• Criminal Justice

     The Criminal Justice Department offers a variety of delivery systems including "live" daytime and evening courses taught on site, on-line classes and Advanced Standing credits for completion of local law enforcement academies.

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  • Criminal Justice (CJA)

    CJA-101: Criminology

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Examines the social problem of crime, including the process of making and breaking laws as well as society's reaction to the phenomenon. Provides a multidisciplinary study of the causes of crime, including its distribution across social strata and demographics. Focuses on theories of criminal behavior and specfic types of crime.

    CJA-110: Introduction to Law Enforcement

    [ Fall Term | 4 - credits ]

    Explores theories, philosophies, and concepts of American law enforcement. This course also examines the history of law enforcement, specific components of the system, public safety responses, and the professionals charged with peace keeping.

    CJA-112: Patrol Procedures

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Describes the nature and purpose of patrol activities for the law enforcement officer. Includes routine patrol, emergency procedures and different types of patrols. Examines crime prevention theory and community policing.

    CJA-120: Judicial Process

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Studies the judicial process from arrest through appeals, including search and seizure; interrogation; roles of defense attorneys, prosecutors, juries, grand juries, and judges; plea bargaining and guilty pleas; rights of criminal defendants at trial; appeals and habeas corpus.

    CJA-122: Criminal Law

    [ Fall Term | 4 - credits ]

    Examines the elements, purpose and functions of criminal, traffic, juvenile and liquor laws. Studies historical development, philosophy of law, and constitutional provisions. Examines definition and classification of crime, application of administration of justice, legal research, study of case law, methodology and concepts of law as a social force. Prerequisites: Pass CJA-120.

    CJA-130: Introduction to Corrections

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Examines the history, organization, and development of corrections in the United States, including sentencing, incarceration, community corrections and the juvenile justice system. Reviews the use of the death penalty. Identifies trends in corrections.

    CJA-134: Correctional Institutions

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Analyzes prisons, jails and other correctional institutions. Discusses punishment history and rationale. Identifies functions of custodial staff and describes institutional procedures: reception, classification, program assignment, and release. Studies prison management systems and examines juvenile facilities.

    CJA-137: Mass Murder/Serial Killers

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Explores the phenomenon of both mass murders and serial killings, and the impact each has both upon society and individual victims. Examines recent and historically notorious cases, while probing issues such as causation, social environmental linkage, and the mindset of offenders.

    CJA-140: Introduction to Crime Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines the history and development of crime analysis in the criminal justice field. Defines crime analysis, identifies the three categories and four functions within each category, and the tasks and products associated with each category.

    CJA-141: Introduction to Crime Mapping

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines the evolution of crime mapping in law enforcement. Describes basic uses: tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysis. Includes: pin and grid mapping, GIS for crime analysis, geocoding for law enforcement. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-142: Statistics for Crime Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Introduces mathematical and statistical tools needed for simple crime analysis through statistics. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-143: Crime Analysis Via Statistical Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Explores statistical tools application in crime analysis and demonstrates their use in: tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysis using case-study methodology. Prerequisites: CJA-142.

    CJA-144: Crime Analysis Via Modus Operandi

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines tactical crime analysis through modus operandi analysis, characteristics to identify factors for crime types and classifications to provide solvability factors and suspect identification. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-145: Crime Analysis Capstone

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Final course of basic crime analysis series. Case study methodology used to formulate real decisions, use of proper application of statistical and mapping tools, including modus operandi analysis. Prerequisites: CJA-144.

    CJA-146: Crime Analysis/Link Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines tactical crime analysis through link analysis and other forms of graphic analysis. Presents development of the graphic analytical techniques of link analysis, flow chart analysis, and telephone toll analysis. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-147: Introduction to Profiling Violent Crimes

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines: psychological profiling history: arson, murder, rape, pedophilia, terrorism, and misuses, such as racial profiling. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-148: Crime Scene Analysis: Profiling

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Provides case-study methodology using rape and serial murder psychological profile examples. Offered on-line. Prerequisites: CJA-140.

    CJA-149: Research Methods/Crime Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines statistical information needed for research of administrative crime analysis. Demonstrates survey methodology for measuring crime and its impact. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-150: Introduction to Police Intelligence

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Examines basic police intelligence mission. Demonstrates five-step intelligence process, illustrates differences between investigative unit, strategic and operational intelligence. Discusses legal limitations to intelligence information gathering. Prerequisite: CJA-140.

    CJA-151: Crime Intelligence Analysis

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Discusses legal limitations to intelligence information gathering: basic police intelligence mission and five-step intelligence process. Illustrates differences between investigative unit, strategic and operational intelligence. Prerequisites: CJA-150.

    CJA-152: Criminal Scene Analysis: Capstone (CSA)

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Final course in basic crime scene analysis series uses case-study methodology to examine a crime scene and formulate real decisions using the proper application of analytical tools. Prerequisites: CJA-148.

    CJA-153: Criminal Intelligence Analysis Capstone

    [ All Terms | 1 - credits ]

    Final part of CIA series. Students demonstrate skills using a case study: threat assessments, summaries, estimates, CIA reports, recommendations, and supporting documentation using tools such as link analysis tools. Prerequisites: CJA-151.

