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Criminal Justice Course Description

Money and all that is connected to it are impediments and stumbling blocks along the path to truth, "So will you follow day dreams or will you follow wealth; and how can you find your fortune if you cannot find yourself?" [Gordon Lightfoot, ‘Sit Down Young Stranger,’ c.1972]-William L. Moore The Fair Witness Project, Inc.-California

 

CRJ 1000 – INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
This is a survey of the historical and philosophical background of criminal justice agencies, and how this background relates to segments of the criminal justice system at the present time. A systems approach is used in this analysis.

PREREQUISITE: None
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 1030 – JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
This course deals with juvenile offender theory and the etiology of deviant behavior. Juvenile procedure and alternative dispositions are examined.

PREREQUISITE: None
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 1070 – INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS
This is an introductory course dealing with the philosophy of corrections from arrest through adjudication, correctional facilities, parole, and probation. Chances in corrections will be considered with emphasis upon modern approaches.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director.
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 1210 – POLICING IN AMERICA
This course is a study of the patrol function as it relates to enforcement problems and the maintenance of social order. The use of police discretion at the patrol and administrative levels are examined.

PREREQUISITE: Current enrollment in CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 1240 – INVESTIGATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
This course is an introduction to photography with emphasis on equipment, supplies, and the techniques of taking black and white color pictures. The principles of good photographic documentation of evidence will be stressed through actual photographic assignments.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 1260 – ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
This course analyzes what constitutes law and what constitutes crime. The nature of criminal responsibility and the criminal justice mechanism are examined.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2010 – CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
The fundamentals of investigation are examined as well as crime scene applications; the recording, collection and presentation of evidence; investigative techniques and procedures; follow-up and case studies.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2020 – CRIMINAL LAW
This course examines the components, the purposes, and the functions of criminal law. The Illinois Criminal Code is studied with emphasis placed upon identifying the elements of various crimes against a person and crimes against property. Students will be exposed to actual cases.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 2030 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2030 – EVIDENCE AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURES
This course examines procedures in the area of search and seizure, authority to detain, confessions and interrogations, trial and right to have counsel.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 2010 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2040 – CRIMINOLOGY
The focus of the course is on the acquisition of knowledge in the area of the conceptual and theoretical aspects of criminal behavior. The emphasis of the course will be on an examination and study of the psychological and sociological behavioral factors related to offender interaction in the criminal justice system.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000
CREDITS: 3 semester hour

CRJ 2260 – POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS
This course takes a human relations approach to exploring the complex factors involved in police-community relations issues. Good relationships between police practitioners and citizens is the key to positive police-community relations. The case approach to gaining insights and understandings into the police role, police professionalism, use of discretion, and individual rights is utilized in this course.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 1000 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2270 – INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINALISTICS
This course is an introduction to scientific analysis, identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence.

PREREQUISITE: CRJ 2010 or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 3 semester hours

CRJ 2280 – CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP
This is a practicum arrangement whereby student receives credit for work experiences in a job which is related to course work in the criminal justice area. In addition to learning applications of course material, students will be trained in responsibilities and attitudes. Through planned interrelation of learning experiences in the classroom and on the job, this training strives to make the student initially able to enter the job market. Forty hours work per week required of the interns.

PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing and/or consent of Criminal Justice Director
CREDITS: 4 semester hours

CRJ 2290 – CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
This course is a seminar course in which criminal justice interns will meet with the internship coordinator to discuss their experiences. The seminar will also provide a forum by which the student interns can be assisted with problems and/or areas of concern related to their internship experiences.

PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in CRJ 2280
CREDITS: 1 semester hour