Crime and Criminal Investigation (Competency-Based)

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The competency-based option is designed for working professionals. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency we include in your BS in Criminal Justice path has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

Completion Requirements

  • 180 quarter credits
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (65 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.

The BS in Criminal Justice program with a specialization in Crime and Criminal Investigation includes the following competencies grouped within the Areas of Expertise.

Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems (CRJS 1001):

  • CJ1001 The Contemporary Criminal Justice System: Analyze roles and responsibilities in an evolving criminal justice system.
  • CJ1002 Crime and Reporting: Compare the perception of crime occurrence and crime reporting to address public misconceptions.
  • CJ1003 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: Differentiate between mental health issues and criminal behavior in criminal justice practice.
  • CJ1004 Diversion, Sentencing, and Corrections: Distinguish between diversionary responses to crime, sentencing rationale, and corrections rationale.

Criminology and Social Control (CRJS 2001):

  • SG2001 Definitions and Typologies of Crime and Deviation: Differentiate between crime and deviance.
  • SG2002 Social Control: Analyze forms of social control and their relationships to society and criminal justice.
  • SG2003 Theory in Criminology: Compare the application of the classical school and the positivist school of criminological theory in criminal justice practice.
  • SG2004 Community Approaches to Social Problems and Law Enforcement: Develop a community-based law enforcement plan to address a community problem.

Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (CRJS 2002):

  • JD2001 The Evolving Definition of Juvenile: Analyze the qualifications for juvenile distinction in the criminal justice system.
  • JD2002 Factors That Influence Juvenile Delinquency: Distinguish between biological, psychological, and sociological influences of juvenile delinquency.
  • JD2003 Working with Juvenile Offenders: Apply strategies for working with juveniles based on adjudication decisions.
  • JD2004 The Criminal Courts and Juvenile Offenders: Recommend an offender to either family and juvenile court or adult criminal court.

Criminal Law (CRJS 2003):

  • LA2001 Criminal Responsibility Under Criminal Law: Compare criminal responsibility in varied settings.
  • LA2002 Classifications of Defense: Apply classifications of justification in criminal justice settings.
  • LA2003 Prosecutorial Roles: Differentiate between prosecutorial roles and decisions in the criminal justice system.
  • LA2004 The Role of Jurisdiction and Precedent in Criminal Law: Apply international, federal, state, or local law to criminal justice practice.

Corrections (CRJS 3001):

  • CX3001 The History and Evolution of Corrections Systems: Analyze the history and evolution of corrections systems.
  • CX3002 Corrections Philosophy and Theory: Apply philosophical orientations, concepts, and theories of corrections practice.
  • CX3003 Corrections Practice in Institutions: Apply corrections practice and policy recommendations in institutional corrections settings.
  • CX3004 Corrections Practice in Communities: Develop a community-based corrections plan.

Criminal Courts and Judicial Process (CRJS 3002):

  • JP3001 The Judicial System: Analyze factors that contribute to choices and processes in the judicial system.
  • JP3002 Roles in the Judicial System: Analyze factors that contribute to choices and processes in the judicial system.
  • JP3003 Professional Standards and Ethics: Apply professional standards and ethics to criminal justice practice in the judicial system.
  • JP3004 Justice in a Changing Society: Apply diversity and cultural awareness to criminal justice practice in the judicial system.

Law Enforcement (CRJS 3003):

  • LW3001 Law Enforcement History: Compare historical aspects of law enforcement and policing to contemporary criminal justice practice.
  • LW3002 Law Enforcement Management and Organizational Structure: Distinguish between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in criminal justice practice.
  • LW3003 The Use of Power in Law Enforcement: Distinguish between the appropriate uses of power, discretion, and deception in law enforcement practice.
  • LW3004 Technology in Law Enforcement: Evaluate the influence of technological innovations in law enforcement.

Data Analysis for Criminal Justice Professionals (CRJS 3004):

  • DA3001 The Role of Research in Criminal Justice: Analyze the application of data-driven research and crime analysis.
  • DA3002 Foundational Research Methods: Apply data analysis and foundational research methods in criminal justice settings and practice.
  • DA3003 Research Tools and Basic Computer Applications in Criminal Justice: Apply tools for management and organization of criminal justice data, databases, and analyses.
  • DA3004 Crime Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Apply mapping tools for crime analysis.

Capstone: Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice (CRJS 4160):

  • DD4001 Ethics in Criminal Justice Issues: Recommend ethical approaches for decision-making, behavior, and policies that address criminal justice issues.
  • DD4002 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice: Develop a diversity policy to address bias in the criminal justice system.

Introduction to Victimology (CRJS 4203):

  • VT4001 Crime and Victimization Theory: Analyze how victimization theory affects criminal justice practice.
  • VT4002 Types of Victims: Analyze how victim type affects crime reporting.
  • VT4003 Crime Reporting, Policy, and Victim Roles: Relate methods of crime reporting to victimization policy changes in the criminal justice process.
  • VT4004 Resources for Victims: Recommend appropriate resource guidance for crime victims.

Criminal Evidence and Investigation (CRJS 4101):

  • EI4001 Types of Crime Scenes and Evidence: Asses a crime scene.
  • EI4002 Surveillance Techniques: Compare technological, fixed, and mobile methods of surveillance.
  • EI4003 Interview and Interrogation: Differentiate between an interview and an interrogation when used in an ongoing criminal investigation.
  • EI4004 Evidence Protection and Preservation: Analyze evidence protection and preservation protocols when used in an ongoing criminal investigation.

The Criminal Mind (CRJS 4102):

  • TC4001 Foundations of Criminal Behavior Theory: Analyze the cognitive, behavioral, biological, and psychological theories related to criminal behavior.
  • TC4002 Causes of Criminal Behavior: Evaluate the broad sociological causes and consequences of crime, deviance, and social control.
  • TC4003 Motivations of Criminals: Distinguish between motivations for varied types of crime.
  • TC4004 Social Control: Evaluate the social control methods of deterrence and desistance.
  • TC4005 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Behavior: Evaluate the applicability of research in criminal behavior to contemporary issues.

Drugs, Gangs, and Organized Crime (CRJS 4103):

  • DG4001 The Scope of Gangs and Organized Crime: Compare the characteristics and motivations of gangs and organized crime.
  • DG4002 Gang Membership Identification: Differentiate between street gang, prison gang, outlaw motorcycle gang, one-percenter, and neighborhood gang.  
  • DG4003 Growth of Gangs and Trends in Gang Activity: Analyze growth rates and trends in domestic and international gangs.
  • DG4004 Costs of Combating Gang Activity: Assess the resources and costs required for law enforcement to combat criminal organizations and gang activity.
  • DG4005 The Roles of Gangs and Law Enforcement in Urban Environments: Recommend strategies for law enforcement to address gang membership in urban areas.

Terrorism (CRJS 4301):

  • TR4001 The Causes of Terrorism: Analyze the underlying causes and goals of terrorism.
  • TR4002 The History of Terrorism: Analyze the historical evolution of terrorism.   
  • TR4003 Types of Terrorism: Differentiate between the various forms of international and domestic terrorism.
  • TR4004 Social Movements: Analyze how extremist social movements manifest into terrorism.
  • TR4005 Responses to Terrorism: Analyze criminal justice responses to terrorism and implications for future practice and policy.
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