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Online Courses

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Life doesn't stop when college starts. Many of our current students are working professionals that need to fit classes into their busy work and family schedules. To provide you with greater flexibility in course scheduling, the Department of Justice and Community Studies offers classes in both the traditional classroom and online formats. The following are the online courses that are currently offered.


CJS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Offers an overview of America's criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the development, functions, and current issues/problems facing the current criminal justice system. Courses specifically focuses on the history, roles, and present state of the police, courts, and corrections. IIC.

CJS 125: Law and the Courts

Provides a critical examination of the American judicial system and legal processes. Focuses on the contextual meaning of law and justice to society and will encourage critical thinking from political, sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives.

CJS 211: Law Enforcement

Provides students with an in-depth analysis of America’s system of law enforcement. Policing course which covers: eras of law enforcement, law enforcement styles and patrols, entering and working in the police subculture, police ethics/civil liability, and the future of American law enforcement.

CJS 271: Criminal Behavior

Focuses on theories of criminal behavior and activity. Provides criminal justice students with a micro level, law enforcement approach to criminal behavior. Students will be expected to learn and apply criminological theory, criminal typologies, and appropriate agency responses.

CJS 281: Corrections

Focuses on the historical perspectives of corrections in America, institutional corrections, and the demographics of correctional clients. Provides an overview of correctional law, ethical and moral dilemmas and key issues in corrections.


CJS 545 Geographic Information Systems in Criminal Justice

Collect, organize, analyze, and display spatial data used in criminal justice and emergency management. Part of this course will be a GIS Crime Analysis Product

CJS 611 Criminal Justice Systems: Theory

This course provides an overview of the research on criminal justice theory and decision making in theAmerican criminal justice system. In particular, the course examines theories that attempt to explain formal and informal actions taken by criminal justice actors, and investigates the empirical evidence on the correlates of criminal justice actor decisions.

CJS 612 Criminal Justice Systems: Practice

Focuses on the current state of criminal justice policy, program assessment and evaluation, the impact of public policy, and the necessity for future domestic criminal justice policy. Provides an overview of current policy within police, courts, and community and institutional based agencies.

CJS 615 Advanced Statistics for Criminal Justice

This course provides an expedited instruction of statistical analyses used in the social sciences.Additionally, students will learn statistical analytic techniques applicable in a wide variety of criminal justice agency settings.

CJS 631 Law, Liberty and Criminal Justice

An in depth examination of the major constitutional rights that impact criminal law, including the First,Fourth, Fifth, Six, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Evaluate the law in its historical, political, and social context. Special attention will be given to technology and privacy and other contemporary issues.

CJS 632 Legal Aspects of Justice Administration

This course provides a thorough examination of selected legal issues that arise in the administration of police organizations and corrections programs. Drawing from several scholarly literatures, CJS 632 exposes students to techniques of legal research, writing and analysis; it also equips students with extensive knowledge of the case and statutory law that governs police supervisors and corrections administrators in their day-to-day work. Major topics include tort liability of police and corrections personnel, federal civil rights law and litigation, the legal duty to train and supervise, legal restrictions on the use of force, procedural due process, collective bargaining law, constitutional rights of officers and public access to information.

CJS 641 Crime and Place

This online course provides the theoretical framework, research findings, and policy implications relating to the occurrence of crime across time and space. Topics include measures of crime, social disorganization theory, rational choice theories of crime, the role of communities, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), situational crime prevention, crime analysis, crime mapping,and directions for future research. The course will culminate in the completion of a policy white paper.

CJS 685 Advanced Research Methods

This course provides the methodological framework upon which criminal justice research is constructed,including how to conduct basic social science research and to be informed consumers of research.Topics include the role of research in criminal justice, ethics, measurement and concepts, sampling,research designs, survey research, qualitative research, the use of secondary data, evaluation and policy analysis, and data analysis and report writing.

CJS 691 Criminal Justice Project

Directed research and writing of professional report on a subject to be determined in consultation with student's faculty supervisor and defended before a faculty committee.