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Criminal Justice - AAS

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare students for careers in several areas of the administration of justice. Program graduates find jobs with local police departments, sheriff’s offices, the state highway patrol, federal/state narcotics agencies, correctional institutions and state and local probation & parole agencies.

This program is also designed to allow graduates to transfer to four-year institutions to earn a Bachelor's degree.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of program requirements.

NOTE: Students who have a criminal background history may complete the program. However, these students will have serious difficulty obtaining an internship or employment.
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Cindy Shireman - Professor, ext. 5232 or 1998
Email: cshireman@scciowa.edu
BA, University of Iowa
MA, University of Iowa
MS, Kaplan University
 

 

Criminal Justice - AAS

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare students for careers in several areas of the administration of justice.

NOTE: Students who have a criminal background history may complete the program. However, these students will have serious difficulty obtaining an internship or employment.

 

* Denotes a course option. Select one class from the group of classes listed to satisfy this requirement.

 
 Fall Semester  Credit
  CRJ-100 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE     3
  CRJ-101 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE     3
  CRJ-120 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS     3
  ENG-105 COMPOSITION I     3
  MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  CRJ-111 POLICE AND SOCIETY     3
  CRJ-130 CRIMINAL LAW     3
  ENG-106 COMPOSITION II     3
  PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY     3
  SOC-240 CRIMINOLOGY     3
 
 Fall Semester   
  CRJ-109 THEORIES OF INTERVIEWING     3
  CRJ-132 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW     3
  CRJ-141 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION     3
  HUM-114 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES     3
  PSY-241 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY     3
  SOC-230 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY     3
 
 Spring Semester   
  CRJ-301 INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY     3
  SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING     3
*CRJ-222 CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT METHODS     3
*CRJ-932 INTERNSHIP     3
*POL-111 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT     3
*POL-112 AMERICAN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT     3
*BIO-105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY     4
*ENV-111 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE     4
*SCI-123 FORENSIC SCIENCE     4

Criminal Justice - AAS

 

BIO-105 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: Introductory Biology is a lecture and lab course designed for non-science majors or as a refresher course of those wishing to take higher-level biology courses. Topics include chemistry of life, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, plant, animal, and fungi classification, and ecology.

 

CRJ-100 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An introductory course in criminal justice designed to provide a philosophical and historical account of American criminal justice with emphasis on constitutional limitation.

 

CRJ-101 - ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Focuses on philosophical and theoretical issues and analyzes research findings to determine their implications for future practice. The student will learn how to identify and confront difficult ethical decisions they are likely to face in their daily routines.

 

CRJ-109 - THEORIES OF INTERVIEWING

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: The process of gathering information from others: the interviewee, the setting, the types of questions, nonverbal communication, deception and theories of communication. Corequisites: CRJ-141.

 

CRJ-111 - POLICE AND SOCIETY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An examination of the role of the police and corrections in American society, and a discussion of prominent issues. The course will examine the various eras of policing and correctional agencies. The structure and style of various policing and correctional agencies will also be covered. Agency application of internal and ethical issues including use of force will be examined. Strategies and policies to improve policing and the correctional work environment will also be discussed.

 

CRJ-120 - INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Trace the history of corrections and describe the various methods society has used to deal with people who violate its rules. The course will show the relationship of corrections and agencies to the overall criminal justice system.

 

CRJ-130 - CRIMINAL LAW

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of the history, development and classification of substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law, defenses and criminal responsibility.

 

CRJ-132 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: An analysis of the relationships between state legislations and the Bill of Rights. Includes the effect of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to these states and Supreme Court decisions regarding the various state challenges. Prerequisite: CRJ-100.

 

CRJ-141 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Fundamental methods of investigation, crime scene search, recording, collection and preservation of evidence, interview and interrogation, and case follow-up.

 

CRJ-222 - CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT METHODS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A criminal justice course designed to provide students the opportunity to examine and practice correctional treatment methods for diverse offender populations. Prerequisite: 48 Criminal Justice Program Credits.

 

CRJ-301 - INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: The course is an examination of the role government and, more specifically, first responders play in the current threat to our nation from terrorism. The course will examine the role, authority, and history of the government when faced with these threats. The structure, style, and current practices will be covered along with an attempt to discover best practices and cost effective solutions.

 

CRJ-932 - INTERNSHIP

Lecture: 0Lab: 0OJT: 12Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A practical work experience under professional supervision in a criminal justice agency. Prerequisite: Completion of Criminal Justice core or permission of instructor.

 

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Mandatory COMPASS, ACT or AccuPlacer test score and madatory eWrite or WritePlacer score (per SCC Writing Scores & Mandatory Course Placement Chart), or a C- or above in ENG-061, College Preparatory Writing II. No waivers.

 

ENG-106 - COMPOSITION II

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A continuation of study of the principles of writing begun in ENG-105. Emphasis is placed on persuasive writing, critical analysis, and the MLA research paper. Time will also be spent exploring print and electronic research sources and learning effective research strategies. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisite: C- or above in ENG-105.

 

ENV-111 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: An interdisciplinary approach to the problems of the environment. An examination and evaluation will be made of mans impact on the environment. Specific topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to: population issues, atmospheric issues, water issues, energy issues, resource issues, wildlife issues, and food issues. This course contains a lab component.

 

HUM-114 - MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Selected readings from the critical perspectives of race, class and gender will provide the theoretical framework for class discussions. At the same time, films and works of literature from different cultural points of view will help students reach a new understanding of their own and other cultures and will open themselves up for a multicultural understanding of society.

 

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: MAT-062 with a grade of at least C- or equivalent or COMPASS Algebra score of 20 or higher or ACT Math score of 20-21 or math faculty approval.

 

POL-111 - AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A survey of the American federal system of government which includes a description and analysis of interest groups, political parties, public opinion, the presidency, the Congress, the court system and foreign policy making.

 

POL-112 - AMERICAN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A survey of state and local government in the United States which includes an analysis of state constitutions, state and local legislative, executive and judicial systems, rural and urban problems and their possible political solutions.

 

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

 

PSY-241 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A survey of the history of mental illness including a study of normal and abnormal behavior as related to various cultures. Personality development, individual adjustment, and description of the various clinical entities and their relevance to present day life will be covered. Character disorders and personality structures which cause maladjustment are reviewed. A review of the theories of personality is included. Prerequisite: PSY-111.

 

SCI-123 - FORENSIC SCIENCE

Lecture: 3Lab: 2OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 4

Description: Explores forensic science and its impact on science, society and the criminal justice system. Focuses on basic concepts in selected areas of chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology. This course is designed to educate liberal arts students about basic sciences, and the realities and limitations of scientific methods when applied specifically to criminal investigation.

 

SOC-230 - JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A study of juvenile delinquency as an individual and social problem. This course includes theories of delinquency causations, law enforcement procedures, methods of corrections and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

 

SOC-240 - CRIMINOLOGY

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: A general survey of the history, nature and causes of crime, criminal investigation and prosecution, punishment, correctional treatment and crime prevention. Prerequisite: CRJ-100.

 

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3Lab: 0OJT: 0Clinical: 0 Credit: 3

Description: This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

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