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Criminal Justice

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program provides an overview of criminal justice and basic police officer training. It is designed for those who have an interest in understanding societal issues associated with crime and the work performed by criminal justice professionals. The curriculum examines various approaches to understanding crime. Topics include maintaining law and order, police-citizen conflict, crime prevention, collecting evidence, conducting criminal investigations, the juvenile justice system, and the interface between police and other criminal justice agencies. Issues pertaining to criminal justice and law enforcement in a modern society are addressed. Students completing this career studies certificate may apply the courses completed to the Administration of Justice AAS degree.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The Criminal Justice Career Studies Certificate prepares students for entry-level careers with general law enforcement responsibilities. This career studies certificate may lead to civilian and sworn positions, including dispatchers, police officers, correctional officers, or security personnel.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Certain illegal activities and/or convictions may prohibit employment in law enforcement. Employing agencies may require additional training, such as completion of a police academy for some positions. Employing agencies may have minimum age requirements for some positions and may require a physical examination.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-400-45.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ADJ 100

Survey of Criminal Justice

3

0

3

ADJ 105

The Juvenile Justice System

3

0

3

ADJ 228

Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs

3

0

3

ADJ 128

Patrol Administration and Operations

3

0

3

CST 100

Principles of Public Speaking

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Criminal Justice 18

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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 cr.

Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components: law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3 cr.

Presents the evolution, philosophy, structures, and processes of the American juvenile delinquency system; surveys the rights of juveniles, dispositional alternatives, rehabilitation methods, and current trends.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 cr.

Surveys the volume and scope of crime; considers a variety of theories developed to explain the causation of crime and criminality.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 116 Special Enforcement Topics 3 cr.

Considers contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in modern law enforcement.Prerequisite: ADJ 100.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 128 Patrol Administration and Operations 3 cr.

Studies the goals, methods, and techniques of police patrol with focus on the norms which govern work behavior in a police career. Examines the responsibilities of administrators and field supervisors of patrol in the local and state law enforcement agencies.Prerequisite: ADJ 100.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 130 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 cr.

Surveys the general principles of American criminal law, the elements of major crimes, and the basic steps of prosecution procedure.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 140 Introduction To Corrections 3 cr.

Focuses on societal responses to the offender. Traces the evolution of practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Reviews contemporary correctional activities and their relationships to other aspects of the criminal justice system.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 169 Transportation and Border Security 3 cr.

Discusses substantive issues regarding transportation security within the role of Homeland Security measures implemented by the United States. Introduces the student to and examine global preparedness from a transportation perspective. Considers the interrelationship among natural disasters, and sustainable infrastructure. Describes intermodal and integrated transportation and physical models of movement and discusses mobility as a cultural lifeline.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 195 Topics in Administration of Justice: Intelligence Analysis and Security Management 3 cr.

Examines intelligence analysis and its indispensable relationship to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made disasters, and natural disasters. It also explores vulnerabilities of our national defense and private sectors as well as the threats posed to these institutions by terrorists, man-made disasters, and natural disasters.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 195 Topics in Administration of Justice: Introduction to Homeland Security 3 cr.

Presents students with an overview of the vocabulary and important components of homeland security. Discusses the importance of agencies associated with homeland security and their interrelated duties and responsibilities.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 201 Criminology 3 cr.

Studies current and historical data pertaining to criminal and other deviant behavior. Examines theories that explain crime and criminal behavior in human society.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedures II 3 cr.

Teaches the elements of proof for major and common crimes and the legal classification of offenses. Studies the kinds, degrees, and admissibility of evidence and its presentation in criminal proceedings with emphasis on legal guidelines for methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Surveys the procedural requirements from arrest to final disposition in the various American court systems with focus on the Virginia jurisdiction.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3 cr.

Surveys the basic guarantees of liberty described in the U. S. Constitution and the historical development of these restrictions on government power, primarily through U. S. Supreme Court decisions. Reviews rights of free speech, press, and assembly, as well as criminal procedure guarantees (to counsel, jury trial, habeas corpus, etc.) as they apply to the activities of those in the criminal justice system.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 cr.

Surveys the historical and current usage of narcotics and dangerous drugs. Teaches the identification and classification of such drugs and emphasizes the symptoms and effects on their users. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in law enforcement efforts against illicit drug usage.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and the Community 3 cr.

