Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
History and development of major components of the Criminal Justice system; police, prosecution, defense, criminal courts, institutional and community-based corrections.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.
Criminal Justice Today
By Schmallager, Frank (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Introduction to Criminal Justice
By Senna, Joseph J. and Larry J. Siegel (Thompson) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the history, evolution and present structure of the criminal justice system.
Identify and describe the three major components of the criminal justice system.
Articulate the steps in the criminal justice process.
Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
Evaluate the dichotomy between protecting individual rights and protection of the public
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Define criminal justice
The crime picture
Causes of crime
Police: history and structure
The legal environment
The courtroom workgroup
Probation and parole
The future of criminal justice
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.