Post University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, security management, and public and private investigating. To ensure our graduates have all the skills they'll need to be successful, this program combines the study of criminal justice with course work in business administration and the behavioral sciences.
Students also participate in professional internships during their junior and/or senior year with local, state, federal, or private agencies so they have hands-on experience before they graduate. Why? Because that's what students need to complete and win in today's competitive job market. According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 47% of employers prefer that candidates gain experience through an internship or cooperative education program prior to graduation, and a recent survey conducted by The College Placement Council revealed that 64% of respondents listed work/co-op experience as an important pre-screening criteria when selecting college graduates.
Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.
|General Education Requirements||
|Leadership Course||3 crs|
|Common Core||12 crs||LCS105 Elements of Organizations
Elements of Organization - 3 Credits
Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.
|ENG110 College Writing
College Writing - 3 Credits
This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen. This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.
|ENG120 College Writing II
College Writing II - 3 Credits
College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.
|3 crs||Major, Core and Concentrations||51 crs|
|COM107 Intro to Communications
Intro to Communications - 3 credits
This introductory course will focus on the knowledge and skills that students need to become competent communicators. This information and these skills will include speaking, listening, media literacy, computer-mediated communication, cultural sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Students will prepare and present speeches and group projects that utilize media and technology. Emphasis will be place on personal, social and workplace interaction both individually and in group settings.
|3 crs||Designated Writing Course||3 crs|
|CIS112 Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits
This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement.
Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived
|3 crs||CRJ311 Effective Communication for Criminal Justice Professionals
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.
|Major Core||27 crs|
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
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.
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ209 Criminal Law
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.
Prerequisite: CJ101 or LAW101
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ302 Criminal Procedure
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.
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ355 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
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.
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ356 Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice
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.
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ404 Theoretical Criminology
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.
Prerequisite: CRJ101 or permission of the instructor
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ405 Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice
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.
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the Program Director
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ401 Ethics & Discretion in CRJ
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.
|CRJ Elective||3 crs|
|MAT105 Quantitative Methods
Quantitative Methods (course intended for non-business majors) - 3 Credits
This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics and is integrated with an online homework and tutorial program designed to assist students in achieving their goals of high level performance in and out of the classroom. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.
|3 crs||Concentration||18 crs|
|MAT220 Statistics I
Statistics - 3 Credits
This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. This course is integrated with a state of the art online program designed to assist students in achieving their goals of high level performance in and out of the classroom. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistic techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.
|3 crs||CRJ Elective300- 400 level||3 crs|
|CRJ Elective or Concentration||3 crs|
|CRJ Elective or Concentration||3 crs|
|Elective||3 crs||CRJ Elective or Concentration||3 crs|
|CRJ Elective or Concentration||3 crs|
|Unrestricted Electives||15 crs||CRJ Elective or Concentration||3 crs|
|Elective||3 crs||Directed Electives||3 crs|
|Elective||3 crs||Directed Elective||3 crs|
|Elective||3 crs||Career and Self-Awareness||
|CSA101 Exploring Self: Inside Out
Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits
This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.
|CSA260 Professional Success Seminar
Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits
This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.
|CSA400 Career Capstone
Career Capstone - 2 credits
This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.
B.S. in Criminal Justice Concentrations
|Forensic Science||18-19 crs||Law Enforcement||18 crs|
|BIO143 General Biology I
General Biology I - 3 Credits
General Biology I is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a foundation for all other biology courses. Discussions will focus on the nature of science in general, bimolecular, origin of life, cells and their components, energy and metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction and division, inheritance, taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, protists, vascular and non-vascular plants, and a survey of the animal kingdom (excluding vertebrates). Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.
Laboratory fee required.
This class was previously called BIO133.
Laboratory fee required
|3 crs||CRJ332 White Collar Crime
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.
|BIO143L General Biology I Lab
General Biology I Lab - 1 Credit
This course is offered as part of BIO143 General Biology I.
Laboratory fee required.
This class was previously called BIO133 Lab.
Laboratory fee required
|1 cr||CRJ102 Intro to Law Enforcement
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.
Forensics - 3 Credits
This course begins with a basic overview of forensic science from the “science” viewpoint. Scientific principles and practices will be applied to specific examples within the following: drug analysis, paternity, DNA fingerprinting, hair/fiber analysis, blood identification, microscopy, spectrophotometry, and chromatography.
Cross listed with ENV180. Prerequisite: BIO143 or ENV121 and permission of the instructor.
Cross listed with ENV180. Prerequsite: BIO143 or ENV121 and permission of the instructor
|3 crs||CRJ201 Juvenile Justice
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.
|BIO180L Forensics Lab
Forensics Laboratory - 2 Credits
Students will have the opportunity to learn about several forensic techniques and increase their skill at each technique in a hands-on format. Each student will perform experiments and analyze evidence with techniques including, but not limited to, the following: density determination, measurement and accuracy, statistical analysis, microscopy, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprint analysis, impression lifting and analysis, DNA fingerprinting and gel electrophoresis, thin layer chromatography, light spectrophotometry, glass fragment analysis, soils, ballistics, spatter patterns, and gas chromatography.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIO/ENV180 or CHM116 or BIO144 or permission of the instructor.
This class was previously called BIO181.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIO/ENV180 or CHM116 or BIO144 or permission of the instructor
|2 crs||LAW101 Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law - 3 Credits
Students are introduced to the system of legal thought and practice. The course examines legal methods and terminology while providing an orientation to state and federal laws and court systems. Internet resources and instructional technology are part of all topics, including a survey of subject specific areas in the law.
|BIO280 Forensics II
Forensic Science II - 3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of several aspects of forensic science including crime scene processing, evidence collection, chain of evidence (with associated paperwork), motor vehicle accidents, blood spatter, and ballistics. Students will be asked to analyze evidence, participate in case 144 studies, and utilize databases for both ballistics and blood spatter.
Cross listed with ENV280. Prerequisites: BIO180, BIO180L or Permission of instructor.
Cross listed with ENV280. Prerequsites: BIO180, BIO180L or permission of the instructor
|3 crs||CRJ309 Police Admin. & Mgt.
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.
|BIO290 Chemistry & Physics in Forensics
Chemistry and Physics in Forensics - 3 Credits
To analyze many crimes, one needs to have a good understanding of both chemistry and physics. Students will learn about the fundamentals of organic and inorganic chemistry (titration, precipitation, color metric tests) and apply them to forensic uses. Students will also apply the basic physical principles (one dimensional and two dimensional analysis, kinematics, motion and gravitation, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, solids and fluids, and heat and thermodynamics).
Cross listed with ENV290. Prerequisites: MAT130, BIO180, or PHY115 and CHM115, or Permission of instructor.
Cross listed with ENV290. Prerequsites: MAT130, BIO180 or PHY115 and CHM115, or permission of the instructor
|3 crs||Elective||3 crs|
|Science or CRJ Elective||3-4 crs|
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