Department of Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences

(330) 941-3279


The Department of Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences offers the following degrees, minors, and certificates:

  • Basic Peace Office Training Academy (Certificate, one semester)
  • Criminal Justice (MS, BSAS, AAS, and several minors) [Note: the BSAS and MS are offered in both traditional and online degree completion.]
  • Fashion (minor)
  • Homeland Security (Certificate, both undergraduate and graduate certificate)
  • Hospitality Management (AAS, BSAS)
  • Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors (BSAS)

Criminal Justice Program

The four-year degree is built upon a core-track concept with emphasis (track) areas in law enforcement, corrections, legal processes, loss prevention/assets protection, and generalist.

The department also offers eight (8) minors in several emphasis areas.

In each undergraduate area and certificate program, a grade of "C" or better must be received in each required Criminal Justice course.

A graduate program is also available via two methods--traditional face-to-face as well as 100% online both leading to the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.

Admission Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Note: individuals with a felony, drug, and/or domestic violence conviction will experience difficulty gaining employment in the criminal justice field. Students with misdemeanor convictions should seek advice from an advisor in the Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences program. Students with juvenile sex offense convictions should also seek advice.

Retention Policy

The Department of Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences expects its majors and students enrolled in its courses to engage in legal, ethical, professional, and civil behavior which respects the rights of all persons. Disruptive and inappropriate behavior (as defined in department, college, or University policy) may lead to removal from, or non-acceptance into, the department as a major or as an enrolled student in one of its courses. YSU requires a 2.0 overall GPA in order to graduate.

For more information,visit the Department of Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences.

Police Academy and Internships

YSU's Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences department now offers a full-service police academy, Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. Admission to the academy is open to all qualified applicants who meet admission standards of YSU and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. All instructors in the Academy are certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and meet all of the requirements to teach in the Basic Police Academy. YSU students who successfully complete the Academy will receive 16 semester hours of credit and a letter from the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission that will qualify them for certification upon being commissioned. The new curriculum consists of a minimum 740 hours of training. Application packets can be picked up at the Academy Office, Cushwa Hall Room 2361.

YSU's Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences has an internship experience that provides students with an opportunity to integrate academic studies with the daily operation of a Criminal Justice agency. Internships also foster the development of networking relationships with practitioners who can assist in procuring future employment. Certain criminal convictions may prohibit students from being eligible for an internship experience. Student interns register for 3 to 12 semester credit hours. Each credit hour requires approximately 45 on-site hours. This program is for juniors and seniors. 


John M. Hazy, Ph.D., Professor, Chair


Christopher M. Bellas, Ph.D., Professor

Monica Merrill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Christian C. Onwudiwe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Richard Lee Rogers, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Tacibaht Turel, Ph.D., Professor

Patricia Bergum Wagner, J.D., Associate Professor


Charles J. Vandyke, Ed.D., Lecturer

Mark Zetts, M.B.A., Senior Lecturer

Criminal Justice

CRJS 1500    Introduction to Criminal Justice    3 s.h.

Overview of the American criminal justice process with emphasis on its constituent foundations, its constitutional limits, and the rights of the individual from arrest through sentencing and release.
Gen Ed: Social Science.

CRJS 2601    Policing    3 s.h.

The evolution, structure, and function of modern police organizations; the role of police in a democratic society; the impact of social, political, and economic influences; contemporary practices and controversies.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.

CRJS 2602    Criminal Courts    3 s.h.

Structure and function of criminal courts in American society, perceptions of national commissions; organization, administration, and caseflow relationships with appropriate social agencies.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500 or permission of the Chair.

CRJS 2603    Corrections    3 s.h.

Development and description of the American correctional systems' history and philosophy; the constitutional foundations of its control, and the rights of those within it. Overview of treatment approaches.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3702    Correctional Strategies    4 s.h.

Contemporary theory, practice, and research findings in the administration of juvenile and adult corrections. Community-based programs, including probation/parole/post-release control; institutional resources examined within the perspectives of prevention, control, and rehabilitation of the criminal offender. Concurrent with: CRJS 3702L. Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: CRJS 2603.

