Who could benefit from the program:
Any military member/family member/student who is interested in a career in
- the enforcement or investigative field, i.e. police work at the local, county, state or federal level;
- the corrections field, to include probation and parole with both juvenile and adult offenders;
- US Customs Service; Department of Immigration and Naturalization;
- the Juvenile Justice System as a specialty.
Generally, what the program entails:
The Criminal Justice program covers a wide range of core courses, designed to give the student a foundation in the American Criminal Justice System. Courses range from 'hands on' courses, such as Basic Firearms, to Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement and Ethics in Criminal Justice. There are also a number of elective courses which allow the student to tailor the degree plan to their own specific needs.
In addition to classroom classes, which are offered each term at Education Centers throughout Europe, the Middle East and at locations in Southwest Asia, Central Texas College offers Criminal Justice courses online. Click here [Note - new link comming] for complete information and course listings for online courses in the Criminal Justice Program.
The enforcement or investigative field, i.e. police work at the local, county, state or federal level. The corrections field, to include probation and parole with both juvenile and adult offenders. The US Customs Service; Department of Immigration and Naturalization and the Juvenile Justice System as a specialty.
Job Outlooks in Criminal Justice
Overall opportunities in local police departments will be favorable for individuals who meet the psychological, personal, and physical qualifications. Many entry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal postsecondary education, and a significant number are college graduates.
There will be more competition for jobs in Federal and State law enforcement agencies than for jobs in local agencies. Bilingual applicants with a bachelor's degree and several years of law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, will have the best opportunities in Federal agencies.
Government agencies are contracting out positions, and there are many government contractors who offer positions in the criminal justice field/security/law enforcement/intelligence. The salary of a contractor is often much higher then that of a Government employee.
Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 22 percent over the 2008–18 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will result from heightened security concerns, increased litigation, and the need to protect confidential information and property of all kinds. The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet will increase the demand for private investigators. . The best opportunities for new jobseekers will be in entry-level jobs in detective agencies. Opportunities are expected to be favorable for qualified computer forensic investigators.
Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow about 19 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Qualifications vary by agency, but a bachelor's degree is usually required.
Opportunities for Criminal Justice graduates:
- Alexander Lopez: The degree makes it easier to apply and be recruited into a police academy of the student's choice. In my many years of experience, I have seen again and again that a 2-year degree in law enforcement provides graduates with great opportunities nationwide to work in the field - even to return to their hometown to work in law enforcement field!
- During his 20+ years in the US Army, has had the opportunity to serve as a Military Policeman, Military Police Investigator and CID Agent.
- Gail Ingram: The career opportunities for personnel who are either separating or retiring from the military with a degree in criminal justice are phenomenal. In addition to having a degree, a high-level security clearance with military/law enforcement background will make individuals even more marketable.
- Gail Ingram is currently a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She has been stationed in DC, Germany, and Hawaii, and has been an agent for 6 years. Ms. Ingram holds a BA in Business Admin and MS in Educational Leadership from Troy State University.
- Kathy Johnson: As a CTC instructor and a true product of the Army education system myself (went from nothing to a masters degree almost exclusively through the ed center system), I can't say enough good stuff about my experiences as both an instructor and student.
- Kathy Johnson, is a CID Special Agent and currently the First Sergeant for the 5th MP BN (CID) in Kaiserslautern., Germany. 1SG Johnson holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Regents College, a Master's of Administration from Central Michigan University, and has worked in military law enforcement as an MP and CID agent for 19 1/2 years.
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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions
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A survey of the structure, organization, and operation of probation and parole services. Emphasis on applicable state statutes and administrative guidelines.
Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.
Analysis of the legal rights of the convicted offender incarcerated in state and federal penal institutions. Emphasis on constitutional principles, case law, and federal and state statutes concerning prisoner rights.
CJCR 1391 Special Topics in Corrections/Correctional Administration 3-0-3 Syllabus Not Available - Schedule Locations
Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. Prerequisites: Consent of the Department Chair.
An introductory study of the role of the community in corrections; community programs for adults and juveniles; administration of community programs; legal issues; future trends in community treatment.
A study of the operation, management, and legal issues affecting corrections. Analysis of constitutional issues involving rights of the convicted, as well as civil liability of correctional agencies and staff.
Instruction in firearm safety, cleaning and care techniques, proper shooting principles, and proficiency with a handgun and shotgun. Prerequisite: Department approval required.
Instruction in the basic principles of traffic control, traffic law enforcement, court procedures, and traffic law. Emphasis on the need for a professional approach in dealing with traffic law violators and the police role in accident investigation and traffic supervision.
Topics include objectives, preparations, procedures, and methods of crime scene search; value of crime scene sketches and their relationship to crime scene photographs; fingerprints as physical evidence, fingerprint identification and classification, types of impressions and techniques for locating and developing impressions. Prerequisites: CRIJ 2314/CJSA 1342 or Police Academy.
