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Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Details

Your eight semester Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree program curriculum consists of courses covering criminal justice topics such as the court system, criminal law and evidence, police operations, the correctional system, and much more!

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students for professional opportunities in the criminal justice field and for a wide array of entry-level positions in criminal justice, as well as to provide a foundation for graduate studies.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Demonstrate computer and information literacy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Apply the procedures used to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information in a legal environment
  • Explain the typical levels of management and organizational components in the modern police organization and other major entities of the criminal justice system and different leadership styles and theories
  • Discuss the legal system in the United States, including the origins and history of the law, the development of common law, statutory law, constitutional law and how this affects the criminal justice system
  • Analyze the substantive and procedural operations of the criminal justice system with focus on the prosecutorial, judicial, and defense functions
  • Evaluate issues of justice, professionalism, and ethics within law enforcement and the courts
  • Examine the external and internal factors that control the dynamics of law enforcement from the police, prosecution, and defense perspectives as they apply to ethical, moral, and legal applications
  • Discuss the origins and development of the law of search and seizure on the federal and state levels, the ethical and legal issues surrounding the exclusionary rule as it impacts the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and the workings of an adversarial system of justice
  • Evaluate the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system and provide details of the interaction of victims with the police, prosecutors, court, and defense attorneys
  • Discuss the principles of criminal responsibility and the requirement of culpable mental states, the various defenses used to negate or to mitigate criminal liability, and the prevailing theories and philosophies for criminal punishment including restitution, retribution, and rehabilitation
  • Discuss and compare recognized biological, psychological, and sociological theories about the causes of criminal behavior and the types of criminal behavior and methods for predicting future crime.
  • Analyze the various methods and theories of policing, including reactive, proactive, problem-solving, community policing
  • Analyze theories of corrections, rehabilitation, and punishment and how they affect correctional management practices
  • Describe the juvenile court process, including the rights of juveniles, detention and its alternatives, and how juveniles are processed in adult criminal court
  • Analyze the different types of evidence, such as crime scene evidence, documentary evidence, witness testimony, and scientific evidence. Describe the admissibility requirements for the various forms of evidence as well as the attendant ethical and legal issues presented

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and become familiar with the criminal justice system.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Describe how the police legal system and corrections system work together to solve crimes, make arrests, prosecute cases, and deal with convicted offenders.
  • Identify the different tasks that police officers, private security personnel, and federal law enforcement officers do in their jobs.
  • Outline the steps of the criminal justice process, starting with the arrest, moving through
Get better at finding and using information!

Objectives:

  • Search the Internet more effectively.
  • Get tips about search engines and reliable websites.
  • Learn how to search libraries and other information centers for important, useful information.
Begin your study of the exciting field of criminal justice.

Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of crime and victimization.
  • Describe the organization, role, and function of the police, as well as issues in policing.
  • Identify the goals of punishment and sentencing as well as the role of correctional institutions.
  • Discuss how society deals with juvenile justice issues.
This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about the human development throughout the life span.

Objectives:

  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Psychology and Your Life
This course is designed to introduce you to social structure and social interaction through groups, networks, and organizations. Study politics, the economy, population, social movements, technology, and social change.

Objectives:

  • Describe deviance, crime, and social control.
  • Discuss the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Examine the role of health, family, education, and religion in human behavior.

Additional Course Materials:

Textbook: Society: The Basics

Supplement: Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology

Learn about the U.S. legal system and the law.

Objectives:

  • Understand how history has shaped the organization and structure of our contemporary courts.
  • Describe the structure of the court system.
  • Discuss the sources of law and the foundations of U.S. law.
  • Explain the differences between civil and criminal litigation and between litigation in the state and in the federal courts.
  • Outline the litigation process.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.

Objectives:

  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents.
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel.®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data.
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data.
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts.
This course will allow you to polish and enhance your writing skills.

Objectives:

  • Effectively use free writing and brainstorming.
  • Perfect your ability to edit and revise your writing.
  • Apply techniques for getting the reader’s attention.
  • Write descriptive essays, first-person narratives, reflective essays, persuasive essays, and effective thesis statements.

Additional Course Materials:

  • Textbook: Successful College Writing
  • Supplement: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook
Responding to situations ethically is crucial to public protection and the integrity of the legal profession.

Objectives:

  • Describe morality and ethics within the context of human behavior.
  • Discuss issues of ethics and law enforcement.
  • Discuss the ethics of both punishment and correction.

