Criminal Justice minor

Minor in Criminal Justice Requirements: 18 Credits*

The Criminal Justice minor introduces students to the history, current structure, and processes of the American criminal justice system, including its principal components, the ethical issues surrounding each of those components, and the research that evaluates the impact of the system. It provides an introduction to the perspectives of other social systems and cultures, as well as the contemporary competing models of what a criminal justice system ought to be, both domestic and cross-cultural.

All of the following Criminal Justice courses:
SOC 320Theories of Crime and Deviance3
CRJ 201Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRJ 323Crime, Victimization and Public Health3
CRJ 423Law and Society3
Select six credits from the following:6
From the Grave: Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology
Self-Care for the Helping Professions
Research Design for the Social Sciences
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, and Engagement
Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics
Applied Research: Assessment and Evaluation
Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice
Death Investigation: Forensic Anthropology Methods
Race and Justice
Forensic Anthropology Field School
Family Dynamics
Trauma Care for the Whole Person
Making Maps that Matter: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Law, Courts, and Politics
Constitutional Law
Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society
Social Science and Social Problems
Social and Cultural Theory
The Urban Social System
Power and Society: Political Sociology in Action
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Gender in American Society
Social Inequality and Stratification
Structural Injustice: Engaging Constructively with Demographic Change
Addictions: Substances, Processes and People
Total Credits18

Kingfisher concentration requirements are 9 credits total, chosen from the list of courses in the associated minor. Unless otherwise specified.


CRJ 201. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. 3 credits. (Same as SOC 201)

A survey of the development, modification, and enforcement of criminal law. Special attention will be given to the courts, corrections, and enforcement agencies, and the role of competing values in the decision-making process. In addition to the western legal heritage that has been the principle influence in U.S. criminal law, the perspective of non-western traditions of criminal justice will be addressed.

CRJ 225. From the Grave: Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 225)

This course introduces students to the field of forensic anthropology. Through lecture content and written assignments, students examine the development, theoretical and methodological bases, and current application in forensic anthropology. students will gain a theoretical understanding of how these methods are used in the investigation and detection of crime, the processing of mass disasters, the recovery of war dead and missing persons, and in international human rights investigations. P: Mathematical Reasoning; Contemporary Composition.

CRJ 289. Self-Care for the Helping Professions. 1 credit. (Same as SWK 289)

This course provides students the opportunity to practice the Ignatian value of cura personalis by caring for the whole person. As an integrative, multi-modal approach that borrows from several theories and practices such as the spiritual exercises, yoga, breath-work, compassion fatigue and stress- management the students will explore the relationship between the mind and body to strengthen the emotional spirit. Self-care is an important practice management tool and as such students will develop self-care strategies to use while in the practice setting to enhance professional resilience. This course may be repeated once. This course is offered Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

CRJ 312. Research Design for the Social Sciences. 3 credits. (Same as SOC 312, HAP 312)

Introduction to social science research methods. Attention is directed to the basic logic and research techniques involved in studying the social world scientifically. Specific topics considered include research design, measurement, alternative data collection procedures, and ethical concerns involved in studying social life. P: Contemporary Composition course; Ethics.

CRJ 314. Statistics for the Social Sciences. 4 credits. (Same as ANT 314, SOC 314)

Broad introduction to the statistical techniques used by social scientists to analyze their data, including computer usage. Attention is directed to the basic procedures for organizing and describing data, for assessing relationships among social variables, and for using that information to make inferences about the population. P: Mathematical Reasoning.

CRJ 316. Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, and Engagement. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 316, ANT 316, SOC 316)

This course is an introduction to qualitative research methods within the social sciences. It emphasizes ethnography and community engagement as the primary tools of anthropological research. It promotes skill development in reflective practice, research design, partnership building, strategies for collecting ethnographic data and analysis, engaging in field work through participant-observation, and community problem-solving. The course develops compassion, confidence and competence as it contributes to social justice action in student's communities and their professions. Meets Doing Social Science, Designated Ethics, Designated Oral Communication, Designated Technology, and Designated Written Communication Magis Core requirements. Prereq: Understanding Social Science course; Ethics course; Oral Communication course; Contemporary Composition course.

CRJ 317. Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics. 3 credits.

This course will explore the power that the criminal justice system exerts over society. We will begin with the legislators who make laws, to the police who enforce those laws, to the courtroom practitioners who interpret and argue over the laws, to the correctional system that carry out the court imposed sentences, the system is charged with an seemingly infinite amount of discretion. These discretionary decisions can have life-long consequences over many people in society.

CRJ 318. Applied Research: Assessment and Evaluation. 4 credits. FA, SP (Same as ANT/HAP/SWK 318)

This course familiarizes students with foundational research methods for needs assessment and program evaluation commonly used in the social sciences. Satisfies Magis Core: Doing Science Science; Magis Designated Oral Communication, Designated Technology, Designated Statistical Reasoning P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (or HRS 100 or HRS 101), Oral Communication, Understanding Social Science, Mathematical Reasoning.

CRJ 320. Theories of Crime and Deviance. 3 credits. (Same as SOC 320)

A sociological examination of the conditions under which societal definitions of deviance emerge, develop, and change over time. Special attention will be paid to the process of societal reaction to deviant behavior. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

CRJ 322. Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice. 3 credits. SU (Same as SOC 322)

The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge base of participants interested in victim assistance to become more skilled in their approach thereby building the capacity of advocates, service provides and law enforcement to help victims of crime regain control of their lives. Through exploration of existing research on best practices, case analysis, and inter-professional dialogue participants develop a baseline understanding of existing practices and explore creative approaches to serving as victim advocates.

