Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

(CIP Codes 43.0103)

Program Description:

Allied American University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares students for entry-level criminal justice positions in business, industry, and non-profit organizations. The program provides the foundational background for students seeking to possess a high level of knowledge from a broad base of criminal justice concepts and skills to create solutions to contemporary problems in criminal justice.

Concentrations Available:

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Homeland Security

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students will possess the critical and current knowledge and skills needed to integrate administration, laws, procedures of investigation and evidence, and organizational law enforcement management.

  • Apply advanced verbal and written communication skills to research, evaluations, and presentations in appropriate criminal justice situations.
  • Implement and apply current technology to criminal justice investigative and apprehension activities, systems, and processes.
  • Use critical thinking, creative, and logical analysis, strategies, and techniques to solve complex problems within the criminal justice system.
  • Apply technology and other resources to remain current in the student’s chosen field within criminal justice.
  • Make effective decisions using appropriate analytical and critical thinking processes that reflects a global perspective in comparative criminal justice.
  • Identify, analyze, and address legal and/or ethical issues that arise in criminal justice practices and institutions.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills in a criminal justice environment.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of integrated knowledge and technical skills that support and facilitate lifelong professional development and lifelong learning within the discipline of law and justice.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the correctional process, the judicial system, and the technical skills that support and facilitate lifelong learning.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Degree Map:

Term Zero: Orientation
Code#CoursesCredit
ORI100
Allied Online Orientation+
This course provides tutorials and instructions to help you better understand AAU’s Learning Management System. While this orientation course does not provide semester credit hours, your completion of this course provides the foundation for proper completion of further courses.
0
Term 1
Code#CoursesCredit
ENG160
English Composition I**+
This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay along with its variations. Students will learn how to support a thesis with specific evidence and how to write an effective introduction, conclusion, and title. Students will learn how to develop the nine patterns of essay development. Throughout the course, students will review all the basic grammar rules, and they will also review and apply proper APA Style.
Prerequisite: ENG 105
3
CRJ100
Introduction to Justice Administration+
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the justice administration system, encompassing police, and courts and corrections management. These three institutions must work together to achieve an effective overall system for the protection of public safety and order, the impartial and fair trial of those accused of crime, and the enlightened confinement and rehabilitation of those found guilty to minimize the rate of recidivism.
3
Term 2
Code#CoursesCredit
ISY102
MS Office Fundamentals+
This course will help students develop basic proficiency with Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® through the completion of hands-on projects.
3
CRJ110
Introduction to Criminology+
This course introduces the student to the dynamic field of criminology which is constantly changing because of research studies, Supreme Court rulings, governmental policy, and the current events of everyday life. Criminologists spend their career trying to understand what drives people to commit crime. This introductory course will provide insights into the answers for many of these questions and will help students to think critically about law and justice. At the end of this course, students should have developed a critical perspective toward the social and legal institutions entrusted with crime control.
3
Term 3
Code#CoursesCredit
SOC135
Introduction to Sociology+
This course provides an overview of the terminology, theories, and questions used by sociologists to study how groups, cultures, institutions, norms, and values all work to shape society and an individual’s perception of the world.
3
ENG170
English Composition II **+
In this course, emphasis is on creating arguments that persuade, convince, and inspire. The goal is to develop writing skills that will enable students to develop powerful and persuasive arguments. Students will learn the fixed types of questions that an argument can address, helping them develop answers to significant questions concerning facts, definitions, causes, values, and actions.
Prerequisite: ENG 160
3
Term 4
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ120
Introduction to Law Enforcement+
The purpose of this course is to equip the criminal justice student with a complete and practical set of procedures and techniques that are needed for understanding policing in America. This course examines policing topics and tactics, including history, patrol, police subculture, investigation, organization, administration, personnel issues, community policing, the rule of law, accountability, civil liability, and technologies.
3
Physical/Biological Science Elective 3
Term 5
Code#CoursesCredit
Lower Division Criminal Justice Elective 3
MAT120
College Algebra**+
This course provides students a working knowledge of college-level algebra. Algebra is the study of equations, inequalities, and functions. This course concentrates on linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. The students also learn graphs and applications of algebra to the real world.
Prerequisite: MAT 110
3
Term 6
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ210
Criminal Investigation+
This course teaches students the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining the processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying types of crimes, and preparing for court.
3
COM120
Principles of Speech Communication+
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Effective communication skills will be emphasized throughout the course, and students will learn how to organize a successful speech. Audience demographics, such as size, heterogeneity, status as captive or voluntary, and composition, will be focused upon.
3
Term 7
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ240
Juvenile Justice+
This course provides an overview of American juvenile justice, in terms of both system and practice. It examines the juvenile offender, causes of juvenile crime, the juvenile court system, and juveniles in the adult court system. This course also looks at institutionalization, rehabilitation, the treatment of juveniles, and the future of juvenile justice in America.
3
PSY140
Introduction to Psychology+
This course is the study of the facts, principles, and theories of psychology.
3
Term 8
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ200
Criminal Procedure and Criminal Evidence+
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various components of the criminal justice system and examines the trial process and the roles of the jury, judge, attorneys, and witnesses.
3
SOC250 Lower Division Arts and Humanities Electives 3
Term 9
Code#CoursesCredit
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Term 10
Code#CoursesCredit
Society and Behavioral Science Elective Lower Division 3
Science Elective (100-200 Division) 3
Term 11
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ301 Upper Division Social Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Term 12
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ301
Criminal Law+
This course studies the historical background and foundations of American criminal law, including United States Constitutional requirements, Federal and State court organization and jurisdiction, criminal law basics, and rules of evidence and procedure. It covers various categories of crimes and offenses including assault, homicide, sex offenses, theft, arson, forgery, narcotics, extortion, traffic offenses, crimes affecting the judicial process, and organized crime.
3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 13
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ325
Advanced Criminal Investigation**+
This course covers the fundamentals of modern criminal investigation in a field-based approach, and its application to the more important serious felonies. Basic investigative responsibilities, as well as specific procedures employed in the investigation of various types of crimes, will be presented. A variety of crimes ranging from robbery, sex offenses, and homicides will be discussed, as well as interviewing and interrogation skills. During the course, students will find that the ability to conduct thorough criminal investigations is learned by studying the investigative process and can be refined by hands-on experience.
Prerequisite: CRJ 210
3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term 14
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ335
Kinesic Interviewing**+
Of all the topics taught in law enforcement academies and criminal justice training centers throughout the United States, one of the most critical topics is the principles of interview and interrogation. This course equips the criminal justice student with a complete and practical set of procedures and techniques needed for interviewing and interrogation that include non-verbal cues of deception. This new investigative science that studies human behavior and body language is vital to any case that investigators obtain essential information from victims, witnesses and informants, and that confession’s from suspects stand up to court scrutiny.
Prerequisite: CRJ 200
3
Free Elective 3
Term 15
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ460
Investigation of Terrorism**+
The Global War on Terror has posed new challenges for law enforcement organizations to contribute, along with military forces, to the security of the United States. The purpose of this course is to offer the latest information on the technology, weapons (including weapons of mass destruction), transportation modes of terrorists, and profiles of terrorists themselves.
Likely trends in twenty-first century terrorism and the law enforcement response are also discussed.
Prerequisite: CRJ 210
3
CRJ305
Ethics in Criminal Justice+
This course introduces the subject and scope of ethics in the everyday world of crime, law, and justice. It explores, in a stimulating and practical way, a range of ethical value-based concepts and perspectives designed to familiarize students with their importance both within the complex world of crime and justice and outside of it. It encourages students to reflect on and apply ethical concepts and principles to ?real-life? issues and scenarios in criminal justice.
3
Term 16
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ320
Forensic Investigation**+
This is an introductory course to criminalistics which explores the history and scope of forensic science. Criminalistics is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. The scope of this course includes discovery of a crime scene, the most important location of evidence, physical evidence, and analytical techniques for organic and inorganic materials, forensic toxicology firearms, ammunition, unique tool marks, and various impressions, among others.
Prerequisite: CRJ 200
3
Free Elective 3
Term 17
Code#CoursesCredit
Free Elective 3
CRJ350
Homicide Investigation I**+
The purpose of this course is to equip the criminal justice student with a complete and practical set of methods for processing a homicide. The course provides the student with the most practical and conventional information available to detectives who are responsible for conducting intelligent investigations into violent and sudden death.
Prerequisite: CRJ 210
3
Term 18
Code#CoursesCredit
Free Elective 3
Upper Division Physical/Biological Science Elective 3
Term 19
Code#CoursesCredit
CRJ480
Investigation of Computer Crime**+
The purpose of this course is to equip the criminal justice student with a complete and practical set of technological procedures and techniques for digital crime. This course will cover the challenging process of seeking scientific truth through analysis of digital evidence. As computer criminals grow more sophisticated, digital forensics must keep pace in order to pierce the veil of deception that makes such crimes as identity theft more common.
Prerequisite: CRJ 210
3
Free Elective 3
Term 20
Code#CoursesCredit
Free Elective 3
CRJ499
Senior Capstone**+
The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses through the entire program. The Senior Capstone emphasizes the student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects focusing on integration and application of theory through research or experiential projects. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.
Prerequisite: Completion of all major requirements or concurrent enrollment in last required course
3

**Course has prerequisite requirement - Total Credits: 120

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