CRJ 101 - Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course will provide a practical understanding and general overview of the American criminal justice system. Students will be introduced to the major law enforcement agencies and their history, including the organization and function of the police, prosecution, corrections, and court systems. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.
CRJ 210 - Forensic Science (3 credits)
This course will focus on the basic principles and uses of forensic science in the American system of justice. It covers crime scene investigation, collection and categorization of physical evidence, the physical properties of glass and soil, instrumental analysis, hair, fiber and plant evidence, forensic serology, arson evidence, DNA evidence, fingerprints, tool and firearm marks, and document and voice analysis. Students will gain a basic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the forensic sciences as they are presently practiced. This course cannot be used towards science concentrations.
CRJ 215 - Criminology (3 credits)
This course will focus on the principles and concepts of criminal behavior including criminological theories and typologies, the nature, distribution and extent of crime, and the legal and societal reactions to crime. The objectives of the course are to develop the ability to engage in focused, systematic thinking and written expression about criminal behavior, and to draw correlations between actual criminal activity and theoretical models. (Formerly: CRJ 310.) Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
CRJ 315 - Race, Class & Gndr in Crim. Jst. Sy (3 credits)
This course will focus on a thorough and critical examination of meanings, history, correlations, and consequences of serious forms of social inequalities and arbitrarily assigned privileges, particularly based on social class and race/ethnicity in the American criminal justice system from a criminological perspective. Implications will be made for inequalities based on gender biases as well. Prerequisite(s): CRJ 215, ENG 101, & ENG 102.
CRJ 325 - Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course will focus on the basic ethical concepts and issues that arise in various aspects of the field. Students will explore and form an understanding of the concepts of morality, fairness, equity, and justice as they relate to policing, the courts, punishment, and policy making. Through the use of case studies, current events, and discussion, students will be able to develop a familiarity with the cause and effect of ethical decision making. Prerequisite(s): CRJ 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102.
CRJ 360 - Homeland Security &Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This course will focus on the evolving roles of law enforcement and homeland security. An overview will be presented on the all-hazards approach to emergency management, as well as efforts to align preparedness, incident management, and emergency reponse plans from various agencies (federal, state, local, tribal, private sector and non-governmental). Students will review and discuss the various strategies specific to law enforcement, including an examination of the terrorist events of September 11 in the context of what roles law enforcement should play in preventing and responding to terrorism and the aftermath of an event. The course will also survey other dimensions of homeland security, such as critical infrastructures, maritime security, and the ramping up of air security. Students who have taken PSA 360 should not take this course. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, & CRJ 101.
CRJ 499 - Criminal Justice Capstone (3 credits)
This is the capstone course for the Criminal Justice concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. Students will create an original, scholarly work synthesizing criminal justice theories, methodology, and systems, and applying them to a current issue in the field. The goal of the course is for students to integrate the knowledge gained in the Criminal Justice concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.