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Criminal Justice

criminal justice programProgram Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 135
Student Tuition: $1,249.99

Overview of Criminal Justice Programs

Criminal Justice is a stimulating and increasing industry! Criminal justice is the application or research of laws concerning criminal behavior. Individuals who study criminal justice progams include the police, those operating in a judiciary capacity, and also lawyers who either defend or prosecute people charged of a criminal offense. Other people work in order to advocate for changes in the present system of criminal justice, such as individuals who render decisions relating to current laws, such as members of Supreme Courts.

Our Criminal Justice programs study different facets of the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice is the system of methods and institutions of governments directed at supporting social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties as well as rehabilitation efforts.

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing our criminal justice programs, you should be able to:

  • Understand the criminal justice system and significant types of crime.
  • Determine several ideas dealing with criminal behavior.
  • Determine the approaches and strategies for policing in the US.
  • Comprehend the several components and their roles within the court system.
  • Determine components of the correctional system and sorts of sentences.


Criminal Justice Module 1
Understanding Criminal Justice

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • The Decision-Making Process
  • Formal and Informal Decision Making
  • The Model of Justice
  • The History of Crime Control
  • How is Crime Defined?
  • The Major Types of Crime
  • The Measurement of Crime
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Criminal Justice Module 2
Criminal Behavior & the Law

  •  Crime Causation
  • The Classical Theories
  • Crime Victims & Their Characteristics
  • The Positivist Theories
  • Social Conflict Theories
  • Defining Crime and Legal Responsibility
  • The Classification of Crimes
  • Criminal versus Civil Law
  • Due Process

Criminal Justice Module 3
Policing Roles & Planning

  • Evolution of Policing in the U.S.
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Organizational Structure of Policing
  • Responsibilities of the Police
  • Strategies of Crime Control
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Community-Oriented Policing
  • Police & the Law
  • Responsible Arrests
  • Searches without Warrants
  • The Miranda Warnings
  • The USA Patriot Act of 2001
  • Police Corruption

Criminal Justice Module 4
The Court System

  • The Structure of the Court System
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Courtroom Work Group
  • The Selection of Judges
  • The Roles of Prosecutors & Defense Counsel
  • The Pretrial Process
  • The Right to Counsel
  • Testing Government’s Case
  • The Role of the Jury
  • The Criminal Trial Process
  • Plea Bargaining & Plea Negotiations

Criminal Justice Module 5
The Correction System

  • The Purposes of Punishment
  • Types of Sentences
  • Determining Sentences
  • The Death Penalty
  • Probation & Parole
  • Community Corrections
  • The Evolution of Probation & Parole
  • Community Corrections Today
  • Intermediate Sanctions

Criminal Justice Module 6
Prisons, Jails, & Prisoners

  • Prison Populations
  • Penal Institutions
  • Corrections Officers
  • Major Characteristics of Prisoners
  • Prison as a Total Institution
  • The Male Inmate verses Incarcerated Women
  • Prison Violence
  • Common Prison Programs
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • The Juvenile Court System
  • Juvenile Corrections

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:


  • CJUS by Laura Myers, Larry Myers, & Joel Samaha

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)