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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice examines the environmental, psychological, and biological causes of criminal behavior, the social institutions that deal with crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and how crime can be prevented.

Criminal justice professionals commonly work for academic institutions, law enforcement or other government agencies, and correctional facilities.

In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

Students should have math skills equivalent to MATH 100 or higher before enrolling in BSCI 274.

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Students should complete all 100-and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).

BachelorĀ of Science in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 42 credit hours.

CRIM 120: Principles of Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to familiarize students with the American system of criminal justice, theories of crime causation, and society’s response to crime. The course provides a general overview of the agencies responsible for the administration of justice by examining the history, structure, and functions of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.

CRIM 201: Law and Society
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 120. Considers social, cultural and political forces which influence the formation of laws and legislative processes. Theories of the origins of law are discussed and then applied to historical legal cases.

CRIM 211: Police Patrol
3 credit hours

Responsibilities, powers and duties of the uniformed patrol officer, patrol procedures, mechanics of arrest and all other functions of the officer on patrol.

CRIM 221: Victimology
3 credit hours

Analysis of major perspectives on victimization. Emphasis is on the role of the victim in the generation of crime, experience of the victim in the criminal justice system and on patterns of victimization.

CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
3 credit hours

Designed to acquaint the student with procedures utilized in the investigation of a crime. It considers theories of physical sciences as they apply to the investigative methodology of a crime. The process is examined within the context of the most recent technological advances in criminal investigation.

CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
3 credit hours

Intensive study of crimes committed by people or corporations during the course of legitimate work.

CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 120. An intensive study of different theories explaining why people violate the law. Special consideration will be given to applying theories of crime.

CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYCH 120 or CRIM 120 or SOCI 120. A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration is also given to solutions of delinquency.

CRIM 337: Death Penalty
3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the social, political and historical forces that have helped shape the practice of the death penalty in America and the international community. Emphasis will be placed on the
relationship between race, class and gender and imposition of capital punishment as well as the influence of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the administration of the death penalty.

CRIM 342: The Correctional System
3 credit hours

Provides a basic framework for understanding crime and criminal justice. Topics include: community-based treatment programs, correctional treatment institutions and civil rights of offenders.

CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
3 credit hours

An in-depth look at the judicial branch of government, emphasizing the state and federal judicial systems. The role of the prosecution, defense, judge and jury are examined, as well as judicial procedure.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS-Senior standing, BSCI 200BSCI 274. Day-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting. Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers.

An Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree is also available.