20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog, last updated July 29, 2020

22. 2020-2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

22.12. CJS - CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

CJS 1103

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Hours

An overview and examination of the American system of criminal justice, including the system's composition, operations, and its problems.

 

CJS 1123

Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime

3 Hours

History, pharmacology, health consequences and crime-related aspects of mind-affecting drugs. Emphasis on the effects of criminal behavior, the legal responses to the problem and the treatment and prevention of abuse.

 

CJS 2001

Criminal Justice Club

1 Hour

Introduces criminal justice majors to various careers in criminal justice through interaction with criminal justice professionals, field trip experiences, community service projects and leadership training for club officers.   Each student must participate in at least one community service project.  Criminal justice majors may earn 1 credit hour and up to 2 credits total for taking the Criminal Justice Club course.

 

 

 

 

CJS 2213

Juvenile Justice

3 Hours

An examination of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, including legal and social history, definition and explanation of delinquency and assessment of delinquency prevention programs. Philosophical, legal, and procedural principles will be applied to problems and cases of juvenile justice. Prerequisite: CJS 1103. 

 

CJS 2303

The Courts and Constitutional Law

3 Hours

An examination of the jurisdictions, policies, constitutional legalities, and procedures of the courts in the administration of criminal justice. Prerequisite: CJS 1103.

 

CJS 2313

State Criminal Law

3 Hours

Survey of criminal law, including development of substantive criminal law.  Examination of judicial opinions related to the criminal justice process. Prerequisite: CJS 1103.

 

 

CJS 2413

Federal Corrections Law

3 Hours

This course is designed to familiarize students with correctional alternatives as they currently exist. Controversies and emerging trends in corrections will be considered. Prerequisite: CJS 1103.

 

CJS 2423

Probation and Parole

3 Hours

This course examines probation as a sentencing alternative to incarceration and the use of parole for those already incarcerated who meet statutory requirements for early release.

 

CJS 2513

Forensics I: Intro to Forensic Sciences

3 Hours

Role of forensic science in criminal justice. Major issues, legal aspects, research problems and practices. Techniques of crime scene search, including the collection and preservation of physical evidence, class and individual scientific tests, rules of evidence governing admissibility of physical evidence and expert testimony. Prerequisites: CJS 1103 and CJS 2313.

 

CJS 2613

Law Enforcement: The Process of Policing

3 Hours

Survey of law enforcement, its history, police practices, functions, and related issues and concepts of contemporary police. Prerequisite: CJS 1103.

 

CJS 2653

Theories of Crime and Deviance

3 Hours

The study of the origins of criminal behavior from a multidisciplinary approach (biological, psychological, sociological, criminological), addressing major theories and research. Examines behaviors in light of theories and classification concepts. Prerequisites: CJS 1103 and SOC 2213 or PSY 1113. 

 

CJS 2813

Organized and White Collar Crime

3 Hours

An analysis of organized and white-collar crime problems in America. Topics will include prevalence, investigative techniques, causes and effects, and both social and criminological responses to counter its dominance in American society. Prerequisites: CJS 1103, CJS 2313 and CJS 3313

 

CJS 2991-2996

Professional Practice: Cooperative Education in Criminal Justice

1-6 Hours

Field Placement in a criminal justice organization/agency for observation, participation and study.  Interns work with designated agency personnel and receive an overview of agency functions. Students that elect to participate in the STOP program will get a hands-on approach to campus safety and security. Must be CJS Major with 2.0 cumulative GPA; prerequisites:  CJS 1103 and CLE 1103.

 

CJS 3113

Social Ethics

3 Hours

This course is designed to explore justice, law, and civic life from historical, comparative, social science, and contemporary perspectives. The course will introduce students to the broad foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge illustrating the importance, functions, and effects of law and justice. The course will illustrate the principles of justice through contemporary issues and it will focus on what individuals can do to pursue justice in society. Must be a CJS Major with 2.0 cumulative GPA; Prerequisite: CJS 1103 and CLE 1103.  Permission of instructor.

 

 

 

CJS 3263

Interview and Interrogations

3 Hours

For criminal justice majors, Interviewing and Interrogations course is an elective course. This course introduces the student to the practice of interviews and interrogations. This course is intended to familiarize students with techniques used in the field of interviewing and interrogations, along with legal considerations for the admissibility of the information. This course is also designed to provide a foundation for special populations such as children, the elderly, and persons with disability.

 

CJS 3293

Special Topics in Justice Studies

3 Hours

This course is designed to explore criminal justice and related issues in greater depth in a formal academic setting than is possible in other structured courses offered in justice studies.  It may be repeated with different topics to a maximum of nine hours credit. Topics may include leadership in emergency preparedness, domestic violence, strategies for peacekeeping in a diverse society, ethics in criminal justice, computer crime, identity theft, terrorism, criminal profiling, criminal gangs, women and crime, etc.  Must be a CJS Major with 2.0 cumulative GPA; Prerequisite: CJS 1103 and CLE 1103.

