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Criminal Justice Degree Courses

COMM 1010 - Speech

This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. (OTM for Oral Communication TMCOM and TAG# OCM013)

CRMJ 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice & US Judicial Systems

This course introduces the student to the American System of Criminal Justice including growth and historical development. Emphasis will be placed on the criminal justice subsystems of law enforcement, corrections, courts, the Ohio court structure, and the juvenile justice system. In addition, this course will examine the ethical, professional, and legal issues confronting the criminal justice professional.

CRMJ 1050 - Criminal and Constitutional Law

This course will examine past and current legal cases and court decisions. Emphasis will be placed on the Bill of Rights and specific amendments that pertain to the criminal justice field. The basic concepts of criminal law will also be examined concerning criminal statutes and elements for selected offenses for the State of Ohio.

CRMJ 1070 - Family Violence

This course examines the characteristics of the growing number of families “on the fault line” of present day society in the United States. The causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and re-address problems of at-risk families are discussed during this course. Topics of discussion include the characteristics of social intervention, domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, exploitation and neglect, crimes against the elderly, and victim rights/issues. This course further examines the professional and criminal justice response to these issues.

CRMJ 1090 - Juvenile Delinquency

This course provides an overview of the current theoretical and methodological issues concerning juvenile delinquency. This course examines the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency. The course is structured to focus on the social construction of delinquency, the development of the juvenile justice system, theoretical explanations of delinquency, and the current research on juvenile delinquency in the United States. The primary objectives of this course are to foster critical thinking about how we define, address, research, punish, and treat delinquency in America.

3 Credits | 2 Lecture Hours | 3 Lab Hours
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CRMJ 1110 - Criminal Investigation I

This course introduces the student to the study of investigative procedures beginning with the preliminary investigation through the follow-up phase. Additional topics covered within this course include documenting the crime scene, death investigations, interviewing techniques, evidence recognition, identification and collection. The laboratory experience will provide actual investigation situations to enhance student learning.

CRMJ 1130 - Introduction to Corrections

This course provides students with an overview of the field of corrections including courts, detention, sentencing, adult institutions, and staffing and personnel issues. This course provides the student with a basic working knowledge of the many diverse aspects of the correctional process with emphasis given to the history and development of corrections, the various types of institutions, the correctional process, correctional treatment, and the role of corrections within the field of criminal justice. This course specifically examines the Ohio Correctional System.

CRMJ 2010 - Criminology

The purpose of this course is to study crime and criminality in modern society with an emphasis on the underlying assumptions, propositions, and supporting evidence of crime theories. This course examines the multi-disciplinary science of law-making, law-breaking, and law-enforcing. A major emphasis will be placed on the evolution of criminological theories and review of data that assists in predicting where, when, by whom and against whom crimes happen.

CRMJ 2036 - Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professional

This course will examine and explore the various types of reports utilized in the Criminal Justice System/Field. This course will enable the student to develop report writing skills that are essential to the Criminal Justice Field and Criminal Justice Professionals.

CRMJ 2110 - Private Security I

This course examines the historical, philosophical, and legal framework of the private security field. Security organization, policies, personnel roles, contract and proprietary security concepts are examined within this course. An emphasis of this course is placed on creating security awareness and relationships with other organizations, discovering security’s place/role in the criminal justice system, and examining the practice of privatization in security.

CRMJ 2130 - Community Based Corrections

This course examines programs for convicted offenders that are used both as alternatives to incarceration and post-incarceration situations. Topics include the types of offenders, diversion, house arrest, restitution, community service, probation and parole, including both public and private participation, and other related topics. This course examines the various programs available as alternatives to incarceration from the perspective of the criminal justice professional, the offender, and the community

3 Credits | 1 Lecture Hours | 14 Practicum Hours
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CRMJ 2190 - Practicum and Seminar

This course involves placement of the student into an actual work environment within a setting in the Criminal Justice field. The work experience includes job tasks and assignments providing exposure of the functions of the various Criminal Justice fields. The student will complete 210 hours of work experience at the placement site. This work experience provides the foundation for developing the student into a competent criminal justice worker. This course further involves discussions of the operations, issues and events of the placement of the student in a Criminal Justice work environment. This course is graded as a Pass/No Pass course.

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Required Prerequisite(s): ENGL0040 with a minimum grade of C- or qualifying placement test scores

PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS015. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

STAT 1010 - Probability and Statistics

This course provides the student with an overview of probability and statistics. Probability terminology, concepts and rules are emphasized in solving probability problems. Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, charts, tables and diagrams are used to summarize data. The student is introduced to the binomial, Poisson, hyper-geometric, normal and t-distributions. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression are used to make conclusions concerning population parameters from sample data. This course meets the requirements for OTM Introductory Statistics TMM010.

Required as Prerequisite (s): MATH0084 with a minimum grade of C-, or qualifying placement test score, or co-requisite of STAT0086


There are also 6 elective courses required for this degree. Please see the curriculum worksheet (PDF), opens in a new window for a current electives list.

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