CRJS 3702L    Correctional Strategies Practicum    2 s.h.

Contact, observation, and on-site examination and comparison of community programs and institutional facilities. On-site 6 hours per week for 7 weeks (students are divided into two groups).
Prereq.: CRJS 2603; Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Coreq.: CRJS 3702.

CRJS 3710    Social Statistics    3 s.h.

Coverage includes purposes of statistics, its importance and role in the field, descriptive, comparison, relational, and explanatory stats, as well as their set-up, creation, interpretation, application, and critique. Coverage will include stats in both normal and non-normal situations. 3 hours of lecture per week .
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.
Cross-Listed: SOC 3701.

CRJS 3712    Criminal Justice Research    3 s.h.

Analysis of the major components of social research, including research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of findings.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3715    Criminal Justice Management Concepts    3 s.h.

Modern criminal justice management theory; organizational behavior, organizational development, personnel management, executive decision making, supervision problems. Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: CRJS 2601 or CRJS 2602 or CRJS 2603.

CRJS 3718    Family Law    3 s.h.

Fundamental elements of family law, including premarital contracts, traditional and nontraditional marriages and families, procreation rights, legitimacy and paternity, adoption, divorce and separation, property division and support, custody and termination of parental rights, juvenile law, intra-family tort liability and domestic violence.
Prereq.: SOC 1500.
Cross-Listed: CHFM 3718.

CRJS 3719    Criminal Law    3 s.h.

Development, theories, and purposes of criminal law; elements of a crime, parties to a crime.
Prereq.: CRJS 2602.

CRJS 3720    Legal Research    3 s.h.

In-depth study and legal research of case law, statutes, rules and regulations at the federal and state levels. Emphasis on how to find and use primary and secondary authority, how to conduct legal research, in-depth legal writing in areas such as torts, contracts, real estate, and criminal law.
Prereq.: CRJS 2602 or permission of the Chair.

CRJS 3721    Evidence    3 s.h.

Admissibility of evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, opinion evidence, circumstantial evidence, documentary evidence, presumptions, corpus delicti, and evidentiary privileges.
Prereq.: CRJS 2602.

CRJS 3735    Crime and Delinquency    3 s.h.

Study of the social context of crime in society, including a review of historical theories offered in explanation of criminal behavior. Review of social and psychological factors underlying delinquency, touching on treatment and preventive measures. 3 hours of lecture per week .
Prereq.: PSYC 1560 or SOC 1500 or CRJS 3736 or CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3736    Criminal Victimization    3 s.h.

Dynamics of the victim-offender relationships within the Criminal Justice System. Review of advocacy programs including information on victim compensation/assistance programs. Examination of society's attitudes towards victims. Review of current laws advocation for compensation of crime victims.
Prereq.: PSYC 1560 or SOC 1500 or CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3740    Criminal Justice Information Systems    3 s.h.

Information theory and practice applied to criminal justice agencies; automated systems in policing, courts, and corrections at the federal, state, and local levels; problems and constitutional constraints. Microcomputer and Internet assignments.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3751    Prevention Strategies    3 s.h.

Concepts and strategies of crime prevention, the protection of assets in the public and private sectors. Must be CJFS major, or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: CRJS 2601.

CRJS 3752    Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America    3 s.h.

A critical analysis of current research and theories of racial and ethnic discrimination within the American criminal justice system. The discussion will center on issues relating to: patterns of criminal behavior and victimization, police practices, court processing and sentencing, the death penalty, and correctional programs. 3 hours of lecture per week .
Prereq.: CRJS 1500 or SOC 1500 or PSYC 1560.

CRJS 3765    Human Relations    3 s.h.

Methods of coping with conflicts arising from law violation intervention; programs for improving interpersonal relations between police and the community. 3 hours of lecture per week .
Prereq.: SOC 1500 or PSYC 1560 or CRJS 1500.

CRJS 3777    Ohio Police Officer Basic Training    16 s.h.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office, Peace Officer Training Academy's requirements for peace/police officers are taught in the academy. The training academy at YSU consists of approximately 585 classroom hours (5 days a week, 8 hours a day for 15 weeks, plus a minimum of three weekends). Upon completion, students receive eligibility from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for certification if they successfully pass the physical, skills, and written exams.
Prereq.: Senior standing and permission from the Academy Coordinator.

