Degrees and Requirements

Criminal Justice - Accelerated Program for Criminal Justice Professionals (APCJP)

Current or prior law enforcement officers with five years of experience in the criminal justice field will receive 48 advanced standing credits (15 based upon Act 120 Certification and 33 credits for work experience.) Most courses are offered in an 8-week accelerated format that is cohort based. Students may select from both on-line, classroom and blended courses. It is possible to graduate from the Accelerated Program with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in another academic field within four semesters and one summer session. The APCJP student will complete 72 academic credits at La Roche University. APCJP students with an associate degree and/or academic credit from other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. A student’s last thirty credits must be earned at La Roche University.

The following coursework is required for degree:

  • 18 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Requirements
  • 6 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Electives
  • 9 Credits of Skills Components
  • 36 Credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • 30 Credits of General Electives

Academic Core Courses -- 24 Credits Required:
APCJP students have been granted 16 credits for La Roche Experience (4) (W); Select Aesthetics (3) (W); Select Religion/Philosophy (3) (W); Select Literature (3) (W); and Select History (3) (W). The following core courses are required:

  • ENGL1011 College Writing I
  • ENGL1012 College Writing II
  • MATH1010 College Algebra
  • ISTC1005 Practical Computer Applications
  • Select Science
  • Select Social/Cultural Systems
  • Community Integrative
  • Global Integrative

Language Requirement – No Credits Required.
APCRP students do not have a modern language requirement but can take language courses as alternatives and may minor in Spanish.

General Electives - 15 Credits
APCJP students have been granted 11 credits (W) from the elective component based upon work experience and prior academic/training courses.

The elective requirement may be fulfilled through a minor or certificate program. Recommended programs are: Criminalistics, Modern Languages, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Accounting, Pre Law, and Management.

Criminal Justice elective courses in excess of the required credit (6) may be taken and applied to the general elective component.

Criminal Justice Required Courses: 12 credits are granted for

  • CRIM1001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (A)
  • CRIM2016 Police and Society (W)
  • CRIM3045 Criminal Investigations (A)
  • CRIM2011 Intelligence Analysis and Presentation (A)
  • CRIM3045 Law Enforcement Communications (A)
  • CRIM4051 Internship (W)
  • CRIM2018 Professional Responsibility or
  • PHIL3026 Ethics

Summary of Requirements

Criminal Justice Major Electives : Select 6 credits

  • CRIM2010
    INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS |

    CRIM2010
    INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Examines contemporary American correctional policies, and their relationship to the American criminal justice system. The nature of correctional institutions, correctional processes and policies will be presented. Current theories, trends and practices in the treatment of offenders, alternatives to traditional modes of incarceration, and problems and innovations in correctional administration will be discussed. Theories of correctional institutions as centers of rehabilitation or punishment will be examined along with public influences on correctional practices and policy development.|

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  • CRIM3000
    CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING |

    CRIM3000
    CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The evolution of prisons from punishment to rehabilitation is examined with a look at the fundamental beginnings of the penitentiary to modern day institutions with civil and legal rights. This course also examines the purpose and evolution of corrections as an agent of punishment including the death penalty and its history in relation to society. The foremost groups involved in corrections from the Quakers and early Christians to modern groups will be reviewed. The development of probation and parole as alternatives to incarceration will also be examined. The understanding of violent offenders and the utilization of prison counseling will be explored.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Junior or senior status

  • CRIM3012
    ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME: LAW, POLICY& INVESTIGATIONS |

    CRIM3012
    ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME: LAW, POLICY& INVESTIGATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course exposes students of Criminal Justice and Criminology to the variety of issues involved in the study of environmental crime. Environmental harms associated with the pollution of air, land, and water kill and injure more people than street crimes on an annual or daily basis. Students who complete this course will understand the complexity of environmental crime and how to use the law and investigative skills to address it.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001

  • CRIM3034
    ENTERPRISE & TRANSNATIONAL CRIME |

    CRIM3034
    ENTERPRISE & TRANSNATIONAL CRIME |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The course addresses organized crime in the United States and internationally. It presents organized crime as criminal business ventures that meet the demand of its consumer base and/or engages in activities that provide profits both legal and illicit into the organization. International crime is introduced, demonstrating how organized crime networks transcend national borders, and how individual criminals have learned to use the ease of travel and identity falsification to operate in or conceal themselves from national law enforcement. Law enforcement strategies and their effectiveness are covered.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001 & ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • CRIM3036
    TERRORISM |

    CRIM3036
    TERRORISM |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course addresses the historical and current-day development and spread of terrorism. The class investigates the goals of terrorism and the social, political and ideological reasons for the use of terrorism. Counter-terrorist activities and preventive measures are explored. The course will address law enforcement responses to incidents of terrorism.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • CRIM3040
    CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION & FORENSICS |

    CRIM3040
    CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION & FORENSICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the student to basic and advanced procedures employed by crime scene investigators, with the emphasis on the detection, collection, processing and presentation of physical and testimonial evidence. The course also identifies items commonly found at crime scenes and examines their significance as trace and physical evidence used to link a suspect with a crime. Many aspects of the legal and scientific processing, preserving and documenting a crime scene for court presentation will be examined. Theories of information, observation and interrogation as they relate to crime scene investigation will be examined, as well as the ethics of current investigative procedures utilized by modern law enforcement agencies.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001

  • CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A comprehensive examination of the application of science to the physical evidence of a crime. Crime scene processing procedures will be linked to the laboratory analysis of physical evidence. The course will also include training in scientific report writing and courtroom testimony, to include a moot court exercise.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001 & BIOL1004 & CHEM1002

