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JUST 101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is a comprehensive study of the development of criminal justice systems and operations in the United States. This course includes detailed examination, analysis and evaluations of the major components of the criminal justice system. Three hours lecture per week. Open to any student.

JUST 105 CORRECTIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides a survey of the philosophy, theory, and practice involved in the treatment o f convicted law violators o f all ages within the institutional environment. This course covers an overview of the correctional field; its origins, development, current status, and future prospects. The role of corrections and its importance in the reduction of crime and recidivism are also evaluated.

JUST 110 CRIMINAL LAW

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is a study of the fundamentals of criminal law: i.e., actus reus, mens rea, distinctions between grades of offenses; criminal responsibility; and substantive law.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 111 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

A study of principles that regulate the balance between the power of our government and the rights of individual citizens. Topics include specific constitutional amendments, searches and seizures, stops and arrests, the use of force in effecting arrests, the use of search and/or arrest warrants, self-incrimination, and stages of criminal proceedings in the U.S. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 201 CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

A study of the economic, political, ethical and emotional issues in community policing, courts and corrections. Some of the issues covered are AIDS and criminal justice services, emotional stress and coping skills needed in criminal justice employment, understanding prejudices and functioning in a culturally diverse society, plea bargaining and the death penalty. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 203 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to teach those skills and knowledge necessary to conduct thorough preliminary investigations of crimes. Techniques used to investigate common categories of crimes will be discussed. A major emphasis in this course will be the preparation and execution of investigative plans as they relate to a team approach. Other skills will include interviewing, crime scene processing, and basic forensic examination of evidence. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 205 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to offer the student an opportunity to have a practical field experience with a criminal justice agency of his/her choice. The student observes and participates in the daily functioning of an agency, shares information with other students, and provides the participating agency with a valuable commodity - their time as volunteers. This course may take one of two forms, either a practicum or library research, as agreed upon by both the student and the instructor. The library research option allows the student to conduct research on a criminal justice agency to gain a more in-depth understanding of the function of said agency.

Prerequisites: 30 credit hours in the Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigations, or Law Enforcement Leadership program or permission of instructor

JUST 207 POLICE SERVICES

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides students with an overview of the services that police agencies provide to the community.   Programs, practices and techniques are presented with an emphasis on lawful behavior, efficiency and effectiveness.  The topics include, but are not limited to: the importance of effective communication, arrest procedures, patrol strategy, enforcement of vehicle and traffic laws, dealing with violent behavior, terrorism, juvenile crime, disaster preparedness, and ethical behavior. 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 209 LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNICATIONS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course prepares students to write clear, accurate and grammatically correct police reports, essays, and other writing assignments. Other communication instruments, such as note taking, interviewing, spelling and court testimony will be addressed. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 210 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC INVESTIGATION

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course familiarizes students with various forms of forensic evidence. The laboratory component of the course provides students an opportunity to process and analyze various forms of forensic evidence.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 211 DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION OF THE OFFENDER

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to diagnostic report writing with particular emphasis on the pre-sentence investigation report conducted by probation/parole officers.  Students are guided through a series of graduated steps toward production of a comprehensive assessment of offenders.  Additionally, alternatives to incarceration and their applicable use(s) with a variety of offender populations will be explored. Student will also receive instruction in the preparing of criminal justice reports to include resume and cover letter construction.

Prerequisite: Correctional Philosophy (JUST 105) or permission of instructor.

Substitute for Law Enforcement Communication (JUST 209).

JUST 213 PRE-EMPLOYMENT POLICE BASIC TRAINING

Fall, 3 credit hours

A collection of law enforcement subjects covering a wide variety of legal and procedural issues including: U.S. Constitutional Law, Use of Force, NY State Penal Law, Laws of Arrest, Sex Crimes, Civil Liabilities and Risk Management, and Domestic Violence Laws as well as other subject areas relative to modern policing.

Prerequisite: Successful screening committee process that consists of the Board of Directors of the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

JUST 215 COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is a study of the method and philosophy current in probation, parole, and other forms of community-based correctional services. The course material examines the role of the probation/parole officer, the community-based correctional programs director, and the community resources available to assist the probationer and parolee. This course presents the role of the probation/parole officer community corrections director as a human service agent as well as functional part of the criminal justice system. Three hours lecture per week. Limited to Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership students.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or permission of instructor.

JUST 221 WOMEN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

A study of the female’s role in the criminal justice system. Some issues covered are women working in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, and the court system. The course will also cover female offenders, prisoners, victims and other related topics. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Students will have successfully completed 24 college credit hours, including an intensive writing course, or by permission of instructor.

JUST 230 FUNDAMENTALS OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Spring/Fall, 3 credit hours

This course surveys the policies, practices, concepts and challenges confronting practitioners in Homeland Security with a focus on local entities. It provides an overview of threats to domestic security from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and other related risks and vulnerabilities. It examines the strategies and systems involved in protecting against and responding to threats. Discussion includes the managerial, political, legal and organizational issues related to crisis planning and response, the National Incident Management System impact on local practices, risk assessment and mitigation, communications and technology systems, medical and public health emergencies, and infrastructure protection.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101), or permission of instructor.

JUST 255 ORGANIZED CRIME

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with a definition of organized crime, its historical overview from the 18th century to present, and the theories behind why people become involved in organized crime. Topics will include the development of organized crime in the northeast and its westward migration; nontraditional organized crime, the business enterprises of organized crime; the effect of organized crime in labor and business, and the effects of the media. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Expository Writing (ENGL 101), or Oral & Written Expression (ENGL 102) and sophomore status, or permission of instructor.

JUST 300 FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to basic techniques, equipment, material and other aspects of crime scene photographs including theory and practice of photographic image formation and recordings. The course utilizes “hands-on” instruction with an emphasis on crime scene photography, evidence photography, and surveillance photography.

Prerequisites: 45 hours completed or permission of instructor.

JUST 301 LATENT PRINTS AND IMPRESSIONS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the biological development of fingerprints and the identification of the various fingerprint patterns. Course activities include physical and chemical development of fingerprints, crime scene processing techniques, the Henry System of fingerprint classification, and the comparison and identification of suspect fingerprints through manual and automated means.

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credit hours or permission of instructor.

JUST 303 INVESTIGATIVE INTERVIEWS

Fall/Spring, 3 credits hours

This course provides students with proven techniques which apply to conducting accusatory and non-accusatory interviews. Students develop skills related to preparing for an investigative interview with an emphasis on a proactive role. These skills include developing an interview strategy, interpreting physical and verbal cues, conducting a cognitive interview, developing admissions and confessions and recognizing a false confession. Course includes the most recent court rulings related to investigative interviews and admissibility of statements into court. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major or permission of instructor.

JUST 310 CAUSES OF CRIME

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces various criminological theories to explain the cause of criminal behavior. Specific attention is placed on the primary theorists and the evolution of their corresponding theories and how they relate to current theories associated with biological, psychological, personality, intelligence and gender, and social disorder. Students learn to identify and apply criminological theories to the commission of specific criminal acts. The history of crime and punishment is reviewed, leading to the present day criminal justice system and competing criminological theories. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: junior level status in Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership Program or permission of instructor.

JUST 313 JUVENILE JUSTICE

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the creation and evolution of juvenile justice in America. It examines the theories of delinquency, juvenile and police encounters, the adjudication process, status and non-delinquent offenders, detention of juveniles, and the rights of students. The evolution of the laws governing each aspect of juvenile justice is summarized.

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major or permission of instructor.

JUST 314 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides the student with theories and practices of ethics and professionalism in criminal justice. Areas of concentration are law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This course requires the student to exercise critical thinking skills to solve issues that test the morals and ethics of criminal justice professionals on a daily basis.

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credit hours or permission of instructor.

JUST 315 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is an examination of the U.S. Constitution and how it guides the procedures and practices of the American criminal justice system, with an emphasis on law enforcement issues. Topics include an historical overview of the Constitution, our country's legal system and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics also focus on maintaining the balance between individual, state and federal rights, due process, searches and seizures, i,'lln control, obtaining infonnation legally, and rights related to the trial process. Students may not receive credit for both JUST 315 and LEST 340.

Prerequisites: The American Legal System (LEST 101) or Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and 45 credit hours completed or permission of the instructor.

JUST 317 POLICE TACTICAL SEMINAR

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course acquaints students with the methods and techniques that are recognized by law enforcement professionals as necessary for success in a law enforcement career. Students learns mental as well as physical techniques that are needed to tactically handle situations. Issues of officer safety are identified and discussed. The focus is on analytical understanding of the tactical challenges faced by U.S. law enforcement officers. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and completion of 60 semester credits or permission of the instructor

JUST 320 MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATIONS OF DEATH

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides an analysis of the medicolegal aspects of death investigation, including the manners, mechanisms, and causes of death, as well as the post mortem changes.  The course also instructs the student on wound interpretation and the method to apply post mortem conditions to criminal investigations to confirm or refute evidence of wrongful deaths.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101), junior level status, or permission of instructor.

