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CRIJ 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined and its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; and corrections. Prerequisite: Must be successfully completed prior to enrollment into any 2300 level Criminal Justice course. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 1306 - Court Systems and Practices

The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of American court system; prosecution; right of counsel; pretrial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 1307 - Crime in America

American crime problems in historical prospective; social and public policy factors affecting crime; impact and crime trends; social characteristics on specific crimes; prevention of crime. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 1310 - Fundamentals of Criminal Law

A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statues as illustrations; criminal responsibility. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 1313 - Juvenile Justice System

Studies the information pertaining to the juvenile justice system in Texas and the United States. A study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 2301 - Community Resources in Corrections

An introductory study of the role of the community in corrections; community programs for adults and juveniles; administration of community programs; legal issues; future trends in community treatment. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 2313 - Correctional Systems and Practices

Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 2314 - Criminal Investigation

Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 2323 - Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional constraints; laws of arrest, search, and seizure; police liability. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CRIJ 2328 - Police Systems and Practices

The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CJSA 1312 - Crime in America

American crime problems in perspective; social and public policy factors affecting crime; impact and crime trends; social characteristics of specific crimes; prevention of crime. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CJSA 1322 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined and its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; and corrections. NOTE: This course must be successfully completed prior to enrollment into any 2300 level Criminal Justice course. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

 

CJSA 1393 - Special Topics

Focuses on recent significant and controversial issues which affect the administration of criminal justice in our time. Emphasis will be on the latest information that affects the police, courts, and corrections. Topics very by semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CJSA 2334 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

A seminar type course with class interaction on selected topics currently confronting criminal justice personnel and the public they serve. A variety of contemporary topics may be covered or an extensive survey of one central theme will be analyzed. Check with the coordinator regarding the topics to be covered in any given semester. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

CJSA 2388 - Internship

An experience external to the college for an advanced student in a specialized field involving a written agreement between the educational institution and a business or industry. Mentored and supervised by a workplace employee, the student achieves objectives that are developed an documented by the college and that are directly related to specific occupational outcomes. This may be paid or unpaid experience. Classroom activities include employability and personal life skills topics. Prerequisites: Must successfully complete 12 hours of more of criminal justice courses in either CRIJ or CJSA. Must be 20 years old or turn 20 during the semester of internship and have no criminal record, not be on academic probation, and be in good standing with Blinn College. Some exceptions to age and record will be considered. Coordinator permission required. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.