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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 495
Course Title: Integrative Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Culminating course for graduation as Criminal Justice or Forensic Science major; completion with a grade of C or better is required. Designed to integrate and synthesize all coursework in criminal justice and related areas so the student has a broad conceptual and practical understanding of the criminal justice career field. In addition, it is designed to ensure that the student has a practical understanding of all critical and current issues in the criminal justice field as they relate to the law, law enforcement agencies, criminal courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 hours of coursework and senior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Completion of 90 hours of coursework and senior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): 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.

Visions for Change
By Muraskin and Roberts (Prentice Hall)
Seeking Employment in Criminal Justice and Related Fields
By Harr and Hess (Thomson Wadsworth )
Dictionary of Criminal Justice
By Rush (Dushkin Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To understand and appreciate the complex relationship between police, courts, and corrections in the criminal justice system.
  • To understand how to advocate the need for reform when necessary.
  • To understand the roles and functions of police, courts, and corrections in the criminal justice system and to heighten the student’s sensitivity to the limitations placed on these agencies.
  • To prepare for entry level careers in the criminal justice field through the integration and synthesis of criminal justice coursework.
  • To understand modern criminal justice practices.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe the complex nature of the criminal justice system and its limitations.
  • Explain the impact of public policy decisions on the criminal justice system.
  • Identify important Supreme Court decisions which apply to criminal justice entities and explain the significance of these decisions on the current practices in criminal justice agencies.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments for and against proposed reforms in the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and evaluate the relationship between philosophy, theory, policy and practice in the criminal justice system.
  • Explain, evaluate and apply important theories and policies regarding criminal justice issues.
  • Describe the typical work environment and career path for criminal justice professionals.
  • Demonstrate technological and communication skills consistent with the level of competence currently expected for entry level professionals.
  • Identify career opportunities for criminal justice professionals and demonstrate knowledge of the job acquisition process for criminal justice professionals.
  • Appraise current literature and developments regarding the criminal justice system.
  • Collect and interpret data on relevant topics concerning the justice system.
  • Formulate appropriate research questions through application of generally accepted techniques.
  • Apply recognized techniques of analysis to assorted research questions.
  • Integrate previous CJAD course work with generally accepted scholarly techniques and submit a written report and/or deliver an oral presentation synthesizing all of the above.
    Topical Outline: In an effort to better prepare students for future educational pursuits and professionalism in their chosen fields, it is highly recommended that all courses bearing the CJAD prefix contain both a writing and speech communication component. Formal writing projects should be prepared in APA format.

    A primary purpose of the culminating experience is to assess learning outcomes in the discipline major. It demonstrates the following set of characteristics:

  • The experience occurs after completion of appropriate foundation skills, electives, and required courses.
  • Assessment instruments used in the experience measure student achievement of the stated learning objectives for the discipline.
  • Departmental faculty use the information provided through assessment to improve course content, teaching, and learning in the discipline major.

  • Pre-test of existing knowledge
  • Current issues in juvenile justice
  • Current issues in policing
  • Current issues in corrections
  • Current issues in the courts
  • The employment environment in criminal justice
  • Ethical issues in the criminal justice career field
  • Leadership skills in the criminal justice work environment
  • Career building strategies
  • Technology in criminal justice agencies

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Joseph Carrier Date: January 25, 2005
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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.

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