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Criminal Justice Minor

Core Course Requirements

CRJS203 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

An advanced survey course focusing on the description and interrelationships of the many agencies and institutions which comprise criminal justice; e.g., justice systems, law enforcement, corrections, etc. Agencies and institutions will be studied in their historical and social contexts and will be further examined by way of major theories and models of criminal justice. The various professional implications of criminal justice will be examined. (Offered spring semester.)

CRJS313 Values & Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

This course will introduce students to ethics and how it applies to, and is applied within, Criminal Justice. This course will explore and analyze ethical dilemmas. This course will consider the roles of individuals and professional organizations and agencies when confronted with ethical dilemmas. Additionally, this course will discuss ethics in community relations, ethics in criminal justice laws, the philosophy of punishment, and procedures and civil liability in law enforcement and correctional environments. Finally, this course will explore the standards and codes of professional responsibility in criminal justice professions (e.g. Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, ABA Standards of Professional Responsibility, American Jail Association Code of Ethics for Jail Officers, and the American Correctional Association Code of Ethics.) Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

Choose Two Courses

- Choose two: BIOL155, CRJS 230, CJRS 270, or CRJS 275 (Courses Required: 2)

BIOL155 Crime Scene Investigation (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the world of crime scene investigation and forensic criminalistics. Students will learn from actual cases and hear lectures from lead investigators about the science of crime scene investigation. Lab exercises will engage the students in the biological, chemical and physical analysis of evidence, including several crime scene scenarios. Three hours lecture and optional two hours lab each week. Students enrolling in and successfully completing the lab portion of this class will receive four credits; students not enrolled in the lab will receive three credits for the class. To take the lab, students must be concurrently enrolled in the lecture part of the class. Meets the general education laboratory science requirement. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.) Corequisite: BIOL 155L

CRJS230 Criminal Law (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of criminal law in the United States and does not cover any specific federal or state law. Topics include the reliance of U.S. law on the Constitution and peripherally on the Declaration of Independence, the relationship of criminal law to civil law, U.S. criminal law and its relation to British common law, principles of criminal law, principles of criminal liability, complicity, inchoate crimes, defenses, justifications and excuses, crimes against persons, crimes against property, crimes against public order, and crimes against the state. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)

CRJS270 Law Enforcement (3 Credits)

It is the goal of this course to devlop a greater understanding of the complexities of the law enforcement function-its intricacies and diversity. This will be done through a thoughtful consideration of the structure and functions of law enforcement and through exploring the topics of police and police functions. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

CRJS275 Corrections (3 Credits)

This class will introduce students to a critical study of corrections-the institutionalized system through which society incarcerates or otherwise punishes and supervises individuals identified as criminals. The course will consider the correctional system, with particular attention to the social forces that shape and are shaped by corrections. The course will focus on models and trends in corrections with application for both understanding society and preparation for practice. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)

Choose One

- Choose PSYC 101 or SOCI 101 (Courses Required: 1)

PSYC101 General Psychology (3 Credits)

This course introduces psychology as a science and emphasizes the interaction of social, cognitive, emotional, motivational, and organizational approaches to understanding human behavior. All students participate in a service learning experience in which they apply course concepts in real world situations and organizations. Discussions within this class include Christian perspectives on current issues in human behavior, cognition, and motivation.

SOCI101 Principles of Sociology (3 Credits)

A basic course introducing the student to the concepts, theories, and methods employed in an objective scientific analysis of society, culture, social institutions and organizations, social control, deviancy, and social factors involved in personality development. Meets the general education social science or business management requirement. (Offered every semester.)

Upper Division Crim Just

- Complete one upper division criminal justice course (Credits Required: 3.00)

CRJS303 Law Enforcement Intelligence (3 Credits)

This course will provide an overview of the history and application of law enforcement and intelligence. Moreover, the course will review the numerous challenges presented to officials in the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Topics include the integration of intelligence and policing within the community, the development of the intelligence cycle, structure, and the application of legal and ethical parameters to intelligence work. The student will develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of intelligence work at the operational, tactical, and strategic levels.

