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Criminal Justice Classes Online

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

The online criminal justice degree requires the completion of 120 total credit hours, including 27 credits of core criminal justice classes online.

Core Courses (27 hours)

This course offers a survey of various institutions by which the criminal justice system is administered including the police, the legal profession, the courts, and penal institutions as well as an examination of the problems which the criminal justice system faces and an evaluation of the adequacy of the existing system.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of criminology, the scientific study of crime and related theories. Exploration of the development of criminal law, how crime is defined, trends and patterns of crime, and who is most likely to be a victim of crime will be covered. This course is designed as an overview analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of current theories of crime and causation from perspective based on empirical research.

This course is required for only those students interested in applying to and attending the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy the following January as part of Lindenwood University’s partnership with such entity. Students are required to meet with the instructor during hours that closely mirror the required hours they will attend the academy if accepted as a cadet. All activity will consist of preparatory physical conditioning and basic police training assignments.

Prerequisite: Permission of dean.

This course is an analysis of the contemporary role of the police relative to such areas as the police subculture and community relations, police accountability and civil liability, police stress, and unique problem situations and groups encountered by the police.

The goals of the course are to extend the basic concepts learned in the prerequisite courses, introduce more in-depth analysis of criminal law and our criminal justice system, strengthen the students understanding of the law and enhance the students’ ability to think critically and analytically. Moreover, the course will provide a platform to demonstrate practical applications of criminal law and procedure. This course will prepare the student to achieve higher levels of learning in their degree curriculum and serve as a solid foundation of knowledge for future work experience.

This course is a contemporary analysis of the operation of and problems encountered by jails and prisons as well as the study of probation, parole, community service and restitution, electronic monitoring, and other innovative community correctional programs.

A comparative study of racial differences in offending patterns, which will focus on the over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system. Possible causes, current research, government policies, initiatives, and laws will be explored and evaluated. This will be an interactive, discussion-focused special topics course, which will appeal to criminal justice majors but also to anyone working in fields that interface with offenders like social work, psychology, sociology and political science.

This course is designed to introduce students to research methods in criminology and criminal justice. Topics addressed throughout the semester include, but are not limited to types of scientific inquiry in criminology and criminal justice, Research design and issues, Sampling, Application, and Analysis. Upon completion of this course, students will have the tools to accurately assess scholarly research in criminology and criminal justice, as well as the knowledge to pursue individual research projects utilizing appropriate methodologies and tools.

This is a capstone course dedicated to the analysis of major issues in criminal justice.  Emphasis will be placed on the various components of the criminal justice system and encourage students to critically examine the justice system, as it exists in American society today.  Additionally, students will explore how criminological theories are applied to practice and public policy.  Criminal justice practitioners will be invited as guest lecturers to provide students with relevant information on trends within their respective fields, and students will be able to assimilate knowledge from previous coursework in a meaningful way in order to prepare for graduation and employment.

Lindenwood University is in a partnership with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy (SLCMPA). Lindenwood University students will have the option of completing a Missouri State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Program and earn a Class A Peace Officer’s license as part of their undergraduate degree program. The SLCMPA offers an intensive 869 hour- 23 week- Missouri State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Program of classroom and hands-on practical instruction in the core knowledge and skills needed by peace officers working in the State of Missouri. The program includes academic courses in Constitutional Law, Missouri Statutory Law, Traffic Law, Interpersonal Skills, Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Report Writing, Traffic Accident Investigation, Juvenile Justice and Procedures. Students also receive superior training in First Aid, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Driver Training, and Physical Fitness.

Prerequisite: CCJ 24500, permission of Lindenwood University instructor and acceptance to SLCMPA.

This course is an introduction to the theory and applications of statistics, including probability, descriptive statistics, random variables, expected values, distribution functions, and hypothesis testing.

Elective Courses (24 hours)

Students observe criminal justice practitioners in the areas of police, courts, corrections, or related areas. Students will benefit by observing the relationship between theory and practice in a work related setting.

