-requisites: SOCI 101.
A holistic approach to statistical methods, techniques, and critical analysis used in social science research. This course focuses on sociological and criminological issues such as race, class, gender, age, health, education and social justice.

CRIM 360. WOMEN IN PRISON. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 360.
In this course, we examine the socio-structural relationships between women’s lives and women’s crimes and explore how race, class and gender assumptions shape the experiences of female correctional officers and female inmates. In addition, we analyze how the prison rules and regulations that girls and women have to abide by are deeply gendered. Since the 1980s, the number of women and girls incarcerated has increased drastically. Yet, we know very little about female criminality and women’s lives inside prison.

CRIM 382. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION. 5 Credits.

Basic organization and management of criminal justice agencies. Discusses line, personnel, and auxiliary functions.

CRIM 398. PROFESSIONAL DEV SEMINAR. 5 Credits.

Covers values, ethics and personal development.

CRIM 399. INDIVIDUAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Individual study in criminal justice. Topics are mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student.

CRIM 404. FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION. 4 Credits.

Notes: limited to 15 students.
This course is an advanced laboratory course in forensic facial reconstruction, forensic osteology and computer applications to forensic identification.

CRIM 416. COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. 5 Credits.

A comparative approach to understanding the different criminal justice systems found throughout the world.

CRIM 420. PEACEMAKING CRIMINOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CRIM 300.
This course provides an overview of peacemaking within communities and the justice system. Topics include leaders and tactics, and the historical and philosophical foundations of peace movements.

CRIM 421. RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CRIM 300.
This course provides an overview of restorative justice within communities and the justice system. Topics include the need for restorative justice practices with an emphasis on the causes of deterrence, new trends in community movements and justice procedures.

CRIM 460. PENOLOGY. 5 Credits.

Notes: Acceptable background security check. Course fee. CJ majors have priority.
A study of the contemporary practice of penology in the western world with special attention to the United States and Washington state. Lecture, laboratory and required field trips to Northwest Custodial Institutions.

CRIM 468. POLICE SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CRIM 300 or permission of the instructor.
This course examines the profession of a police officer. Topics include criminal investigations, specialized operations, ethics, liability, and the process, organization and management of policing in the United States.

CRIM 485. CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING: GROUP METHODS. 5 Credits.

Examines group methods used with criminal offenders, both juvenile and adult. Includes treatment programs, evaluation and therapeutic environments.

CRIM 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: senior standing; must be taken prior to internship.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This course examines the relationship between the major subsystems of the criminal justice system, police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Each of these major components address issues of crime in society with the same constituents, but from a different perspective. Examination of issues that each component has in common and the manner in which they are differently addressed is the focus of this course. Criminal Justice students will gain an appreciation for the eclectic nature of the profession through in-depth analysis of current issues and designing a resolution mechanism. The characterization of a criminal justice system" is discussed from the " perspective of individual mission of each element of the system" to identify " the presence or absence of commonality - except for constituency. The distinctive division of labor between corrections, police administration and the courts are described in effort to identify the decision-making processes to further amplify their interdependence and interrelatedness. Through examination of dilemmas faced by the system students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the system from the macro perspective.

CRIM 495. INTERNSHIP. 6-12 Credits.

Pre-requisites: 2.5 GPA, permission of internship instructor and CRIM 490.
The intern earns credits through participation in a full-time work experience. The length of time is determined by the amount of credit. Normally it will be 10 weeks. Requirements include an on site visit, detailed written report and additional assignments. Internships are limited to the state of Washington and some selected Idaho and Oregon locations. Applications and approval must be obtained prior to the internship experience. Credit for unapproved internship or life experience is not granted.

CRIM 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

CRIM 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

CRIM 498. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR. 5 Credits.

CRIM 499. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
For individual/independent study in criminal justice. Topics are mutually agreed upon by the instructor and the student.