Criminal Justice Courses
JUS 2200 APPLIED STATISTICS (3 credits)
Descriptive and inferential statistics, the logic of probability and hypothesis testing with emphasis on applications in social science research. Statistics covered include measures of central tendency, variability, association and tests of significance.
Prerequisite: MAT 1050 or permission of department chair
JUS 2410 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
A study of the American criminal justice system to include the history, philosophy, responsibilities, and functions of the police, courts, and corrections components. Emphasis is placed on role expectations and interrelationships of the various components and the need to promote professionalism through education, training, and ethical standards.
Offered: fall and spring
JUS 2420 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE (3 credits)
This course provides a broad overview of the application of scientific principles to the judicial process. Special attention is focused on the disciplines of criminalistics, forensic medicine, and forensic anthropology. Emphasis centers on the physical and biological aspects of physical evidence that lend themselves to the identification and comparison process and on the analytical scientific capabilities available to the criminal justice professional.
Offered: fall and spring (day and evening)
JUS 2430 INTRODUCTION TO CYBERCRIME (3 credits)
This course introduces and explains the various types of offenses that qualify as cybercrime activity. Emphasis is placed on identifying cybercrime activity and the response to these problems from both the private and public domains.
Offered: fall and spring
JUS 2450 CYBERCRIME LAW AND ETHICS (3 credits)
This course covers the applicable technological laws dealing with the regulation of cybersecurity and criminal activity, as well as the ethical considerations and accepted standard practices applicable to technological investigations and computer privacy issues relative to the cybercrime investigator. Topics include an examination of state, federal and
international laws regarding cybercrime with an emphasis on both general and North Carolina statutes, illegal and unethical investigative activities, end- justifying-the-means issues, and privacy issues of massive personal database information gathered by governmental sources.
JUS 2470 OPERATING SYSTEMS AND PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS (3 credits)
This course explores both Windows and non-Windows operating systems. Students will gain experience using various operating systems to gather data for a forensic investigation. Students will also use Python scripting to pull data from hard drives for forensics analysis.
JUS 2500 DIGITAL CRIME INVESTIGATION (3 credits)
This course introduces the fundamental principles of computer crime investigation processes. Topics include crime scene/ incident processing, information gathering techniques, data retrieval, collection and preservation of evidence, preparation of reports and court presentations.
JUS 2510 NETWORKING CONCEPTS (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the networking field. Topics include network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, wide-area networks, OSI model, cabling, router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing, and network standards.
JUS 2550 HARDENING THE ENTERPRISE NETWORK (3 credits)
This course introduces the concepts and issues related to securing information systems and the development of policies to implement information security controls. Topics include the historical view of networking and security, security issues, trends, security resources, and the role of policy, people, and processes in information security.
Prerequisites: JUS 2510
JUS 2600 INTRODUCTION TO CLANDESTINE LABS (3 credits)
This course offers an introduction to, and examination of, illegal drug production laboratories. Clandestine drug operations generate a wide variety of law enforcement, social, societal, socioeconomic, and environmental problems. This course is designed to examine these problems. The course is comprised of three modules: Module 1 covers law enforcement issues; Module 2 covers societal issues; and Module 3 covers environmental and economic issues.
Cross-listed: ENM 2600 and SWK 2600
JUS 2650 CYBER THREATS AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE (3 credits)
Students will define advanced persistent threat and its role in the use of intelligence gathering for corporations, terrorist groups, and foreign nations. Students will be able to identify the various threat and attack vectors and use this information to develop an overall plan to help reduce risks within the enterprise.
JUS 3090 CRIMINOLOGY (3 credits)
The nature and types of delinquent and criminal behavior; the nature of the criminal and the crime; social, cultural, and psychological factors involved in illegal behavior; control and prevention; police, courts, probation, and correctional institutions.
Offered: fall and spring; evening as needed
JUS 3100 LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM (3 credits)
This course examines the traditions and historical development of the law in America, emphasizing the judicial process. Topics include the types and sources of law, the structure and functions of the state and federal court systems, civil and criminal law procedure, and judicial governance with special attention placed on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cross-listed: LAW 3100 and PSC 3100
JUS 3200 THE CORRECTIONAL PROCESS (3 credits)
A study of the post-conviction corrections process of the criminal justice system with a focus on the evolution of philosophies, programs, strategies, and policies. Emphasis will be placed on the current crisis in American corrections.
Offered: fall, and spring (evening) as needed
JUS 3250 THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF LEADERSHIP (3 credits)
Examines theories and models of leadership and their practical application in different organizations and settings. The course addresses the structure of organizations and the styles of leadership effective in different situations. Students learn practical skills such as group process, problem solving, active listening, and effective presentation techniques. Designed to provide leadership practice and confidence.
