Criminal Justice Overview
Looking for a career where you can make a real difference? There is no more noble profession than keeping your fellow citizens free from harm. What’s more, it’s a truly fascinating career. Today’s criminal justice professionals work in a variety of settings involving investigations, security, law enforcement, forensic science, and technology.
If this sounds like the career you’re looking for, consider ECPI University’s Criminal Justice program. Through ECPI’s year-round schedule, you can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in just 2.5 years! An Associate Degree program is also available at select campuses which can prepare graduates for entry level employment in the Criminal Justice field, and can be earned in just 1.5 years.
ECPI’s program can prepare graduates for exciting career opportunities with:
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Homeland Security
- Border Protection
- Fraud Investigation
- Public and Private Security (including Workplace Security and Surveillance)
ECPI’s curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of:
- Policies and procedures of law enforcement
- Legal system and court structure
- Security and surveillance principles
- Technology to investigate, solve, track, and deter crime
- Program Description
ECPI University builds all of its programs around one guiding principle: LEARN BY DOING. That’s especially important for those studying Criminal Justice because knowing what to do in critical situations can literally save a life. ECPI’s Criminal Justice program focuses on real-world application of criminological principles. This program can prepare graduates to play a vital role in the investigation and prosecution of criminals in both the physical world and cyberspace. Students can develop knowledge and skills in such areas as:
- Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Security Functions
- Law Enforcement, Security, Surveillance, and Investigations
- Courtroom Procedures
- Juvenile Justice
- Possible Career Track
Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Justice Degree could possibly pursue a career in a wide range of areas including:
- Police Officers
- State Troopers
- Federal Officer / Investigative Positions (including those related to FBI, CIA, DEA, and TSA)
- Insurance Investigations
- Probation and Parole
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
- Court Systems or Law Firms
- Park Rangers
- Private Security
48 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 CJ105 Criminal Law 3 CJ110 Law Enforcement Operations 3 CJ125 Criminal Procedure 3 CJ130 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 CJ135 Corrections 3 CJ140 Research Methods 3 CJ200 Investigations 3 CJ225 Crime Scene Management 3 CJ229 Cybercrime Investigation 3 CJ230 Introduction to Terrorism 3 CJ235 Criminology 3 CJ340 Organized Crime 3 CJ350 Criminal Justice Documentation 3 CJ380 Private Security I 3 CJ430 Conflict Management 3
Arts and Sciences
31 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 COM115 Principles of Communication 3 ECO201 Macroeconomics* 3 ENG110 College Composition 3 ENG120 Advanced Composition 3 HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 MTH131 College Algebra 3 MTH140 Statistics 3 PHY120 Physics 3 PHY120L Physics LAB 1 PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSY220 Positive Psychology* 3
*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.
PSY220 is completed by Criminal Justice and Homeland Security concentration students.
ECO201 is completed by Crime and Intelligence Analysis concentration students.
Self-Integration and Computer Literacy
6 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0 FOR110 Essentials for Success 3 CIS115 Computer Applications 3
18 semester credit hours plus electives
Course ID Course Name Credits CJ115 Drugs and Crime 3 CJ205 Juvenile Justice 3 CJ370 Rules of Evidence 3 CJ435 Emergency Planning 3 CJ461 Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3 CJ480 Probation and Parole 3 Various Electives 18
18 semester credit hours plus electives
Course ID Course Name Credits CJ210 Global Comparative Justice 3 CJ245 Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3 CJ320 CJ Special Topics 3 CJ435 Emergency Planning 3 CJ416 Domestic Terrorism 3 CJ485 Homeland Security 3 Various Electives 18
Course ID Course Name Credits BUS121 Introduction to Business 3 CJ115 Drugs and Crime 3 CJ205 Juvenile Justice 3 CJ245 Multi-Cultural Communication for Law Enforcement 3 CJ240 Intelligence 3 CJ290 Externship-CJ III 3 CJ291 Externship-CJ II 2 CJ292 Externship-CJ I-a 1 CJ310 Digital Forensic Analysis 3 CJ320 CJ Special Topics 3 CJ352 Criminal Statutory Analysis 3 CJ361 Law Enforcement Management 3 CJ370 Rules of Evidence 3 CJ390 Crime Mapping 3 CJ390L Crime Mapping LAB 1 CJ416 Domestic Terrorism 3 CJ461 Media Relations for Law Enforcement 3 CJ480 Probation and Parole 3 CJ481 Case Management for Criminal Justice Professionals 3 CJ485 Homeland Security 3 CJ490 Externship-CJ Sr. III 3 EET350 Overview of Electronic Security Devices 3
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are able to:
- Execute ethical standards across professional and personal settings.
- Critically evaluate the quality and sufficiency of evidence to support a criminal justice argument (case or proposal).
- Integrate scientific inquiry into the analysis of criminal justice issues.
- Analyze human behavior and the impact on crime.
- Execute policies and protocols when emergency and criminal situations occur.
Students in the Criminal Justice concentration will gain the following additional outcomes:
- Apply evidentiary law to real and hypothetical fact situations.
- Apply best practices in crime scene management and digital forensic investigation.
- Perform security surveys.
- Apply law enforcement policies and procedures to real world scenarios.
- Evaluate evidence based rehabilitative and treatment practices utilized in adult and juvenile justice.
- Program Guide
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