Criminal Justice

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & 101
Introduction to Criminal Justice (5)

An examination of crime, its causes and its impact on American life; the issues and challenges facing the American criminal justice system; the history and structure of the three major components of the justice system; and an introduction to the theories of sentencing and punishment. Previously CRIMJ 131. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & 106
Juvenile Justice (5)

An in-depth study of the Juvenile Justice System, its history and theories related to juvenile laws, causation of juvenile behavior, the proper methods of dealing with juveniles in the court system, and Washington state law relating to juvenile procedures. Previously CRIMJ 138. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & 110
Criminal Law (5)

A study of the nature and purpose of the criminal law, its sources, limitations and general principles, defenses and the wide range of criminal conduct covered by the criminal law. The Revised Code of Washington is also studied. Previously CRIMJ 133. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 120
Administration of Justice (5)

A study of the structure and processes of the federal and state courts in American, their organization and jurisdiction and the impact of the Constitution. We will examine the roles of judges, attorneys, and law enforcement when citizens are charged with crimes. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 130
Police Records and Report Writing (4)

Procedure of field note taking, crime scene recording and correct preliminary investigation method of writing reports; fundamentals of police record systems. Previously CRIMJ 132. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 135
Crime Prevention (2)

An in-depth study of the fundamentals of achieving safety and security. Students will examine crime prevention from the perspective of individuals, businesses and law enforcement. Previously CRIMJ 135. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 137
Essentials of Interviewing (3)

A study of concepts and techniques for effectively interviewing victims and witnesses of crimes and interrogating suspects, as well as the proper methods and format for obtaining and recording written statements and confessions. Previously CRIMJ 137. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 238
Criminal Evidence and Constitutional Law (5)

Examines the role played by the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions in the application of criminal law and procedures. Students will analyze U.S. Supreme Court decisions and their effect on the admissibility of evidence. Previously CRIMJ 238. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & 240
Introduction Forensic Science (5)

An overview of the scientific evaluation of physical evidence including DNA, fingerprints, biometrics, hair and fibers, firearms and toolmarks, questioned documents, drugs, explosives and flammable compounds. Death investigation procedures and the role of the expert witness will also be covered. Previously CRIMJ 240. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 241
Principles of Investigation I (5)

An in-depth study of the fundamentals, functions and elements of criminal investigations including preliminary & follow-up investigations leading to successful prosecutions. Challenges faced in investigations will be discussed. Previously CRIMJ 241. Prerequisite: CJ& 101 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 242
Principles of Investigation II (5)

An in-depth study of the fundamentals, functions and elements of criminal investigations in particular types of crimes. Information covered in CJ 241 will be built upon. Specific high-profile cases will be examined. Previously CRIMJ 242. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 245
Theory of Defensive & Control Tactics (5)

Introduces the theories and applications of physical and verbal force based on the 'use of force continuum.' Understand the criminal and civil context of application of force and control tactics. Perform control, defensive and handcuffing techniques. Previously CRIMJ 243. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in other CJ course. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 249
Police Operations (5)

A study of the organizational culture, organization structures, staffing, and utilization of resources within police departments. The support and staff functions which assist patrol and other line operations in accomplishing the department's mission will be examined. Patrol operations will be emphasized. Previously CRIMJ 249. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 290
Internship (5)

A program in which the student will work directly with a criminal justice agency in a wide variety of tasks to give the student a better understanding of day to day operation and the tasks performed by a part of the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 273. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 291
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 281. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 292
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (2)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 282. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 293
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 283. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 294
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (4)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 284. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 295
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (5)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system. Previously CRIMJ 285. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 297
Individual Project in Criminal Justice (1)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CRIMJ 297. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 298
Individual Project in Criminal Justice (2)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CRIMJ 298. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 299
Individual Project in Criminal Justice (3)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CRIMJ 299. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.