Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
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:
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) Recommended
Seeking Employment in Criminal Justice and Related Fields
By Harr and Hess (Thomson Wadsworth ) Recommended
Dictionary of Criminal Justice
By Rush (Dushkin Publishing) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Articulate common and best practices in modern criminal justice agencies.
Describe the complex nature of the criminal justice system and its limitations.
Explain the relationship between philosophy, theory, policy and practice in the criminal justice system.
Articulate important theories and policies regarding criminal justice issues.
Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
Describe the typical work environment and career path for criminal justice professionals.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
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
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
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.