Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

CCJ  101 INTRO TO CRIME AND JUSTICE      (3)

Introduces the branches of the U.S. justice system and the policies, processes, controversies, and challenges facing the justice system in the global world.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

CCJ  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

CCJ  210 COURTS AND JUSTICE      (3)

Explores the structure, functions, and organization of courts; judicial procedures; legal actors; and the conflicts that shape the practice of justice.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  215 CRIME, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA      (3)

Introduces social science methods for media analysis and examines the interactions between media, crime, and public policy.  Letter grade only.  AHI

 

CCJ  220 LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS      (3)

Examines the structure, roles, and processes of American law enforcement at federal, state, and local levels and current issues affecting police.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  250 CRIMINOLOGY      (3)

Theoretical explanations of the nature and patterns of crime and justice, the development of criminological theory; and analysis of crime control, social control, and social policy implications.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

CCJ  270 CRIMINAL LAW      (3)

Examines common law and statutory criminal offenses, general principles of criminal responsibility, and elements of crimes and powers of courts.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  275 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS      (3)

Examines constitutional and statutory provisions covering arrest, investigation, search and seizure, and legal rights.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only.   May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

CCJ  301 CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON JUSTICE POLICY      (3)

This course provides a critical exploration of the contours of contemporary justice policy focused on understanding the complexities and realities of justice policy in a changing and interconnected world.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 and CCJ 250

 

CCJ  312 ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME      (3)

Examines laws and legal strategies designed to protect environmental quality; explores varieties of environmental crimes and associated problems of control.  Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  314 HOLLYWOOD AND THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF CRIME AND JUSTICE      (4)

Analyses movie constructions of crime and justice, and investigates the dominant images and messages prevalent in American crime cinema. 3 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only.  AHI

 

CCJ  315 COMPARATIVE JUSTICE SYSTEMS      (3)

Compares Asian, African, and European cultures with respect to differences in their concepts of justice and mechanisms for achieving justice.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  325 DRUG ISSUES AND THE LAW      (3)

Examines theories and research related to causes and consequences of illegal drug usage and its effect on the justice system.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

CCJ  331 JUSTICE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION      (3)

Explores traditional and modern theories of organizations, administration, management, and leadership. Applies organizational theories to the administration of police agencies, courts, and correctional institutions. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Prerequisite: (CCJ 101 and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  333 DISCRETION AND DECISION-MAKING      (3)

Examines models and concepts that explain, critique, and improve the exercise of discretion and the decision-making process in criminal justice. Prerequisites: 6 hours of CJ coursework.  Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  340 WHITE COLLAR AND CORPORATE CRIME      (3)

Examines crime by and against businesses and explores problems in the prevention and prosecution of white-collar crime.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 250 or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

CCJ  341 POLITICAL CRIME      (3)

Examines crimes committed by and against governments and explores the national and international prospects for controlling political crime.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 250 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  345 HUMAN&CULTURAL RELAT      (3)

Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  345W INVESTIGATING DIFFERENCE      (3)

Explores the development and effects of categories of difference and inequality on patterns of crime and victimization, and the meaning and practice of justice.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: (CCJ 101 and CCJ 250 and 9 hours of CCJ-Criminology & Criminal Justice coursework) or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

CCJ  350 VIOLENT CRIME      (3)

Examines patterns of violent crime. Explores theory and research related to the causes and control of violent crime.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 250 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  355 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE      (3)

Explores ways of knowing, quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and interpretation of research related to the study of crime and criminal justice.  Cross-listed with PAS 355.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  (CCJ 101, CCJ 250, and Mathematics Foundation requirement) or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  360 WOMEN, CRIME, AND JUSTICE      (3)

Analyzes women offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system, with emphasis on changing sex roles.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

CCJ  380 LAW IN AMERICA      (3)

Letter grade only.Theoretical study of sources of law; issues in the implementation of law; assessment of effects of law in American society.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  Sophomore Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

CCJ  385 SECURITY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD      (3)

This course explores how security in a globalized world impacts justice practice and policy.  It provides a criminological framework for critical examination of the latest trends shaping the "new paradigm" of global security, including the war on terror and the increased securitization of criminal justice.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

CCJ  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives.  Fee required.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units.

 

CCJ  390 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION      (3)

Examines use and analysis of evidence; legal aspects of investigative techniques; role of behavioral sciences in investigation.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 270 or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  395 BORDERS, IMMIGRATION, AND HUMAN RIGHTS      (3)

Examines the legal, historical, sociopolitical, human rights, and justice policy issues associated with the creation and enforcement of national and regional borders designed to control migration and other human population movements.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group SPW

 

CCJ  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  408 INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Up to 6 hours may be applied to criminal justice elective requirements.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: CCJ-Criminology & Criminal Justice GPA greater than or equal to 3.0

 

CCJ  410 YOUTH, CRIME, AND JUSTICE      (3)

Nature, extent, and causes of delinquency; history, philosophy, and operation of juvenile justice, including police, courts, and corrections.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  415 CRIME, JUSTICE AND NATIVE AMERICANS      (3)

Overview of crime, justice processes, and alternative approaches to justice as they relate to Native Americans.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: (CCJ 101 and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group GLB

 

CCJ  422 POWER, CONTROL, AND JUSTICE      (3)

Examines how the justice system incorporates both cultural and institutional mechanisms of power and influence to shape the social construction of crime, the enforcement of laws, and legal and popular understandings of justice.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CCJ 101 and CCJ 250 and CCJ 345W

 

CCJ  425 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE      (3)

Social and historical analysis of domestic violence and the criminal justice response to that violence.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: CCJ 101 or SOC 101 or SOC 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  430 LOSS PREV & SEC MGT      (3)

Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  450 VALUES CRIMINAL JUST      (3)

Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  450C VALUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE      (3)

Examines value dilemmas encountered by criminal justice practitioners: discretion, deception, deadly force, punishment, and social justice.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: (CCJ 345W or CCJ 345 and Senior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group CAP

 

CCJ  460 TOPICS IN GENDER AND JUSTICE      (3)

Examines the interconnections between gender and criminal justice.  Course content will vary, and many include Women in Prison, Feminist Theories and Methods, Third World Women and Crime, Sexualities and Justice.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  

 

CCJ  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 12 units; not the same subject.  Department consent required.

 

CCJ  475 GLOBAL JUSTICE      (3)

Examines the causes and consequences of transnational crime, analyzes modern global crime control techniques and institutions, and explores existing and developing strategies to achieve global justice.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  480 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE      (3)

Examines current issues in crime and criminal justice.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units, as topics change.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group

 

CCJ  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite: Senior Status or higher

 

CCJ  495 WRONGFUL CONVICTION      (3)

Analysis of criminal procedures leading to the wrongful conviction of alleged offenders.  Substantive material covers police and prosecutorial misconduct; false eyewitness ID; false confessions; junk science; snitch testimony; and indigent defense.  Letter grade only.  

 

CCJ  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY     (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Letter grade or pass-fail.  No repeat limit.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

CCJ  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular major field of study.  Letter grade only.  No repeat limit.