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Criminal Justice

CRI100 Criminal Justice 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the criminal justice system and its role in society. The course
introduces criminal justice concepts and terms, and relates criminal justice concepts to
current events and trends, with a particular focus on career paths and areas of specialization
within law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. Students are also introduced to
the concept of protecting and serving the public while respecting constitutional procedures
and administrative priorities.

CRI135 Introduction to Corrections 3 Credits
This course examines the role of corrections in the criminal justice system, focusing on
historical developments, punishment, rehabilitation, sentencing, deterrence, and the operation
of prisons, and including a study of intermediate punishment, parole, and community
corrections programs.

CRI225 Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration 3 Credits
This course provides an analysis of the juvenile justice system as it relates to the punishment
and rehabilitation of the juvenile offender, including an in-depth study of juvenile probation and
other intermediate sanctions presently utilized within the juvenile justice system.
Prerequisite: CRI100 or CRI135 or by permission of the chair

CRI245 Criminal Investigation 3 Credits
This course is a study of the techniques and theories of criminal investigations, including
interviewing witnesses, suspects, and victims, collecting and preserving evidence, and
preparing cases for trial.
Prerequisite: CRI100 or CRI135 or HSM110 or HSM115

CRI285 Societal Changes in Victimology 3 Credits
Course structure covers contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual
boundaries, its basic concepts and literature, its subfields and role as a field of study within
criminology and criminal justice. The historical and emerging roles of victimology as a field
of study are examined and discussed in depth. Special attention is paid to applied learning
objectives with respect to each student’s personal experiences with the human dimensions of
victimization. This course also deals with analysis of contemporary programs and trends in the
criminal justice system’s response to victims.
This course is a study of the social and psychological consequences of victimization. The
emphasis is placed on analyzing the victim’s traits that make them susceptible to particular
types of crimes; the effects of victimization to include immediate and long-term patterns, and
the legislative rights of victims.
Course work will consist of interdisciplinary studies that include sociology, psychology,
criminology, public policy and the law. An in-depth study dissecting the psychological and
sociological traits of an actual case file -victim will be the culmination of the
course requirements.
Prerequisite: CRI100 or CRI135 or by permission of the chair
Terms Offered: SU, FL, WI

CRI295 Act 120 Police Recruit Academy 12 Credits
The Act 120 Police Recruit Academy provides for 750 hours of theoretical and experiential
education designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to be
certified as a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Curriculum
material, didactic skills, and standards of performance for successful completion of this
program are prescribed by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and
Training Commission.
Prerequisites: Successful attainment of senior-level-academic status and must be 21 years of
age prior to completing the Academy

CRI305 Crime Scene Examination 3 Credits
This course is a study of the professional discipline used to investigate and establish facts
in criminal or civil courts of law that involves the scientific analysis of crime scene evidence.
Learning objectives will be primarily hands on within a collaborative environment that will
include evidence identification, collection, documentation, scientific examination, court
testimony and professional presentation of scientific findings.
Prerequisite: CRI330
Terms Offered: WI – even years only

CRI310 Criminal Profiling: Policy and Practice 3 Credits
This course deals with the examination of offender “profiling.” The course will cut through the
confusion and misunderstandings regarding the “art of profiling” by providing detailed original
and scientific research methods that examine the variations in criminal behavior from which
any “profile” is derived. Particular types of crimes will be studied via offender topologies and
profiles derived from these topologies.
Prerequisite: CRI245
Terms Offered: WI, SU


CRI312 Investigative Report Writing 3 Credits
This course focuses on the theoretical and practical methods of written documentation in
the investigative process. Specific emphasis will be placed on field note-taking, narrative
report writing, and the completion of specialized reports including affidavits of probable cause
and arrest and search warrants. The course will also examine investigation reports, writing
concepts for probation, corrections, and other criminal related investigations in anticipation
of prosecution.
Prerequisite: CRI100 or CRI135 or HSM110 or HSM115 by permission of the chair

CRI315 Advanced Issues in Evidence 3 Credits
This course will build on the concepts covered in LGS210 Evidence, including constitutional
issues, relevance, competency, hearsay, and privilege. The course will cover issues of
evidence as they relate to the role of the criminal justice professional in preparation of cases
with emphasis on effective courtroom testimony through a complete knowledge of the
substantive and procedural laws of evidence.
Prerequisite: LGS210

CRI321 Police Operations 3 Credits
This course is a study of the development, organization, and function of contemporary
law enforcement agencies, police-community relations, police decision-making and other
concepts in police practice and administration. This course will also examine the design and
organization of police departments, with special emphasis on patrol techniques, investigations
and investigative computer technology, oral and written communication with and among law
enforcement officials, and the use of force in law enforcement.
Prerequisite: CRI100