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project and provide ethical solutions to five given scenarios.
Looks at the role of policing in America; discusses the existence of a police subculture, the role of management, and the nature of patrolling; considers different strategies for investigating and solving problems; includes a discussion about ethics, civil liability, and possible directions for policing in the future.

Objectives:

  • Explain the roles and functions of police in American society
  • Describe the development of policing, and recognize how it shaped policing in the modern era
  • Describe the processes involved in police training, selection, and development, including the impact of race and gender
  • Discuss the structure of police organizations, and describe levels of administration and supervision
  • Explain how various police operations are carried out, including those performed by patrol, investigations, traffic, and paramilitary units
  • Discuss the issue of police discretion, including how and when police officers use discretion and its effects
  • Define police use of force, and discuss the patterns and legal requirements for use of force
  • Describe the major perspectives of police behavior, and discuss why the police can be seen as a subculture
  • Describe the role of ethics within police operations, and list several forms of police deviance
  • Discuss the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to police operations
  • Describe the factors that impact the relationship between the police and the public, and explain the concepts of crime prevention and community policing
  • Discuss the nature and extent of the drug problem in the United States, and describe the nation's strategy in terms of police planning and operations
  • Discuss the issues associated with terrorism and homeland security as they affect society and the institution of policing

Textbook: Policing in America

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project regarding the investigation and analysis of “victimless” crimes.
This course will allow you to develop a healthier lifestyle by making smarter nutritional decisions.

Objectives:

  • Explain the various components of nutrition as a science.
  • Describe nutrition from a global viewpoint.
  • Understand the importance of water and exercise.
  • Identify the basics of human growth and aging.
  • Discuss food safety procedures.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Personal Nutrition
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3

This course will introduce you to legal writing and to the great number of tools that can be used in legal research. You will practice these skills through three writing and research projects.

Objectives:

  • Format legal writing.
  • Perform some basic techniques to enhance your writing.
  • Approach a research problem from different access points.
  • Look up cases and statutes using the appropriate sources.
  • Read and brief a case.
  • Use basic procedures for citation.
  • Formulate a search request and search for documents.
  • Locate, profile, and investigate people and companies.
  • Conduct financial and business research.
  • Quickly and efficiently retrieve legal information using Lexis.com.®
This course discusses aspects of law enforcement management and supervision.

Objectives:

  • Discuss community policing and problem-oriented policing adopted by progressive police agencies.
  • Describe the latest research on supervision, organizational theory, and police administrative policy.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Organizational Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement

In this course, you will gain an understanding of artistic media, historical periods and artistic movements, the roles of the artist and the viewer, and the principles of art criticism.

Objectives:

  • Define the language, visual elements, and principles of design of art
  • Identify two-dimensional media
  • Identify three-dimensional media
  • Explain the evolution of art from ancient Mediterranean cultures through eighteenth century Europe
  • Identify features and popular examples of art throughout the history of African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures
  • Compare the genres of the Modern and Postmodern eras of art from around the world

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Edition

This course introduces basic algebraic concepts that you’ll need to be successful in your career.

Objectives:

  • Understand the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals.
  • Factor polynomial expressions.
  • Simplify rational expressions.

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra

With this course, you'll review the history of criminal law, from its start in the common law (and the principles of applying case law) to its contemporary forms of statutory and regulatory law. You'll look at crimes and their underlying elements, consider what a prosecutor needs to show in order to secure a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, examine the traditional form of criminal law as well as strict liability and victimless crimes, discuss a range of criminal offenses, such as inchoate and property-based crimes, crimes of violence and administrative crimes, and consider the excuses, justifications, and defenses to the prosecution of such activities.

Objectives:

  • Explain the principles of criminal responsibility
  • Distinguish between morality and law
  • Describe how crimes are classified
  • Cite the origins of criminal law
  • Describe the police power of government
  • Analyze constitutional limitations on criminal liability
  • Cite the basic elements of a criminal act
  • Deconstruct inchoate, or anticipatory, crimes, crimes against the person, and crimes against property, habitation, and public morality
  • Outline the various defenses and punishments

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project where you’ll assume the perspective of a criminal defense lawyer in two high-profile murder cases.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

Become familiar with the procedures used in criminal cases.

