Justice Administration Program

Justice Administration

Term One

JUS 303-Transitions through Adult Life (3 credit hours)

Course closely examines the nature of transitions in adult life and explores the skills needed to successfully navigate those transitions by “mastering the art of self-renewal”. Through a process of self-discovery, adult learners come to a new understanding of themselves and others.  (5 weeks)

ENG 365-Issues in Literature (3)

This course traces the development of the modern concepts of “work” and “working people.”  Readings explore the origins of those concepts, beginning in Colonial America and Victorian England and ending with contemporary American film.  This is a writing intensive course. (5 weeks)

*ENF 393-Criminology (3 credit hours)

An examination of the nature, variation, and causes of crime with emphasis on theories of crime and criminal behavior.  Study of social institutions and their influence on labeling behavior.  Topics will include social pathology, traditional crime and criminals, and emergent criminal activities such as computer-assisted crime.  (5 weeks)

FOR 344-Psychology of Violence and Aggression (3 credit hours)

Course examines the changes in the methods, patterns, and meanings of violence.  Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists and by the military.  The major theories explaining the causes of violence, important research about attitudes toward violence, and the showing of force to bring about change are reviewed. (5 weeks)

SOC 350-Social Psychology (3 credit hours)

Course focuses on how people think about, influence, and relate to others as well as how others influence our perception of ourselves.  It is also the study of how people act in groups and how groups affect their members.  Some of the topics in this course include: social perception, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice and discrimination, different sources of social influence, helping behavior and aggression.  Emphasis will be placed on how concepts and research in social psychology can be applied to various aspects of the criminal justice system.   (5 weeks)

Term Two

*ENF 312-History of Terrorism (3 credit hours)

Students learn how terrorism has been used as a political tool throughout history, and how terrorism has influenced the course of world events.  Emphasis is on the political dimension of terrorism.  This is a writing intensive course. 

*JUS 345-Emergency Organizations and Management (3 credit hours)

Every level of government bears responsibility for emergency response.  A systematic analysis of the public agencies and an overview of organizations involved in homeland security will be covered in this course.  Topics such as threat assessment, risk analysis, incident management systems, coordinating with supporting agencies, response procedures, the planning function, coordinated government efforts, crime scene operations, prevention strategies, response protocols, evacuation, medical support, and conducting an effective follow-up analysis will all be covered.  This class will prepare the student with information necessary to respond to terrorist acts. 

*COR 320-Correctional Thought and Procedures (3 credit hours)

Course considers the social, economic, and political consequences of crime and punishment from a number of critical perspectives.  These perspectives enable adult learners to understand the causal relationships between various social factors.  (5 weeks)

*ENF 401 -Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

(5 credit hours)

Study of national and international criminal justice systems with emphasis on law enforcement.  The historical, cultural, and operational similarities and differences will be explored.  Contemporary research relating to law enforcement, adjudicative, and correctional systems will be considered.  

Term Three

POL 341- Covert Action and Intelligence  (3 credit hours)

This course examines the function and functioning of the intelligence process - from collection to analysis to policy use - within the three branches of our federal government, within our constitutional system more generally, and with regard to our need to protect our national security and national interests.  Students will develop their intelligence analysis through application problems and scenarios.  Prerequisite:  POL 151. 

*ENF 450 Crime Analysis (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the concept, applications, and methods of crime analysis as it is employed in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.  The course will include how to form a crime analysis unit which has effective relationships with patrol, criminal investigation, and other field operations units, and will focus on methods of how to collect, collate, analyze, and employ crime data to predict future criminal events, including when and where perpetrators will strike.  Managerial and supervisory responsibilities in a crime analysis unit will also be discussed.  The course is directed toward preparing students to obtain an entry-level crime analysis position in a law enforcement agency.   (5 weeks)

FOR 366-Substance Abuse (3 credit hours)

This module is a comprehensive course that explores the topic of substance abuse from many perspectives.  Included in the course are; history of drug abuse and drug laws, physiological and physical effects of drugs on the body, emotional, psychological & social perspectives/effects, the differentiation of use, abuse, and addiction and how they affect therapy, as well as a comprehensive examination of therapies. The course provides an in-depth overview of the multi-faceted issues related to substance abuse.  (5 weeks)

SOC 360-Multicultural Issues in Society (3 credit hours) An analysis of the problems and economic and social positions of minority groups in the United States will be presented.  Interactions among historical and current social forces and institutions that influence group and individual behavior will be examined.  New trends in inter-group relations, emergence of new minorities, and the contesting for program funding and services will be explored.  The struggles over income, property, and power on the interpersonal, community, national, and international levels will be presented.   (5 weeks)

Term Four

ENF 441-Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism (3 credit hours)

This course addresses the issues of counterintelligence (covert information modification and planned preemptive responses).  This course will provide an explanation of different tactical operational modalities.  The use of counterintelligence in combating an enemy threat will be discussed.  Additionally, this course will examine the geopolitical utilization of these operational methodologies by U.S. domestic and foreign based

operatives providing security to U.S. domestic security interests.  Lastly, this course will examine the use of technology and human intelligence in their application regarding counterintelligence.   (5 weeks)

MAT 326-Statistics for Criminal Justice Majors (3 credit hours)

This course provides the mathematical framework for our capstone research methods class.  It will provide students with a basic understanding of how to use data for research purposes.  It will focus on the various statistical methods and formulas for analyzing and interpreting data.  Students should have taken a basic college math course to succeed in MAT326.  (5 weeks)

*JUS 463-Applied Research Design (7 credit hours)

Course provides a unique, integrative research experience.  Students will learn the fundamental steps of the research process including formulating research questions, developing specific hypotheses, designing various types of studies, and collecting, analyzing and interpreting the results.  With this knowledge, students will design, conduct, and write a formal report on a research project in a criminal justice agency.  Many policies, procedures and practices in criminal justice are based upon research.  Students will stay current in the field by reading and understanding articles that appear in scholarly and professional journals.  (11 weeks)

* Major Course

FAST TRACK Accelerated Degree Completion Program majors fulfill their academic requirements for graduation by completing courses in the following areas.

  • Students will transfer 66 semester hours
  • One semester hour is waived for freshman studies
  • Students will complete 54 semester hours in the FAST TRACK Accelerated Degree Completion Program
  • Total Semester hours for the Degree 121 hours