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Criminal Justice Courses

CJ 

101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of the criminal justice system.


102 Criminal Procedure 

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

A study of the constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure.


203 Introduction to Asset Protection

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course is an overview of the field of retail loss prevention and it addresses basic theories and concepts, key terms, and current critical issues. This course introduces the student to the organizational
fundamentals of loss prevention, including issues, goals, missions, objectives, functions, operations, and roles. This course will prepare students for a lifetime of learning and instill knowledge and attitudes necessary for their personal development and reasoned responses to 30 demands within the industry of loss prevention and the ever-evolving threats the industry faces. The student will be provided with facts about loss prevention in our world today and how to implement security measures within corporate and governmental environments in order to counter those threats, as well as, techniques used to investigate such threats and crimes.


211 Introduction to Physical Security

Pre-requisite: CJ 101 

Offered: Fall 

3 credit hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental aspects of physical security. This course is an overview of physical security from a professional and managerial perspective while keeping the student abreast of the industry changes and academic relevance. This course will prepare students for a lifetime of learning and instill knowledge and attitudes necessary for their personal development and reasoned responses to American policies and the threats that physical security professionals face. Students will be provided with facts about physical security in our ever-evolving world today and will become abreast of how to implement security measures within corporate and governmental environments.


301 Corrections 

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

Students will be involved in an introduction to the philosophy and history of corrections. In depth examination of jails and detention facilities, probation, intermediate sanctions, imprisonment and parole will occur. The course focuses on how today’s correctional subsystems function within a larger criminal justice system and the impact on society as a whole.


302 Police Process

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours 

An introduction to police organizations that focuses on the procedures, politics and human relations issues police supervisors and administrators must understand in order to succeed. Topics will cover the evolution of
American policing, the organization and the leader, the management of police organizations, and modern organizational issues.


303 Judicial Process

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

Introduces students to the nature and significance of the judicial process in the United States and across the globe. The course is social scientific in its approach, situating the role of the courts and their impact on public policy within a strong foundation in legal theory, political jurisprudence, as 31 well as, legal scholarship. Students will learn the judicial role in creating major social change and the role lawyers, juries, and alternative dispute resolution techniques play in the U.S. and throughout the world.


312 Criminal Law

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours 

Students will examine criminal law from a doctrinal and theoretical approach. The course will create secure understanding of the law itself while also acquiring a fundamental appreciation of the surrounding philosophical and ethical debates.


370 Investigations

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course takes a field-based approach to modern investigative principles and practices that are strongly grounded in current research. Students will examine five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations; background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. Students will understand the proper conduct when involved in criminal investigations and the relevance to the real world of criminal justice.


371 Interviewing and Interrogation Methods

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

Students will learn interviewing skills that are critical for solving criminal investigations, obtaining information, and developing intelligence. The course is designed to assist criminal justice practitioners in becoming better interviewers by exploring methods and techniques that enhance the interview process and increase the probability of a successful outcome.


372 International and Domestic Terrorism

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

An exploration of the roots, motivations, and tactics of international and domestic terrorist attacks against the United States, drawing on the approaches of scholars in several fields to investigate the causes and to consider the implications of future U.S. policies regarding terrorism. This course will prepare students for a lifetime of learning and instill knowledge and attitudes necessary for their personal development and reasoned responses to American policies regarding international terrorism. The course will provide the student with facts about international and domestic terrorism in our world today and how it impacts the lives of all Americans.


405 Private Security Law

Pre-requisite: CJ 101

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course will introduce the student to the legal aspects and concerns related to loss prevention management and private security administration. It also introduces students to the applicable criminal procedures utilized in corporate investigations, civil rights, fair employment rules, civil liability, contract considerations, and all regulatory agency requirements. This course will prepare students for a lifetime of learning and instill knowledge and attitudes necessary for their personal development and reasoned responses to demands within the industry of private security and the everevolving legalities the industry faces. This course will allow the student the opportunity to be leaders in the field of premises liabilities and private security law. Case law will be used to create informed leaders that will be able to implement policies and techniques used to prevent the expense of legal liabilities. This course will give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to build and develop a loss prevention/security program that is protected from losses due to weak measures against criminal elements, civil, and premises liabilities.


460 Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice

Pre-Requisite: CJ 101, 102, 301, 302, 305; Soc 101, 102, 320

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

Emphasizes the proactive techniques for administration professionals by using a service quality lens to address administration and management concepts in all areas of the criminal justice system. Students will learn
how to develop high-quality and effective criminal justice services. The course will develop skills for responding to the clients within the industry, to include, criminal justice professionals, offenders, victims, and the community. Students will learn to critique their own views of what constitutes management and leadership in the service sector, all with the goal of improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. This course serves as the capstone for the Criminal Justice major.


470 Internship in  Criminal Justice

Pre-requisite: Must be a fulltime student, with a criminal justice major, the semester prior to the one in which the internship will be accomplished. Must have a 3.0 GPA.

3 credit hours

Students are placed with cooperating institutions and are jointly supervised by a work supervisor and a faculty member. Specified academic and work requirements are stated in a learning agreement.