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Courses

The following ten courses are required for completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (30 credits):

The general education program goals for the School of Professional Studies emerge from the mission of the College and reinforce the notion that we, as a College, are a community of learners. The School of Professional Studies gives adult students an opportunity to participate in the Rosemont College experience, and to carry its Mission into their careers, communities, and lives.  

To achieve this to the fullest extent, graduates of the School of Professional Studies will:  

  • Demonstrate effective, thorough, and logical communication, research, and information literacy skills to function professionally and ethically in today’s society.  
  • Integrate cultural sensitivity and social justice into local and global interactions. 
  • Apply scientific, quantitative, and artistic knowledge to make informed decisions in both natural and designed worlds.  
  • Incorporate ethics and spirituality in analysis and decision-making. 
  • Assist in creating a community of learners by integrating and applying knowledge among work, the classroom, and the community.

 

Major Requirement Courses (30 Credits)
CRJ 0150 The Criminal Justice System
The Criminal Justice System An overview of the criminal justice system: an 
investigative look into the agencies of social control including law enforcement, 
corrections, and the courts. To include brief discussion of crime causation in order to identify methods of crime control.
CRJ 0200 Criminal Law This course examines American crime problems in a historical perspective, examines crime causation, social and public policy factors affecting crime, the impact of crime and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and the prevention of crime.
CRJ 0207 Criminal Procedure This course is designed to introduce students to criminal procedures by examining constitutional law and how the US Constitution and statutes have certain procedural requirements for how criminal laws are enforced from arrest through trial. This course evaluates case law and statutes that create standards for evidence collection and processing, witnesses, trial procedures, and rules of court that affect the outcome of a criminal proceeding.
CRJ 0215 Diversity and the Law

A look into minority issues relating to our criminal justice system. Which age, race, gender, or social class is most likely to be in a correctional institution and why? Is racial/ethical profiling appropriate or necessary? What are some of the applied sociological theories and practices behind the statistics? 

CRJ 0260 Criminal Investigations

This is an applied course relating to conducting criminal investigations. This course examines the history, theories, and problems of criminal investigations. What really needs to be done to solve the case? Topics to include identifying, collecting, and processing physical evidence; understanding the relative value of evidence as it is applied to a specific case; conducting interviews and interrogations. Successful criminal investigations rely on an analytical process to uncover and sort evidence and information to determine what occurred.

CRJ 0300 Sociology of Law and Violence

Examine the relationship between society, the law, and causes of violence applying sociological concepts such as inequality, stratification, social control and social change. Includes analysis of violent behaviors, law enforcement practices, court processes, the legal professions, the law itself, and related social institutions. 

CRJ 0310 Statistical Analysis and the Criminal Justice System

Collecting, compiling, and assessing statistics related to the criminal justice system. Learning what raw data truly represent and utilizing numbers to convey useful, meaningful information.

CRJ 0320 Investigational Research Methods

This course is designed to assist the criminal justice major in performing research in the field: formulation of research design, data collection, and interpretation of information; knowing what to access, where to access it, and how to compile meaningful information that may accurately describe certain statistical probabilities. 

CRJ 0400 Criminology

This course offers an interdisciplinary, scientific approach related to the study of criminal behaviors. Includes an introduction to the organization of the criminal justice system; theories of crime causation; crime typologies; research methods utilized to collect and analyze crime trends; and analysis of the crime trend statistics themselves.

CRJ 0450 Professional Seminar: Criminal Justice Ethics and Practice

This course is designed to synthesize the knowledge gleaned from required courses in the Criminal Justice major. It will also look at the codes, standards, and decision making processes that apply to the professions within the criminal justice system: police, correction officers, forensic scientists, attorneys and judges. Criminal Justice Major Elective Courses.

