Criminal Justice Program
The criminal justice (CJ) program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for entry level employment within each of the three components of the criminal justice field – law enforcement, the courts, and corrections – as well as the private security sector. The program also offers opportunities for current criminal justice employees to enhance their knowledge and skills. The program offers an associate in science (AS) degree with two options for focused study as well as a certificate option.
All 200-level CJ courses require successful completion of CJ& 101 and placement into ENGL& 101.
Additional requirements during/after course of study
While not a requirement for CJ courses, students should be aware that there are special employment conditions in this career field that may include criminal background checks, polygraph tests, physical fitness standards and/or psychological testing.
Students may plan their criminal justice course selection to maximize transferability of their credits and earn both the AS in criminal justice and the Associate in Arts & Sciences (direct transfer) degrees. Advising assistance is strongly recommended.
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Criminal Justice Degrees and Certificates
Criminal Justice Classes
Formerly ADMJ 109. Examination of the elements essential to building and maintaining a positive and constructive climate for police citizen contact. Topics include crime prevention, media relations and public evaluation of police agencies.
Formerly ADMJ 115. This course will provide students with the ability to successfully understand and demonstrate proper law enforcement use of force options consistent with federal and state law as well as regulations administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Instruction will include classroom lecture as well as hands- on applications.
Formerly ADMJ 245. Concepts of how to conduct a lawful arrest, search and seizure of suspects and evidence; practicalities of conducting a search of persons, cars and houses. Class discussions on recent case law affecting search and seizure. Prerequisite: CJ& 101.
Formerly CJ 240. Handling of interviews and interrogations with complainants, witnesses, and suspects. Also covers qualifications of interviewers, classifications of witnesses, psychological implications, admissions, confessions, statements and the use of scientific aids. Prerequisite: CJ& 101 and placement into ENGL& 101.
Formerly ADMJ 275. Covers principles and skills of risk management as related to daily patrol situations. Topics include police communications, observation and perception, field interviews, crimes in progress, vehicle stops and control of occupants, handling emergencies. Prerequisite: CJ& 101.
Overview of the role of the police, problems they deal with, and the criminal justice system as a whole. Covers career opportunities and qualifications needed to be considered for hiring. Also covers roles of personnel working in corrections, probation, parole, community relations and the court system. Prerequisite: placement in ENGL& 101.
This course will cover the basic concepts of Title 9 and 9A of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). The emphasis will be the elements of most all common and major crimes listed within selected RCW titles. Other areas covered will include differences between civil and criminal law, criminal law defenses, warrants and arrests, and the misdemeanor presence rule.
Formerly CJ 206. A multidisciplinary approach covering the basic practices involved in forensic science, including crime scene concerns, physical evidence, proper evidence collection techniques, maintaining chain of custody, current scientific analysis of evidence and the presentation of conclusions in court. Prerequisite: CJ& 101 and placement in ENGL& 101.