CRJS 3799    Directed Individual Study    1-5 s.h.

Individual study or field research of a special topic related to the criminal justice field. Application must be made to the department prior to registration. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h.
Prereq.: Senior standing and 15 s.h. of CRJS and permission of the Chair.

CRJS 4800    Senior Seminar    3 s.h.

Overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Review of constitutional issues, discussion of contemporary issues. Serves as the criminal justice senior capstone course. Portfolios and resumes prepared, assessment exam. Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: Senior standing or permission of chairperson.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

CRJS 4803    Correctional Case Management and Treatment    3 s.h.

Theory and techniques of counseling and interviewing the correctional client including case management. Simulated field and clinical situations to provide experience in interviewing and report writing. Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: CRJS 3702 or CRJS 2603.

CRJS 4807    Criminal Justice Internship    3-12 s.h.

Field experiences in an appropriate criminal justice agency under the direction of qualified and experienced professionals. Grading is CR/NC. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 semester hours.
Prereq.: Junior standing or higher and permission of the Chair; CRJS 2601 or CRJS 2602 or CRJS 2603.

CRJS 4807C    CE Criminal Justice Internship    3-12 s.h.

Field experiences in an appropriate criminal justice agency under the direction of qualified and experienced professionals. Grading is CR/NC. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 semester hours.
Prereq.: Junior standing or higher and permission of the Chair; CRJS 2601 or CRJS 2602 or CRJS 2603.

CRJS 4848    Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration    3 s.h.

Security standards, policy, and regulations at the state and federal levels as they impact on the security operations. Administrative decisions regarding security program. Plant protection, safety and security; credit and insurance investigative procedures.
Prereq.: CRJS 3751 and senior standing in criminal justice or permission of chairperson.

CRJS 4850    Special Topics in Criminal Justice    3 s.h.

Contemporary issues in criminal justice. Topics are announced prior to enrollment.
Prereq.: Junior standing or higher or permission of the Chair.

CRJS 4851    Women and Justice    3 s.h.

Examines the historical development and current women's issues as they related to the justice system. Women's roles in the legal system, prisons (as staff and offenders), victims and perpetrators of violence, policing society and organized crime. Female juvenile delinquency and controversial topics such as abortion and capital punishment.
Prereq.: Senior standing or permission of the chair.

CRJS 4870    Law Enforcement Administration    3 s.h.

Detailed examination of the administration of line and staff services of law enforcement agencies and the role of technology in administration. Must be a Criminal Justice major or have permission of chairperson.
Prereq.: CRJS 3715 and senior standing.

CRJS 4890    Judical Administration    3 s.h.

Judicial Administration. Court management examined in light of structure, judicial responsibility, and inherent power of courts. Case flow, case management, automation, and judicial staffing.
Prereq.: CRJS 3715 and CRJS 3719 and senior standing in criminal justice or permission of chairperson.

CRJS 5802    Corrections Law and Liability    3 s.h.

Analysis and examination of legal mandates and restrictions affecting the field of corrections. History of the development of offender rights, current issues surrounding offender rights, and future concerns in this area. Jail and prison standards, accreditation standards, case law, and liability concerns.
Prereq.: CRJS 3719 or graduate student standing.

CRJS 5825    Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues    3 s.h.

Constitutional foundations of the American criminal justice process with special emphasis on recent Supreme Court decisions. Legal and practical applications of the laws of arrest, criminal procedure, search and seizure, court structures, and federal civil rights.
Prereq.: CRJS 3719 and must be a criminal justice major or have permission of chairperson.

CRJS 5831    Violence in America    3 s.h.

Analysis of violence in America including official and unofficial statistics, types and levels of violence, research findings, and profiles of offenders. Case analysis of domestic violence, juvenile violence, gangs, and other forms of violence.
Prereq.: CRJS 3735.

CRJS 5840    Critical Incidents and Homeland Security    3 s.h.

