2015-16 Catalog

Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science and Certificate

www.sandburg.edu/academics/criminal-justice 

 Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science

A student completing this curriculum will be eligible for employment with various law enforcement, judiciary, and correctional agencies. Various positions in business and industrial security may also be available. A student with a criminal conviction will be admitted to the program, but may experience difficulty in securing employment in some criminal justice areas. Students transferring to a four-year criminal justice program with this degree should consult with a counselor or the Criminal Justice Coordinator for advisement on pre-enrollment requirements.

Criminal Justice Certificate

A student completing this curriculum will be eligible for employment with various criminal justice agencies. Certain private positions, such as business, industrial, and institutional security guards, may also be available. A student with a felony conviction will be admitted to the program, but may experience difficulty in securing employment in some criminal justice agencies.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Carl Sandburg College offers students the opportunity to prepare for a wide array of careers in public service including law enforcement officers, correctional staff and private security positions. Both the public and private sector careers are readily available in many locations and include high incomes.

Program Features

Students have an opportunity to make the criminal justice program work with their schedule. The courses are offered in the day and evening on a scheduled semester outline. Students are exposed to a rich curriculum that allows for a solid foundation in all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Short-Term Benefits

  • Day and evening classes; online offerings
  • Small class sizes allowing for individual attention
  • Quality education at an affordable price
  • Range of programs to meet the students needs

Long-Term Benefits

  • Graduates are prepared for the workforce and can make their degrees and certificates work for them
  • Continuing education available to those in the field

The Future of Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Employers are seeking entry level applicants with an education associated with an Associate degree or higher. Agencies are seeking applicants with strong communication, writing, and leadership qualities. Applicants will need to pass several pre-hiring testing requirements which vary from agency to agency. Applicants need to be in good health, pass fitness standards and have a clear criminal background for consideration.

Admission to the Program:  Open

First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

Associate in Applied Science

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
Fall Semester
CRM.101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM.102Police Administration & Management 3
CRM.231Procedural Law for Police 3
CRM.271Criminal Investigation 3
SOC.205Social Problems-Professional Ethics 3
Spring Semester
CRM.121Juvenile Justice 3
CRM.261Criminal Law 3
CRM.222Communication in Criminal Justice 3
SPN.120Spanish for Professionals 1 2
CRM.141Introduction to Corrections 3
KIN.140Physical Fitness 1 1
Second Year
Fall Semester
PSY.101 or 202Introduction to Psychology (or Psychology of Personality) 3
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology 3
ICT.110Computer Software Applications 3
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking) 3
PSY.207 or ENG 102Crisis Intervention (or English Composition 2) 3
Spring Semester
POS.122 or 223American Government & Politics (or Local and State Government) 3
CRM.151Criminal Justice & Community Relations 3
CRM.172Introduction to Security 3
CRM.262Criminal Justice Internship 3
HTH.140Wellness 2
 Total Program Hours: 65.0
 
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KIN.141 Physical Fitness 2, KIN.142 Physical Fitness 3 & KIN.143 Physical Fitness 4 also accepted.

 

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Certificate

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
Fall Semester
CRM.101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM.102Police Administration & Management 3
CRM.231Procedural Law for Police 3
CRM.271Criminal Investigation 3
SOC.205Social Problems-Professional Ethics 3
Spring Semester
CRM.121Juvenile Justice 3
CRM.222Communication in Criminal Justice 3
SPN.120Spanish for Professionals 1 2
CRM.261Criminal Law 3
CRM.141 or 172Introduction to Corrections (or Introduction to Security) 3
 Total Program Hours: 35.0
 

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Johnson, Jill L
assistant professor, psychology
associate dean of social & business sciences

Kellogg, David M
assistant professor, criminal justice
coordinator of criminal justice

BOC.107 Tech Skills for Business Environment223

This course provides students with instruction in basic computer skills including keyboarding, 10- key, file management, data storage and retrieval, colloborative technology, and computer hardware and software. Basic formatting rules for letters, memos, reports and tables will be covered as well as basic word processing concepts and proofreading skills. Spreadsheet and database basic terminology and usage will also be introduced. This course is designed for students who are not majoring in an office occupations program.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

