Criminal Justice Courses

CRMJ 1010 Intro to Criminal JusticeCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None   Co-Req: None
An overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the work of law enforcement, the courts, and the corrections system. Attention is given to the development of criminal law from its roots in English common law, as well as to the career options and opportunities available to those currently working or planning to work in law enforcement or another aspect of criminal justice, such as forensics, corrections or the courts.

CRMJ 1020 Introduction to Legal ProcessCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: READ 0892, ENGL 0892   Co-Req: None
Course is designed to provide an overview and background information on the United States legal process. Content will provide basic terminology, describe and compare predominant legal theories, survey the history of criminal and civil law, review sources of American law, and explore relationships between ethics, the legal system, and society. Current trends and controversies will be briefly discussed.

CRMJ 1301 Correctional CounselingCredit Hrs: 3
This course introduces students to the role of the correctional counselor. It defines the goals and methods, as well as the theories associated with institutional counseling. It also exposes students to the different issues associated with different offender typologies.  

CRMJ 1322 Police Administration and OrgCredit Hrs: 3
A study of the principles of personnel management functions and organization of the police agency. Topics include policy procedures, evaluation of the research, planning, and development processes, and operational duties and commands.  

CRMJ 1330 Criminal Evidence and ProcCredit Hrs: 3
This course will be an introduction to the American Criminal Justice System with an emphasis on handling evidence and suspects, the US Constitution, individual rights, criminal court procedures, the Exclusionary Rule, probable cause, arrest procedures, search warrants, stop and frisks, admissions, interrogations and confessions, and the legal requirements to be followed in processing criminal evidence and defendants.  

CRMJ 1340 Criminal InvestigationCredit Hrs: 3
This course is an examination of the methods of interviews, interrogation, admissions, confessions, written statements, criminal case report writing, and evidence evaluation used in criminal investigations.  

CRMJ 1341 Physical Defensive TacticsCredit Hrs: 3
An introduction to basic police defensive tactics system through physical practice of uncomplicated movements and control of distance. Basic defensive tactics include hand and foot strikes, pressure points, control tactics, impact weapons, handcuffing techniques and use-of-force plans to include various policies on deadly force. Studies mental conditioning for survival and use-of-force continuum.  

CRMJ 1350 Criminal Justice Career PlanCredit Hrs: 3
This course is designed to acquaint students with careers in criminal justice, and develop marketable skills to prepare them for the overall process of securing employment. Learn about needed knowledge, skills and abilities for criminal justice occupations, and enhance their communication and problem solving skills. Students will complete job searches, employment applications, and interview practitioners in the field. Students will be exposed to requirements for completing a background investigation, and be required to complete pre-employment forms. Students will develop a career portfolio and be required to complete mock employment interviews.  

CRMJ 1355 Understanding TerrorismCredit Hrs: 3
This course will introduce students to the study of terrorism, and will provide a basic knowledge of the history and politics of terrorism as well as explore contemporary terrorism events. The course will review major theories and organizations in the field of domestic and international terrorism.  

CRMJ 1360 Intro to Crime Scene InvestCredit Hrs: 3
This course is designed to train and prepare participants to become skilled in the recognition, discovery, processing, preservation, collection, and transmission of physical evidence found at the scene of the crime. The course includes photography, sketching, fingerprinting, marking, chain of custody, collection methods, sources of physical evidence, and transmission to the laboratory.  

CRMJ 1381 Interview Interrogation TechCredit Hrs: 3
A study of the techniques utilized in interviewing victims, witnesses, and subjects of interrogations. Topics include preparation and strategy, legal aspects, interpretation of verbal and physical behavior, causes of denial, interviewing, establishing credibility, reducing resistance, obtaining the admission, and the use of video equipment.  

CRMJ 1390 Traffic Accident InvestigationCredit Hrs: 3
A study of traffic collisions using scientific methods of vehicle speed calculation, timed distance speed, report writing, and diagramming. Explores the legal, statistical, and professional aspects of this interesting field. Includes dynamic vehicle experiments and practical exercises in gathering facts for traffic investigators.  

CRMJ 1391 Patrol and Traffic ProceduresCredit Hrs: 3
This course is intended to teach the basic foundations for development of an individual into an effective law enforcement officer. At the conclusion of this course of instruction, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the basic aspects of patrol work. These include Field Contacts, Crash Investigations, Traffic Stops, Mental Preparation for Armed Confrontation, DUI Detection, Crimes in Progress, Crime Scene Protection, and various training and dynamic simulations related to the content.  

CRMJ 1395 Tactical TalksCredit Hrs: 3
An interpersonal communications course for police officers. Provides officers the necessary tools to diffuse verbal confrontations as well as persuade contacts to obey legal and lawful orders. Topics include the goals, objectives, and visions of law enforcement and field interviewing techniques and neurolinguistics.  

CRMJ 1398 Basic Emergency ProceduresCredit Hrs: 3
This course was developed to teach the basics of managing critical incidents in the community of a law enforcement and non-law enforcement nature. The topics in the course include Domestic Terrorism, Hazardous materials, American Heart Saver Plus, Basic First Aid, Crisis Intervention, Stress Management, Domestic Violence, and Hostage Negotiations.  

CRMJ 2010 Intro to Law EnforcementCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: READ 0892, ENGL 0892   Co-Req: None
Course provides an historical overview of law enforcement philosophy and practice in the United States. Organizational structure and operational procedures of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are discussed. Limitations on law enforcement processes are highlighted. Current trends in law enforcement including function of law enforcement agencies in a pluralistic, multicultural society are evaluated.

CRMJ 2020 Intro to CorrectionsCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: READ 0892, ENGL 0892   Co-Req: None
Course provides a study of the American correctional system including a review of punishment and correction philosophy, and the history of corrections and correctional institutions and programs. Role of probation and parole is discussed along with current issues and problems.

CRMJ 2305 Intro to Cyber Security for CJCredit Hrs: 3
Provides an overview of criminal acts that can be committed with the use of a computer and the internet, how computer-related crimes are committed and how computer-related crimes are investigated. This course will also explore the prosecution of computer-related crimes.  

CRMJ 2311 Juvenile JusticeCredit Hrs: 3
This course is an overview of the extent, causes, nature, and control of juvenile delinquency from a sociological perspective. Various theories of delinquency causation, the role of social institutions, the major components of the juvenile justice system and traditional juvenile corrections will be presented.  

CRMJ 2340 Investigative ReportingCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-req: ENGL 1010    This course focuses on preparing analytical investigative reports and explores techniques of organizing, structuring, and investigating the report to comply with proper guidelines.

CRMJ 2363 Basic Law Enf Proc & TechCredit Hrs: 3
This course is an introduction to common practices and procedures that are utilized by law enforcement professionals during the course of their career.  

CRMJ 2390 Probation and ParoleCredit Hrs: 3
A study of the supervision of offenders in the community, including history, philosophy, legal foundations, strategies, professional roles and contemporary models, programs, and services.  

CRMJ 2396 Criminal Justice InternshipCredit Hrs: 1-3
Pre-req: Permission of Criminal Justice Program Director    Directed internship designed to offer students the opportunity to pursue work experience with a criminal justice agency; to develop practical work related skills and integrate classroom knowledge and theories. The goal of this course is to provide students with an intensive field experience in a functional criminal justice agency. The selection of the placement agency determined by student?s background, academic status, and interest. This course is a 1-3 credit hour elective that may be applied toward graduation. 45 contact hours, per 1 credit hour are required. Students enrolled in 3 credit hours must complete a total of 135 contact hours.