Academics

Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice (CJ)


CJ 115  Fingerprint Science  (5)
Examines fingerprint classification and latent fingerprinting. Intended for anyone interested in the field and as preparation for the “fingerprint technician” position. Basic skills include preparing students for direct entry into the workforce.
CJ 120  Criminal Justice Professions  (5)
Provides an introduction to the potential career opportunities and professional positions available in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections, at municipal, state, and federal levels. Intended to help students explore criminal justice professions they might not be aware of and get an overview of potential jobs in criminal justice, including research into current employment trends. Students focus on particular positions of interest, including the educational and training requirements and job-finding and hiring strategies.

CJ 177  Criminal Justice Work Experience 1  (1-5)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
CJ 178  Criminal Justice Work Experience 2  (1-5)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

CJ 179  Criminal Justice Work Experience 3  (1-5)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
CJ 200  Individual Rights in Criminal Justice  (5)
Covers the historic, legal and political basis of individual rights in the United States. Analyzes search and seizure, freedom of expression, pornography, sexual harassment, arrest, and workings of the United States Supreme Court. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101 and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission.

CJ 205  Criminal Evidence  (5)
Covers basic rules of guidance applicable to criminal and other related police duties. Examines evidence and theories of proof including hearsay, documentary proof, self-incrimination, relevance, and presumptions. Emphasizes the exclusionary rule and search and seizure aspects of the Fourth Amendment. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission.
CJ 220  Multicultural Diversity in Criminal Justice  (5)
Addresses the beauty and richness of a culturally diverse population. Discusses uniqueness, diversity, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in relation to criminal justice professionals. PREREQUISITE: CJ&101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies the diversity course requirement for AA degree.

CJ 236  Community Oriented Policing  (5)
Examines placement of police officers into the community to enhance the relationship between society and law enforcement. In the 21st century, police have found they need to better communicate with citizens. Community oriented policing engages the officer to work with individuals in the community to resolve community crime. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission.
CJ 294  Special Topics-Criminal Justice  (5)
Consists of current topics in the criminal justice field and may focus on areas in policing, corrections and other topics relevant to current trends and interests.

CJ 299  Independent Study-Criminal Justice  (1-5)
Encourages students to study independently in a field they find most useful to their academic or career aspirations. Students choose an area in criminal justice and work in conjunction with instructor to study and conduct research independently. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
CJ& 101  Introduction to Criminal Justice  (5)
Students learn about current events in crime, criminal justice agencies and the response of correctional institutions to criminal offenders. Includes detailed descriptions of the duties and functions of specific actors in the system including victim, offender, police, prosecuting and defense attorneys, courts and corrections. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

CJ& 105  Introduction to Corrections  (5)
Examines the progression of correctional practices from the colonial period to the 21st century. Other topics include the role of inmates, correctional officers, and administration. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.
CJ& 110  Criminal Law  (5)
Examines criminal laws such as federal, state, and county laws. Focuses on criminal laws and their impact through selective enforcement by criminal justice officials. Gives special attention to substantive criminal law. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101, CJ 200 and ENG& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.

CJ& 240  Introduction to Forensic Science  (5)
Covers many different areas of forensic science that are used today, including the latest methods and technologies used to solve crimes. Class is taught through lecture and expert speakers on topics such as autopsy procedures, arson investigation, explosives, ballistics and toolmarks, and DNA. PREREQUISITE: CJ& 101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science requirement for AA degree.