Courses of Instruction
CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CJS-Arts and
Science; Department of Political Science)
101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies (3)
Offers an overview of America's
criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the development, functions, and current
issues/problems facing the current criminal justice system. Course specifically
focuses on the history, roles, and present state of the police, courts, and corrections.
125 Law and the Courts (3)
Provides a critical examination of the American judicial
system and legal processes. Focuses on the contextual meaning of law and justice
to society and will encourage critical thinking from political, sociological,
historical, and philosophical perspectives.
211 Law Enforcement (4)
Provides students with an in-depth analysis of America's
system of law enforcement. Policing course which covers: eras of law enforcement,
law enforcement styles and patrols, entering and working in the police subculture,
police ethics/civil liability, and the future of American law enforcement.
Criminal Justice Field Experience (3)
Students will contract with an appropriate
independent agency for 120 hours of internship work. Hands-on experience within
the students' chosen component of the criminal justice system, personal
reflection, and opportunity for career direction will occur. Prerequisite(s):
CJS 101, 125 and 211.
231 Law and Individual Rights (4)
Investigates the development and evolution
of constitutional protections for American civil rights and liberties. Provides
a thorough examination of U.S. Supreme Court cases and supplemental readings,
with attention to the legal, historical and political influences that have shaped
256 Police Organization, Administration, and Management (4)
Examines the structures,
processes, and behaviors specific to police administration including: politics
behind governing a police department, leadership and communication issues specific
to the law enforcement field, and legal aspects of police administration. Prerequisite:
271 Criminal Behavior (3)
Focuses on theories of criminal behavior and activity.
Provides criminal justice students with a micro level, law enforcement approach
to criminal behavior. Students will be expected to learn and apply criminological
theory, criminal typologies, and appropriate agency responses.
272 Forensic Evidence (3)
Focuses on crime scene evidence collection and analysis.
Provides students with the definition, scope, and utilization of forensic science
within the criminal justice system. Students will be expected to learn and apply
crime scene processing, differentiate and analyze crime scene evidence, and understand
special services provided by forensic agencies.
276 Homeland Security and Critical Incident Management (3)
Focuses on the role
of law enforcement within Homeland Security and critical incident response/management.
Students are expected to critically analyze the conflict between civil liberties
and civil defense within the context of Homeland Security, understand the sequence
and importance of critical incident management, and learn how to effectively implement
law enforcement response and prevention tactics. Cross-listed POL 276.
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