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 Online Criminal Justice Degrees

Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 182


General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.00 credits
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 101Expository Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 102Persuasive Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 103Analytical Writing and Reading3.00 credits
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.00 credits
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.00 credits
PSY 101General Psychology I3.00 credits
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.00 credits
The following three math courses, or their equivalent
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.00 credits
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.00 credits
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.00 credits
One of the following science sequences:
BIO 161General Biology I3.00 credits
BIO 164General Biology Lab I1.00 credits
Or:
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.00 credits
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.50 credits
Two Literature classes from ENGL 200-499
Two History Electives.
One elective each from Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Political Science, and Fine Arts.

Criminal Justice Core Requirements - 58-64 Credits
Justice Sequence
CJ 400Critical Issues in Criminal Justice3.00 credits
PHIL 330Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice3.00 credits
Writing/Communication Sequence
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.00 credits
Theory Sequence
COM 375Grant Writing3.00 credits
PSCI 329Theories of Justice3.00 credits
SOC 260Classical Social Theory3.00 credits
SOC 460Contemporary Social Theory3.00 credits
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.00 credits
SOC 250Research Methods I3.00 credits
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.00 credits

Criminal Justice Specialization Courses - 24-25 Credits
Students select eight of the following courses
Forensics
CJ 265Criminal Investigation3.00 credits
CJ 378Science of Forensic Science3.00 credits
CJ 379Forensic DNA Analysis3.00 credits
PSY 370Forensic Psychology3.00 credits
Cybercrime
CJ 273Surveillance, Technology and the Law3.00 credits
CJ 274Sex, Violence & Crime on the Internet3.00 credits
CJ 377Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age3.00 credits
Crime and Procedures
BLAW 348White Collar Crime4.00 credits
CJ 275Issues in Domestic Violence3.00 credits
CJ 279Bio Terrorism3.00 credits
CJ 372Death Penalty - An American Dilemma3.00 credits
CJ 373Environmental Crimes3.00 credits
PSCI 220Constitutional Law I3.00 credits
PSCI 365Politics, Law, & Justice3.00 credits

Other Social Science Electives - 15 Credits
Students select four of the following courses:
CJ 380Special Topics3.00 credits
PSCI 363Constitutional Law II3.00 credits
SOC 115Social Problems3.00 credits
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.00 credits
SOC 220Wealth and Power3.00 credits
SOC 240Urban Sociology3.00 credits
SOC 320Sociology of Deviant Behavior3.00 credits
SOC 380Special Topics in Sociology3.00 credits
Students select one of the following courses:
ANTH 312Approaches to Intercultural Behavior3.00 credits
COM 345Intercultural Communication3.00 credits
SOC 210Race and Ethnic Relations3.00 credits

Free Electives
23-29 Credits

Course Descriptions

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3.00 credits

Examines the diversity that exists in human culture. Uses lectures, films, and discussions to examine and illustrate the relationship between humans and their social/cultural systems.

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COM 150 Mass Media and Society - 3.00 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce media undergraduates to the process of promotion. Each element of the promotional mix--advertising, public relations, sales promotion, and personal selling--is discussed within the framework of integrated marketing communications. Three credit hours. Offered Spring semester (d).

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ENGL 101 Expository Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write expository academic discourse. Teaches students how to read with understanding; how to access print and technological sources; how to research, plan, draft, revise, and edit academic essays and reports. Requires students to write expository essay and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and study in the course.

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ENGL 102 Persuasive Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write persuasive academic discourse. Teaches students to think and read critically, to evaluate and use print and technological sources effectively, and to present a written argument effectively. Requires students to write persuasive essays and research papers and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and studied in the course.

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ENGL 103 Analytical Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' skills in critical and analytical reading and writing through a study of literature. Teaches students techniques to help them understand and appreciate literature. Requires students to read, analyze, and write essays and research papers about selected works of poetry, drama, and fiction and to keep a journal to express their responses to the literature studied.

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PHIL 101 Introduction to Western Philosophy - 3.00 credits

Introduces the main methods and aims of Western Philosophy, involving the study of problems central to metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and ethics. Offered every quarter.

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PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science - 4.00 credits

Studies the political process, which determines who gets what, when, and how in society.

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PSY 101 General Psychology I - 3.00 credits

Students are introduced to the scientific study of human behavior. Special attention is given to the biological, psychological, and social processes underlying human behavior within the framework of modern psychological research. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3.00 credits

Examines principles underlying human interaction in simple technological societies, including learning and development of social roles; development and meaning of culture and social organizations; and special institutions in the society, such as the family, class structure, and power structure.

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MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers set theory, coordinate systems and graphs, functions, linear programming (geometric approach), matrices and linear systems, and linear programming (algebraic approach). Required for architecture, business administration, and construction management students. Non-credit for engineering and science students. Fall, Winter.

