Criminal Justice

Requirements for a minor in Criminal Justice.
Honors Program.
B.S./M.B.A. 3-2 Program.
Alpha Phi Sigma.
Courses of Instruction


Available as a major on the B.S. degree and as a minor on the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

Criminal Justice serves the academic needs and career objectives of a variety of students. The major in Criminal Justice can serve as preparation for further formal education in graduate or law school, as well as for immediate entry into careers in the criminal justice system. Courses may be selected to emphasize any of the three components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, or corrections. Alternatively, students may choose courses that provide exposure to special issues and problems in criminal justice. In addition, the internship program provides students opportunities to experience working in the criminal justice field.

Transfer students may receive a maximum of 9 hours credit in the major for criminal justice courses taken at accredited colleges and universities. A maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward the minor. The Director of the Criminal Justice Program will determine the applicability of such coursework to the program's degree requirements.

Requirements for the B.S. in Criminal Justice Degree. A total of 124 semester hours is required. The degree does not require a foreign language. The major requires 39 hours in criminal justice courses and 6 hours in associated courses:

39 semester hours in Criminal Justice (CRJU) must include:

CRJU 20413 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 20423 Critical Issues in Crime and Justice
CRJU 20873 Criminal Justice Research Methods I
CRJU 20883 Criminal Justice Research Methods II
CRJU 30313 Criminology

At least one law enforcement course (CRJU 30613 or 30623)

Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice I or II (CRJU 30403 or 30413)

At least one corrections course (CRJU 30393 or 30643)

CRJU 40963 Internship in Criminal Justice

6 hours of associated courses:

POSC 10133 American and Texas Government
SOCI 20213 Introductory Sociology

Although taught regularly, not all required courses are scheduled every semester. It is the student's responsibility to complete the major requirements for graduation as early in their tenure as possible. Exemptions to the major requirements will not be made because of student failure to complete coursework in a timely fashion.

Requirements for a minor in Criminal Justice. The minor in criminal justice requires 18 hours. CRJU 20413 Introduction to Criminal Justice and CRJU 30313 Criminology are required courses for the minor.

Pass/No Credit. Courses in the major may not be taken on a Pass/No Credit basis.

Honors Program. Criminal Justice majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors Program and should enroll in CRJU 30003 during their junior year and CRJU 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

B.S./M.B.A. 3-2 Program. Criminal Justice is an approved major for TCU's three-two program. A student completing this program will receive both a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Business Administration over the course of five school years. Students should start this program early in their tenure at TCU and must be admitted to the M.J. Neeley School of Business. Students interested in federal law enforcement or in administrative/policy development positions within the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Alpha Phi Sigma. The Criminal Justice program sponsors a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honor society in the discipline. Any major or minor in Criminal Justice with a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.2 in criminal justice related courses is eligible.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

20413 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE. History, theory, and structure of the criminal justice system in the United States. Examination of the various components of the criminal justice process including police, the courts, corrections.

20423 CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIME AND JUSTICE. An examination of the major problems and issues confronting the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on development of critical thinking skills and their application to justice-related problems.

20873 CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS I. An introduction to the statistical vocabulary and techniques basic to criminal justice. The course covers measures of central tendency, measures of variation, one- and two-sample t and z test statistics, paired t-tests, basic sampling distribution theory, Chi Square goodness of fit and independence tests, measures of association and simple linear regression. Students are taught basic programming using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). It is expected the student will enroll in CRJU 20883 in the semester following completion of this course.

20883 CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS II. Prerequisite: CRJU 20873. An introduction to criminal justice research procedures, with emphasis on the collection, analysis and interpretation of social data.

30003 HONORS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. For Honors students and other selected superior students with permission of the Director of the Criminal Justice Program. Studies, reports, and discussions of the literature of criminal justice. Examination of significant problems and trends.

30223 CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Topics of current interest in crime and justice. Topics change, therefore this course may be taken more than once.

30313 CRIMINOLOGY. (SOCI 30313) Prerequisite: SOCI 20213, or permission of instructor. Study of crime in America, with focus on sociological theories of crime causation, treatment, and prevention.

30393 SOCIOLOGY OF CORRECTIONS. (SOCI 30393) The study of correctional agencies and programs, including the social structure of the prison and its impact on the offender, deterrent and treatment effects of correctional practices, probation and parole, and an examination of various experiments in institutional and community based corrections.

30403 LEGAL ASPECTS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE I. Prerequisite: 20413 or permission of instructor. Major issues in criminal law and procedure emphasizing the police and the prejudicial process. Course involves the study of the nature of criminal law, the basic elements of crime, legal issues in law enforcement such as search and seizure, interrogation, and basic evidentiary concepts.

30413 LEGAL ASPECTS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE II. Prerequisite: 20413 or permission of instructor. Continued examination of fundamental legal issues and procedure, emphasizing the post arrest process. Discussion of such areas as right to counsel, pretrial release, the appeals process, and prisoner legal rights.

30423 COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCESS. An in-depth examination of the American court system. Special topics will include a comparison and contrast of state and federal court systems, a discussion of socialization processes within the legal profession, and an evaluation of the impact of politics on the judicial process.

