Undergraduate Program

Bachelor in Criminal Justice

For the official description (including prerequisites, semester taught, etc.) consult the current course catalog.

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Distance/Online CJ course information may be found at Distance and Online courses.

Upper-division standing

“Upper-division standing” is a Boise State designation meaning junior or senior status. To fulfill the “upper-division criminal justice standing” prerequisite, you must have applied for, and received, upper-division criminal justice standing through the Department of Criminal Justice.

Upper Division Standing Application

Step 1 of 16

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Address * Required
  • Must Complete All 3 Requirements in Order to Apply for Upper Division Criminal Justice Standing:
  • (must be 2.75 or higher)
  • (must be 58 or more)
  • 3) Need C- or better in all of the following courses:

Course Descriptions

CJ 101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F and S). Philosophy, history, objectives, and functions of the criminal justice system as a social institution. The relationship of this system to society; and a general overview of the administration of justice.

CJ 102 INTRODUCTION TO POLICE (3-0-3)(F and S). A study of police behavior in urban and rural areas with an emphasis on the police response to community change, attitudes, special interest groups, and minority relations.

CJ 103 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F and S)(DLS/Area II core course). Examines issues of social justice; e.g., poverty, racism, sexism, alienation, and use of law for social control.

CJ 104 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (3-0-3)(F and S). History, theory, practices, and research in adult, community, and institutional corrections.

CJ 300 CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F or S). Personal and professional ethics and ethical decision making among criminal justice organizational agents and administrators are explored. Overview of criminal justice and related professions in the public and private sectors, regarding specific criteria, such as employment outlooks, procedures of obtaining positions, work conditions and responsibilities.

CJ 311 LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE (3-0-3)(SU). Examines how the court system is portrayed in popular media and how this portrayal comports with reality. Popular media will be used as the basis for a discussion of legal issues.

CJ 315 THEORIES OF CRIME (3-0-3)(F and S). Explores the biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and criminality. Explores the policy options for the criminal justice system and society. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 317 JUVENILE JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F and S). Study of the philosophy and function of the juvenile court, court procedures and law, theories of causation, and intervention strategies for juveniles. Includes an evaluation and analysis of law, institutions, policies, and practices of the court since inception. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 321 CRIMINAL LAW (3-0-3)(F and S). Elements and application of federal and state criminal statutes. The effect of differential enforcement on the tolerance limits of society. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 325 LEADERSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (3-0-3)(F or S). Examines major challenges faced by leaders at various organizational levels in a variety of criminal justice organizations and identifies the core leadership competencies necessary for meeting these challenges. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 331 CORRECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY (3-0-3)(F or S). Development, organization, operation, and results of post-conviction release programs. Traditional court- and institutional-supervised probation and parole, work release, halfway houses, diversion, furlough concept, and various community/social agency rehabilitative programs of both traditional and innovative nature.

CJ 340 INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F). Theory and skills involved in effective communication, interviewing, and counseling for criminal justice personnel. Basic communication skills and process of problem solving with criminal justice clients emphasized. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 350 METHODS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F). An introduction to methods of legal research with emphasis on the utilization of law library resources, private and government organizations as courses of legal information, and on the formulation of briefs, memoranda, and other documents appropriate to legal practice.

CJ 362 (SOC 362) CORRECTIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-0-3)(F or S). The historical development, processes, and methods of operating the adult correctional system. Detailed study of the philosophy and development of treatment strategies in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. This course may be taken for CJ or SOC credit, but not both. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 363 CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F or S). An overview of organizational theory and administrative behavior in criminal justice agencies. Effects of leadership, technology, information systems, decision-making, court cases, personnel policies, budgeting, and planning on the justice system are analyzed. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 371 CORRECTIONS LAW (3-0-3)(S). Inmate rights, habeas corpus procedures, civil and criminal liability issues, and the history of corrections law. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 375 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3-0-3)(F or S). Presentation of the laws associated with arrest, search and seizure processes and rules of evidence. Presentation will include both law enforcement and court procedures. PREREQ: CJ103; Upper-division (junior or senior) or CJ Associate degree standing. NOTE: This is a new course beginning in Fall 2012 (combining former courses CJ375 and CJ 376).

CJ 424 ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME (3-0-3)(F or S). History, theories, law, and the nature of crime are key points of analysis. Reviews law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial practices involving environmental crime. Past, current and potential issues examined regarding environmental crime. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 425 RESEARCH METHODS (3-0-3) (F and S)(CID). Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 426 STATISTICS (3-0-3)(F and S). Introduction to basic research methods in criminal justice. Exploration of the philosophy of science, research designs and their implementation, and elementary statistical techniques. Emphasis is placed on guiding students in interpreting criminal justice statistics and research. PREREQ: CJ 425 and upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 427 WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (3-0-3)(F or S). Nature and extent of upper-class criminality, including measures, reporting, and categories. Emphasis on organizational, occupational, and governmental crime. Functions of social control, punishment, and regulatory agencies examined. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 428 THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA (3-0-3) (F or S). Historical, philosophical, and empirical examination of capital punishment with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, class, gender, and religion. Legal issues including jury-decision making, ineffective legal representation, cruel and unusual punishment, mental illness, wrongful conviction, costs, international law, and other policy issues examined. Living and working on death row, methods of execution, and philosophies of punishment explored. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 451 COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3) (F or S). International analysis and comparison of criminal justice systems at all levels including, but not limited to, law enforcement, law, courts, and/or correctional administration. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 461 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN POLICING (3-0-3)(F or S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the modern police organization at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Covers enforcement concerns pertaining to drugs, street gangs, and increased use of firearms. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 462 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN CRIMINAL COURTS (3-0-3)(F or S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the criminal court system at local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, problem-solving courts (drug court, mental health court, etc.), determinants of court processing decisions, and impact of legal decisions on courtroom behavior. Topics considered from historical, legal, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 464 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OFFENDER REHABILITATION (3-0-3)(F or S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the treatment of offenders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, treatment-centered programming and advances in rehabilitation of high-risk offenders. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 471 CRIMINALISTICS (3-0-3)(F or S). Major concepts of forensic science and investigator role in crime scene evidence collections. PREREQ: Upper-division (junior or senior) standing.

CJ 491 FIELD WORK I (F, S, SU). Placement in selected criminal justice agencies with assigned duties of regular personnel. Relevant research project required. Weekly seminar meeting to review research and agency progress. Must complete 150 contact hours in one semester. PREREQ: Upper-division criminal justice standing.

CJ 492 FIELD WORK II (F, S, SU). Continuation of CJ 491. PRE/COREQ: CJ 491.

CJ 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F or S)(FF). Exploration of current and anticipated critical issues and problems in the criminal justice system. PREREQ: Senior and upper-division criminal justice standing.