Core Course Requirements
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.)
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.
Organizations today face evolving and diverse forms of crises that can quickly escalate because of advancements in technology, the global economy, and the international and social media's reach. Attacks from individuals in other countries can bring an organization's operations to a standstill or attract negative publicity. To effectively cope with these threats, organizational leaders need to increase the complexity and sophistication of their crisis management capabilities. As a result, when faced with a crisis and thrust on a global stage with the whole world watching to see how they respond, these leaders find themselves defensive, reactive, and unable to perform in the heat of a crisis. An organizational crisis is a test of the capacity and character of an organization and its leaders. The economic, reputational, and social costs for organizations are high if they fail the test, and the consequences for those affected by the crisis can be catastrophic.
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.)
- Choose PSYC 101 or SOCI 101 (Courses Required: 1)
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.
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.)
Choose Four Courses
- Choose four courses (Courses Required: 4)
This course deals with the basic principles of biology. Consideration is given to cell biology and structural and functional organization of plants and animals. Principles of reproduction, genetics, and ecology are introduced as well as a brief survey of the kingdoms of living organisms. Beginning course for all biology majors. Meets the general education laboratory science requirement. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) (Offered every semester.) Corequisite: BIOL 110L
A self-directed study of medical terminology which covers basic roots, prefixes, suffixes and terminology of different systems of the human body. Students prepare for periodic vocabulary tests on their own time and schedule. The object of the course is to prepare the student for entrance into health fields by providing a review of vocabulary tools. Prerequisite: Three BIOL classes. (Offered online.)
This course is designed to deal with all the human body systems as to structure and function. Material covered is intended for those planning to teach biology in high school or enter the allied health professions. (Three lectures and one two-hour lab per week.) (Offered fall semester) Corequisite: BIOL 245L
A continuation of BIOL 245. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIOL 245. (Offered spring semester.) Corequisite: BIOL 246L
This course provides the student with a greater appreciation of the human anatomy through the hands on approach of examining the form and function of the human body at a gross level. The student will acquire knowledge of the anatomy and functions of the upper and lower limbs as well as the facial and neck regions. Participants will have the opportunity to dissect and explore anatomical features of interest. Prerequisite: BIOL 245 and students will need to apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Offered fall semester.
This course provides the student with a greater appreciation of the human anatomy through the hands on approach of examining the form and function of the human body at a gross level. The student will acquire knowledge of the anatomy and functions of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and lower limb, including structural contents. Participants will have the opportunity to dissect and explore anatomical features of interest. Prerequisite: BIOL 245 and students will need to apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Offered Spring semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Students will examine models of leadership, focusing on the importance of strategic thinking, managing change, and assessment of leadership behaviors and managerial style so as to develop a personal growth plan for improving leadership performance.
This course will examine a range of topics at the intersection of culture and psychology, and will empower students to recognize and analyze how culture informs our outlook and behavior. Students will learn to critically examine their own outlook and behaviors, as well as those of others, in order to enact positive changes. Knowledge gained in this course can be applied to enhance students
Group Dynamics is designed to provide students with the ability to evaluate, coordinate, and manage groups within an organizational setting. In order to assist students in the acquisition and practice of these skills, the course incorporates theory and practical application into the classroom setting. Students are encouraged to critically question and evaluate new concepts based on their professional experience. Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Current theories of psychological counseling and the techniques commonly used in therapy are the basis for this course. Students engage in structured peer-counseling in order to practice beginning counseling skills and to develop a personal counseling style. Special emphasis is given to examining how faith and values influence the theory and practice of counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC 310