Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
120 Hours

Major

78 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
CRJ 1010
Introduction to Criminal Justice
3

Introduces the skills, tools, and methods needed for various criminal justice professions. This course explores philosophical underpinnings of crime and punishments among police, corrections, and the courts. Various ethical and duty related issues are also examined. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 1060
Introduction to Corrections
3

Introduces the philosophy and history of corrections. This course examines the corrections system process, including the development of current forms and approaches to corrections including probation, parole, security concepts, and related agencies. The role of a correctional officer is analyzed. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 1210
Correctional Facilities
3

Introduces the philosophy and history of corrections. This course examines the corrections system process, including the development of current forms and approaches to corrections including probation, parole, security concepts, and related agencies. The role of a correctional officer is analyzed. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 1410
Criminology
3

Examines normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal patterns, specific problems, and intervention strategies. This course explores psychological, sociological, and biological theories of criminal behavior. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 1510
Legal Issues in Corrections
3

Provides a thorough examination of how the law impacts corrections related decisions. This course also examines constitutional law, the court process, US courts, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 1810
Community Corrections
3

Provides students with an overview of the historical development and implementation of community-based correctional programs and the advantages, disadvantages, effectiveness, and community impact of such programs. Emphasizes supervision of individuals on probation and parole including interviewing, counseling and referral to resources, and preparing written court reports and oral presentations during pre-sentence investigations. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 2320
Principles of Policing II
3

Continues to build on the concepts and methods introduced in CRJ231 and provides additional strategies, techniques, and methods for effective policing. Assesses the societal impact that policing has on the community. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CRJ 2310

CRJ 2410
Juvenile Justice Concepts
3

Examines the history of juvenile justice models and current processing of juvenile offenders. This course will also examine how the processing of juvenile offenders differs from adult offenders. Analyze the unique juvenile behaviors that may be influenced by social environments. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 2510
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
3

Focuses on foundational ethical principles and theories including the application of ethical decision making as it relates to criminal justice professionals. The societal implications of unethical behavior are also examined. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 2610
Security Management
3

Includes an overview of current forms of security throughout the world. This course allows students to obtain general information on risk management, legal considerations, and ethical issues in the security realm. Students are offered the opportunity to experience risk management activities, communications skills, and develop the ability to effectively seek out a security profession of their choosing. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 2810
Criminal Justice Work Experience I
3

Provides students an opportunity to share current experiences to the didactic components of the program. Requires students to perform a minimum of 150 hours of paid/unpaid work experience in a criminal justice agency under the supervision of appropriate personnel to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Students must achieve 73% or better in all coursework and 73% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

CRJ 3110
Drugs, Crime and Society
3

Examines the relationship between drugs, crime and behavior in society. Drug abuse, drug trafficking, and police response are explored. Trending topics such as drug use decriminalization, and marijuana legalization are explored. Provides a historical overview of US drug policy including the “war on drugs” strategy. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 3210
Criminal Law
3

Explores the criminal justice system using classic and contemporary case law to provide a foundation of legal knowledge. The course also examines the principles underlying the definition of crime including its contemporary application. Furthermore, this course focuses on the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 3310
Cybercrime Investigations
3

Examines the continued advancements in technology. Students address all forms of social media and how these applications can help solve crime. This course focuses on a range of technical solutions available to law enforcement to retrieve data as part of the investigatory process involving computers and cell phones. Identify theft and various types of online fraud are also examined. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 3410
Introduction to Forensic Science
3

Provides an overview of numerous forensic science tools used to investigate criminal activity and the collection of evidence ranging from finger printing to DNA. Students address chain of custody and the importance of remaining unbiased in the collection and interpretation of evidence. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 3510
Evidence Collection and Procedures
3

Instructs the appropriate methods and procedures for collection, handling, documenting, and storing evidence for later use in criminal proceedings. The consequences for mishandling evidence are also explored. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CRJ 3410

CRJ 3610
Organized Crime and Youth Gangs
3

Provides historical and contemporary perspectives of organized criminal activity by the mafia and others. White collar crime and corporate corruption are examined along with the social dynamics of youth gangs, violence, prison gangs, and criminality. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 3710
Criminal Courts
3

Provides an overview of the functions, roles, operations, and jurisdictional issues of various local and federal court systems addressing both criminal and civil matters. Includes an examination of various specialized courts to deal with specific societal issues ranging from truancy to substance abuse. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 4210
Evidence-Based Practices
3

Examines social science research designed to improve the effectiveness of criminal justice strategies, interventions, policies and practices. The course uses empirical studies to explore research methods commonly used within the social sciences to introduce and apply the concepts of evidence-based practices. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 4310
Terrorism and Homeland Security
3

Provides a global perspective on terrorism and its impact on homeland security issues post-911 ranging from airport security to local emergency response preparedness. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 4410
Organizational Leadership in Criminal Justice
3

Explores leadership and change theories and practices within paramilitary organizations and the courts to prepare future leaders within the criminal justice professions. Must complete with a C or better.

CRJ 4810
Criminal Justice Work Experience II
3

Provides students an opportunity to share current experiences to the didactic components of the program. Requires students to perform a minimum of 150 hours of paid/unpaid work experience in a criminal justice agency under the supervision of appropriate personnel to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Students must achieve 73% or better in all coursework and 73% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
CRJ 1010, CRJ 2810, ENG 1020, PSY 1010, PSY 1110

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

PSY 3110
Abnormal Psychology
3

Examines the symptomatology, diagnosis, and causes of various forms of psychopathology. Topics include current theory and research; ethical and social issues; and historical and current approaches to treatment of mental illness.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1110

PSY 4010
Social Psychology
3

Presents a study of individuals in the social context in which they live. Topics such as attitudes and attitude change, altruism, effects of being in a group, conformity, obedience, persuasion, and interpersonal attraction are studied.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1110

SOC 3010
Social Problems
3

Analyzes social problems of contemporary society: drugs; poverty; environment; delinquency; and gender, race, and ethnic relationships, among others.

Prerequisite(s):
SOC 2010

General Education

30 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ELECTIVE
Scientific Inquiry
3

ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

ENG 1020
College Composition II
3

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

MTH 1050
Quantitative Reasoning I
3

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

MTH 1060
Quantitative Reasoning II
3

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, regression, voting methods, and graph theory. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines. MTH 1060 – Quantitative Reasoning II satisfies the MTA Quantitative Reasoning Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1050

PSY 1110
General Psychology
3

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

SOC 2010
Sociology
3

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

SPK 2010
Oral Communication
3

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.

WRI 1150
Workplace Communication
3

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

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