Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Criminal Justice (CJS)

CJS* E101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course examines an overview of the criminal justice system on the local, state and federal levels in a democratic society. Students will be exposed to the historical, theoretical, philosophical and practical perspectives of the system’s police, court and correctional agencies. This course is required in the Criminal Justice major and is a prerequisite for all other Criminal Justice courses.

Prerequisite or parallel - ENG* E043 or placement into ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: SS

CJS* E102 Introduction to Corrections

An overview of the correctional system and its processes including history, sentencing, facilities, inmate populations, inmate rights, correctional programming, alternatives to incarceration and special populations.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E105 Introduction to Law Enforcement

A study of the role of police in American society. The course will examine the history and development of policing, hiring and training practices, administrative functions and other issues impacting on law enforcement.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E106 Introduction to Homeland Security

This overview course will address the history of homeland security, emergency preparedness and terrorist threats. Students will learn about problems and prospects of establishing aggressive intelligence and counterintelligence, and focus on specific issues relating to emergency management. The principles and practices of emergency planning and management will be emphasized in this course, along with an examination of current government reorganization and restructuring initiatives. The future of homeland security will also be discussed within the context of evolving technology, communications and modern security hazards.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E120 Police and the Community

An analysis of the problems of police as they relate to the community and the procedures used by departments to meet those problems. Students will be given the opportunity to study the police role in relation to the sociological and psychological dynamics of the community. The student will become knowledgeable in the practices which foster positive community relations and police-citizen communication.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101 and PSY* E111, and SOC* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E139 Interviewing and Interrogation

A comprehensive overview of the processes of interviewing and interrogation. Students will be introduced to a variety of interview and interrogation techniques and strategies. The course will cover interviewing and interrogation of witnesses, victims, suspects and children. Students will perform mock interviews and interrogations to demonstrate their understanding of the course materials presented. Legal and ethical considerations involved will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: PSY* E111 and CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E201 Criminology

A study of crime and society's treatment of crime and the criminal. The various causes of crime and delinquency, the philosophy of criminal and correctional law, custody and treatment of offenders will be studied.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101 and PSY* E111 and SOC* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E203 Juvenile Justice

A close examination of how the juvenile justice process has evolved and expanded as society has sought to understand, control, and influence change in the delinquent behavior of children and youth below the age of majority.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E211 Criminal Law I

An exploration of the scope and classification of criminal law as it relates to various types of offenses. The areas of criminal liability, inchoate offenses and intent will be discussed as well as the U.S. Constitution's relationship to criminal laws and how laws are made and enforced.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E213 Evidence and Criminal Procedure

A study of the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, as they relate to the functioning of the criminal justice system. Emphasis on individual rights, due process and civil liberties.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101 and POL* E111
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E220 Criminal Investigation

An introduction to the procedures and techniques of criminal investigation. Topics discussed will include the interview, interrogation, crime scene search, collection and preservation of evidence, and case preparation.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E221 Arson Investigation

An introduction to the problems and effects of arson; analysis of the chemistry of the fire scene; use of investigative and detection aids, photographs, measurements and diagrams; collection and preservation of evidence; methods of interviewing and interrogation; legal aspects of arson investigation.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E222 Computer Investigation Techniques

A comprehensive introduction to computer operations and computer system components with an emphasis on storage and retrieval of information for investigative purposes. Topics covered include basic operating systems, hardware, software, encryption, identification of evidentiary information, Internet servers and web sites, freeware, bulletin boards, file types and manipulations, spreadsheets and databases. Students will develop the ability to assemble evidence for a criminal investigation process. Substantial lab work is required.
Prerequisite: CJS* E101 and permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E225 Forensic Science

A study of the relationship of physical evidence to a specific crime or criminal. Discussion will include various methods of scientific development of physical evidence at crime scenes and under laboratory conditions. Emphasis will be placed on identification of suspects through physical, chemical or biological evidence.
Prerequisite: CJS* E220
  • Credits: 3

CJS* E237 Crime Scene Processing and Investigation

This course will apply basic criminal investigation skills to practical crime scene scenarios. Students will visit mock crime scenes, and process these scenes in their entirety. Hands-on instruction will concentrate on teaching students to effectively secure the scene and document the scene with sketches and digital photography. Students will learn proper crime scene note-taking and diagramming techniques. Students will also actively engage in searching for evidence, collecting evidence and creating chain-of-custody logs. Preparation for effective courtroom testimony will also be covered in this class.
Prerequisite: CJS* E220 or instructor approval
  • Credits: 3

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