Major Electives for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

(21 credits)

CRJ 0125 Learning and Success Strategies for Criminal Justice This course introduces students to learning strategies and success resources that a student employs to learn and succeed in the accelerated classroom and in their career for being successful with a holistic approach: academically, emotionally and socially. Students will build critical thinking skills as they assess the credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support of their academic success resources in study skills, test taking skills, reading, note taking, research tools, student wellness, goal setting, time management, and Rosemont College student support resources.
CRJ 0210 Introduction to Law Enforcement This course provides an overview and analysis of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, and operations of policing in a modern democratic society. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the issues involved in policing a democratic society and will examine critical issues and new advances in law enforcement.
CRJ 0217 Introduction to Corrections This course is designed to introduce students to the field of corrections, providing an overview of the issues involved in the American corrections system from the beginning to present day. Students will learn about practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. The course emphasizes the role of sociology and other interdisciplinary approaches to the field of corrections and society’s response.
CRJ 0220 Juvenile Delinquency This course discusses the history, development, and policy of the juvenile justice system. Understanding theories along with biological, and psychological factors that contribute to juvenile delinquent behavior are covered through discussion of targeting, preventing, redirecting, and controlling delinquent behaviors. Topics also include punishment vs. rehabilitation, intervention strategies, youth gangs and substance abuse issues.
CRJ 0230 Drugs, Crimes, and Society Explores How drugs and crime are interrelated issues and how these issues affect society. The development and implementation of laws pertaining to prescription and non-prescription use and abuse. Discussions of drug courts and drug treatment approaches are discussed. What are the real effects that chemical dependency has on our society? 
CRJ 0235 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections This course presents probation as a judicial process and parole as a community function. Also discussed are the role of the probation/parole officer; pre-sentence investigation; selection, supervision, and release of probationers and parolees. A historical review of trends in probation and parole such as halfway houses, work release programs and parole clinics; reintegration of offenders in society; and future trends are explored.
CRJ 0240 Organized and White Collar Crime The history and organization of organized crime in America: from neighborhood gangs to large scale, sophisticated organizations like the Cosa Nostra. Recruitment, activities (drugs, prostitution, protection, extortion, gun running, etc.), codes, inter/intra-organization rivalry, law enforcement evasion, and criminal justice system responses. A closer look at the proliferation of violence and escalating weaponry; the financial, moral, and social impact on society; interaction with legitimate organizations and infiltration; predicting the future demographic immigration patterns.
CRJ 0250 Sexual Offenses, Offenders, and Victims Types and definitions of sexual offenses; typologies, causations, assessment, and treatment of offenders: and care and treatment of sex crimes. Monitoring issues. Juvenile vs. adult sexual offenders.
CRJ 0265 Introduction to Homeland Security This course provides the student with an overview of homeland security. Major themes and issues considered essential for understanding homeland security including border security, threat analysis, critical infrastructure, planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery are analyzed and critiqued by students.
CRJ 0268 Essentials of Private Security This course provides the student with an examination of the multi-billion dollar a year private security industry from both a historical and a professional perspective. Topics include the history and evolution from watchmen to professionals, liability, ethics, legal issues, commercial, industrial, institutional, training, and challenges in the private security industry.
CRJ 0270 Cybercrime This course is an examination of the act and response to the recent explosion in computer-related crimes. Topics to include: legal issues in relation to investigation (electronic surveillance, Fourth Amendment issues), prosecution, and defense, emerging legislation, computer crimes (hacking, viruses, espionage, terrorism, etc.), and ways in which to combat cybercrime.
CRJ 0290 Women in the Criminal Justice System This course examines the roles of women in the criminal justice system. The topics of women as victims, offenders, and practitioners in the field of criminal justice will be examined. A theoretical and pragmatic approach will be applied to those crimes, which have a greater impact on females in society, such as rape, prostitution, and domestic abuse. The evolving role of women as professionals in the field of criminal justice will be explored. Also considered will be societal views and the role of the media concerning these issues.
CRJ 0305 Policing Techniques - Interviewing and Interrogation This course is designed to provide students with proven techniques that can be applied in various accusatory and non-accusatory interview situations. Students will develop new skills in preparing for the interrogation with a "game plan" which emphasizes a pro-active rather than reactive role. Participants will learn what to expect, what to look for, and how to interpret what is happening in the interrogation setting.
CRJ 0315 Principles of Crisis and Emergency Management This course in an introduction to the science of crisis management and emergency preparedness. Students learn about managing incidents from before they occur up until the end of the recovery period, working with community, state, and federal levels for emergency operations. The emergency management cycle, emergency operations planning, mitigation, response, and recovery will be dissected from a professional emergency management point of view.
CRJ 0317 EOC Operations This course provides the student with an in-depth knowledge the Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command System Interface, terminology, players, and management philosophy. From EOC organization, activation, operation, and termination are covered as well as staffing, training, and briefings. Supervision and leadership issues focusing on human resources problems and incident resources problems are tackled, along with the geopolitics of running an emergency operations center during a crisis situation.
CRJ 0325 Management of Disaster Operations Students explore the principles that promote effective disaster response and recovery operations after disasters. The course examines the nature of disasters as well as the roles and responsibilities of various actors involved in emergency management. The course will review popular myths and realities regarding human behavior in catastrophic events in addition to divergent approaches to disaster management. Each student will gain a solid comprehension of common post-disaster problems and how to overcome those challenges.