30453 JUVENILE JUSTICE. The law of juvenile delinquency and the administration of the juvenile justice system. The historical development of the concept of delinquency, the special status of juveniles before the law, and juvenile justice procedural law will be examined in detail. Recent developments in legal reform concerning delinquency and dependency will be reviewed, as well as change within the youth corrections system. CRJU 20413 is recommended but not required as a prerequisite.

30523 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. An introduction to the recognition, collection and evaluation of physical evidence arising from a crime or suspicious incident, concentrating on the various techniques of crime scene investigation including crime scene search, note-taking, sketching, photography, and preservation of evidence.

30533 COUNSELING SKILLS AND CRISIS INTERVENTION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. (SOWO 30533) Theories and methods of professional intervention with emphasis on those professionals with clients in the criminal justice system. Focus is on the development of skills which can be applied to individuals, families, and groups in both community-based and institutional settings. This course is primarily for Criminal Justice majors and Social Work minors.

30543 CRIMINALISTICS. An exploration of the various techniques and instruments used to analyze organic and non-organic evidence obtained from crime scenes, with an examination of new techniques such as DNA analysis.

30613 POLICE IN A FREE SOCIETY. Covers the organization and administration of law enforcement agencies, the function of police, police discretion, ethics, police-community relations, and the future of policing in American society.

30623 POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY. An examination of the relationship between police and the communities they serve. Topics include police and public opinion, police violence, citizen complaints, politics and the police function, police ethics, police and the media.

30633 CRIMINAL JUSTICE PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION. Personnel management and administration in criminal justice agencies and institutions, especially police agencies. Analyzes functions of recruitment and selection, placement, evaluation, dismissal, benefit systems, minority recruitment, training, education, promotion, career development, and retirement.

30643 COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS. An examination of the role of the community in the reintegration of offenders. Analysis of those correctional programs which are designed to be administered in a community setting, including probation, parole, halfway houses, restitution, and community service.

30803 VICTIMOLOGY. (SOCI 30803) Major aspects of the emerging field of victimology. Topics include the historical role of victims, the nature of victimization in modern America, the victimization experience, legal aspects of victimization, victimization and the political process, solutions to victimization, and the future of victims' rights and victimology.

30813 RACE AND GENDER ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. A critical examination of race and gender issues within the criminal justice system. Students will explore topics such as the importance of race and gender in the development and organization of the criminal justice system; the discretionary application of justice to minorities and women in the areas of policing, courts, and corrections; sexual harassment; and the relationship between poverty and crime.

30823 CRIMINAL VIOLENCE. An in-depth survey of the various types of criminal violence. The criminal justice response to violence will be highlighted. Topics include domestic violence, mass murder, serial killing, riots, and gang violence.

30903 LAW AND SOCIETY. (SOCI 30903) An examination of the relationship between legal institutions and social processes. Topics include the nature of law, historical evolution of legal systems, creation and organization of law in modern societies, social functions of law, and the limits of law as an instrument of social control.

30913 Psychology and Criminal Justice. Prerequisite: CRJU 20413, SOCI 20213 or PSYC 10213 or equivalent. An exploration of the psychological and social psychological dimensions of criminal justice. Discussion topics may include: psychological and social psychological origins of criminal behavior, addiction and crime, police aggression and violence, police personality, insanity and the law, sex offenders, prison subculture and behavior, jury selection and deliberation, and eyewitness accounts.

30923 ORGANIZED CRIME. An in-depth view of organized crime including its relationship to social structure, historical analysis of the Mafia, the extent and impact of modern and nontraditional organized crime and prospects for its control.

30933 CRIME AND THE MEDIA. The effects that the media have on the perception of crime. The social construction of many "myths" that surround crime and criminal justice. Special topics include film as a mythmaker, media as moral policies, and media-based anticrime efforts.

30973 VICTIMLESS CRIME. An in-depth examination of victimless crime highlighting its social control and social construction. Specific topics include gambling, prostitution, drug and alcohol use, and pornography.

40003 SENIOR HONORS PAPER IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. For Honors students obtaining a B.S. in Criminal Justice. A research study and paper, under faculty direction, in some area of criminal justice.

40463 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. (SOCI 40463) Prerequisite: SOCI 20213, or permission of instructor. Its causes, treatment, and prevention; the child, the clinic, and the court; philosophical, historical, and traditional foundations of juvenile law.

40503 WHITE COLLAR CRIME. The phenomenon of white collar and organizational crime described and explained from a sociological perspective. An examination of its nature, extent, and costs, with special attention to the social structural and organizational forces which give rise to such crimes.

40903 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Prerequisite: CRJU 20413. The general aim of this course is to identify and provide insight into the major value dilemmas confronting practitioners and professionals in the criminal justice system. Police conduct, courtroom conduct, and correctional professional's conduct are at issue and, as topics, will structure classroom discussion.

40963 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Prerequisite: Permission of Criminal Justice Internship Director. Students serve for a minimum of 125 hours per semester as participant-observers in a local criminal justice agency. Students will submit a weekly verified report on hours worked to the Internship faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor will meet with all interns in a seminar discussion of internship problems and activities at least once per month. Each student will submit a final written report and evaluation.

40970 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. A specific program of study must be approved by the Director of the Criminal Justice Program prior to enrollment in this course. May be taken for credit ranging from 1 to 6 semester hours depending on the project undertaken.