Criminal Justice Administration at Waynesburg University

The Criminal Justice Department provides thorough knowledge of agencies and institutions in the justice system, teaches the important role of law in delivering American justice and examines the social, psychological, and political aspects of contemporary crime and punishment.

Whether it's learning to collect criminal evidence, developing a management plan for police organizations or designing a correctional institution, you will benefit from an extreme amount of hands-on experience.

As a criminal justice major at Waynesburg University, you will have access to a number of unique opportunities such as participating in mock crime scenes and mock trials or interning at places like sheriffs' offices, probation offices, federal agencies, private detective agencies, police departments, law offices, human service agencies, coroners' offices and other organizations.

You will also have the opportunity to learn the history, function and role of the American legal system, as well as research techniques, law enforcement procedures and other skills that are essential to success in the field of criminal justice.



Our criminal justice students can practice speed, accuracy and dexterity with the University's Lasershot Firearms Simulation System that is housed within the campus Criminal Justice Center. Criminal Justice classes also use this for mock-crime scenes and house raids to understand what these experiences would be like in out in the field.

Academic Curriculum

CRJ 109. Criminal Justice Administration 3 credits

An overview of the American criminal justice system dealing with the role, functions, and administration of the police, courts, and correctional institutions; the constitutional and practical limits of police power, the trial process, the sentencing structure; and the functions of the numerous agencies within the criminal justice system.

CRJ 115. Law and the United States Legal System 3 credits

An examination of the American judicial system, highlighting state, local, and federal tribunals, including an assessment of their hierarchy, subject matter jurisdiction, and administration. Also reviewed will be judicial reasoning, judicial process and the personnel responsible for judicial operations. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or permission of the instructor. Spring

CRJ 209. Private Security Administration 3 credits

This course is an administrative and managerial overview of the security field with emphasis on the private sector and its interaction with the public sector law enforcement agencies. Coverage will include consideration of security management problems involving security personnel, budgeting, risk management, physical security programs and safety policies. Additional coverage will include ways that security prepares for labor disputes, demonstrations, civil disorders, riots, terrorism, industrial espionage, and organized crime. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues that arise with organizations that operate under constraints imposed by federal and state regulatory agencies. Prerequisite: CRJ 109

CRJ 217. American Policing 3 credits

Topics considered include the historical foundations of police processes in America, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative police systems. Problems of policing and community interaction are also an essential component of the course. Prerequisite: CRJ 109

CRJ 218. Criminal Investigation 3 credits

A practical and theoretical assessment of the investigating process in the civil and criminal realm is the chief focus of this course. Covered matters include: witness examination, collection and presentation of evidence, surveillance techniques, photographic reproduction, physical and demonstrative evidence, as well as unique and specialized techniques for specific crimes. Prerequisite: CRJ 109.

CRJ 219. Criminal Law 3 credits

An introduction to substantive criminal law which includes a review of the social, philosophical, and legislative foundations of crimes codification. Specific crimes against the person, property, and public order are discussed and various judicial issues relative to the mental states of criminal liability will be covered. Prerequisites: CRJ 109 or CRJ 115.

CRJ 225. Correctional Systems 3 credits

In-depth study of the management, structure and organizational design of correctional institutions. Correctional planning, construction, program evaluation and community interaction will be considered and strategies regarding the improvement of correctional operations will be examined. Prerequisite: CRJ 109.

CRJ 226. Probation and Parole 3 credits

This course examines the theory and practices of probation and parole with juvenile and adult offenders, including: release philosophy, bail and retention, hearings on grant, revocation on denial, and alternative community-based corrections. Prerequisite: CRJ 109.

CRJ 315. The Victim and the Justice System 3 credits

This course examines the role and place victims play in the justice process. Topics include victims and their testimony, rights, legal legislative and emotional initiatives which seek to make the system more responsive, and the various restitution programs which compensate victims. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or permission of Instructor.