CRJ 323. Crime, Victimization and Public Health. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 323, SOC 323)

This course examines how crime and victimization are perceived within society, how they are measured through quantitative and qualitative lenses, and the particularities of urban environments that intersect with high concentrations of crime and victimization, as well as considering crime and victimization from a public health perspective. P: Understanding Social Science or Instructor consent.

CRJ 325. Death Investigation: Forensic Anthropology Methods. 4 credits. (Same as ANT 325)

This course examines the methods used by forensic anthropologists to construct a biological profile of skeletonized human remains which directly aid in a positive identification of the decedent. These methods are used in the investigation and detection of crime, the processing of mass disasters, the recovery of war dead and missing persons, and in international human rights investigations. In the lab portion, students will apply the methods used by forensic anthropologists to hands-on activities using skeletal collections. Prereq: Understanding Natural Science; Mathematical Reasoning.

CRJ 341. Race and Justice. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 341, ANT 341, BKS 341, SOC 341)

This course focuses on racial and ethnic inequality in the U.S. criminal justice system. What are the determinants and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; of race and ethnicity; of ethnocentrism; sex/gender norms and class structure, as they relate to racial/ethnic minority groups/members affected by the criminal justice system? How is the society and culture we live in different from that of our parents and that of our grandparents or our great grandparents? What led to the changes we see today? Are there alternative social arrangements that may yield more equality, more efficiency, and more social justice? The goal of this course is to provide you with the basic concepts, theories, and historical context required to critically analyze and answer these questions with regard to racial/ethnic minority groups/members affected by the criminal justice system. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

CRJ 350. Forensic Anthropology Field School. 4 credits. (Same as ANT 350)

The Forensic Anthropology Field School is an intensive four-week course focused on exposing students to the application of forensic anthropology in the medico-legal system. Students participate in the process of a mock medico-legal death investigation beginning with crime scene recovery and ending with expert witness testimony. Prior to excavation, students will learn the theory and methods of osteology and archaeology. Once at the "crime scene" students will actively participate in mapping, recording, and excavation. After materials are recovered, students conduct a full analysis and construct a case report to be compared to missing persons reports. The Field School concludes with students testifying as a scientific expert witness in a courtroom. The process will include training and input from law enforcement, legal professionals, forensic scientists, and medical professionals. Ultimately, students will gain a hands-on experience of how death investigations work, and be exposed to the perspectives of manydifferent disciplines. Prereq: Understanding Natural Science; Ethics; Oral Communication.

CRJ 376. Family Dynamics. 3 credits. OD (Same as SWK 376)

This course will explore families through the lens of family stress theory, identifying interpersonal dynamics as well as adjustments in times of crisis. Course content will also include impacts of violence in family systems across the life span, including child abuse/neglect, inter-personal violence, elder abuse, and community violence.

CRJ 385. Community Internship. 1-3 credits.

Omaha city government departments and other private and public agencies provide opportunities for semester-long participation in their regular operations. Academic coordination provided by a department faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hrs. Prereq: Instructor consent.

CRJ 399. Trauma Care for the Whole Person. 3 credits. ONY (Same as ANT 399, SOC 399, SWK 399)

It is essential for social workers and helping professionals to be reflective practitioners and know how to effectively care for others as well as themselves. Students will explore the distinctions of trauma including: physical, psychological, social, historical, ongoing, and vicaríous trauma. This course is designed to examine the impact of trauma on the mind, body and spirit. Trauma care is not only for the individuals, families and/or communities with whom they work but also to develop resiliency in the mind, body and spirit of the helping professionals. P: Sophomore standing.

CRJ 400. Topical Seminar in Criminal Justice. 1-3 credits.

Seminars offered on special topics related to criminal justice. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated under different subtitles. P: Junior standing.

CRJ 423. Law and Society. 3 credits. (Same as SOC 423)

A sociological examination of the development and evolution of models of legal systems from several contemporary cultures, with particular emphasis on the way each of the different models function either as a mechanism of social stability or as a mechanism of social change. This will include a survey of civil, criminal, administrative, and commercial issues, and their relationship to other social institutions, as well as a review of efforts to develop legal systems that transcend competing cultures, either by treaty, or by international organizations.

CRJ 470. Making Maps that Matter: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 credits. (Same as AMS/ANT/EVS/SOC 470)

Geographic Information Systems-or GIS-refers to the technology used to store, edit, analyze, and present geographic data. This course will introduce students to both the technical and conceptual sides of making maps that matter. Weekly labs will teach the technical skills necessary for using geographic data to create maps. ln addition to the technical skills, students will lead weekly book club and "mappy hour'' discussions that will foster critical thinking about how GIS and maps are used in society. These readings will emphasize the importance of place and space to a range of contemporary social and environmental issues including poverty, pollution, crime, and racial injustice. Students will apply what they've learned in a semester-long mapping project to raise awareness about a social or environmental problem in a place of their choosing. P: SOC 212.

CRJ 493. Directed Independent Readings. 1-6 credits.

Student-initiated survey of the literature related to a broad topic in criminal justice not covered in the student's course work. Undertaken in close cooperation with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

CRJ 495. Directed Independent Study. 1-6 credits.

Student-initiated project on a focused topic in criminal justice, utilizing library materials and involving close coordination with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

CRJ 497. Directed Independent Research. 1-6 credits.

Student-initiated empirical project on a focused topic in criminal justice, involving close coordination with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

CRJ 499. Senior Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences. 3 credits.

Students will connect, integrate and elaborate prior learning and skills by studying and interpreting a selected topic. Reading, research, discussion, writing, exercises and presentations will engage us in the topic and allow us to use our knowledge and skills developed by pursuing a sociology or anthropology major. The course provides both a completion of the undergraduate experience and engages students in program assessment.