Courses – School of Criminal Justice

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CJ100 Legal Ethics – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with critical thinking skills needed to deal with increasingly complex ethical issues in today’s professional legal field. In addition, this course provides an understanding of legal terminology, procedures and applications regarding ethics. Emphasis will be placed on the consequences of individual conduct in a variety of employment environments.

CJ110 Criminal Law – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of criminal law. This course will emphasize state law, historical common law and constitutional law issues. Students will become familiar with the elements of crimes, criminal intent, defenses to crimes and the differences between felonies and misdemeanors.

CJ115 Criminal Procedures – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of criminal law procedures and applications. Students will become familiar with basic rights in a criminal prosecution such as the presumption of innocence, the government’s burden of proof and the concept of reasonable doubt. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of applicable Constitutional Amendments. In addition, students will understand the court process in state criminal justice system.

CJ120 Criminal Justice Administration – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the criminal justice system which consists of the police, courts and corrections. Students will become familiar with the history of law enforcement and its duty to protect society, as well as the court system’s balancing of an individual’s rights versus social control. The course will also explore the role of corrections in punishing criminals while attempting to rehabilitate them to return to society. The major emphasis will be placed upon state criminal justice administration.

CJ125 Juvenile Justice – 4.5 credits
This course will cover the history and philosophy behind the juvenile justice system in the United States along with theories of delinquency and juvenile offending. Students will also study developmental risks and protective factors influencing youth as well as characteristics of juvenile victims and offenders, and prevention of delinquency and recidivism.

CJ200 Criminal Investigation – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process. Analysis of problems encountered in interviewing, interrogating, evidence collection and admissibility will be examined. It is also designed to be an objective analysis of the formal social control in our society, including the philosophies, limitations, technologies and responsibilities of investigators.

CJ205 Introduction to Law Enforcement – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic theory, and application and philosophy of policing in our society. In addition, this course will give an overview of the different levels of law enforcement, their roles, and how police agencies are organized. Information about the jobs available in law enforcement and the skills needed in order to obtain these jobs will also be discussed.

CJ210 Criminology – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to examine criminal behavior as it relates to several varieties of crime. Major emphasis will be placed on the evolution of criminological theories. This course also deals with analysis of present-day programs and trends in the criminal justice system’s response to victims. The historical and emerging roles of victimology as a field of study are examined and discussed.

CJ215 Introduction to Security – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the world of security and addresses the nature, scope, and history of security services. The course will introduce the essential elements of private and public security as well as types of security organizations. Information about jobs available in the security field and the skills needed in order to obtain these jobs will also be discussed.

CJ220 Introduction to Corrections – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to offer a practical analysis of corrections in the American criminal justice system. The course covers and explores various aspects of the social history of punishment, staff and inmate safety, prisoner rights litigation, overcrowding, gender and ethnicity, special needs, gang control strategies and growth of supermax prisons. The course also identifies theories of the environmental conditions and subcultures within a correctional setting. In addition, this course can serve as a useful introduction to career planning for employment in the corrections fields.

CJ225 Case Report Writing – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course defines the basic elements of criminal justice report writing and describes the writing process, style, research, and techniques necessary for complete, clear and concise reporting. Emphasis is on criminal justice writing applications.

CJ298 Capstone – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course requires students to synthesize the knowledge gained from each course taken within the curriculum. The student will prepare and report upon a project that identifies and examines a current criminal justice issue or problem. Prerequisite: Must have a 2.0 cGPA in all completed core courses.

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