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MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers counting techniques, probability, statistics, and probability applications. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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MATH 183 Mathematical Analysis III - 3.00 credits

Covers limits, rates of change, derivatives, applications of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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BIO 161 General Biology I - 3.00 credits

Covers structure and function of the cell and the organ-system plan of organization of the human body. Fall.

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BIO 164 General Biology Lab I - 1.00 credits

In this course students will perform computer simulations of laboratory exercises related to photosynthesis, enzyme activity and kinetics, the cardiovascular, muscle and bone systems, regulation of human organ systems as well as plant growth and development.

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CHEM 111 General Chemistry I - 4.00 credits

Not open to engineering or science majors. Introduces the principles of general chemistry. Covers SI units, unit factor calculations, states of matter, elements and compounds, energy, atoms, electronic configurations, ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis dot structures, shapes of molecules, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molarity, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, equilibrium between different states of matter, and some colligative properties of solutions.

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CHEM 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1.50 credits

Covers chemical and physical properties and techniques for inorganic, organic, and polymeric compounds, including distillation, crystallization, chromatography, separation.

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CJ 400 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice - 3.00 credits

The capstone course will be open only to Criminal Justice Seniors. It will serve as an opportunity for them to demonstrate their cumulative learning to the major by looking on the most challenging issues in the field. Students, divided into groups, will research the topics, draft a report and present and defend it before an audience of Criminal Justice students. The knowledge and skills obtained through four years as a Criminal Justice major will be reflected in their work. This course will be a writing intensive course as multiple drafts of their thesis will be reviewed and critiqued before the final report is written and accepted. (Topic will reflect contemporary issues and one subject to choose.)

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PHIL 330 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice - 3.00 credits

Studies ethical issues in the policies and practices of criminal justice, and theories that bear upon issues such as the relationship of law to justice, the definition of crime, the use of deception and coercion in law enforcement, and the purposes and varieties of criminal punishment. Offered fall and spring quarters.

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COM 230 Techniques of Speaking - 3.00 credits

A workshop course in improving public speaking skills. Provides experience in speeches of explanation, persuasion, and argument.

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COM 375 Grant Writing - 3.00 credits

Students explore the grant writing process, from the development of an idea and researching appropriate contributors, to writing a fully realized grant proposal, complete with budget. Course topics also include surveying the political and social climate before developing an idea, assessing an organization's capabilities to handle a project, and performing through literature reviews. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSCI 329 Theories of Justice - 3.00 credits

Examines the nature and realization of justice in modern societies, with special attention to contemporary questions of civil rights.

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SOC 260 Classical Social Theory - 3.00 credits

Critically examines the ideas of the classical sociological theorists (e.g., Marx, Durkheim, and Weber). This is a writing intensive course.

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SOC 460 Contemporary Social Theory - 3.00 credits

Covers a broad range of theories that guide contemporary sociological thought This is a writing intensive course.

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COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods - 3.00 credits

This course provides a detailed investigation of the nature, application, analysis and write up of qualitative research in communication and the social sciences, including such topics as ethnography, in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and narrative analysis.

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SOC 250 Research Methods I - 3.00 credits

Covers research design, including ethics of research, sampling, survey research, interviewing, field experiments, and content analysis. Involves multidisciplinary examples and application in seminar format with student production of original projects.

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SOC 364 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis - 3.00 credits

This course uses the computer as a tool in organizing and manipulating a numerical database, as well as in performing statistical analyses. Simulation and modeling may also be covered.

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CJ 265 Criminal Investigation - 3.00 credits

The initial crime scene investigation can make or break subsequent crime solving and conviction of offenders. What does one look for? Who has responsibility for the collection of evidence and the resulting chain of custody? Who has authority in cases that involve several states and federal law enforcement?

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CJ 378 Science of Forensic Science - 3.00 credits

Students will study actual casework to learn how to apply scientific method to evidence analysis and translation of results to criminal court hearings and trials. In this ONLINE course students will play the virtual role of analyst, gathering crime scene evidence and presenting it at trial.

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CJ 379 Forensic DNA Analysis - 3.00 credits

An introduction to DNA analysis methods in current forensic testing . Genetics, inheritance, DNA biochemistry are applied to a fluorescent detection technology to produce results using one or more manufactured DNA testing kits. Students will be exposed to actual casework data and as virtual analyst present results to juries and judges.

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PSY 370 Forensic Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course is for upper-level students who wish to learn about the field of abnormal behavior. Topics include: theories of abnormality, its causes and treatment; classification systems and conditions, such as anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, dissociative and somatoform disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and Junior standing. Offered Spring semester; offered Fall semester in even numbered years.

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CJ 273 Surveillance, Technology and the Law - 3.00 credits

This course will examine current surveillance technologies used by criminal justice agencies and private sector organizations and the laws that regulate government surveillance and protect privacy.

