Criminal Justice Administration major
Dr. Chris Gorsek: 503-491-7321 | Room AC2674 | Chris.Gorsek@mhcc.edu
Courses provide students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system in American society and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. A criminal justice major is broadly educated and provided with courses that directly apply to careers in law and the justice system.
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:
- Explain how the criminal justice system functions and fits into the overall U.S. society
- Compare and contrast the various theories of why people offend
- Compare and contrast the structure and function of the federal and state court system
- Compare and contrast the various goals of punishment
- Explain the value of prison treatment programs as well as community corrections
Students interested in pursuing the Criminal Justice major can complete the following elective courses toward the AS, AAOT, AGS or ASLA degrees. Students are highly encouraged to work with a university transfer adviser to ensure transferability of courses. Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.
|CJA111||Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: Law Enforcement Agencies||3|
|CJA112||Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Court System (Course offered online)||3|
|CJA113||Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Corrections System||3|
|CJA117||Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|CJA123||Exploring Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJA201||Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society||3|
|CJA211||Introduction to Criminal Law: Fundamentals||3|
|CJA212||Introduction to Criminal Law: Criminal Justice Procedures||3|
|CJA213||Introduction to Evidence||3|
|CJA214||Introduction to Criminal Investigation||3|
|CJA219||Introduction to Community Policing||3|
|CJA230||Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process||3|
|CJA231||Understanding Gangs and Responses to Gang Activity||3|
|CJA234||Intelligence, Analysis and Security Management||3|
|CJA235||Transportation and Border Security||3|
|CJA270||Criminology and the Geography of Crime||3|
Professional Associations and Transfer Schools
CJA111 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: Law Enforcement Agencies
This course explores the problem of crime in our society today. It also includes a survey of the overall structure and function of the criminal justice system in the United States as well as exploring the operation and function of police agencies. Topics include the types and impacts of crime, crime causation, objectives and functions of the police, and the various methods used to document crime in our country.
CJA112 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Court System (Course offered online)
This course explores the role of the courts in the criminal justice system of the United States. Topics include the structure and function of federal and state court systems, the judicial process from arrest to sentencing, the role of the various courtroom actors, basic legal definitions, and the impact of the media on the operation of our court system.
CJA113 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration: The Corrections System
This course examines what happens to a defendant once he or she is found guilty of a crime. Topics include sentencing, jail operations, the sociology and psychology of confinement, prison organization, prison treatment programs, probation and parole, as well as current problems within the U.S. corrections system.
CJA117 Introduction to Homeland Security
This course introduces students to the vocabulary and important components of Homeland Security. The importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships is discussed. Historical events that impact Homeland Security are examined and state, national and international laws impacting Homeland Security are explored. Also examined are the most critical threats confronting Homeland Security. Offered at irregular intervals.
CJA123 Exploring Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
This class explores the concept of crime literacy which is focused upon questioning some of the basic assumptions that we have about crime and the criminal justice system in our country. Thus, we explore those assumptions and shed new light upon issues that have in some cases become distorted and inaccurate, frequently because of media coverage.
CJA201 Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society
This course is designed to explore the issues surrounding the operation of the criminal justice system in a culturally diverse society. Topics include a discussion of race and ethnicity; group dynamics and communications; the experience of Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Arab- Americans, Asian-Americans (including Pacific Islanders), women, the elderly, gays and transgender people with/within the criminal justice system; and strategies for success in making criminal justice agencies more effective in serving diverse communities.
CJA211 Introduction to Criminal Law: Fundamentals
This course is designed to survey the fundamentals of criminal law. It is intended for students who are considering employment in the field of law enforcement. Topics which may be covered include the history of criminal law, concepts of criminal responsibility and liability and the characteristics of selected crimes.
CJA212 Introduction to Criminal Law: Criminal Justice Procedures
This course surveys the essentials of criminal procedures. Topics covered may include search and arrest procedures, criminal court proceedings, federal and state reports and Oregon Criminal Code sections.
CJA213 Introduction to Evidence
This course surveys the fundamental legal rules which apply to the gathering and use of evidence in criminal cases. Topics include the history of evidence law, the "hearsay" and "Miranda" rules, differences between public and private documents, the nature and use of circumstantial evidence, documentary and photographic evidence and physical evidence.
CJA214 Introduction to Criminal Investigation
Police officers are charged with keeping the peace and investigating criminal behavior in our society. This course explores the key components of those criminal investigations. Topics include the history and theory of criminal investigations, the procedures used to investigate and document criminal behavior and the importance of good written reports in communicating findings to attorneys, judges and other criminal justice professionals.
Additional Course Fee: $15.00
CJA219 Introduction to Community Policing
There has long been an interest in the relationship between the police and the community that they serve. This course is designed to study the evolution of that relationship in the United States. Community policing emphasizes the need for the police and the community to work together to solve neighborhood problems before they become more serious situations requiring legal intervention. During the class we will explore such topics as the history of police-community interactions, the various types of community policing models currently in use and the potential future for this type of law enforcement.
CJA230 Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process
This course looks at the issues of child abuse and neglect as well as juvenile crime and the system designed to prevent it. Topics include: the history of childhood; the history of juvenile behavior, treatment and punishment; the various theories of juvenile criminal behavior; the operation of the juvenile justice system today; current treatment programs for juvenile offenders and the future of the juvenile justice system. This class focuses on issues within the U.S. and Europe.
CJA231 Understanding Gangs and Responses to Gang Activity
This class provides the student with an understanding of gangs and gang members in American society. Topics include the history of gangs, the various types of gangs, the gang subculture, the criminal behavior of gang members, female involvement in gang activity, the reasons gangs exist, gang intervention strategies and the criminal justice system's response to gangs.
CJA234 Intelligence, Analysis and Security Management
This course examines intelligence analysis and its indispensable relationship to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made disasters and natural disasters. It also explores the vulnerabilities of our national defense and private sectors, as well as the threats posed to these institutions by terrorists, man-made disasters, and natural disasters. Students discuss substantive issues regarding intelligence support of homeland security measures implemented by the United States and explore how the intelligence community operates. Offered at irregular intervals.
CJA235 Transportation and Border Security
This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as the different methods that are employed to address those challenges. The course explores topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructure, including seaports, ships, aircraft, airports, trains, train stations, trucks, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines and buses. Technological solutions employed to enhance the security of borders and transportation systems are explored. Students are required to discuss the legal, economic, political and cultural concerns and impacts associated with transportation and border security. Offered at irregular intervals.
CJA270 Criminology and the Geography of Crime
This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of criminal behavior and the interactions between human beings and the environment as it relates to unlawful behavior. Topics include discussions relating to basic criminological theories as well as the geography of crime, defensible space theory, broken windows theory and routine activities theory, among others. This class is also taught as GEOG270. Students may receive credit as either CJA270 or GEOG270, but not both.
CJA298 Independent Study - Reading and Conference: Criminal Justice
This course focuses on an in-depth study of a topic in criminal justice by a student through the reading of a book or series of articles on the subject at hand. The student will then write a term paper discussing the main themes, of the readings and the student's evaluation of them. The student will contact the instructor weekly and meet face-to-face with the instructor four times during the term to discuss his/her progress or seek guidance in the research or writing process.
Course offered online
Cultural Literacy course