Objectives:

  • Outline the framework for studying criminal procedures.
  • Handle matters involving arrests, search warrants, and probable cause.
  • Describe exceptions to search warrant requirements.
  • Discuss admissions, confessions, and pretrial identification.

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project and apply what you’ve learned about criminal procedures to a real-life criminal justice case as chronicled in the book, The Innocent Man.
This course provides students with a foundation in the basic concepts of public speaking. Students will learn how to research, organize and write effective speeches, incorporate presentation aids, and rehearse and deliver speeches effectively. Students will prepare, rehearse, record and submit speeches in a number of rhetorical styles to be graded.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and benefits of public speaking
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication apprehension, identify the causes of communication apprehension, and apply strategies to overcome communication apprehension
  • Identify the audience for a speech
  • Identify the purpose of a speech, select a topic and write a thesis, plan supporting materials and organize a speech effectively
  • Use research and presentation aids appropriately and effectively
  • Prepare speeches in different rhetorical styles, including narrative, informative and persuasive
  • Identify and develop effective delivery and presentation techniques through practice and rehearsal

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: The Essential Elements of Public Speaking

Learn about human development through the adolescent years and into emerging adulthood.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the cultural basis and historical context of adolescent development.
  • Identify both the physical and cognitive changes that occur during the teen years, beginning at puberty.
  • Describe the development of the self in terms of self-esteem, social identity, and self-conception.

Additional Course Materials:

Textbook: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach

Supplement: Readings on Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

For every crime committed, there’s a victim. Study the social science of victimology.

Objectives:

  • Identify a victim’s rights.
  • Describe the relationship between the victim and the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system might be changed to better serve victims.

Assignment: Complete a research project and apply what you've learned about victimology. Analyze the Uniform Crime Report, research victims' rights groups, research the topic of battered-woman syndrome, and analyze hate crime laws.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Victimology

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SCI120-Introduction to Biology

This course will allow you to explore the origin of life and the relationships among all living things.

Objectives:

  • Explain how organisms are structured and how they work.
  • Discuss the various forms of life and their processes.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Essentials of Biology

SCI110-Earth Science

This course will allow you to learn about planet Earth and the various aspects of the environment.

Objectives:

  • Describe specific characteristics of Earth.
  • Describe different types of rock and minerals.
  • Discuss the various components of our solar system.
  • Explain the components of weather and climates.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Earth Science
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 5

Explore the American correctional context, correctional practices, and a number of correctional issues and perspectives.

Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of corrections.
  • Describe how the penitentiary form of imprisonment can aid in offender rehabilitation.
  • Identify the factors involved in deciding whether to release an offender.
  • Explain how offenders are managed in the community.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Corrections: The Essentials

Improve your writing and researching skills.

Objectives:

  • Create and develop thesis statements.
  • Apply appropriate writing styles to particular audiences and purposes.
  • Analyze literary elements.
  • Properly paraphrase, summarize, and quote sources.
  • Compose effective paragraphs.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Successful College Writing

Juvenile justice is a field for criminal justice professionals that offers a great deal of hope for permanent rehabilitation.

Objectives:

  • Explain the philosophies and theories of the juvenile justice system.
  • Describe how children develop in various situations.
  • Identify the risk factors for delinquency.
  • Discuss the different types of corrections available to juvenile offenders.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Juvenile Justice

Public policy decisions of the United States affect economic and social issues all over the world.

Objectives:

  • Discuss public policy enacted by our elected representatives on local, state, and federal levels.
  • Describe the economic, social, environmental, criminal, moral, and educational issues that help to define public policy.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Introduction to Public Policy

Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the many interrelationships of the criminal enterprise, the criminal justice system, and the study of the reasons for criminality.
  • Become familiar with the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  • Identify the different types of research used in the criminal justice field.
  • Understand the purpose of research.

Assignment: Complete a research project on racial profiling, street gangs, motor vehicle theft, and the fourth and fifth amendments.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior

Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 6

Not all offenders who break society’s laws are incarcerated in jails or penitentiaries. Many such offenders stay in the community and have their behavior monitored by long-standing systems such as probation, parole, house arrest, or other programs.

Objectives:

  • Describe the role and function of probation and parole.
  • Discuss the issues involved with community-based corrections for the drug and alcohol addicted, the mentally ill, sex offenders, women, and juveniles.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Community-Based Corrections

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore statistics and how they affect business.

