This course presents criminal justice as a dynamic, ever-changing field, emphasizing how the concepts and processes of criminal justice are constantly evolving. The course emphasizes a comprehensive and balanced approach to the three major areas of criminal justice—police, courts, and corrections—and to theory, research, and policy issues, with a focus on generating students’ interest in the criminal justice field. This course provides the foundational understanding for beginning students to build upon throughout their academic endeavors. The course balances the perspectives of the liberal, conservative, and mainstream perspectives on the criminal justice system. The coursework provides the foundation to understand the subject matter with Web-based and reflective assignments to engage the students in contemporary challenges, problems, and solutions to the current criminal justice system.

This course is an introduction to the basic concept of federal and state courts systems. In all cases, the legal system shall be critically analyzed with an emphasis in letting the student develop a practical understanding of the entire Criminal Justice System. The court process is complex and affects both policing and corrections. This course will delve into the authority, power, and limitations on the court systems.

To effectively work in the criminal justice field, you must be an informed consumer of social research. All research is funded by an interested party who wishes to advance a concept of program to alleviate or correct a social issue. Social research is ongoing constantly, addressing contemporary social issues and problems. However, the research may certainly help, but it may be flawed and not present a balanced, comprehensive analysis of the issue or problem; therefore, the criminal justice professional must be an informed consumer of social research. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to, and a balance between, criminal justice research theory and practice ; . It includes to include why research into criminal justice, its current methods, lexicon and ethical considerations. Each lesson is augmented with relevant W web-based articles addressing contemporary issues in criminal justice research.

This course introduces students to the role of psychological inquiry and concepts as they apply broadly to law and specifically to the field of criminal justice. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the interactions between these two disciplines and to help them understand how basic psychological knowledge can be applied to various aspects of the legal system.

This course examines the foundations of modern criminal law within the American justice system.  Specific emphasis is given to the theory of law, its foundation, and its application in a modern society.  Topics covered include crimes against persons, property, and society.  A special section on the application of criminal law within the courts is also included.

This course is on the fundamental and advanced features of investigation: duties and responsibilities of the detective; interviewing, interrogation, and information-gathering skills; crime scene analysis, collection, preservation, and testing of evidence; surveillance and undercover work; raid and sting operations; modus operandi; use of technology; types of evidence; and the science of criminalistics. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary and forensic use of knowledge from the natural and social sciences as it applies to prevalent crimes such as homicide, burglary, arson, and sex offenses. There is also some emphasis upon emerging forms of criminality, such as computer crime and terrorism.

This is an introductory study of the entire field of corrections, beginning with post conviction. This course will cover the sentencing grid from the state of Kansas, post conviction remedies and appeal processes and alternatives to confinement. An emphasis on current trends in incarceration will be made.

A modern day approach to preventing delinquency within the community. This course includes study regarding programs for the prevention and correction of crime and delinquency and presents basic techniques for the juvenile courts.

This course will examine timely issues and development in the field of criminal justice. It may be repeated for credit for different topics.