SOC 100 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGYCampus:
An introduction to sociology through a study of the basic concepts used in sociological analysis, particularly culture, types of social groups, processes of interaction, social class, population traits and trends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.
SOC 136 SOCIAL PROBLEMSCampus:
An introduction to sociology through an examination of what society considers to be social problems with a view toward showing how society produces these phenomena and to what extent they are solvable. Areas include: crime, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, other forms of deviance, poverty, racism, conflicts over power. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
SOC 220 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIORCampus:
An examination of the various sociological approaches to understanding and explaining crime, delinquency, deviance, drug usage and other alleged aberrations in society and culture. Additionally, major case studies will be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
SOC 237 INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CLASSCampus:
Topics include: the values, lifestyles and ideologies of the various classes; the relationship of the classes to economic, political and educational institutions; changes in the class structure. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
SOC 243 CRIMINOLOGYCampus:
An examination of sociological concepts, theories and perspectives regarding the study of crime. Topics include: the amounts and trends of crime; theoretical explanations; policies of crime control. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONSCampus:
An examination of race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
SOC 254 SOCIOLOGY OF YOUTHCampus:
A social-psychological analysis of adolescence and the changing position of youth in society throughout history. The course examines both social structural conditions that have created adolescence as a position of uncertainty and vulnerability in modern society, as well as diverse subcultures that youth have created as collective responses to this position. Cross cultural and generational comparisons of adolescence will also be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 158 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
An overview of the history, structure and function of the police, prosecutor, judicial and correctional organizations and their interrelatedness. Through readings and an examination of Supreme Court cases, policy issues such as sufficient evidence, use of discretion and legal concerns will be discussed. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 244 CORRECTIONSCampus:
investigation into the various punitive and rehabilitative
philosophies and practices employed by the correctional field in
dealing with crime and criminality. Topics include: history of
corrections, theories of punishment, death penalty, sentencing,
effectiveness of rehabilitation, community supervision and restorative
alternatives. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1
semester, 3 credits.
CJ 245 Community Correctional Alternatives
This course will explore the historical development of probation and parole in the United States as well as current treatment philosophies and strategies for supervision. It will focus on the relationship between prisons and the community and community based correctional alternatives. Topics such as boot camps, electronic monitoring, drug courts, halfway houses and intensive supervision will be explored with an emphasis on evaluating the empirical effectiveness of these alternatives.
CJ 246 Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice presents a new paradigm of community justice focusing on the three parties involved in crime: the offender, victim, and community. Crime is seen as an injury to people and the community, and thus the focus of justice shifts to repairing those injuries, with all parties participating in the outcome: vindication of the victim, opportunities of accountability and rehabilitation of the offender, and peace and public order for the community. Contrasts between the Restorative-Justice Approach and the traditional retributive response to crime will be undertaken. Topics include: mediation, victim-offender reconciliation, family group conferencing, community service and offender reintegration.
CJ 247 Correctional Rehabilitation and Reentry
This course will examine innovative rehabilitation methods and programs from prevention to correctional practice and post-release. Students will be provided with knowledge about evidence-based practices and policies and their underlying theoretical frameworks. Topics will include: risk and need assessment, gender-specific treatment programs and substantive abuse programs.
CJ 248 Women and Crime
The focus of this course is on women in the criminal justice system as victims, offenders and professionals. Relevant theories (such as a discussion of the feminist criminological perspective), policies and empirical studies, as well as the historical, socio-political and cultural forces that gave rise to them will be examined. Topics will include: domestic violence and women who kill, women’s trajectory into crime, runaways, drug use, girl gangs, mothers behind bars and female police officers and other professionals.
CJ 257 JUVENILE JUSTICECampus:
A study of the history and current philosophy and practice of the juvenile justice system and the social, economic and political forces that have brought it to its present state. Students will examine the current levels and trends of juvenile delinquency and violence along with juvenile justice responses to them. Current issues such as transfer of juveniles to adult court, PINS law and coverage of New York State juvenile justice. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 266 LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICINGCampus:
An examination of the evolution of public policing as an institution of social control; law enforcement policy and procedure; the organizational and administrative aspects of law enforcement; the role that police play in addressing crime as a social problem; the formation of police values and subculture; police discretion and an understanding of the critical issues and challenges facing crime control today. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 270 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Investigation
An introduction to modern methods used in detecting, investigation and solving crimes. The practical analysis of evidence in a criminal investigation laboratory is covered. Topics include: photography; fingerprints and other impressions; ballistics; documents and handwriting; glass, hair and drug analysis; and lie detection.