Objectives:

  • Interpret and present data.
  • Analyze frequency distribution, averages, dispersion, and index numbers.
  • Conduct time series analysis.
  • Forecast business.
  • Apply the theory of probability and statistical inference.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Statistics for Business and Economics

Your Sociology of Diversity course is designed to help you better understand the world around you, including the impact of social influences, common social problems, and social systems. The readings, assignments, and other resources will encourage you to examine social problems and institutions from different perspectives.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action

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CJS220-Organized Crime  (3 credits)

This course opens with a consideration of the development and structure of organized crime, looks at the different types of criminal activity typical to organized crime, reviews international organized crime, and closes with a consideration of the tools and means available to law enforcement to battle organized crime.

Objectives:

  • Discuss organized crime and the different theories offered to account for its existence
  • Summarize the origins of American organized crime in various cities and among different ethnic groups
  • Analyze the development of organized crime internationally Explain the varied activities of organized crime
  • Describe the response of law enforcement to organized crime on a local, national, and international level

CJS225-White Collar Crime (3 credits)

White collar crime is financially motivated and nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. It is very different from other crimes, not only in the way the offenders are treated but also in the way it impacts society as a whole.

Objectives:

  • Identify white-collar crime
  • Explain the costs and victims of white-collar crime
  • Contrast various theories of white-collar crime
  • Explain occupational and governmental crime
  • Summarize various state-corporate crimes, finance crime, and technocrime
  • Analyze attempts to police and regulate white-collar crime
  • Critique and defend legal approaches to white-collar crime

Textbook: White Collar Crime: The Essentials

CJS215-Terrorism  (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.

Prerequisite: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Terrorism and Homeland Security

CJS210-Crime Scene Investigation Basics  (3 credits)

Crime scene investigations entails mastering and practicing acceptable procedures and techniques, and it has become a growing concern in the law enforcement practice.

Objectives:

  • Describe general crime scene investigation operations and tactics.
  • Properly handle physical evidence.
  • Understand the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to criminal investigation.

Textbook: Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation

CJS255-Computer Based Crime  (3 credits)

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.

Objectives:

  • Classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Describe the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.

Prerequisite: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Textbook: Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime

CJS260-Crisis Intervention  (3 credits)

Crises are a normal part of our lives. Whether it's a devastating flood, a terrorist attack, cancer, or a loss of primary income, crisis workers have to be able to help clients overcome negative feelings and painful emotions.

Objectives:

  • Deal with people in crisis in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Describe the different types of crises experienced in adolescence.
  • Understand how to handle loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, and crises of victimization.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: A Guide to Crisis Intervention

CJS235-Multicultural Law Enforcement  (3 credits)

Examine the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity.

Objectives:

  • Discuss how race and ethnicity affect the likelihood of being victims of crime or offenders.
  • Describe how people of various races and ethnicity are treated in criminal courtrooms and by the police.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Race and Crime a Text/Reader

ECE210-The Child, Family, and Community  (3 credits)

Learn about the relationship among the child, the family, and community in a day care setting.

Objectives:

  • Identify components of high-quality care for young children.
  • Recognize forms of communication aimed at parents or caregivers, such as newsletters or a website that encourages and details fun family activities for learning.

Textbook: Child, Family, and Community

PLS213-Family Law  (3 credits)

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic legal principles that apply to family law.

Objectives:

  • Describe the origin, development, and current trends in family law.
  • Define the elements of a valid premarital agreement.
  • Discuss the difference between a traditional ceremonial marriage and a common law marriage.
  • Explain the difference between a divorce and an annulment.

Textbook: Family Law

BUS315-Legal Environment of Business  (3 credits)

Explore the legal aspects of business today.

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of the U.S. legal system and how it affects business on a daily basis.
  • Describe the sources of law.
  • Identify the elements of contracts and rules pertaining to contracts.
  • Identify and interpret laws pertaining to ownership and transfer of property.
  • Describe the formation of sales and lease contracts and the arising legal issues.

Textbook: Business Law


In this course, you'll understand how to appreciate music by learning about the roles of the composer and the listener, the principles of music theory and instrumentation, musically significant historical periods, and varying styles of music.

Objectives:

  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Explain the evolution of Western music through history, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • Recognize the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Discuss the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Trace the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Recognize the influence of world music on modern Western composition

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Experience Music, Fourth Edition

Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 7

Get an overview of management approaches.

