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Minor in Criminal Justice Forensics

In order to complete a minor in Criminal Justice Forensics, students must take 9 hours of foundational courses in the discipline.

Students then select 9 additional hours from specified courses in the area.

Required (9 hours)

CRJU 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course is an overview of the criminal justice system, its history, philosophical background, constitutional limitations, and the processes for achieving its goals. Each of the major divisions (police, courts, and corrections) will be examined for its contributions, assumptions, and interrelations. Also included are the contemporary trends in the system on the local and national levels. Must pass with a grade of C or higher.

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4004 - Criminal Forensics I

This course provides an introduction to the problems and techniques of scientific investigations in the criminal field. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing the student with the role of science and technology in modern law enforcement.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4005 - Criminal Forensics II

This course will examine concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. Special attention will be given to the various forensic laboratory disciplines and their respective practitioners. Focus on the initial responding officer and duties of the investigator, and on various types of crime scenes will be emphasized.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 1100 and CRJU 4004 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
3



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Electives (9 hours)

Select 9 additional hours from the following courses.

CRJU 4000 - Criminal Investigations

This course introduces investigation methodology and includes the theory of investigation as conducted at the scene of the crime, collection and preservation of evidence, the use of informants, techniques of surveillance and presentation of cases in court.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4002 - Drug Identification & Investigation

The course is to provide a basic orientation, conceptual framework, and technical vocabulary for the study of illicit drugs. The course will introduce the subject of drug abuse, estimate the extent of the problem, and examine the relationship between drug use and crime. The course provides students with a proper grounding in the pharmacological, sociological, and criminal dimensions of the drug problem. The history of drug legislation in the United States, international and domestic drug trafficking, and drug law enforcement are examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4008 - Death Investigation

This course will introduce the student to various investigative methods utilized in general death investigation as well as specific investigations involving suicides, accidents, and homicides. The purpose of the course is to explore the nature of death investigation in the United States and the methods employed by the personnel and agencies tasked with resolving cases involving death. Special attention will be given to intra- and inter-agency relationships as well as the scientific tools used in processing death investigation cases.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4111 - Evidence

This course is an intensive study and analysis of the rules of evidence as they apply to criminal cases. Particular emphasis will be placed on burden of proof and hearsay evidence, as well as the principles of exclusion and selection.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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CRJU 4310 - Criminal Typologies

This course examines the offender characteristics and behavior patterns of individuals who commit crimes of interpersonal violence and/or sexual assault. Emphasis will be upon the motivational beliefs of the offenders, and how these beliefs influence the manner in which they select victims and carry out their attacks. The offenses of sexual homicide, mass murder, workplace violence, serial rape, child molestation, armed robbery and similar crimes will be the primary focus of the research and discussion in this course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: CRJU 1100 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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