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Bachelor of Science in Crime & Justice

The accelerated program in crime and justice involves an analysis of criminal deviance and its roots, plus an in-depth understanding of our criminal justice system's successes and failures. Unlike other criminal justice programs, students are not trained specifically for police work. Rather, students are educated in the academic study of crime, criminology and justice in preparation for a variety of positions within the criminal justice system.

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Brian Rathgeb, crime and justice major and police officer, saw an opportunity to fulfill his dream of continuing his education at one of Albright’s ADP convenient locations. Read Brian’s story (as well as watch him in this video) and learn how Albright College’s Accelerated Degree Programs can take you farther.

What is Crime and Justice?

Crime and Justice is the system of law enforcement, the bar, the judiciary, corrections and probation that is directly involved in the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration and supervision of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses.

Course Descriptions

CJ 905 Crime and Deviance

An introduction to the study of the sociology of deviance as it relates to criminal behavior. The course concentrates on the patterns and causes of crime as well as societal efforts to control it. Crime types covered include victimless crime, gang-related crime, street crime, interpersonal violence, white-collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism. The three major subsystems of the criminal justice system will be examined: law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.

CJ 917 Crime, Culture, and Conflict Resolution

This course introduces student to the “law ways” of different societies, in particular non-industrialized societies. The goal is to explore the extent to which different societies employ coercion, punishment and consensus in order to maintain order and resolve conflicts. Topics include rules and crime: the cultural basis of right and wrong, informal and ritualized disputing, conflict theory and conflict resolution (avoidance, community action, ritual reconciliation, negotiation and mediation), oaths, ordeals, and punishment, adjudication and codified law, feuding, raiding and warfare (internal and external).

CJ 920 Social Psychology

The psychological study of human social interaction. Special consideration is given to the following topics: models of individual-society relationships; social cognition and attribution processes; social influence processes; prosocial and altruistic behavior; and antisocial behavior (models of human violence and social-cultural determinants of prejudice)

CJ 940 Law and Society

An introduction to the social scientific study of the law and legal system. Addresses the nature of law and its functions in society, social control, dispute settlement, social engineering, and the organization of the courts.

CJ 960 Criminal Law

The principles of American criminal law are examined using the case method. Principles of criminal liability, elements of crimes and defenses, and the structure and operation of the criminal justice system are examined.

CJ 966 Public Policy and Public Administration

This is an introductory course on the craft of managing within governmental structures and processes. The art of management, the science of administration, and the norms of behavior are investigated. Emerging trends in the field are identified and described. Three major themes are examined in the course: the sociopolitical environment of administration; the management of government programs; and the management of administrative resources, (human, financial and informational).

918 Violence & Victims

This course will provide a synopsis of the principles of Victimology. Focus will be given not only to the role of the victim, but also to how victims of violence interact with society, the media, and the Criminal Justice System. The importance of victim/offender relationships in understanding and deterring crime will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of victimization, comprehensive policy issues, and emerging trends in Victimology. Specific case studies will focus on victims of street crime, hate crime, political terror, homicide, human trafficking, and social/workplace violence.

CJ 912 Organized Crime

This course examines criminal activities carried out through criminal organizations and focuses on organized crime as it relates to cultural history, assimilation processes and the characteristics of American society that have fostered its growth and success. Trends in organized crime in terms of ethnicity, structure, and activities will be investigated. Law enforcement strategies and tactics used to control organized crime will also be examined.

CJ 945 Adult Psychopathology

The content of this course focuses on a biopsychological approach to the classification, etiology, and treatment of abnormal behavior patterns in adults. In addition, research and treatment strategies are explored within the context of clinical, counseling, school and forensic psychology settings. Emphasis is on adult psychopathology including anxiety disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders.

914 Juvenile Justice

This course examines the nature of delinquency, the police, juvenile courts, juvenile rights, juvenile probation, and current and future forms of juvenile corrections and aftercare. Students will gain an understanding of how the juvenile justice system operates and will be able to identify major issues confronting that system today. The class also consists of a visit from probation officers from the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office as well as a visit to the Berks County Youth Center.

CJA 952 Diversity & Cross Cultural Issues

This course will focus on issues such as managing diversity, affirmative action, expatriate preparation and motivation, and cultural sensitivity.

CJ 925 Statistics

An introduction to the theory and practice of basic statistical analysis. Topics considered include the organization and tabulation of raw and grouped data, geographical presentation of univariate and multivariate distributions, central tendency and variability measures, elementary probability theory with binomial applications, the theory of sampling and the central limit theorem, one and two sample tests of hypotheses concerning means and proportions, the analysis of variance and regression.

956 Criminology Seminar: Serial Murder and Criminal Profiling

This seminar is designed to be a scholarly, comprehensive, empirical examination of the phenomenon known as serial murder. Content will include, but is not limited to: psychological, sociological, biological and familial influences, and individual case studies. Serial murder will be distinguished from other forms of multiple homicides. The many problems associated with addressing serial murder will be considered. Other topics that will be covered include serial murder and its relation to race and gender, the many myths associated with serial murder and the role of the media and law enforcement officials. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the difficulties in apprehension of serial killers. Students will investigate profiling techniques relating to this phenomenon.

CJ 930 Research Methods

An exploration of the application of the basic tenets of scientific research to criminological topics. Topics investigated include the formalization of research topics, the isolation and operationalization of theoretical concepts, the construction of hypotheses, sampling theory, study design issues, data collection techniques, and the organization of empirical data for hypothesis testing.

CJ 970 Seminar in Crime and Justice

Examination of the creation and administration of crime policy in the United States. Student examines a specific topic either individually or with a task force of other students with the purpose of making policy recommendations.

CJ 975 Applied Project Seminar

An advanced research seminar which focuses on conducting a hypothesis-testing empirical research project on a topic related to the student's internship/applied project experience. Building on the research methods and internship courses, this course concentrates on the collection and analysis of data and culminates in the writing and presentation of the senior thesis.