Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice Course Descriptions


Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

The student will be introduced to the American Criminal Justice System from the perspective of the criminal justice professional. The course examines the historical development and role of the police, prosecution, corrections, probation, parole, and rehabilitation.


Introduction to Law Enforcement - 3 Credits

This course studies the role of police in society with attention to the history of law enforcement, the organization of police forces, centralized police power, community policing, and the recruitment and training of police officers.


Introduction to Corrections - 3 Credits

This course studies the history of corrections, including imprisonment and other forms of punishment, both institutional and non-institutional. The philosophy and rationale for various sentencing alternatives are considered.


Introduction to Security - 3 credits

This course is an introductory survey of the security field, including private, corporate, industrial, and retail applications. Comparisons are made between private and public policing.


Juvenile Justice - 3 Credits

The student is introduced to the juvenile justice process. While the focus is on the criminal court system's handling of the juvenile offender, additional areas of study include the forces that contribute to juvenile delinquency, as well as prevention rehabilitation.

Prerequisite: CRJ101


Foundations of Terrorism - 3 Credits

This is a survey course on the study of terrorism. The social, political, economic, and religious foundations of terrorism will be explored. Specific terrorist organizations and tactics will be studied. The role of intelligence gathering and counter-terrorist activities will be addressed. Finally, the role of the media will be explored in terms of how it reports on terrorist activities and why terrorists need the media to be successful.


Criminal Law - 3 Credits

The course examines substantive and procedural criminal law including the common law and statutory offenses. Law of evidence, burden of proof, the jury system, and pre-trial dispositions are also studied.

Prerequisite: CRJ101 or LAW101.


Criminal Investigation - 3 Credits

The student is introduced to the principles of criminal investigation. These include techniques and methods used in searching the crime scene, locating and interviewing witnesses, interrogating witnesses, and developing suspects. Attention is given to the basics of forensic science, including photography.

Prerequisite: CRJ102.


Crime Mapping and Analysis - 3 Credits

This course introduces the practice of gathering, analyzing, and plotting crime data to determine crime patterns, crime trend correlations, hot spots and the forecast of future crimes.  Emphasis is on the use of the GIS systems with various models and techniques of crime data research. 

Prerequisite: CRJ102.


Fingerprinting - 3 Credits

This course studies the history and application of fingerprint science.  It assumes knowledge, skills, and ability to recognize and identify fingerprint pattern, including topics like latent print identification and classification, the Henry System, AFIS, and court testimony on fingerprint identification. A lab is required on fingerprint identification. 

Prerequisite: CRJ102.


Cybercrime - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning.  Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success Through this course students are introduced to the many types of cybercrimes.  Students will learn principles of cybercrime, including techniques, methods of investigation, identifying and seizing electronic evidence.

Prerequisite: CRJ101


Criminal Procedure - 3 Credits

This course is a survey and analysis of the due process rights of individuals in the criminal process. Emphasis is on the impact of the Bill of Rights on the practices of police, prosecutors and judges and the remedies available for the violation of those rights.

Prerequisite: CRJ209.


Police Administration and Management - 3 Credits

The student is introduced to the basics of administering and managing law enforcement professionals. The focus is on particular issues faced in managing police officers–federal, state, or local. The course addresses relations with non-governmental community leaders. Budgeting and planning are also covered.

Prerequisite: CRJ102.


Effective Communication for Criminal Justice Professionals - 3 Credits

This course is designed to impart communication skills specifically geared toward the criminal justice professional. This course provides both a theoretical and practical study of the role of communication as it relates to law enforcement. Subjects include: thinking before speaking, oral and written communications, use of presentation and visual aids, purposes of speech, public speaking including extemporaneous style speaking, non-verbal communication, grammar, making reports on the job, departmental records and record keeping, proper communication in the courtroom, interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, communication technology, communicating with ethnic groups, and much more.


Computer Forensics - 3 Credits

This course provides the knowledge and skills to identify, track and prosecute cyber-criminals. Students will be able to identify evidence in computer-related crime and abuse cases, and track intrusive hacker’s path through a client system. Emphasis will be placed on recovering, collecting and analyzing data from any digital media device, such as mobile devices, bar codes, game consoles, digital cameras and videos.

Prerequisites: CRJ101 and CRJ222


Community Corrections - 3 Credits

This course surveys the origins and development of contemporary practices in probation, parole, and other forms of community corrections, including the impact of these practices on other elements of the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite: CRJ103.


White-Collar Crime - 3 Credits

This course provides an analysis of crimes committed by persons in a position of trust, including embezzlement, fraud, false advertising, price fixing, black market activities, and governmental corruption. Crimes against one's employer and crimes committed by corporate executives for their corporation are studied.

Prerequisite: CRJ101.


Organized Crime - 3 Credits

The course is an historical and contemporary review of the development and operation of organizations committed to criminal conduct both in the United States and the rest of the world.

Prerequisite: CRJ101.


Crime Scene Investigation - 3 Credits

This course offers a methodical and detailed approach to crime scene investigation, including crime scene processing, identification and collection of physical evidence and chain of custody.  Students will be able to successfully recognize, document, collect and preserve physical evidence. 

Prerequisite: CRJ101


Fire & Arson Investigations - 3 Credits

This course studies the compilation and analysis of information related to fires and explosions.  The primary focus of this course is to understand how to conduct, determine and document the area of origin and cause of a fire and the factors that contribute to the ignition and subsequent growth.  .  Laws pertaining to burning, arson, and search and seizure are discussed. Attention is given to the basics of fire science, forensic science, including photography.  

Prerequisite: CRJ211 or permission of the Instructor


Electronic Investigations - 3 Credits

This course studies the vast amount of information available to investigators through public records and the internet. The focus is on how to understand, obtain, discern and utilize public record information for investigatory purposes. This course is relevant to both public and private investigators. 

Prerequisite: CRJ101


Research Methods in Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

This course will review the basic techniques of research methodology, especially as applied to the field of criminal justice. Major topics will include the purposes of research, types of research design, data collection techniques, and the ethics of research.

Prerequisite: CRJ101.


Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

Elementary review of probability theory and its application to data analysis. Covered topics include: descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and focusing on tests of significance, tests of association and casual analysis. This course will be heavily based on use of computer software, such as SPSS.

Prerequisite: CRJ355.


Ethics and Discretion in Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

The student is asked to consider the ethical issues involved in a criminal justice career. The concepts of integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness are examined as they bear upon the criminal justice professional's relationship to his or her colleagues, superiors, and community.

Prerequisite: CRJ101.


Comparative Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

This is a survey course, the purpose of which is to introduce the student to foreign criminal justice systems.

Prerequisite: CRJ101.


Theoretical Criminology - 3 Credits

This course will review the wide range of theoretical explanations for criminal behavior. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary, biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and integrated theories of behavior.

Prerequisite: CRJ101 or permission of the instructor.


Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

This is a capstone course that draws together the principles learned in previous CRJ courses. The seminar topic is at the discretion of the program director.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the Program Director.


Internship in Criminal Justice – 1 to 6 Credits

The student is placed in an internship requiring hands-on involvement in an area of the criminal justice system of interest to the student. This may occur in a federal, state, or local agency.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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