Thematic Sequence

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 Students in class working on commands.
 A student talking with an officer during a job fair on the Hamilton Campus.

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 interdisciplinary thematic sequence, open to all students other than criminal justice majors, focuses on the myriad ways in which issues of race and ethnicity play out in the administration of the American criminal justice system. Utilizing a sociohistorical framework, it provides students with critical perspectives on how America's complex legacy on questions of race have shaped the development and contemporary operations of our correctional, policing and legal/judicial institutions.

CRE 151 Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (3)

This course will introduce students to the core concepts and theories used in the critical study of race and ethnicity.

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.