Introduction to Criminal Justice

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Course Description:
A study of the history, philosophy, ethics, development, and objectives of the criminal justice systems. The organization and administration of local, state and federal criminal justice agencies are emphasized. Professional career opportunities are surveyed.


Course Details


Virginia “Ginger” Hicks, J.D.
Adjunct Instructor

Terri Whitehead, M.S
Adjunct Instructor

Lynn, Wimberly, M.S.
Adjunct Instructor


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Schmalleger, Frank J. Criminal Justice: A Brief Intro. (Loose). 13th Edition. New York: Pearson, 2020. Print. ISBN: 9780135208984


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-01.0 Discuss the Criminal Justice System

SS-07.0 Describe and discuss the Field of Corrections

SS-08.0 Describe and discuss the Field of Criminal Law

SS-12.0 Demonstrate oral, written and interpersonal communications skills

SS-13.0 Demonstrate basic computer skills and competency in common software applications


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Define the primary components of Criminal Justice and their primary responsibilities
  • Analyze the history and evolution of correction
  • Discuss the implications of constitutional, case and statutory law and their relationship to the criminal justice system..

SS-01.01, SS-13.0

SS-07.01, SS-13.0

SS-08.06, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

Tests, Quizzes, Cumulative Final Exam, Reports


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials
  • Attend and participate in class discussions
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures

All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Assignment Schedule:

  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Handouts
  • Audio Visual
  • Examinations


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