This course introduces students to contemporary issues relevant to crime and the operation of criminal justice systems around the world. Topics may include but are not limited to: comparisons of International crime data and models of justice at each level of the criminal justice system, Transnational Crime and Justice issues, Global Criminology, Human, Arms and Drug Trafficking across borders, Violence against women and The International Criminal Court. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of diverse people and cultures outside of the United States in a framework that broadens their understanding and appreciation of divergent perspectives regarding crime and justice. Cross-cultural analyses will facilitate critical thinking regarding race, gender and class structures, globalization challenges, and strengths and weakness of various systems, including the one wherein they reside. Offered regularly. Intermittently offered with or without a travel component. Lab fee required with travel.

This course deals with a specialized topic in criminology and criminal justice. Subject areas will change from time to time to reflect relevant issues within the field of criminal justice. Possible topical fields may be drawn from such areas as comparative criminal justice, the history of criminal justice, cybercrimes, gangs, organized crime, probation and parole, and criminal profiling. The particular topic to be addressed will be announced and a course description provided at the time of registration. The course is open to all students and no prerequisites are required. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an examination of the origin, philosophy, and objectives of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis will be placed on the decision making process of police, court, and probation officials relative to the apprehension, processing, and treatment of juveniles. Supreme Court decisions in the juvenile field also will be addressed.

This course is designed to familiarize students with victimology, a sub-discipline of criminology concerned with the scientific study of victims in contemporary society. Topics covered include but are not limited to: the development and evolution of the victim movement in the United States, theories of victimization, empirical examination of pertinent issues, understanding differential rates of victimization based on individual characteristics, the impact of institutions such as the media and criminal justice system, and critical analysis of social policies designed to address the plight of victims. Detailed consideration of specific victim populations and types of victimization will be emphasized in turn throughout the semester. Upon successfully completing this course, students will have not only an in depth understanding of victimology and relevant research, but also gain the skills to think critically about victimization as it relates to the criminal justice system and bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Students will examine the definition and scope of the problems associated with White-Collar Crime. The American public often overlooks the violent aspects of elite deviance. Additionally, this course will address the costs, institutional corruption, religious fraud, environmental crimes, and the manufacture and distribution of unsafe consumer products.

This course is a focus on the social forces that surround and contribute to the definition of drugs and alcohol use and abuse. The various legal and other responses to drug use and abuse are also considered.

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of the various aspects associated with conducting a criminal investigation. Course topics to include historical, legal, scientific, and practical application of investigating various major crimes. Students will also participate in practical exercises reflective of the various types of activities with a criminal investigation.

This course is an introduction into the criminal mind and aspects of criminal psychology that are useful to criminal justice practitioners. Students will learn about historical trends in the study of the criminal mind, contemporary theories, and research regarding psychopathy, children who kill, serial killing, and interventions with offenders, among other topics. Students will examine the applied use of psychology in criminal justice.

This course will deal with a specialized topic in criminology and criminal justice. Subject areas will change from time to time to reflect relevant issues within the field of criminal justice. Possible topical fields may be drawn from such areas as comparative criminal justice, victimology, the history of criminal justice, white collar crime, ethics in criminal justice, the law of criminal evidence, criminal investigation, drugs and alcohol, and private security. The particular topic to be addressed will be announced and a course description provided at the time of registration.

This course will examine the basic study of the female offender, women and girls in the criminal justice system, and the roles of women working in the criminal justice system. The course will introduce students to gender and ethnic diversity issues within the justice system, along with the strengths of oppressed people, especially women of color. A wide range of issues are covered, including the rate of early childhood sexual abuse, victimization among female inmates, and obstacles for women working within the justice system.

This course is an introduction to the basic ethical themes that run through the entire Criminal Justice system. It is a course that will provide practical information and the opportunity to develop practical skills for the analysis of ethical dilemmas-of which there is no shortage in the Criminal Justice field. This course will provide the opportunity to gain a basic knowledge of ethical systems in general, and will address the dilemmas of practitioners in real life criminal justice situations, including those that arise from the systems complex interaction of various police, prosecutor, court, and corrections agencies.

Students may earn 1-6 credits as needed in special topics.

This course is structured for the student to gain field experience in policing, corrections, juvenile justice, law and the court system, or within the private security/investigation sector. Students must complete 50 hours in the field for each credit of internship and weekly assignments.

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