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
Criminal Justice Course Descriptions
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
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 2018.
CJM-209 Crime, Justice & Society
CJM-210 Criminal Law and Procedure
CJM-302 Security Investigations: Concepts, Principles and Practicies
CJM-347 Emergency Planning and Disaster Management
CJM-480 Advanced Issues in CJM
SOC-145 American Corrections
CJM-390 Internship in CJM
CJM-333 Physical Security: System Desing, Integration and Controll
CJM-417 Homeland Security / Terrorism
Offered Spring 2018
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. Prerequisites: CJM 209, CJM 210, CJM 302, and CJM 333.
CJ-324 Forensic Analysis and Interpretation
The forensic sciences have become a vital part of our criminal justice system over the past several decades. A rise in more sophisticated technology and several high profile cases have helped to move forensic science out of the laboratory and into popular culture. This class will present the forensic sciences in a straight forward fashion. Basic scientific principles will be explained and case examples used to understand how those principles are applied. An emphasis will be placed on the role of the crime scene investigator and how he or she preserves, records, and collects evidence at the crime scene. Specific areas of study will include how a crime scene is recorded and evidence collected, death investigations, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprints, blood spatter analysis, ballistics, fire and explosion investigations, trace evidence, and the use of DNA. Prerequisite: CJM-209
Offered Spring 2018
This course will cover some of the non-technical aspects of cybersecurity. Students will be able to trace historical developments of cybersecurity as well as become familiar with cybersecurity theory. Students will also learn about cybersecurity law and policy, namely national and international laws and policies that guide cybersecurity and cyberspace. Some of the topics will include cybercrime, intellectual property, Internet fraud, cyberwarfare and homeland security (e.g. Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources, NRF, NIMS, etc.) as well as about organizations and entities involved in the formulation of such laws and policies. Students will also examine cybercrime laws and investigations through use of real-life case scenarios and examples. A focus will be placed on the ethics of Internet hacking as well as operations security from an enemy/hacker’s viewpoint, which is necessary to develop and apply countermeasures accordingly. At the end of the semester, students will be able to identify and describe key, non-technical aspects of cybersecurity as well as develop reflective and critical skills for thinking about creative solutions to most pressing issues in cybersecurity.