Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

Receive dynamic and intensive instruction in all aspects of the Criminal Justice system. Examine case studies in criminal forensics, domestic and family law issues, integration of criminal law, criminal procedure, and contemporary issues in corrections. Senior capstone involves a real-time investigative assignment and presentation to a panel of law enforcement professionals.

Career Possibilities

  • Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • U.S. Marshall
Criminal Justice Forensics College Course Degrees

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Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice provides dynamic and intensive instruction in all aspects of the Criminal Justice system.  The first quarter focuses on core foundational criminal justice courses like Criminal Justice, Corrections and the Court System.  Starting in the second quarter and continuing into the sixth quarter, students are exposed to various specialized disciplines under the criminal justice umbrella and will gain valuable hands-on experience in a variety of topics, including financial and cyber crimes; police operations and report writing; criminal procedure; forensic science; firearm skills; drugs; and terrorism, gang and organized crime issues.  

Criminal Justice students will utilize the skills and knowledge acquired to participate in an all-encompassing Criminal Justice (CJ) Portfolio beginning in the second through sixth.  The CJ Portfolio is a life-like investigative assignment starting with the commission of a mock crime event, gathering of victim and witness statements, processing a crime scene, and collecting evidence. This realistic process will culminate with the presentation of testimony in a Moot Court/Mock Trial scenario during which students present a portfolio that they have constructed and maintained during the entire investigative process.

In the sixth quarter, students may have the option to participate in a Criminal Justice Internship where they will work with criminal justice professionals in the community. During this Internship, students will have opportunities to apply classroom training to real life situations in various police departments, courts, correctional facilities, and investigative agencies and gain first-hand knowledge of the Criminal Justice system.

Later in the program, students engage in a more rigorous study of Criminal Justice topics like Case Studies in Criminal Forensics, Domestic & Family Law Issues, Integration of Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, and Contemporary Issues in Corrections. Students are also provided with the opportunity to choose classes that focus on Digital Forensics or more traditional Criminal Justice topics in designated quarters.  They are exposed to various specialized disciplines in criminal justice such as domestic terrorism, ethics, financial and white-collar crimes, corporate and private security, and administrative issues. Students will also study police operations, including traffic enforcement, report writing, use of force issues, critical incident tactics and advanced investigation techniques.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice students will utilize the skills and knowledge acquired in each quarter to participate in a challenging multi-session Criminal Justice Senior Capstone in their final quarter.  The Criminal Justice Senior Capstone Project is a real-time investigative assignment beginning with a mock crime event and involves gathering information from victims and/or witnesses, processing the crime scene, and culminates with drafting a comprehensive report and evidence portfolio that will be presented to a panel of law enforcement professionals.

In the final quarter, students may have the option to participate in a Criminal Justice Senior Internship where they will work with criminal justice professionals in the community.  During this Senior Internship, students will have opportunities to apply classroom training to real life situations in various police departments, courts, correctional facilities, and investigative agencies and gain first-hand knowledge of the Criminal Justice System.

Graduates of this program will be qualified to seek entry-level employment in a number of challenging Criminal Justice professions, such as police officer, state trooper, correctional officer, court officer, criminal justice counselor, federal law enforcement officer, private security officer, crime scene investigator, corporate loss prevention, and insurance claims investigator.  (Please note: a criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to qualify for some law enforcement positions.)

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission:

The mission of the Criminal Justice Bachelor Program is to provide instruction to current and future criminal justice professionals by emphasizing the role of critical thinking and decision making as they examine relevant topics and theories. Through a combination of theory and participation in practical skills exercises, as well as an optional internship, the Bachelor program provides instruction related to society’s efforts to uphold social control, deter crime, and deal with offenders using criminal and civil penalties, as well as rehabilitation programs. Students will enhance and sharpen the investigative skills by reviewing, evaluating, and applying proper techniques through increasingly complex crime scenes and scenarios. These learned skills will prepare students for a Capstone case where they will encounter a challenging mock crime scene event in several segments designed to showcase the practical, oral, and written communication skills they have acquired.

