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Course Types:

Criminal Justice

CRJ 101   Introduction to Victimology (3)

Introduces psychological impact incurred by crime victims. Basic crisis intervention techniques, working with and understanding special populations of victims and their needs, i.e. family violence, sexual assault victims, child victims, homicide survivors and response of criminal justice system, current laws and review of history of victim movement. Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 103   Addictive Disease Concepts (3)

Explores addiction from historical and theoretical background to current concepts. Variety of addictive behaviors examined with special focus on psychoactive drug dependency.  Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 104   Treatment: Alcohol and Drug Abuse (3)

Focus on treatment of alcohol and drug abuse as a continuum of processes from intervention through rehabilitation. Incorporates ways to address needs of people suffering from alcohol and drug abuse.  Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 110   Criminal Investigations (3)

Introductory perspective on the tactics, strategies, and techniques of criminal investigations.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 140   Introduction to Criminal Justice System (3)

Overview of criminal justice system, including historical development, present status, and suggested reforms. Includes detailed descriptions of duties and functions of specific actors in system, including victim, offender, police, prosecuting and defense attorneys, courts and corrections.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

CRJ 165   Introduction to Security (3)

Survey of security systems and techniques, security surveys, and economic factors related to security.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 170   Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

Analysis of substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. Specific attention given to Missouri Criminal Code and cases that interpret Missouri laws.  Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 171   Rules of Criminal Evidence (3)

Basic rules of evidence applicable to criminal and other related police duties. Examines fundamental questions of evidence and theories of proof, including hearsay, documentary proof, self-incrimination, relevance, and presumptions. Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 175   Criminology (3)

Study of various explanations of crime: classical psychological, sociological, critical, and interactionist. Examines array of responses available to system, including punishment by incarceration and other alternatives.

Course Type(s): On-Campus Online

CRJ 201   Criminal Justice: Politics and Policy (3)

Prerequisites: CRJ 140

Examination of the conflicting and converging needs and skills of social roles necessary for sound criminal justice system in society. Objectives, activities and skills of citizen, criminal justice professional, and social scientist identified and analyzed.  Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 202   Correctional Institutions (3)

Detailed examination of American correctional institutions, including roles of detainees or inmates, correctional officers, and administration. Topics include classification schemes, prison life and violence, and conflict between custody and treatment functions of institution.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 205   Juvenile Justice Systems (3)

Examines justification for juvenile court system and looks at organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies. Specific attention given to Missouri juvenile system and court cases interpreting these laws.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 210   Crime Victimization: Policies and Procedures (3)

Concepts, dynamics, and policies of programs for victims of crime, including their historical development, techniques for intervention, and response of criminal justice system. Model victim witness programs evaluated for strengths, weaknesses, and needed changes. Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 224   Constitutional Law (3)

Examines United States Constitution and relationship to American Society as a whole and criminal justice system in particular.  Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 230   Crisis Intervention (3)

Introduction to theories and practices related to intervening and mediating in and defusing crises, and referral of people in crises.  Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 240   Probation and Parole (3)

Historical development, relative merits and disadvantages of these programs, and analysis of their success as applied in all types of probational systems. Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 250   Police Administration (3)

Analyzes organization and administration of police departments and systems, highlighting peculiar characteristics of police organizations and personnel, budgeting for police departments, control and responsibility of police departments and relation of police department to other public agencies and general principles of public administration. Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 260   Police-Community Relations (3)

Studies development of police-community relations units, analyzes current police-community relations programs in large cities, and engages in hands-on development and observation of programs in action. General Education Skills Assessment is embedded. Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 265   Internship (1-6 hrs)

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission (Usually students seeking an internship with SCC have attained sophomore standing, have completed at least 9 credit hours in CRJ prefix courses with a minimum of a 2.33 GPA in those courses and a 2.0 GPA overall at SCC for all courses taken. Students are expected to be free of any record of academic dishonesty or criminal record of any kind excluding minor violations such as traffic tickets. Students themselves are expected to initially contact agencies directly to apply for the internship).

Students placed in participative position in criminal justice agency.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 266   Internship II (1-6 hrs)

Prerequisites: CRJ 265

Students enroll in Criminal Justice Practicum a second time.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 280   Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of 24 credit hours of 100 level or above, prior to enrollment.

Analysis of criminal justice systems and crime in other cultures and how other cultures define and respond to criminal behavior.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 290   Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1-3 hrs)

Credit for individual study or selected classes in subjects such as role of women in the criminal justice system, poverty and crime, or police civil liability. Instructor's approval required.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 291   Mock Trial (1-3 hrs)

Clarifies working roles in legal establishment. Students portray each of courtroom principals: judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant, and juror. Study hypothetical case through research and work with attorney instructors in courtroom setting. Procedures and working knowledge of judicial system.  Fall.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 292   Mock Trial Competition (1-3 hrs)

Prerequisites: CRJ 291

Students compete in American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament.  Spring.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

CRJ 298   Criminal Justice Capstone (1)

Culminating experience integrating Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science program course work.  Required for Criminal Justice AAS degree-seeking students in the final semester before graduation.

Course Type(s): On-Campus

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