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    Oct 15

    Online Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

    Nov 12

    Online Start Date
    Nov 12, 2014

    Dec 03

    Online Start Date
    Dec 03, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Certificate Requirements

    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 Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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 Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    CJ 140: INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and provide background in search and seizure and due process as they relate to criminal justice practice.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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 Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    CJ 211: POLICE OPERATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course examines the roles, responsibilities, issues, and trends related to contemporary law enforcement organizations. It also provides an in-depth look at community policing, policing in selected foreign countries, stress recognition and management, civil liability, public expectations, and police careers.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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 Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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 Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    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

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

    PA 310: TORT LAW (6 Credits)

    As a paralegal, you must be familiar with tort law, as you will undoubtedly encounter tort issues at some time, no matter in what area of law you work. This course includes topics such as negligence, defamation, malpractice, strict liability, product liability, intentional torts, misrepresentation, and defenses to torts. You will explore torts in the areas of accidents, medical malpractice lawsuits, and wrongful death claims.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    PA 165

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 53

    Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.

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