Criminal Justice

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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences

Stroud Hall, Room 414

570-422-3453......www.esu.edu/soc

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Bachelor of Science in Social Work; and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, plus three minors in Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

The goal of the Criminal Justice program is to provide students with the educational background necessary to pursue careers in Criminal Justice, and/or to pursue graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, law, or other related fields.

Is criminal justice a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Government Agency Professional

Career Settings

  • Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Business
  • Education
  • Government

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Curriculum Plan

  • Freshman Year

    Fall

    SOCJ 150: Introduction to Criminal Justice

    3

    SOC 111 GE: Introduction to Sociology

    3

    English Composition

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    Diversity Elective (Major) :

    SOC 102 GE: Introduction to Cultural Diversity or

    SOC 201 GE: The Comparison of Societies or

    SOC 343 GE: Racial and Cultural Minorities or

    SOC 377 GE/WS Sociology of Women or

    SOCJ 302: Social Inequality, Crime and Justice

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Lab Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    SOC 254: Quantitative Approaches in Sociology or

    SOCJ 250: Corrections

    3

    Criminal Justice Elective (Major)

    3

    General Education Electives

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Spring

    SOC 254: Quantitative Approaches in Sociology or

    SOCJ 250: Corrections

    3

    Interdisciplinary Elective (Major)

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Fitness Elective

    1

    Subtotal

    16

    Junior Year

    Fall

    SOC 312: Research Methods

    3

    SOC 341 GE: Criminology

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    SOCJ 350: The Criminal Process

    3

    SOCJ 352: Police and Community Relations

    3

    Free Electives

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    General Education Elective

    3

    Subtotal

    15

    Senior Year

    Fall

    SOCJ 475: Ethics in Criminal Justice

    3

    Free Electives

    12

    Subtotal

    15

    Spring

    SOC 495: Seminar

    3

    SOC 486: Field Work and Observation

    3

    Free Electives

    6

    Subtotal

    12

    Total Credits

    120

    For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3453 or visit www.esu.edu/soc

Minor in Criminal Justice

  • 24 semester hours

    The goal of the Criminal Justice Administration program is to provide students with the educational background necessary to pursue careers in Criminal Justice, and/or to pursue graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, law, or other related fields.

    Transfer Policy:

    1. No upper level (300 and 400 level) courses will be accepted from community or junior colleges for the Criminal Justice major or minor.
    2. For Criminal Justice minor - a minimum of 15 credits must be taken at East Stroudsburg, and 300 and 400 level courses from four-year colleges are accepted only with permission of the department.

Faculty

Criminal Justice Courses

  • SOCJ 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    • This course is an overview of the role of police, prosecution, court, and correctional processes in the administration of criminal justice in the United States. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. It will not count toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 151 Introduction to Security (3)
    • This course discusses the history, nature, and scope of private security in modern society, the basic principles of physical security, internal loss prevention, defensive systems, fire prevention and safety, and the security function in the corporate structure. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. It will not count toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 250 Corrections (3)
    • The correctional process (sentencing, incarceration, and release) will be examined. Prison classification, treatment systems, life "inside," discipline, inmates' rights, and parole prediction are studied. The course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration program. It will not count toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 251 Police Organization and Administration (3)
    • This course is an examination of the historical development and present organization and administration of police departments and a consideration of the principles of organization best adapted to ensure effective service to the community. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 252 Organized Crime (3)
    • The history, growth, structure, philosophy, and scope of Organized Crime will be studied. Effective methods of prosecuting this type of crime will be reviewed. The course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration program. It will not count toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 253 Violence in Society (3)
    • This course is an in-depth study of violence, with topics such as riots, campus and civil disorders, violent crime, terrorism, and assassinations discussed in detail to give the student an insight into this deviant behavior. The course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. It will not count toward the Sociology major.

  • SOCJ 302 Social Inequality, Crime and Justice (3)
    • This course will utilize a structural and interactional approach to understanding notions of power that produce and reinforce inequality in the American criminal justice system. The course will primarily examine inequality as it pertains to race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation within this social institution. Pre-requisite(s): SOC 111, SOCJ 150, 1 additional 200-300 level criminal justice or sociology course.

  • SOCJ 350 The Criminal Process (3)
    • This course provides an overview of the criminal process from arrest through trial and sentencing. It includes discussions of the law and procedures applicable at each stage, including classification of crimes, warrants, searches and seizures, confessions, evidence, preservation, preliminary hearings, motions, pleas, and trials. Particular crimes are treated substantively as necessary to supply examples. Practical exercises are contemplated. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOCJ 150.

  • SOCJ 351 Police Investigation (3)
    • This course considers appropriate conduct at the crime scene, techniques of interview, interrogation of witnesses and suspects, the uses of informants, studies of specific investigative methods for particular kinds of cases, and the presentation of police cases in court. The course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. It will not count toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOCJ 150.

  • SOCJ 352 Police and Community Relations (3)
    • This course is a review of the problems confronting the police and the community, a study of minorities to gain an understanding of their particular problems, an in-depth look at ways of achieving trust, understanding, respect, and cooperation from the public that the police serve. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOCJ 150.

  • SOCJ 353 Crisis Management in Law Enforcement (3)
    • This course will introduce students to the current issues of managing critical incidents and hostage situations that occur in law enforcement and corrections. It will focus on those activities necessary to stabilize life and property threatening incidents. It will provide an understanding of commanding high-risk incidents, pre-incident planning, and critical incident stress reactions. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or SOCJ 150.

  • SOCJ 354 Drug Use and Abuse in Society (3)
    • This course will focus on drug use and abuse as it pertains to today's society. It will offer an in-depth look into the various types of drugs and how they affect the body along with the implications that arise through the abuse of these substances. It will explore the concept of addiction to the various controlled substances that are available pharmaceutically and on the black market. Stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens will be discussed in-depth, along with the various State and Federal Laws that apply to the Controlled Substance Acts. Lastly it will look at alcohol use and abuse, over the counter medications, and the emerging trends of drug use that are ever changing in our society. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology Major. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or SOCJ 150.

  • SOCJ 460 Schools, Gangs, Violence and Society (3)
    • This course will examine the various aspects of violence as they relate to the school setting. It will take an in-depth look at gangs, weapons, and drugs in the school environment. This course will discuss some of the more recent approaches from law enforcement perspective that have worked in combating school violence. This course is offered in cooperation with the Criminal Justice Administration Program. The course will not apply toward the Sociology major. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or SOCJ 150, and a second course in Sociology.

  • SOCJ 475 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)
    • Ethical decision-making is a central component of professional integrity. This course will introduce students to professional ethics in criminal justice, to the ethical dilemmas encountered by criminal justice professionals, and to the processes of making ethical decisions in criminal justice settings. Topics to be examined include police discretion and excessive force, racial profiling, prosecutorial misconduct, investigatory deception, and corruption. Prerequisite: SOCJ 150, 350, and either SOCJ 250 or 352.