Minors offered by Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal Justice Administration Minor

Criminal Justice Administration  

A minor in Criminal Justice Administration requires 18 semester hours. CJA 4300 may not be used for the 9 hours of electives, but may be taken by minors.

Required Courses (9 hours)

 

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

 

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process  3 credit hours  
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    CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

Electives (9 hours)

  • 9 hours of criminal justice upper-division electives

 


Homeland Security Minor

Criminal Justice Administration 

The minor in Homeland Security provides the complementary knowledge and educational foundation for students seeking careers in their uniquely chosen majors with homeland security concerns. Topics include the operation of the criminal justice system, the methods and effects of terrorism, the means of providing security against terrorist acts in public and private businesses and industries, and the legal treatment of terrorist acts including detection, investigation, prosecution, and constitutional issues. Only non-Criminal Justice Administration majors may minor in Homeland Security.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • CJA 3411 - Intelligence Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Demonstrates the use of intelligence analysis to support criminal  justice, homeland security, and private security missions. Provides an overview of the Intelligence Planning Cycle and various iterations of intelligence connected to contemporary intelligence strategies. Examines role of intelligence in terrorist, cyber, disaster, and policing missions as well as intelligence gathering from government, corporate, and international perspectives.

  • CJA 3750 - Terrorism and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Meaning, history, purposes, and incidents of terrorism. Emphasis on terrorist acts as crimes along with the unique role of law enforcement in the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of the crimes. Legislative, constitutional, and legal issues surrounding law enforcement, courts, and corrections explored.

  • CJA 3911 - Introduction to Homeland Security

    3 credit hours

    Examines the history, foundation, and extent of the scope (disasters, border, maritime, cyber, space, terrorism). Discusses policies, legal considerations for training, and social and ethical issues regarding intelligence collection and program implementation. Integrates All-Hazards Homeland Security with the National Response Framework.

Electives (9 hours)

  • CJA 3190 - Disasters and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    A comprehensive review of responsibilities of criminal justice agents in disasters. Familiarizes students with the different types of disasters, the role of criminal justice agents in disasters, crime within disasters, and preparation for disasters by emergency management and criminal justice personnel. Students will conduct a disaster preparedness evaluation for a specific geographic area in which they will evaluate assets and deficits that will need to be utilized and accommodated throughout a disaster.

  • CJA 2800 - Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Management

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to the growing field of emergency management specifically as applied to disasters and other hazards. Focuses on the most common types of hazards posed to first responders and the four disciplines necessary in preparing for and responding to hazards/disasters and prevention efforts applicable to these same events. Students will critically assess the roles of different agencies in the overall emergency response protocol and strengths and weaknesses of the response of emergency management teams.

  • CJA 4330 - Criminal Investigations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4330.) General investigative responsibilities and techniques including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing.

  • CJA 4860 - Security Administration

    3 credit hours

    The placement of the security function within an organization. The role of the security manager in developing a program to protect assets and reduce illegal losses, to protect against acts of terrorism, and to provide protection for personnel. The application of management techniques to the operation of the organization's security division, including personnel recruitment and selection. Development of security survey techniques, identification of security risks, and techniques used to eliminate opportunities for theft, other crimes, and terrorist acts.

  • CJA 4870 - Security Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 4870 - Security Law

    3 credit hours

    An analysis of the legal background of private and proprietary security. Critical current legal issues in the private security field including terrorism issues. Legal and cooperative relationships between private and proprietary security operations and public law enforcement agencies.

  • CJA 4930 - International Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Compares the American criminal justice system with those in other countries. Examines historical origins, structural differences, and varying degrees of effectiveness and efficiency in law enforcement, courts, and corrections in selected nations. Explores challenges posed by the globalization of crime and terrorism.


Criminal Investigation Minor

Criminal Justice Administration 

The Criminal Investigation Minor requires 18  hours. Students take 9 hours of foundation courses which cover the basics of the U.S. Criminal Justice System, law enforcement operations, and criminal investigations. The remaining 9 hours cover criminal investigation-related courses.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • CJA 4330 - Criminal Investigations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4330.) General investigative responsibilities and techniques including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing.

Guided Electives (9 hours)

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 3130 - Victimology  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3130 - Victimology

    3 credit hours

    Explores the prevalence of crime victimization in the United States and globally, the impact of victimization, treatment of victims by criminal justice and other social service agencies, theoretical explanations for victimization, the victims' rights, and successful approaches to working with crime victims.

  • CJA 3900 - Organized Crime  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3900 - Organized Crime

    3 credit hours

    Explores emergent and historical treatments of organized crime, gangs, and related criminal groups with an emphasis on theoretical, etiological, and enforcement typologies. Analysis of the structure and inter-connectedness of organized crime and an understanding of the businesses associated with traditional and nontraditional organized crime groups.

  • CJA 4340 - Crime Scene Investigation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4340.) Prerequisite: CJA 4330 or FSCJ 4330. Advanced approach to the various elements of criminal investigations. Provides simulated investigative experiences through the use of mock crime scenes. Emphasis on preparing students for a career in law enforcement.

  • CJA 4350 - Homicide Investigations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 4330 or permission of instructor. Evidence analysis, suspect development, crime scene reconstruction, criminal profiling, and legal issues involved in homicide crime scenes. Emphasis placed primarily on the perspective of the criminal investigator, but impact of rules of criminal evidence also addressed.

  • CJA 4360 - Crime Scene Photography and Documentation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4360.) Prerequisite: CJA 4330. Provides students with a foundation of crime scene photography to include basic functions of the camera, techniques of using methods to enhance images of evidentiary value, and special considerations of evidence photography. Also exposes students to documentation techniques and reporting practices best suited for documentation of crime scenes. A split lecture/hands-on experiential learning process intended for students who seek employment at a crime lab or in law enforcement.

  • CJA 4530 - Criminal Evidence and Procedures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4530.)  Designed to develop an understanding of the types of individuals and problems of admissibility in court proceedings, the proper treatment and disposition of evidence, the legal procedure to be followed, and the actual trial procedure.

 

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