CJS*101,Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course provides students with fundamental principles relative to the structures, functions, and processes of those agencies that deal with the management of crime – the police, the courts, and corrections. The course examines the organization of Criminal Justice agencies and the evolution,principles, and concepts which act as variables in the criminal justice system.It serves as a foundation on which other courses in the program build. This is a “D” course.
CJS*151, Criminal Justice Supervision and Administration (3 credits)
In this course students study the essentials of personnel administration,management and supervision within criminal justice agencies. Topics include supervisory principles, discipline, motivation, training, ethics, recruitment,managing and supervising in a diverse workplace, and interviewing techniques. This is a ‘D’ course.
CJS*211, Criminal Law I (3 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory, history, and purpose of criminal law. Course includes a study of offenses against the person, against habitation and occupancy, against property, and other offenses.
CJS*213, Evidence and Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
This course provides students with fundamental principles relative to procedures and processes within the Criminal Justice system as applied to arrest,the use of force, and search and seizure. The course provides the student with an opportunity to examine the various types of evidence and “proof”in regard to kind, degree, admissibility, competence, and weight.
CJS*220, Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
In this course students study the fundamental principles and relative theories applicable to criminal investigation. The course includes the consideration of development of information sources, identification of witnesses and suspects,laws and techniques relative to interview and interrogation and admissions, and case preparation techniques. This is a “D” course.
CJS*225, Forensic Science (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the scientific aspects of criminal investigation. It includes a study of photographic evidence, fingerprints, and the application of forensic science to evidence collection. Emphasis is given to the exploration of the police laboratory as it is used in the study of firearms, hair, fibers, blood, paints, poisons, and other organic materials. Prerequisite: CJS*101 or permission of the instructor.
CJS*250, Police Organization and Management (3 credits)
This course provides students with an overview of the criminal justice management function and the administrative process and principles found within criminal justice organizations. Topics include leadership, ethics and values,criminal justice management techniques, organizational behavior, legal issues for employees, and managing a diverse workplace. This is a “D”course.
CJS*252, Professional Development- Leadership (3 credits)
The course is designed to provide students with fundamental and advanced components of leadership theory as it relates to Criminal justice organizations. Prerequisite: CJS*101 or permission of the instructor.
CJS*255, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (3 credits)
In this course students explore ethical issues and value conflicts from the standpoint of persons assuming leadership positions in organizations which provide services to the public. Emphasis is on responsibility, accountability,and personal and professional value systems. This is a “D” course.
CJS*290, Practicum in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
The course is designed to provide students with occupational experience ina selected field within Criminal Justice through performing an internship,research study, or approved project. Prerequisites: CJS*101
CJS*294, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
Contemporary issues which affect the police, courts, and corrections are studied. Emphasis is on research and methodology as requisite tools in criminal justice planning and organizations. Topics may include racial profiling, ethics, police brutality, stress, and the “thin-blue-line.”
CJS*298, Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Portfolio Development (3 credits)
This course is a Directed Elective in the Criminal Justice Program. The course provides students who are employed in Criminal Justice occupations and achieved college-level learning through direct life/ work experience a process to receive college level credits. Through class exercises on goal clarifications,skills assessment, learning styles, and life experience analysis, each student will develop a portfolio of prior learning. The portfolio may then be presented to a college assessment committee which will determine and award college credit. An information session with the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator is required prior to registering for the course.