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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.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers high quality educational programming to support students in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in criminology and criminal justice or related social services fields. Students can participate in scholarly and applied research projects that involve collaborative partnerships with local and federal agencies. Students learn about emerging technologies as a means of improving and advancing criminology and criminal justice. We provide opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the classroom as well as through extracurricular events. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship to gain field experience prior to their graduation.