Considers current efforts by law enforcement personnel to achieve an effective working relationship with the community. Surveys and analyzes various interactive approaches of law enforcement agencies and the citizenry they serve.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 234 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 3 cr.

Surveys the historical and current practices of terrorism that are national, transnational, or domestic in origin. Includes biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber-terrorism. Teaches the identification and classification of terrorist organizations, violent political groups and issue-oriented militant movements. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in counter terrorist efforts domestically and internationally.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3 cr.

Surveys the fundamentals of criminal investigation procedures and techniques. Examines crime scene search and collecting, handling, and preserving evidence.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 240 Techniques of Interviewing 3 cr.

Provides the student with essential skills and techniques necessary to obtain quality information from victims, witnesses, and suspects regarding criminal activity. Emphasizes locations and settings for interviews, kinesics, proxemics, and paralinguistics of both the interviewer and interviewee.Prerequisite: Students enrolling in the course must be certified law enforcement personnel currently employed in a police agency.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 246 Correctional Counseling 3 cr.

Presents concepts and principles of interviewing and counseling as applied in the correctional setting.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 290 Coordinated Internship in Administration of Justice 3 cr.

Provides supervised on-the-job training in selected business, industrial, or service firms coordinated by the college.Laboratory 15 hours per week

ADJ 295 Topics in Administration of Justice: Use of Force 3 cr.

Focuses on issues related to use of force in law enforcement. Includes court cases, policies and procedures, media and politics, and the tools and techniques used by law enforcement personnel.Prerequisites: ADJ 100 or LGL 110; ADJ 130 or LGL 218.Lecture 3 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Sarah Jessie Criminal Justice CSC sjessie@reynolds.edu 804/523-5489
Kristopher Rhodes Criminal Justice CSC KRhodes@reynolds.edu 804/523-5305

 

Common Job Titles1: Bailiff; Court Bailiff; Court Officer; Court Security Officer; Deputy Bailiff; Deputy Sheriff; Deputy Sheriff Court Services; Security Officer


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 62

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $29,700 - $46,400


Common Job Titles1: Correctional Officer; Correctional Sergeant; Corrections Officer (CO); Custody Assistant; Deputy Jailer; Detention Deputy; Detention Officer; Jail Officer; Jailer; Jailor


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 2,782

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $31,500 - $40,800


Common Job Titles1: College Service Officer; Community Service Officer; Parking Control Officer; Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO); Parking Enforcement Technician; Parking Enforcer; Parking Officer; Parking Regulation Enforcement Officer; Parking Technician; Ticket Writer


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 21

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $20,400 - $24,800


Common Job Titles1: Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent (ALE Agent); Canine Deputy (K-9 Deputy); Chief Deputy Sheriff; Civil Division Deputy Sheriff; Civil Process Server; Corporal-Road Deputy with Sheriff Department; Deputy; Deputy (Patrol); Deputy Sheriff; Deputy Sheriff (Generalist)-Bailiff; Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer (DARE Officer); Law Enforcement Officer; Officer; Patrol Officer; Peace Officer; Police Officer; Police Patrol Officer; Public Safety Officer; State Trooper; Uniform Patrol Police Officer


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 1,965

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $37,600 - $56,200


Common Job Titles1: 911 Dispatcher; Communications Officer; Communications Operator; Communications Specialist; Communications Supervisor; Dispatcher; Emergency Communications Operator (ECO); Police Dispatcher; Public Safety Dispatcher; Telecommunicator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 269

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,400 - $42,500


Common Job Titles1: Asset Protection Detective; Field Investigator; Investigator; Loss Prevention Agent; Loss Prevention Associate; Loss Prevention Detective; Loss Prevention Investigator; Loss Prevention Officer; Private Investigator; Special Investigator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 176

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,300 - $69,800


Common Job Titles1: Campus Security Officer; Custom Protection Officer; Customer Service Security Officer; Hotel Security Officer; Loss Prevention Officer; Safety and Security Officer; Security Agent; Security Guard; Security Officer; Security Supervisor


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 4,883

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $17,500 - $33,200


Common Job Titles1: Canine Officer (K-9 Officer); Patrolman; Police Specialist; Railroad Police Officer; Special Agent; Supervisory Special Agent; Transit Police Officer


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 12

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $36,700 - $70,000


Common Job Titles1: Security Screener; Transportation Security Officer (TSO)


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 79

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $36,500 - $40,100


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.