CRM.101 Introduction to Criminal Justice33

This course will constitute a survey of the entire triad of the American criminal justice system: law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections. Basic terminology and concepts, the foundation philosophy, general examination of criminal law, survey of each area of the triad and their interrelatedness, and the role of the social sciences will be emphasized. In addition, a general examination will also be made of American civil law.
Offered: Fall or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.102 Police Administration & Management33

This course will examine the evolution of American policing, external influences and controls on the police, organizational theory, management styles, labor relations, and the selection process for police personnel.
Offered: Fall or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.121 Juvenile Justice33

This course covers the history and philosophy of the juvenile justice system, legal procedure in the juvenile court, characteristics of juvenile offenders, theories of causation, and treatment and control of offenders. Special emphasis will be placed on the failure of parens patriae and the birth of constitutional rights for juveniles, and the increased emphasis on personal accountability.
Offered: Spring or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.141 Introduction to Corrections33

This course is concerned with the evolution of societal reaction to law breakers, the sentences and the goals they seek to obtain, and the influence of the ongoing struggle between the rights of the individual and society on the correctional system. Furthermore, within the context of the individual versus society struggle, there is a detailed examination of rehabilitation versus punitive philosophies, why rehabilitation failed, and the current philosophical foundation of American corrections.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.151 Criminal Justice & Community Relations33

This course is designed to provide the student with an awareness of the problems confronting police in our turbulent society and possible courses of action which they might pursue in coping with these problems. The emphasis will be on the American pluralistic society, the various ethnic and racial groups, and their relations with each other and the police.
Offered: Spring or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.172 Introduction to Security33

This course provides students with an understanding of the basic principles underlying private security issues. The core of the course content deals with risk and threat assessment. The course examines the relationship between the private and public sectors. Legal issues, as well as ethical issues, pertaining to security will be discussed. Other topics include theory and history of security, physical security, interruption, disaster preparedness, employee theft, substance abuse in the workplace, and security management. It is designed for students seeking a career in private and public security services.
Offered: Spring or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate:AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

CRM.231 Procedural Law for Police33

Since procedural criminal law is concerned with the proper implementation of substantive criminal law, this course will provide the student with the opportunity to study and analyze the laws behind the various procedures dealing with the questioning of suspects through testifying in court.
Offered: Fall or as Needed
Prerequisites: CRM.101 or concurrent enrollment and ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.271 Criminal Investigation33

This course covers advanced methods of case preparation and criminal investigation; analysis of physical evidence, undercover work; and examination of sex, drug and gambling cases.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: CRM.101 or concurrent enrollment and ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.261 Criminal Law33

This course will inquire into basic concepts of criminal law, crimes against persons and property, other criminal conduct, and the punishments as designated by the nature of the crimes.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: CRM.101, CRM.231, ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CRM.222 Communication in Criminal Justice33

This course presents the basic concepts of the communication process as it applies to law enforcement. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of written, verbal and nonverbal communication within the criminal justice field. An individual may not count ENG.120, in addition to this course, toward graduation.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: CRM.101, ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

CRM.262 Criminal Justice Internship153

This work experience in criminal justice provides the student an opportunity for practical application of fundamentals and techniques studied in the classroom. The student will be required to spend 200 hours or more within that criminal justice agency most appropriate to their career orientation. Any student working full time within a criminal justice agency will be allowed credit for this course upon approval by the Criminal Justice Coordinator. Any student with a grade point average of less than 2.0 will be required to take another course selected in consultation with the Criminal Justice Coordinator in lieu thereof.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: Take CRM.101 12 CREDITS;,FROM CRM.102 CRM.121 CRM.222 CRM.231 CRM.271 CRM.261; Take ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment and a grade point,average of at least a 2.0.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

ENG.102 Freshman Composition 233

This course is second in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. Emphasis is on reading and writing about various types of prose, especially short fiction and the novel. A research paper that demonstrates analysis of the novel is the primary writing activity.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG.101 or the equivalent and (for students who took ENG.101 at Sandburg after fall 1994) a passing mark on the Comp 1 Exit Exam. At least a C must be earned to count this course toward an AA, AS, AFA, or AAS
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 901
General Education -- Communications

HTH.140 Wellness122

Students will learn the importance of life-long physical fitness and the desirability of adhering to positive lifestyle behaviors. The physical, emotional, vocational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of wellness will be explored. Internet assignments will be required. Students will be expected to exercise during each week at a CSC facility. Concurrent enrollment in PED 140, PED 141, PED 142, PED 143 or PED 145 is prohibited.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

