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.  The course also examines alternatives to confinement, probation and parole practices and current trends in incarceration.

CJ 110 Criminal Investigation (3)

This course explores issues including the effective interview and interrogation techniques, crime scene management and lab processes, crime scene documentation methods, case preparation and court presentation.

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 and Justice (3)

This course examines the historical precedents and philosophical reasons for treating juveniles differently from adults. The course reviews empirical evidence about child development that can illuminate the reasons for their special status within the system. It will study the major theories that have been proposed as explanations of delinquent behavior. The course will also provide a detailed overview of the juvenile justice system, from its beginnings to the current state of the institution.

CJ 140 Criminal Procedures (3)

This course introduces basic court system procedures and the jurisdiction of the courts. It also focuses on the constitutional and other legal requirements that affect law enforcement practices and procedures. Specific topics include confessions and interrogations, identification procedures, arrest, search and seizure, and admissibility of evidence.

CJ 201 Criminal Law (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100 or permission

This course examines the history, scope, and nature of law. It focuses on the parties to a crime, classification of offenses, criminal acts and intent, the capacity to commit crime, and criminal defenses. It will cover the elements of misdemeanor and felony crimes.

CJ 205 Critical Issues In Law Enforcement (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 100 or permission

This course examines issues in law enforcement in terms of police response, mandatory arrest, and policy formation.  The course will focus on the areas of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, and elderly abuse.  The course provides an overview of each area as well as an examination of the infrastructure and interrelationship between them.

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.

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