2 Criminal Spring 2010 Dear Students: I am very excited to present you with this booklet outlining the Criminal program at Pierce College. It is my hope that the information contained herein will be a valuable resource to you. The Pierce Associate in Arts degree in Criminal is an academic degree program as opposed to an occupational one. The scope of the program addresses all aspects of the criminal justice system, not just policing. Which means if you are interested in pursuing a career as an attorney, social worker, probation officer, parole officer, police officer, or in counseling, crime prevention, criminology, etc., then the criminal justice major is for you. Included in this booklet is a grid that delineates how diverse the criminal justice majors/programs are within the UC/CSU system. Should you have any further questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at Sincerely, Kathy Oborn, M.S. Professor, Criminal & Sociology
3 Pierce College Criminal The Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Criminal is a career-oriented liberal arts major focusing upon the inter-relationship among crime, the criminal justice system and society as a whole. As such, there are many potential career opportunities in this field, such as: Community Agencies Crime Prevention Private Security Corrections Forensic Science Services Psychological Services Counseling Police Services Research Court & Legal Services Policy Development Social Work There are several ways to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal : PLAN 1 CSU GE Plan + 18 units from the Criminal Core PLAN 2 IGETC GE Plan (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) + 18 units from the Criminal Core PLAN 4 GENERAL STUDIES GE Plan + 18 units from the Criminal Core CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE COURSES Units AJ 1 Introduction to the Administration of 3 AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 AJ 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3 AJ 4 Principles and Procedures of the System 3 AJ 5 Criminal Investigation 3 AJ 8 Juvenile 3 AJ 49 Narcotics & Vice Control 3 AJ 67 Community Relations and Diversity 3 AJ 75 Introduction to Corrections 3 AJ 160 Police Organization and Administration 3 CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE Required 18 units for those students wishing to transfer to California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) in Criminal AJ 1 Introduction to Administration of 3 AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3 AJ 4 Principles and Procedures of the System 3 AJ 67 Community Relations & Diversity 3 AJ 75 Introduction to Corrections 3 AJ 160 Police Organization and Administration 3 For specific transfer institution requirements and questions please see Prof. Kathy Oborn, Faculty Advisor
4 Pierce College Criminal Criminal Course Descriptions AJ 1 AJ 2 AJ 3 AJ 4 AJ 5 AJ 8 AJ 49 AJ 67 AJ 75 Introduction to the Administration of (3) UC:CSU may be offered as an honors section Philosophy, history, and theories of the criminal justice system, including the roles and functions of the local, state, and federal jurisdictions. Theories, functions, and interrelationships among criminal justice agencies; law enforcement, courts, and corrections; crime causation, correctional theory, analysis and the social impact of crime. The conceptual approach utilized in this course recognizes that criminal justice is itself a distinct academic discipline rather than an interdisciplinary course of study. Concepts of Criminal Law (3) UC:CSU may be offered as an honors section An introduction to the historical development, philosophy, and basic legal concepts of criminal law. The course includes an examination of constitutional provisions, legal research, legal analysis, and the functioning of criminal law as a social force. It also includes a detailed examination of legal definitions, classifications of law, penalties, corpus delecti, criminal intent, parties to a crime, defenses to crime, and a brief introduction to laws of arrest and judicial procedure. Legal Aspects of Evidence (3) CSU Origin, development, philosophy, and constitutional basis of evidence, constitutional procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds of and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies. Principles and Procedures of the System (3) UC:CSU A detailed study of the role and responsibilities of the American court system and its purpose; an examination of the philosophy, history, structure, operation, concepts, and services related to the judiciary; this course examines the prosecutorial process and court functions, as well as public policy concerns that currently affect our judicial system. Criminal Investigation (3) CSU An examination of the theories, concepts, and research of criminal investigation. This course looks at the fundamentals of criminal investigation from the crime site to the courtroom preparation experience, inclusive of legal constraints, ethics, and types of evidence. The course also includes an analysis of techniques of crime site recording and search, follow-up, case preparation, and organization. Juvenile Procedures (3) CSU This course covers the juvenile system and related juvenile justice issues. Topics include an overview of the juvenile justice system, treatment and prevention programs, history, theories, methodology, and special areas and laws unique to juveniles. Narcotics and Vice Control (3) CSU The interrelations of organized crime to the community; the impact of covert criminal activities upon the social structure; theories of crime causation explored; symptoms of organized crime activity; narcotics and white collar crime; political influences in the legal system; management of crime control units. Book making and prostitution are also discussed. Community Relations and Diversity (3) UC:CSU Examination of the complex relationship between the community and the justice system with emphasis on the challenges of dealing with the role of race, ethnicity, gender relations, sexual orientation, social class, language, and culture in shaping these relations. Introduction to Corrections (3) CSU This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical development, current concepts and practice, and explanations of criminal behavior; functions and objectives of the criminal justice system concerned with institutionalization and trends of adult and juvenile corrections, including probation and parole. It will also focus on the legal issues, specific laws, and general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the judicial system will also be examined. AJ 160 Police Organization and Administration (3) CSU This course was determined to be a lower division requirement for the Criminal major at CSULA. Topics will include the effect of the organizational structure and administrative procedure on the implementation of law enforcement functions; history, theories, and methodologies of criminal justice organizations; assessment of the recruitment and hiring processes, career advancement and leadership; organizational structure and management strategies; administrative problems of staffing and morale as a law enforcement employer.
5 Pierce College Criminal Frequently Asked Questions 1. What s the difference between criminal justice and administration of justice? There really isn t any difference. Years ago the community colleges adopted the term administration of justice after dropping the term police science. 2. Are there any Pierce Criminal courses approved for IGETC? Yes there are four courses: Area 4 Social and Behavioral Sciences: AJ 1, 2, 4, Are there any Pierce Criminal courses on the CSU General Education Certified Plan ? Yes there are four of them: Area D Social, Political & Economic Institutions & Behavior, Historical Background: D-8 Administration of 1, 2, 4 & D-0 Administration of 67& Does Pierce s Criminal program offer directed study or cooperative education courses? Yes we do, just contact Prof. Kathy Oborn at 5. How is the criminal justice program at Pierce College different from the criminal justice program at Moorpark, Valley or Mission colleges? The Pierce Criminal program is an academic program with a transfer emphasis. Our criminal justice courses articulate with more CSU s than any other community college in California. A good example is CSULA; they accept up to 18 units of our lower division criminal justice courses towards their B.A. In comparison (per ASSIST), Moorpark College has only 3 criminal justice courses approved, Valley College has 4 courses, and Mission College has 5 criminal justice courses approved. We are also the only community college that has 4 of our courses approved for IGETC (UC transfer), and 5 courses approved for the CSU Transfer plan. 6. What if I am interested in crime scene investigation as a major? With the increased popularity of television shows such as CSI Miami, many students believe that a degree in criminal justice will enable them to work for a police department as a crime scene investigator. Nothing could be further from the truth! Crime scene investigators are scientists, not police officers. I would advise you to choose a major such as biology or chemistry as well as completing AJ 1, 2, 3 and 5.
6 Pierce College Criminal Did You Know? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program is the only program in the California Community Colleges that has four courses recognized on IGETC and five for CSU Transfer? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program now has honor sections? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program articulates to more UC s and CSU s than any other California Community College? Did you know that all the faculty that teach in the Pierce College Criminal program are either current or retired police officers? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program has a professor who is a Deputy District Attorney? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program has a professor who is a Superior Court Judge? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program takes field trips to prisons, jails, and courts? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program is a transfer program? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program has its own Faculty Advisor? Did you know that the Pierce College Criminal program is for anyone interested in all aspects of the criminal justice system; law enforcement, the state and federal court system, or corrections? Did you know that one of the Pierce College Criminal professors served on two police departments; LAPD and the Los Angeles Community College Police Department?
7 CSU s and UC s with Criminal programs and the lower division AJ courses that may be completed at Pierce for transfer with articulation The highlighted items indicate that an articulation agreement exists between Pierce and the institution and for the courses indicated Institution Lower Division Numbers Major/ Concentration Intro CAN AJ 2 PIERCE Criminal UC s Irvine 1-99 Criminal Law CRM/LAW C7 Intro Law CAN AJ 4 CSU s Bakersfield Criminal CRJU 100 Chico Political Science POLS 250 POLS 259A Fresno 1-99 Criminology CRIM 2 CRIM 20 East Bay Criminal CRJA 2500 CRJA Long Beach Criminal CRJU 101 Los Angeles Criminal CRIM 101 Northridge Sociology SOC 250 Evidence CAN AJ 6 Sacramento 1-99 Criminal CRJ 1 CRJ 2 CRJ 4 CRJ 5 San Criminal CJUS 101 CJUS CJUS 106 Bernardino 102 San Jose 1-99 Criminal AJ 10 AJ 14 AJ 16 AJ 20 Sonoma Criminal CJA 201 CJA 220 Stanislaus Criminal CJ 2250 CJ 2280 CJ 2260 CJ 2450 CJ Additional Miscellaneous Courses; Irvine: CRM/LAW 20 Crime & Cinema. Bakersfield: CRJU 200 Statistical Methods in CJ, CRJU 289 Experiential Prior Learning, CRJU 290 Success in CJ. Fresno: CRIM 1 Strategies, CRIM 10 Crime, Criminology &, CRIM 50 Statistical & Computer Applications in CJ. Long Beach: CRJU 110 Research, Writing & Reasoning. Los Angeles: CRIM 208 Introduction to Forensic Science. Sacramento: CRJ 21 Freshman Seminar. Judicial Org Investigation CAN AJ 8 Juvenile Comm Relations Diversity Corrections Police Org & Admin AJ 1 AJ 2 AJ 3 AJ 4 AJ 5 AJ 8 AJ 67 AJ 75 AJ 160 CRIM 126 CRJA 2400 CRIM 203 CRJA 2200 POLS 257 CRJA 2600 CRIM 210 CRIM 201 CRIM 202
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