  • CRIM3043
    COMPUTER CRIME |

    CRIM3043
    COMPUTER CRIME |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A comprehensive examination of computer crime, information systems security and cyber law. The investigative process as applied to the cyber criminal will be emphasized. Statutes specific to cyber crime will be studied. Crime prevention strategies and techniques will be presented and applied using the case study method.|

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  • CRIM3046
    SECURITY MANAGEMENT & LOSS PREVENTION |

    CRIM3046
    SECURITY MANAGEMENT & LOSS PREVENTION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course features an overview of public and private security, including history of private security and asset protection, the role of security in American society, and current industry practices. The course covers the security role in industry, business and government and includes loss prevention, control and risk management. The legal foundations of private security are covered, as is interaction with government law enforcement. Specialization and career opportunities are discussed.|

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  • CRIM3052
    ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS |

    CRIM3052
    ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the principles of management and leadership as they relate to criminal justice organizations. Leadership, planning, and legal concepts are emphasized, and the case study method is employed as an applied learning tool.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CRIM4057

    CRIM4057

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

Criminal Justice Major Requirements: 18 credits (select CRIM3030 or CRIM3042)

  • CRIM1003
    UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (POLI1003) |

    CRIM1003
    UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (POLI1003) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is an introduction to the U.S. Constitution's role in American society and the philosophical, historical, and political influences on its framers. The course focuses on the structure and content of the Constitution. The course also examines the landmark Supreme Court cases that have shaped American society from 1790 to the present time. Students, through a multimedia approach, will examine those cases and the historical, social, and political factors that were a backdrop to the rulings issued by the Court. Cross-listed with POLI1003|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011

  • CRIM3005
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW(POLI3005) |

    CRIM3005
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW(POLI3005) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore the difficulty in interpreting the meaning of constitutional language. The interpretive role of the U.S. Supreme Court will be studied through an examination of landmark constitutional decisions. The major schools of thought that guide interpretation will also be studied. Cross-listed with POLI3005.(Previously CRIM2005)|

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  • CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The basic principles of substantive criminal law will be illustrated. Concepts and patterns of criminal law and procedure will be discussed. The elements of specific crimes will be analyzed through case study. Public policy and the legal principles for determining criminal and civil liability will be considered.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Seniors Only

  • CRIM3030
    THEORIES OF CRIMINAL DEVIANCE (SOCL3030) |

    CRIM3030
    THEORIES OF CRIMINAL DEVIANCE (SOCL3030) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An examination of the etiology and major theories of criminality, with special reference to the rational choice, routine activity, biological and psychosocial theories of deviance. This course will examine criminal deviance by analyzing both criminal and victim populations, with particular emphasis on crime typology and the analysis of criminal behavior. The responses of the Criminal Justice System and private security experts to criminal behavior from situational crime prevention techniques to correctional treatment methods are explored and discussed. Cross-listed with SOCL3030 |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • CRIM3042
    APPLIED CRIMINOLOGY |

    CRIM3042
    APPLIED CRIMINOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to examine crime and offender typologies and the investigative and legal methods that can be applied to prevent, resolve, or solve crimes committed by career offenders. An overview of the major theories or crime causation is furnished. An emphasis is placed on choice theory, routine activities theory, routine activities theory and their applied model-situational crime prevention. The topics of crisis negotiation, interpersonal conflict resolution, crime prevention, and informant development are explored and practical exercises are employed to enhance student understanding.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CRIM4055
    SENIOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE CAPSTONE |

    CRIM4055
    SENIOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE CAPSTONE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The Senior Capstone course is the final correlating experience of the educational process for all criminal justice majors. Students will apply criminal justice theories and concepts in analyzing the published research concerning a critical issue in criminal justice and writing a comprehensive literature review of the selected issue. The student will also demonstrate, through test performance, the knowledge they have gained from the required courses of the criminal justice curriculum. Students will also participate in a variety of educational activities designed to assist them in obtaining employment in the criminal justice career field.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC3011

  • PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the major experimental designs and methods of scientific psychology. The nature of psychology as a science, types of and evaluation of research design and conclusions, conducting of research, preparation of research papers and ethics in research in psychology are covered.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 & PSYC3070 or CRIM2011 & MATH1040 or CRIM2012

Criminal Justice Skills: 9 credits (Select CRIM2012 or MATH1040)

  • CRIM2012
    ANALYSIS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA |

    CRIM2012
    ANALYSIS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is primarily concerned with the ways and means of understanding drawing conclusions from criminal justice data. Students will learn to develop, use and evaluate studies of criminal justice data, and use their work to evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice activities. Covered will be policy implications of various law enforcement techniques vis-a-vis their effectiveness in both short and long term. Students will work with and critique published criminological research and explore the use of data of a more local nature.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Designed to apply the basic principles of communication to technical information so that the student can learn to present complex technical messages in the clearest possible way.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ISTC2008
    INTRO TO CYBERSPACE |

    ISTC2008
    INTRO TO CYBERSPACE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the student to the world of the Internet. The course will focus on the effective and efficient use of the Internet to find and evaluate quality resources, communicate and collaborate using appropriate tools, create HTML files, and examine issues such as privacy, security and safety. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ISTC1005

  • MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of the fundamentals of probability theory with applications to natural and social sciences as well as to mathematics. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling theory, linear correlation, regression, statistical inference, estimation and analysis of variance are included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • PHIL1020
    LOGIC |

    PHIL1020
    LOGIC |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to help the student understand the methods and principles necessary for correct reasoning. The correct use of reason is indispensable for written and spoken communication. The course deals with language and its uses, fallacies, propositions, syllogisms, inference, probability and scientific hypothesis.|

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