BSCJ | Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Courses at CalSouthern

The criminal justice courses that comprise CalSouthern’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are what distinguish this innovative degree program. The program includes fundamental subjects core to any comprehensive criminal justice program, such as criminology and criminal law, legal procedure, and principles of investigation. However, you’ll also find cutting-edge, technology-driven criminal justice courses such as digital crime, homeland security, and terrorism. In addition—and making CalSouthern’s program so unique and well-rounded—you can select courses exploring the ethics of criminal justice, social psychology, forensic psychology, and cultural diversity in criminal justice, among many others.

Required Core Courses

Lower Division Courses

LGL 2510 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings for the civil and criminal justice systems. The student will explore criminal profiling, crime scene investigations, and serial murders. Based on this applications approach, the course also investigates police psychology, legal psychology, psychology of crimes and delinquency, “victimology” and victim services, psychological assessments, mental disorders, and correctional psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss forensic psychology and its five specialties.
  • Explore the role of the APA in forensic psychology and police work analysis.
  • Investigate the impact of a shooting incident on the police.
  • Explore investigative psychology, criminal profiling, scene analysis, and racial profiling.
  • Explain various psychological autopsies, geographical profiling, and geographical mapping.
  • Discuss forensic hypnosis and “hunting patterns” of serial offenders.
  • Discuss health and drug courts, plus, scientific jury selection.
  • Apply research findings for expert testimony on jurors.
  • Explain competencies of criminal suspects and risk assessment instruments.
  • Explain juvenile assessment and forms of “waiving” juveniles in criminal courts.
  • Determine psychological competence and differences in delinquencies.
  • Investigate features of psychopaths and controversy over labeling juveniles.
  • Evaluate psychological research on violence and four violence categories.
  • Discuss mass murders and categories, plus, rape and associated demographics.
  • Investigate the types of child molesters and male & female sex offenders.
  • Define mono-cultural psychology and effects of crimes on victims.
  • Explain role of forensic psychologists dealing with adults and child victims.
  • Discuss child maltreatment, Munchausen’s syndrome, and APA child cases.
  • Discuss the types of corrections, psychological treatment, and correctional settings.
  • Discuss psychological inmate screening, correctional treatment, and juveniles.
  • Explore detention, treatment, rehabilitation, and “boot camps.”
  • Review Paint Creek treatment program results and juvenile sex offenders.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
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Upper Division Courses

LGL 2510 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings for the civil and criminal justice systems. The student will explore criminal profiling, crime scene investigations, and serial murders. Based on this applications approach, the course also investigates police psychology, legal psychology, psychology of crimes and delinquency, “victimology” and victim services, psychological assessments, mental disorders, and correctional psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss forensic psychology and its five specialties.
  • Explore the role of the APA in forensic psychology and police work analysis.
  • Investigate the impact of a shooting incident on the police.
  • Explore investigative psychology, criminal profiling, scene analysis, and racial profiling.
  • Explain various psychological autopsies, geographical profiling, and geographical mapping.
  • Discuss forensic hypnosis and “hunting patterns” of serial offenders.
  • Discuss health and drug courts, plus, scientific jury selection.
  • Apply research findings for expert testimony on jurors.
  • Explain competencies of criminal suspects and risk assessment instruments.
  • Explain juvenile assessment and forms of “waiving” juveniles in criminal courts.
  • Determine psychological competence and differences in delinquencies.
  • Investigate features of psychopaths and controversy over labeling juveniles.
  • Evaluate psychological research on violence and four violence categories.
  • Discuss mass murders and categories, plus, rape and associated demographics.
  • Investigate the types of child molesters and male & female sex offenders.
  • Define mono-cultural psychology and effects of crimes on victims.
  • Explain role of forensic psychologists dealing with adults and child victims.
  • Discuss child maltreatment, Munchausen’s syndrome, and APA child cases.
  • Discuss the types of corrections, psychological treatment, and correctional settings.
  • Discuss psychological inmate screening, correctional treatment, and juveniles.
  • Explore detention, treatment, rehabilitation, and “boot camps.”
  • Review Paint Creek treatment program results and juvenile sex offenders.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
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Elective Courses

Lower Division Courses

LGL 2510 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings for the civil and criminal justice systems. The student will explore criminal profiling, crime scene investigations, and serial murders. Based on this applications approach, the course also investigates police psychology, legal psychology, psychology of crimes and delinquency, “victimology” and victim services, psychological assessments, mental disorders, and correctional psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss forensic psychology and its five specialties.
  • Explore the role of the APA in forensic psychology and police work analysis.
  • Investigate the impact of a shooting incident on the police.
  • Explore investigative psychology, criminal profiling, scene analysis, and racial profiling.
  • Explain various psychological autopsies, geographical profiling, and geographical mapping.
  • Discuss forensic hypnosis and “hunting patterns” of serial offenders.
  • Discuss health and drug courts, plus, scientific jury selection.
  • Apply research findings for expert testimony on jurors.
  • Explain competencies of criminal suspects and risk assessment instruments.
  • Explain juvenile assessment and forms of “waiving” juveniles in criminal courts.
  • Determine psychological competence and differences in delinquencies.
  • Investigate features of psychopaths and controversy over labeling juveniles.
  • Evaluate psychological research on violence and four violence categories.
  • Discuss mass murders and categories, plus, rape and associated demographics.
  • Investigate the types of child molesters and male & female sex offenders.
  • Define mono-cultural psychology and effects of crimes on victims.
  • Explain role of forensic psychologists dealing with adults and child victims.
  • Discuss child maltreatment, Munchausen’s syndrome, and APA child cases.
  • Discuss the types of corrections, psychological treatment, and correctional settings.
  • Discuss psychological inmate screening, correctional treatment, and juveniles.
  • Explore detention, treatment, rehabilitation, and “boot camps.”
  • Review Paint Creek treatment program results and juvenile sex offenders.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
Back


Upper Division Courses

LGL 2510 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings for the civil and criminal justice systems. The student will explore criminal profiling, crime scene investigations, and serial murders. Based on this applications approach, the course also investigates police psychology, legal psychology, psychology of crimes and delinquency, “victimology” and victim services, psychological assessments, mental disorders, and correctional psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss forensic psychology and its five specialties.
  • Explore the role of the APA in forensic psychology and police work analysis.
  • Investigate the impact of a shooting incident on the police.
  • Explore investigative psychology, criminal profiling, scene analysis, and racial profiling.
  • Explain various psychological autopsies, geographical profiling, and geographical mapping.
  • Discuss forensic hypnosis and “hunting patterns” of serial offenders.
  • Discuss health and drug courts, plus, scientific jury selection.
  • Apply research findings for expert testimony on jurors.
  • Explain competencies of criminal suspects and risk assessment instruments.
  • Explain juvenile assessment and forms of “waiving” juveniles in criminal courts.
  • Determine psychological competence and differences in delinquencies.
  • Investigate features of psychopaths and controversy over labeling juveniles.
  • Evaluate psychological research on violence and four violence categories.
  • Discuss mass murders and categories, plus, rape and associated demographics.
  • Investigate the types of child molesters and male & female sex offenders.
  • Define mono-cultural psychology and effects of crimes on victims.
  • Explain role of forensic psychologists dealing with adults and child victims.
  • Discuss child maltreatment, Munchausen’s syndrome, and APA child cases.
  • Discuss the types of corrections, psychological treatment, and correctional settings.
  • Discuss psychological inmate screening, correctional treatment, and juveniles.
  • Explore detention, treatment, rehabilitation, and “boot camps.”
  • Review Paint Creek treatment program results and juvenile sex offenders.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
Back


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