5 Can't-Miss Criminal Justice Courses
You know one thing for sure—you want to work in criminal justice! Your love for law enforcement goes much deeper than your late-night Unsolved Mysteries marathons. You want a career that allows you to serve and protect your community while also getting your adrenaline pumping a bit.
Now you’re just trying to find the perfect program; one that lets you learn through hands-on training from seasoned professionals. Perusing through the website for the Rasmussen College criminal justice program and scanning the course catalog can be daunting. The program is full of fascinating classes that teach vital skills and knowledge for the field—and sometimes the course names and codes just don’t give them justice.
5 criminal justice courses to expect
We want to give you a sneak peek into five of the criminal justice courses offered at Rasmussen College. And who better to give you the inside scoop than the instructors themselves? We connected with a few faculty members to dive deeper into their favorite criminal justice courses to teach.
J100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
Have you ever wished you could get class credit for gaming? Rasmussen College program coordinator Jerry Lee suggests J100 is anything but your average introductory spiel. This course includes a scenario-based video game where students can make decisions as a detective and discuss the scenarios online and in the live classroom.
You will also get the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. You can compete with other students as you achieve points for good decisions and your points will appear on the leaderboard! It’s a great way to compete while learning an overview of the whole criminal justice system and its fundamental concepts.
J120 – Policing in America
Have you ever wondered how many speeding tickets a police officer issues each month? Or what crazy situations law enforcement professionals experience in their careers? If you take this class, you will have a chance to ask! Students in this course get to experience a ride-along or a personal interview with an active law enforcement professional.
This course is important for students in all branches of criminal justice to understand how the three components of the criminal justice system work together. Rose Du Houx Pogatshnik, a justice studies instructor at Rasmussen College, nominates this course as an exciting way to learn fundamental concepts and theories of policing as well as current trends in the field. Pogatchnik points out that the course does not teach students how to be a police officer but rather how to understand the police system as a whole.
J122 - Crime Scene to Conviction: Critical Skills in Documentation
“This is one of the most interactive courses that I have taught in criminal justice,” says Rasmussen College program coordinator Richard Wright. Students begin in the position of a law enforcement officer from the crime scene and follow all of the steps necessary through conviction in their communication.
There is a lot of communication that must take place during a criminal investigation, and it isn’t all in a dark room with a single light blinking over the suspect. Students in this course will hone their written and oral communication skills to converse with suspects, victims and other parties they will encounter during an investigation.
One of the most important aspects of the course is teaching students how to prepare a professional police or incident report, where precise details are critical. Students are also presented with scenarios where they encounter people who speak a language they are not familiar with and people who are too distressed to communicate clearly. The student provides a solution to communicating in both scenarios to obtain the information needed for the investigation.
J331 – Constitutional Law
“This course examines the vast machinery of American law,” says program coordinator Shauna Froelich. Students take the law to its source material and dive deep into the Bill of Rights and the amendments that shape our criminal justice system.
Students analyze case studies that allow them to apply criminal law and procedure in real-life scenarios. Far beyond an impartial survey, this class allows students to choose one amendment that interests them as it relates to the criminal justice field and focus their studies on it.
J410 – Criminal Leadership & Management
You might already be wondering about opportunities for advancement in a criminal justice career. Well, this class can teach you what you need to progress into a management position or take on a greater leadership role in your organization.
Students in this course examine various leadership theories and practices. Students create a policy project that involves an interview with a leader in their field of choice. This might be a police chief or probation supervisor, among other options. Froelich believes that even students who are not currently interested in management would benefit from taking this course, as there are always opportunities for leadership in the field. Besides, you never know when your career ambitions might change, so having management training under your belt can’t hurt!
Ready to get in the action?
Now that you’ve received a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the criminal justice courses you can expect, does it sound like the practical program you’ve been seeking?
Learn more about the program by visiting our criminal justice degree page.
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