This course examines the fundamentals of basic investigative responsibilities including investigating violent crimes and crimes against property. Challenges to the criminal investigator are also studied.
This course is designed to familiarize students with interview techniques and modern investigation practices that will enable them to successfully investigate child physical and sexual abuses cases.
This is an advanced course for students who wish to explore the area of recovery and identification of human skeletal remains. This class is offered as an introduction to the field of Forensic Science. It also provides us with opportunity to see an application of scientific knowledge to jurisprudence. A detailed look into the events surrounding death will be examined. Since we will deal directly with the human body, some prior knowledge of the human body will be helpful although we will cover this material in class.
Students completing this course will gain knowledge of criminal justice programs utilized outside jail and prison. Specifically, students will become familiar with the special needs of clients on probation/parole for sexual offenses, gang affiliations, career criminal statuses, violent/assaultive issues, chemical dependency issues, mental health issues, and family custody issues.
This course examines the fundamentals of the investigation of human death. A recommended "system" of death investigation is presented and students will, as a primary objective, conduct an "actual" death investigation from start to finish.
This course examines the intersection of drugs and crime in U.S. society. This course utilizes the social constructionist perspective as it pertains to both legal and illegal drugs. Through the use of the constructionist perspective, this class will explore how believed truths and realities about drugs are often socially created, how the laws and the control of drugs has been constructed and maintained, how culture and history influence perceptions of drugs and crime, and how societal norms, values and ideas concerning drugs are created and perpetuated.
The course is a practicum in forensic anthropology. Student will gain an understanding of osteology, trauma and pathology as it relates to interpretation of human remains. The effect of culture on the human skeleton will be shown using examples from archaeology. Students will survey, inventory, a mock crime scene. They will produce a forensic report and present it in a mock court situation.
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable.
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.
Variable topics. See Schedule of Classes.
Department consent required. Repeatable
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.