CJS 101—Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies (3 CH) This course serves as an introduction to the criminal justice system and its relationship to crime in American society. Topics such as social control, law enforcement, the public's perception of crime, punishment, rehabilitation, criminal courts, law, and political power in decision-making will be examined. Offered annually.
CJS 221—Corrections in America (3 CH) Corrections in America will provide the student with both the rudimentary understanding of the history of corrections and more importantly the evolution of punishment in America. Along with these two underlying goals, the student will also be offered numerous topics regarding various correctional issues and how they directly affect the larger social fabric of society.
CJS 301—Juvenile Justice System (3 CH) The social causes, control, punishment, and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders in American society will be examined in this course. Theories of delinquency will be discussed and there will be an analysis of the criminal justice system in its handling of juvenile offenders. (P: Two of the following courses: SOC 121, SOC 141, CJS 101 and one upper-level SOC or CJS course numbered 261 or higher, or permission of the instructor.) (WIC)
CJS 303—Family Justice Issues (3 CH) This course will provide students with an in-depth study of the problems of violence in families including spouse abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and the dynamics and dangers of violent relationships. It will examine the root causes of family violence and the multigenerational effects of violence on its victims and society. Students will study current societal responses to family violence including protection services, treatment programs, legal defense strategies and current legislation. (P: Two of the following courses: SOC 121, 141, CJS 101 and one upper level SOC or CJS course – SOC 261 or higher, or permission from
CJS 371—Professional Seminar (1 CH) This seminar is required of all sociology majors with junior standing. Students will learn academic and non academic skills needed to succeed in their profession. Ethical issues of the profession will be stressed. (P: Junior or senior sociology or CJS majors or permission of instructor.)
CJS 431/SOC 431—Selected Studies (3 CH) Intensive study of a current sociological or anthropological topic. Topics offered vary, but the following are offered on a regular rotation:
CJS 439—Criminal Law (3 CH) This course will explore traditional legal issues in substantive criminal law. It will examine the nature of criminal law and general principles of criminal responsibility, various defenses to criminal responsibility, including: duress, necessity and insanity, and analyze specific crimes in detail, including inchoate crimes, crimes against persons and property.
CJS 451—Sociology Internship (1-6 CH) An in-service training course to enable
the student to practically apply specialized knowledge in a public service agency.
Students work approximately 20 hours per week in a local or state agency. A log
book and a research project in which the student correlates academic knowledge with practical experience will be required. The student will meet regularly with the
sponsoring faculty member. (P: Sociology or criminal justice studies majors only,
juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in sociology, with permission of the
sponsoring faculty member.)
CJS 481—Special Projects (1-6 CH) An opportunity to do individualized academic
work in a selected field of sociology. This project may not duplicate any other
departmental offerings. Department approval is required. (P: Sociology or criminal
justice studies majors, juniors or seniors, and permission of the instructor.)
CJS 496—Thiel College Semester in Washington (8 CH) An internship and
seminar program in Washington, D.C. for juniors and seniors. Thiel’s Semester in
Washington, conducted through the Lutheran College Washington Consortium is
designed to accommodate the interests of students with a wide variety of interests
and goals. These include not only politics, policy and law, but also religion, social work,
international affairs, theater, museum administration and business. (P: Junior or senior
standing, 3.0 GPA, and recommendation by sponsoring faculty.)