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CoreCourse Descriptions
 DEGREE/CERTIFICATE  PROGRAMS
 
CRJ-100  Criminal Justice Introductory Seminar   A.S. & A.A.S.   
CRJ-101  Introduction to Security    A.A.S.   
 CRJ-107   Criminal Justice Report Writing    A.A.S.   
CRJ-141 Introduction to Criminal Justice A.S. & A.A.S.   
CRJ-201 Police Organization and Administration A.S. & A.A.S.
CRJ-205 Forensic Photography  A.A.S.   
CRJ-206 Criminal & Scientific Investigations A.S. & A.A.S.  
CRJ-265 Federal, State and Local Laws A.S. & A.A.S.
CRJ-261 White Collar Crime A.S.
CRJ-266 Contemporary Problems & Issues in Criminal Justice A.S.
BHS-142 Criminology A.S. & A.A.S. 
BHS-242 Drug & Alcohol Use & Abuse A.S. 
BHS-262 Juvenile Delinquency A.S. 
 
 
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 CRJ 100. CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR
    1 lec. 0 lab. 1 cr. hrs.
    A seminar designed to provide criminal justice students with the opportunity to
    learn and practice strategies that will enhance their ability to successfully
    complete their educational program in the field of criminal justice. Emphasis will
    be on identification and clarification of personal goals, career planning,
    curriculum planning and study techniques. It will also explore effective program
    management and maximum utilization of college resources.

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    CRJ 101. INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr hrs.
    A survey of the principles, methods, and techniques of modern private security,
    Including commercial, retail, residential, institutional, industrial settings, etc. An
    examination of methods of risk management and analysis; security surveys;
    legal powers and limitations. Prevention of loss from accidents, violence,
    criminal/civil offenses will be considered, as will selected aspects of the
    Occupational Safety and Health Act. Proprietary policy, internal security and
    problems of civil liability will also be studies. This course meets and exceeds
    pre-assignment training required for security guards in NY State.

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    CRJ 107. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING
    2 lec. 0 lab. 2 cr hrs.
    An examination of criminal justice report writing as a process, with emphasis on
    blending information, form, and written expression to present a clear, concise,
    and accurate account of an incidental case, Development of the field notebook
    in investigations, recording details of search, conducting
    interviews/interrogations; recording of relevant facts and details for purposes of
    reference and accountability. The written report as evidence; court
    presentation(s) and problems of fact vs hearsay.

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    CRJ 141. INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of the history and philosophy of law and criminal justice and its evolution
    to modern times, including the development of organized law enforcement,
    corrections, criminal and civil law (e.g., Natural law, Common law, Substantive
    law, Statute law, etc.) The administration of justice is studied as a total system
    within American society.

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    CRJ 144. JUVENILE LAW
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of constitutional, procedural and penal low and the Family Court Act, as
    they impact juveniles, with special emphasis on processing the juvenile offender
    and juvenile delinquent, and on the juvenile corrections system. Attention will
    also be given to preventive services and programs.

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    CRJ 201. POLICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of organizational principles and theory; applications to the law
    enforcement agency; motivation; productivity; psychological aspects of police
    management/supervision. Planning processes; decision making; manpower
    deployment, patrol methodology, development of police/community relations.
    Recruitment selection and training. Prerequisite: CRJ 141 or permission of
    department head.

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    CRJ 205. FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    An introduction to forensic photography. Fundamentals of the medium and
    practical applications of the elements involved will be taught including the use
    of equipment, film processing/printing and lighting. Consideration of protocol in
    court testimony; special requirements of crime and accident scones;
    interview/interrogation, surveillance and video techniques will be covered,
    including a survey of case law. Prerequisite: ART 150 recommended.

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    CRJ 206. CRIMINAL AND SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of techniques and procedures utilized in criminal investigation; survey
    of instrumentation, identification/processing of trace evidence; use and
    acceptability of electronic surveillance; use of informants; role of expert witness;
    special problems in investigations (e.g., organized crime, narcotics traffic, etc.).
    Prerequisite: CRJ 141 or permission of department head.

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    CRJ 263. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of common-law heritage; constitutional, civil and criminal law; the laws
    of evidence; courts and court procedures; procedures in criminal law.
    Prerequisites: CRJ 141 or permission of the department head.

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    CRJ 264. NEW YORK STATE PENAL LAW
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    A study of the Now York State Penal Law integrating Criminal Procedure Law
    and the general principles and nature of criminal liability: An examination of
    specific legal concepts and their implications for "Defense" and "Prosecution."
    Prerequisite: CRJ 141 or 263 or permission of the department head.

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  CRJ 266. CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS AND ISSUES IN CRIMINAL
          JUSTICE
    3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
    An examination of the significant problems and issues impacting the various
    elements of the criminal justice system. Included will be perspectives on cause
    and effect relationships, media influence, influence of socio-political
    structure/events, evolving trends, and implications for the future. Prerequisites:
    CRJ 141 and a minimum of 9 additional credits of CRJ courses.

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BHS 142. CRIMINOLOGY
3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
A study of crime and society's response to crime and to the rehabilitation of the criminal offender and the prevention of crime. Various theories concerning the causes of crime are studied. Current social problems and their relevance to crime causation are discussed. Prerequisite: BHS 103 or permission of department head.

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BHS 242. DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE AND ABUSE
3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.
A study of the problems and factors attendant to alcoholism and other substance abuse, including a survey of the physiological and pharmacological aspects of such use. Various theories and current rehabilitative methods will be examined as will dependency states, socio-psychological factors and alternatives to mood modifying substance use/abuse.

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BHS 262. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY 3 lec. 0 lab. 3 cr. hrs.

A study of the nature of juvenile delinquency, including discussion of the major theories and the prevalent factors contributing to offenses committed by juveniles and younger offenders. Society's response to the problem of youth crime and delinquency, including appropriate sections of the Family Court Act, juvenile institutions, and after-care facilities are discussed. The course will examine the problem of child abuse and neglect from a socio-legal perspective. Prerequisites: BHS 103 or permission of the department head.

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