Program Goals:

  1. The CJ program will provide a thorough knowledge of the components of the Criminal Justice System and how they interact with each other.
  2. Provide an environment that will instill a sense of pride, skill, professionalism and a high level of critical thinking and communication skills that students can apply within a criminal justice organization.
  3. Allow students to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and appropriate mind-set that are required to effectively function in a public or private criminal justice agency through the use of contemporary equipment and methods utilized by professionals in the field.
  4. Expose students to discussions involving topics such as ethics, diversity, and administrative challenges in an effort to broaden their understanding of the future of their profession and help prepare them for advancement in their chosen field of employment.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe how the American system of criminal justice is affected by political and socioeconomic influences.

  2. Differentiate between the various components of the criminal justice system, the purposes and objectives of these components, and their roles in our society.

  3. Describe the basic concepts behind laws, the actions of law enforcement agencies, court proceedings, and the policies of correctional agencies.

  4. Describe the basic principles of criminal law, criminal investigation, and criminal procedure.

  5. Investigate the causes of social problems and analyze the public’s response to the management of such problems.

  6. Collect and analyze data from a crime scene.

  7. Develop, arrange and present a professional portfolio containing relevant data and information necessary for effective law enforcement.

  8. Assess the relevancy and use of various advanced forensic investigation processes and their impact on criminal and civil cases.

  9. Assess and employ analytical and report writing skills through use of software used in the profession.

  10. Expand individual insights by studying points of view that differ from their own and that may differ from the view most dominant in their culture and recognize that there is relevance in the viewpoints of other cultures and peoples.

  11. Design a project based in the field of corrections that examines criminal justice philosophies and community issues in order to have effective implementation.

  12. Analyze and apply legal decisions, particularly those pertaining to the United States Constitution, that are applicable to current trends in criminal justice.

  13. Research and critique operational policies relevant to the criminal justice profession identifying areas in need of revision and make recommendations for improvement.

  14. Challenge the student to investigate and assess a demanding mock crime scene in several segments and make real time decisions that may impact on the outcome of their investigation, and complete a comprehensive report and presentation to a panel of criminal justice professionals.

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • CJ 110 Criminal Justice
  • CJ 112 Corrections
  • CJ 114 The Court System
  • CJ 120 Forensics I
  • CJ 122 Criminal Law
  • CJ 130 Forensics II/Portfolio Management
  • CJ 132 Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 134 Report Writing
  • CJ 240 Interviewing & Investigation Techniques
  • CJ 241 Introduction to Digital Forensics
  • CJ 244 Drugs & the Law
  • CJ 250 Police Operations/Simulated Firearms Skills
  • CJ 254 Sentencing – Probation & Parole
  • CJ 256 Portfolio Prep & Management
  • CJ 258 Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues
  • CJ 260 Moot Court/Mock Trial
  • CJ 262 Internship
  • CJ 264 Terrorism – Concepts & Analysis
  • CJ 266 Gangs & Organized Crime
  • CJ 371 Evidence and the Law
  • CJ 372 Case Studies in Criminal Forensics
  • CJ 374 Domestic and Family Law Issues
  • CJ 380 Criminal Justice and the Media
  • CJ 382 Integration of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 384 Contemporary Issues in Corrections
  • CJ 389 Mobile Device Forensics
  • CJ 393 Advanced Report Writing Skills
  • CJ 394 Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 400 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
  • CJ 402 Use of Force and the Consequences
  • CJ 404 Digital Forensics Investigations and Applications
  • CJ 410 Advanced Techniques in Criminal Forensics
  • CJ 412 Critical Incident Response and Tactics
  • CJ 414 Corporate and Private Security
  • CJ 418 Capstone Investigation and Preparation
  • CJ 420 Criminal Justice Administration Issues
  • CJ 421 Women and Crime
  • CJ 424 Senior Capstone
  • CJ 426 Senior Internship
  • CJ 430 Career Preparation for the Criminal Justice Professional
  • MGM 335 Human Resource Management
  • MGM 445 Negotiation
  • SO 231 Crime and Deviance
  • SS 204 Juvenile Justice System in America
  • SS 206 Constitutional Values in the 21st Century
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