CJ 271 Computer Application and Cyber Crime
This course examines basic computer technology, its evolution and its application to the field of crime prevention and detection, apprehension and other applications within the criminal justice system. The course will also discuss evolving and emerging crime trends involving computers, computer technology and crimes of information such as identity theft. Relevant theories to explain crime trends will be covered, including routine activity, environmental criminology and others.
CJ 272 Geographical Information Systems
This course will introduce the student to the historical evolution of mapping and geography in the criminal justice system and then discuss the uses and applications of geographic information systems (GIS) in crime analysis, deployment of resources in the criminal justice system and the uses of GIS in managing offender populations. Students will also have an introduction to the major GISS applications used in crime analysis, Arch Info and Pitney Bowe Map Info.
CJ 273 Crime Analysis and Policy
This course is an overview of policy implementation and effectiveness in the criminal justice system. Policies and the short and long-term impact on the various components of the criminal justice system will be evaluated. Contemporary topics such as the impact of drug enforcement policies, crime prevention and alternative responses to crime will be discussed.
CJ 277 CRIMINAL PROCEDURECampus:
An examination of significant Supreme Court decisions, which define the parameters of acceptable police conduct and individual rights in their interaction with the police and criminal courts. An exploration of the unique issues relating to New York State — specific criminal procedure laws; understanding of crime; law and procedure; coverage of the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional limits of law, which is essential in dealing with the criminal justice population. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 324 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICECampus:
A fundamental understanding of research design and data analysis in criminology and criminal justice. The course will examine quantitative and qualitative research methods (experimental design, quasi-experimental design, surveys, field research, secondary data analysis), types of data and measurement, probability and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 342 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICECampus:
The internship is designed to give criminal justice majors in their senior year an experience working with a professional in a criminal justice agency. Students are placed in agencies congruent with their interests. Students are expected to work a minimum of 120 hours during the semester. Additional requirements include a journal of activities and completion of a major paper. Weekly seminar meetings will be held. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
CJ 400 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICECampus:
The senior capstone course is based on readings and discussion of major works in the field of crime and the administration of justice. Original works are discussed in the context of the history of ideas, political ideologies and contemporary developments. Seminar paper required. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTSCampus:
A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
POL 280 CONSTITUTIONAL LAWCampus:
A study of the origin, theory and interpretation of the United States Constitution. Emphasis will be placed upon controversies surrounding the separation of powers, federalism and economic liberties. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGYCampus:
A broad introduction to the concepts, methodology and major content areas of psychology designed to provide the student with a scientific basis for understanding human behavior. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.
PSY 220 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGYCampus:
A comprehensive survey of adolescent behavior in its intellectual, emotional and social aspects. Techniques for enhancing the adolescent’s potential for growth and productivity are given special consideration. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
PSY 261 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITYCampus:
A survey of the major contemporary theories of personality and the important applications associated with each theoretical approach. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
PSY 271 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGYCampus:
An examination of the diagnostic classifications of abnormal with an emphasis on causation and treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.
PSY 290 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGYCampus:
An examination of the application of psychology to the legal system including mental health law, the rights of special groups, domestic violence and child abuse, child custody, sexual harassment and abuse, assessing competency and insanity, psychological damage, psychological autopsy, jury selection and behavior, eyewitness testimony, polygraphs and mental health professionals as expert witnesses. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered at department’s discretion.
PSY 360 COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGYCampus:
An examination of the origins and characteristics of the counseling relationship, including an analysis of the major contemporary theories and techniques of counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.
BIO 225 FORENSIC BIOSCIENCECampus:
The course covers the function of the forensic bioscience laboratory and its relation to successful criminal investigation. Topics include crime scene processing, investigative techniques, current forensic technology and related topics. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and collect relevant evidence at simulated crime scenes and request appropriate laboratory analysis of submitted evidence. Prerequisite: Departmental permission. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee - $60.
PHI 160 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICSCampus:
What are the sources of morality? What makes an action right or wrong? What constitutes the good life? This course will explore these questions and examine related issues such as absolutism vs. relativism, objectivism vs. subjectivism, rules vs. outcomes. General theories will be applied to specific ethical dilemmas through discussion. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.