Justice Administration and Criminal Justice Courses

Cyber-crime, threats to homeland security and advances in forensic science are a few of the issues emerging in the field of criminal justice. That’s why DeVry’s justice administration and criminal justice courses use a holistic approach to law enforcement education. Our classes include policing, criminal law and investigation, ethics and terrorism investigation. You’ll learn from seasoned instructors and along the way, you can build the confidence needed to understand crime and pursue justice.

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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Justice Administration Courses

Criminal Justice

COURSE COURSE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION
CRMJ300 CRIMINAL JUSTICE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course focuses on criminal and juvenile justice. It examines the total system of police, courts and corrections. This course is for students with one year of professional experience in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field. This course covers the interaction of law, crime and criminal justice agencies. Topics include crime prevention, management and control.

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: ENGL112
CRMJ310 LAW ENFORCEMENT*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces the role of police and law enforcement. It examines the field's historical roots. And it covers the current state of community policing and homeland security. Topics include police functions, actions, technology, controls and standards.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
CRMJ315 JUVENILE JUSTICE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines juvenile behavior problems and how our justice system responds. Topics include:
• The causes of juvenile behavior problems
• The history of the juvenile justice system
• Agencies, police, law, courts and corrections dealing with juvenile cases
• Contemporary issues such as gangs and juveniles in adult courts

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
CRMJ320 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CORRECTIONS*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This is a deep study of our corrections system, including:
• The history of punishment
• Moral and practical justifications for punishment
• Sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration
• The organization and operation of correctional institutions
• Inmate life, treatment, discharge and parole

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
CRMJ400 CRIMINOLOGY*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the causes of crime and the behavior of criminals. Coursework also focuses on victims and societal reaction to crime. Subjects covered include:
• Criminal statistics
• Patterns of crime
• How our criminal justice system treats types of crimes

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300 and ENGL135
CRMJ410 CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course addresses crimes and penalties as defined by law. It also covers law enforcement processes and procedures. Subjects include:
• Constitutional law principles
• Types of legal offenses
• Search, seizure, arrest, interrogation, identification, trial, sentencing, punishment and appeal

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ400
CRMJ420 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course covers theory, practice and techniques used in criminal investigation. You can learn to recognize crimes, suspects and perpetrators. You can apply problem-solving methods to:
• Case preparation and testimonies
• Preparing evidence
• Investigating and reconstructing crimes

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ400 or JADM340
CRMJ425 ETHICS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

In this course, you will apply ethical theories the criminal justice system. You will study contemporary problems in law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system. You will apply ethical frameworks to typical dilemmas in these areas.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
CRMJ450 TERRORISM INVESTIGATION*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course focuses on how law enforcement professionals investigate terrorism. This includes:
• The strategic, political, social and religious roots of terrorism
• The challenges, laws and policies used to defend our homeland
• Preparations for, and responses to, terrorist attacks

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ310

Justice Administration

COURSE COURSE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION
JADM200 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL LAW*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course covers the purpose, nature and nomenclature of criminal law. This includes:
• The consequences of noncompliance
• Elements and categories of crime
• Criminal procedures defined by the law
• Principles of criminal cases
• Constitutional limitations in criminal law

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
JADM240 INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL COURTS*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides an overview of the American courts and criminal justice system. It covers:
• The courtroom work group
• The trial process and challenges to the process
• The juvenile court system

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
JADM250 POLICE REPORT WRITING*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course covers the common types of writing required of law enforcement personnel. This includes narrative reports, proposals, memos, short reports, letters and email. There is an emphasis on clarity and professionalism in communications. The technology used in these communications is covered.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300 and COMP100
JADM270 CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces interviewing, counseling and other techniques used in corrections. Topics include:
• Treatment guidelines
• Evidence-based counseling
• Research findings, trends and statistics
• Evaluations and positions presented in journal reviews

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ320
JADM300 MULTICULTURALISM IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course covers diversity and multiculturalism in today’s policing environment. Common situations are studied from the perspectives of culture, race and ethnicity.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ310
JADM310 DRUGS AND SOCIETY*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the effects of substance abuse on society, the justice system and legislation. Topics covered are:
• Drugs and their effects on the body
• Current means of treatment
• Education, rehabilitation, prevention of abuse and theories of use
• The drug business and drug law enforcement

PREREQUISITE(S): JADM100
JADM330 VICTIMOLOGY*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course focuses on the relationship between criminal offenders and their victims. Also covered is the treatment of victims in the justice system by police and the courts. Topics include the law and protection of victims, and societal perceptions of victims.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
JADM340 CRIMINAL EVIDENCE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the rules of evidence associated with trials and administrative procedures. Also covered is:
• The legal boundaries for the collection and seizure of admissible evidence
• Legal interrogation

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
JADM350 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines research in criminal justice. You can learn methodological approaches, design, analysis and relevance to justice administration. This includes the use of statistics in research.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ400 and MATH221
JADM400 INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course covers techniques used in criminal justice interrogations. These include standards and laws to get statements, admissions and confessions. Integrity of verbal and nonverbal communication is also analyzed.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ310
JADM403 CYBERCRIME*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces criminal activity that uses or threatens computers or networks. This includes the prevention and control of high-tech crime, including:
• The discipline of information technology
• The sociology/anthropology of cyber space
• Computer security, deviancy, law and criminal justice
• Risk management and strategic thinking

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ310 and JADM340
JADM413 POLICE ADMINISTRATION*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

In this course, you can explore the roles and functions within the police department. You can learn organizational and leadership theory in policing, including:
• Organizational design and development
• Management styles
• Planning and fiscal approaches
• Human resource management

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ310
JADM455 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course deals with emergency and disaster situations. This includes risk mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Topics covered are:
• Managing complex organizations
• Emergency decision-making
• Inter-agency cooperation
• Risk assessment, planning, humanitarian interventions and recovery challenges

PREREQUISITE(S): JADM100
JADM480 HOMELAND SECURITY AND TERRORISM*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides a foundation for understanding the scope of homeland security. It covers the roles of the Department of Homeland Security and related government agencies. You can learn the sources of terrorism and methods for responding to threats.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ300
JADM485 SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS*

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course investigates intelligence analysis methods for homeland security case studies and scenarios. There is an emphasis on critical thinking skills and structured analytical techniques.

PREREQUISITE(S): CRMJ400
JADM490 SENIOR PROJECT I*

CREDIT HOURS: 2

This is the first in a two-course sequence. You will apply knowledge and mastered skills to a real-world justice administration project. You will use problem-solving, research and oral and written communication techniques. You will work as an individual or a team to apply your prior coursework.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 89 semester credit hours and permission from the appropriate academic administrator
JADM494 SENIOR PROJECT II*

CREDIT HOURS: 2

This course is the second in a sequence. It is a continuation of JADM490. You will further apply knowledge and skills from your prior coursework. You will work as an individual or team, and you will complete a real-world project in justice administration.

PREREQUISITE(S): JADM490

Additional Online Courses


*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
+Courses marked with a plus sign (+) are available as honors courses (restrictions apply).
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.