This course provides an overview of emergency planning at all stages from the initial development of an emergency plan to the management of crisis situations to the evaluation of the response. The course culminates in the creation of an emergency preparedness plan for jurisdiction or agency of the student’s choosing, and the student is encouraged to select a situation consist with present work or long-term career plans.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500, PHLT 1531, OR graduate student status.

CRJS 5841    Terrorism and Countersurveillance    3 s.h.

The course provides an introduction to terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques. Generally, the course material is divided into two parts. First, the course offers a description of terrorist and anti-government groups. Topics covered include the background and history of terrorist and anti-government groups as well as the tactics of these groups. Second, the course takes the perspective of homeland security and law enforcement agencies proactively counteracting the threats to public safety that they groups may pose.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500, PHLT 1531, OR graduate student status.

CRJS 5865    Gathering and Using Information in Criminal Justice    3 s.h.

Specialized communication skills to prepare criminal justice practitioners in information-gathering techniques, written presentation techniques, verbal and nonverbal communication skills within constitutional guidelines.
Prereq.: CRJS 2601 or graduate student standing.

CRJS 5872    Drugs and Crime    3 s.h.

This course will cover the drug-crime connection. In doing so, a wide variety of topics will be highlighted from a history of criminal justice policies on various drugs to ways to prevent and treat substance abuse. The three learning objectives (LO) that will be pursued in this course are: 1) explain the context of the criminal justice approaches to specific types of drugs; 2) apply criminal justice (CJ) theories on drug use and abuse; and 3) analyze and assess drug-control policies and criminal justice intervention/management strategies. These three course objectives relate to the overall CJ degree learning outcomes in fostering critical thinking relative to CJ policies, literature review development, and the inter-relationships within the CJ system.

CRJS 5875    Juvenile Justice System    3 s.h.

In-depth analysis of the specialized agencies and procedures developed to deal with problems of juveniles from a historical and philosophical perspective. Consideration of the juvenile court, community-based programs, institutionalization.
Prereq.: Graduate student standing or CRJS 2602 and CRJS 2603.

CRJS 6910    Law and Criminal Justice    3 s.h.

An historical analysis of criminal law as a social control. An overview of substantive criminal law and criminal procedural law in the United States.

CRJS 6915    Advanced Criminology    3 s.h.

A comprehensive analysis of the causes of crime from an interdisciplinary perspective. Major criminological theories are considered in light of contemporary empirical research.
Prereq.: CRJS 3735 or equivalent or permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

CRJS 6920    Criminal Justice Studies, Practices, and Theories    3 s.h.

A critical analysis of the field of criminal justice studies including crime statistics, crime causation, the criminal justice process, and the agencies involved.
Prereq.: CRJS 1500.

CRJS 6925    Administration and Management Theory    3 s.h.

Administration and management theory as applied to criminal justice agencies. Includes the functions of the executive, the nature of authority and leadership, organizational communication, and theories of employee motivation.

CRJS 6940    Statistical Techniques in Health and Human Services    3 s.h.

A consideration of the courses of statistical information in the human resource systems and the limits of such data, with primary emphasis upon multivariate statistics and their application to the field.

CRJS 6942    Research and Statistics in Health and Human Services    3 s.h.

A consolidated statistical and research course in human services to design and use qualitative and quantitative research, use and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics, and evaluate the research of others.

CRJS 6945    Research Methods in Health and Human Services    3 s.h.

An analysis of the design and execution of both quantitative and qualitative research in the human services, and the development of research designs most useful to human services research problems.

CRJS 6950    Selected Topics in Criminal Justice    3 s.h.

Addresses specific topics relating to the crime problem and the criminal justice process. The topics may vary from semester to semester and will be announced prior to enrollment. This course is repeatable provided it is on different topics.

CRJS 6950X    Special Topics: Sex Crimes    3 s.h.

It will cover different types of sex crimes including but not limited to prostitution, pornography (adult and child), human trafficking, sexual assault, and rape. Legislation, offender typologies, and treatments will also be covered.
Prereq.: Junior standing or permission of the Chair.

CRJS 6955    Independent Study    3 s.h.

Study under the personal supervision of a faculty member with the approval of the graduate coordinator. May be repeated once.

