CRJ 101 : Introduction to Criminal Justice

This is a survey course designed to provide students with an overview of the criminal justice system. The principles and practices of police, courts, and corrections are examined. The constitutional basis of our system of justice is explored and emphasized. This course provides the foundation needed for more advanced coursework. Three lecture hours per week. Fall



  1. Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, correctional systems, and the juvenile justice system.
  2. Be able to understand and explain the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the achievement of justice within a diverse environment.
  3. Be able to synthesize and apply United States Supreme Court decisions regarding arrest and detention, search and seizure, interrogation, and the assistance of counsel in a professional environment.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency through oral and written communication.
  5. Acquire and analyze information from a variety of academic and professional sources in a critical and scientific manner.