CCPS Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses
CRIJ 271: Basic Corrections Officer Training. 6-9 hours.

This course includes instruction provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections in a training academy for custody and non-custody staff. Topics include corrections theory and profession, administrative procedures and policies, legal studies, interpersonal perspectives, technical studies and skill development.

CRIJ 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

300 Level Courses
CRIJ 309: Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques. 3 hours.

Focuses on the conduct of interviews, gathering of physical evidence, sensitivity to the needs of victims and non-offending parents and special legal considerations as they pertain to the investigation of child abuse.

CRIJ 310: Domestic Violence Intervention Training. 3 hours.

Focuses on effective intervention and investigation of family dysfunctional incidents using a multidisciplinary approach. Emphasis on protection of the victim and return of the family to a healthy state.

CRIJ 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

CRIJ 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.