Objectives:

  • Outline the process of human decision making.
  • Manage groups and conflict.
  • Structure, design, and organize groups.
  • Discuss power and influence.
  • Learn about the fundamental forces of change.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the most common agencies involved in running the criminal justice system on both the state and federal level. The organization of each agency is examined with a detailed review of its function, administrative procedures, personnel, planning, budgeting, and record keeping.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the legal and historical background of justice administration.
  • Discuss the police organization, including its operations, roles, and functions.
  • Discuss the administrative challenges and practices that apply to employees of the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the policymaking function of justice administration.
  • Explore the role of the court as well as key issues and practices.
  • Identify the roles and functions of correctional personnel.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas faced by members of the criminal justice system.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Justice Administration

Criminal evidence is crucial to the justice system. Evidence is what we use to prove or disprove a fact, a case, or a conviction.

Objectives:

  • Determine whether or not witness testimony is admitted into evidence during a criminal trial.
  • Describe the different types of evidence, such as crime scene evidence, documentary evidence, and scientific evidence.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Criminal Evidence

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CJS220-Organized Crime  (3 credits)

Learn about organized criminal groups ranging from tight-knit outlaw motorcycle clubs to international groups that now operate on a global scale.

Objectives:

  • Outline the origins of American organized rim in various cities and among different ethnic groups.
  • Analyze the development of organized crime internationally.
  • Describe how law enforcement has responded to organized crime on a local, national, and international level.

Prerequisite: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Textbook: Organized Crime

CJS225-White Collar Crime  (3 credits)

White collar crime is financially motivated and nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. It is very different from other crimes, not only in the way the offenders are treated but also in the way it impacts society as a whole.

Objectives:

  • Identify white-collar crime
  • Explain the costs and victims of white-collar crime
  • Contrast various theories of white-collar crime
  • Explain occupational and governmental crime
  • Summarize various state-corporate crimes, finance crime, and technocrime
  • Analyze attempts to police and regulate white-collar crime
  • Critique and defend legal approaches to white-collar crime

Textbook: White Collar Crime: The Essentials

CJS215-Terrorism  (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.

Prerequisite: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Terrorism and Homeland Security

CJS210-Crime Scene Investigation Basics  (3 credits)

Crime scene investigations entails mastering and practicing acceptable procedures and techniques, and it has become a growing concern in the law enforcement practice.

Objectives:

  • Describe general crime scene investigation operations and tactics.
  • Properly handle physical evidence.
  • Understand the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to criminal investigation.

Textbook: Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation

CJS255-Computer Based Crime  (3 credits)

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.

Objectives:

  • Classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Describe the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.

Prerequisite: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Textbook: Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime

CJS260-Crisis Intervention  (3 credits)

Crises are a normal part of our lives. Whether it's a devastating flood, a terrorist attack, cancer, or a loss of primary income, crisis workers have to be able to help clients overcome negative feelings and painful emotions.

Objectives:

  • Deal with people in crisis in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Describe the different types of crises experienced in adolescence.
  • Understand how to handle loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, and crises of victimization.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: A Guide to Crisis Intervention

CJS235-Multicultural Law Enforcement  (3 credits)

Examine the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity.

Objectives:

  • Discuss how race and ethnicity affect the likelihood of being victims of crime or offenders.
  • Describe how people of various races and ethnicity are treated in criminal courtrooms and by the police.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Race and Crime a Text/Reader

ECE210-The Child, Family, and Community  (3 credits)

Learn about the relationship among the child, the family, and community in a day care setting.

Objectives:

  • Identify components of high-quality care for young children.
  • Recognize forms of communication aimed at parents or caregivers, such as newsletters or a website that encourages and details fun family activities for learning.

Textbook: Child, Family, and Community

PLS213-Family Law  (3 credits)

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic legal principles that apply to family law.

Objectives:

  • Describe the origin, development, and current trends in family law.
  • Define the elements of a valid premarital agreement.
  • Discuss the difference between a traditional ceremonial marriage and a common law marriage.
  • Explain the difference between a divorce and an annulment.

Textbook: Family Law

BUS315-Legal Environment of Business  (3 credits)

Explore the legal aspects of business today.

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of the U.S. legal system and how it affects business on a daily basis.
  • Describe the sources of law.
  • Identify the elements of contracts and rules pertaining to contracts.
  • Identify and interpret laws pertaining to ownership and transfer of property.
  • Describe the formation of sales and lease contracts and the arising legal issues.

