Criminal Justice

2017-18 Edition

Cascade Campus
Public Service Education Building (PSEB), Room 121
971-722-5629 or 971-722-5236

Career and Program Description

Persons in the criminal justice field may work in a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement organization or corrections system. Positions requiring law enforcement education are available at all levels of government and in private industry. Duties range from crime prevention programs to investigative and uniform patrols. Technical skills such as data processing and criminalistics are used to support overall criminal justice operations.

The Corrections Technician Certificate gives students the skills and knowledge needed for entry-level technical work in a correctional setting. This certificate identifies the first step in an educational pathway for the AAS degree in Criminal Justice. This certificate provides a credential to students who want to work in the field as they continue on their educational pathways. Most of the courses can be used for the AAS degree should the student choose to continue their education.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Criminal Justice

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Corrections Technician Certificate

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • None

Other Prerequisites

  • None

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Students must pass all prerequisite courses with a "C" or "P" or better in order to enroll in any CJA courses with a “200” or higher designator.

Other Requirements

  • None

Criminal Justice AAS Degree

Minimum 91 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Criminal Justice Degree Courses

CAS 133Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office4
CJA 100Professions in Criminal Justice3
CJA 101Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions3
CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Police3
CJA 112Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Courts3
CJA 113Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Corrections3
CJA 114Introduction to Juvenile Process3
CJA 210Arrest, Search and Seizure3
CJA 211Civil Liability in Criminal Justice3
CJA 212Criminal Law3
CJA 225Your Rights and the Police3
CJA 230Police Report Writing4
CJA 243Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs3
CJA 244Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents3
COMM 111 *Public Speaking4
Choose one of the following:4
U.S. Government
U.S. Public Policy & Democracy
State and Local Government
PSY 201A *Introduction to Psychology - Part 14
PSY 239 *Introduction to Abnormal Psychology4
WR 121English Composition4
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
CJA Degree Electives15
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits91

Could be used as General Education

Criminal Justice Degree Electives

CJA 115Introduction to Jail Operations3
CJA 117Introduction to Homeland Security3
CJA 213Evidence3
CJA 214Criminal Investigation3
CJA 215Forensic Science and Criminalistics3
CJA 217Interviewing and Interrogation3
CJA 228Terrorism3
CJA 231Crime Scene Photography3
CJA 234National Security and Intelligence3
CJA 245Search Warrant Preparation3
CJA 246Fish and Wildlife Enforcement3
CJA 247Introduction to Criminal Gangs3
CJA 250Human Trafficking3
CJA 260Introduction to Correctional Institutions3
CJA 261Introduction to Probation and Parole3
CJA 263Introduction to Corrections Casework3
CJA 264Introduction to Corrections Administration3
CJA 265Community Reentry for Offenders3
CJA 280A 1Cooperative Education: Criminal Justice1-3

Department permission required prior to registration.

Corrections Technician Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 29 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Corrections Technician Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Criminal Justice AAS Degree.

Corrections Technician Certificate Courses

CAS 133Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office4
CJA 100Professions in Criminal Justice3
CJA 101Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions3
CJA 113Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Corrections3
CJA 114Introduction to Juvenile Process3
CJA 115Introduction to Jail Operations3
CJA 263Introduction to Corrections Casework3
CJA 280ACooperative Education: Criminal Justice3
WR 121English Composition4
Total Credits29

CJA 100. Professions in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Provides overview of the various careers in the public safety professions, including police, corrections, parole and probation, juvenile and adult casework, private security, loss prevention, and private investigator. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 101. Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions. 3 Credits.

Provides introduction and familiarization with communication styles, customs, language and behavior patterns of various cultures, ethnic groups and non-traditional populations as employed by and encountered by criminal justice professions; including police, corrections, parole and probation, juvenile and adult casework, private security, loss prevention, investigation and 911 communications. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 111. Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Police. 3 Credits.