CRJS 6957    Readings in Criminal Justice    1-4 s.h.

Extensive reading assignments in the student's interest area under the supervision of a graduate faculty member. May be repeated for no more than a total of six semester hours.
Prereq.: Approval of graduate coordinator.

CRJS 6960    Program Planning and Evaluation    3 s.h.

A systematic review and evaluation of human services programs with special attention to the posting of questions in context; questions relating to the selections of design, method, and process of summative evaluation; and assessing the effectiveness of programs.

CRJS 6975    Applied Police Correction Management    3 s.h.

Systematic examinations of the principles and practices of criminal justice organizations and the historical contexts of their implementation. Readings emphasize best practices, legal standards, and interdisciplinary cooperation affecting law enforcement and corrections, especially as they affect financial management, human resources, community relations, homeland security, and the treatment of vulnerable populations.

CRJS 6985    Grant Writing    3 s.h.

Insight into the methods, strategies, and techniques of grant writing, with emphasis on the proposal components and exploration of funding sources. Each student will exhibit competence in planning, developing, and evaluating a proposal as well as creating a draft of a grant proposal based on an actual Request for Proposals.

CRJS 6990    Criminal Justice Public Policy Seminar    3 s.h.

Types of policy and how policies are formulated are covered. The evaluation of policy, with attention to what constitutes good public policy. Special attention is given to the impact of crime control policies, particularly crime legislation and current laws.

CRJS 6995    Criminal Justice Practicum    3-6 s.h.

Supervised experience in an applied criminal justice setting.
Prereq.: Approval by graduate director; Permit required.

CRJS 6998    Graduate Capstone Project    2 s.h.

Under the direction of a graduate committee, led by the committee advisor, this course will provide the student with the structure and support to develop a scholarly project or paper related to the field of Criminal Justice. The course will allow students to search, review, critique, and appraise current research and evidence in the field of Criminal Justice and to develop a project or paper making a significant contribution to the discipline. Permission of the Graduate Coordinator.
Prereq.: Permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

CRJS 6999    Research and Thesis    1-6 s.h.

A research project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member of the department in CRJS with graduate faculty status. Permission of the Graduate Coordinator. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

Hospitality Management

HMGT 1500    Introduction to Hospitality Industry    3 s.h.

General overview of the hospitality industry with perspectives on the organizational structure, operations, management and various associated issues.

HMGT 2603    Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1    4 s.h.

Using the "Uniform System of Accounting for Small Hotels, Motels, and Motor Hotels," introduces the unique requirements of hospitality industry record keeping. Focus on using financial data to safeguard assets, control costs, budget and plan, and practice yield management.
Prereq.: MATH 1552 or MATH 2623.

HMGT 2610    Organization and Management    3 s.h.

Concepts of organization and management related to hospitality/health care; selecting, training, developing, and supervising for the advancement of personnel. Emphasis on labor-management relations and legal aspects of the management-guest relationship with particular attention to personal and property liability.

HMGT 2622    Hotel Management    3 s.h.

The role of service departments within a hotel, such as housekeeping, front office, security (or night audits), and concierge. Topics include: fundamental lodging classifications and brands in the lodging industry, recent trends, the relationship between the hotel rooms department and other departments.
Prereq.: HMGT 1500 or HMGT 1501.

HMGT 2691    Hospitality Cooperative Work Experience    3 s.h.

Work experience in which the student assumes supervisory responsibilities within an assigned food-service or lodging facility. One hour seminar and 20 hours work experience per week.
Prereq.: "C" or better in HMEC 1550 and HMGT 1500; 2.0 GPA.

HMGT 3719    Facilities Management    4 s.h.

Maintenance, engineering and security principles for lodging and food service properties. Technical information, preventive maintenance, engineering, housekeeping and security department roles; security techniques used to enhance safety of persons and property, including loss prevention, administration, organization, emergency planning, and liability.
Prereq.: HMGT 1500 or HMGT 1501.

HMGT 3725    Food and Beverage Management    3 s.h.

Managerial authority and responsibilities in setting goals, forecasting, controlling quality and costs, establishing policy in the successful operation of a food and beverage department. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.
Prereq.: FNUT 2612.

