This foundational course is for all Criminal Justice majors and should be taken in their freshman year, first semester. In this course, strategies and resources that promote general college success are explored and applied to relevant topics in the field of Criminal Justice. Students also begin to reflect on what it means to be a Criminal Justice professional, acquire technical competencies needed to be successful in this major, and conduct both academic and internet research. The requirements of both the Career and Transfer Programs will be discussed, as well as the Internship Programs and employment opportunities. Students engage with course content through an active learning environment that may include discussions, readings, service-learning projects, and lectures. Critical reading, thinking, and writing are stressed. The importance of ethics in Criminal Justice will be examined in detail. Competency met: First Year Experience (9.0). One lecture hour per week. Fall, Spring
Students are encouraged to enroll in sections of CRJ 111 linked with sections of CRJ 101 specifically designated as Learning Communities for Criminal Justice.