Course designed to provide an overview of the role of police in society. Students will become familiar with general concepts related to law enforcement and be introduced to associated foundations and principles that comprise the criminal justice system. A range of issues and facts relevant to policing will be discussed. Included is historical development of police in America, crime data collection, police organization and structure, the police sub-culture, police and community relations, laws and constitutional limitations on authority. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 112. Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Courts. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the United States criminal court systems including state, federal and miscellaneous other jurisdictions. It covers roles and functions of participants in the adjudication process including the prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant, victim, judge, jury, police and more. Also examined various criminal court procedures from arrest and arraignment through trial and sentencing. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 113. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Corrections. 3 Credits.

Covers theories and current practices in correctional treatment, crime prevention, contemporary criminal justice services and treatment methods, and professional career opportunities. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 114. Introduction to Juvenile Process. 3 Credits.

Introduces history and philosophies of juvenile adjudication and corrections. Covers current programs in Oregon available to juveniles who are or have been involved in the justice system. Provides a focus on integrating theories of causation, juvenile law, and procedural requirements. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 (or instructor permission). Audit available.

CJA 115. Introduction to Jail Operations. 3 Credits.

Introduces jail operations including security, intake, classification and other daily procedures concerning inmates. Problems and issues facing contemporary jails will be explored and possible solutions studied. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 117. Introduction to Homeland Security. 3 Credits.

Introduces Homeland Security and its function of coordinating efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to secure the nation from terrorist threats or attacks. Agencies associated with Homeland Security along with their duties and relationships are covered. Explores historical events, laws, issues, communications, critical threats and other topics related to protecting the national infrastructure. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 210. Arrest, Search and Seizure. 3 Credits.

Covers issues and procedures regarding stops, frisks, searches, and seizures. Reviews the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Oregon State Constitution. Includes stops, arrests, privacy issues, search warrants and warrantless searches, and seizures. Reviews case law, current events and statutory law from the Criminal Code of Oregon. Recommended: CJA 112. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 211. Civil Liability in Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Explores the conduct and ethics of criminal justice practitioners that give rise to civil liability. Focuses on aspects of risk management to help prevent legal claims. Prerequisites: CJA 111 and WR 121 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CJA 212. Criminal Law. 3 Credits.

Introduces substantive criminal law including basic principles of criminal liability, constitutional aspects, defenses and accomplice liability. Elements of specific crimes are covered and court decisions interpreting statutes are analyzed. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 213. Evidence. 3 Credits.

Explores the rules regarding the use of evidence according to state and federal laws. A wide variety of topics are introduced relating to evidence including collection, preservation, chain of custody, admissibility and exclusion at trial. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 214. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credits.

Introduces modern investigative methods, including the collection and preservation of physical evidence, scientific aids, sources of information, interviews, follow-up and case presentation. Includes techniques of interview and interrogation. Prerequisites: CJA 111; WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 215. Forensic Science and Criminalistics. 3 Credits.

Explores how scientific principles help in crime detection and solution. Familiarizes students with analysis of fingerprints, DNA, body fluids, and other evidence that may be contained at a crime scene. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 217. Interviewing and Interrogation. 3 Credits.

Presents knowledge and working skills in the art of interviewing and interrogation. Prerequisites: CJA 100, 111; WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 225. Your Rights and the Police. 3 Credits.

Examines the Bill of Rights with a focus on rights associated with government intrusion during police contact and investigation. Covers rights related to free expression, privacy, searches, seizures, self-incrimination and others. Introduces remedies available for unlawful police conduct. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit Available.

CJA 228. Terrorism. 3 Credits.

Provides information on terrorism, its development, growth and impact on society and criminal justice processes. Includes crime families, terrorists, gangs and fringe groups with criminal intentions, their detection, investigation and combat. Prerequisites: CJA 111, WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 230. Police Report Writing. 4 Credits.

Course is designed to teach students police report writing skills. Emphasized are techniques appropriate to narrative structures necessary for operational police reports. Included are legal aspects, content, organization and grammar. The focus is to produce a quality police report capable of withstanding courtroom scrutiny. Prerequisite: WR 227; CJA 210 and 212. Audit available.