HMGT 3734    Front Office Operation    3 s.h.

Advanced study of the front-office management from reservations through checkout including the property management systems, central reservation system, and their impacts on other lodging operations.
Prereq.: "C" or better in HMGT 2622.

HMGT 3745    Hospitality Marketing and Sales    4 s.h.

Basic concepts and practices of modern hospitality marketing, which enable students to develop strategic and operating marketing plans for hospitality industries.
Prereq.: "C" or better in HMGT 1500 or HMGT 1501.

HMGT 4804    Hospitality Industry Law and Ethics    3 s.h.

Legal aspects of managing a hotel, resort, or restaurant. Provides an understanding of preventive measures to avoid or successfully deal with litigation. Includes legal research, licensing, innkeepers' obligations.
Prereq.: MGT 2604; "C" or better in HMEC 1550 and HMGT 3719.

HMGT 4846    Event Management    3 s.h.

Focus on the career of meeting and convention management, includes adult learning theory, finance, promotion, post-meeting evaluation, facility selection, budgeting, exhibit management, physical facilities, pre-event planning.
Prereq.: MKTG 3703 or "C" or better in HMGT 3745.

HMGT 4896    Hospitality Operations Management    3 s.h.

Capstone course requiring a broad application of knowledge and skills. Students solve operational dilemmas and make decisions reflecting the diverse nature of managing a hotel, resort, and food-service property.
Prereq.: "C" or better in HMGT 1500.

Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors

MRCH 1506    Clothing and Image Development    3 s.h.

Purpose and meaning of dress and adornment as a means of communication and social identity.

MRCH 1508    Apparel Production    3 s.h.

Methods, materials and the fundamental techniques and skills required in the production of apparel. Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week.

MRCH 1510    Apparel Evaluation    3 s.h.

Analysis and evaluation of aspects of garment construction and styling relating to making merchandising decisions.

MRCH 2625    The World of Fashion    3 s.h.

Overview of fashion-influenced industries: Textiles, Apparel, Accessories, and Home Furnishings.

MRCH 2650    Careers in Merchandising Fashion & Interiors    3 s.h.

Exploration of the various career in the Merchandising Fashion and Interiors field. Analyze the fashion and interiors careers that are growing, reasons for this growth in order to accurately define and predict future careers in the profession and provide the pathways in education, skills, and experience necessary to enter and thrive in these careers. Match students’ interests and talents with the fashion and interiors professions that best suit their personal fulfilling career path.

MRCH 2661    Fundamentals of Interior Design    3 s.h.

Studio course in theory, elements and principles of interior design. An introduction to planning, materials, furnishings, work methods, and problem solving to meet human needs. Introduces architectural drawing including plans, elevations, details and basic drafting skills within the context of interior design.

MRCH 2663    Materials and Methods    3 s.h.

Principles and functions of materials and methods used in the construction of furnishings and housing materials. Raw materials, selection, use, care, and selling points of paper, leather, fur, woods, metals, glass, ceramics, and plastics. Examines the furnishings industry with emphasis on forecasting, planning, selecting, negotiating, pricing, and recording merchandise.
Prereq.: MRCH 2662.

MRCH 3705    Fashion Textiles    3 s.h.

Study of textiles, including their characteristics, functions, purposes, and care. Fibers, yarns, construction, finishes, and textile legislation. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.
Prereq.: CHEM 1500, CHEM 1500L or CHEM 1505, CHEM 1505L.

MRCH 3710    Special Topics in Merchandising Fashion & Interiors    3 s.h.

Special and progressive topics and themes chosen on the basis of need. Topics must be related to Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors.
Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

MRCH 3713    Merchandise Buying    3 s.h.

Strategies and philosophies of merchandise selection. Topics examined include the organization of the buying function, determining what to buy based on customer needs, visiting the market, vendor analysis and selection, and the buyer's responsibilities in other areas of the firm. The product dimension and global sourcing are explored in depth.
Prereq.: GER approved Math; CSIS 1514 and MRCH 2625.

MRCH 3715    Fashion Promotion and Fashion Show Production    3 s.h.

