Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Program Courses

CJS101

INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3

CJS105

INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

3

CJS201

JUVENILE JUSTICE

3

CJS202

CRIMINAL LAW

3

CJS204

CRIMINAL PROCEDURES

3

CJS303

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIME AND PREVENTION

3

CJS304

LEGAL RIGHTS OF VICTIMS

3

CJS305

AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT

3

CJS306

PROBATION AND PAROLE

3

CJS401

CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING

3

CJS402

ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3

CJS403

PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

3

CJS497

RESEARCH PROJECT

3

CJS498

SEMINAR

3

CJS499

INTERNSHIP OR OPEN ELECTIVE

3

CJS---

CJ ELECTIVE 200+

3

CJS---

CJ ELECTIVE 200+

3

CJS---

CJ ELECTIVE 200+

3

Directed Courses

POL229

AMERICAN POLITICS

3

PSY212

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

PSY302

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

SOC397

RESEARCH METHODS

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

COM---

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVE

3

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH115

ELEMENTARY STATISTICS

3

MTH---

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

3

PSY101

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

SCI---

NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE

3

SCI---

NATURAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE W/LAB

4

SOC111

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3

ZZZ---

ARTS AND HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 200+

3

ZZZ---

LAW, BUSINESS, OR SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

LAW, BUSINESS, OR SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE 200+

3

ZZZ---

BUSINESS OR SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE 300+

3

ZZZ---

BUSINESS OR SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE 300+

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 300+

3

Minimum total credits required 122

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR
William Morgan, J.D.
Email: wmorgan@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40941

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This program is designed for students interested in criminal justice and career opportunities in federal or state law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, and private security. The program is available both on-campus and online. Programmatic and general education coursework provide a broad education that will assist the student upon graduation to pursue an advanced degree in criminal justice or in another discipline, and begin a career in the field of criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of criminal justice theories, internship opportunities, and rigorous upper level courses that will focus on critically thinking and problem solving skills. There is also an emphasis on ethical behavior as it applies to the criminal justice field.

 

PROGRAM MISSION
The Bachelor of Science criminal justice program will provide students a comprehensive education emphasizing career and the application of knowledge gained from both specialized and general education coursework. The knowledge gained will assist students seeking acceptance into a graduate level program or employment in the field of criminal justice.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate desirable, ethical attitudes and work habits: verbal/written communication skills, creative thinking, problem solving, good judgment, self-reliance, team cooperation, acceptance of change, commitment to life-long learning, support of diversity and technology usage.
  • Illustrate specific types of crimes and their assigned punishments.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the prison systems, current treatment theories, and punishment systems.
  • Differentiate between adult and juvenile courts.
  • Construct a considerable knowledge base of local, state, and federal court systems.
  • Recognize the constitutional rights of the criminally accused as they apply to the investigative and arrest procedure.
  • Identify the societal issues related to the criminal justice system and victim’s rights.

 

PROGRAM COURSES:

 

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

This course provides a general introduction to the field of criminal justice. In addition to an examination of the effectiveness of the system, history and theories are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the role of law enforcement within the criminal justice system.

CJS105 Introduction to Corrections

3 credits

This course provides an overview of the role of incarceration in society. Topics include an examination of physical prison facilities, current treatment theories, sentencing and its goals, and alternatives to incarceration.

CJS201 Juvenile Justice

3 credits

This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis is placed on the effectiveness of the system in dealing with the needs of society and the juvenile offender.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS202 Criminal Law

3 credits

This course presents an overview of the history, purposes, and effectiveness of federal and state criminal law. Topics include identification of the elements of a crime and an examination of specific types of crimes and their assigned penalties.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS204 Criminal Procedure

3 credits

This course presents an in-depth look at the United States Constitution as it relates to the rights of the accused. Due process and the procedures to protect guaranteed rights within the criminal justice system are examined.
Prerequisites: CJS101, CJS105

CJS303 Contemporary Issues in Crime and Prevention

3 credits

This course will examine the cause and effect relationship between contemporary problems in our society and how they are related to crime and prevention. Issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, DNA testing, civil liberties, and the widespread use of the Internet will be discussed in their relation to the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite: CJS204

CJS304 Legal Rights of Victims

3 credits

This course will examine an often neglected component in the criminal justice system—the victim. Personal and economic costs to the victim will be highlighted. Legislation or the lack of legislation to protect and assist victims will also be examined.
Prerequisite: CJS204 or CJS101, CJS105, and CJS201

CJS305 American Law Enforcement

3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of law enforcement agencies in America. Emphasis will be placed on community policing, the administration and management of police departments, the specific roles of various policing agencies, police subculture, investigation, and patrol duties. The student will also acquire an understanding of the employment application process involved in obtaining a career in law enforcement.
Prerequisite: CJS204

CJS306 Probation and Parole

3 credits

This course focuses on the theory and practice of probation and parole. Emphasis is placed on the supervision of substance abuse offenders and of sex offenders. Various cutting edge topics and rehabilitation methods applied in both adult and juvenile probation and parole cases will be examined.
Prerequisite: CJS204