CJA 231. Crime Scene Photography. 3 Credits.

Introduces crime scene photography skills to aid in crime scene and evidentiary documentation. Includes camera operation, exposure control, proficiency in relational photos, close-up photography, lighting, flash control and videography. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 234. National Security and Intelligence. 3 Credits.

Provides a foundation for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to threats to the nation in an attempt to facilitate informed decision-making, policies and appropriate operational response while at the same time maintaining respect for the Constitution and privacy of the American people. Introduces security management of disasters and threats to the national infrastructure. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 243. Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. 3 Credits.

Covers history and causes of narcotic and drug problems, how to identify drug addicts and drug abusers, how to define and classify various types of narcotics and dangerous drugs, including laws and other controls and rehabilitation programs. Prerequisites: CJA 100; WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 244. Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on police intervention in the lives of people in the midst of an emotional or physical crisis in the manner designed to minimize or prevent violence while gaining control of the situation. Emphasized are verbal and non-verbal communication techniques and skills utilized to calm the client and gain compliance helping to lead to a successful and safe resolution. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 (or instructor permission). Audit available.

CJA 245. Search Warrant Preparation. 3 Credits.

Covers legal concepts in search warrant preparation and focuses on learning to draft legal documents comprised of probable cause statements and judicial orders. Particular attention is paid to strengthening legal writing and evidence gathering in preparation for warrant application. Prerequisites: CJA 210 and WR 227. Audit available.

CJA 246. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. 3 Credits.

Covers fish and game laws and their relation to wildlife management. Focuses on enforcement processes and techniques including investigation, fish and wildlife forensics, evidence handling, proper citation and report completion in preparation for courtroom presentation. Prerequisites: CJA 111 and WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 247. Introduction to Criminal Gangs. 3 Credits.

Provides information on criminal street gangs and their impact on American society. Student will become familiar with general concepts related to law enforcement interaction with gangs including suppression, intervention, and educational tactics. Prerequisite: CJA 111 and WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 250. Human Trafficking. 3 Credits.

Introduces human trafficking and the impact on society through control, manipulation and exploitation of victims for financial gain. Covers special interviewing techniques for victims considering their vulnerabilities. Introduces methods of investigation that help lead to successful prosecution of those involved in compelling victims into prostitution. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 260. Introduction to Correctional Institutions. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview of correctional facilities including prisons, jails, treatment and work release facilities. Introduces the effects of incarceration on inmates and their adaptive strategies. Introduces various intervention modalities and reintegration programs back into the community. Prerequisites: CJA 113 and WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 261. Introduction to Probation and Parole. 3 Credits.

Introduces Community Corrections or probation and parole in the management of offender behavior. Discusses Management of Community Corrections agencies and community intervention with offenders. Prerequisite: CJA 100, 113. Audit available.

CJA 263. Introduction to Corrections Casework. 3 Credits.

Introduces the process of casework and case management in a correctional setting. Develops both a theoretical and practical base of knowledge to allow the student to develop counseling techniques. Prerequisite: CJA 100, 113. Audit available.

CJA 264. Introduction to Corrections Administration. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the administration and management of corrections facilities, programs and field services. It provides insight into the role and purpose of effective management strategies for the professional delivery of correctional services. Prerequisites: CJA 100 and CJA 113. Audit available.

CJA 265. Community Reentry for Offenders. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of the community jail and prison in preparing offenders for reentry into a lawful place within the community. Covers the steps necessary to prepare the offender for release, offender skills assessment processes, brokering employment opportunities and resources as well as other methods to support offenders while returning to positive lawful roles in the community. Prerequisites: CJA 113 and WR 121. Audit available.

CJA 280A. Cooperative Education: Criminal Justice. 1-3 Credit.

Students participate with various public sector criminal justice agencies to learn about their structure and function. The field placement must be program-related. Department permission required prior to registration. Prerequisite: CJA 100 and (CJA 111 or CJA 113).