Criminal Justice The Criminal Justice Department offers a variety of delivery systems including "live" daytime and evening courses taught on site, and on-line classes. The Advanced Standing Program is currently on hold for policy review. Learn more about our Certificates and Degrees Corrections Criminal Justice Emergency Management Juvenile Corrections Course DescriptionsSchedule of Classes Criminal Justice (CJA) CJA-101: Criminology [ Spring Term | 4 - 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 specific 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 and 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. 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 and 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-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. 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 [ WI/SP | 4 - credits ] Surveys the nature, extent, and causes of delinquent behavior focusing on theories of criminal behavior as they apply to juveniles. Studies historical and contemporary perspectives on juvenile offenders. Provides a multidisciplinary study of the causes of juvenile delinquency. 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 investigative techniques. 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. 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. 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 management materials, with an emphasis placed upon objective case planning and monitoring. CJA-243: Drugs, Crime and the Law [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ] Examines the most common types of drugs consumed in the U.S. and societal problems related to drug use. Discusses potential crimes associated with drugs, and law enforcement strategies used to address drug manufacturing, distribution and use. CJA-250: Reporting, Recording & 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. 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-290: Issues in Criminal Justice [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - 3 credits ] This course gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge in a specific area relevant to the field of criminal justice. This topic will be pulled from a comprehensive list of areas identified by criminal justice and corrections professionals as having importance for students pursuing work in the field. Credits may vary from 1-3. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.