Curriculum & Courses

The criminal justice administration coursework will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the organization and structure of the criminal justice system, and focus on three primary areas: law enforcement, courts and corrections.

During the program, a required senior seminar will cover contemporary issues in criminal justice as well as prepare you for a career in the field. A required internship will enhance the depth of your learning experience by providing you with the opportunity to observe and participate in field work in your area of interest.

Internship opportunities are varied, and previous students have held internships with a groups or agencies such as the Miami Dolphins, Drug Enforcement Administration, Winnebago County Sheriff Department, Clear Lake Police Department, and the Iowa Court System.

For more information about internships, visit the Career Center.

Prefix Number Course Credit
Hours

Criminal Justice Administration Core Courses

 
BUS 103 Non-Business Accounting
BUS 310 Principles of Management 4
BUS 330 Business Communications 3
BUS 412 Human Resources Management 4
CIS 101 Computer Applications I 2
CIS 101A Business Intelligence 1
CRJ 120 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 3
CRJ 220 Theory and Practice of Corrections 3
CRJ 250 Inside the Criminal Mind 3
CRJ 330 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 360 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 395 Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 420 Probation and Community Corrections 3
CRJ 430 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration 3
CRJ 470 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration 3
ECO 251 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 252 Microeconomics 3
MTH 110 Quantitative Methods 4
MTH 201 Elementary Statistics 4
SOC 221 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 222 Social Problems 3
WEL 250 Substance Abuse: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Intervention 3
     
 

Criminal Justice Administration Minor

 
BUS 103 Non-Business Accounting
BUS 310 Principles of Management 4
BUS 131 Introduction to Business 3
ECO 251 Macroeconomics 3
CRJ 120 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Students must choose three of these courses:
CRJ 220 or 250 Theory and Practice of Corrections or Inside the Criminal Mind 3
CRJ 330 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 360 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 395 Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 430 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration 3
CRJ 470 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration 3

 


Suggested Curriculum

   

Semester I

English 101, (3 cr.)
Religion 103, (3 cr.)
Critical Inquiry 111, (3 cr.)
Statistics 201, (4 cr.)
Computer App, (2 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester II

English 102, (3 cr.)
Artistic Expression 120, (3 cr.)
Quantitative Methods 110, (4 cr.)
Intro. to Criminal Justice Adm. 120, (3 cr.)
Psychology, (3 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester III

Inside the Criminal Mind 250, (3 cr.)
Economics 251, (3 cr.)
Business Intelligence Seminar 101A (1 cr.)
Religion Elective, (3 cr.)
Principles of Management 310, (4 cr.)
Wellness 101, (1 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester IV

Accounting 103, (4 cr.)
Economics 252, (3 cr.)
Lab Science, (4 cr.)
Intro. to Sociology 221, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Electives, (1 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester V

History Elective, (3 cr.)
Business Communications 330, (3 cr.)
Theory of Corrections 220, (3 cr.)
Criminal Law 360, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VI

Judicial Processes 330, (3 cr.)
Constitutional Law for Criminal Jus. 395, (3 cr.)
Human Resource Management 412, (4 cr.)
Social Problems 222 (3 cr.)
Substance Abuse 250 (3 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester VII

Criminal Justice Org. & Admin. 470, (3 cr.)
Probation and Comm. Corrections 420, (3 cr.)
Electives (300–400 level courses), (11 cr.)
Total of 17

Semester VIII

Religion/Career Values 435, (4 cr.)
Internship 495, (8 cr.)
Senior Seminar 430, (4 cr.)
Total of 16


Criminal Justice Administration Course Descriptions

CRJ 120 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the various components of the American criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections. Includes a review of their structure and interrelationship.

CRJ 220 Theory and Practice of Corrections (3 cr.)

This course examines the correctional system from its beginning through current times. The practices and principles of corrections in the U.S. will be examined, including detailed discussions of jails and prisons in the local, state, and federal levels. Inmate behaviors and current trends in corrections will also be addressed.

CRJ 250 Inside the Criminal Mind (3 cr.)

The defining and investigating of criminal behavior; the theories and influences on people’s lives, including an individual’s family, peers, environment, personal choices and society as a whole.

CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 cr.)

This course examines the juvenile justice system from its development through current trends. It will address risk factors associated with delinquent behavior, the development of juvenile gangs, and intervention and treatment strategies.

CRJ 330 Judicial Process (3 cr.)

This course examines the American judiciary in relationship to state and federal criminal justice systems, including court structure, jurisdiction, selection of judges, and judicial discretion. Emphasis is given to contemporary issues confronting the American courts.

CRJ 360 Criminal Law (3 cr.)

This course examines the nature and foundations of American criminal law including classification and analysis of principles of criminal law and crimes against persons and property, criminal responsibility and defenses, and constitutional concerns.

CRJ 3701 Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)

This course presents a study of the development of the investigative procedures and techniques from early practices to modern-day forensic science capabilities with an emphasis on leadership, investigation, and case preparations. Required for Fire Science majors.

CRJ 395 Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

This course examines the principles and practice of analysis of significant cases and trends in American constitutional law, with an emphasis in criminal justice, including search and seizure, arrest, and civil rights as well as the judiciary, first amendment, due process, and the judicial system.

CRJ 420 Probation and Community Corrections (3 cr.)

This course examines probation and community corrections from its inception through current times. Students will examine the philosophy behind probation and community corrections as well as its implementation in the United States. This course will also address the roles and responsibilities of practitioners and the relationship of probation and community corrections to other components in the criminal justice system.

CRJ 430 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration (3 cr.)

An intensive study into selected topics in the field of Criminal Justice Administration. Students will integrate knowledge and skills derived from previous coursework into a detailed review and discussion of issues in criminal justice and their impact. Focus will also include a review of the tools necessary to succeed in a career in criminal justice.

CRJ 470 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration (3 cr.)

This course defines and analyzes justice system organizations including planning and management of human resources, research, environmental factors, centralized authority, and other issues.

CRJ 475 Terrorism Incident Management and Emergency Procedures (3 cr.)

This course examines the philosophies and tactics of terrorist groups, and includes discussion of emerging terrorism trends. A balanced treatment of technology, history, and research are incorporated into the course to provide current information, highlighting the roles of the private sector and U.S. Government in responding to and preventing terrorism. The course utilizes a systems approach to explore the various elements of private and public security and safety. Presented as an integrated and interrelated series of subsystems, this course will direct students to recognize the interrelationships between professional disciplines working to prevent and respond to terrorist incidents. This course prepares students to understand terrorism methodology, respond to terrorist incidents, and manage the consequences of terrorist events through an examination of historical understandings to Twenty-First Century terrorist predictions, threats, and trends.

CRJ 495 Criminal Justice Internship (8 cr.)

Supervised work experience in an area of criminal justice administration. A minimum of 25 clock hours of supervised work is required for each hour of credit.