CJS401 Correctional Counseling

3 credits

This course addresses the various purposes of correctional counseling and the skills needed to achieve the desired outcome. Different theories of treatment are explored along with an examination of individuals’ beliefs on counseling and the offender.
Prerequisite: CJS204 or CJS101, CJS105, and CJS201

 

CJS402 Ethics in Criminal Justice

3 credits

This course will examine ethics and professional responsibility. Due to the power given to those in the criminal justice system, society expects a very high standard of behavior and responsibility. This course, through situational examples, will discuss and examine how the work environment and a sense of ethics and professional responsibility can exist.
Prerequisite: CJS204

CJS403 Principles of Criminal Investigations

3 credits

This course examines the investigative process from the initial introduction at the crime scene to the in-court testimony describing the investigation. The fourth amendment concepts of probable cause and search and seizure are emphasized as the rulebook governing a criminal investigation.
Prerequisites: CJS202, CJS204

CJS497 Research Project

3 credits

This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully research a topic in the criminal justice field to test a theory or practice developed within previous coursework.
Prerequisite: Final term

CJS498 Seminar 3 credits

This capstone course explores potential career paths and contemporary developments in the criminal justice arena. Professional development is encouraged. Discussion of issues in the workplace, and development of employer search techniques are included. 
Prerequisite: Final term

CJS499 Internship

3 credits

This course provides a practical link between classroom theory and application. Students are required to prepare daily logs and written reports detailing work experiences. Each student’s activities are coordinated and monitored by a member of the College faculty.

CJS Elective 200+

3 credits

CJS Elective 200+

3 credits

CJS Elective 200+

3 credits

DIRECTED COURSES

POL229 American Politics

3 credits

This course is a study of the organization and functions of the United States Federal government. It examines the roles and interplay of the primary political players, including elected officials, the federal court system, special interest groups, the media, and the American public. It also examines such topics as Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, the Welfare State, Foreign and Defense policy, and other influences.

PSY212 Social Psychology

3 credits

This course explores the influence of others on an individual’s social cognition. Attention is given to topics of conformity, aggression, interpersonal relations, stereotyping, and the role of culture.
Prerequisite: PSY101

PSY302 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

This course focuses on the study of mental disorders, emphasizing etiology, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. The use of DSM-V will be discussed as well as the history and theories of mental illness.
Prerequisite: PSY101 and MOS207 or 3 credits of 200-level or higher of Psychology

SOC397 Research Methods

3 credits

This course provides an understanding a variety of research methods, including experimental, survey, co-relational and case-history techniques. It offers students an introduction in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. They will become aware of the strengths and limitations of each method and understand when each method is best used.
Prerequisite: MTH115, PSY101, and SOC111

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

FYS101 First-Year Seminar

1 credit

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

CIS174 Computer Applications

3 credits

This course provides a hands-on overview of computer applications utilizing particular software with emphasis on computer use for business purposes. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software projects are included. Students develop a logical approach to problem-solving in relation to storing, retrieving, and analyzing information for reports and projects. Problems and issues related to computer-based information systems are discussed.

COM---Communication Elective

3 credits

ENG103 English Composition I

3 credits

This is a writing-intensive introductory course that emphasizes the writing process, including focus on audiences and purpose in writing, patterns of argument, introductory research, and the review of grammar and mechanics. Both career and academic documents will be assigned, with the goal of learning to write in a professional style, both in college and beyond. Students should expect to produce a total of twelve to fifteen pages of edited writing during the course.

ENG104 English Composition II 3 credits

Students will build on the skills learned in English 103 to move beyond the basic college essay to writing more complex essays using causal analysis, persuasion, and argument. This course will focus on reading complex texts, and using the research skills introduced in English 103 to develop, research, write and revise a full-length research paper. Class assignments and discussion will focus on introducing, reinforcing, and emphasizing critical thinking skills in a multi-cultural environment.
Prerequisite: ENG103

MTH115 Elementary Statistics

3 credits

This course introduces the elementary statistical procedures used by researchers in the behavioral, health, and social science professions and other related disciplines. The course emphasizes the use of tables, graphs and elementary descriptive statistical applications. The course also introduces the student to the sampling and surveying done in many everyday life experiences.

MTH---Mathematics Elective

3 credits

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles underlying mental and behavioral processes, biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and language. In addition, research methodology, psychopathology and treatments are discussed.

SCI---Natural Sciences Elective

3 credits

 

SCI---Natural Sciences Elective w/ Lab 4 credits
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of society and an analysis of the relationships of people to family, religion, education, politics, economics, and community. Changes in society and an individual’s influence on society are emphasized.

ZZZ---Arts and Humanities Elective 200+ 3 credits
ZZZ---Law, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 3 credits
ZZZ---Law, Business, or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 200+ 3 credits
ZZZ---Business or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 300+ 3 credits
ZZZ---Business or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 300+ 3 credits
ZZZ---General Education Elective 3 credits
ZZZ---General Education Elective 3 credits
ZZZ---General Education Elective 300+ 3 credits

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