Criminal Justice

CJ 100 Introduction To Criminal Justice (3)

This is an introductory course in the field of criminal justice.  The course will provide a short historical background of law enforcement, constitutional limits of law enforcement, 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendment safeguards, court room processes, and court processes from pre-arrest through verdict.  This course will give students a general knowledge about the scope of crime, measurement of crime, and causes of crime.

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CJ 105 Introduction to Corrections (3)

This course is an introductory study of the entire field of corrections, beginning with conviction.  The course will cover the sentencing grid from the state of Kansas, including mitigating and aggravating factors, post-conviction remedies, and appeal processes.  The course also examines alternatives to confinement, probation and parole practices and current trends in incarceration.

CJ 110 Fundamentals of Investigation (3)

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigative techniques and examines how some techniques remain relatively static while many others are evolving due to technology, national databases, and applicability of basic medical practices. The course focuses specifically on major felony investigations with an emphasis on adherence to rigid crime scene protocols.

CJ 111 Forensic Investigation (2)

This introductory course focuses on forensic science laboratory investigations relevant to criminal justice procedures. Course topics may include detection of blood stains, blood typing and testing, hair analysis, drug detection, gunshot residue analysis, fingerprint analysis, narcotics lab, and urine analysis. The course will also cover document analysis, viruses spread within a population, and DNA analysis. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CJ 100 or CJ 110 is recommended.

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CJ 120 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

This course provides a contemporary approach to understanding the nature of juvenile delinquency.  The course will cover the evolution of juvenile rights in America, juvenile court processes, risk factors for delinquency, and prevention methods.

CJ 140 Police Patrol Procedures (3)

This course is designed for students who want to have a career in law enforcement. The course will provide an overview of the organization, management, and administration of law enforcement agencies. The course will include basic police patrol procedures, including officer safety protocols, pursuit policies, arrest procedures, search and seizure processes, and writing police reports.

CJ 201 Criminal Law I (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100 or permission

This course provides a general overview of American criminal law. The course will cover principles of criminal law, principles of criminal liability, complicity, inchoate offenses, defenses, justifications, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order. The course will also include the basic rules of criminal procedure, including, but not limited to, constitutional aspects of criminal justice processes, pretrial processes, trials, sentencing, and appeals.

CJ 205 Critical Issues In Law Enforcement (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100 or permission

This course examines issues in law enforcement in terms of police response, mandatory arrest, and policy formation.  The course will focus on the areas of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, and elderly abuse.  The course provides an overview of each area as well as an examination of the infrastructure and interrelationship between them.

CJ 220 Practicum in Administration of Justice (3)

Covers participation in community administration of justice agencies to provide experience in the practical application of classroom instruction.

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