Criminal Justice Courses

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CRIM-101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System (formerly CJ-101)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


This course is an introductory survey of the American criminal justice system with a view to its social and institutional context and its structure and functioning. The course provides an overview of the foundations and components of the criminal justice system, including (substantive and procedural) criminal law, police, courts and corrections. The main emphasis will be placed on the criminal justice process and how the various institutions of criminal justice interact. Key issues will be addressed as they arise at different stages of the process, such as the conflict between crime control and due process, and conflicts related to, for example, gender, class and ethnicity. This course will satisfy the Social Sciences elective requirement for all QCC degree programs.

CRIM-102 Criminology (formerly CJ-102)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


An introduction to the study of crime. Focuses on theories and research concerning the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of crime. This course will satisfy the Social Sciences elective requirement for all QCC degree programs.

CRIM-201 Policing (formerly CJ-201)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: CRIM-101 and CRIM-102


A survey of the history, roles, and policies of law enforcement agencies. Focuses on contemporary issues in the field of law enforcement. This course does not fulfill the Social Sciences elective requirement for QCC degree programs.

CRIM-202 Corrections and Sentencing (formerly CJ-202)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: CRIM-101 and CRIM-102


An introduction to the policies and practices of correctional institutions. Reviews the history of corrections and the functions of various types of correctional agencies. Considers important controversies and major trends in contemporary correctional practice. This course does not fulfill the Social Sciences elective requirement for QCC degree programs.

CRIM-203 Criminal Law (formerly CJ-203)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: CRIM-101 and CRIM-102


Course Description: A comprehensive analysis of criminal law and its administration, with emphasis on legislation and judicial interpretations of the criminal code. This course does not fulfill the Social Sciences elective requirement for QCC degree programs.

CRIM-204 Crime and Justice in the Urban Community (formerly CJ-204)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisites: CRIM-101 and CRIM-102


This course focuses on issues that arise in urban settings regarding crime and criminal justice. Major topics include the characteristics of urban settings that affect crime, solutions to crime in urban settings, and the social policy complications of urban crime and justice. This course does not fulfill the Social Sciences elective requirement for QCC degree programs.


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