Recognizing the importance of language proficiency among criminal justice professionals has led to the development of a special sequence of language courses necessary for degree completion in the area of Criminal Justice. The Department of Foreign Language and Cultures in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Program offer the opportunity to acquire relevant language skills and familiarity with the associated culture, sufficient to enhance effective communication in criminal justice settings. The Criminal Justice Program highly recommends Spanish fluency for its students. Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to develop competency in this language as a means of broadening professional skills and expanding employment opportunities. All criminal justice students are encouraged to concentrate their general elective courses in areas which enhance career goals, such as foreign language, social and behavioral sciences, business administration, computer science and chemistry/biology sequences.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CRJS 101: Defense Tactics and Safe Physical Management This course is designed to focus on the application of the use of force by criminal justice personnel and the benefit that traditional martial arts can have in carrying out this aspect of law enforcement/criminal justice responsibility. Law enforcement agencies advocate a use of force continuum that indicates options available in response to levels of resistance that may be encountered by enforcement personnel. This course has been developed to meet the needs of students that are anticipating careers in criminal justice agencies. Students from other academic disciplines will also derive benefits in the use of personal self-defense. CRJS 101 is intended to be a general elective for criminal justice majors. 3 credits CRJS 108: First-Year Seminar: Issues in Crime and Justice Applied Concepts in Crime and Justice is a First-Year Seminar that is required of all CRJS students and open to all students at Gannon University. This is a discussion/experience-based course intended to orient the new student to Gannon University, to introduce the Liberal Studies Core and LIFECORE, to assist in the transition from high school to university life, and to encourage development of academic, personal and spiritual aspects of the studentâ€™s life. This course is unique to the investigation of crime and justice issues and ethical responsibility. The course is offered in the freshman year and is designed to help make your first year of college a positive experience and prepare you for (4) years of success at Gannon University and the Criminal Justice Program. 2 credits CRJS 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice This course introduces students to the field of criminal justice through the examination of police, courts, and correctional arenas. It includes a review of historical data, statistical information, and evaluation of criminal justice system policies, procedures, and trends. Students learn the terminology of the field, gain an awareness of the methods of inquiry utilized in the field, and have the opportunity to examine personal attitudes and values regarding crime and responses to crime. Students will examine how criminal justice decisionmaking involves a delicate balance between community and individual rights as it responds to crime in society. 3 credits, Fall, Spring and Distance Learning (Internet) CRJS 201: Correctional Process Analysis of punishment in our criminal justice system, with focus on why we punish and how we punish, all examined within the context of correction philosophies. The history and development of corrections, including relevant theories, practices, systems analysis, and treatment modalities is also evaluated. Prerequisites: CRJS 110 3 credits, Fall and Spring CRJS 202: The Police Function An introduction to American policing that will provide an analytical framework for understanding the police as a product of a balance of social, historical, political, legal,