Criminal Justice

CJUS 1101 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice Profession

3 credits

The first part of this course explores the history, development, philosophy and current status of law enforcement in America. The structure and varying functions of law enforcement officers in the public and private sectors will be discussed. Police discretion, ethics, civil liability and community relations will be evaluated in order to analyze the sociological implications of contemporary policing. The second part of this course will focus on the institutional and non-institutional aspects of contemporary corrections. Community corrections, probation, parole and other forms of intermediate sanctions and incarceration alternatives will be analyzed. The operations of jails and prisons will be evaluated by focusing on safety, security, classification and programming.

CJUS 1102 – Basic Law Enforcement I

8 credits

This course covers the first 16 weeks of the 26 week Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. CJUS 1102 and CJUS 1103 provide the student with the fundamentals of entry-level peace officer training for employment as a law enforcement officer. The student will learn the technical and social skills needed to perform in the area of law enforcement. There is an increasing demand for better educated law enforcement personnel so the successful student can expect job opportunities as a peace officer. This program is offered in conjunction with the Greenfield Police Department. This is a state certifying academy and is conducted under the guidelines mandated by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

CJUS 1103 – Basic Law Enforcement II

8 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1102

This course is the last 10 weeks of the 26 week Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. CJUS 1102 and CJUS 1103 provide the student with the fundamentals of entry-level peace officer training for employment as a law enforcement officer. The student will learn the technical and social skills needed to perform in the area of law enforcement. There is an increasing demand for better educated law enforcement personnel so the successful student can expect job opportunities as a peace officer. This program is offered in conjuction with the Greenfield Police Department. This is a state certifying academy and is conducted under the guidelines mandated by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

CJUS 1104 – Private Security Training

6 credits

This 157 hour training academy is designed to meet the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code for armed private security officer certification and will address all academic and skill areas of basic private security duties.

CJUS 1105 – Asset Protection & Loss Prevention

3 credits

The course focuses on administration and management issues related to corporate security functions, including strategic and operational management, risk management, contract security services, management of emergencies and loss prevention. Students will assess vulnerabilities and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report on the terrorist attacks against the United States. Facility protection standards are used to determine appropriate courses of action, from a security management perspective, using threat models and risk assessment concepts. Research is required and application of critical thinking is applied to address external threats and countermeasures. Practical exercises are conducted to apply research findings.

CJUS 1108 – Introduction to Terrorism

2 credits

This course covers terrorists activities aimed at achieving radical changes around the world through violence. Topics include the identification of terrorist groups who are willing to kill innocent people by using explosives, weapons and other violent means and the actions of governments to counter terrorism. Emphasis is placed on how terrorism has affected American security concerns and society in general.

CJUS 1115 – Interpersonal Communication

2 credits

This course analyzes the basis of effective communication in corrections and law enforcement by focusing on report writing, interviewing and interpersonal communication skills. Students will learn note–taking techniques and learn how to gather information from an interview/interrogation. Verbal and non-verbal communication methods are explored in addition to the planning, organizing, preparation and editing processes for reports.

CJUS 1125 – Criminal Law

3 credits

This course will explore the history, scope and nature of criminal law. It will analyze the general nature of crime, constitutional limits on crime and general principals of criminal liability. Topics include legal language and machinery, parties to crime, classification of offenses, act and intent, capacity to commit crime and various defenses. Primary emphasis will be on common law and modern statutory criminal codes. Students are provided knowledge of the building blocks of criminal law to include elements of crimes and defenses to criminal charges. The role of the police, criminal courts and attorneys in the administration of the criminal justice system will be discussed in detail. The course will teach the student how to analyze and brief criminal cases and identify and discuss criminal issues. An overview of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence will be provided.

CJUS 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

A discussion of particular problems related to chosen program and areas of interest.

CJUS 2201 – Criminology & Victimology

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1101

The first part of this course will explore the origin, nature and extent of crime through an analysis of various causation theories. The various types of crimes, classifications of offenders and an overview of society’s response to criminal behavior will be discussed. The second part of this course will introduce students to the role of victimology in today’s criminal justice system. The discussion will focus on specific theories and coping strategies pertaining to domestic abuse, sexual assault, child maltreatment, elder abuse, property crime and homicide. Information regarding the victim’s rights movement, legislation and programming will be incorporated throughout the course.

CJUS 2215 – Ethics in Criminal Justice

2 credits

This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as sexual harassment, accreditation and maintenance standards and community relations are also discussed.

CJUS 2218 – Police Administration

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1101, CORR 101 or LENF 101

This course will examine police administration from multiple perspectives; from a systems perspective emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations; from a structural perspective emphasizing administrative principles, management functions and the importance of guidelines; a human behavioral perspective emphasizing the human element in organizations; and a strategic management perspective emphasizing communications and information systems, performance evaluations, strategies and tactics to increase effectiveness of police agencies.

CJUS 2220 – Restorative Justice

2 credits

This course will introduce students to the restorative justice movement in the criminal justice system. The historical background as well as the philosophies and practices resulting from this movement will be explored. Students will learn the significance of victim-offender mediation, community service and other reparation-based practices that seek to not only help heal those victimized by crime but also help reintegrate offenders into and with the community.

CJUS 2230 – Critical Incident Management

2 credits

This course will explore the volatile nature of managing critical incidents that occur within the field of corrections and law enforcement. Specific focus will be on the dynamics and methods involved in hostage negotiations, intervention strategies during a critical incident and the utilization of effective interpersonal communication skills. Team intervention approaches will be discussed along with information regarding post-incident debriefing.

CJUS 2233 – Criminal Investigation

2 credits

This course will introduce the fundamentals of criminal investigations through practical and theoretical approaches. Interviewing strategies, evidence collection and crime scene processing will provide a basis on which to manage an investigation and prepare for its presentation.

CJUS 2234 – Constitutional Criminal Procedures

3 credits

The first part of this course will examine the United States Constitution by applying the Bill of Rights to the operations of the criminal justice system. Information regarding judicial philosophies, interpretations and decisions will provide a basis on which to discuss the role of the United States Supreme Court and its ability to affect law. The second part of this course will examine a multitude of legal issues facing correctional staff. Sources of correctional law and specific constitutional amendments will structure discussions regarding the confinement and treatment of incarcerated inmates as well as those supervised in the community.

CJUS 2235 – Law Enforcement Internship

2 credits | Prerequisites: CJUS 1101, CORR 101 or LENF 101 and sophomore standing and good academic standing

On-the-job placement, selected by the college or by the student and approved by the college, will provide the student an opportunity to experience working in a criminal justice agency.

CJUS 2236 – Current Issues in Criminal Justice

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1101, CORR 101 or LENF 101

The first part of this course will explore major issues facing corrections today by analyzing the social context in which punishment occurs. Statistical data and varying points of view will broaden the scope of the topics allowing students to examine the impact of these correctional problems on the criminal justice system and society. Topics will include prison violence, gangs, institutional crowding, societal change and its impact on correction, inmate subcultures, female offenders, juvenile offenders, rehabilitations and treatment needs of offenders, correctional privatization and the death penalty. The second part of this course will examine the day-to-day policing and the stress found in both the daily grind and the division and stigmatization of certain branches of a law enforcement agency. Topics will include the dangers of misplaced loyalties, policing priorities and restorative policing.

CJUS 2240 – Correctional Case Management

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1101

The first part of this course will analyze the function of probation, parole and community corrections as well as the role of those persons/officers conducting supervision of criminally convicted adults and juveniles. Offender classification, supervision and programming are examined with emphasis on case law, ethical issues and current trends. The second part of this course will examine correctional counseling, treatment and intervention practices from an intuitional and non–intuitional perspective. Specifically, the student will be introduced to methods of conducting initial assessments in order to determine offender risks and needs. Case planning practices including goal setting and referral will be discussed with emphasis placed on special populations of correctional offenders.

CJUS 2241 – Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 1101, CORR 101 or LENF 101

This course examines the differences in criminal justice systems of nation states, sovereignty issues and the impact of international crime on the quality of life and its ability to undermine the rule of law and democratic government.

CJUS 2245 – Crime Scene Investigation

3 credits | Prerequisite: CJUS 2233

This course will introduce students to the role of the crime scene investigator in today’s criminal justice system. Major topics include the identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence at the crime scene.