Criminal Justice Law Enforcement

Associate of Arts Degree

2012-2013 academic year

You can earn an associate of arts degree with an concentration in criminal justice law enforcement. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 27 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CRIM 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice
An overview of the history, development, and philosophies of crime control within a democratic society. Examines the criminal justice system with emphasis on the police, the prosecution and defense, the courts, and the correctional agencies.
3
CRIM 1270 Introduction to Criminalistics
Designed to introduce the student to the area of Forensic Science and the use of the crime laboratory. The course will also concern itself with the various types of evidence and how the crime lab processes them. It covers the proper collection of evidence and its handling, which includes proper packing and mailing procedures required by the crime lab. The student will also be introduced to such scientific techniques as toxicology and questioned document analysis.
3
CRIM 2000 Criminal Law
Outlines the purpose and function of criminal law. Topics include, but are not limited to, the rights and duties of citizens and police in relation to local, state, and federal law such as arrest, search and seizure, and confessions; the development, application, and enforcement of laws; constitutional issues; and sentencing.
3
CRIM 2030 Police and Society
Examines the role of the police in relationship to law enforcement and American society. Topics include, but are not limited to the role and function of police, the nature of police organizations and police work, and the patterns of police-community relations.
3
CRIM 2260 Criminal Investigation
Introduces criminal investigation procedures. Reviews the historical development and investigative processes related to law enforcement functions. Topics include, but are not limited to: the proper collection, organization and preservation of evidence; basic investigative tools; examining the primary sources of information; analysis of the importance of writing skills; and reviewing of the constitutional, specifically legal limitations of the investigation.
3
CRIM 2310 Rules of Evidence
Emphasizes the concept of evidence and the rules governing its admissibility. Includes theoretical and pragmatic considerations of constitutional requirements affecting evidence and procedure.
3
CRIM 2350 Security and Loss Prevention
Provides insight into the complex problems of loss prevention in today's society, including security staffing needs, fire protection and control, duties and responsibilities of security personnel, internal controls, emergency and disaster planning, and internal theft.
3
CRIM 2450 Communication Skills in Criminal Justice
This course will address communication skills that are essential in today's criminal justice environment. Concentration will be on enhancing speaking skills, understanding body language, interview and interrogation techniques, and developing listening skills. Additionally, a portion of the class will concentrate on report writing for both law enforcement and corrections.
3
CRIM 2700 Issues in Criminal Justice
This capstone course serves to synthesize the knowledge gained from each course taken within either concentration of the criminal justice curriculum. In addition to exploring issues in criminal justice, the student will develop job-seeking skills. Eighteen credit hours of criminal justice coursework required.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze works in various genres of literature and respond with essays applying research skills learned in ENGL 1010.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
ENGL 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 Survey of American Literature I
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 Survey of American Literature II
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 Survey of English Literature I
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 Survey of English Literature II
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3

Fine and Performing Arts 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1550 Music in Western Culture
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 2000 Art History-Ancient to Gothic
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the Late Gothic. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 2010 Art History-Renaissance to Present
A survey of major works of art in all media from the Renaissance through Post Modernism. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American history from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War or Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, and social issues in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, and social issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
4
MATH 1150 College Algebra
This course is the study of relations, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities.
3

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace. It will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. The course will enhance the student's listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CRIM 2400 Jail Management Certification Training
Provides applicants with skills and instruction in accordance with Nebraska Jail Standards regulations. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be certified to work in Nebraska county and local jails.
5.5
CRIM 2100 Juvenile Justice
Examines the origins, philosophy, and objectives of the juvenile justice system. Topics include, but are not limited to, causation of crime, such as race and gender, socioeconomic relevance, and victimization; the juvenile court system, the law enforcement approach, corrections, and prevention.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 2800 Abnormal Psychology
An examination of historical and contemporary views and issues of abnormal psychology to include explanations, diagnosis, and treatment of abnormal behavior.
3
SOCI 2320 Social Problems
This course is designed to give students an appreciation for the possibilities and difficulties inherent in a wide variety of social problems, to include economic inequality and poverty, work and unemployment, race and ethnicity, gender inequality and issues in sexual orientation, and crime and drugs. Problems related to the family, education, health care, and political institutions, violence, terrorism, population, and the environment will also be discussed.
3
SOCI 2150 Issues of Unity and Diversity
This course will help students increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, commonalities and differences among people and acquire knowledge of minority group issues and challenges. The course will prepare students to more critically, actively, and effectively participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4

Suggested Elective Courses

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