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Criminal Justice
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Criminal Justice (CRJ)/Legal Studies
Criminal justice is a diverse field that includes study and preparation in understanding the nature and environment of criminal behavior.  The program includes investigating and examining strategies, programs and agencies involved in the public and private responses to crime.  The study of criminal justice prepares students for careers in law, law enforcement, court services, corrections, juvenile work and security operations.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in criminal justice, Dakota Wesleyan University offers an Associate of Arts degree in this area.  All of these options are offered within a strong liberal arts program that stresses an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and understanding, and prepares students not only for jobs, but also for careers of leadership, service and responsibility.

Major
Criminal Justice

Students who pursue an academic major in criminal justice complete a course of study involving a minimum of 39 academic semester credits.  A core program of 24 required credits is augmented with a minimum of 15 elective credits.  Students who major in criminal justice may minor in a variety of academic disciplines depending on their goals, such as human services, behavioral sciences (psychology) or business (accounting). 

CRJ 210

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 258
Criminology
3

CRJ 261

Criminal Law

3

CRJ 357

Corrections

3

CRJ 395
Criminal Procedures
3

CRJ 433

Seminar in Criminal Justice

3

CRJ

Electives

15

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I  or  
SOC 312
Methods of Social Research
3

Total

39

Students considering graduate school in the social sciences are strongly urged to complete both MTH 200 Statistical Methods I and SOC 312 Methods of Social Research.

Minor
Criminal Justice

Students who pursue an academic minor in the field of criminal justice complete a course of study involving a minimum of 21 academic semester credits.  A core program of 18 required credits is augmented with a minimum of three elective credits.  Students who minor in criminal justice frequently major in human services, behavioral sciences (psychology) or business (accounting).

CRJ 210

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 258
Criminology
3

CRJ 261

Criminal Law

3

CRJ 357

Corrections

3

CRJ 395

Criminal Procedure

3

CRJ

Electives

6

Total

21

Financial and Enterprise Crime
The minor in financial and enterprise crime focuses on the phenomenon of crime within businesses, organizations and finance. Primary emphasis is placed on white collar crime and other forms of fraud, including their criminological, legal, operational and financial components. Students are also introduced to issues involving organized criminal enterprises.

CRJ 210

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 261

Criminal Law

3

CRJ 385

Criminal Investigation

3

CRJ 395

Criminal Procedures

3

CRJ 433

Seminar in Criminal Justice

3

BUS 381

Business Ethics and Social Policy

3

BUS 451

Fraud Examination

3

 

Total

21

Forensic Science and Investigation
This minor is an interdisciplinary combination of the physical and social sciences, focusing on the connection between scientific inquiry and the criminal justice system. Courses center on the foundations and techniques of chemistry, as well as the methodology of criminal investigation. It is intended for students seeking careers in criminal investigation or evidence examination and analysis, as well as those preparing for graduate programs in the field of forensic science.

CRJ 210 Intro to Criminal Justice
3
CRJ 258 Criminology
3
CRJ 385 Criminal Investigation
3
CHM 164 University Chemistry
1
CHM 166 University Chemistry Lab
4
CHM 323 Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
4
CHM 174 University Chemistry II
4
  Total
21

Legal Studies

Legal studies emphasizes law in a social context with a broad-based liberal arts curriculum and focuses on enhancing analytical thinking.  The legal studies minor treats law as a subject of liberal inquiry, open to students in any major.  The legal studies minor, as a liberal studies program, is designed to acquaint students with the philosophy as well as the actual workings of the American legal system.

CRJ 250 American Legal System
3
CRJ 370 Trial Experience 3
3
BUS 263 Business Law 3
3
POL 153 U.S. Government 3
3
  Electives
CRJ 261, CRJ 335, CRJ 395, BUS 366, HMS 340, POL 253, POL 353
9
  Total
21

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice is designed to provide a broad liberal arts preparation and an awareness and understanding of the individual, society, crime and the criminal justice process.  The interdisciplinary approach associated with this program is designed to prepare students to participate in improving their leadership, service and stewardship skills in a variety of career, work and community environments.  Completion of a core of General Education courses and 21 criminal justice credits is required.

General Education courses

Civic Values and Engagement
3
Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Cognitive Analysis
3

Cultural and Global Awareness

3

Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Historical Thinking and Analysis

3

Learn Strong I

1

Effective Expression - Literary Analysis or Artistic Appreciation

3

Effective Expression - Oral (COM 101)

3

Personal Growth & Maturity

3

Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Quantitative Reasoning

3

Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Science Technology and Human Experience

3

Effective Expression - Written (ENG 111)

3

Electives*

12

Students should consult with their adviser to choose General Education and elective courses that will enhance their preparation and employment options.

* Electives should be selected with approval of the academic adviser to provide for one or more areas of concentration.

Specialization: Chemical Dependency
The South Dakota Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Professionals has accepted selected DWU courses as meeting standards for certification. Following are the courses which are CBADP approved:

HMS/CRJ 245 Drug Use and Abuse
3
HMS 300 Alcohol Use and Abuse
3
HMS 370/770 Theory and Practice of Counseling
3
HMS 400 Group Counseling
3
HMS 430 Ethics in Human Service Practice
3
HMS 320 Victimology
3
PSY 337 Adolescent Psychology
3
SOC 317 Minority Groups
3

Consult with the department chairman and/or the SDCBADP for the most current list of approved courses and the requirements each meets, as this list may expand.  A full list of requirements and applications for certification are available from the certification board.

Course Descriptions
210 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hours F
This course introduces the history and philosophy of criminal justice systems, including law enforcement, courts and corrections.  It offers a comprehensive study of the theory and systems of criminal justice in modern societies, and examines the interrelationships of law enforcement agencies, court systems, correctional and penal systems, and the administration of justice.

233 Issues in Human Relations 3 hours TBA
Students will examine the models of human behavior, with particular emphasis on antecedents and conditions that influence personal performance in criminal justice environments.

245 Drug Use and Abuse 3 hours F
(Refer to HMS 245)

250 American Legal System 3 hours F
This course examines all aspects of the judicial process, including the law, courts and politics of the American legal system.  Both the criminal and civil processes will be investigated with attention focused on the major participants in the entire process.  This course will also examine various current and major issues within the legal system.  Extensive study and examination of the United States Constitution and its continuous interpretation will be included.
General Education: Civic Values and Engagement

258 Criminology 3 hours F12
This course includes an analysis of the major sociological theories of crime causation, sociological aspects of types of offenders, and the methodologies of measuring and analyzing criminal behavior and environments conducive to criminal behavior.

261 Criminal Law 3 hours S
Students will study the scope and sources of criminal law.  This course gives special attention to the basic elements of a crime, defenses and criminal responsibility.

273 Police Organization and Management 3 hours TBA
This course examines the principles and practices common to the effective management of American law enforcement agencies.

275 Field Experience 1-2 hourS F,S

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

300 Alcohol Use and Abuse 3 hours S
(Refer to HMS 300)

320 Victimology 3 hours S13
(Refer to HMS 320)

325 Policing in America 3 hours S13
This course considers the problems and procedures encountered by law enforcement in the United States.  It will provide special examination of the staffing, geographical area, need for expertise, and sociological and psychological features unique to rural departments.

335 Legal Liability in Criminal Justice 3 hours TBA
This course is an examination of state and federal legal liabilities and remedies with criminal justice and policy implications.

345 Juvenile Justice 3 hours F12
This course examines the origins, philosophy and objectives of the juvenile justice systems.  The focus will be on the jurisdiction of juvenile courts, role of law enforcement agents, judicial process, fact-finding hearing, disposition, waivers, appeals and philosophy of the juvenile court with attention to the legal rights of children.  The course will include a review of contemporary juvenile correctional systems and discussion of recent research concerning the juvenile institution and various field services.

350 Terrorism and Counterterrorism 3 hours F13
Students are introduced to the historical, political, organizational and methodical aspects of terrorism, as well as modern counterterrorism responses, such as homeland security in the United States.  Students investigate the definitions of terrorism, the particulars of various terrorist organizations, and questions of security versus civil liberty.  Students also complete a FEMA Emergency Management Institute training certification.

357 Corrections 3 hours S13
This course introduces the concepts, philosophies and theories of corrections and penology.  Students will examine trends and patterns in treatment of criminal offenders with special emphasis on early identification, referral processes and current innovative methods of rehabilitation.

360 Global and Comparative Justice 3 hours S13
This course is a review of justice systems worldwide, with significant emphasis being given to transnational crimes and international human rights issues. 

370 Trial Experience 3 hours SP14
Students examine the issues that surround preparing for and participating in a criminal trial.  Topics include all of the key stages of the trial process, from jury selection to closing arguments.  Students focus on case strategy and presentation skills and take part in a final mock trial. 

373 Probation and Parole Procedures 3 hourS F13
Students will study the structure, organization and operation of probation and parole systems with emphasis on applicable guidelines; the role of the probation/parole officer as an agent of behavioral change; and the social and physical environmental contexts of the probation/parole process.

385 Criminal Investigation 3 hours F12
This course is an introduction to the principles involved in the investigation of crimes, with particular attention to historical origins, the investigator, organization and management of the investigative function, and investigative methods, including crime scene processing, suspect identification and use of information sources.

395 Criminal Procedures3 hours S
Students will study the effect of the U.S. Constitution on the many segments of the criminal justice system.  The course pays particular attention to how constitutional decisions affect police, courts, defendants, corrections operations and the public.

410 Professional Writing for Criminal Justice 3 hours TBA
This course introduces students to the styles of writing used in the criminal justice profession.   Students prepare common documents used by law enforcement, court services and corrections.  In doing so, students learn to write clear, concise and persuasive reports that maximize successful criminal justice processes.   Emphasis is placed on correct technical writing skills and on substantive factual accuracy and agency usefulness.
Prerequisite: ENG 111.

433 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3 hours S
This course is an advanced seminar and capstone experience for students majoring in criminal justice.  Students will focus on emerging issues of significant concern for agencies, organizations and individuals within the criminal justice profession.

450 Internship 1-16 hours F,S
Students may choose a field placement experience in an agency or organization related to the practice of criminal justice.  These internships are open only to criminal justice majors and minors.  Students must register at least two months in advance of the semester in which the course is to be taken to allow for developing an appropriate internship experience. 
Prerequisite: Consent of department chairman.

460 Independent Study in Criminal Justice 1-3 hours F,S
This independent course allows for study in specific areas of criminal justice literature and practice not covered by existing organized courses within the criminal justice curriculum.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chairman.

475 Field Study in Policing 2 hours F,S
Students attend the Mitchell Department of Public Safety’s Citizens’ Academy.  This community program covers the major operations of a police department, including such topics as patrolling and pull-overs, crime scene evidence, emergency communications, accident investigation, child abuse investigation, narcotics investigation, firearms/Taser training, building searches and many others.  Students must apply separately with the department and undergo a background check before admission.

495 Advanced Criminal Investigation 3 hours TBA
This course is a continuation of CRJ 385 where students apply investigative methods, crime scene processing and suspect identification methods to the investigation of specific crimes.  The greatest emphasis is placed on homicide investigations.  Other crimes included are robbery, burglary, arson, sex offenses, terrorism and enterprise crime.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

 

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