Course descriptions

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200. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. An introduction to criminal law, criminological thought and the operation of the criminal justice system (CC-CRJ-1313)

325. Criminal Justice Theory. 3 hrs. A survey of major American and European theories of criminal justice. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

330. Criminal Law. 3 hrs. A survey of applied substantive criminal law with emphasis on the most common criminal offenses. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

341. Police Methods and Organization. 3 hrs. A survey of the organization and administration of the American police. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

342. Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 341. An overview of the crime solving process with emphasis on methodology, corpus delecti and evidence.

352. Introduction to Modern Corrections. 3 hrs. An overview of major correctional systems and methods of treatment of offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

360. Introduction to Juvenile Justice. 3 hrs. A survey of the common law roots of juvenile law, the unfolding of case law in American history, and the development of the juvenile court and juvenile corrections. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

364. Child Abuse and the Law. 3 hrs. A study of child abuse and law emphasizing the protection of the child from prevention through prosecution and disposition of offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 360.

400. Criminal Justice Practicum. 3, 6 or 9 hrs. Prerequisites: Major in Criminal Justice with junior or senior standing and with permission of the director. Field work offering research and practice in a criminal justice agency. Prerequisite: CJ 200.

420. Methods of Criminal Justice Research and Planning. 3 hrs. An in-depth study of criminal justice planning, evaluation and research. Prerequisite: CJ 325.

426. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. 3 hrs. A study of foreign criminal justice systems. Prerequisites: CJ 325, 330.

430. Criminal Procedure. 3 hrs. A study of the procedural rules for the judicial enforcement of substantive criminal law. Prerequisite: CJ 330.

431. Environmental Law. 3 hrs. A study of environmental law emphasizing regulation, enforcement and detection of unlawful practices damaging to the environment

433. Evidence, Search and Seizure. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 330. An examination of the laws of evidence and the procedures for obtaining it with special emphasis on application in criminal court

435. Organization and Management of Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: CJ 325, 330, 341, 360. Pre or Corequisites: Cj 430, 482, 433. Principles and theories of management of criminal justice

440. Police in the United States. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 341. An analysis of the organization and role of modern police agencies with emphasis on social, political, and economic impacts

442. Advanced Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 342. Specialized areas of investigation such as cybercrime, interview and interrogation, statement analysis, serial crimes and terrorism

445. Drugs and Society. 3 hrs. A study of the historical development of drug laws, theories of drug use, and the impact of drugs on crime.

450. Administration of Criminal Corrections. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 352. An in-depth study of the administrative process in the correctional system

460. Juvenile Justice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 360. A study of the law concerning investigation of juvenile offenders, disposition of offenders and juvenile courts

461. Juvenile Corrections. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 360. An in-depth study of the various treatment modalities currently employed

463. Family Law. 3 hrs. A study of common law and statutory concepts of family relationships emphasizing legal remedies to crime in the family

464. Family Violence, Investigation and Deterrence. 3 hrs. A study of child and spouse abuse within the family emphasizing detection, investigation and deterrence

470. Political Economy of Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 325. An analysis of political and economic factors influencing the criminal justice system

471. Victims of Crime. 3 hrs. An in-depth study of criminal victimization concentrating on the victims of specific crimes and remedies for victimization

472. Organized Crime. 3 hrs. A course to familiarize students with the evolution, typology, and etiology of organized crime in the United States

475. Private Security: Law and Loss Prevention. 3 hrs. Basic concepts of the private security industry and the law that controls and directs the profession

480. Seminar in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs. An interdisciplinary seminar covering significant problem areas in the criminal justice system. Repeatable as topics vary

482. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 325. An examination of the myriad ethical dilemmas that arise in the criminal justice system, and of tools for nurturing an ethical life

489. Caribbean Studies. 3 hrs. Variable content, lectures, field exercises, and research offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International Education

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisites: CJ 325 and major in criminal justice with senior standing and permission by the chair. Supervised research in a specific field. Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in CJ H492.

497. British Studies. 3-9 hrs

498. British Studies: Comparative Criminal Jurisprudence. 1-6 hrs. A comparative study abroad of criminal law, courts and procedures

499. British Studies: Comparative Drug Law. 3-6 hrs. A comparative study of the international responses to drug abuse and drug related criminal offenses


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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