Cross-listed: LSS 3250
Offered: spring (odd years)
JUS 3300 POLICE IN AN URBAN SOCIETY (3 credits)
A study of the historic and current mission of the police in an urban society. Problems associated with law enforcement are evaluated from the perspective of the sociology of the urban sub-communities. Emphasis is placed on the police as an element within the criminal justice system and on innovative policing strategies.
JUS 3320 RESEARCH METHODS (3 credits)
This course covers the scientific method and research design, including an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The student will develop an original research proposal.
Cross-listed: SOC 3320 and SWK 3320
JUS 3400 PENETRATION TESTING AND VULNERABILITY SCANNING (3 credits)
This course introduces students to penetration testing, network vulnerabilities, and hacking. Topics include an overview of traditional network security, system hardening, and known weaknesses.
Prerequisite: JUS 2510
JUS 3600 BASIC DATA RECOVERY (3 credits)
This course introduces the unique skills and methodologies necessary to assist in the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. Topics include hardware and software issues, recovering erased files, overcoming encryption, advanced imaging, transient data, Internet issues and testimony considerations.
Prerequisite: JUS 2500
JUS 3750 FUTURE-ORIENTED LEADERSHIP (3 credits)
A study of the leadership styles, abilities, and tools necessary to anticipate future trends and strategies to maximize benefits while minimizing threats. Future techniques to be discussed include Environmental Scanning, Delphi Technique, Brainstorming, Historical Perspective, Scenarios, and Trend Analysis. Emphasis will be placed on visionary leadership, transformational leadership, and paradigm pioneering.
Cross-listed: LSS 3750
Offered: spring (even years)
JUS 3890 CRIMINAL EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE (3 credits)
A study of criminal law and various theories of criminal evidence available to prosecutors. Emphasis is placed on legal principles governing forensic analysis and the handling of evidence during a criminal investigation.
Cross-listed: LAW 3890
JUS 3900 VICTIMOLOGY (3 credits)
The course will examine the multifaceted problems of criminal victimization. Special emphasis will be placed on definitions of victimization, characteristics of victims, treatment of victims in the criminal justice system, and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of victimization. The role of victimology in the conduct of criminal investigations will be reviewed.
JUS 3960 CRIMINAL PROFILING (3 credits)
The course introduces the student to a general overview of the various typologies and classification models by which offenders are profiled. Past and present profiling models are reviewed with an emphasis on the emerging scientific field of investigative psychology. Various examples of crime scenes will be studied for the purpose of understanding how investigators utilize information and evidence obtained from the crime scenes to create a profile of the offender.
Offered: fall (day and evening)
JUS 3970 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (3 credits)
A course designed for specialized forensic training for students interested in the forensic science concentration and justice studies major. The student will conduct hands-on training in a laboratory setting with state-of-the-art alternate light sources, imaging devices, fingerprint developing techniques, and other forensic science devices and instruments. The student will be provided an overview of impression evidence, evidence collection, and crime scene processing. An off-campus trip to the State Bureau of Investigation Laboratory will be planned during the semester.
Prerequisites: JUS 2420, JUS 4160 or permission of instructor or department chair
JUS 3980 ADVANCED CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (3 credits)
The study of advanced photography techniques, investigative processes, and techniques available to the crime scene technician, and homicide or violent crimes investigator. Students will learn advanced crime scene and evidence processing techniques utilizing various chemicals to identify and develop fingerprints and biological evidence. Students will utilize advanced photography techniques to photography evidence in the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum. Emphasis will be on standards set forth by Scientific Working Groups (SWG), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report on forensic science, and the International Association of Identification. This course is laboratory (hands-on) exercise extensive.
Prerequisites: JUS 2420, JUS 3970, and JUS 4160, or permission of instructor or department chair
JUS 4010 THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS (3 credits)
A study of the criminal investigative process to include the application of criminalistics, forensic medicine, and the behavioral sciences to the successful solution of criminal cases. Emphasis is placed on the application of the scientific method to the investigative process.
Prerequisite: JUS 2420 or permission of instructor or department chair
Offered: fall and spring
JUS 4040 POLICE AND THE CONSTITUTION (3 credits)
A study of the laws of arrest, search and seizure, and confessions; legal aspects of entrapment; legal constraints of deadly force; and other legal issues affecting police. Emphasis is placed on the case study approach and analytical reasoning.
Prerequisite: JUS 2410 or permission of instructor or department chair.
Offered: fall (odd years)
JUS 4050 NETWORK FORENSICS AND INCIDENT RESPONSE (3 credits)
This course explores incident response and network forensics. Students will explore Incident Response from a management and operational perspective; in addition, experience will be gained in responding to internal and external attacks, as well as recovering forensic evidence from a network.
