Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree - Leadership and Management specialization

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Accelerated CJ Leadership & Management Bachelor's Degree Course List

Leadership and Management Specialization

  • Values-Based Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals of CJ Supervision: What CJ Leaders Need to Know
  • Contemporary Leadership Challenges
  • Organizational Behavior Analysis

This course will address some unique ethical challenges that leaders in criminal justice and related fields may confront. Topics of discussion and evaluation include delegation and abdication of duties; use of power, manipulation, and influence; discretion and responsibility to act; and the role of personal character in service professions.

Prerequisite:Ethics in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ 4015
Credits: 4

This course will examine important issues for leaders in every area of criminal justice, such as budgeting and funding sources in public service agencies; personnel recruitment, selection, hiring, and promotion; employee motivation, conflict, coaching, and discipline.

Prerequisite:Criminal Justice Leadership and Management

Course ID: CCJ 4528
Credits: 4

This seminar course examines current issues within the management field. This course is highly interactive in that both students and faculty are actively engaged in researching, presenting, and discussing course materials. In addition to gaining in-depth exposure to a current key topic in the field, students learn to become active and effective members of a professional learning community.


This course is offered in a competency-based format for some programs.

Course ID: MAN 4143
Credits: 4

This course is designed to explore human behavior in work settings from an interdisciplinary perspective. The following topics will be studied and analyzed from a management perspective: organizational structure, leadership, power, conflict management, individual and group dynamics, motivation, morale, and communication.


Course ID: MAN 4240
Credits: 4

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

  • Criminal Behavior: Profiling Violent Offenders
  • Victims in Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Diversity and Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Senior Thesis
  • Criminal Justice Leadership and Management
  • Criminal Justice Seminar
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Constitutional Law
  • Realities of Crime and Justice

This course will examine serial behavior by crime type and criminal profile. Crimes such as stalking, arson, murder, and sexual assault will be examined through case files to enhance investigative methods. Students will analyze psychological profiles and behavior patterns.

Prerequisite:Criminology: Motives for Criminal Deviance (except for students enrolled in the Cyber Security Program)

Course ID: CCJ 3164
Credits: 4

This course explores the importance of the victim in the criminal-justice system's process. The victim's role in the criminal-justice process, and movements and legislation regarding victims' impact on judicial proceedings are examined. A variety of crimes and types of victims is explored.


Course ID: CCJ 3667
Credits: 4

This course will examine the true picture and statistics of minority representation at every point in the criminal justice process, from point of contact with the police to incarceration and the death penalty. The course includes a comprehensive examination of unbiased racial and ethnic theories, and research and practice of behavior and victimization affecting the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite:Ethics in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ 3678
Credits: 4

This course will explore the basic steps of conducting research. Students will explore the nature of research and the research techniques specific to the criminal-justice field. Students will become familiar with research terminology and the ethics involved in various research designs. To complete the course, students will design and simulate their own research project.

Prerequisite:Statistics in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ 3700
Credits: 4

Students will learn to interpret research data on issues in criminal justice. They will explore fundamentals of statistical analysis through statistical tools typically used in criminal justice. They will apply statistical analysis using UCR and NCVS data sets.

Prerequisite:College Math Course

Course ID: CCJ 3706
Credits: 4

Students will apply their knowledge of criminal justice issues and social research methodology by completing a research project on an approved thesis proposal. Students will design and carry out a research study, collect and analyze resulting data, and integrate their research and findings into a formal thesis.

Prerequisite:Criminal Justice Seminar; Students should be in their last or second-to-last quarter

Course ID: CCJ 4279
Credits: 4

This course will familiarize students with common management theory and practice in criminal-justice organizations. The application of management techniques to all areas of criminal justice will be explored, along with leadership and administration techniques and issues particular to criminal justice. Organizational philosophy, visioning, planning, and goal development will be examined.

Prerequisite:Ethics in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ 4450
Credits: 4

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of criminal justice that is of specific interest for their career or an area of relevant interest in the field. Topics may include any area of justice studies, with the approval of the instructor. Students will conduct a thorough review of their topic and present their work in the form of a final project.

Prerequisites:Statistics in Criminal Justice; Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ 4542
Credits: 5

This course will examine trends, policies, processes, and programs in criminal justice. Careful analysis of criminal-justice successes and failures is the focus of this course. Students will theorize future initiatives in policing, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, and homeland security.

Prerequisite:Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Capstone

Course ID: CCJ 4931
Credits: 4

This course will explore the goals and types of various crime-prevention strategies. Physical environments and crime, neighborhood crime prevention, the media, and crime displacement will be explored. The course will examine persons and conditions associated with high rates of deviance.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Corrections; Policing in America; Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE 4444
Credits: 4

This course challenges students to examine the complexities of the Bill of Rights and the application of those rights to the criminal-justice system. The analysis of case studies will allow students to apply criminal law and procedure to fieldwork examination of criminal-justice issues.

Prerequisite:Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime and the Courtroom (except for students enrolled in the Cyber Security Program)

Course ID: CJL 3297
Credits: 4

\"In this course, students will analyze and critique media portrayals of crime and justice. Public perceptions of crime and realities of crime are evaluated. The mass media and \"\"spectacular\"\" cases are used to exemplify the media's influence on crime and justice.\"

Prerequisite:Ethics in Criminal Justice

Course ID: MMC 3209
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Required course)

  • Visual Communication in the Media

This course examines how people understand their world through visual images. Students will examine how people visually gather, process, and interpret information presented through media sources.


Course ID: MMC 3407
Credits: 4

Humanities (Required courses)

  • Literature of American Minorities
  • Political Thought

This course introduces students to a variety of texts by American minority authors from the mid- 19th century to the present. The central focus of this course will be on literary responses to social marginalization based on race/ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexuality/sexual orientation, ability, and other factors. Students will study the effects of exclusionary and oppressive practices, both historical and present day, on writers' perceptions and literary representations of their times, contexts, and identity. Students will also be introduced to samples of the most common critical-theoretical approaches to the primary texts they will study in this class.


Course ID: AML 4680
Credits: 4

The aim of this course is to understand and appreciate some important authors and traditions of political thought. The course will cover such topics as authority, consent, freedom and obligation.


Course ID: POT 4001
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Required course)

  • Human Uses of the Environment

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the integrated relationship between human life and the surrounding environment, beginning with a study of the fundamental concepts and principles of ecology. Topics that are interwoven throughout the course include principles of ecology as seen in the structure and function of the ecosystem; pollution of air, soil, and water resources; population explosion and the relationship of people, disease, and food production; and environmental controls necessary for survival.


Course ID: EVR 3410
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Required courses)

  • Visions of America Since 1945
  • Comparative Politics

Since the end of World War II, popular culture has become an especially significant aspect of American history and an important element in many of our lives. Consequently, this course will explore the ways in which popular culture has represented and mediated conflicts and tensions post-World War II. Through this lens, issues of gender and family relationships, as well as class and racial politics, will be discussed. The dual role of television as a reflective and manipulative force in the new suburban family and the role Hollywood films played in the popular culture will be examined.


Course ID: AMH 3304
Credits: 4

This course will introduce students to the field of comparative politics by examining classification of political systems according to institutional and developmental characteristics. Causes and costs of political stability and instability will be explored. Comparison will be made between contemporary political institutions and processes in various countries.

Prerequisite:American/US National Government

Course ID: CPO 4003
Credits: 4

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits

Upper Division General Education Credits: 24

Upper Division Major and Core Credits: 65

Total Upper Division Credits: 90

Total BS Degree Credits: 181*

* Total credits above assume students enter in with a conferred Associate's degree which grants them a transfer block inclusive of lower division general education and lower division major and core courses.

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam, documentation proving completion of equivalent courses at another school, or by successful completion of Foundation Courses at Rasmussen College.

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