Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Curriculum

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.  


B.S. in Criminal Justice Curriculum

 

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

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.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

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.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

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
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

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
 
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
Ethics Elective 3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. 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
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical 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
 
Science 3 crs
FRS180 Forensic Science I

CIS340

Computer Ethics - 3 Credits

This course strives to stimulate consciousness to meet the challenges arising from ethical dilemmas involving the misuse of technology. In a seminar format, violations of confidentiality and personal privacy, software piracy, computer viruses, abuse of Internet resources such as e-mail, ethical systems building, and vendor-client issues are explored.

Prerequisite: CIS112

3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

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.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
CRJ311 Effective Communication for Criminal Justice Professionals

CRJ311

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.

3 crs
 
Major Core 27 crs
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ101

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.

3 crs
CRJ209 Criminal Law

CRJ209

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
3 crs
CRJ302 Criminal Procedure

CRJ302

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.


    Prerequisite: CRJ209
3 crs
CRJ355 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CRJ355

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.


    Prerequisite: CRJ101
3 crs
CRJ356 Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice*

CRJ356

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.


    Prerequisite: CRJ355
3 crs
CRJ401 Ethics & Discretion in CRJ

CRJ401

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.


    Prerequisite: CRJ101
3 crs
CRJ404 Theoretical Criminology

CRJ404

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
3 crs
CRJ405 Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice

CRJ405

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
3 crs
CRJ300- 400 Level Elective 3 crs
 
Directed Electives* (Selected under advisement) 21 crs
Criminal Justice Elective 3 crs
Criminal Justice Elective 3 crs
Criminal Justice Elective 3 crs
Criminal Justice Elective 3 crs
CRJ300- 400 Level Elective 3 crs
CRJ300- 400 Level Elective 3 crs
CRJ300- 400 Level Elective 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

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.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

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.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

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.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs


* CRJ356 can be used as a substitute for MAT220. An additional 300 level elective will be required as part
   of the Directed Electives.



Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees. Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time. Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.