This program is offered online and at Brooklyn, New York City, Dover, Newark, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park, beginning in the Fall 2014 quarter.
Justice Studies - Criminal Justice with a Minor in Legal Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
This program is offered beginning in the Fall 2014 quarter.
An introduction to the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.
This course examines the nature and importance of communication within the criminal justice system. Students develop report writing skills and an understanding of the impact report writing has on the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as on the administration of justice.
An introduction to the methods and body of rules by which criminal law functions in a free society. Topics include the collection and handling of evidence in a crime, police procedure in regard to search and seizure, emergency police searches, vehicle searches, confessions, and arrest and interrogation procedures.
An introduction to the study of criminal law. Students will learn about general categories of criminal law (felonies and misdemeanors) and the various defenses to criminal charges (alibi, justification, excuse, conspiracy, and legal insanity).
An introduction to the fundamental concepts underlying technology in criminal justice. Topics include the concepts of technology, tactical information, strategic information, the application of technology in criminal justice to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness in order to implement community policing, situational crime prevention, and resource allocation.
Prerequisites: CIS115, JUS100
An introduction to the history, structure, and procedures of the state and federal judicial systems. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the district attorney, defense attorney, bailiff, judge, jury, and expert witness in determining guilt or innocence. Pretrial activities are also discussed, such as grand jury, preliminary hearings, and pleas.
An introduction to the history and current state of corrections, probation, and parole in the United States. Topics include the roles of corrections, probation, and parole officers; different types of jails and prisons; restorative justice; community-based correctional models; and extra-institutional supervision of convicted offenders.
An examination of academic research with particular attention to research designs, data collection, and sampling. This course will address the procedures and methods necessary to conduct a research study in criminal justice. Methodological problems and ethical issues will be considered in detail.
Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.
Students will locate and identify primary and secondary sources of law using traditional and computer-assisted research techniques, including Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet. Students will use the databases to formulate searches, retrieve and display documents, and validate findings.
Students will be introduced to the rules governing the civil litigation process in both the state and federal civil courts. Topics will include all aspects of civil litigation, including preparation of pleadings, discovery methods, motion practice, trial documents, and the appellate process.
This course will explore the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by exploring the various mechanisms utilized to resolve disputes, including mediation and arbitration, the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing ADR as opposed to litigation, as well as the types and subjects where ADR is commonly employed. Students will engage in role plays throughout the course to demonstrate their knowledge of the various ADR options.
An introduction to the history and traditions of American policing. Examines the role of the police in advancing justice in a democratic society. Topics include law enforcement operations and strategies such as profiling, organizational structure, community affairs, the police use of force, and various major concerns in public policy.
An introduction to the various causes of crime in a free society. Considers factors such as free will, biology, and other possible causes, such as DNA, nutrition, hormones, and subcultures of violence.
Justice Studies and Legal Electives*
Explores the nature and scope of business, examines its component parts, and describes how businesses are organized and managed. Students will learn about the various internal and external forces that comprise our business and economic system.
2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours
Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.
Provides students with detailed knowledge of the laws relating to contracts, commerce, property, sales, negotiable instruments, and employment. Students develop an awareness of business situations requiring legal counsel and a familiarization with the overall structure of the legal system.
An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.
Hands-on experience with well-known database management software applications, such as Microsoft Access. Topics include an introduction to database programming, multiple database files, query files, reports, and the planning, development, and implementation of database systems.
An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.
Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.
Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.
Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students will build their reading, writing, and researching skills, while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.
Examines the application of basic psychological concepts to healthy styles of functioning in relationships, the adjustment to college life, academic challenges, communication skills, stress management, conflict management, and success in the workplace. Some of the subtopics covered include self-esteem, confidence, balancing home/college/work, and positive thinking.
Introduction to the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and some of the ethical and moral issues that face us today. Introduces students to the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.
Introduces students to solving problems by using geometric and algebraic approaches and appropriate technology. Topics include the Cartesian coordinate system, linear equations, absolute value, rational and exponential functions, systems of linear equations, and linear inequalities.
Prerequisite: CSK099 or placement
An introduction to statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.
An introduction to the application of science to law. Students are introduced to the field of forensic science through a hands-on approach to its applications to criminal investigations, with clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory and crime-scene analysis.
Examines the social institutions that shape and influence the behavior of the individual and groups in society, with emphasis on examining contemporary social problems. Topics include the foundation of the study of human social life, theories and methods of sociology, and basic sociological concepts.
An overview of the American political system, the ideas that shaped it, and the conflicts that continue to redefine the relationship between people and political power.
4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours
Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.
Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the misuse of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. Explores the different control policies regarding the enforcement of the use, sale, and manufacture of illegal drugs. Fosters awareness concerning the effects of drugs on users and the different dimensions in enforcing drug policy.
Explores relationships between race, gender, and class. Examines reality in the determination of socioeconomic mobility and analyzes the perceived role of race and gender in American society.
Explores global trends that have impacted all societies. Emphasizes developing nations experiencing extensive technological and social change. Students examine case studies which focus on ethnic separatist and religious fundamentalist movements that emerge as rapid modernization processes erode traditional belief systems.
Examines the criteria used to define abnormal behavior in specific cultural and historical contexts. Students gain an understanding of experiential and therapeutic responses to mental illness and a basic knowledge of the medical model as it applies to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.
General Education Core Humanities Elective
General Education Core Mathematics/Science Elective
180 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.
*LAW240 and LAW310 can be used as Justice Studies electives.
**24 Liberal Arts credits must be at the 300/400 level.
Eligibility for some internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in fields related to this program may require candidates to meet specific health requirements or pass criminal background checks prescribed by law. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in this program. Note that law enforcement jobs typically require the candidate to be physically and mentally fit and have a valid driver's license, a clean driving record, no felony criminal record, no domestic violence charges (felony or misdemeanor), no loan/credit card defaults, and the ability to be licensed (via your agency or department) to carry a firearm. A selection process involving qualifying examination and/or supplementary training may also be required. Job requirements for non-sworn personnel in criminal justice and related agencies vary.