Criminal Justice/Homeland Security

CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions & Processes
3 credits (CS)

This course will provide an overview of the components of the criminal justice system, including the courts, the police, trials, legislative mandates and the alternatives of incarceration, community diversion, probation, parole, terrorism and homeland security. This course will examine conflicts within the criminal justice system, such as the rights of victims versus the rights of the accused.

CJ 152 Juvenile Delinquency
3 credits (CS)

This course is designed to help students understand the nature of juvenile delinquency, its causes and correlates, as well as strategies utilized to control or eliminate its occurrence. Criminology applied to juveniles is a dynamic, ever-changing field of inquiry. Students will explore recent developments and trends in the field by researching contemporary issues. Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 251 Corrections and Alternatives
3 credits (CS)

This course introduces students to issues and practices of a modern corrections system. Students will examine the historical development of the current system as well as the role of corrections, parole and probation, in our society. Students will also explore the methods of corrections management, current corrections practices, and alternatives, such as house arrest, electronic monitoring, day treatment, boot camps and drug courts, and the importance of community corrections. Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 252 Crime Scene Investigation
3 credits (CS)

An overview of approaches to detecting and resolving crimes through the discovery, collection, and preservation of physical evidence. This course will provide students with a mixture of theoretical and hands-on instruction in approaches to and techniques used by the criminal investigator at the crime scene. A crime scene kit fee will be charged. (Offered alternate years). Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 253 Criminal Law and Procedure
3 credits (CS)

This course will examine the bodies of law that provide definitions of crimes, and procedures for dealing with them. An examination of rights of the accused will also be explored. Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 255 Terrorism and Homeland Security  
3 credits (CS)

This course explores the nature of terrorism and the United States’ response to it, in particular, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the CONPLAN, Presidential Directives and Executive Orders, the Patriot Act, RICO, and other federal and state laws.  Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 298 Criminal Justice Internship I
3 credits (CS)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to assess their interest and apply their classroom knowledge in a supervised internship experience in an area of criminal justice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor only.

CJ 330 Forensic Photography
3 credits (CS)

This course examines the theory and techniques of forensic photography as a tool to aid in crime scene investigations, surveillance techniques, and presentation of photographic and imaging proof at trial. The methodologies used to teach this course include lectures, laboratory work, PowerPoint presentations, videotapes, case studies, and class discussions. Prerequisite: SA 161 Photography I.

CJ 351 Criminal Justice Process
3 credits (CS)

This course provides a study of criminal investigation and police practices within the context of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution by analyzing the legal, social, and historical foundations of landmark cases. The course will examine the balance between an individual’s expectation of privacy and the government’s ability to conduct searches and make seizures. The Fifth and Sixth Amendments will also be examined. Prerequisites: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, CJ 253 Criminal Law and Procedure, or permission of the instructor.
 
CJ 354 Policing in America
3 credits (CS)

This course examines police as part of society’s official control apparatus. Major topics include historical development of the police, role of the police in the criminal justice system, functions and effectiveness of the police, police corruption, police ethics, civil liability issues, and the relationship of the police with the communities they serve. The changing face of policing and the future of policing in America will be explored. The course will also examine the nature and role of law enforcement first-responders to terrorist attacks or events involving use of weapons of mass destruction. Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 357 Constitutional Law
3 credits (CS)

This course explores the cherished rights of free speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion as provided in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, by analyzing the legal and historical foundations of landmark cases. The course will delve into such topics as internal security, racist speech, anti-abortion demonstrations, and pornography.  Prerequisites: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, HG 121 U.S. History to 1877, or HG 122 U.S. History 1877 to present, or permission of instructor.

CJ 358 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security
3 credits (CS)

This course is designed to identify and examine ethical issues in the criminal justice and homeland security fields. Such issues may include law enforcement discretionary power to arrest; when to use deadly force; when to engage in plea bargaining; when to accept and when to decline representation of defendants in criminal trials; perjury and destruction of evidence; prosecutorial discretion in the indictment process; the clash between security and personal liberty, such as warrantless wiretaps; and profiling at airports. Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor.

CJ 359 Forensic Psychology
3 credits (CS)

This course is an introduction to the science and practice of psychology as applied to the law and the criminal justice system. Students will examine the major concepts, theories, and research findings in psychology as they relate to a broad range of legal issues, including the function and participants of the legal system, crime and criminal investigation, civil and criminal cases, and ethics. (Offered every other year)  Prerequisite: SB 120 Introduction to Psychology.

CJ 360 Financing Terrorism Investigation
3 credits (CS)

This course will explore the nature of and the methods used by terrorists to obtain and launder money to support their illegal operations. Students will study the connections among corrupt government officials, super-wealthy sponsors, and narco-terrorist kingpins. The course will identify and analyze both U.S. laws and international laws used to combat the flow of terrorist money.  Prerequisite: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, or permission of the instructor; AC 110 Fundamentals of Accounting is suggested.

CJ 398 Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Internship
6 credits (CS)

This course provides students with the opportunity to assess their interests and apply their classroom knowledge in a supervised internship experience in an area of criminal justice or Homeland Security.  Prerequisites: CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice Functions and Processes, and students must have junior or senior status and permission of the instructor.

CJ 498 Criminal Justice Internship II
3 credits (CS)

This course provides students with the opportunity to assess their interest and apply their classroom knowledge in a supervised internship experience in an area of criminal justice. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor only.

CJ 499 Senior Capstone
3 credits (CS)

The Senior Capstone project provides an opportunity for students, in close consultation with the instructor, to define and conduct research appropriate to the conclusion of the undergraduate program of study, write a major paper, and to present the findings to an audience comprised of peers and teachers. It is a distinct effort that demonstrates the student’s knowledge and expertise as a graduating senior. Objectives of the course include the continuing development of communication skills (written and oral), critical thinking, problem-solving, social interaction, and computer literacy skills. Upon completion of this course, the student will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and present a topic in criminal justice or homeland security studies. Prerequisite: Students must be eligible for graduation at the end of the term in which the seminar is taken.