CRJ 328. Criminal Procedure 3 credits

A procedural law course which includes a review of the law of arrests, search and seizure, bail, adjudication, pre- and post-trial activities and the nature of plea bargaining. Substantial emphasis is given the constitutional protections afforded through the Bill of Rights, particularly the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. Prerequisites: CRJ 109 or CRJ 115; and CRJ 219

CRJ 335. Criminalistics (formerly CRJ 335, Forensic Science and the Law) 3 credits

An interdisciplinary course covering topics of scientific investigative detection methods and the legal ramifications relating to such evidence and methods of investigation. The course provides a broad based assessment of the law relating to collection, preservation and introduction to forensic evidence, expert testimony, DNA evidence, hair and fiber evidence, ballistics, fingerprints, soil, glass and paint evidence, and blood spatter analysis. Prerequisites: CRJ 109 and CRJ 218. Spring

CRJ 336. Administrative Law 3 credits

A review in the administrative area of government is the chief concern of this course. Topics of interest include the legal powers of a bureaucracy, judicial oversight of administrative action, due process and notice in administrative hearings, rule-making, exhaustion of remedies, standing and civil and criminal liability of agents and officers. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or CRJ 115 or permission of Instructor. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)

CRJ 337. Police Organization and Management 3 credits

The study of command-level problems and trends in police organizations and management. Principles of organization, control, planning and leadership relating to policy agencies are fully studied. Topics consist of personnel, budget, policymaking, crime response tactics and their measurement. Prerequisite: CRJ 217. Spring

CRJ 338. Organized Crime 3 credits

This course is designed to give a general overview of organized crime. In addition to the historical underpinnings associated with this type of crime, specific crimes, such as corruption, graft, and extortion, will be analyzed. Investigative techniques and prosecutorial strategies will also be included. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or permission of Instructor. Spring

CRJ 339. Juvenile Justice System 3 credits

This course covers the juvenile justice system, with special emphasis on the way it procedurally differs from adult offender adjudication. The parts of the juvenile justice system, hearings, due process standards, and constitutional mandates are fully reviewed. Status offenders and other youth classifications are considered, together with a historical summary of the history of juvenile court philosophy. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or permission of Instructor.

CRJ 345. White Collar Crime 3 credits

This course considers crime committed by corporations as well as white collar criminals; how such crimes are defined, who commits them, who is victimized by them, which moral, ethical, legal and social contexts promote them and how society responds to them. Procedural and policy considerations in the investigation and enforcement of pertinent statutes will also be covered, including the concept of legal privilege, the role of the grand jury and other pre-trial processes, evidentiary questions, litigation strategies, and potential sanctions and other punishments. Prerequisite: CRJ 109 or permission of Instructor. Fall

CRJ 346. Foundations of Law 3 credits

A complete examination of the law, its origins, roots, and underpinnings, in philosophical, theological, and human contexts. Special attention is given to the nature of freedom and liberty, the concept of liberty, free will, the regularity and moral efficiency of punishment, and the overall moral framework upon which the Western legal system bases itself, from the early Greeks and Romans, to the contemporary Neo-Classicists. Prerequisite: CRJ 115. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 348. Law, Regulation and Business Practice 3 credits

This course covers selected topics on legal regulations affecting business behavior and practices. Topics include liability and regulation of accountants and investment bankers, remedies for deceptive practices, predatory practices, patent and copyright issues, the law of corporate finance and governance, and the ethical practice of marketing. Additional coverage encompasses environmental rule and regulation, SEC Guidelines, consumer and commercial regulations, statutory adherence to federal, state and local guidelines, questions of legal liability and compliance, and other issues relating to the lawful operation of a business. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 349. Controlled Substances and Substance Abuse 3 credits

This course will examine and study legal and illegal narcotics and substances, dangerous drugs, and the people who abuse them. It will provide the student with the basic facts and major issues associated with drug-taking behavior on the mind, body, and our society. Prerequisites: CRJ 109 or permission of the department chair. Spring

CRJ 405. Interview and Interrogation 3 credits

A practical examination of interview and interrogation techniques used in the investigation of criminal behavior. Covered matters include an in depth review of interviewing and interrogation strategies and legal decisions impacting on the process. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of interviewing and interrogation skills based on cognitive interviewing techniques and the emotional approach to interrogations. Prerequisites: CRJ 109 and CRJ 218. Spring