CRJS304 Criminal Justice Community Relation (3 Credits)

This course helps students to recognize the importance of the criminal justice system and community working cooperatively towards a more successful criminal justice system. Moving towards community trust of, and cooperation with, the Criminal Justice system will aid in the overall success of the criminal justice system in working towards safe and inclusive communities. Some topics that will be covered include community policing philosophy, applications, issues, types, and contemporary research. The course will also consider different community policing models. This course will include a $50 course fee for a travel component where students are able to see an example of a community policing model when the course is taught face to face. Meets the general education global foundations requirement. Prerequisite: CRJS 203.

CRJS306 Vice and Narcotics Investigation (3 Credits)

This course will provide an overview of vice and narcotics crimes. These crimes deal with issues which are policed based on their moral ramifications. This study will examine how certain behaviors become taboo by cultural standards, how they are criminalized, and what happens to those who are convicted of such crimes. During the course, students will learn about how police agencies attempt to mitigate threats to the United States.

CRJS307 Research Methods-Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

This course covers the purpose and value of research as a problem-solving tool in criminal justice. Students will learn to form testable hypotheses, create questionnaires, gather and analyze data, and to read research articles with critical understanding. Prerequisite: PSYC 202 or SCWK 202

CRJS309 Senior Research Project (3 Credits)

Criminal justice organizations are increasingly relying on the accumulation and analysis of data. This course builds on Research Methods in Criminal Justice by having students identify a problem and create a research project that can address it. Students will gather data, analyze it, and report results and conclusions in a professional manner. Prerequisite: CRJS 307.

CRJS310 Advanced Law Enforcement Admin (3 Credits)

In this course students will learn what is required to provide ethical and effective leadership within a law enforcement agency while building trust between citizens and police officers. The course will examine various policing strategies and the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy. You will also learn about the basic administrative responsibilities required of any law enforcement agency including planning, budgeting, organizational design, and assessment. We will also examine the important area of human resource management concerning the recruiting and hiring of personnel. Lastly, you will come to understand the concepts and principles that are essential in leading others in a way that inspires them to want to follow you.

CRJS311 Introduction to Homeland Security (3 Credits)

This course will provide an overview of the structure and development of the homeland security network of the United States. This study will examine the dominant Intelligence Community position in this structure but will also address some of the law enforcement components which further support the system. During the course, students will learn about the roles of member agencies and how they mitigate threats to the United States.

CRJS314 Crime and Social Deviancy (3 Credits)

Effective law enforcement requires an understanding of human behavior - deviant or otherwise. Emile Durkheim, a famous early sociologist, even went so far as to say that deviance, or breaking societal rules for behavior, is normal, and occurs in every human community. Thus an understanding of deviance begins with an understanding of human behavior, period. You will study the topic of human behavior-both conforming behavior and deviant behavior, take a diagnostic tool to identify your own personality traits, and learn to apply individual differences to human interactions and organizations. You will study and seek to understand the historical and societal context for deviance, theories or deviance, and social control mechanisms, from social scientific perspectives, but also from a Christian perspective which sees all human beings with worth, dignity, and potential. Prerequisite: CRJS 203.

CRJS351 Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credits)

A course designed to investigate delinquency, including juvenile deviancy and juvenile crime. Applicable theories and models of delinquency will be investigated, as will social construction of delinquency. The course is appropriate for the students focusing on criminal justice generally as well as social work. Professional implications will also be examined. Cross-Listed as SCWK 351. Prereq: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101

CRJS361 Policies and Agencies (3 Credits)

The study of a variety of social organizations and of the policies enacted or pursued related to mission, structure, and social work and criminal justice will be included. Using organizational theory and real-life models, students will engage in institutional problem-solving exercises. Cross listed with SCWK 361. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

SCWK351 Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credits)

A course designed to investigate delinquency, including juvenile deviancy and juvenile crime. Applicable theories and models of delinquency will be investigated, as will social construction of delinquency. The course is appropriate for students focusing on criminal justice generally, as well as social work. Professional implications will also be examined. Cross listed with CRJS 351. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.

SCWK361 Policies and Agencies (3 Credits)

The study of a variety of social organizations and of the policies enacted or pursued related to mission, structure, and social-political environments. Governmental and non-governmental agencies in the areas of social work and criminal justices will be included. Using organizational theory and real-life models, students will engage in institutional problem solving exercises. Cross listed with CRJS 361. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)

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