Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
BCRM101 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: ENG120)
BCRM108 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: ENG120)
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: ENG120)
BCRM123 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.
BCRM208 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: CRM101, ENG120)
BCRM210 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: CRM123)
BCRM215 Correction Operations
This course is a study of correctional processes and services, standards, personnel, principles of management, allocation of resources, training and staffing, the role of sentencing and work release programs; special programs and the use of outside contracts.
BCRM230 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: CRM123)
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: ENG225)
BCRM275 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.