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Course Requirements

Please note that course requirements are subject to change.

Code Course Name Credits
CIT300 Communicating for Leadership 3

As the final course in the CIT core, Communicating for Leadership serves as a bridge to upper-level courses in students fields of study. Furthermore, different sections are taught by instructors in these fields. This allows students to study the specialized communication styles and demands associated with effective leadership in their majors; that is, business majors study corporate communications; students in legal studies examine communication models and strategies for conflict resolution, liberal studies majors draw upon multimedia skills and technologies to enhance their communications, etc. Through readings, writing projects, discussions, and role-plays, students also study interpersonal communication skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, the dynamics and ethics of interviewing, and organizational and small group communication. While writing, reading, listening, and information literacy are integrated into the course, the course offers explicit instruction in public speaking and offers students opportunities to practice speaking to multiple and complex audiences in forums relevant to their fields of study.

Prerequisites: ENG 114, ENG124, ENG 134

CJELE Criminal Justice Electives 3  
COM111 Computer Applic. I 3

Computer Applications I
This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speaker's notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internet's search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

CRJ120 Intro to Criminal Justice 3

This course will be an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Crime, criminals, victims, explanations of criminal behavior, law and the criminal justice system, policing strategies, police and the law, courts and courtroom workgroups, proceedings before trial, conviction by trial and guilty pleas, sentencing, community corrections, prisons and jails, prison life and juvenile justice are the topics that will be covered.
Offered in the fall semester

CRJ202 Victimology&Criminology 3

The scope of victimology, gauging the extent of criminal victimization, the costs of being a victim, remedying the plight of victims, restorative justice, victimization at work and school, and victim rights will be studied. Criminology and crime theory, different perspectives classical, biological, psychological, sociological and measuring crime will be examined.
Prerequisite CRJ 120
Offered in the fall semester

CRJ233 ResearchMthdsCrim&CJ 3

Students will develop an understanding of the basic principles of social research, grasp the importance of scientific research and comprehend research methodologies of others. Research ethics, questionnaire construction, data collection, inferential statistics, data processing and analysis, sampling, and techniques utilized to analyze criminal justice will be studied. Students will be required to produce a scholarly research paper.
Prerequisite: CRJ 120 and MAT 120
CRJ 233 must be taken by the conclusion of Sophomore Year
Offered in the fall and spring semesters

CRJ255 Women in Criminal Justice 3

The focus of this course is to provide an overview of women's involvement in the criminal justice system as criminals, victims and professionals. Students will explore cultural forces, contemporary studies and historical influence which shaped theories, policy and treatment today. This course will also explore the importance of gender equality within the field of criminal justice. Areas of the study include: theoretical perspectives, drug addiction, prison environment, sexual assault, restorative justice, domestic violence, women in law enforcement, the legal profession and corrections.

CRJ300 Corrections 3

The basic organization and objectives of the American correctional system will be examined. Local, state, federal and private sector correctional systems and practices will be studied. Special categories of correctional clients: male, female, juvenile, sex offenders, mentally and physically disabled or challenged, geriatric, and HIV will be considered.
Prerequisite: CRJ 120

CRJ320 Probation & Parole 3

This course will explore the different roles and responsibilities of the probation and parole officer in the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be placed on understanding an integrated model of supervision, developing of effective treatment plans, aftercare services, sanctions for non-compliance. The interplay between the police, prosecutors, judges, prison personnel, probation and parole officers will be examined.
Prerequisite: CRJ 120
Offered in the fall semester

CRJ333 Intro Victim & Offender Mediation 3

The purpose of this course is to give the student dual insight into offender treatment and victim advocacy through a holistic approach to restorative justice. During this course, students will examine a variety of social issues that contribute to the rise in adult offenders, treatment of the criminal population, and opportunities for victims in terms of acknowledgement, acceptance, and recovery.

CRJ402 Ethics&CrimJustProf 3

Ethical dilemmas frequently encountered by professionals--police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, parole officers, court officers, judges and correctional officers--within the criminal justice system will be thoughtfully explored within a discussion based classroom setting.
Prerequisites: CRJ 120 and Senior status
Offered in the fall semester

CRJ406 Violence Against Women and Children 3

An intensive seminar that studies cross-cultural issues of violence against women and children around the world. Students will be required to read books, to participate fully in all in-class discussions, to write a number of short papers, and to give a scholarly presentation to the class. Prerequisite: Permission of Department

CRJ407 Offender Intervention/Victim Svc 3  
ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research/Writing in Discipline 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty.
Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally.
Prerequisite: ENG 114

GEN ELEC General Electives 33  
GENHLTH Healthy Living Elective 2  
HISGEN History Elective 3  
HSR402 Addictions and Interventions 3

HSR 402 Addictions and Interventions (3 credits)
This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of addictions from an eco-systems perspective. The addictive process and recovery will be studied, including the reciprocal interaction between addicted individuals and the various social systems of which they are a part. Students will examine substance abuse and behavioral compulsions, including alcohol and other drugs, smoking, compulsive gambling, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. There will also be a focus on diversity in addicted populations, the business of drugs, and prevention. Attention will be given to biological and genetic factors in the etiology of addiction, family issues, and community responses. The consequences of addictions will be studied at the individual, family, community and societal levels. This course will draw on current research in the field of addictions, and will emphasize critical thinking, and analysis of the current controversies in the field.
Prequisite: PSY101

HUMELE Humanities Elective 3  
MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression.
Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

Using an active learning approach, students will explore psychological perspectives and methods as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Other topics include: neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, and psychological disorders.

PSY240 Abnormal Psychology 3

This course explores a wide range of personality, behavioral, and cognitive disorders. The symptoms, etiology, and dynamics of various disorders are studied, and a variety of therapeutic theories and techniques are discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY 101
Offered in the spring semester only

SCIELECT Science Elective 4  
SOC200 Social Problems 3

This course involves the study of social problems and possible solutions to these problems in contemporary American society. A variety of topics are explored including inequality and oppression, poverty, family conflict, food insecurity, and education.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 or PSY 101
Offered in the fall semester

SOC210 Marital & Family System 3

This course investigates the structure and function of the family as a social system. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between the family and other social institutions utilizing cross-cultural and historical perspectives. Discussions of marriage, family structure, family functioning, and family disorganization are included.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 100
Offered in the spring semester

SOC305 Domestic Violence 3

This course explores various forms of domestic violence and abuse including neglect and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse among intimate partners and children. Issues pertaining to culture, sexual orientation, family dynamics, abuse of elders and the disabled, and the cycle of abuse are reviewed. Key issues related to treatment and community resources are addressed. Students will also investigate the etiology of abuse.
Prerequisites: SOC 100 or PSY 101 and junior or senior status
Offered in the spring semester

WEL220 WomenEmpoweredasLearnersLeader 3

Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners
This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 StratforPers&CareerGrwth 3

Strategies for Personal and Career Growth
This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students' knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students' progress and proficiency.