Criminal Justice

Featured Courses

CJ/POLI SCI 300: IMMIGRATION LAW AND POLICY 

In today’s super-charged political climate, immigration law and policy is front-page news nearly every day. In keeping with the times – and the topics and issues that matter – STAC recently unveiled a new course, CJ/POLI SCI 300: Immigration Law and Policy.  

Designed by practicing attorney and adjunct professor, Bill Quirk, the Immigration Law and Policy course introduces students to U.S. law and policy, including close examination of the history of immigration laws in America, social issues, and the American political landscape. 

“I encourage anyone who comes from a family of immigrants or anyone interested in constitutional law, criminal law, or current issues to take the class,” Professor Quirk says. “This class will allow you to understand what is correct and what is incorrect about the statements made by people in the news about immigration issues.”

Students in this course examine the history of immigration in America, the guiding principles of immigration law in post-9/11 America, and how recent policy shifts will affect immigrants in the United States.  

The course brings real case law into the classroom. “As a practicing attorney, my experiences help bring students an understanding of what they are learning. Real-world experience is what students gravitate toward,” Professor Quirk says. “It brings me a lot of happiness to be able to teach things I’ve experienced.”

In addition to Immigration Law and Policy, Professor Quirk teaches a 400-level course for STAC’s criminal justice department.  Learn more about Professor Quirk.

REQUIRED COURSES

CORE REQUIREMENTS (15 Credits)

CJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 
CJ 201 Criminology 
CJ 301 Criminal Law 
CJ 405 Research Methods in Social Science 

Senior Seminar—One course selected from:
CJ 401 Constitutional Law and the CJ System 
CJ 403 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM CORE (9 Credits)

Choose one course from each of the following groups:
1. Policing—One course selected from:
CJ 105 Introduction to Policing 
CJ 206 Police Science Administration 
CJ 209 Criminal Investigation 
CJ 304 Criminal Justice & Community Relations 
CJ 320 Controversial Issues in Policing 

2. Courts and the Law—One course selected from:
CJ 103 Introduction to the Courts 
CJ 205 Juvenile Justice Process 
CJ 210 Law of Criminal Evidence 
CJ 404 Law and Society 

3. Corrections—One course selected from:
CJ 211 Probation and Parole 
CJ 312 Penology 
CJ 315 Prisons in America 
 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES (9 Credits)

Three courses selected under advisement. All courses must
be 300 level or higher.

SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES (15 Credits)
HIST 101 OR HIST 102 
SOC 101 OR PSYC 103 
Three (3) courses selected from American History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Economics

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Humanities (30 Credits)
*ENG 101 College English 
*ENG 102 Intermediate Composition 
*Literature: Two courses from 
ENG 201, 203, 205, 207 or 221 
Philosophy 
Religious Studies 
Fine Arts, Music, Film or Theater 
*CA 101 Speech Communication 
*Single Foreign Language (6 cr.) 

Natural Science (9 Credits)
*Mathematics 
Science 
*Computer Information Science 
*Must be completed within the first 4 semesters.

Social Science (3 Credits)
European or Non Western History 

Free Electives (30 Credits)

UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG