Criminal Justice Courses

CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice (3)

This course includes an overview of the functions and responsibilities of agencies involved in the administration of justice to include police organizations, court systems, correctional systems, and juvenile justice agencies.

CRJ 115 Criminal Law I (3)

This course covers the development of criminal law in the U.S. & reviews the basic elements of specific criminal offenses, criminal defenses, and various legal principles upon which criminal law is established are reviewed. This course is designed to familiarize the criminal justice student with criminal law in general and in South Carolina in particular.

CRJ 120 Constitutional Law (3)

This course covers the analysis of the historical development of the U.S. Constitution and the relationship of rights contained therein to the State and the individual. The application of the Bill of Rights to federal and state systems is examined.

CRJ 125 Criminology (3)

This course is a study of the various theories of criminal causation and control, the identification of criminal typologies and the reaction of society to crime and criminals.

CRJ 130 Police Administration (3)

This course is a study of the organization, administration, and management of law enforcement agencies.

CRJ 141 Forensic & Investigative Writ (3)

This course is a study of proper investigative and crime lab documentation through focused observational and writing skills. Effective techniques in the development of a criminal case file are examined, as well as the ethical and legal pitfalls encountered through poorly written documentation.

CRJ 145 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

This course includes a survey of the sociological, biological, and psychological theories involved in juvenile delinquency, modern trends in prevention, and treatment.

CRJ 197 Adv Fingerprint Classification (3)

This course is an advanced study of pattern types, classification filing sequence, searching and referencing. Additionally, coursework will include an introduction to Automated Fingerprint Identification (AFIS).

CRJ 198 Fingerprint Classification I (3)

This course introduces the basic elements of fingerprint technology and techniques including the history and meaning of fingerprints, pattern types and classifiction filing sequence, searching and referencing.

CRJ 199 Xrays as Investigativ Tls & Ev (3)

This course is an introduction to the use of X-rays as an investigative tool in cases associated with injury and trauma such as battered child syndrome. The course will be an examination of the role that X-rays play in analysis of evidence and in support of courtroom testimony.

CRJ 200 Bsc Latent Prnt Dev & Coll (3)

This course is an introduction to the value of latent fingerprint evidence, the various conditions that affect the development and recovery of latent fingerprints, and the optimum methods of processing items of evidence found in crime scenes.

CRJ 201 Fingerprint Science (3)

This course includes a basic, practical approach to fingerprint classification, identification, and filing system for the police officer, investigator, or beginning fingerprint technician.

CRJ 202 Criminalistics (3)

This course covers an introduction to investigative techniques which stress the examination of questioned documents, fingerprint techniques, polygraph examinations, firearms' identifications, pathology, toxicology, ballistics, and clandestine operations.

CRJ 203 Forensic Photography (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to procedures for photographic documentation of crime scenes and physical evidence, including preparation of court exhibits and in-court presentations.

CRJ 204 Adv Crime Scene & Inv Photo (3)

This course is the study of advanced photography procedures and methodologies used in the documentation of crime scenes and forensic evidence to encompass the use of forensic light sources, digital imaging and the preparation and presentation of courtroom exhibits.

CRJ 206 Adv Tech in Fingerprint Dev/Co (3)

This course examines the application and use of enhancement techniques, procedures and equipment, including the variety of powders used for the development of latent print evidence. Coursework is applied to different environments found in the field at crime scenes and in the crime lab.

CRJ 217 CSI for Maj Incident/Mass Crim (3)

This course introduces students to securing, documenting and processing a large geographical crime scene. Topics include implementation of an effective incident command system, obtaining necessary resources, & overcoming unexpected obstacles associated with investigating a large geographical event.

CRJ 218 Crisis Intervention (3)

This course is a study of the situational procedures and techniques necessary in defusing situations identified as crises.

CRJ 220 The Judicial Process (3)

This course is an overview of the law-making function of the courts, the growth of common law, the structure and organization of the courts, court processes and procedures involved in criminal and civil cases, and the question of reform for the administration of justice.

CRJ 224 Police Community Relations (3)

This course is a study of the importance of two-way communication between the criminal justice system and the community to foster a working relationship to control crime. A variety of topics are studied, including citizen involvement in crime prevention and police officer interpersonal relations.

CRJ 225 Impression Evidence (3)

This course provides a study of the fundamental concepts of footwear and tire imprint evidence as related to forensic science, proper photographic recording, casting, and imprint identification.

CRJ 226 Adv Bloodstain & Firearm Patt (3)

This course examines the principles and techniques used to establish the parameters in bullet trajectory and bloodstain pattern analysis as they relate to crime scene reconstruction.

CRJ 227 Collection & Prs of Bio Evid (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to the proper collection and preservation of biological evidence used to connect the crime scene with a suspect. The need for precise collection records and use of established methods that are required for crime scene sample analysis.

CRJ 228 Homicide Investigation (3)

This course is an overview of the elements involved in death investigations to include crime scene evaluation and documentation, comprehension of forensic evidence, investigative strategies and case and courtroom presentations.

CRJ 229 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3)

This course is an introduction to the theoretical foundations and scientific principles of bloodstain pattern analysis in the investigation of crimes of violence, including the properties, flight characteristics and bloodstain patterns, documentation and investigative significance of bloodstains.

CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation I (3)

This course is a study of the fundamentals of interviewing witnesses and interrogating suspects. Different methods of conducting crime scene searches and methods used in investigating various crimes are studied in the course.

CRJ 233 Cyber Crimes & the Law (3)

This course examines the problem of crime involving computers and the strategies used for identification, investigation and prosecution.

CRJ 235 Practical Crime Scene Investig (3)

This course is the study of practical, hands-on instruction in methodology and policies for the identification, interpretation, collection, packaging, preservation, and chain of custody of crime scenes and evidence taken from the crime scenes.

CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence (3)

This course studies established rules of evidence from arrest to release in the administration of criminal justice. The course focuses on the relationship between evidence and criminal procedure. The course will examine the path that evidence takes from arrest through presentation in court including the rules of evidence, examination of evidence, examination of witnesses, articles and exhibits, opinion evidence, and jury process and verdict.

CRJ 239 Terrorism & Homeland Security (3)

This course provides an overview of the problem of terrorism and homeland security efforts by drawing on several disciplines. An emphasis is placed on problems and countermeasures within an "all-hazards" approach to protecting people and assets.

CRJ 241 Transportation & Border Secur (3)

This course provides an in-depth view of modern border and transportation security. Specific topics include security for seaports, ships, aircraft, trains, trucks, pipelines, buses, and other types of transportation, as well as a study of the technology needed to for terrorist and weapon detection.

CRJ 242 Correctional Systems (3)

This course is an introduction to aspects of the correctional function in criminal justice, including organization, process, procedure, and clients incarcerated and on conditional release.

CRJ 245 Intel Analysis & Secur Mgmt (3)

This course examines intelligence analysis and its relationship to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made disasters and natural disasters. Topics will also include the related vulnerabilities of our national defense and private sectors.

CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)

This course includes a study of new trends in criminal justice. This course through an internship of 135 clock hours, a portfolio development and presentation allows the criminal justice student to demonstrate effective skills and competencies based on the courses successfully completed for the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. The course is a second-year course limited to those students who are completing the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and is one of the final courses the criminal justice student attempts. Instructor of Record or Department Chair permission required.

CRJ 264 Alt Methods in Latent Print De (3)

This course examines the application of development and enhancement techniques through the use of forensic chemicals and related equipment including iodine fuming, Silver Nitrate, and other regents, to develop latent fingerprints and other impressions on physical evidence from crime scenes.