Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
CRMJ101W Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course presents the history, development and current status of the criminal justice system in the United States, and the challenges it faces. When appropriate, the opportunity is taken to visit relevant agencies. (Prerequisite-Corequisite: ENGL120W)
The primary focus of this course is to describe the entirety of the homeland security enterprise in the US and to survey many of the major expressions of it. This includes a history of homeland security and emergency management, the legislative and regulatory authority for homeland security, the current structure and organization to the US Department of Homeland Security, etc. In addition, specific units on emergency management, terrorism and intelligence, homeland security law and policy, transportation security issues, critical infrastructure and risk analysis and environmental security are each presented. (Prerequisite – Co-requisite: ENGL120W)
CRMJ108W Forensic Science
This course provides a general overview, focused understanding, and appreciation of the wide scope of forensic science disciplines, as well as a broad set of issues concerning forensic science and the law. Forensic Pathology, evaluation of the crime scene, forensic science in the laboratory (virtual labs included), forensic engineering, cyber-technology, and legal and ethical issues in forensic science will be covered. (Prerequisite Co-requisite: ENGL120W)
This course will provide the student with an in-depth, historical look at Terrorism and its origins. The various types of terror and their history will provide the student with the necessary background to understand the evolution of Terrorism both in the present and future. Terrorist groups, events, and the Patriot Act of 2001 will be discussed. (Prerequisite Co-requisite: ENGL120W)
CRMJ123W Criminal Law
This course provides a current look at the U.S. Criminal Justice system, both the law and legal procedures. The course uses a combination of the Socratic/case law and lecture approach. First, it takes a law approach and then a procedural approach that familiarizes students with laws, their histories, and underlying theories before examining specific legal procedures.
This course is a detailed analysis of the development of criminological theory, embracing the contributing disciplines of biology, psychology, sociology, political science, and integrated theory combining those disciplines. Attention is also paid to the offender/victim relationship.
CRMJ201W Criminal Procedures
This course will enable students to take an in-depth approach on how the Constitution and other laws are relevant in today’s criminal justice system. It will focus on policy, laws, process, and procedure of the defendant in the criminal courts setting.
CRMJ208W Policing for Homeland Security
The role of police in Homeland Security will maintain many of the elements of past policing practices. However, students will learn that policing will have to take on new roles and learn new tasks. These new roles will include information gathering, risk and threat assessments, intelligence analysis, preparation for mass disasters including weapons of mass destruction, preemption of terrorism and use of an incident command system under the national incident management system (NIMS). (Prerequisite: CRMJ101W, ENGL120W)
CRMJ210W Juvenile Justice Administration
Theories, causation and prevention programs are studied. Rehabilitative theories and treatment programs of public institutions and public and private agencies are included. Case studies are made available to the student for analysis. Adolescent behavior, peer pressure, and the role of the family will be examined. (Prerequisites Co-requisites: CRMJ123W)
CRMJ215W Correction Operations
This course illustrates the many facets of a correctional facility setting. It establishes an entry level approach to educate and prepare law enforcement professionals to understand various correctional settings, practices, and expectations of both staff members and inmates. Topics to be discussed include: pretrial inmates, sentencing of inmates, the incarceration period, rehabilitative programs, parole, and probation, and reducing recidivism.
CRMJ225 Drug Abuse and the Law
In the first part of this course, the historical use of the major drug groups (including alcohol) will be reviewed. In the second part, the reaction of the criminal justice system to illegal involvement with drugs and alcohol and methods of treating substance abusers will be reviewed.
CRMJ230W Justice and the Community
This course deals with the interaction of the various components of the justice system with the community. It involves an analysis of the way the work of police departments, courts, correctional institutions and community corrections agencies appear to the public. The image of the justice system in the media is examined: specific attention is paid to the issues of the young, minorities and community organizations. (Prerequisites- Co-requisites: CRMJ123W)
CRMJ235W Constitutional Law
This is a constitutional law course focused upon the applicability of the Bill of Rights to a state criminal trial from the point of suspicion to sentence. The teaching methodology is a combination of lecture and the Socratic interchange embraced in a law school course. (Prerequisite-Corequisite: ENGL120W)
The internship offers the student the opportunity to put learned theory to practical application. The student is responsible for seeking out the agency placement, with the assistance of the course instructor. The internship requires the successful completion of 120 hours with the selected agency. A log is kept, and the final grade is based on a combination of the log, supervising agency assessment, and final analytical report. (Prerequisite-Corequisite: ENGL225W)
CRMJ275W Senior Project
In this course, through ongoing and individualized contact with the supervising instructor, the student develops a topic pre-approved through a prospectus presented to the instructor. The student may develop any topic raised in any major class and is not limited by category. Empirical studies, surveys, literature reviews are among the acceptable categories of research. The final grade is determined by a review of the final product and the extent to which the student has followed the course guidelines.