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Criminal Justice

Through the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Psychology - Concentration in Criminal Justice degree program, students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need for working in law enforcement, social agencies, churches, and other settings while being prepared to enter graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and social work. The Criminal Justice concentration is designed to provide a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and a fundamental knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences, focusing on topics such as criminology, law enforcement, corrections, public administration, juvenile justice, and counseling.

Terms Begin August, October, January, March, and June.
Classes scheduled M-Th, 5:45-7:45 p.m. and 7:55-9:55 p.m.

 


 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSYC 219 Personality
A survey of major personality theories and perspectives in terms of conceptions, applications, and research.
PSYC 317 Psychopathology
A survey of various types of mental disorders including their causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
PSYC 353 Social Psychology
A study of the social-psychological aspects of human interactions.
PSYC 354 Correlational Research
An introduction to the fundamentals of research methods and statistical analysis in the Behavioral Sciences.
PSYC 440 Cognitive Psychology
Investigate the nature of the thinking mind: how we gain information of the world, how it is transformed into knowledge, stored in memory, and accessed when needed.
PSYC 460 Practicum
The practicum includes several options. The first is a formal internship consisting of 100 hours of professional in-field experience, the second involves a research assistantship where students will assist practicing graduate-level and professional-level researchers in conducting their projects, and the third involves the opportunity to be a learning facilitator mentored by a full-time faculty member
PSYC 497 Psychology Comprehensive
A comprehensive examination on selected areas of psychology prior to graduation.
SOC/ANTH 160 Cultural Anthropology
Focuses on the study of human diversity, and what defines humanity. It explores the beliefs, values, behaviors, technologies, and environments of a wide variety of cultures.

 


 

CONCENTRATION – CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CJ 150 Public Administration
A history and overview of the field of Public Administration as a profession and an academic discipline.
CJ 200 Criminal Justice
An analysis of the structure, and decision process of social agencies that deal with the management and control of crime and criminal offenders. Includes study of the nature, causes, and role of criminal behavior in society.
CJ 205 Criminology
This course will offer an introduction to theoretical explanations for the causes of crime. We will take a psychosocial approach to understanding crime causation and prediction through the use of data and specific theories.
CJ 210 Criminal Law
Examination of some of the substantive aspects of criminal law, including principles of criminal liability, specific analysis of elements of crimes, and substantive defenses for crimes.
CJ 215 Corrections or CJ 220 Policing
This course will offer a comprehensive look at the components that make up the corrections system in the United States. The history and future of the corrections system will be analyzed through an examination of the political and social climate in our country.
CJ 225 Juvenile Justice
The focus of this course is to examine the juvenile delinquency phenomenon through the historical context of delinquency, the changing legal environment (including major court decisions which have transformed the juvenile system), exploring the theories of the causes of juvenile delinquency, and discussion of juvenile delinquency prevention and control programs.
12 Hours of Criminal Justice Electives or evaluated Police Academy Training