Textbook: Business Law


Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 8

The process of leadership involves more than having a supervisory title or a managerial position within an organization. Leadership involves evaluation, methodology, psychology, and influence.

Objectives:

  • Discuss relevant leadership issues, theories, and principles.
  • Identify the major approaches to leadership.
  • Describe the role of leadership as it relates to culture and globalization.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Leadership: Theory and Practice

Statistics are the language of communication in the research field.

Objectives:

  • Apply scientific methods of inquiry to various research goals.
  • Use research methods to evaluate criminal justice theories, applications, and policies.

Additional Course Material:

Textbook: Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

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CJS220-Organized Crime  (3 credits)

Learn about organized criminal groups ranging from tight-knit outlaw motorcycle clubs to international groups that now operate on a global scale.

Objectives:

  • Outline the origins of American organized rim in various cities and among different ethnic groups.
  • Analyze the development of organized crime internationally.
  • Describe how law enforcement has responded to organized crime on a local, national, and international level.

Prerequisite: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Textbook: Organized Crime

CJS225-White Collar Crime  (3 credits)

White collar crime is financially motivated and nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. It is very different from other crimes, not only in the way the offenders are treated but also in the way it impacts society as a whole.

Objectives:

  • Identify white-collar crime
  • Explain the costs and victims of white-collar crime
  • Contrast various theories of white-collar crime
  • Explain occupational and governmental crime
  • Summarize various state-corporate crimes, finance crime, and technocrime
  • Analyze attempts to police and regulate white-collar crime
  • Critique and defend legal approaches to white-collar crime

Textbook: White Collar Crime: The Essentials

CJS215-Terrorism  (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.

Prerequisite: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Terrorism and Homeland Security

CJS210-Crime Scene Investigation Basics  (3 credits)

Crime scene investigations entails mastering and practicing acceptable procedures and techniques, and it has become a growing concern in the law enforcement practice.

Objectives:

  • Describe general crime scene investigation operations and tactics.
  • Properly handle physical evidence.
  • Understand the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to criminal investigation.

Textbook: Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation

CJS255-Computer Based Crime  (3 credits)

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.

Objectives:

  • Classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Describe the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.

Prerequisite: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Textbook: Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime

CJS260-Crisis Intervention  (3 credits)

Crises are a normal part of our lives. Whether it's a devastating flood, a terrorist attack, cancer, or a loss of primary income, crisis workers have to be able to help clients overcome negative feelings and painful emotions.

Objectives:

  • Deal with people in crisis in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Describe the different types of crises experienced in adolescence.
  • Understand how to handle loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, and crises of victimization.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: A Guide to Crisis Intervention

CJS235-Multicultural Law Enforcement  (3 credits)

Examine the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity.

Objectives:

  • Discuss how race and ethnicity affect the likelihood of being victims of crime or offenders.
  • Describe how people of various races and ethnicity are treated in criminal courtrooms and by the police.

Prerequisites: CJS120-Police Studies

Textbook: Race and Crime a Text/Reader

ECE210-The Child, Family, and Community  (3 credits)

Learn about the relationship among the child, the family, and community in a day care setting.

Objectives:

  • Identify components of high-quality care for young children.
  • Recognize forms of communication aimed at parents or caregivers, such as newsletters or a website that encourages and details fun family activities for learning.

Textbook: Child, Family, and Community

PLS213-Family Law  (3 credits)

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic legal principles that apply to family law.

Objectives:

  • Describe the origin, development, and current trends in family law.
  • Define the elements of a valid premarital agreement.
  • Discuss the difference between a traditional ceremonial marriage and a common law marriage.
  • Explain the difference between a divorce and an annulment.

Textbook: Family Law

BUS315-Legal Environment of Business  (3 credits)

Explore the legal aspects of business today.

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of the U.S. legal system and how it affects business on a daily basis.
  • Describe the sources of law.
  • Identify the elements of contracts and rules pertaining to contracts.
  • Identify and interpret laws pertaining to ownership and transfer of property.
  • Describe the formation of sales and lease contracts and the arising legal issues.

Textbook: Business Law


Senior Capstone: Criminal Justice

Apply your criminal justice skills and write about how search-and-seizure laws relate to a specific instance and how the law would apply in your state. Then address the debate about individuals’ rights—of both the accused and the victim.

Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

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