Criminal Justice Courses

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 Criminal Investigation (3)

This course explores issues including the effective interview and interrogation techniques, crime scene management and lab processes, crime scene documentation methods, case preparation and court presentation.

CJ 116 Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing (3)

Focuses on the unique types of writing required in a criminal justice career. Students are required to gather pertinent information and then record that information by writing a variety of report narratives representative of those prepared by individuals working in a profession within the criminal justice system.

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CJ 120 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (3)

This course examines the historical precedents and philosophical reasons for treating juveniles differently from adults. The course reviews empirical evidence about child development that can illuminate the reasons for their special status within the system. It will study the major theories that have been proposed as explanations of delinquent behavior. The course will also provide a detailed overview of the juvenile justice system, from its beginnings to the current state of the institution.

CJ 140 Criminal Procedures (3)

This course introduces basic court system procedures and the jurisdiction of the courts. It also focuses on the constitutional and other legal requirements that affect law enforcement practices and procedures. Specific topics include confessions and interrogations, identification procedures, arrest, search and seizure, and admissibility of evidence.

CJ 201 Criminal Law (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100 or permission

This course examines the history, scope, and nature of law. It focuses on the parties to a crime, classification of offenses, criminal acts and intent, the capacity to commit crime, and criminal defenses. It will cover the elements of misdemeanor and felony crimes.

CJ 204 Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100

Explores the major components involved in the study of ethics, particularly as it applies to the field of criminal justice. Focus is placed on the code of conduct and ethics of the criminal justice profession and the standards held to in their professional role. The aim of the course is to produce professionals who are not only critical thinkers, but who have the skills necessary to pursue sound ethics in their day-to-day decisions and activities.

CJ 205 Law Enforcement Operations and Procedures (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100

Examines the role of police in society and the application of key concepts to policing scenarios. Students identify, discuss and assess critical police practices and processes to include deployment, arrest procedures, search strategies and other operational considerations.

CJ 212 Agency Administration

Conducts a practical analysis of modern administration theory and supervisory, management principles and their application to the unique operating problems of criminal justice organizations.

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CJ 220 Practicum in Administration of Justice (3)

The focus of this course is hands-on practical experience and observation in a field directly related to the student’s academic preparation and career objectives. Periodic meetings between the instructor and the student will be held to review the progress and success of the student’s experiences.  Upon completion of the practicum, the student will demonstrate key criminal justice competencies by creating a presentation as directed by the instructor.

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