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    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 216: COMPUTERS, TECHNOLOGY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to information systems used within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Included is an overview of existing systems, the impact of technology upon criminal justice agencies, and a summary of future needs.

    Prerequisites Required: Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 227: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (5 Credits)

    This course examines the constitutional protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the sentencing of the criminal offender. In addition, this course examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs on the crime problem.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 230: CRIMINAL LAW FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE (5 Credits)

    In this course, students learn how to identify the elements of a crime and to categorize crimes by type, including homicide, crimes against the person, and crimes against property or habitation. Students learn about criminal capacity, different defenses, and who may be considered parties to a crime.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 340: APPLIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS (6 Credits)

    This course teaches students the fundamentals of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal justice. Topics covered include the role of ethics as it pertains to the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of personnel; the mission of the criminal justice system; the importance of maintaining public trust; the responsible use of discretionary authority; the devastating consequences of official misconduct and recommendations for its control; the importance of organizational leadership; the role of training; and the future of the criminal justice system.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 490: RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    Topics covered include quantitative, qualitative, evaluative, and predictive research; principles of the scientific perspective; research ethics; methodology and design; sampling procedures; survey research; nonreactive data collection techniques; measurement of data; relationships between variables; descriptive statistics; and preparing and reading research reports.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; may not be taken concurrently with CJ 499

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES (24 Credits)

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (6 Credits)

    This course deals with concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in modern organizations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    CJ 350: ORGANIZED CRIME (6 Credits)

    The course investigates the international phenomenon of organized crime from historical origins through future trends in organized criminal enterprise. Special emphasis is given to domestic organized crime involving different racial and ethnic groups. Law enforcement's efforts to describe, understand, and combat organized crime are discussed.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares students for effective police management and supervision.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CJ 212: CRIME PREVENTION (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. Students will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    CJ 233: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the student to the field of forensic psychology and encourages the student to examine the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. Topics covered include the theories of crime, the role of psychology in the legal system, the police and the criminal justice system, and the use of forensic assessments in both criminal and civil cases. Using case law and landmark Supreme Court decisions, the student will explore the foundations of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (5 Credits)

    Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    CJ 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to careers in criminal justice and describes the Kaplan University public safety degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the criminal justice agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the public safety degree program and class offerings in conjunction with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals. This course is designed to ensure criminal justice students have a successful social and academic transition into academic excellence within the Kaplan University community, and provide a foundation for success within the profession. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 88
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (59 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 59
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    Emphasis Area Corrections

    CJ 130: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course examines the administrative and operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States. The historical development of corrections; the philosophy of punishment and corrections; correctional institutions, programs, and services; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 411: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (6 Credits)

    This course examines all aspects of drug use and abuse, with the goal of providing students with the information and knowledge to identify and understand drug use and abuse from the perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of drugs on the human body, various theoretical explanations for drug use and abuse, current treatment and prevention strategies, as well as the business of drugs and the criminal justice system's response in terms of law enforcement and public policy.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 433: PROBATION AND PAROLE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to probation, the most common response to criminal offenders, and parole. As the problem of prison overcrowding continues, probation and parole will expand, and so will the controversy surrounding their use. Students gain an understanding not only of probation and parole history, administration, policy, and procedures, but also areas of controversy. The course also provides insight into the difficult but interesting work performed by probation and parole officers.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 130 or enrollment in the advanced start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree option

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    300/400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE (6 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation

    CJ 328: FORENSIC FINGERPRINT ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course provides the student with a historical view of the science of fingerprints, as well as a look at the struggle to develop a universal classification system. It will discuss the basic fundamentals of the formation of friction ridge skin and the functions of the different layers of human skin. As the course explores the systematic approach to processing crime scenes for latent fingerprints, the student will experience hands-on fingerprint processing techniques. In addition, various types of computer software and photography equipment will be evaluated as latent print enhancement and documentary tools. In summation, the course will delve into the actual evaluation and comparison of latent prints, ending with a discussion of the latent print examiner as an expert witness in court.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares students for effective police management and supervision.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 385: FORENSIC CHEMISTRY AND TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course enhances the student's understanding of forensic science and its application to criminal investigations. It examines the history and development of the crime laboratory, forensic services provided to the law enforcement community, and the function of the forensic scientist. It provides an overview of the various types of physical evidence commonly submitted to the forensic laboratory for analysis. Students will explore how the forensic scientist uses analytical instruments and microscopes to examine, identify, and compare chemical and physical properties of suspected drug and toxicology samples, and trace evidence (e.g., glass, soil, metal, hair, fibers, paint, flammable liquids, and explosives).