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CJ 274 Sex, Violence & Crime on the Internet - 3.00 credits

This course explores how offenders are adopting computers to commit traditional crimes in a hi-tech manner. Specific attention will be paid to how the Internet has affected the structure of hate groups and the child pornography and sexual predator subcultures. Cyber-stalking and online harassment will also be examined.

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CJ 377 Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age - 3.00 credits

This seminar focuses on the changing nature of intellectual property theft in the Digital Age. Attention will be paid to legislative solutions for protecting intellectual property and the challenges faced when investigating the theft of intellectual property. Additionally, theoretical explanations to account for intellectual property theft will be explored.

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BLAW 348 White Collar Crime - 4.00 credits

Examines the current federal and local criminal codes as they apply specifically to managers and businesses and the enforcement process.

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CJ 275 Issues in Domestic Violence - 3.00 credits

Domestic Violence is a major public health problem. This course will describe DV in the context of multiple response systems including health care, police, advocacy, and criminal justice. We will explore how DV affects men, women and children and examine societal conditions that allow DV to occur and continue.

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CJ 279 Bio Terrorism - 3.00 credits

An examination of chemical and biological terrorism issues and the science, politics and regulation related to terrorism. Case studies of terrorism from legal, scientific, sociological, crime scene investigation perspectives and how to analyze, evaluate and effectively prevent future terrorism.

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CJ 372 Death Penalty - An American Dilemma - 3.00 credits

Capital Punishment is a complex and controversial issue. Opinions about the death penalty are rarely grounded in hard evidence. This course will examine the history of the use of capital punishment in America: the case law and the issues which rise from the use of the Ultimate Sanction.

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CJ 373 Environmental Crimes - 3.00 credits

An examination of the criminal consequences of the violation of laws, regulations and policies governing clean water, air and toxic substances. Analysis of case studies from a variety of perspectives including crime scene investigations and potential terrorism.

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PSCI 220 Constitutional Law I - 3.00 credits

Introduction to Constitutional law and the federal courts. Examines the emergence of judicial review, the judiciary's role in the system of check and balances, and the powers and limitations on each branch of government.

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PSCI 365 Politics, Law, & Justice - 3.00 credits

Examines justice as politically determined, including the personnel, policies, and practices of units of the legal system, especially civil, criminal, and juvenile courts in urban areas.

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CJ 380 Special Topics - 3.00 credits

This course will explore current issues and interests in Criminal Justice. The topic will vary each term

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PSCI 363 Constitutional Law II - 3.00 credits

Examines protections for civil liberties afforded by the First Amendment of the Constitution, specifically those related to speech, the press, religion, and assembly.

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SOC 115 Social Problems - 3.00 credits

Examines conceptions and misconceptions regarding the causes and cures for social problems such as unemployment, urban decline, crime, health care, and discrimination.

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SOC 120 Sociology of the Family - 3.00 credits

Examines structure and functions of the family and the roles, relationships, problems, and opportunities of family living from a variety of perspectives. Uses lectures, field experiences, and discussion.

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SOC 220 Wealth and Power - 3.00 credits

This course will explore how race, gender and social class are defined and experienced in contemporary American society. It will build from collective definitions of race, gender and social class to view the connectiions between the personal and the political, the problems of the individual, and the character of society's institutions and social structure. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits.

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SOC 240 Urban Sociology - 3.00 credits

The main trends of theoretical and practical analysis of the family: its history, life cycle, and various aspects and elements, including the use of real-life family interviews. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: SOC 100. Offered Fall semester in odd numbered years; offered Fall semester in even numbered years.

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SOC 320 Sociology of Deviant Behavior - 3.00 credits

Examines theories of deviance, focusing on their attribution of causation and the implications for correction and/or control at both the individual and societal levels. Includes topics such as alcoholism, mental illness, criminality, and other deviant behaviors.

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SOC 380 Special Topics in Sociology - 3.00 credits

This course will explore current issues and debates in Sociology. It will be conducted as a seminar. The topic will vary each term.

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ANTH 312 Approaches to Intercultural Behavior - 3.00 credits

Examines theory and case studies related to working and living outside the United States. Includes topics such as culture shock, cultural relativity, and ethnocentrism. Selects specific geographic culture areas for case studies.

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COM 345 Intercultural Communication - 3.00 credits

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of intercultural communication. Drawing from traditions in anthropology and communication, intercultural communication is the study of the effect of differing cultural norms and beliefs upon communication between speakers. Through a wide range of readings, journal writing assignments, and participative and experiential activities, students will develop both their understanding of and skills in inter-cultural communication. A final project and presentation draws together participative experiences and the readings and class discussions.

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SOC 210 Race and Ethnic Relations - 3.00 credits

This course offers a broad examination of the American system of criminal justice. The development and contemporary functions of the three subsystems (law enforcement, judicial system, and correctional system) are analyzed. This course provides the foundation for further Criminal Justice studies. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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