Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security
Our online bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice offers a rich foundational program that will prepare graduates with the communication and thinking skills necessary to face ethical issues and make critical decisions in a contemporary global society. Our core Criminal Justice courses offer a well-rounded program to prepare you for any path you choose within law enforcement.
The specialized Homeland Security concentration courses give you an extra edge in a dynamic profession that offers diverse career possibilities in private industry or public agencies, national defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to
- demonstrate knowledge of the history and nature of the major components of the criminal justice system, including police, courts, and corrections;
- understand decision-making in the criminal justice process, the social and political contexts of the legal system, important legal issues, and how criminal law differs from other forms of law;
- demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law principles, procedural rules, and substantive law;
- apply critical thinking skills in the reading and interpretation of legal materials;
- demonstrate knowledge of the all-hazards approach to incidents regarding homeland security;
- describe and identify the concepts and implementation of the Incident Command System;
- demonstrate knowledge of contemporary or emergent threats, challenges, or issues in criminal justice and homeland security;
- gain an understanding of professional ethics and ethical concerns related to the field of criminal justice and homeland security;
- demonstrate the capability to research, utilize, and evaluate analytical data applicable to the study of criminal justice and homeland security;
- demonstrate effective communication, particularly those applicable to homeland security, such as policy analysis, briefings, strategic, or risk communications.
(39 credit hours.)
CJ 101. Introduction to Criminal Justice. (3) The evolution of the system of criminal justice in the United States; differing approaches to law enforcement; the process of criminal justice from intake to dismissal through its main agencies: police, courts, corrections, probation, and parole. Current problems, experiments, and reforms in criminal justice. Planning for a career in criminal justice.
CJ 201. Criminal Law. (3) Purpose and scope of criminal law; the definition of criminal conduct, the classification and definition of specific offenses, defenses to criminal liability, complicity and vicarious liability, inchoate offenses.
CJ 202. Criminal Procedure. (3) A detailed analysis of due process of law from the initial investigation to the ultimate disposition of the case, including search and seizure, interrogation, hearings, motions, pleas and trial procedures, the role of the principal trial participants, basic rules of evidence, sentencing, and the appellate process.
CJ 218. Constitutional Law. (3) Significant cases, principles, and trends in the interpretation of the United States Constitution. The class emphasizes those sections of the Constitution most directly related to the Criminal Justice system and homeland security.
CJ 228. Juvenile Justice. (3) An analysis of the factors causing juvenile delinquency; theory and practice of delinquency prevention and intervention; the juvenile justice system involving arrest, prosecution, and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents; and juvenile codes.
CJ 232. Criminology. (3) The nature and causation of crime. The nature of criminal behavior, theories, and research.
CJ 243. Writing in Criminal Justice. (3) Study and practice of written reporting as required in criminal justice. Strong emphasis on the mechanics of report writing, including accurate choice of words, spelling, grammar, syntax, style, punctuation, editing, and proofreading.
CJ 300. Corrections. (3) An overview of corrections including rationales for punishment, the history of corrections, alternate means of correction, and contemporary issues in corrections.
CJ 305. Community Corrections. (3) This course explores the history, functions, purposes, and operations of community-based corrections programs and how they are linked to the larger criminal justice system. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of community corrections as an alternative and supplement to incarceration.
CJ 314. Security. (3) An overview of security including the history and future of security, career opportunities in security, specialized security fields, risk management, crime prevention, and technological services.
CJ 320. Policing. (3) Study and practice of some of the commonly performed duties of police. Included are crime prevention and detection, patrol tactics, criminal and traffic enforcement, accident investigation, arrest and apprehension procedures, and trial court testimony. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the importance that each of the above components have on the success of a police agency.
CJ 325. Criminal Investigations. (3) This course is designed to introduce students to the unique aspects of criminal investigation. Students will explore investigative theory; the collection and preservation of evidence including the legal aspects, sources of information, concepts of interviewing, and interrogation; the use of forensic sciences; and trial preparation. Emphasis will be placed on investigative techniques employed, identification of motives and modus operandi, and the use of informants. Learning how to gather information through interviews and interrogation and applying legal concepts to solving crime will be important focuses of the course. The course will also examine concepts and methods of investigation of specific forms of crime (for example, homicide, sexual assault, arson, and robbery).
CJ 390. Special Topics in Criminal Justice. (3) Topics address recently identified current events, trends, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to criminal justice and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary.
HS 104. Introduction to Homeland Security. (3) This course provides students with an overview of homeland security in the United States and explores the function of the Department of Homeland Security as well as the contributions and responsibilities of state and local agencies.
HS 204. International and Domestic Terrorism. (3) This course examines international and domestic terrorism by looking at the roots of terrorism and its effect on homeland security. The course will focus on the history of terrorism to present day threats.
HS 214. Weapons of Mass Destruction. (3) The course provides insights into weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices; their potential use by terrorist groups; response to threats and protocols for dealing with exposures to WMD.
HS 224. Transportation Infrastructure and Homeland Security. (3) This course looks at all aspects of the transportation infrastructure and its vulnerability to natural, manmade, and terrorist threats. Specific focus is directed toward the impact of an attack on infrastructure and methods to increase security and redundancy.
HS 234. Intelligence and Homeland Security. (3) This course examines the importance of intelligence collection to the homeland security mission and includes discussion of the collection process, risk analysis, and the role of policy makers.
HS 254. Management of Critical Incidents. (3) The course focuses on the emerging science of critical incident management, studying the principles and doctrines associated with the effective response, developing strategies, operations planning, and management.