Criminal Justice Courses

Criminal Justice Department

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CJ& 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.

CJ& 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.

CJ& 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 130
Information Gathering (5)

Students will examine the procedure of interviewing, note taking and recording the scene as well as conducting preliminary investigation and the documentation of this information. The fundamentals of police record systems will also be studied.

CJ 135
Current Issues in Crime and Society (5)

Explore criminal justice through the lens of social service and community advocacy. Focus on current issues facing individuals and families, with emphasis on understanding how to advocate for vulnerable populations. Dual listed: SOC 135.

CJ 136
Crisis Intervention and Conflict Resolution (5)

This course presents the social and psychological factors found in crisis situations. Students will develop strategies for professional assessment, intervention, and follow-up in these situations. Dual listed: SOC 136.

CJ 137
Theories of Professionalism In Criminal Justice (5)

Focuses on the social, political, and economic theories and concepts of professionalism in criminal justice and other related careers. Designed for students entering law enforcement, social work, and mental health-related fields. Dual listed with SOC 137.

CJ 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.

CJ 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. Prerequisite: CJ& 101 or instructor permission.

CJ 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. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in other CJ course.

CJ 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 291
Special Topics In Criminal Justice (1)

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

CJ 292
Special Topics In Criminal Justice (2)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system.

CJ 293
Special Topics In Criminal Justice (3)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system.

CJ 294
Special Topics In Criminal Justice (4)

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

CJ 295
Special Topics In Criminal Justice (5)

Courses for criminal justice personnel desiring emphasis in a particular area relating to the criminal justice system.

CJ 297
Individual Project In Criminal Justice (1)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor.

CJ 298
Individual Project In Criminal Justice (2)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor.

CJ 299
Individual Project In Criminal Justice (3)

Individual project in a specific area of Criminal Justice. By arrangement with instructor.