Criminology and Criminal Justice

Mission

The mission of the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice is to offer quality undergraduate and graduate educational programming that provides students with the opportunity to learn the knowledge and develop the skills necessary for being successful in career fields related to criminology and criminal justice. We support and encourage both scholarly research endeavors and applied research projects involving collaborative partnerships with local and federal agencies, and encourage knowledge of and the use of emerging technologies and sciences as a means of improving and advancing criminology and criminal justice career fields.

Contact

The School of Criminology & Criminal Justice is located in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CPACS) office suite 218. Our office can be reached by phone at (402) 554-2610.

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Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided for all students. The program recommends that students participate in advising each semester to ensure timely degree completion. The academic advisor assists students with degree planning, course scheduling, addressing any questions or concerns regarding major/minor, academic performance, and/or policies and procedures. To contact an advisor, schedule an appointment in MavTRACK, visit CPACS 218, or call 402.554.2610.

Transferring to Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students wishing to transfer from another institution or department within the University of Nebraska must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. They also must complete the required PCCJ courses and apply for admission to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before being admitted to the upper division CRCJ program. Students may transfer without having PCCJ requirements completed and will be admitted to the PCCJ curriculum. Students wishing to transfer are encouraged to contact the school for more details on the transfer policy.

Students must fulfill program requirements in effect during the academic year they are admitted to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The policies set out above are intended to apply to all students who seek admission to the upper division CRCJ program. For good cause shown, the Admissions Committee has the discretion to make exceptions to the admission policy.

A minimum of 30 of the last 36 semester credit hours must be earned by the student in residence in the University of Nebraska System. Summer independent study courses are not considered in residence.

At least 21 hours of criminal justice must be taken at the University of Nebraska, on either the Omaha or Lincoln campus.

A minimum of 33 credit hours must be earned in upper division (3000/4000-level) courses. At least 21 of these upper division hours must be taken in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice courses, and 12 hours of 3000/4000 level courses are required in a concentration/minor (see course requirements section).

A maximum of 12 credit hours of departmental independent study or internship courses may be applied toward the BCCJ degree. Of these, no more than six hours can come from one department and no more than six hours from another institution.

A maximum of 30 hours from any one department may be applied toward the BCCJ degree.

A maximum of 24 hours may be taken pass/no pass and none of the 39 hours required for the criminology and criminal justice major may be taken pass/no pass (excluding CRCJ 3970).

Six hours of credit for basic military training may be applied to the BCCJ degree. Credit from an institution that is not regionally accredited cannot be applied to the BCCJ degree.

Student Groups

Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO)
Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Eta Chapter

Degrees Offered

**Criminal justice course work is offered on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska. The BCCJ degree can be earned in its entirety on the Lincoln campus; however, the degree is conferred by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. All of the departmental policies and requirements applicable to students seeking the BCCJ degree are the same on both campuses.

CRCJ 1010  SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime and justice are discussed as well as the rights of individuals in a democratic society. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections systems are explored.

Distribution: Social Science General Education course

CRCJ 2030  POLICE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)

This course is designed to present an overview of the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CRCJ 1010, or permission

CRCJ 2110  CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide an analysis of the structure and function of the criminal court system in the United States, including the roles of prosecutor, defender, judge, jury and court administrator. The issues confronting the system will be considered from historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives. The ideals of the system will be compared with actual functioning, and court reform programs and proposals will be explored.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CRCJ 1010, or permission

CRCJ 2210  SURVEY OF CORRECTIONS (3 credits)

A general course describing the history and evolution of the corrections process. Covers all aspects of institutional and community-based corrections.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CRCJ 1010, or permisson

CRCJ 2510  RESEARCH METHODS (3 credits)

A basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CRCJ 1010, or instructor permission

CRCJ 3000  APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3 credits)

A course in the basic statistics of social work. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing and techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. (Cross-listed with PA 3000, SOWK 3000).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 1310 or permission of the School.

CRCJ 3010  PHILOSOPHY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course is a philosophical examination of justice and its administration. It provides the student with a richer understanding of the conceptual foundations of justice.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission

CRCJ 3100  WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

This is a writing course for all Criminology and Criminal Justice majors. Students will learn how to write effective cover letters, incident reports, position papers, and executive summaries.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): ENGL 1150, ENGL 1160, and CRCJ 1010. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 3310  CRIMINAL LAW (3 credits)

This course examines the means by which society attempts to use criminal law to prevent harm to society. It examines the acts which are declared criminal and the punishment prescribed for committing those acts. The course also examines the philosophies and rationales that have shaped current day substantive criminal law. It looks at the English Common Law and traces the historic evolution of substantive criminal law from its early origins.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3350  CRIMINOLOGY (3 credits)

General survey of the nature and causes of crime and the effort of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify and correct this behavior.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3370  JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course focuses on how delinquents and juveniles in need of supervision are handled within the juvenile justice system. The nature and extent of delinquent behavior, status offenses, child abuse and neglect; theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention; cultural and social factors related to delinquency; as well as the philosophy and functioning of the juvenile justice system are covered.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3380  RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course provides a survey of minority groups and their experiences with regard to crime and criminal justice in the United States. This course will focus on racial and ethnic minorities as victims, as offenders, as defendants, and as criminal justice professionals.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course