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 370

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology

    CJ 325: PSYCHOLOGY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (6 Credits)

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information pertaining to the field of psychology within law enforcement. It will cover fundamental issues regarding crisis/hostage negotiations and the various psychological services provided to police officers by the organizations they work for. This course will aim to counter any myths about using these services by illustrating the benefits they can provide officers and their families.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 440: CRISIS INTERVENTION (6 Credits)

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information to effectively mediate in a crisis situation. This course will review empirically validated approaches to crisis intervention. It will describe the evolution of crisis intervention as a field, theoretical bases, and the role of law enforcement in crisis situations. In addition, assessment and diagnosis of psychological issues commonly found in crisis situations will be covered.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; PS 440 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

    Prerequisites Required: CM  220, PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    300/400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE (6 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Homeland Security

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 407: CRISIS NEGOTIATION (6 Credits)

    This course will cover crisis intervention and hostage situations where people are being held against their will as hostages, or in cases where a person has threatened violence or has barricaded themselves in preparation for a law enforcement response. Students will explore the reasons for the increase in school, workplace, and domestic violence and formulate comprehensive strategies to resolve the conflict.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    300/400-LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES (12 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice

    CJ 150: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of the historical development of the juvenile justice system, current programs and services available to juvenile offenders, and delinquency hearings and criminal trials.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (6 Credits)

    This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 420: JUVENILE JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. It focuses on the design and application of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the course, students will have a full understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, notions of causation, and procedural requirements provided to youthful offenders and abused children. Students will also be able to discuss and identify diversion and prevention programs, the effects of incarceration, and possible alternatives to incarceration. Last, the future of juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system will be addressed.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 445: CASE MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of case management approaches within a juvenile justice context. Students will explore the use of case management strategies to reduce recidivism, prevent unnecessary incarceration, and address problematic issues facing juvenile offenders. Students will examine the use of a comprehensive range of treatment perspectives and alternative sanctions, and understand the complexities of integrating multidisciplinary services. Additional topics include case management models and related components; managing caseloads while working with schools, courts, parents, and service providers; effective communication and relationship building; selecting appropriate intervention strategies; and traditional and innovative community-based prevention and treatment approaches to youth sentencing.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 150 or enrollment in the advanced start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree option

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

    Prerequisites Required: CM  220, PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    Emphasis Area Law Enforcement

    CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (6 Credits)

    This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 411: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (6 Credits)

    This course examines all aspects of drug use and abuse, with the goal of providing students with the information and knowledge to identify and understand drug use and abuse from the perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of drugs on the human body, various theoretical explanations for drug use and abuse, current treatment and prevention strategies, as well as the business of drugs and the criminal justice system's response in terms of law enforcement and public policy.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Prior Degree

    Comparable Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.

    Prerequisite

    CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CJ 227: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (5 Credits)

    This course examines the constitutional protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the sentencing of the criminal offender. In addition, this course examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs on the crime problem.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    CJ 340: APPLIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS (6 Credits)

    This course teaches students the fundamentals of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal justice. Topics covered include the role of ethics as it pertains to the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of personnel; the mission of the criminal justice system; the importance of maintaining public trust; the responsible use of discretionary authority; the devastating consequences of official misconduct and recommendations for its control; the importance of organizational leadership; the role of training; and the future of the criminal justice system.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CJ 490: RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    Topics covered include quantitative, qualitative, evaluative, and predictive research; principles of the scientific perspective; research ethics; methodology and design; sampling procedures; survey research; nonreactive data collection techniques; measurement of data; relationships between variables; descriptive statistics; and preparing and reading research reports.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; may not be taken concurrently with CJ 499

    Total Major Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 90

    300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES (24 Credits)

    Total Major Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CJ 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (6 Credits)

    This course deals with concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in modern organizations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    CJ 350: ORGANIZED CRIME (6 Credits)

    The course investigates the international phenomenon of organized crime from historical origins through future trends in organized criminal enterprise. Special emphasis is given to domestic organized crime involving different racial and ethnic groups. Law enforcement's efforts to describe, understand, and combat organized crime are discussed.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares students for effective police management and supervision.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (24 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.

    Emphasis Area Corrections

    CJ 130: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course examines the administrative and operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States. The historical development of corrections; the philosophy of punishment and corrections; correctional institutions, programs, and services; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 411: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (6 Credits)

    This course examines all aspects of drug use and abuse, with the goal of providing students with the information and knowledge to identify and understand drug use and abuse from the perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of drugs on the human body, various theoretical explanations for drug use and abuse, current treatment and prevention strategies, as well as the business of drugs and the criminal justice system's response in terms of law enforcement and public policy.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    CJ 433: PROBATION AND PAROLE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to probation, the most common response to criminal offenders, and parole. As the problem of prison overcrowding continues, probation and parole will expand, and so will the controversy surrounding their use. Students gain an understanding not only of probation and parole history, administration, policy, and procedures, but also areas of controversy. The course also provides insight into the difficult but interesting work performed by probation and parole officers.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 130 or enrollment in the advanced start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree option

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    300/400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE (6 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Corrections Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections in place of an open elective.

    Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation

    CJ 328: FORENSIC FINGERPRINT ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course provides the student with a historical view of the science of fingerprints, as well as a look at the struggle to develop a universal classification system. It will discuss the basic fundamentals of the formation of friction ridge skin and the functions of the different layers of human skin. As the course explores the systematic approach to processing crime scenes for latent fingerprints, the student will experience hands-on fingerprint processing techniques. In addition, various types of computer software and photography equipment will be evaluated as latent print enhancement and documentary tools. In summation, the course will delve into the actual evaluation and comparison of latent prints, ending with a discussion of the latent print examiner as an expert witness in court.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares students for effective police management and supervision.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 385: FORENSIC CHEMISTRY AND TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course enhances the student's understanding of forensic science and its application to criminal investigations. It examines the history and development of the crime laboratory, forensic services provided to the law enforcement community, and the function of the forensic scientist. It provides an overview of the various types of physical evidence commonly submitted to the forensic laboratory for analysis. Students will explore how the forensic scientist uses analytical instruments and microscopes to examine, identify, and compare chemical and physical properties of suspected drug and toxicology samples, and trace evidence (e.g., glass, soil, metal, hair, fibers, paint, flammable liquids, and explosives).

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 370

    Total Emphasis Area Crime Scene Investigation Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology

    CJ 325: PSYCHOLOGY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (6 Credits)

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information pertaining to the field of psychology within law enforcement. It will cover fundamental issues regarding crisis/hostage negotiations and the various psychological services provided to police officers by the organizations they work for. This course will aim to counter any myths about using these services by illustrating the benefits they can provide officers and their families.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 440: CRISIS INTERVENTION (6 Credits)

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and information to effectively mediate in a crisis situation. This course will review empirically validated approaches to crisis intervention. It will describe the evolution of crisis intervention as a field, theoretical bases, and the role of law enforcement in crisis situations. In addition, assessment and diagnosis of psychological issues commonly found in crisis situations will be covered.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101; PS 440 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

    Prerequisites Required: CM  220, PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    300/400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE (6 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Forensic Psychology Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Homeland Security

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 407: CRISIS NEGOTIATION (6 Credits)

    This course will cover crisis intervention and hostage situations where people are being held against their will as hostages, or in cases where a person has threatened violence or has barricaded themselves in preparation for a law enforcement response. Students will explore the reasons for the increase in school, workplace, and domestic violence and formulate comprehensive strategies to resolve the conflict.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    300/400-LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES (12 Credits)

    Total Emphasis Area Homeland Security Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice

    CJ 150: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of the historical development of the juvenile justice system, current programs and services available to juvenile offenders, and delinquency hearings and criminal trials.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (6 Credits)

    This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 420: JUVENILE JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. It focuses on the design and application of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the course, students will have a full understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, notions of causation, and procedural requirements provided to youthful offenders and abused children. Students will also be able to discuss and identify diversion and prevention programs, the effects of incarceration, and possible alternatives to incarceration. Last, the future of juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system will be addressed.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    CJ 445: CASE MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of case management approaches within a juvenile justice context. Students will explore the use of case management strategies to reduce recidivism, prevent unnecessary incarceration, and address problematic issues facing juvenile offenders. Students will examine the use of a comprehensive range of treatment perspectives and alternative sanctions, and understand the complexities of integrating multidisciplinary services. Additional topics include case management models and related components; managing caseloads while working with schools, courts, parents, and service providers; effective communication and relationship building; selecting appropriate intervention strategies; and traditional and innovative community-based prevention and treatment approaches to youth sentencing.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 150 or enrollment in the advanced start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree option

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    PS 440: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (6 Credits)

    This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.

    Prerequisites Required: CM  220, PS 124 recommended

    Total Emphasis Area Juvenile Justice Credits: 29
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students will take CJ 150: Juvenile Delinquency in place of an open elective.

    Emphasis Area Law Enforcement

    CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (6 Credits)

    This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 411: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (6 Credits)

    This course examines all aspects of drug use and abuse, with the goal of providing students with the information and knowledge to identify and understand drug use and abuse from the perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of drug use and abuse in the United States, the impact of drugs on the human body, various theoretical explanations for drug use and abuse, current treatment and prevention strategies, as well as the business of drugs and the criminal justice system's response in terms of law enforcement and public policy.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Emphasis Area Law Enforcement Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

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