ICT.110 Computer Software Applications33

This course in software applications will provide students with an overview of a computer operating system and commonly used computer software. Students will gain experience with word processing and database management tasks, presentation software, and spreadsheets. Additional software programs associated with the Windows environment will be explored. This course may be used to satisfy the computer requirement common for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take AOP.101 or or BOC.107 or appropriate articulated high school credit.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

KIN.140 Physical Fitness 121

This physical education activity course is open to all students. It is designed as an open lab to accommodate each student's needs. Emphasis is placed in three areas of physical fitness, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Universal equipment and cardiovascular equipment will be used to develop more effectively one's level of physical fitness. This course may be repeated for credit one time. Note: In any one academic term, a student may not enroll in more than one KIN course which requires the use of the Fitness Center.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

POS.122 American Government & Politics33

This course covers the origin, principles, organization and functions of the American political system. It examines the legislative, executive and judicial branches in the United States as well as the nature and purposes of the nation-state in a democratically oriented society. Topics covered include the Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, the three branches of government, political parties, elections, and appropriate comparisons to Illinois Government. This course is of interest both to persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and other persons interested in increasing their understanding of the American system of government.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S5 900
General Education -- Social Science

POS.223 State & Local Government33

This course presents a study of the institutions, functions, problems, and politics at the state and local levels of government in the United States. It meets the Illinois state law requirement concerning constitutional proficiency. The course is of interest to the student of political science and the social sciences. This course would also benefit those serving at various levels of state and local government.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S5 902
General Education -- Social Science

PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology33

This course is designed to provide an understanding of a variety of topics within the field of psychology. It is not only designed for students planning on majoring in psychology, but for those who have an interest in the scientific basis of behavior, thought, and the physiological processes that underlie each.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 900
General Education -- Social Science

PSY.202 Psychology of Personality33

This course offers a study of the major problems, concepts and formulations of personality. It will include development and structure of personality, including such topics as adjustment, social adequacy, work environments, aggression, prejudice and other behaviors.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better, or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

PSY.207 Crisis Intervention33

This course is an overall introduction to crisis intervention and is designed to provide an understanding of theory and practice of short term models of treatment. A wide variety of crises will be examined and role played so students can become comfortable with different intervention techniques. Example crises will include suicide, developmental life stage, loss, medical, and post traumatic stress victims. Students will understand the professional and ethical side of crisis intervention along with developing an appreciation for the importance of cultural sensitivity in crisis intervention. Crisis intervention is designed as a university studies course, but is also applicable to those pursuing careers in allied health, criminal justice, education, fire science, etc.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology33

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the discipline of sociology as it applies to contemporary American society. This course provides an orientation to the student interested in social science or the helping professions. Among specific topics to be studied are: how the sociologist gathers information, the importance of culture and symbols, personality development, the changing structure of the family, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, and deviant behavior.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate; AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 900
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SOC.205 Social Problems-Professional Ethics33

This course will provide a values-based approach to ethical professionalism and present the student with the tools to think about and deal with ethical issues in the work place. The course will examine through discussion the concepts of what a professional is and what it means to act professionally. It will include knowledge-based discussions of the features of moral reasoning and review case studies and scenarios that will facilitate the student's ability to construct methods of resolution when dealing with ethical issues of the work place. The course will cover in depth moral reasoning and ethical theories central to the moral life of any professional.
Offered: Fall or as Needed
Prerequisites: ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications

SPN.120 Spanish for Professionals 122

This is the first sequence of a complete course at the college level of Spanish for professionals. It will provide the fundamentals of basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary with particular emphasis on the vocabulary related to the students' professions. This course will also introduce students to the culture and customs of Spanish-speaking people.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

The Criminal Justice Program is establishing a Crime Lab for the development of new curriculum and supplemental instruction. The lab will be a multifunction room that will consist of both lecture and lab stations for computer and practical use. The area will allow for students to participate in active interview and interrogation simulations, mock processing and booking, crime scene software as well as mock crime scenes. Students will be introduced to five key areas of crime scene technology; latent print evidence, blood spatter and trace evidence, impression evidence, ballistics, and crime scene photography.  

This space will employ practical applications to many core courses within the criminal justice program. It will also allow for program growth in the area of crime scene technologies and practical presentations of contemporary investigative methods.