Criminal Justice

Program Description

The Criminal Justice two-year program is comprised of professional and general education courses designed to give students a broad exposure to criminal justice theory and process. Curriculum offers a balanced approach to law enforcement and corrections and focuses on the fundamentals of the field, bypassing general college requirements for the Associate in Arts degree. Students are exposed to contemporary issues and problems, along with sound philosophical insights for understanding society and the ideals of the United States justice system.

The program was developed in conjunction with active criminal justice professionals who serve as members of an advisory committee.

Preparation

Students interested in criminal justice should possess excellent self-esteem, initiative, discretion, curiosity, objectivity, communication skill, ability to handle stress, and desire to interact with people in good and bad situations. High school students benefit from social science courses in sociology, psychology, political science and government. Courses in English, speech, computer science and foreign languages, physical fitness and health sciences are also helpful.

Prospective students should be aware that employment candidates are subject to extensive background checks that may include drug screening, polygraph testing, physical and psychological examinations, and oral and/or written proficiency examinations.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

Police Officer, Corrections Officer, Investigator, Security Officer, Deputy, Industrial Security Officer, Halfway House/Residential Facility Staff.

Successful completion of the program does not guarantee that graduates will obtain employment in the criminal justice field. Goal of the program is to provide students with an educational opportunity that prepares them for the rigors of employment competition within the scope of criminal justice career planning.

Additional Information

While not designed as a transfer program, with careful course selection, students could complete the appropriate prerequisites to continue on with a four-year degree program. Students should refer to Criminal Justice transfer degree plan located on page 45.

Contact

Joe EllefsonSchafer Hall 202
701-224-5436
Joe.Ellefson@bismarckstate.edu

CJ 170. Introduction to Security

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
The history, nature and scope of private security in modern society; the basic principles of physical security, internal loss prevention, defensive systems, fire prevention and safety; the security function in the corporate structure; operations and career opportunities exemplified in such specific areas as retail, hospital, cargo and computer security services, contract or proprietary.

CJ 171. Internal Theft Investigation and Control

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
How and why employee theft occurs in its many forms, and its impact on business. Internal theft controls, including pre-employment screening, honesty testing, management's role in preventing internal theft, cash and merchandise controls.

CJ 172. Business and Retail Security

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Differentiation within the entire security system. Trends of business and retail security systems and methodology for providing retail security needs. Detection and control of loss and prevention techniques.

CJ 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CJ 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CJ 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

CJ 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CJ 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CJ 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

CJ 201. Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
Introduction to Criminal Justice involves the survey of law enforcement: the role, history, development and constitutional aspects of law enforcement and public safety. The course also includes a review of the agencies: police, courts, corrections and others involved in the process and administration of criminal justice.

CJ 210. Introduction To Policing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
An introduction to the specific field of law enforcement and its responsibilities; including patrol, traffic, investigation, juvenile and special operational units. Federal, state and local agencies will be reviewed to distinguish their separate roles and coordinating efforts for maximizing the necessary efficiency of law enforcement, as we know it.

CJ 220. Criminal Law

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Survey of substantive criminal law as a means of attaining certain socially desirable ends like the preservation and protection of life and property; emphasis on historical and philosophical concepts.

CJ 223. Police Administration

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Administration of police line operations; review principles of various administrative styles for organization and administration of staff functions and activities; including policy, personnel distribution and analysis of operations.

CJ 226. Criminal Investigation

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Introduction to criminal investigation procedures including theory of an investigation, conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of physical evidence; methods used in police science laboratory, fingerprints, ballistics, documents, serology, photography, and related forensic sciences.

CJ 231. Criminal Evidence and Procedure

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Deals with rules of evidence of particular import at the operational level in law enforcement and with criminal procedure in important areas such as arrest, force, and search and seizure.

CJ 232. Administration of Justice

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
For criminal justice students or laymen; designed to broaden the understanding of the student concerning the various agencies involved in the administration of criminal law. Emphasis is placed upon the more important law enforcement functions and interrelationships from arrest to executive pardon.

CJ 235. Field Experience and Internship

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
Observation and work experience under the direction of a faculty member in a local, county, or state criminal justice agency.

CJ 243. Introduction to Homeland Security

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course discusses the historic overview of the events of terrorism that lead to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, statutory authority, organization/reorganization of agencies, weapons of mass destruction and safety and security to provide for a safe America. Introduction to Homeland Security provides important and up-to-date information about terrorism, terrorist behavior, homeland security policies and dilemmas, and how to deal effectively with threats and the consequences of attacks.

CJ 254. Juvenile Justice System

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Special legal status of the juvenile, protective services, the juvenile and family, court movement, and child labor laws. Emphasis on noncriminal aspects of administration of juvenile justice, guardianship, dependency, neglect, child support, paternity and adoption.

CJ 270. Introduction to Corrections

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Survey of current correctional thought and practices in the United States. Evolution of modern correctional practices in the United States. Overview of correctional treatment in different types of institutions and in the community.

CJ 271. Community Based Corrections

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Basic concepts, history, legislation and practices used in work with juveniles and adults who have been placed on probation or parole; criteria of selection, methods of supervision, and elements of case reporting.

CJ 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CJ 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CJ 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CJ 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CJ 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.