JUST 321 MANAGING LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

Spring, 3 credit hours

In this course, students examine issues relating to law enforcement training to include pre-service training, basic law enforcement training, field training, in-service training and specialized training. The role of state oversight (P.O.S.T. type) agencies is examined. The course presents a detailed template for training management concentrating on the impact training has on the agency. The course familiarizes students with adult learning concepts and Dr. Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive Learning. Central to the course is the understanding and appreciation of the variables associated with assessing the training needs and evaluation of training. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites/corequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and junior standing or permission of the instructor

JUST 324 SERIAL MURDERERS AND THEIR VICTIMS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course covers topics relating to serial murder and the various categories associated with the designation, including healthcare killers, sexual predators, male versus female murderers, team killers, and their respective victims. The student analyzes the issue of serial murder from a global perspective and ways law enforcement officials are attempting to profile and apprehend suspects. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: junior level status in the Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program or permission of instructor.

JUST 326 THREATS TO HOMELAND SECURITY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

In this course students study the post cold war threats to the United States of America and the corresponding security policies. This course takes an "all- hazard" approach to homeland security and the current threats facing our nation. Topics addressed include natural hazards, man-made hazards, domestic and international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, cyber terrorism and the emergency management planning model. This course explains the roles of various first responder agencies and the responsibility of the government to coordinate their response.

Prerequisites: junior level status in the Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program or permission of instructor.

JUST 330 QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course includes an examination of techniques used to determine the authenticity of documents through the analysis of handwriting, ink and paper sources, methods of mechanical printing, and recover of erasures, obliterations and alterations.

Prerequisites: junior level status in the Criminal Investigation program or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program, or permission of instructor.

JUST 333 MANAGING PATROL FUNCTIONS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides a study of many aspects of police patrol, including goals and objectives of patrol, staffing and deployment, management styles of supervisors, and supervisory functions including scheduling and budgeting. Through group discussions, role playing activities and situational scenarios, students learn styles and various elements of the patrol function. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST101) and 45 credit hours, or permission of instructor.

JUST 334 IMPLEMENTING & MANAGING COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING PROGRAMS

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course provides students with insight into the meaning of community policing and presents many dimensions necessary to consider when developing and designing a community policing strategy. Students understand the practical side of community policing, recognize the community considerations that need to exist and develop methods applicable to their unique environments. Students discuss community policing as it relates to problem solving, community engagement and organizational transformation. Students also discuss
strategies associated in developing positive working relationships with local community leaders and establishing meaningful communications where there is a partnership and commonality of interests. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites/corequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and junior level status or instructor’s approval.

JUST 335 CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY MANAGEMENT

Fall, 3 credit hours

Description, analysis, solution, and synthesis of contemporary management problems in a criminal justice organization; presentation and exemplary implementation of management concepts significant to criminal justice organizations; review of case studies for management problem recognition; the study of operational systems; analysis of the role of supervisors and managers. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites/ corequisites: junior level status in the Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program, or permission of instructor.

JUST 340 LEGAL ISSUES OF THE PENAL SYSTEMS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

Students examine problems and issues faced by incarcerated persons within the American penal system. Course topics include: history of confinement as punishment, issues of visitation, religion, legal assistance, prison discipline, rehabilitation, and the civil and criminal liabilities of corrections officials. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and Correctional Philosophy (JUST 105) or permission of instructor.

JUST 341 CORRECTIONS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines the concepts, practices and theoretical bases of the management and administration of correctional facilities. Students will examine the issues of facility management, inmate management, leadership and governance of correctional facilities, personnel management and policy formation, and the challenges facing the future of American correctional systems.

Prerequisites: Correctional Philosophy (JUST 105), 45 completed credit hours, or permission of the instructor

JUST 344 CIVIL LIABILITY FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATORS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

In this course students examine civil liability issues at the local, state, and federal law levels. Students develop better awareness of the liability risks relative to criminal justice service by learning proactive protocols that may minimize personal and organizational liability risks.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) or Permission of the instructor.

