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Criminal Justice Courses

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CMJ 102: Introduction to Criminal Justice

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course examines the history, philosophy and social development of police, courts and corrections in a democratic society. Identification and operations of local, state and federal agencies are covered with a criminal justice career orientation. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall and spring.
CMJ 103: Police Operations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides an understanding of the duties, authority, responsibilities and rights of the uniformed police officer. Emphasis is on the function of the patrol officer as it relates to criminal investigation, intelligence, vice units and traffic administration. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 104: Criminal Law

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course examines substantive criminal law as it is applied to local, state and federal systems. Crimes as prosecuted in a court of law are examined. Court decisions are used to address various sources and types of criminal laws. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 105: Introduction to Forensic Science

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course introduces the student to the scientific discipline directed at the recognition, identification and evaluation of physical evidence through the application of the natural sciences to criminal investigation. Emphasis is placed on the role of the forensic scientist. This course includes laboratory study designed to reinforce important forensic skills. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Laboratory fee: $60. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 151: Police Administration

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a study of police administration, including the organizational structure, function and theory related to the practice of policy management. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 152: Law Enforcement and the Community

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the relationship between police and the community with recommendations for ways of working together to reduce crime. Emphasis is placed on policing in a culturally-diverse society. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 155: Ethics in Criminal Justice

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course examines the difficult decisions that criminal justice professionals make in an environment of competing interests. The decision making of criminal justice professionals can be impacted by ethical dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on addressing moral issues and concerns of our justice process in personal, social and criminal justice contexts. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 161: Correctional Operations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with an understanding of the duties, authority, responsibilities and rights of the correctional officer. The history and philosophy of correctional practices and their effect on the contemporary officer are examined. Also covered are the basic organization and objectives of a correctional department. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 165: Introduction to Correctional Law

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with a history of the legal and procedural aspects of correctional law. Topics include the evolution of the prisoner's rights and the topical issues related to the liability of personnel working in the correctional system. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 166: Probation and Parole

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course covers the principles of parole and probation as a governmental function at the federal, state and local levels. It examines the role of the probation and parole officer within the rehabilitation process and the criminal justice system as a whole. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 201: Evidence and Procedure

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course examines the principles and techniques of criminal procedure employed during trials to determine the admissibility of physical and testimonial evidence. An analysis of laws and court decisions related to admissibility is emphasized. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 202: Preliminary Investigation, Interviewing and Report Preparation

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course acquaints students with the basic principles of preliminary investigation and the psychology of victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects. The basic purposes and principles of police reports, search and seizure warrants and various types of record systems are discussed. Practical exercises are required. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of the director of criminal justice. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 211: Correctional Administration

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course examines the administration of the correctional system, including the organizational structure, function and theory related to the practice of corrections administration. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall.
CMJ 251: Criminal Investigation

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course covers the fundamental principles and procedures employed in the investigation of a crime. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of specific crimes, the identification of sources of information and the procedures necessary for the proper handling of evidence. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the steps of investigation beginning with the initial security of the crime scene and concluding with the presentation of evidence and proper testimony in court. Laboratory experiences are designed to reinforce the material covered in class lectures. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 252: Traffic and Public Safety

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is designed to explore the limitations and problems that confront police officers in the performance of their duties as part of the total highway safety effort. Students are introduced to the responsibilities of the police in traffic service. Alcohol enforcement and officer survival are emphasized. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 256: Crime Scene Investigation

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides a practical hands-on approach to evidence identification, documentation, collection and handling, from the crime scene to the crime laboratory to presentation in court. This course includes laboratory study designed to reinforce important forensic and investigative skills. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisite: CMJ 251 or permission of the director of criminal justice. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the spring.
CMJ 260: Criminal Justice Field Experience

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
In order to obtain an actual training experience, the student secures or is placed in an approved position relevant to his or her area of emphasis. The student is required to develop, in cooperation with the instructor and field supervisor, a learning contract for the field experience. Supervision and grading of the training experience are provided by both the instructor and the field supervisor. Hours: 100 as an intern. Prerequisite: Permission of the director of criminal justice. Usually offered in the fall, spring and summer.
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