    CJA-170: Introduction to Field Work in Criminal Justice

    [ FA/WI | 3 - credits ]

    Provides required preparation for participation in Criminal Justice/Corrections Cooperative Work Experience. Discusses the processes of pursuing a career in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the practice of law, courts, correction, and private security. Includes topics related to Cooperative Work Experience such as finding a field placement, interviewing, and creating learning objectives. Addresses hiring, promotions, and workplace ethics. Students must successfully complete this course before participating in Criminal Justice/CWE. Prerequisites: Pass CJA-110 with a C or better, or instructor consent.

    CJA-200: Community Policing in a Culturally Diverse Society

    [ Fall Term | 4 - credits ]

    Examines interrelationships and role expectations of agencies and public policy. Provides information on how law enforcement professionals work effectively with diverse cultural groups. Explores racial and community tension, minority group crime, racial profiling, hate crimes, community policing, police misconduct and alternative lifestyles encountered in law enforcement.

    CJA-201: Juvenile Delinquency

    [ Winter Term | 4 - credits ]

    Surveys the nature, extent, and causes of delinquent behavior. Studies the historical and contemporary perspectives on juvenile offenders. Describes laws, enforcement, court, and correctional procedures within the juvenile system, and explores the differences between adult and juvenile practices.

    CJA-203: Crisis Intervention

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Examines crisis intervention as it applies to emergency service workers. Includes the psychodynamics of family crisis; alcohol/drug related problems; suicide; sexual assault victims; domestic violence; mentally disturbed individuals; neglected, battered, and abused children.

    CJA-210: Criminal Investigation I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduces the history, theory, and principles of criminal investigation in the criminal justice system. Describes crime scene investigation and courtroom aspects of crime scenes including interviews, evidence, follow-up, case preparation, and techniques for specific crimes.

    CJA-211: Criminal Investigation II

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Continues the study and application of investigative techniques for specific offenses, including: death investigations, domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual offenses. Identifies similarities, differences, and elements of proof needed under state statutes and documentation of investigations through comprehensive reports. Prerequisite: CJA-210.

    CJA-212: Criminal Investigation III

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Continues the study and application of investigative techniques acquired in CJA-210 Criminal Investigation I and CJA-211 Criminal Investigation II. Includes "hands-on" application of investigative processes from a practical aspect, including: search warrant writing, fingerprinting, evidence collection, and crime scene photography, diagramming, and reconstruction. Prerequisite: CJA-211.

    CJA-213: Interview & Interrogation

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Examines the dynamics of interviews and interrogations including common processes, approaches and techniques. Ethical, legal and psychological issues are also considered. Includes methods of how to analyze statements and behavior for deception and truthfulness.

    CJA-214: Intimate Partner Violence

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course will analyze the historical, social, legal, and psychological aspects of Intimate Partner Violence. Includes definitions of the problem, demographics, survivors, perpetrators, children who witness, strategies and tactics of abuse and survival, and core strategies for legal intervention.

    CJA-215: Sexual Violence & the Justice System

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course will explore various aspects of sexual violence in America, including discussion on societal and historical perspectives, victim trauma, sexual predators and community response to these crimes. Core strategies for victim and legal response are introduced.

    CJA-222: Procedural Law

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Discusses the constitutional and statutory provisions related to arrest, search and seizure. Includes use of deadly force, admissions, interrogations, plain view limitations, law of stop and frisk, and officer testimony.

    CJA-223: Criminal Justice Ethics

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Surveys common ethical frameworks and then examines ethical issues, questions, challenges and consequences facing criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, corrections, the courts and others.

    CJA-232: Corrections Casework

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduces interviewing and counseling techniques used by corrections officers and workers in one-on-one and group contacts with clients. Discusses how to supervise the alcoholic, drug addicted, sex offender, mentally ill, juvenile, elderly, and emotionally immature client. Explores a variety of case managment materials, with an emphasis placed upon objective case planning and monitoring.

    CJA-243: Drugs, Crime and the Law

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Examines the most common types of drugs consumed in society, effects of psychoactive substances, treatment and prevention models, laws and regulations, societal effects of drug policies, business of the illegal drug market, potential crimes associated with drugs, and law enforcement strategies used to address drug manufacturing, distribution and use.

    CJA-250: Reporting, Recording and Testifying

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    Surveys documentation skills in criminal justice professions. Verbal, nonverbal and written forms of criminal justice related workplace communication are studied and practiced, including communicating with the public, basic interviewing, documentation, courtroom testimony, and report writing. Prerequisites: Pass WR-121 with a C or better.

    CJA-252: Introduction to Restorative Justice

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Provides a critical introduction to the history, values, principles, and practices of restorative justice. Covers fundamental values and principles of restorative justice, and the experience and interests of key stakeholders (victims, offenders, communities, and systems).

    CJA-280: Criminal Justice/Corrections/CWE

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - 6 credits ]

    Cooperative work experience. Supervised experience in criminal justice, corrections, juvenile corrections, or related occupations. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: CJA-170. Corequisite: CWE-281.

    CJA-281: Criminal Justice/Corrections/CWE

    [ Fall, Winter, Spring Terms | 1 - 6 credits ]

    Cooperative work experience. Supervised experience in criminal justice, corrections, juvenile corrections, or related occupations. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: CJA-170. Corequisite: CWE-281.


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