CCOG for CJA 100 Summer 2024

Course Number:
CJA 100
Course Title:
Professions in Criminal Justice
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Course Description

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.

Addendum to Course Description

Students attending this course are exposed to the academic requirements, lifestyle considerations, application processes, training and certification requirements and career opportunities within the public safety professions. During the course, students will prepare a personal career plan based their personal goals based on materials presented in the classroom, personal field experiences and the individual requirements of their chosen criminal justice discipline.
Guest speakers, who are experts in their discipline, will give the student "real world" insight, to assist the student with the preparation of their career plan. In addition, the student will participate in mock application, written examination and interview exercises.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.Seek employment in criminal justice related professions with an understanding of academic requisites, application processes, training requirements and lifestyle considerations. 

2.Properly prepare employment applications and present to potential employers any needed documentation upon request from a previously organized portfolio containing copies of important personal papers and past history statements.

3. Interview for employment having practiced techniques and skills designed to insure success in job placement.

4. Enter criminal justice related occupations with a basic understanding of employment laws and safeguards specific to the chosen career.

Course Activities and Design

  • Lectures
  • Attending outside classroom events
  • Guest speakers
  • Preparation of a portfolio
  • Practicing interview skills
  • Application preparation

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to assess student performance and progress, as well as the criteria for final grade. Methods of assessment will include the following: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, class participation, oral presentations, and a personal career plan.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will address topics that include, but are not limited to:
Criminal Justice Lifestyles, and Personal Career Plans
Police Careers, Requirements, and Considerations.
Adult Corrections Careers, Requirements, and Considerations.
Juvenile Corrections Careers, Requirements, and Considerations.
911/Communication Careers, Requirements, and Considerations.
Private Security/Prevention Careers, Requirements, and Considerations.
Criminal Justice Application and Examination Processes.
Criminal Justice Employee Safeguards and Laws