Highland Community College



Criminal Justice

CJ 100 Introduction To Criminal Justice (3)

This is an introductory course in the field of criminal justice.  The course will provide a short historical background of law enforcement, constitutional limits of law enforcement, 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendment safeguards, court room processes, and court processes from pre-arrest through verdict.  This course will give students a general knowledge about the scope of crime, measurement of crime, and causes of crime.

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CJ 105 Introduction to Corrections (3)

This course is an introductory study of the entire field of corrections, beginning with conviction.  The course will cover the sentencing grid from the state of Kansas, including mitigating and aggravating factors, post-conviction remedies, and appeal processes.  Students will explore alternatives to confinement as well as probation and parole practices.  There will be an emphasis on current trends in incarceration.

CJ 110 Fundamentals of Investigation (3)

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigative techniques and examines how some techniques remain relatively static while many others are evolving due to technology, national databases, and applicability of basic medical practices.  The course focuses specifically on major felony investigations with an emphasis on adherence to rigid crime scene protocols.

CJ 111 Forensic Investigation (2)

This introductory course focuses on forensic science laboratory investigations relevant to criminal justice procedures. Course topics may include detection of blood stains, blood typing and testing, hair analysis, drug detection, gunshot residue analysis, fingerprint analysis, narcotics lab, and urine analysis. The course will also cover document analysis, viruses spread within a population, and DNA analysis. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CJ 100 or CJ 110 is recommended.

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CJ 120 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

This course is a contemporary approach to understanding the nature of juvenile delinquency.  Students will examine the evolution of juvenile rights in America and juvenile court processes. The course will provide a balanced view of high risk factors for delinquency and prevention methods.

CJ 140 Police Patrol Procedures (3)

This course is designed for students who want to have a career in law enforcement.  Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the organization, management, and administration of law enforcement agencies.  Basic police patrol procedures, including officer safety protocol, pursuit policies, arrest procedures, search and seizure processes, and a basic understanding of police report writings will be covered.

CJ 201 Criminal Law I (3)

This course is designed to provide the student with a general understanding of American criminal law.  Topics include principles of criminal law, principles of criminal liability, complicity, inchoate offenses, defenses, justifications, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order.  Additionally, this course will cover basic rules of criminal procedure, including, but not limited to, constitutional aspects of criminal justice processes, pretrial processes, trials, sentencing, and appeals.

CJ 205 Critical Issues In Law Enforcement (3)

This course is designed to focus on several issues facing law enforcement today in terms of police response, mandatory arrest, and policy formation.  These issues recognize the core of violence including domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, and elderly abuse.  An overview of each system is provided as well as careful examination of the infrastructure and interrelationship between them.

CJ 211 Penology and Corrections (3)

Provides a survey of correctional services and treatment. Includes philosophy, history, correctional models by type and function, institutional treatment, parole operations, community-based treatment, and special treatment programs.

CJ 220 Practicum in Administration of Justice (3)

Covers participation in community administration of justice agencies to provide experience in the practical application of classroom instruction.