JUST 345 COMPARATIVE JUSTICE SYSTEMS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is an examination of crime as a world problem, consideration of the different ways justice systems are organized, comparison of the rights of offenders and an analysis of substantive and procedural law in different legal traditions, and an examination of multi-national efforts to address specific trans-border criminal activity. Similarities and dissimilarities between urban and rural criminal justice are examined in the context of culture and social structure.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Government (POLS 101) or Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101), junior level status, or permission of instructor.

JUST 350 VICTIMIZATION

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course includes a study of the various issues involved in victimization, including theories, intimate versus stranger violence, family victimization, child abuse and neglect, workplace violence, school violence, elder abuse, and the criminal justice response to victimization. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101), junior level status, or permission of instructor.

JUST 353 CRIMINAL JUSTICE TECHNOLOGY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides students with a survey of criminal justice technologies and their uses within the criminal justice system. In addition to providing significant technical information about technology (such as computer operations, wireless communications and geographic information systems), this course emphasizes the challenges involved in the use of technology such as implementation and interoperability. Moreover, through this course, the study of technology is integrated into wider criminal justice themes including: ethical and legal implications of technology; technology's place in the community based policing model; and, how technology impacts traditional criminal justice policy-making. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major or permission of instructor.

JUST 355 PUBLIC SAFETY CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

In this course students study the many facets of critical incident response. The course addresses specific obstacles public safety professionals face while responding to a critical incident or a disaster. The material contrasts the characteristics of a routine response to that of a large scale critical incident and requires the students to consider challenges that may not be common to a typical response situation. From the initial response to recovery, students examine the actions a responder may take and the likely consequences of those actions. Students in this class also study the National Interagency Incident Management System and how it is applied in a critical incident.

Prerequisites: junior level status in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and/or Criminal Investigations, or permission of the instructor.

JUST 365/CITA 365 DIGITAL FORENSIC ANALYSIS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to prepare the student to complete forensic analysis of digital media and to understand the process and technical challenges of internet investigations. The course looks specifically at how to obtain evidence from digital media, how to process network messages and logs while preserving the evidentiary chain, and how to adhere to the legal requirements of the search and seizure of digital media and related equipment and information.

Prerequisites: Operating System Fundamentals (CITA 171) or permission of the instructor.

JUST 375 METHODS OF TERRORISM THROUGH THE AGES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines the historical roots of modern terrorism, how the goals, justifications, and methods of terrorist acts in the successive eras are similar, and the strategies to bring terrorist and their organizations into the political process. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to IT (CITA 110) or higher level CITA course and junior level status or permission of instructor.

JUST 380 CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines the Constitutional and legal framework of the Homeland Security enterprise, discusses specific Constitutional issues and court opinions as they apply to Homeland Security, and considers the relationship between Homeland Security policies and the preservation of civil liberties. The course looks at the balance of the goals, objectives and activities of effective Homeland Security against the compelling need to preserve and extend fundamental American civil liberties. It examines the USA PATRIOT Act and its effectiveness in preventing and responding to the threat of terrorism as well as their role in shaping the development of Homeland Security agencies, policies, strategies, and infrastructure.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) & completion of 45 credits hours in a CJ major or permission of instructor.

JUST 406 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

Fall, 3 credits hours

This course emphasizes crime scene processing and investigation including crime scene search principles, photography, descriptive writing, recognition of physical evidence, methods for collection and preservation of evidence, sketching techniques and methods oftranspmtation or submission of evidence for laboratory analysis.

Prerequisites: Forensic Photography (JUST 300), Latent Print and Impressions (JUST 301), and Investigative Interviews (JUST 303), or permission of instructor.

JUST 408 THE INVESTIGATION OF DEATH

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course is a comprehensive study of death investigations including the first responding officer’s duties, the investigation at the scene, investigators’ duties, case management, manners and modes of death, and identification of suspects. The course also presents recent statistics and trends related to homicide. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Forensic Photography (JUST 300), Latent Print and Impressions (JUST 301), and Investigative Interviews (JUST 303), or permission of instructor.

JUST 410 CLANDESTINE GRAVES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course presents students with the theories and practices of locating clandestine graves.  Lectures address grave assessments, the use of experts, evidence recognition and preservation, and case studies. Labs will include grave location, excavation, and recovery techniques. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Forensic Photography (JUST 300), Latent Print and Impressions (JUST 301), and Investigative Interviews (JUST 303), or permission of instructor.

