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Criminal Justice (CJU)

Criminal Justice (CJU)

140 Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Course provides an intense, hands-on exploration of approved Rape Aggressiveness Defense (RAD) program of personal defense.  Meets Activity requirement in Liberal Arts Core.
Fifteen contact hours, one credit.


201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
An introduction to the philosophy and history of criminal justice, the development and operation of criminal justice agencies in the United States.
Three hours, three credits.

204 Fundamentals of Corrections
This course explores the development and functions of the American correctional system.  The focus of this course will be on the functions of punishment and rehabilitation, historical and cross-cultural approaches to punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation, and current theories and practices within correctional institutions.
Three hours, three credits.

220 Criminal Law
The focus of this course will be on the definitions and structure of criminal law, as well as defenses and excuses to criminal liability.  Students at the conclusion of the course will be able to determine what conduct is “criminal” and understand the public policy considerations which underlie these definitions.
Three hours, three credits.

300 Dilemmas and Decision Making in Criminal Justice
The course defines the responsibilities of criminal justice personnel and explores the decision-making dilemmas faced by police, court, and corrections officials as they carry out their duties.  Distinctions among basic theories of decision-making are addressed: 1) deontology, 2) utilitarianism, 3) peacemaking, 4) caring, and 5) a feminist-based approach.  Controversial issues in criminal justice are also addressed.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

314 Courts and the Judicial Process
Designed to give the student an in-depth study of the U.S. legal system and the judicial process.  It will emphasize national structures, but also view state and local justice systems.
Three hours, three credits.

320 Deviance and Social Control
(see SOC 320)
Three hours, three credits.

330 Criminal Investigation
Explores the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigations and their importance in the overall criminal justice process.  The course will cover recognizing, evaluating, and processing evidence and crime scenes, as well as other information sources.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

335 Introduction to Forensic Investigations
Forensics is the application of science as it applies to law enforcement.  Topics will include physical evidence collection, fingerprinting, organic analysis, inorganic analysis, toxicology and serology, DNA, document examination, physical properties, and development of footwear and tire impressions.  There will be exercises in: locating a buried body and processing the crime scene, lifting latent fingerprints, processing footwear/tire impressions, and reconstructing a crime scene from blood spatter analysis techniques.  Prerequisite: BIO 101 and CHM 101 or 103.
Three hours, three credits.

340 Interviewing and Crisis Intervention
This course introduces the interview as a basic tool of criminal justice practice, and the introduction to selected theoretical perspectives and intervention approaches applicable to various crisis situations.  The course focuses on developing effective communication skills, mediating conflict, and defusing violence.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

350 Crime and Delinquency Prevention
The focus of the course will be on the relationship between the police and the community and ways to involve both sides of the process of reducing and managing crime.  Topics will include technological advances related to crime prevention and public and private responses to the crime problem.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

360 Police Operations
An in-depth exploration of the structure, organization, and operating procedures of American law enforcement agencies, including the ways in which they assess, evaluate, and respond to crime.  The course will acquaint the student with the current state of knowledge about police officers, and the most critical problems facing the police today.  The course will cover the role of the police in modern society, including the problems of today and the challenges of the future.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

361 Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the structure, organization and operating procedures of American law enforcement agencies, including the ways in which they assess, evaluate and respond to crime.  The course will review the relationship of leadership styles, communication skills and decision making on the effective performance of managers and subordinates.  The class will also explore the impact of the environment and legal cases on the process of police administration.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

375 Crime Scene Photography
The purpose of this course is to enable students to accurately record crime scenes through the use of photography, both film and digital.  The class covers the basic elements of photography as well as how photographs can be properly used as evidence in court.  The focus of the course is on preparing visual images that accurately depict the subject, including photographing documents, accidents, fingerprints, tire tracks, and other trace evidence with attention to ultraviolet, fluorescent, and infrared photography.
Three hours, three credits.

404 Juvenile Justice System
Provides students with insights into the juvenile justice field with emphasis on corrective measures.
Three hours, three credits.

406 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
This course examines probation, parole, and community-based correctional programs and the role they play within the criminal justice system.  This course will also review a variety of long-established correctional treatment practices as well as new and innovative programs.
Thirty-eight contact hours, three credits.

408 Rural Criminal Justice Issues
This course will provide students with the opportunity to critically examine the criminal justice system within a rural context.  Much of the literature and analysis of the criminal justice system, that our students are exposed, is developed from the urban experience.  Subsequently the rural criminal justice experience often goes unnoticed and unexamined.  Students who are interested in criminal justice will benefit from this examination of the distinct characteristics and elements of the rural criminal justice process.  The opportunity to understand rural criminal justice concepts and contexts will provide students with the appropriate empirical base to facilitate further study of the complete criminal justice experiences and processes.  Prerequisite: CJU 201.
Three hours, three credits.

430 Specialized Investigations
Basic and advanced concepts of deviant sexual behavior and related criminal activity will be explored.  At the conclusion of the course, students will recognize the different types of rapists, pedophiles, child molesters, and paraphilia.  The responsibilities of law enforcement and other professions in investigations of criminal offenses will be presented.  Students will have experience in criminal investigative techniques by profiling an assigned case.  Prerequisite: CJU 330.
Three hours, three credits.

460 Criminal Profiling
Concentrated extension of the criminal investigative process that focuses on the evaluation of physical evidence and the reconstruction of crime scenes, with an emphasis on examining criminal behavior in order to identify the type of offender. Many crime scenes and serial offenders will be studied, including topics on victimology, cyber patterns, organized and disorganized scenes.  Prerequisites: CJU 201 and CJU 330 or CJU 430.
Three hours, three credits.

475 Directed Research
Under the supervision of a faculty member with appropriate expertise, students may complete a sustained research agenda relating to a topic of current theoretical and/or empirical interest within the criminal justice field and leading to the production of a substantial research paper.  The student will be directed to research problems through published materials and/or field inquiry.
Variable hours, three credits.

497 Special Topics
The content of the special topics course will change each time the course is offered.  The subject matter of the course will be some highly specialized area of criminal justice which is not covered in depth in any other criminal justice course.  Students may take a maximum of two different special topics courses for credit.  Prerequisite: permission of the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.
Three hours, three credits.

498 Seminar
The seminar is designed to explore and develop issues, both current and future, involving all aspects of criminal justice.  It will include, but is not limited to, issues related to causes of criminal behavior, prisons, intermediate sanctions, crime prevention, the role of police, and expectations of the 21st century. 

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Three hours, three credits.

499 Internship
The internship represents the culmination of the student’s undergraduate preparation for professional practice.  Students are placed in approved agencies and provided a supervised educational experience.  They must spend a minimum of 300 hours in the agency during the semester.  Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Three credits.