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Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice (CMJS) Professor Janeksela

CMJS-120 Survey of Criminal Justice (3-0)3 F A survey course designed to familiarize students with the functions, structure, and organization of the agencies that are responsible for the administration of justice in America. Specifically, the course deals with the police and issues related to law enforcement, prosecution of offenders, the judicial system, and corrections.

CMJS-133 Juvenile Justice (3-0)3 S The history, philosophy and process of juvenile court system studied. Students are familiarized with the juvenile facilities utilized by the State of West Virginia. The differences between adult and juvenile offenders are emphasized along with the differences in the role of correctional officers and staff in these locations. Current court cases and juvenile laws are examined in depth.

CMJS-134 Substance Abuse Policy (3-0)3 F-Odd The fundamentals of mood-altering chemicals and theories, symptomatology, and treatment of their abuse. Addresses the current US policy regarding substance abuse prevention, treatment, criminality and education.

CMJS-240 Correctional Counseling (3-0)3 S-Odd A survey of contemporary counseling interventions for juvenile and adult offenders with an emphasis on cognitive and behavior modifications strategies. Other counseling models will also be examined.

CMJS-245 Criminal Law (3-0)3 F This course focuses on that aspect of the American legal and judicial system associated with the violation of law and the process that is utilized to determine a verdict. Topics include the definitions of criminal offenses, rights of the accused, pre-trial procedures, the criminal trial and the appeal process.

CMJS-250 Community Based Corrections (3-0)3 F-Even The history, philosophy, types and current trends in community based corrections is studied and field trips to local facilities are utilized. The role of the correctional officer in this setting is examined. The function and operation of the parole and pardon boards as well as the statutory limitations and authorization, and community relations.

CMJS-310 Law Enforcement Administration (3-0)3 S This course introduces the history of law enforcement in the United States, the roles of law enforcement officers, the purpose of policing, police conduct, police administration, and community relations.

CMJS-320 Courts and Judicial Systems (3-0)3 S This course focuses on the structure and philosophy of the court system with special emphasis on court procedures, constitutional guarantees, the trial process, the role of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and juries.

CMJS-410 Criminal Investigations (3-0)3 S-Odd This course focuses on that aspect of the American legal and judicial system associated with the investigative processes as conducted by law enforcement and forensic science. Included will be an examination of the role of crime scene investigation, witness interviewing, and the investigators relationship with the prosecution.

CMJS-475 Seminar in Criminal Justice-Capstone (3-0)3 This capstone course integrates the knowledge and skills the students have acquired during all of their major course work. All students must be Criminal Justice Seniors in good standing and have permission of the instructor. Instruction will be in the classroom with two field trips outside the classroom setting.

Economics (ECON) Professor Wilson

ECON-201 Principles of Microeconomics (3-0)3 Introductory microeconomics analysis. Competitive behavior of firms, price determination, efficiency in production and equity in distribution.

ECON-202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3-0)3 Introductory macroeconomics analysis. Aggregate demand and supply, saving, investment, the level of employment and national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy.

ECON-225 Elementary Business and Economics Statistics (3-0)3 S (Sophomore standing and MATH 123 or MATH 126 with grade of “C” or better) Basic concepts of statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, regression and correlation with emphasis on business and economic examples.

ECON-240 Introduction to Labor Unions (3-0)3 S Structure, function and activities of labor unions and labor organizations; theories of labor organization and comparative labor movements; survey of labor and industrial relations.

ECON-301 Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory (3-0)3 F (ECON 201) Consumer choice and demand; price and output determination of the firm, and resource allocation, under different market structures; welfare economics, externalities, public goods, and market failure; general equilibrium; other topics.

ECON-306 History of Economic Thought (3-0)3 F-Odd (ECON 201 & ECON 202) Economic ideas in perspective of historic development.

ECON-331 Money and Banking (3-0)3 S (ECON 201 & ECON 202) The U.S. monetary and banking system and its functional relationship to the economic system; monetary theory and policy.

ECON-350 Principles of Risk and Insurance (3-0)3 Concepts of insurance and risk administration.

ECON-401 Managerial Economics (3-0)3 Cost and revenue analysis; compound interest model for profitability analysis; planning working capital needs; replacement policy; inventories; estimating demand, cost and pricing.

ECON-430 Collective Bargaining (3-0)3 S-Even (ECON 201 & ECON 202 or department consent) Union structure, administration and operation; basic theories of collective bargaining; the bargaining process, administration of agreements; wage and fringe issues in collective bargaining; institutional and administrative issues; case studies.

ECON-441 Public Economics (3-0)3 F (ECON 202) Economic roles of the public sector. Particular attention to market failure, redistributing income, the financing of public sector activities, relationships between federal, state, and local governments, and public choice.