JUST 415 EMERGING ISSUES IN HOMELAND SECURITY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course explores the evolving nature of the Homeland Security industry. It examines a number of contemporary issues and their immediate and long- term impact on Homeland Security policies and practices. The roles of the media, law, the Constitution, governmental and corporate entities, and politics at the federal, state and local levels in determining and shaping Homeland Security policy and practice are considered.

Prerequisites:Fundamentals of Homeland Security (JUST 230) and completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major, or permission of instructor.

JUST 420 THE CORPORATE ROLE IN HOMELAND SECURITY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course explores the role of private sector entities in Homeland Security and relationships with governmental Homeland Security agencies. It examines the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of corporate entities in protecting the infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, and responding to events. Institutions such as utility providers, the private security industry, mental health systems, hospitals and biomedical  facilities, companies with chemical and hazardous materials inventories, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies are considered. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Homeland Security (JUST 230) and completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major, or permission of instructor.

JUST 425 LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS HOMELAND SECURITY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines the concepts and practices involved in the process of collecting and analyzing intelligence as well as the influence of intelligence in shaping homeland security decision-making at the state and local levels. It examines the intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities of state and local criminal justice agencies and the use of intelligence processes to support homeland security policy formulation. Students in this course will develop an understanding of intelligence tradecraft and the analytic and research skills used in intelligence work, as well as an appreciation for the ethical, Constitutional, and civil liberties issues involved. Specific topics considered include open source intelligence, assessing the reliability and validity of information, intelligence sharing, covert and counterintelligence operations.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Homeland Security (JUST 230) and completion of 45 credit hours in a CJ major, or permission of instructor.

JUST 429 INTRODUCTION TO CULMINATING EXPERIENCE SEMINAR

Fall/Spring, 1 credit hour

This course is the precursor to the senior culminating experience for seniors in either the Criminal Investigations or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor’s program. Students meet on a weekly basis with faculty to discuss resume preparation, job interviewing, locating and establishing internships, and internship requirements. This course is a prerequisite to JUST430, Culminating Experience in Criminal Justice. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisites: senior level status in either the Criminal Investigations or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program or permission of instructor.

JUST 430 CULMINATING EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 3-15 credit hours

This internship is an academic program which integrates classroom work and practical experience with cooperating law enforcement or law enforcement related agencies. The internship allows seniors the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a related law enforcement environment. It is a structured field experience in which an intern acquires and applies knowledge and skills, while working in a responsible role. Working with a supervisor, the student will perform prescribed work within an administrative or operational setting. The internship will be tailored to the individual student’s career interests and the needs of the supervising organization. Internship assignments and activities may include, but not be limited to, information gathering, research, data analysis, planning, organization, implementation, evaluation, and other tasks and responsibilities deemed necessary. 40 hours per week per credit hour.

Prerequisite: All required Criminal Investigation or Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership curriculum courses or the permission of the department chair.

JUST 441 DOMESTIC EXTREMISM AND HATE CRIMES

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines the foundations of domestic extremism and hate crimes and how they are manifested in criminal behavior. Various groups who have been labeled as supporting or engaging in domestic terrorism and hate crimes are examined. Focus is placed on the organizational structure, philosophies, and networks of domestic extremists and hate crime groups; federal and state statutory laws impacting domestic extremism and hate crimes; and the interrelationships and interactions of domestic extremist organizations and hate crime groups.

Prerequisites/corequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and completion of 45 semester credit hours or permission of the instructor.

JUST 449 CURRENT ISSUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course identifies current and emerging issues that may have an impact on a police manager. Students will integrate concepts such as, ethical conduct, morality, violations of civil liberties, political correctness and corruption in law enforcement. Current U.S. Supreme Court decision and opinions, federal and state mandates affecting agency policies and procedures, and community activism and involvement will be used to help students evaluate their decisions.

Prerequisites/corequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice (JUST 101) and junior level status or permission of instructor.

JUST 485 FRAUD EXAMINATION AND INVESTIGATIONS

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course covers the theories, principles and methodology of fraud examination and
investigation. Students learn how and why fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct is
committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud are
investigated and resolved.

Prerequisites/corequisites: JUST 101, ACCT 101 and 45 credit hours or permission of instructor

 

JUST 291-295, 391-395, OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Fall/Spring, 1-4 credit hours

Special Topics in Criminal Justice will generally include topics of current interest or topics not covered in courses currently offered by the department or in combinations not currently available.