CRI330 Criminalistics 3 Credits
This course is a study of the identification, collection, and preserving of physical criminal
evidence. The course focuses on crime scene documentation, internal and external perimeter
control necessary for the identification and securing of forensic evidence; such as, biological,
physiological, ballistics, fire and narcotic specimens. Practical exercises and some laboratory
activities will be done.
Prerequisite: CRI245 or LGS170 or LGS210 or LGS265
Terms Offered: FL – even years only

CRI365 Cyber Investigations 3 Credits
The course is primarily designed as a survey of the legal issues surrounding the use of the
Internet. Coverage includes origins of the Internet, criminal aspects of cyberspace, tort
liability, and privacy issues. The course also includes a critical examination of intellectual
property, online business concerns, and child online protection.
Terms Offered: WI, SP, FL

CRI375 Terrorism 3 Credits
This course will explore the continuing phenomena of organized extremism in America and
around the world. The origins of modern terrorism (international as well as domestic) will be
explored. The histories, philosophies, activities, and recruiting methods and tactics of such
groups will be reviewed. Methods to counter terrorism and the role of the Department of
Homeland Security will also be explored.
Terms Offered: WI, SU

CRI380 Psychology of the Criminal 3 Credits
This course is a study of the contribution of psychology to our understanding of criminals
and their behavior. The course will analyze various types of criminals in regard to their early
childhood backgrounds, traits, and characteristics (biological, sociological, and psychological) in
context to a particular type of crime. Emphasis will be placed on psychopathy, sexual sadism,
and mental disorders, and the appraisal of theoretical criminology in evaluation of known
criminal offenders.
Prerequisite: PSY100 Terms Offered: SP, FL

CRI395 Essential Criminal Justice Research 3 Credits
This course covers experimental research methods in criminal justice and related disciplines.
Research design, data collection, analysis, validity, and report writing all be covered. The
format of the course will be mixture of lecture and discussion, writing, and demonstrations.
Primary evaluation of this course is an introduction to social science research methods
generally, with an emphasis on comparing them to the field of criminology. Interpretation in
the understanding of the scientific method, the terminology of research methodology and
outcomes will be covered.

CRI416 Crisis Management 3 Credits
This course will explore the realm of crisis intervention from the basics of defusing anger to
the complex issues of hostage negotiations and hostage survival. De-escalation skills will be
taught and practiced at all levels of the crisis continuum. This course will examine the many
factors that lead to confrontations and the techniques and pitfalls of managing aggression.
Prerequisite: COM101 or ENG220
Terms Offered: WI – odd years only

CRI420 Correctional Management 3 Credits
This course is an advanced study of correctional institutions and facilities focusing upon
management, operations, and administration. This course will focus on recent research,
programs, contemporary topics such as sex in prison, prison contraband markets,
privatization, policy development, prison social structure, and the latest Supreme Court
decisions pertaining to institutional corrections.
Prerequisite: CRI135

CRI431 Police Administration 3 Credits
This course involves a study of police management as it relates to the functions and activities
of a police department. While organizational structure is examined, emphasis will be on police
management and the associated contemporary theories, policy development/implementation,
and community policing. This course will include an appraisal, comparison and contrast, of the
management techniques and operational policies/procedures of an existing police agency.
Prerequisite: BUS365
Terms Offered: SU – odd years only

CRI436 Security Management 3 Credits
This course explores the various aspects of the corporate security profession. Specific areas
to be addressed include legal theory, standards of protection, organizational management,
operational administration, technology, and investigative protocols. Subjects of special study
will include corporate espionage, risk management, threat assessment, crisis management,
and professional development.
Prerequisite: HSM110
Terms Offered: SP, FL

CRI450 Criminal Justice Independent Study 3 Credits
The Independent Study course is an independent study program, which encourages students
to explore aspects of their major beyond the required courses by working on a project
approved by the advising instructor. Working with an advising instructor in their major,
students develop a research topic and plan, carry out that research, and produce a project
(thesis, multimedia presentation, video, etc.) which demonstrates academic excellence.
Projects will then be presented formally to the advisor. It is the student’s responsibility
to plan and develop the project, report weekly to the faculty advisor, and to develop the
final presentation of the individual project. Only those individuals who have shown course
completion with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and deemed by the faculty advisor as a good candidate
due to her/his independent working skills, will be allowed to enroll in this course.
Prerequisites: Completion of all lower-level program courses and student is in the last three
terms of study

CRI452 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 4 Credits
This course is an advanced study of crime scene investigation with an academic focus upon
the core competencies associated with the identification, collection, preservation, and
comparative examination of physical evidence or the results of scientific analyses conducted
upon forensic specimens. Students will be required to work with complex scenario-based
practical labs and demonstrate a thorough understanding of criminal investigation, relative
bodies of law, crime scene investigation, and those procedures and practices germane to
forensic criminalistics.
Prerequisite: CRI330

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