Dr. Daniel Hall discussing class material with students during small group instruction

Thematic Sequence

A Thematic Sequence is a series of related courses (usually three) that focuses on a theme or subject in a developmental way. Each course builds or expands upon knowledge or perspective gained from preceding courses, and some sequences prepare students for Capstone experience.

Race and Criminal Justice (CJS 1)

This thematic sequence is open to all students, and introduces you to the role race plays in law and the administration of criminal justice. The sequence offers a sociohistorical framework of the criminal justice system and the inequalities that are inherently part of its structure with a special emphasis on race in policing, the law of criminal and juvenile;adjudications, and corrections.

BWS 151 Introduction to Black World Studies (4)

Introduces the Afrocentric perspective as it has developed in anthropology, history, political science, geography, sociology, religious studies, mass communications, theatre, art, etc. Covers theories, research, methodologies, and practice of Africana studies. Students develop historical and contemporary understanding of the African Diaspora.

CJS 211 Law Enforcement (4) or CJS 281 Corrections (3)

CJS 211:Provides students with an in-depth analysis of America 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 281: 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.

BWS/CJS 401 Race and Criminal Justice (3)

Investigates the critical role that race plays in our criminal justice system. Provides a sociohistorical framework of the criminal justice system exploring its inherent structural inequalities and their consequences on different racial/ethnic groups in the United States. It also employs a life course perspective to investigate criminal behavior from juvenile delinquents through adulthood, exploring how it is affected by inequalities in the criminal justice system.