CRJ 0340 Forensic Anthropology An introductory study of the scientific discipline that applies the methods of physical anthropology and archeology to the collection and analysis of legal evidence. Areas of specialized focus include the identification, excavation and recovery of skeletonized remains at crime scenes.
CRJ 0355 Victimology An exploration of experiences from the perspective of the victim, their families, and society from major crimes including: robbery, burglary, car jacking, assault and battery, rape, domestic violence, stalking, homicide, arson, child sexual abuse and exploitation, child pornography crimes, federal crimes, identity theft, terrorism, and Internet crimes. The psychopathology of trauma, offender motivation, secondary traumatic effects, and the re-traumatization of victims during the adjudication process are evaluated.
CRJ 0360 Criminalistics: The Real Art & Science of Forensics Today An overview of the field including realities and falsehoods of the mass media. An introduction to criminalistics procedure: how the sciences are used at and after crime scene investigations. Fingerprints, DNA, firearms analysis, hair and fibers, document examination, and more. Crime scene investigation procedures: preserving the scene, transporting, storing, and analyzing evidence. What type of evidence is “court-worthy” and how does that evidence need to be handled to be admissible in a court of law? Closing the case with the right expert testimony. Mock crime scene simulations and visiting experts who work in the field.
CRJ 0367 Transportation Security This course provides the student with an in-depth analysis of transportation security management in the United States. Students will take real look at the vulnerabilities and risks of the transportation infrastructure including rails, maritime, air, and utilities, and apply a risk management approach to protecting our systems. Legal, economical, and political aspects of the transportation security will be explored in-depth.
CRJ 0370 Foundations of Public Administration An overview of the field of public administration, to include major themes in the profession, as well as an examination of the topics with which public administrators deal each day. This course studies the political aspects of administrating an agency and interacting with elected officials and citizens. Case studies are used to support the topics and give practical expression to abstract theories.
CRJ 372 Private Investigations This course provides the basic foundations of conducting private investigations. Case studies, professionalism with clients, attorneys, courts; law enforcement, other agencies and the general public are major themes. This course will also discuss statutes, licensure, and regulatory compliance associated with private detectives including liability, rules of evidence, and ethics to be the most successful private detective in the marketplace. 
CRJ 0375 Criminal Justice Organizations This course examines the organization, administration and practice of police, courts and correctional organizations at the federal, state and municipal levels and the need for these organizations to work together and communicate with each other to be a more effective criminal justice system. A framework will be developed for understanding and analyzing organizations in general and criminal justice organizations specifically.
CRJ 0377 PA Act 235 Training Program This course, facilitated by state police certified instructors provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of the Pennsylvania requirements for becoming a licensed agent within the Commonwealth to understand the use of force, legalities, and liabilities of lethal weapons including any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of bringing about great bodily harm or death. It also meets the Commonwealth’s requirements for becoming a licensed private detective.
CRJ 0405 Principles of Effective Supervision and Leadership
This course provides 
the student with an in-depth look at the management of line operations, staff and 
auxiliary services, investigative and human relations units. It introduces the concepts 
needed to advance to line/ field level supervisor positions by providing effective 
supervision and leadership in the police environment. It examines policies, procedures, 
rules and regulations pertaining to being an effective leader transitioning to middle 
management positions in a law enforcement agency preparing students for the line 
supervisor promotional process. *(This course prepares students for the PPD Corporal / Sergeants exams) 
CRJ 0410 Basic Tactical Medicine This course is designed as an entry-level course for all medical operators, and is also designed for law enforcement personnel to be grounded in the basics of tactical medicine, regardless of their level of medical experience. It will provide practitioners with the tools necessary to operate in a tactical environment. The class consists of: introduction to tactical medicine, Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, Tactical Evacuation care, Lessons Learned and Updates/ Current Practices in tactical medicine. (* Taught by a Licensed Medical Doctor/ ER Physician & Tactical Medicine Expert)
CRJ 0415 Command and Control This course covers the federal guidelines of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the standards of the Incident Command System (ICS) presenting communication and operational best practices for handing crisis incidents from any size- big or small. It draws on the lessons learned from decades of emergency management, hazmat safety, risk and public safety planning and preparedness to give insight into the field’s evolution. Students will learn to use ICS forms, checklists and sample documents for improving organizational and interagency operations, and become certified in ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800.
CRJ 0440 Energetic Materials & Weapons of Mass Destruction This course explores the core concepts of successfully managing Energetic Materials/ WMDs in critical and emergency response. This course evaluates the threat posed to society by chemical, biologic, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. Students will learn about explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons, and explore historic overview of suicide bombing, characteristics of a suicide bomber, and how emergency organizations can disrupt a terrorist's ability to carry out a suicide bombing. Completion of this course will provide students with two certifications from the US Department of Homeland Security in Energetic Materials.
CRJ 0445 Special Topics in Criminal Justice This is an elective course that enables the program and students to address the very latest issues in the criminal justice system. Special Topics in Criminal Justice is a seminar course on current issues such as terrorism, homeland security, police ethics, racial profiling, court decisions, and social justice topics.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  CRJ-0150-The Criminal Justice System- 3 credits
CRJ-0200-Criminal Law- 3 credits
CRJ-0207-Criminal Procedure- 3 credits
CRJ-0215-Diversity and the Law- 3 credits

