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ADJ 100 - Survey of Criminal Justice
Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components--law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 105 - The Juvenile Justice System
Presents the evolution, philosophy, structures and processes of the American juvenile delinquency system; surveys the right of juveniles, dispositional alternatives, rehabilitation methods and current trends.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 110 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
Studies the philosophy and history of law enforcement, presenting an overview of the crime problem and policy response issues. Surveys the jurisdictions and organizations of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Examines the qualification requirements and career opportunities in the law enforcement profession.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 111 - Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I
Teaches the principles of organization and administration of law enforcement agencies. Studies the management of line operations, staff and auxiliary services, investigative and juvenile units. Introduces the concept of data processing; examines policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to crime prevention. Surveys concepts of protection of life and property, detection of offenses, and apprehension of offenders. Prerequisite for ADJ 112, divisional approval or ADJ 111. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 127 - Firearms and Marksmanship
Surveys lethal weapons in current use and current views on weapon types and ammunition design. Examines the legal guidelines as to use of deadly force, safety in handling of weaponry, and weapon care and cleaning; marksmanship instruction under standard range conditions. Prerequisite permission of instructor.
Lecture 0-2 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 2-5 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor to enroll. No felony conviction or legal prohibition to possess ammunition of firearms under local, state or federal law.
1-3 credits
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ADJ 133 - Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
Examines ethical dilemmas pertaining to the criminal justice system, including those in policing, courts and corrections. Focuses on some of the specific ethical choices that must be made by the criminal justice professional.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 140 - Introduction to Corrections
Focuses on societal responses to the offender. Traces the evolution of practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Reviews contemporary correctional activities and their relationships to other aspects of the criminal justice system.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 160 - Police Response to Critical Incidents
Provides a basic introduction to incident command and emerging trends. Addresses bomb threats; hostage/barricade situations; attacks on institutions such as schools and hospitals; criminal hazmat; terrorist, militia/paramilitary, and extended crime scene evidence collection scenarios; and other long term or large scale events.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 169 - Transportation and Border Security
Discusses substantive issues regarding transportation security within the role of Homeland Security measures implemented by the United States. Introduces the student to and examine global preparedness from a transportation perspective. Considers the interrelationship among natural disasters, and sustainable infrastructure. Describes intermodal and integrated transportation and physical models of movement and discusses mobility as a cultural lifeline.
Lecture 3 hours per week. 3 credits.
3 credits
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ADJ 171 - Forensic Science I
Introduces student to crime scene technology, procedures for sketching, diagramming and using casting materials. Surveys the concepts of forensic chemistry, fingerprint classification/identification and latent techniques, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, death investigation techniques, thin-layer chromatographic methods, and arson materials examination. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 0-3 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ADJ 172 - Forensic Science II
Introduces student to crime scene technology, procedures for sketching, diagramming and using casting materials. Surveys the concepts of forensic chemistry, fingerprint classification/identification and latent techniques, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, death investigation techniques, thin-layer chromatographic methods, and arson materials examination. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 0-3 hours. Total 3-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ADJ 173 - Forensic Photography I
Surveys fundamental photographic skills--exposure, composition, film, filters, darkroom materials and procedures. Emphasizes use of photography for law enforcement purposes and for courtroom presentation. Considers current status and trends in photographic law. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 201 - Criminology
Studies current and historical data pertaining to criminal and other deviant behavior. Examines theories that explain crime and criminal behavior in human society.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 211 - Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I
Teaches the elements of proof for major and common crimes and the legal classification of offenses. Studies the kinds, degrees and admissibility of evidence and its presentation in criminal proceedings with emphasis on legal guidelines for methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Surveys the procedural requirements from arrest to final disposition in the various American court systems with focus on the Virginia jurisdiction. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 212 - Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II
Teaches the elements of proof for major and common crimes and the legal classification of offenses. Studies the kinds, degrees and admissibility of evidence and its presentation in criminal proceedings with emphasis on legal guidelines for methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Surveys the procedural requirements from arrest to final disposition in the various American court systems with focus on the Virginia jurisdiction. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 231 - Community Policing
Examines the history of police-community relations and the role of both the community and the police in establishing a crime fighting partnership for success. Emphasizes building relationships between police officers and the community they serve. Includes case studies from various cities that have undertaken the philosophy of community policing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 232 - Domestic Violence
Surveys historical issues that have affected family violence. Examines current trends in the context of the criminal justice system.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 234 - Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
Surveys the historical and current practices of terrorism that are national, transnational, or domestic in origin. Includes biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber-terrorism. Teaches the identification and classification of terrorist organizations, violent political groups and issue-oriented militant movements. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in counter terrorist efforts domestically and internationally.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 236 - Principles of Criminal Investigation
Surveys the fundamentals of criminal investigation procedures and techniques. Examines crime scene search, collecting, handling and preserving of evidence.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 243 - Homeland Security and Law
Covers relationships abroad, the mission of federal, state, and local government at home, and the best way to provide for the common defense. Examines homeland security and emergency management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's place in public policy, law, and management, homeland security initiatives, and new partnerships for homeland security covering the government, private sector and higher education. Discusses civil rights issues, the USA Patriot Act; future challenges and roles of intelligence agencies; foreign policy aspects and views.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite ADJ 111
3 credits
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ADJ 247 - Criminal Behavior
Introduces and evaluates the concepts of normal and abnormal behavior. Focuses on the psychological and sociological aspects of criminal and other deviant behavior patterns.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 275 - Forensic Pathology
Introduces the pathology and physiology of the human body with emphasis on scientific name and technique used in medico-legal investigations of death. Studies types of death, the mechanisms of death and death reflex, and the determining of the cause of death by postmortem examination.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ADJ 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits