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This course examines the major criminological theories and their origins. Students will critically analyze the theories, study the research related to the theories, and evaluate policy decisions that are based on these theories.
This capstone course in criminal justice will incorporate materials from earlier courses. Theoretical issues and current topics in criminal justice will be explored. Students will integrate ethics, law, statistics, public policy in a final research project that the students will present as a paper and presentation. Requires permission of the Criminal Justice Program Chair.
This upper-level internship will build upon skills developed in the student's earlier internship and courses. Students will work 120 hours at a criminal justice internship site in the private or public sector. Students will learn about informational interviews, explore potential job opportunities, and develop their job interviewing skills.
In this course, students will develop the writing, analytical, and grammar skills necessary for producing college-level essays. Students are introduced to practical strategies that they can use to think critically, read analytically and respond effectively in writing.The course will cover basic principles of transactional writing and the documentation of source material, as well as a review of some essential grammatical principles.
In this course, students build upon the analytical and writing skills developed in ENG 101 with the goal of creating more extensive and sophisticated college papers. Through close reading and analysis of selected texts, students will develop the research and compositional skills necessary for higher level work. An annotated bibliography and a research paper are required.
This course reviews and strengthens skills in algebra and logical thinking. The course will begin with a review of linear equations in one and two variables, inequalities and graphing. Additional topics include: literal equations, functions, polynomial, exponential, and rational expressions, factoring, radical expressions and quadratic equations, and absolute value equations. Real world applications will be found throughout the course. Students who have already passed MAT 102 or MAT 103 cannot take this course.
In our everyday life, ethical questions arise that require us to determine what is right and how we should respond or act. At a deeper level, philosophy has attempted to answer questions about the essential nature of moral rightness or moral wrongness. This course will introduce students to this area of inquiry and influential answers provided by well known philosophers. Additionally, students will examine a pluralistic approach to moral theory and how it might be applied to concrete areas of debate including bioethics, just wars and the environment.
This course will introduce students to the fundamental institutions, concepts and workings of the United States government and the American political process. Students will become familiar with the structure and complexities of the political system as well as an understanding of the major political principles, concepts, themes and the relationship between public interests and attitudes and the actions taken by their representative. This course is designed to stimulate the student's interest in, discussion of and participation in the American political system. A student must have a minimum English standing of ENG 101 to enroll in this course.
This course provides an introductory survey to the discipline of psychology - the study of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: understanding the major theoretical viewpoints of psychology; the process of human growth and development-biological, emotional, intellectual, and social; personality development; and patterns of normal and abnormal behavior. A student must have a minimum English standing of ENG 101 to enroll in this course.
In this course, students will be introduced to the general principles and techniques or social science research. Students will learn the difference between qualitative and quantitative data and how to critically evaluate research and literature. Sampling, evaluation methods, and survey research will be explored.
This course provides students with an introduction to the sociological understanding of human interaction, group processes, social structures, and social change. Students study basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociological investigations. A student must have a minimum English standing of ENG 101 to enroll in this course.
This course will investigate crime and deviance from a sociological viewpoint. Students will examine some of the most pressing criminological issues of the day, including gangs, subculture and violence, and the effects of crime and deviance on society. These investigations will be viewed from the perspectives of four major criminological schools of thought: classical criminology, positivism, realist criminology, and radical criminology. Students will investigate the legitimacy of moral panics and the media portrayal of crime as it relates to social deviance.
This seminar course prepares students for the process of securing internships in the Criminal Justice field. Students meet weekly to compose cover letters, resumes, and thank you correspondence and to research potential internship positions.
A professional internship of at least 120 hours is required for Criminal Justice majors. Students may intern at criminal justice agencies and law offices. Students have the opportunity to observe and participate in a specific segment of the criminal justice field.
This course focuses on the scientific methods applied to the gathering and preservation of criminal evidence as well as the role of the forensic scientist. It includes such topics as forensic photography, trace evidence, ballistics, bloodstain pattern analysis, toxicology, tool marks, footwear marks, tire marks, hair and fiber analysis, serology, instrumental analysis, forensic pathology and odontology. The course will cover extraction, amplification and profiling of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.
Students learn the fundamentals of biology by surveying the biological sciences. Introduction to Biology discusses the science of biology, the origin of life, the cellular and genetic basis for life, and the principles of ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life. Laboratories supplement or complement the lectures through experimentation, demonstration, discussion, field trips, and video. Students learn (1) what the science of biology is and how it is studied; (2) about the chemistry of life; (3) how cells live and reproduce; (4) how genes work and how traits that are controlled by genes are inherited; (5) about diversity of life and how it is produced by evolution; and (6) how organisms interact with their environments. This course must be taken with it's laboratory component.
This lab course is designed to accompany the Introduction to Biology course. Laboratories will supplement or complement the lectures through experimentation, demonstration, discussion, field trips, and video.
This course introduces students to practical information literacy skills necessary to be successful in an era of digital revolution including: the evolution of the computer, Internet, and World Wide Web; application-based projects; database design and usage; and information management and assessment. The course will allow students to develop hands-on experience and proficiency in Internet and library research, Word, Excel, and advanced PowerPoint design.
This is a course in the fundamentals of effective oral and nonverbal communication that develops a greater ease in expressing one's thoughts effectively. The course focuses on both formal and informal public-speaking exercises.
This course examines the United States criminal justice process from law enforcement to the administration of justice through corrections. It discusses the history and philosophy of the system and introduces various career opportunities. Additionally, this course will provide a background for more in-depth study in later Criminal Justice courses.
This course studies the general principles of criminal liability, including the justification of punishment, general concepts fact and fault, principles of justification and excuse, the significance of resulting harm, and accountability for acts of others. Certain specific crimes, such as murder and manslaughter, are also examined.
This course examines the police role and law enforcement policy in the total justice process. Police organizations, personnel issues, management and operations, as well as coordination and consolidation of police service, police integrity, and community relations are covered.
This course focuses on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to counsel. The need to protect the public and enhance law enforcement efficiency and individual defendants from abuse at the hands of the state will be examined.
This course will introduce students to both forensic communication techniques and general communication standards within the various fields of criminal justice. This course will provide students with practical skills in reading body language, lie detection, forensic interviewing, criminal interrogation and the mechanics and science of report writing. This course will focus, specifically, on the latest science in the field of forensic communications, practical applications in the field, standards for admissibility in judicial settings as well as moral and ethical considerations.
This course will use advanced critical thinking skills in analyzing what it means to be human in an age when technology changes rapidly. Classical and contemporary sociological theories will be used to analyze the influence of technology on utopias and dystopias, fictional and actual; social and hard science's changes in research and uses of technology in experiments; and psychological and sociological perspectives on society's expectations of technology uses for socializations and communication. Moreover, students will examine the effects of technology on government, war, social welfare, gender and sexuality, pharmacology and performance enhancement drugs, religion, morality and ethics, law and policies and who and what will regulate technologies as new dilemmas arise. Students will identify contemporary patterns if human response to technology as well as potential future outcomes affecting such issues as social media, cloning, privacy, crime, medicine, marketing and consumerism, social class, entertainment and media.
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