Explorations of how the fashion industry creates awareness and stimulate customer demand through advertising campaigns, sales promotion, public relations and fashion shows. Discussions on ethical considerations in fashion promotion. Detailed deliberations and hands-on-activities on production and execution of a fashion show to promote fashion goods while engaging the community in philanthropy.
Prereq.: MKTG 3703 or MRCH 2625 or MRCH 1506.

MRCH 3720    Fashion and Wearable Technology    3 s.h.

Exploration of the evolution of fashion, current fashion technologies available in the industry and the future of fashion and wearables (digital fashion, textile computing, smart textiles, 3-D printing). Introduction to design basics. Introduction to wearable electronics (materials, components, circuits, software), electronic sensors, introduction to embedded systems, introduction to internet of things (IoT) and its applications in fashion. Hands-on multidisciplinary projects. This course meets for a 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab.
Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

MRCH 3730    Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance    3 s.h.

Interdisciplinary study of clothing and appearance within contexts of cultural, social-psychological, physical, and aesthetic relationships. Emphasize origins and motives of dress and adornment, relationship of clothing and appearance to self, and appearance as a factor in interpersonal and collective behavior. Explicitly connects the fields of fashion and social psychology.
Prereq.: ENGL 1551, PSYC 1560 and SOC 1500.

MRCH 3740L    Computer Applications for Textiles & Apparel Lab    3 s.h.

Exploration of computer and software applications used in the fashion industry. The use of computer-aided design (CAD) to produce technical drawings, sketches, color stories and textile prints for design and merchandising presentations. Two hours lecture, three hours lab.
Prereq.: MRCH 1506 or MRCH 2661.

MRCH 3742    Applied Textile Design    3 s.h.

Use of color application and needlework processes in production of clothing and home furnishings. Exploration into the process of fabric design as a part of textile end product development. Students will design their own fabrics and textile products using dyeing, printing and needlework methods. Two hours lecture, three hours lab.
Prereq.: MRCH 1506.

MRCH 3745    Product Line Development    3 s.h.

The theory and practice of sewn products development. Includes technology applications and practical experience in product development for fashion influenced textile goods. 2 hours lecture & 3 hours lab.
Prereq.: MRCH 1508 or MRCH 1506 or MRCH 2661.

MRCH 3760    Visual Merchandising    3 s.h.

Evaluation and creation of visual displays for the purpose of selling fashion, home furnishings, and other merchandise. Independent and cooperative work in analyzing store displays in the field, making recommendations for fixtures and displays, creating class projects, and working on visual displays and plans. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.
Prereq.: MRCH 1506 or MRCH 2661.

MRCH 3764    Family Housing and Technology    3 s.h.

Planning the home environment to meet family needs and resources; consumer decisions in selection of residences, floor plans, and household technology.
Prereq.: SOC 1500.

MRCH 3795    Fashion Industry Tour    1 s.h.

Concentrated on-site study of the fashion industry including tours of laboratories, designer workrooms, showrooms, buying offices and related organizations. Pre-tour orientations and written report of experiences required.
Prereq.: MRCH 1506 or MRCH 1510 or MRCH 2625.

MRCH 4836    Internship in Merchandising Fashion & Interiors    3-9 s.h.

Integration of theory and practice through supervised field-based experiences in a professional setting in Merchandising fashion and Interiors field. May be taken over consecutive semesters with PR grading for first semester; 75 hours of field work per credit hour. May be repeated up to 9 semester hours, 2.5 GPA. in major, and 18 semester hours in required major courses.
Prereq.: Junior standing, MRCH 2550, 2.0 overall GPA.

MRCH 4870    Global Fashion Economy    3 s.h.

Exploration of the nature of the global textile and apparel economy. Identifying the challenges of sourcing textiles and apparel products internationally. Discussion of the various countries and regions that buy and manufacture fashion goods. Junior standing.
Prereq.: MRCH 2625.

MRCH 4877    History of Fashion    3 s.h.

Chronological study of fashion from antiquity through the twentieth century. The focus will be on style identification as well as the influence of social, political, and economic conditions as well as cultural and technological changes upon fashion and appearance.
Prereq.: Junior standing and any one of the following: MRCH 2625, junior standing.

