Criminal Justice Undergraduate Courses

Click on any course title below to read its description. Courses offered in the upcoming semester include a schedule, and are indicated by a label to the right of the title.

MET CJ 101 Principles of Criminal Justice
Sprg ‘15

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts, and corrections) while developing students' critical thinking skills. In addition to class lectures, the course provides multiple venues for learning, to include group activities, guest lectures, a prison tour, and carefully selected films that highlight some of the most contentious issues in criminal justice today.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Cronin CAS 213 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CJ 209 Crime&Delinq

This course description is currently under construction.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CJ 251 Police and Society
Sprg ‘15

This course provides a foundation for understanding the implications of policing in the United States. The course examines the historical development of policing in the U.S., the role of police in our society, police organizations and decision-making, policing strategies, as well as issues of authority and accountability. Throughout the course, several contemporary issues and controversies facing the police will be discussed including: police discrimination, police use of force practices, and other special topics.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Cronin FLR 121 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CJ 271 Corrections: Concepts, Systems, and Issues

This course provides an overview of models of punishment and rehabilitation from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, including a review of correctional practices and procedures, institutional treatment, probation, parole, prison conditions, programs for juveniles, and comparative systems. Correction administration topics are covered including personnel, legal, operating practices, overcrowding, and planning.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CJ 305 Violence in the Family

This course will look at American family violence across the life span including child abuse, teen dating violence, wife battering and elder abuse. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse will be examined. We will consider how family violence differs by class and ethnic group and its differential impact on women. Institutional responses to family violence in the legal, medical and social service systems will be included as well as the role played by the women's shelter movement. Ideological supports for family violence in gender expectations, religious teaching and the media will also be studied.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CJ 344 Drugs and Society

Introduction to the sociology of a wide range of legal and illicit drugs. Examines social definitions of drugs and conditions of their use. Considers deviant drug use and effects of social control on definitions and use.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CJ 351 Criminal Law
Sprg ‘15

Theory and practice of criminal law, including sanctions, individual liability, limitations on state action, criminal and victim rights, evidence, defense, deterrence, mandatory sentencing, decriminalization, intent, entrapment, vagueness, and capital punishment. Case studies of recent court decisions.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Cofield CAS 427 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CJ 352 Courts, Society, and Criminal Procedure
Sprg ‘15

Federal, state, and local criminal courts and their relationship to contemporary social and political issues. Historical background of the current criminal court system. Institutional functions of the courts. Role of the courts in reducing crime. Judicial process and criminal procedure, case studies and court decisions.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Miliotis STH B22 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CJ 420 Directed Study

Independent study in criminal justice under faculty guidance. Prior approval by program director required.  [ Var cr. ]

MET CJ 510 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Sprg ‘15

CJ510 is the designation for "Special Topics in Criminal Justice". The subject matter for CJ510 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one CJ510 can be offered in a given semester. For course descriptions, please contact the Department or the Graduate Student Advisor, Professor Cronin, at swcronin@bu.edu.

Spring 2015 - "Community Corrections":
This course will provide an overview of community based correctional strategies. Students will explore the role of the criminal justice system in society, with a focus on the history, role, evolution and current best practices in corrections. We will review the expanding role of community corrections and its effectiveness with some specialized populations. There will be opportunities to learn about, and analyze, the effectiveness of various community corrections components. These will include community based facilities, halfway houses, reentry centers, parole, probation, day reporting and other alternative sanctions. An emphasis will be placed on effective service delivery models as well as on evidence based best practices.
Students will have opportunities to visit community based correctional facilities and sites. There will also be opportunities to meet, interact, and learn from current practitioners as well as from clients and inmates. Additionally, the class will learn about the current challenges in community corrections through readings, lectures, case studies, discussions, and presentations.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Matesanz SMG 212 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CJ 511 Rehabilitation and Re-Integration

Community re-integration following imprisonment has long been recognized as a significant problem. Longer sentences and rapid changes have created new problems for both returning inmates and those who provide services both inside and outside the criminal justice system. This course will examine rehabilitation philosophy in theory and practice. Lectures and seminars will address such issues as: the special problems in providing rehabilitation and education in the correctional system, the effect of inmate subculture on rehabilitation, and balancing demands for custody and rehabilitation.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET CJ 520 Violence&Trauma

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Additional Courses

MET SO 344 Drugs and Society
Sprg ‘15

Introduction to the sociology of a wide range of legal and illicit drugs. Examines social definitions of drugs and conditions of their use. Considers deviant drug use and effects of social control on definitions and use.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Fidrych STH 113 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET UA 507 Law and Justice in the City

Operation of the criminal justice system in the urban setting. Special attention is paid to the problems of safeguarding individual rights. Examines relationship between social and economic structure of cities and workings of the system of justice.  [ 4 cr. ]