2014-15 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 planning to transfer to Western Illinois University with this degree should consult with a counselor or the Criminal Justice Coordinator for advisement on WIU's 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 especially for those who obtain bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

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 Of-fice.
  • 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

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 PSY.202Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology 3
CIS.112Computer Software Applications 3
SPE.110 or SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 3
PSY.207 or ENG.102Crisis Intervention 3
Spring Semester
POS.122 or POS.223American Goverment & Politics 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 CRM.172Introduction to Corrections 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.)

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Courses

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 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.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.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.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: CRM.101 and four or more of the required criminal justice courses, plus permission of the criminal justice coordinator, ENG.101 or concurrent enrollment, and a grade point average of at least 2.0
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

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

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

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