MRCH 4879    History of Furnishings and Interiors    3 s.h.

A chronological study of interiors and furnishings from antiquity to the twentieth century will be explored. The focus will be on style identification as well as the influence of social, political, and economic conditions upon furnishings and development.
Prereq.: MRCH 2663 or MRCH 2625.

MRCH 4880    Merchandising Management    3 s.h.

Principles of merchandising applied to planning, development, and presentation of product lines in both the production and marketing of apparel, soft line, and other consumer goods. Relates the role of merchandising to other business fundamentals.
Prereq.: MRCH 3713, MGT 3725.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

MRCH 5875    Directed Individual Study in Merchandising Fashion & Interiors    1-6 s.h.

Individual study or research of a unique problem or issue related to Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors. Application must be made with the department prior to registration.
Prereq.: Junior standing.

MRCH 5895    International Studies in Merchandising Fashion & Interiors    3 s.h.

The focus is to travel to designated countries while focusing on the professional areas of Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors and their relationship to fashion, textiles, and home fashions of the country of visit. Recognizing the economic, political, and social perspectives related to the textiles and apparel global economy. Class sessions and travel as well as pre-tour and post-tour assignments and evaluation based on course objectives supervised by the Merchandising faculty.
Prereq.: Junior , permission of instructor and department chairperson.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

The SLOs for majors within the Criminal Justice and Consumer Sciences Department are as follows:

Criminal Justice

Basic Police Training Certificate: 

SLO 1 Cadets will demonstrate their ability to interpret key elements of the law as well as demonstrate the adequate physical fitness to enforce these elements.

Associates of Science in Applied Science:
SLO 1 Basic Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the operation and influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (e.g., policing, courts, corrections).
SLO 2 Legal Processes: Students will analyze legal situtaions that relate to the CJ system.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science:
SLO 1 Basic Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the operation and influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (e.g., policing, courts, corrections).
SLO 2 Legal Processes: Students will analyze legal situations that relate to the CJ system.
SLO 3 Best Practices: Students will apply principles and strategies identified as best practicies in the management and operation of criminal justice agencies
SLO 4 Analysis: Students will analyze and interpret patterns and trends affecting criminal-justice-related agencies through the application of theory and the use of data analysis and research methods.
SLO 5 Professionalism: Students will engage in activities in preparation for employment for further study in criminal-justice-related areas.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice:
SLO 1 Evaluation: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to evaluate programs, policies, theories, and research related to the criminal justice system.
SLO 2 Administration: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to use key CJ concepts to administrate programs and lead others.
SLO 3 Research: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to perform their own research related to the criminal justice system.

Hospitality Management

  • Demonstrate appropriate customer and guest service practices, skills and behaviors required during customer involvement that contribute to customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of fundamental principles of leadership and the ability to work with a group of people to formulate rational solutions to hospitality operational problems.
  • Demonstrate quality food preparation and presentation skills, using appropriate health, safety, sanitation, and environmental protection procedures in hospitality.
  • Demonstrate the use and knowledge of current technologies in the hospitality industry.
  • Explain key factors in the design, development, and maintenance of the industry facilities and apply relevant technologies in ways that enhance organizational performance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to market hospitality goods and services effectively and responsibly.
  • Analyze legal, ethical, and socio-political considerations affecting organizations to make management decisions.
  • Demonstrate use of accepted accounting practice and sound financial management.


SLO1 Basic: Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field of merchandising fashion and interiors.
SLO2 Progressive: Students will be prepared for the changing dynamics in the field of merchandising fashion and interiors and apply the same processes in their learning -
e.g. E-commerce, social media marketing, fashion and technology.
SLO3 Best Practices: Students will apply principles and strategies identified as best in the field of merchandising fashion and interiors.
SLO4 Analysis: Students will analyze, interpret, integrate and apply merchandising fashion and interiors principles in workplace settings.
SLO5 Professionalism: Students will engage in professional activities and conduct in preparation for internship, employment and for further study in the field of merchandising fashion and interiors.