CRJ-0300-Sociology of Law and Violence- 3 credits

CRJ-0310-Statistical Analysis and the Criminal Justice System- 3 credits
CRJ-0320-Statistical Analysis and the Criminal Justice System- 3 credits 
CRJ-0360-Criminal Investigations- 3 credits
CRJ-400-Criminology- 3 credits
CRJ-0450-Professional Seminar: Criminal Justice Ethics and Practice - 3 credits

Electives: The following is a list of elective courses offered throughout the cycle of program for completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (21 credits): 

CRJ 0125 Learning and Success Strategies for Criminal Justice
CRJ 0210 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRJ 0217 Introduction to Corrections 
CRJ 0220 Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 0230 Drugs, Crimes, and Society
CRJ 0235 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 
CRJ 0250 Sexual Offenses, Offenders, and Victims
CRJ 0265 Introduction to Homeland Security 
CRJ 0268 Essentials of Private Security
CRJ 0270 Cybercrime 
CRJ 0280 Understanding Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System
CRJ 0290 Women in the Criminal Justice System
CRJ 0305 Policing Techniques - Interviewing and Interrogation 
CRJ 0315 Principles of Crisis and Emergency Management 
CRJ 0317 EOC Operations 
CRJ 0325 Management of Disaster Operations 
CRJ 0340 Forensic Anthropology 
CRJ 0355 Victimology 
CRJ 0360 Criminalistics: The Real Art & Science of Forensics Today
CRJ 0367 Transportation Security 
CRJ 0370 Foundations of Public Administration
CRJ 372 Private Investigations
CRJ 0375 Criminal Justice Organizations 
CRJ 0377 PA Act 235 Training Program
CRJ 0405 Principles of Effective Supervision and Leadership
CRJ 0410 Basic Tactical Medicine 
CRJ 0415 Command and Control 
CRJ 0440 Energetic Materials & Weapons of Mass Destruction 
CRJ 0445 Special Topics in Criminal Justice