ECON-445 Government and Business (3-0)3 F-Odd (ECON 202) Examination of market structure, conduct, and performance. Analysis of market regulation including antitrust laws and regulation of monopolies.

ECON-449 Global Economic Issues (3-0)3 F-Odd (ECON 201 & ECON 202or department consent)  Analysis of the nature and problems of less developed economics and various strategies for stimulating economic development; theory of international trade, the balance of payments, international capital flows, exchange rates, and commercial policies affecting trade relations; analysis of current global economic issues.

ECON-481 American Economic History (3-0)3 F-Even (ECON 202) Central issues in the development of the American economy.

ECON-493 Special Topics (1-6-0)1-6 (Department consent) Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ECON-495 Independent Study. 1-6 (Department consent) Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

Forensic Investigation (FRNX) Associate Professor Wheeler

FRNX-101 Intro to Forensic Investigation (3-0) 3 F Covers the history, organization, and functions of Forensic Investigation organizations; how disciplines of science produce evidence, and sciences role in the courtroom. Introduces types of crime scenes and how they are processed.

FRNX-210 Analysis and Collection of Fingerprint Evidence (3-1) 3 F Explores the collection, classification, and comparison of friction-ridge skin prints; the application of probability in decision-making; and photographic and chemical-processing techniques applied to the recovery of latent friction ridge detail.

FRNX-210 Fingerprint Evidence Lab (0-0) 0 F (FRNX-210 Lecture) Provides Laboratory Experience related to FRNX-210.

FRNX-212 Advanced Fingerprint Evidence (3-1) 3 S The identification of unknown to known impressions ranging from easy to extremely difficult; ways latent prints can be distorted; “smart” searching protocols, and a deeper understanding of the formation of friction ridge skin.

FRNX-224 AFIS Systems (3-1) 3 S-Even Introduction to Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) in use in the criminal justice system nationwide. 10-print entry and latent fingerprint entry will be conducted on a daily basis.

FRNX-301 Investigative Photography (3-1) 3 F Covers nomenclature and operation of photographic equipment, with emphasis on lighting, exposure, depth of field, motion-blur and image composition. The use of alternate light sources, crime scene, macro and surveillance photography are highlighted.

FRNX-310 Firearms and Tool Marks (3-1) 3 S Explores analysis of impression evidence including odontological, tool marks, foot and tread wear, tire tracks, and firearm-related impression evidence. Includes techniques for evaluating projectile trajectories as well as explosive evidence and post blast scenarios.

FRNX-311 Trace and Blood Spatter Evidence (3-1) 3 F Covers various types of trace evidence and its collection, preservation and evaluation; and covers Bloodstain pattern analysis for incident reconstruction.

FRNX-312 Digital Evidence Protocols (3-1) 3 F-Even Introduces digital investigations and the acquisition and analysis of digital evidence. Topics include computer investigations practices, processes, working with common computer software and disk structures, current computer tools and digital evidence controls.

FRNX-314 Questioned Documents (3-1) 3 F-Odd Covers theories and principles of the creation, duplication, and alteration of written and printed materials; includes an overview of the methods used to identify the varying elements of papers, inks, and creation processes.

FRNX-315 Interviewing Theories and Practice (3-1) 3 F Covers interviewing theories and techniques to determine emotional states from speech and body language, build rapport, prevent contamination, increase recall, and reduce the risk of false confessions.

FRNX-316 Medico-Legal Death Investigation (3-1) 3 S Topics include the homicide crime scene, preliminary investigations, scene documentation, estimating time of death, identity of remains, death notification modes of death, suicides; sex and narcotics related homicides; evidence collection; autopsy; news media.

FRNX-318 Crime Scenes (3-1) 3 S Examines concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. Focuses on the initial responding officer and duties of the investigator, and on various types of crime scenes.

FRNX-324 Forensic Anthropology and Osteology (3-1) 3 F-Odd Includes background in forensic anthropology, most often associated with the analysis of skeletonized human remains, and guidelines for determining when to include and how to choose a forensic anthropologist in death investigations.

FRNX-326 Investigative Intelligence (3-1) 3 F-Even This course provides a survey of intelligence techniques for protecting information (counter-intelligence), obtaining information, and analyzing raw information. The impact on public policy and the ethics of intelligence gathering are also covered.

FRNX-327 Sexual Assault Investigations (3-1) 3 F-Even Explores the role of sexual assault investigation. Includes the history of society’s response to sex crimes, investigation techniques, forensic applications, offender typologies and victim studies, legal procedures and judicial decisions, and expert testimony.

FRNX-422 Cold Case Investigations (3-1) 3 S-Odd Provides an opportunity to work with a local law enforcement agency in re-examining an old case using modern technology. Students should be prepared to travel to crime scene locations and the offices of regional law-enforcement.