CRCJ 3390  WOMEN, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course focuses on women's experiences in the criminal justice system. The course will examine women's experiences as victims of crime, as offenders, as prisoners, and as criminal justice professionals. (Cross-listed with WGST 3390)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ or WGST major; CRCJ or WGST minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

Distribution: U.S. Diversity General Education course

CRCJ 3510  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3 credits)

This course deals with the legal aspects of the investigation and arrest processes as well as the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRC J1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3970  INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

Job-related experience in criminal justice agencies. Permission to enroll must be received from the student's adviser each semester. (May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission into upper-division CRCJ program or CRCJ minor, 75 credit hours completed, GPA of 2.5, and permission of instructor.. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 4030  CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION (3 credits)

This course covers contemporary concepts, principles and theories of organization and administration as they relate to criminal justice agencies. The historical development and modern practices of public policy are also considered.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4060  CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS (3 credits)

This course is designed to examine ethical issues that arise in the three major areas of criminal justice: police; courts; and corrections. The course explores general philosophical theories of ethics as well as Codes of Ethics that operate to control the institutional and personal behavior of police, court, and correctional systems.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission into upper-division CRCJ program or CRCJ minor, 75 credit hours completed, GPA of 2.5, and permission of instructor.. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 4130  SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (3 credits)

This course is designed to investigate the etiology of many forms of norm-violating conduct. Emphasis will be placed on rule-breaking behavior as defined in the criminal statutes. (Cross-listed with CRCJ 8136).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4210  INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS (3 credits)

The course presents an in-depth analysis of the history and operation of prisons and jails in the United States and other countries. The course covers the management and operation of prisons and jails from the perspective of both employees and incarcerated persons.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and CJUS1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4350  COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS (3 credits)

This course is intended for advanced students with a special interest in the correctional process as applied in a community setting. It is designed to focus on innovative community-based strategies for dealing with the offender as well as the traditional processes of probation and parole. (Cross-listed with CRCJ 8356).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4500  DRUGS AND CRIME (3 credits)

This course looks at the socially constructed nature of drugs and drug policy, focusing on the variety of ways drugs and crime are connected and the socio-historical context of contemporary U.S. drug policy.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and CJUS1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4510  VIOLENCE (3 credits)

This course is a survey of the nature and extent of violence. The focus is on patterns of violence across social groups, the causes and correlates of violence and violent behavior, and programs/policies geared toward violence prevention and reduction. Also of interest is the relationship between theory and violence research. (Cross-listed with CRCJ 8516).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor or CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing.

CRCJ 4550  GANGS AND GANG CONTROL (3 credits)

This course focuses on American youth street gangs. Topics include the history of gangs, gang and gang member characteristics, gang life, and strategies of gang control. The link between youth street gangs, prison gangs, and other deviant collectivities will be explored.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and CJUS1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4710  COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS: ENGLAND (3 credits)

This is a specialized course which provides a comparison of the criminal justice systems of the United States and the United Kingdom. The design of the course allows for an exploration of how the American system developed from the British system and why social and cultural factors influenced the differences/similarities in their development.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and permission of the instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 4750  INTERNATIONAL CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)

This course analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. Differences in crime and justice between developed and developing countries and between socialist and capitalist nations are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

CRCJ 4760  TERRORISM (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of terrorism as a political crime. It includes an examination of the social, political and psychological aspects of this behavior.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

Distribution: Global Diversity General Education course

CRCJ 4770  ORGANIZED CRIME (3 credits)

A course designed to trace the origins and historical development of the activities that have come to be known as organized crime. These crimes are some of the most dangerous to American society and range from the commonly known offenses of gambling, shylocking and narcotics trafficking to the more subtle and sophisticated, less understood but equally serious, crimes of extortion, commercial bribery and political corruption.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4780  WHITE COLLAR CRIME (3 credits)

This course is designed to examine those illegal acts committed by non-physical means and by concealment or guile, to obtain money or property, to avoid the payment or loss of money or property, or to obtain business or personal advantage.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4800  SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credits)

This course is a topical approach that explores various aspects of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. This course will be devoted to the exploration and analysis of contemporary problems in the criminal justice system. On occasion the course will be offered in three one-credit hour modules and students may register for one, two or three credit hours.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4950  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Faculty-guided research in an area of mutual interest to the student and his instructor. Students are responsible for selecting the area of inquiry prior to contacting the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Upper-division CRCJ major and instructor permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 4960  ISSUES IN CRIME AND JUSTICE (3 credits)

This is a capstone course that will focus on contemporary issues of crime and justice. It will examine the justice process and the general operations of the criminal justice system. Concepts of crime and deviance, rights and discrimination in a democratic society will be reviewed and critiqued against the backdrop of contemporary issues. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections subsystems will be explored, and a number of reform proposals presented and considered.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CRCJ majors with senior standing, OR permission of the instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

CRCJ 4970  SENIOR HONORS PROJECT/THESIS (3-6 credits)

An independent research project supervised by School faculty. The senior honors project must be approved by the CPACS Honors Coordinator.

CRCJ 4999  SENIOR ASSESSMENT (0 credits)

This assessment tool is part of the School's Student Outcomes effort. It is designed to monitor the School's performance and to identify changes needed. Graduating seniors must register for and complete CJUS4999 - Senior Assessment in the term in which they plan to graduate.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Students must register for CJUS 4999 in the term in which they plan to graduate. Not open to non-degree graduate students.