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Criminal Justice Courses

CRIM 1013 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system, with an examination of the history and development of law enforcement, especially in the United States. The various job and career opportunities will be reviewed.

CRIM 1023 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Credits
This course is intended to expose the student to the workings of criminal justice systems, exploring the historical development, current operation, and future trends of criminal justice. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary problems in the definition of law, the enforcement of law, strategies of policing, judicial systems, sentencing strategies, and correctional practices. Content includes not only practices in the United States, but also other cultures and their systems of justice.

CRIM 1103 Victimology 3 Credits
This course addresses the issue of how the Criminal Justice System deals with the victim of a violent crime. Examining such areas as societal changes over the years towards victims; children as victims versus adult victims; victim reparation and the change of victim rights with the advent of plea bargaining.

CRIM 1113 Ethical Dilemmas 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce Criminal Justice students into the world of ethics and its application to professionals in the criminal justice system. Students will become familiar with moral laws, both good and bad; ethical issues in punishment versus rehabilitation; moral and ethical education of police officers and the other criminal justice employees; and ethical decisions when dealing with homeland security issues.

CRIM 1123 Criminal Profiling 3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for the darkest part of our society, attempting to understand the incomprehensibility of horrific acts committed by individuals we are yet to understand. Criminal Profiling is a multi-disciplinary practice that employs knowledge of Criminalistics, death investigation and psychology. Students will develop an understanding of these disciplines and how they are applied in understanding and organizing investigative leads towards apprehension and/or at least assisting law enforcement organizations with foundation in which to launch investigations.

CRIM 1133 Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach 3 Credits
A scientific study of criminal behavior, cognitive behavior, and a psychological perspective regarding psycho-social contributions to criminal behavior.

CRIM 2023 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 3 Credits
This course examines the principles, problems, and trends in the probation, parole and communications of both adults and juveniles. It overviews the methods of achieving organizational change and the evaluation of correctional units and probation systems.

CRIM 2043 Community Relations in the Administration of Justice 3 Credits
Provides an understanding of the complex factors in human relations. The philosophy of law enforcement is examined with the emphasis on the social forces that create social change and disturbance.

CRIM 2113 Critical Thinking in Criminal Justice
The development of critical thinking skills in criminal justice has never been more vital. Critical thinking skills can be learned with practice and guidance by changing the actions involved in decision-making so that they become part of the permanent behavior of criminal justice professionals in enforcement activities. This course fosters critical thinking skills of different scenarios and weighing probable solutions for situations personnel are often faced with. This course will serve to develop and enhance critical thinking skills for criminal justice professionals in acquiring new ways of thinking more proficiently and becoming more proactive in combating modern crimes.

CRIM 2213 Criminology 3 Credits
This basic course provides an examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction of criminal behavior.

CRIM 2243 Criminalistics 3 Credits
This course covers topics such as the discovery, recognition, observation, identification and collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence.

CRIM 2253 Criminal Investigation 3 Credits
Includes fundamentals and theory of an investigation, conduct at crime scenes, collection and presentation of physical evidence, and methods used in the police service industry.

CRIM 2263 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3 Credits
Rules of evidence of import at the operational level in law enforcement and criminal procedures, personal conduct of the officer as a witness, and examination of safeguarding personal constitutional liberties.

CRIM 2313 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice students need to begin, understand, and develop social issues that affect the criminal justice system and the administration of justice. Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice is a course that examines a broad range of problems faced by the criminal justice system in the 21st century. By examining complex social issues such as community relations, diversity, racial profiling, police use of deadly force, gangs, immigration, drug control policy, domestic terrorism, sentencing guidelines, etc., students have an opportunity to recognize the impact of crime on society as well as the criminal justice system's response to such issues.

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