FRNX-484 Senior Seminar in Forensic Investigation (3-1) 3 S An in-depth analysis of problems and issues in forensics. Identifies areas for development within a student’s forensic education. Includes career and graduate school planning and portfolio, resume, and interview skills.

FRNX-496 Senior Thesis (3-1) 3 S A senior thesis project, such as a traditional research paper, a series of comprehensive research papers, or an active field project, that represents mastery of the discipline and shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Human Services (HUMS) Assistant Professor McGraw

HUMS-100 Community Service 1-3 Hr. Arranged field placement in community service. Work hours will vary by credit and project.

HUMS-210 Introduction to Welfare (3-0)3 S A basic course in work that includes an introduction to the concept of welfare history of welfare in the U.S., institutional aspects of welfare, basic work methods, and some techniques of community organization.

HUMS-300 Introduction to Health Care Organizations (3-0)3 F An examination of the broad institutional and organizational components of the health care field with concentration on hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, and alternative delivery organizations. The role of both the physician and the health care manager in influencing the delivery of health care will be emphasized. Basic factors determining the cost and planning of health care will be considered.

HUMS-320 Public Administration (3-0)3 F Concepts of public administration, including organizational theory, organizational authority and communications, personnel and financial administration, administrative responsibility in the public sector.

HUMS-330 Health Insurance (3-0)3 Institutions, laws, and public policy dimensions of health care insurance in America with a focus on health and insurance, the payment network, comparative systems and alternate delivery, and public policy.

HUMS-400 Health Services Law and Legislation (3-0)3 S Recognition and comprehension of areas of legal liability in hospital activities; knowledge and familiarity with a wide variety of administrative duties and responsibilities of a nature, such as administrative investigations, misconduct and line-of duty determinations, claims under the Medical Care Recovery Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, and other related matters.

HUMS-410 Fundamentals of Health Care Administration (3-0)3 S Principles of modern health care administration, planning, organizing, directing, and controlling in health services management; contemporary issues in health care administration.

HUMS-420 Principles of Microhealth Finance (3-0)3 F A critical study of healthcare finance at the department and sub-department level. The course will continue the study of financial information, decision making in the health care environment, processing mapping, capital and operational budgeting. Students will also be exposed to federal, state and local healthcare finance laws, rules and regulations.

HUMS-421 Principles of Macrohealth Finance (3-0)3 S (HUMS 420) The nature of financial information and the decision making process in the health care industry; the financial environment in health care organizations; trends in reimbursement systems; cost concepts, financial analyses, capital formation and project analysis.

HUMS-430 Medical Ethics (3-0)3 F Philosophical and sociological investigation of complex moral problems in medicine and healthcare delivery, topics include euthanasia, abortion, allocation of scarce medical responses, accessibility problems, AIDS, research and human experimentation, among others.

HUMS-440 Long Term Care Administration (3-0)3 S-Odd (HUMS 300) The purpose of this course is to acquaint students pursuing a career in health care management with the dynamic and increasingly important field of long term care. The course provides a comprehensive overview of programs, policies, and services and examines the issues, challenges and dilemmas confronting long term care management and others in the field of health services. Long term care includes; skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, home health care, adult day care (both the social and the medical models), hospice, and a view of continuous care retirement facilities.

HUMS-460. Readings and Research in Health Services Administration 1-3 Hr (Department consent) Directed readings and research in health services administration.

HUMS-470 Health Services Planning (3-0)3 S-Even Introduction to the history and development of health planning; introductory overview of planning techniques and familiarity with general quantitative methodology; legal, political, and economic factors in health care planning with emphasis on policy formulation and implementation.

HUMS-480 Grant Writing and Documentation (3-0)3 F-Even Specialized course providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to write grants that are based upon clearly defined needs analysis and project goals. Researching possible funding and sources, identifying goals and objectives, developing a program evaluation and time-line for a mock proposal will provide the students with real-life grant writing experience.

HUMS-489 Practicum Capstone Internship 3-12 Hr. Observation, participation and hands-on experience in a suitable agency. The organization chosen for each individual will depend upon the occupational goals of the student. The selected facility will have a qualified administrator to enhance student learning opportunities. At least75 work hours for each 3 hours of credit minimum and more is recommended.

HUMS-493 Special Topics (1-6-0)1-6 Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

HUMS-494 Seminar (1-3-0)1-3 (Senior standing or Department consent) Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

Political Science (POLS) Assistant Professor Kent

POLS-102 Introduction to American Government (3-0)3 F General survey of American national government and politics.

POLS-103 Global Political Issues (3-0)3 Analysis of issues in post-cold war international politics, ranging from traditional major power diplomacy and intervention to the newer problems of economic interdependence and development, human rights, population pressures on limited resources, and the environment.

POLS-220 State and Local Government (3-0)3 S Origins, background, comparisons, and contrasts of state governments; state and federal relations; state executive, legislative, and judicial branches; state services; county and municipal governments.

