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CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Introduction to Criminal Justice is an examination of the various processing stages, practices, and personnel of the criminal justice system. The components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts and the corrections field will be explored from both a historical and contemporary perspective. This course is designed to make the student a more informed citizen of criminal justice data, services delivered in response to crime, and its impact on society. It is also designed to provide a broad base necessary for more advanced studies, for those majoring in criminal justice. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CRJ 901

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 200: Introduction to Corrections

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course familiarizes the student with various correctional alternatives, including institutional, as well as community sanctions. Controversies and emerging trends in corrections will also serve as a focus of the course. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CRJ 911

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 201: Introduction to Criminology

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course focuses on theoretical and conceptual explanations of criminal behavior. The study of crime causation, patterns, trends, victims, and society’s reactions to crime, as well as the offender is examined. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CRJ 912

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 202: Policing in America

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course covers the history of law enforcement, its development, procedures and roles it serves in a democratic society. Other topics surveyed include: the hierarchical structure of policing, the liabilities that surround police operations, and the importance of developing a partnership with citizens to effectively combat crime. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 204: Criminal Law

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CRJ 101 OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is a survey of criminal law, including the historical development of substantive and procedural criminal law. Judicial opinions and case law are reviewed to provide students with a better understanding of the criminal justice process. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 206: Criminal Investigations

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CRJ 101 OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

An analysis of the criminal investigation process, including recording, collection, and preservation of physical evidence. Scientific aids, modus operandi, sources of information, and follow-up techniques will be covered. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 208: Administration of Justice

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

An overview of the criminal court system in operation. The judicial process involving court personnel, defendants, victims and advocacy groups will be explored. The role of the public defender system will also be examined. Emphasis will be placed on rules controlling pre- and post-trial proceedings, including motions, appeals, habeas corpus, courtroom procedures and protocol. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 215: Juvenile Justice System

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CRJ 101 OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

A course that encompasses the juvenile justice system and the organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies. The processing and disposition of the youthful offender is examined. The current methods of treatments and alternatives in dealing with youthful offenders in our society are explored. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CRJ 914

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 218: Terrorism, Intelligence and the Criminal Justice System

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course introduces the student to terrorism and its impact on the criminal justice system in the twenty-first century. Students will examine the relationship between intelligence and homeland security strategies using a case-study methodology. The course also includes a focus on controversial issues surrounding the USA Patriot Act and intelligence gathering within the United States. Additionally, the role that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies play in counterterrorism will be studied. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 220: Current Security Problems

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of English and reading placement tests

An analysis and review of current security problems, including conducting the security audit, enhancing perimeter security and establishing internal theft procedures. Insurance fraud and other white collar crimes are explored. The records, reports, and laws that pertain to these security issues are included. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 222: Police/Community Relations

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

An examination of the relationship between police bureaus and the communities they serve. The role of law enforcement in implementing programs to address social problems, cultural issues, and promoting community relations is reviewed. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 224: Probation and Parole

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course encompasses the history, nature and practice of the probation and parole process. Topics will include evaluation, varieties of practice, contemporary problems and future trends. The responsibilities and duties of both the probation and parole officer will be discussed. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 226: Criminal Justice Careers Seminar

Prerequisite(s):
-Sophmore standing, completion of 15 credit hours in criminal justice courses including CRJ 101 with a grade of C or better OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English and reading

This course provides a supervised field experience for the student to observe the practices of an approved criminal justice agency. Students will gain practical knowledge of the various operations of that agency and its related employment criteria. Classroom discussion will include topics such as resume writing, interviewing, bona fide occupational qualifications, and locating criminal justice resources on the Internet. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 296: Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CRJ 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

The purpose of this course is to offer students an opportunity to study a topic, which will (1) develop a greater knowledge of the criminal justice field or (2) studies or examines a contemporary issue of concern within the criminal justice system. Course may be repeated up to 3 times with a different topic, for 6 hours of credit. Refer to the schedule book for specific topics offered. Specific topic title will be stated on the student’s transcript. 1-6 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CRJ 299: Internship in Criminal Justice

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CRJ 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Completion of ENGL 101 and COMM 101
AND
-Completion of 12 credit hours in criminal justice courses OR
-Permission of instructor
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Supervised field experience in a variety of settings related to the criminal justice field including: law enforcement, court services, correctional institutions, advocacy groups or private security. Students will receive on-the-job experience as an aide or in a volunteer capacity for at least five hours per week (a total of 75 hours per semester equals one internship credit hour) to gain practical skills and experience. Students may be required to submit to a criminal history background check, as well as a driver’s license check prior to beginning an on-site experience. 1-6 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.