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1 MASTERS DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Career Opportunities: Graduates of this program will gain the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for mid to higher-level positions in Criminal Justice, Government and Public Safety Management and Administration. Total Lecture Lab Extern Credit Weeks Clock Hours Hours Hours Hours Class Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:00pm 9:00pm Program Objectives: This program is designed to deliver an in depth study of the government criminal justice, public safety management and administration system. Students will develop a strong understanding of public safety agencies and their functions, and learn area theory, as well as practice. It is the intention of this program to address the many-sided problems that confront public safety officers and administrators and to enrich their understanding of the implications their decisions may have on the public. The program is designed to investigate cases, address problems, brainstorm, and evaluate strategies for solving the dilemmas criminal justice officials of tomorrow may confront. Additional Admissions Requirements: Posses a Bachelor Degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution. Provide official transcripts documenting a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Master Degree in Criminal Justice Major Course Requirements Criminology and Social Control CJM501 (3.0 credit hours) This course explores criminology and the factors that affect it including Supreme

2 Court rulings, and governmental policies. This course examines the nature and causes of crime, and the effects of crime on issues of law, community, its citizens, and law enforcement. Criminal Law CJM501 (3.0 credit hours) Pre-requisites: High school diploma or GED with 2.0 GPA or better and must have a Bachelor Degree. This course examines the background and foundations of American criminal law. The course covers the common law and statutory elements of misdemeanor and felonies. It also explores the legal implications of causation, conspiracy, accomplice liability, defenses, and sentencing. Criminal Procedure CJM502 (3.0 credit hours) This course provides a clear and legally based explanation of the criminal procedure process of the United States. This course will provide information about the Exclusionary Rule and its exceptions. In addition, the course will cover the important constitutional amendments and Supreme Court cases concerning criminal procedure law in California and the United States. Technology in Law Enforcement CJM503 (3.0 credit hours) This course will provide a comprehensive outline of the use of technology by law enforcement agencies and includes topics such as; technology in investigations, surveillance and wiretaps. This course will also explore the ethical and legal

3 implications of technology. Capstone Project CJM510 (3.0 credit hours) This course will allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses as well as employment experiences. The student chooses work-related topics that are of particular interest to them. The written project topic is approved by the instructor and guidance is provided to student researchers. Crime Scene Investigation CJM520 (3.0 credit hours) This course will allow the student to be thoroughly familiar with crimes and their elements, crime scene information, the major goals of an investigation, and the basic functions of the investigating officers. Additionally, the course will explain the types of evidence. This will include: fingerprint, hair, fiber, glass, paint, soil, arson accelerant, drug, alcohol, and document evidence. Police Administration and Management CJM530 (3.0 credit hours) Students will develop a thorough understanding of the aspects of police department management and issues associated with modern government agency management. This course will include leadership styles and management

4 planning. In addition, this course will review different organizational theories and designs. Also included will be discussions of planning and decision making, communications, labor relations, and legal aspects of government agencies. Drug Enforcement CJM540 (3.0 credit hours) Students will develop a thorough understanding of the growth and changes in the drug trafficking industry. This course will explain a variety of methods used by criminals to avoid exposure. We will look at drug investigations held at various locations and the various ways of obtaining information in conducting investigations. Forensic Science CJM550 (3.0 credit hours) This course will discuss case studies in criminalistics and the most current technologies in forensic analysis. Students will learn how to properly identify, collect and preserve crime scene evidence. Additionally, the student will obtain knowledge about the current developments in fingerprinting and DNA analysis. Domestic and Family Violence CJM560 (3.0 credit hours) This course will provide the knowledge necessary to identify family and domestic

5 violence. The student will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, and elder abuse. Patrol Procedure CJM570 (3.0 credit hours) This course will provide the student a foundation of the necessary patrol procedures involved in law enforcement. The student will learn all aspects of patrol including police communications, basic field procedures, traffic direction, crimes in progress and reports and record writing. Interviews and Interrogation CJM600 (3.0 credit hours) This course will provide communication skills that can be used when interviewing a victim, witness or suspect and used in undercover criminal investigations. The student will examine how law enforcement uses various conversational strategies during an investigation.

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