Study of various classifications of commonly used narcotics, dangerous drugs, gambling, sex crimes, fraud, gangs, and investigative techniques; and identify proper interdiction procedures and techniques. Prerequisite: CRIJ 2314/ CJSA 1342.
This course will provide the student with a basic overview of alcohol as a drug of abuse and the methodology for developing an action plan of intervention at a local level. Focus on alcohol fueled offenses and problems, identifying and dealing with alcohol abusers and the criminal justice implications of alcohol related convictions.
CJSA 1171 Police Brutality and theExcessive Use of Force 1-0-1 Syllabus Not Available - Schedule Locations
This course will provide students with basic information about the excessive use of force by police. The police have the right to use force to subdue criminals; even deadly force is authorized in certain situations. This course addresses what triggers the excessive use of force, what the consequences are to the police and society when this happens, and how it can be prevented.
The course will focus on areas of concern for today’s parents; on-line predators, teenage alcohol and drug abuse and teenage domestic violence. This course will provide students with knowledge concerning these areas that will provide additional avenues of communication.
The course will provide the student with the basics of the most common controlled substances a law enforcement officer will encounter. The student will gain knowledge of classifications of, identification of, and effects of 'street drugs'.
Note: This course may not be run in Afghanistan, Djibouti, or Qatar.
The course will consider the definition of terrorism and its place in the spectrum of political violence as well as comparing different classifications of insurgency. The course will introduce students to how terrorism is used as a strategy of insurgency and how it is a strategy based on the psychological impact.
This course discusses the different formats used to investigate the crime of sexual assault. It includes strategies to investigate sexual assault, interview victims and witnesses, document evidence in accordance with state laws, and conduct case studies.
This course offers an introduction to gangs in America and the infiltration of gangs in the United States military. Topics include gang identification, the role of the criminal justice system and the community in suppressing, intervening and preventing gang activity, how and why gang members join the military and the impact of gangs on the military.
This course will provide an introduction to the history, policy, and practices of criminal justice in an international environment. The history of the development of the laws and judicial structures that serve to administer international criminal justice will be examined, particularly post World War II. The agencies involved in international criminal justice, from INTERPOL to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will be studied as will the differing policing practices in particular comparative cases. Specific attention will be paid to the international issues arising for criminal justice practitioners in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions and the bodies of international law that will affect a criminal justice practitioner. Finally, the 21st Century international terrorist threat will be studied for its affects on the practice of criminal justice in civil and military contexts.
This course is an examination of criminal behavior with a special emphasis on the deviation from societal norms. The course will discuss ideas about crime, criminal intent, and criminal motivation. The course offers a survey of theories and research on the rationality of criminal behavior and stimulus of offenders. The course also offers a review of the social response to criminal behavior.
Introduction to the field of criminalistics. Topics include the application of scientific and technical methods in the investigation of crime including location, identification, and handling of evidence for scientific analysis. Prerequisites: CRIJ 2314/CJSA 1342.
The study of American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and crime prevention.
The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of the American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence, sentencing.
A study of the juvenile justice process. Topics include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency.
Exploration of operational issues in the administration of American courts. Topics include responsibilities of court personnel, records management, and organizational management topics.
The study of the history and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined; its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement, court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections.
A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations; criminal responsibility.
Study of investigative theory, the collection and preservation of evidence, sources of information, concepts of interviewing and interrogation, the use of forensic sciences, case and trial preparation.
Ethical philosophies and issues pertaining to the various professions in the criminal justice system. Includes ethical issues emanating from constititutional conflict with public protection and individual rights, civil liberties, and correctional policies.
A study of the use of force including introduction to and statutory authority for the use of force, force options, deadly force, and related legal issues. Fulfills the TCLEOSE Use of Force Intermediate Certificate requirement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.
Exploration of the profession of police officer. Topics include organization of law enforcement systems, the police role, police discretion, ethics, police-community interaction, and current and future issues.
CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies 3-0-3 Syllabus Not Available - Schedule Locations
Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301/CJSA 1322 and consent of Department Chair.
Exploration of police authority. Topics include responsibilities and constitutional constraints, law of arrest, search and seizure, and police liability.
Techniques and theories regarding dealing with people, their performance and problems. Topics include basic supervision, leadership, time management, first-line supervision, and management by objectives.
Forms of child abuse and neglect and the traits of typical abusers. Includes strategies to investigate abuse, interview victims and witnesses, document evidence in accordance with state law, and conduct case studies. Prerequisites: CRIJ 2314/CJSA 1342 or CRIJ 1313/CJSA 1317, or Police Academy.
CJSA 2334 Contemp. Issues in Criminal Justice 3-0-3 Syllabus Not Available - Schedule Locations
A series of lectures and class participation exercises presenting selected topics currently confronting criminal justice personnel and the public they serve. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.
A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair.
The study of the judiciary in the American criminal justice system and the adjudication processes and procedures.
Study of criminal law, its philosophical and historical development, major definitions and concepts, classifications and elements of crime, penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations, and criminal responsibility.