CRJ 406. Law and Evidence 4 credits

A comprehensive review of common law and statutory evidentiary principles and their impact on and use in the civil process and criminal process. This course will cover: the history and development of the rules of evidence, burdens of proof, relevancy, materiality, competency, judicial notice, stipulations, examination of witnesses, documentary evidence, real evidence, demonstrative evidence, and privileges. The course is taught in a workshop format and students are required to participate in a mock trial. Prerequisites: CRJ 219 and CRJ 328.

CRJ 407. Assassinations 3 credits

An in-depth examination of attempted and successful assassinations of presidents and other world leaders. Emphasis is on security breakdowns, medical response, and profiling of assassins, as well as prevention, including threat assessment and intelligence sharing, and other protective intelligence efforts. The course will also consider the historical conditions that led to the incidents and consequences that resulted from the attacks. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 408. Terrorism 3 credits

This course considers international and domestic terrorism and how acts of terrorism affect the citizens of the United States and other countries. Coverage includes analysis of acts of terrorism, assessment of how legislatures react, and consideration of new laws, regulations and guidelines passed in response to terrorism. Topics also include analysis and assessment of local, state, and federal law enforcement preparedness in identifying, preventing, controlling, and reacting to terrorism. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 409. Current Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits

This course will examine current issues in the criminal justice field to include ethical decision making and dilemmas encountered by professionals in the various related occupations. Corruption, brutality and morality are discussed in relation to the duties of the criminal justice organizations. Systemic issues, legal issues, process issues, issues of social justice, and punishment issues that are relevant to criminal justice practitioners will also be discussed and debated. Prerequisites: CRJ 109, 225, and 315. Spring

CRJ 415. Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 3 credits

(Cross-listed with FSC 415) This course is designed to explore advanced areas of crime scene investigation. This will be an in depth study of topics such as Autopsy, Forensic Anthropology, Collection & Preservation of Evidence, Blood Spatter Analysis, Documentation (sketching; photography; etc.), Death Scene Investigation, and Investigation of Specialized Scenes (explosions; outdoor; accidents). Other activities will serve to give students insight into various aspects of forensic science such as crime scene investigation projects, guest speakers, and field trips. Prerequisites: FSC 105 or CRJ 218. Fall

CRJ 465. Criminal Justice Administration Internship 3-6 credits

An on-site, experiential learning experience where students work at a variety of locations for academic credit. Intern locations have included government agencies, police departments, federal, state and local law enforcement, private security, courthouses, correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, probation offices, and legal offices. Interns must complete self-evaluation, log, diary, 45 hours per internship credit, and present an acceptable recommendation from the internship supervisor upon completion of the experience. Prerequisites: the approval of the Internship Coordinator, the Departmental Internship Screening Committee and where appropriate, the instructor's permission; a 2.5 grade point average; and junior or senior standing.

CRJ 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration 3 credits

In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 116 for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 495. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice Administration 3 credits

An in-depth analysis of selected topics in criminal justice administration. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

CRJ 499. Legal and Justice Research Methods 3 credits

A criminal justice exploration of the specialized methods and sources of legal and justice research in these areas: justice publications and resources, case collections, computer-assisted research, constitutional law and history, legal history, legal periodicals, legislative history, practice and procedure, and social science materials related to law. Applications of legal research strategies will be required. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)

Criminal Justice

Dana Baer

Provost, Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Executive
Adam Jack

Chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department - Assistant Professor Criminal Justice - Special Assistant for Service Learning

Criminal Justice
James Tanda

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Testimonials Because of the nature of law enforcement, my faith was certainly tested during my summer internship with the Los Angeles Probation Department,” Snow said. “But I know now that this is what I want to do with my life and I think this is where God wants me. Without Waynesburg University or the Bonner Scholarship, both of which focus so much on faith and service, I would still be searching for my calling.
Steven Snow, senior criminal justice administration major

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