 

CJS 3313

Federal and Tribal Criminal Law

3 Hours

Examines the unique sovereignty status of American Indians and the legal relationship between the tribes and the United States government. Must be a CJS Major with 2.0 cumulative GPA; Prerequisite: CJS 1103 and CLE 1103.

 

CJS 3413

Research Methodology and Program Evaluation

3 Hours

Scientific methods in criminal justice research. Design, data collection, and analysis, interpretation of findings, ethical concerns, and the evaluation of the process and outcomes of programs. Prerequisite: CJS 2653.

 

CJS 3513

Race, Gender, and Crime

3 Hours

A socio-historical analysis of the effects of race, ethnicity and gender on legitimate social opportunities, criminal behavior, victimization and differential judicial processing. Prerequisite: CJS 1103.

 

CJS 3613

Comparative and Historical Criminal Justice

3 Hours

Crime and the American criminal justice system from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century. Crime and criminal justice systems in other countries will be analyzed and compared to the current U.S. Criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJS 1103. 

 

CJS 3623

Criminal Investigation

3 Hours

This course will examine the origins of criminal investigation and trace its development to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the scientific method and the interrelationship of criminal investigators with criminalistics. The recognition, documentation, and collection of physical evidence will be the major areas of concentration for this course. The course will also examine and analyze the fundamentals of criminal investigation, duties and responsibilities of the detective, interviewing, interrogation, and information-gathering skills, crime scene analysis, collection, preservation, and testing of evidence, surveillance and undercover work, raid and sting operations, use of technology, scientific aids, sources of information, and case preparation. Prerequisite: CJS 1103

 

CJS 3713

Victimology

3 Hours

Crime victims will be analyzed through the utilization of theory and the criminal justice systems' treatment and management of victims. Includes expanded coverage of restorative justice, the role of the victims in crimes, their decisions to report crimes and help prosecute offenders, and victim assistance. Special focus on family and sexual violence. Prerequisite: CJS 1103 and SOC 2213 or PSY 1113.

 

CJS 3913

Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

3 Hours

A study of intervention strategies utilized to cope with psychosocial human interaction problems in the criminal justice system. Crisis management, conflict resolution, and mediation practices will be examined and explored. Prerequisite: CJS 2413 and CJS 2613.

 

CJS 4013

State Corrections Law

3 Hours

Theoretical basis, current methodology and operational understanding of court counselors, citizen action, probation and parole, half-way houses, work-release, drug abuse treatment, detention, reception and diagnostic centers, death penalty issues, as well as the legal aspects of corrections.

 

 

 

 

CJS 4113

Introduction to Criminal Psychology

3 Hours

An introduction to the scientific study of criminals' thoughts and behavior patterns. Special focus on case studies of serial murders and sex offenders, including extensive coverage of the sociopath and other high profile offenders. Prerequisites: CJS 1103 and SOC 2213 or PSY 1113.

CJS 4213

Forensics II: Forensic Scientific Procedures

3 Hours

A comprehensive analysis of legal, ethical, and practical issues involving forensic techniques in the field, the crime laboratory, and the impact of scientific evidence on the justice system. Techniques and process in analysis of physical evidence, including spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy, as well as the analysis of trace evidence: hairs and fibers, paints, explosives, glass, and soil. Satisfactorily completed a biology or chemistry class.  Also must be a CJS Major with 2.0 cumulative GPA; Prerequisite: CJS 1103 and CLE 1103.

 

CJS 4313

Community Policing

3 Hours

Community policing philosophy, applications, issues, and contemporary research. Community policing models. Prerequisite: CJS 2613.

 

CJS 4413

Police Problems and Practices

3 Hours

An analysis of traditional and contemporary issues and problems existing in the community. Topics represent a wide variety of concerns, including corruption, use of deadly force, and the utilization of law enforcement to combat terrorism and computer crime. Prerequisite: CJS2613.

 

CJS 4954

Issues in Justice (Capstone)

4 Hours

Criminal Justice Administration has been designed to assist the student in understanding the operation and administration of criminal justice organizations. Aspects of organizational theory will be examined to enable the student to better understand the on-the-job experiences of their subsequent professional practice placement, their current criminal justice position, or their future criminal justice career. Ethical Dilemmas, as well as multicultural issues in the administration of justice, will be explored. CAPSTONE COURSE. Students will have the opportunity to apply, in an integrative fashion, knowledge and skills acquired in their previous criminal justice courses.

 

CJS 4993,-6,-9

Criminal Justice Internship

6-12 Hours

Field placement in an approved criminal justice related agency. Interns work with designated agency personnel and receive an overview of agency functions, as well as an integration of theory and practice. Senior classification with a 2.40 cumulative GPA restriction. For Criminal Justice Majors only.  6-12 CREDIT HOURS