Criminal Justice Management

Nichols’ criminal justice management major prepares students to work in criminal law and procedure, security investigations, emergency planning and disaster management, homeland security, and physical security.

Every member of the criminal justice faculty has experience in the military sciences or in law enforcement. Students hoping to make a career out of protecting their community will receive the academic and real-world training they need to get started.

Courses & Requirements

Criminal Justice Management majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:

Required Courses

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.

Prerequisite: CJM-209.

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.

Prerequisite: CJM-209.

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


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 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 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


  • Boyd Brown

    Boyd Brown
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management

  • Kim Charbonneau

    Kim Charbonneau
    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Management / Criminal Justice Management Program Chair

  • William Keefe

    William Keefe
    Adjunct Professor

  • Allison McDowell-Smith

    Allison McDowell-Smith
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management

  • Steve Wojnar

    Steve Wojnar
    Adjunct Professor