Prerequisite: JUS 2510
JUS 4100 MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATH (3 credits)
A study of the legal and forensic concepts and procedures for the medico-legal investigation of death due to natural, accidental, suicidal or criminal reasons. Special emphasis will be placed on use of anatomy and medical terminology, death investigation techniques, and various causes of death.
Prerequisite: JUS 4010 or permission of instructor or department chair
JUS 4150 FORENSIC FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION (3 credits)
A specialized forensic science course designed for students interested in a forensic science concentration and justice studies major. This course is designed to provide the student an overview of how firearms and ammunition differ by design, manufacturer, load, and caliber, and how the design impacts lethality, wound pattern, and deposition of forensic evidence. Students will be exposed to real firearms of different calibers and will be allowed to attend a firearms range with an emphasis on studying different effects of different caliber weapons.
JUS 4160 FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY (3 credits)
A study of forensic photography, documenting crime scenes and evidence with still photography, and the fundamentals of cameras and camera systems. Forensic photography differs from every day and portrait photography in many ways. However, the basic understanding of how a camera operates, and how aperture, shutter speed, and other adjustments on the camera affect the photograph are very similar. Every crime scene technician, detective, or CSI, must have a basic understanding of how to properly document and preserve crime scenes in order to be effective at their job. Photographs are worth a thousand words and are frequently very compelling evidence in a criminal trial.
Prerequisite: JUS 2420, or permission of instructor or department chair
JUS 4200 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
A study of the basic concepts, arguments, and methods of ethics as they apply to those who work in the field of criminal justice. Students will be introduced to the classic theories of normative ethics. Emphasis is placed on the case study approach and ethical decision-making.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the department chair
Cross-listed: PHI 4200
JUS 4250-4350 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
Courses will be offered, as needed, in areas of special interest such as forensic science, crime prevention, criminal justice administration, organized crime, judicial process, private security, and criminal justice planning.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor or department chair
JUS 4400 CRIME SCENE RECONSTRUCTION (3 credits)
After studying the theory of reconstructing crime scenes, students will process and reconstruct a mock crime scene with bloodstain, bullet, and other physical evidence, utilizing advanced crime scene equipment, the 3-D laser scanner, bullet-trajectory lasers, bloodstain pattern analysis equipment, panoramic photography software, and crime scene sketch software.
Prerequisites: JUS 2420, JUS 3970, JUS 3980, and JUS 4160 or permission of the department chair
JUS 4450 SOCIAL MEDIA AND CLOUD SECURITY (3 credits)
Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and social media. Best practices will be investigated and how an information security framework can be developed for the enterprise to reduce risk for social media and cloud computing. Challenges with cloud and social media forensics will be investigated.
JUS 4500 SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
Senior level course focusing on a critical evaluation of policies and programs in the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of a senior research paper with visual presentation.
Prerequisites: JUS 2410, JUS 3090, (SOC 2200, MAT 2200, or PSY 2500), SOC 282, and JUS/SOC 3320 or permission of the department chair
Offered: fall and spring
JUS 4550 TERRORISM AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY RESPONSE (3 credits)
A study of the terrorist threat in America and the creation of the Office of Homeland Security to address that threat. Emphasis will be placed on examining the attack on September 11, 20001 and the government’s response via creation of the Office of Homeland Security. The nature of the terrorist threat, organization of the Office of Homeland Security, risk assessment models, and special programs and legislation created to address the terrorist threat will be discussed.
JUS 4650 MOBILE DEVICE FORENSICS (3 credits)
This course explores the recovery of forensic evidence from mobile devices. Emphasis will be placed on the functionality and recovery of evidence from major smart phone operating systems. Additional topics include legal considerations specific to mobile device seizure and investigation result reporting.
Prerequisite: JUS 2500 or permission of the department chair
JUS 4700 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
Experiential learning in an approved criminal justice agency for supervised practical experience through a ten-week placement at a criminal justice agency. The student is assigned duties and responsibilities approved by the faculty member and on-site supervisor. Minimum requirement of 120 hours in the field agency and participation in a weekly seminar. Supervision and evaluation is conducted by the faculty member and the on-site professional. Written reports and evaluations are required at the completion of the internship. Students must apply for the internship during early-registration prior to taking the course. ALL internships must be approved by the department chair prior to the beginning of the internship. Please note: students must register for the internship course during the same semester they are completing the internship. For example, you cannot register for an internship class in the fall for an internship completed over the summer.
Prerequisites: junior standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher or permission of the department chair
Cross-listed: LAW 4700
Offered: fall and spring
JUS 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (TBA)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major.
Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined.