CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Why Study Criminal Justice: Whether you want to apply for a job right away or continue your studies at a four-year school, the criminal justice program at Georgia Perimeter College will help you get there. Students gain a balanced introduction to criminology, the Judicial System, corrections and more. GPC partners with Georgia State University and University of Georgia to advise students seeking to transfer to those institutions for criminal justice. The GPC criminal justice program is also a good pre-law introduction for students planning to attend law school. For more information about the required courses in Criminal Justice at GPC, view the Criminal Justice Advisement Form or our online catalog.

CRJU 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) Prerequisites:Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 This course is designed to expose students to a general overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. The major components of the criminal justice system (law and courts, law enforcement, and corrections) are examined along with the social and political institutions, which contribute to the criminal justice process as a whole.

CRJU 2110 - American Police System (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 This course provides an introductory overview of the history, role, organization, and problems inherent in public law enforcement in the United States. Special emphasis will be directed to specific issues such as police operations, police discretion, police misconduct, and police ethics in twenty-first century America. Attention will be devoted to the contributions made by women and minorities and to the special problems encountered by nontraditional groups in their quest to become a valued part of the law enforcement profession.

CRJU 2310 - Corrections (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 This course will examine the adult correctional system in the United States. It examines the historical development of the correctional system with focus on how various punishment and treatment goals and philosophies shaped its development. Most of the course will be devoted to various aspects of the current correctional process, including the structure and operation of jails and state and federal correctional institutions, inmate organization and institutional management, and alternatives to incarceration. Special emphasis will be given to such topics as the privatization of prisons, prison overcrowding, the death penalty as a general deterrent, the effectiveness of boot camps, and the problems of reintegration into family and community life.

CRJU 2410 - Criminology (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Criminology. The concepts of "crime" and "criminality" will be explored, with an emphasis on criminological theory. Various explanations of criminal behavior will be explored and critically assessed by students. Particular attention will be based on the historical contexts from which different crimes and explanations of crime come into being. Students will learn to identify, articulate, and defend different theoretical positions and viewpoints. The goal of this course is not to present one unified criminological theory but rather to expose students to a variety of thought concerning crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system.

CRJU 2700 - The Judicial System (3) Prerequisites: Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091 This course provides an introduction to courts, their legal basis, structure, jurisdiction, and operation. It also provides a basic understanding of each stage of criminal procedure as viewed from the perspective of courts, with special emphasis upon constitutional limitations.