The Criminal Justice program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for career opportunities in the public and private sector. This program is structured on the liberal arts core curriculum and includes a focus on current trends in criminal justice such as homeland security, emergency management and planning, white collar crime, high tech crime, and criminal/fire investigations. Career readiness requires developing skills in communication, behavioral sciences, quantitative/qualitative analysis, and dynamic experiential learning opportunities and required internships. The criminal justice program provides a well-rounded education for sustained professionalism and personal growth.
Public sector positions include the court system, FBI, IRS, Homeland Security, juvenile program worker, correctional officer, state trooper and local police officer positions. Private opportunities include positions as a corporate security officer, industrial security specialist, and fraud investigator.
Courses & Requirements
NEW BA Criminal Justice Course Descriptions
Course description: Within the field of criminal justice, it is necessary to understand why some people commit crimes and others do not. Crime rates throughout the world are continuously monitored and everyone wants to know the profile of the typical offender; yet it’s relevant that we explore the principles and theories that correlate with crime rates and its offenders. This course will explore historical and contemporary theories of the causes of crime; including theories derived from biological, psychological, sociological, geographic, economic, and political perspectives. Under development for Spring 2017.
Course description: This course introduces students to scientific methodology as it relates to criminal justice in order for students to become researchers and understand the field of research as it relates to criminal justice. This course provides students with an understanding of the methods of research available to criminologists and the police. It also connects theory to data, and emphasizes the ability to comprehend the logic behind statistical tests of significance. Understanding the development and testing of hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings is the underlying theme of the course. Already offered.
Prerequisite: CJM 209, 210, 302. 3 Hours, 1 Semester
Course description: Students will acquire an awareness regarding the concepts of juvenile delinquency, the sociological and developmental views of delinquency as well as environmental influences. Selected theories on delinquency and causes of juvenile delinquency will be presented. The role of the different components of the juvenile justice system including the police, courts, and correctional facilities will be discussed; their impact on prevention and rehabilitation will be emphasized. Juvenile justice advocacy, intervention, preventions and the future of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice will also be presented. Already offered.
Prerequisite: 3 Hours, 1 Semester
Forensic Analysis and Interpretation
Course description: This course will explore the application of science to criminal investigations. Emphasis will be placed on the recovery of evidence from the crime scene through the analysis at the crime lab, and its interpretation in the courts. Specific topics will include: the collection of evidence, death investigations, and the use of fingerprint, firearms, tool marks, and bloodstain pattern analysis. Analysis of drug tests and trace evidence (hair and fibers) will also be covered. Multiple case studies will be used to relate classroom principles to real world examples. Under development for Fall 2016.
Crime/Fire Scene Investigation
Course description: This course will explore a basic study of fire scene investigation procedures and techniques used to determine the origin and cause of fire. Included are reasons for accurately determining the origin and cause of fire, the systematic approach to fire scene examination, and determining if the fire is criminal in nature. Other topics that will be covered are: basic scene security, major fire scene control, report writing and interviewing. Under development for Fall 2016.
CJM 209 Crime, Justice & Society
This course will introduce the student to the field of criminal justice and security by presenting an overview of federal and state enforcement agencies. This course will discuss the role of the state in protecting business enterprises and furnish the student with a broad understanding of the developing relationships between a business enterprise and its security function.
CJM 210 Criminal Law and Procedure
This course will provide an in-depth examination of the crimes and actions most encountered by the private industry and the public law enforcement officer. We will also examine recent court decisions. Students will become acquainted with concepts of search and seizure, individual restraint, and limitations of personal freedom and expression.
CJM 302 Security Investigations: Concepts, Principles and Practicies
This course will cover investigative methodologies, financial and quantitative data analysis, investigative plans, multi-disciplinary teams, and best practices. Students will also examine legal and ethical duties and issues, use case study analysis to emphasize background verifications, employee misconduct, employee and external fraud, and joint investigations with law enforcement. Overall, students will understand how properly conducted investigations may be used as a risk management tool.
CJM 347 Emergency Planning and Disaster Management
This course will cover topics such as risk identification and assessment of multi-hazards whether natural and man-made, violence in the workplace, development of crisis and disaster incident management programs, and business/agency continuation planning. Students will understand that natural and man-made hazards represent a threat to the financial welfare of a corporation/agency and the safety of its employees and visitors. Students will have the opportunity to be certified in ICS levels as well as FEMA certifications.
CJM 390 Internship in CJM
This internship will afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to the real world. The criminal justice management internship program works closely with the Washington Center at the Fischer Institute, Career Services, as well as independently placing students in convenient locations. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 as well as 60 credits completed is required; the internship consists of 120 hours of work.
Prerequisite: CJM-302. CJM-209 Required
CJM 480 Advanced Issues in CJM
This capstone course will examine state-of-the-art (best practice) methodologies, strategies and approaches relevant to the acquisition of skills, competencies and conceptual (big picture) expertise necessary for successful and effective security management as well as research emerging in the field of criminal justice. This course will emphasize qualitative and quantitative (analytical) approaches relevant to the accurate forecasting, identification, and assessment of security-related issues, and concerns in multi-national environments using problem-based learning as the primary instructional strategy.
Prerequisite: CJM-347. CJM-209 Required
SOC 145 American Corrections
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the American Correctional system and to cover the history of corrections, punishment of offenders, the prison experience, incarceration of women, and institutional management.
CJM 333 Physical Security: System Desing, Integration and Controll
Physical security includes an assembly (combination) of security-related equipment, devices, and technologies, designated and arranged to signal (alert) personnel to negative (loss causing) events or circumstances. Topics to be covered in this course include controlling and monitoring the access of persons and vehicles, prevention and detection of unauthorized intrusions and surveillance, safeguarding negotiable documents, proprietary information, merchandise, and buildings. Students will learn that critical to effective physical security is identifying and assessing the security (asset protection) requirements related to (anticipated) risks and threats to a given facility’s perimeter, interior, and contents.
Prerequisites: CJM-209, and CJM-210.
CJM 417 Homeland Security / Terrorism
This course will cover the historical foundations of terrorism. Students will learn ideologies, organizational structures, and methods of operations. Class discussions will provide an overview of the problem of terrorism, and explore public and private sector terrorism. Students will discuss and understand the concepts of domestic terrorism and its implications as well as political and social ramifications.
Prerequisite: CJM-347. CJM-209 Required
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Management / Criminal Justice Management Program Chair
Kimberly [dot] Charbonneau [at] nichols [dot] edu
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management
Boyd [dot] BrownIII [at] nichols [dot] edu
Steven [dot] Wojnar [at] nichols [dot] edu
William [dot] Keefe [at] nichols [dot] edu
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management
allison [dot] mcdowell-smith [at] nichols [dot] edu