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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Criminal Justice major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (9 units)

A study of the elements of effective communication. Increasing self-awareness and improving personal effectiveness are emphasized. Consideration of cultural traditions as they impact communication styles is included.

A survey of philosophy from the pre-Socratics to postmodernism, with emphasis on epistemology, ontology, ethics, and the relationship of human critical thinking to biblical revelation.

A study of psychopathology or abnormal behavior. Emphasis is placed on description and identification of individual disorders. A consideration of cultural differences in the expression of abnormal symptomatology is included.

Core Courses (48-49 units)

This course provides a historical and institutional review of American government, tracing its development following the Revolutionary War and Constitutional Convention to its modern structures. The course will provide an overview of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as well as governmental agencies and institutions within and outside these branches.

An introduction to political theory and philosophy, this course surveys classic and modern thinkers and writings that provide the context for and development of contemporary political thought, structures, and society. The course provides foundational principles of American government and politics and for a comparative study of governments and politics worldwide.

This course provides an overview of U.S. political processes in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches with an emphasis in electoral process. The course will also provide an introduction to specific administrative processes, between branches and within agencies. Students will develop an understanding of how political structures develop and implement policy.

Overview of criminal justice system, including historical development, present status, and suggested reforms. Includes detailed descriptions of the duties and functions of actors in the criminal justice system, including: victim, offender, police, prosecuting and defense attorneys, courts and corrections. Will elaborate criminal justice processes from the formation of laws to the final stages of the treatment of criminals, including a section on juvenile offenders.

The criminal law course discusses the creation and application of substantive criminal law. It includes the nature and origins of criminal law, substantive due process, elements of criminal liability, the doctrine of complicity, uncomplicated crimes, defenses to criminal liability, and the elements of crimes against persons, property and public order.

Biblical principles and ethical standards provide the basis for an understanding of Christian policymaking. This course provides a review and discussion of the moral and ethical standards and conduct for public sector leadership and service. Coursework includes a review of biblical teaching on ethics, other prominent writings on ethics principles and ethical practices, and application of such principles and practices to a modern ethics issue or case study.

This course provides an overview of California state and local government. The course examines the major state offices and their bureaucracies, the California state legislature and budget process, and local governments. This course will establish an understanding of how state government works and interacts with county and city governments, and the role of the players and policies that influence and are influenced by state and local government.

The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the United States and provides the foundation for the laws, processes and structures of our government and political system. This course will provide an understanding of the major provisions of this document as they relate to American government and politics. The course will also highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents, and introduce civil rights protected by the Constitution and related legislation.

This course provides an overview of the nature and causes of crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the characteristics of the offender and categories of crime ranging from white collar crime to violent crimes. The course also introduces foundational elements of the criminal justice system, including theories of sentencing and measurements of crime as well as the procedures and actors.

The broad objectives of this course are to (1) provide students with a basic understanding of the role(s) that police play in American society; (2) expose students to the often conflicting issues that police officers confront; (3) familiarize students with empirical research on police behavior and evaluation research on the impact of different police tactics; and (4) teach students how to assess the quality of research.

Introduces the student to the field of corrections and its role in the criminal justice process. Major topics include: organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation, and current and future issues.

As an introduction to forensics for criminal justice students, this course provides an overview of the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system. They course surveys foundational principles of forensic science, balancing the necessary theoretical knowledge needed to understand the subject with an emphasis on the practical tools and techniques needed to apply the material in real life situations.

This course systematically examines political violence, responses by government institutions to that violence and implications of both for the administration of justice. Content is structured along a continuum, ranging from small-scale violence to mass violence – assassinations, terrorism by sub-national and transnational organizations, state terror, and genocide. In recent years political violence has progressively drawn the American governmental institutions, particularly justice agencies into the global picture of violence committed by both domestic and international terrorists. Theoretical approaches to the study of terrorism and analysis of terrorist theory and strategies will be covered as well. Additionally, the course examines the Bible, and historical causes of terrorism, and examines other religions, primarily Judaism and Islam.

Senior year program of activity in public policy field. Involves field supervision and a faculty advisor. Interns will complete a regimen of assigned tasks and written reports.

Students will learn basic methods to research and compile statistical, historical, and legal data for policy analysis. The course will provide working examples and opportunities to apply research methods to current policy issues.

A capstone course, the purpose of this senior seminar is to provide intensive analysis and practical application of the public policy issues and institutions studied in the first through third year curriculum for Public Policy, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. The senior seminar will survey major policy areas and provide focused discussion of policy topics of the day through the lens of the student’s own leadership trajectory as explored and identified by themselves and their peers. The course culminates in a focused study of a policy topic to be selected by the student.

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