POLS-260 Introduction to International Relations (3-0) 3 S Theories and concepts in international politics and their application to contemporary world politics.

POLS-293 Special Topics (1-6-0)1-6 Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

POLS-311 Political Parties & Elections (3-0) 3 Parties and elections in America; emphasis on nomination and general election processes, campaigns, the mass media, campaign finance, voting, the electoral college, and parties in government.

POLS-313 American Constitutional Law (3-0)3 F The role of the Constitution in the American political system. Topics include the political concept of constitutionalism; the role of the Supreme Court in the political process; division of powers among the three branches of government; and the constitutional relation between the national government and the states.

POLS-319 Comparative Government (3-0)3 F Comparison of governmental systems in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Select countries in each region will be studied with regard to their political institutions and socioeconomic systems.

POLS-400 Terrorism and National Security (3-0)3 S (POLS 102) Basic overview of terrorism tactics and national security initiatives.

POLS-480 Seminar in Non-Profit Administration (3-0)3 (Senior standing or department consent) Special topics in the area of non-profit administration and current problems.

POLS-495 Independent Study. 1-6 Hrs. (Department consent) Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

Sociology and Anthropology (SOCA) Associate Professor Rezek (chair)

SOCA-101 Introduction to Sociology (3-0)3 Basic course intended to develop a perspective about the nature of social processes and the structure of society.

SOCA-105 Introduction to Anthropology (3-0)3 F Essentials of human evolution and prehistory with a concentration on the varieties of languages and cultures found among peoples of the world.

SOCA-207 Social Problems-Contemporary America (3-0)3 F-Odd Causes of social disorganization in modern society and social life. Emphasis on research findings derived from studies of contemporary American society.

SOCA-221 Families and Society (3-0)3 S Historical comparative approach to changing structure and functions of the family institution. Effect of economic, demographic, and cultural changes on relationships, gender roles, marriage, childcare; variations by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

SOCA-232 Criminology (3-0)3 S Exploration of various theories of criminal behavior; emphasis on a critical study of the criminal justice system and efforts to reform the penal system.

SOCA-235 Race Relations (3-0)3 S Causes and consequences of prejudice and discriminatory practices involving minority group members. Emphasis is on blacks, but social and economic conditions of Indians and other racial and religious minorities are also discussed.

SOCA-302 Deviant Behavior (3-0)3 F-Odd (6 Hrs. SOCA classes or department consent) Examination of the processes by which “deviance” is defined in society, and the methods of social control attempted. Provides a critical understanding of society from the perspective of those defined as “outsiders”-criminals, addicts, etc.

SOCA-305 Social Stratification and Power in American Society (3-0)3 F-Even (SOCA 101) The course focuses on patterns of wealth, prestige, and power in American society. The contemporary configuration of class will be analyzed in the light of historical patterns as well as future developments. The impact of class status on the individual and psychological patterns of class behavior will be studied. Philosophic arguments regarding the ethics of inequality will be considered.

SOCA-311 Social Research Methods (3-0)3 F (Junior status) Logic of social research, elements of research design, and problems of measurement, with emphasis on survey research methodology and data analysis.

SOCA-312 Death and Dying (3-0)3 This course explains the issues and problems associated with death in American society. Topics such as changing attitudes, grief, funeral practices, life after death, the dying patient, and widowhood are presented from a variety of perspectives.

SOCA-325 Illness and Health Care (3-0)3 F An overview of behavioral factors relating to occurrence of and response to illness, with particular emphasis upon American medicine. Designed especially for students interested in health-related careers.

SOCA-333 Sociology of Work and Work Places (3-0)3 S (SOCA 101) Explores the significance of work and work relations in contemporary society. Emphasis is given to the analysis of employment settings including industrial organizations.

SOCA-360 Women and Men in Society (3-0)3 F (SOCA 101) Sociological study of gender stratification. Emphasis on social, structural, historical, cultural bases of gender relations. Structured around issues of theoretical debate and research interest concerning U.S. gender system. Includes cross-cultural and international comparisons.

SOCA-430 World Religions (3-0)3 S Even Study of the major religious traditions of the world. Through specialized lectures, speakers, assigned readings, field trips, and occasional videos students will gain a broad basis knowledge of the major religions.

SOCA-493 Special Topics (1-6-0)1-6 Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SOCA-495 Independent Study 1-6 Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

SOCA-497 Research 1-6 Hrs. (Department consent) Independent research projects.

Women’s Studies (WMST) Associate Professor Rezek (chair)

WGST-225 Women of Appalachia (3-0) 3 S-Odd Use variety of sources to explore how race, class, ethnicity, sex and gender impact lives of diverse Appalachian women, including portrayal of women, stereotypes, impact of stereotypes, and how women construct their own identities.