In this document, I will describe and provide information about my intended career, Criminal Justice. I will research the coursework required to achieve a degree on this career. I will investigate all the necessary information needed to begin the Criminal Justice career andsuccessfully achieve a degree. Criminal justice is one of the most important majors one can study due to the necessity to keep the streets safe and clean. From street cops, to state troopers all the way to criminal psychologists the criminal justice system is a very important part of modern society as it keeps us safe from murders, rapists and various other criminals.
The criminal justice system works based on the idea that a person who voluntarily and intelligently commits a crime should be punished to the full extent of the law. The reason for the same is that the criminal justice system punishes only those who voluntarily and intelligently commit a crime. It follows those who are forced to commit a crime or those who commit a crime in the state of insanity should not be punished. A career in criminal justice can be a very rewarding career.
The down fall of a career in the criminal justice field is that it is not the safest job out there and it can be very stressful at times. I hope to have a better understanding of the risks involved, and the physical expectations. In Order to obtain a bachelor’s degree on Criminal Justice, I have to attend college and take the required courses. I started college in fall of 2011 with the following courses: FALL 2011 EDUC 1300 Provides students with the foundation to successfully transition to the college learning environment.
Students will expand their knowledge of academic strategies; develop successful learning habits; identify personal learning styles, personality types, and career choices; apply learning strategies in various academic fields; develop critical-thinking competencies; and enhance their use of computer technology. ENGL 0310 Emphasizes practice in all stages of the writing process. Focuses on effectively written short compositions, with appropriate attention to grammar and mechanics. May not be counted toward graduation requirements.
A grade of a “C” or better is required in this course. MATH 0301 Introduces basic mathematical concepts and skills of the real numbers including whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, and an introduction to geometry. Extends the use of operations on the real numbers using applications in business and geometry. READ 0309 Develops advanced vocabulary and comprehension skills on both a literal and analytical level. An exit reading level of twelfth grade and a “C” or better is required for completion of this course. SPRING 2012 ENGL 1301.
Emphasizes intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasizes effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focuses writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. HIST 1301 Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
MATH 0303 Includes topics on solving linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables. Provides introduction which covers functions, fundamental operations on polynomial, and factoring. SOCI 1301 Introduces the scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology.
Provides an analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance. FALL 2012 HIST 1302 Surveys the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. MUSIC 1306 Provides a foundation in the enjoyment and understanding of music through the use of recorded music and song literature.
Examines elements of music and analysis of music form and design in relation to other subjects and activities. MATH 0305 Extends the study of beginning algebra. Includes topics on factoring polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, fractional exponents, complex numbers, quadratic equations, nonlinear inequalities, and exponential and logarithmic expressions. Covers the introduction of rational, radical, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions. ENGL 1301.
Emphasizes intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasizes effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focuses writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. SPRING 2013 CRIJ 2313 Studies the role of corrections in the criminal justice system. Includes organization and theory of correctional systems, institutional operations, management, alternatives to institutionalization, treatments and rehabilitation, and current and future issues.
PHIL 2306 Provides a systematic evaluation of classical and/or contemporary ethical theories concerning the good life, human conduct in society, morals, and standards of value. SPCH 1315 Studies the application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context, with emphasis on audience analysis, speaker delivery, ethics of communication, cultural diversity, and speech organizational techniques to develop students’ speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations. FALL 2013 ENGL 1302
Continues intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasizes effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts (including artistic literature); systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions including the application of these to literature. GOVT 2305 Studies the origin and development of the U.
S. Constitution, structure and powers of the nationalgovernment including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties, and civil rights. MATH 1324 Presents selected topics in algebra including some review topics. Addresses models that include linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions. Addresses other models, including compound interest, break even, and matrices. Introduces probability and statistics. CRIJ 1306.
Examines the role of the judiciary in the criminal justice system. Includes the structure of the American court system, prosecution, right to counsel, pretrial release, grand jury process, adjudication process, types and rules of evidence, and sentencing concepts. SPRING 2014 GOVT 2306 Studies the origin and development of the Texas Constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.
BIOL 1406 Studies the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Includes the concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning. CRIJ 1301 Provides an overview of the criminal justice system including the history and philosophy of criminal justice, the definition of crime, and its nature and impact. CRIJ 1310 Studies the nature of criminal law.
Includes philosophical and historical development, major definitions and concepts, classification of crime, elements of crimes and penalties and individual criminal responsibilities. SPAN 2311 Provides the consolidation of skills acquired at the introductory level. Further development of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasizes comprehension, appreciation, and interpretation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. TRANSFER TO UTEP In order to transfer to University of Texas, you will be preparing all paperwork to get transferred into UTEP and take exam called TEAS.
The Criminal Justice Department at the University of Texas at El Paso offers a Bachelor of Arts (B. A. ) degree in Criminal Justice. The Program provides students with an understanding of criminal behavior and its relationship to society, the nature of law and social control, the organization and management of criminal justice agencies (including law enforcement, courts, and corrections), and the use of research in the Criminal Justice field. The following courses are the prerequisites required: 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
Development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society; Introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice. 1306 Court Systems and Practices Focuses on the role of the courts in the administration of criminal justice, with special attention to the legal processing of criminal defendants. Topics include the structure of the American courts, due process, and right to counsel, pre-trial release, plea bargaining, trial proceedings, and sentencing. 1310 Criminal Law.
History and philosophy of modern criminal law, including the structure, definition, and application of statute and leading case law; the elements of crimes and penalties. 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices A tracing of the evolution and the philosophical underpinnings of institutional and community based correctional practices. 2328 Police Systems and Practices An overview of the structures, functions, and operations of law enforcement agencies in the United States, with emphasis on municipal police departments.
The course surveys police operations, staff functions, personnel policies, and current innovations utilized in delivering police services. Covers such topics as police discretion, ethics, police-community relations, and the future of policing in American society. 3300 Critical Analysis & Response Formulation An overview of the process of effective assessment in the development, application, and administration of criminal justice policy. Prerequisite: CRIJ 1306 with a grade of “C” or better. 3313 Criminology.
This course surveys historical perspectives on crime, contemporary criminological theory, penological theory, current trends in crime, and critical thought on current criminal justice practices and procedures. Particular emphasis is given to the development and application of theory in regard to different types of crimes, “crime waves”, and appropriate penal policy. 4390 The Interdisciplinary Nature of Criminal Justice This course is a critical examination of selected problems and issues in the criminal justice system from an interdisciplinary perspective.
It includes an emphasis on theory and research, using comparative and integrative approaches, and case studies. 3301 Criminal Investigation Fundamentals of criminal investigation, including theory and history, and collection and preservation of evidence. Prerequisite: CRIJ 3350 or consent of instructor. 3303 Private Sector and Criminal Justice The roles of nongovernmental actors in the justice process, with a focus on the legal and sociological implications of their existence in democratic society.
Both volunteer and profit-making agencies will be examined in relation to the traditional criminal justice agencies of police, courts and corrections. Private security and loss prevention operations will be surveyed along with private adjudicatory systems and correctional programs. 3305 Homeland Security and Border Protection An overview of the steps taken by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection to increase security across our borders. These actions and initiatives include a broad range of strategies and defenses that CBP deploys in its anti-terror mission.
CBP’s protective measures include intensified activities in the areas of passenger processing, cargo targeting and inspection, non-intrusive technology inspections, as well as a number of initiatives to increase security along the U. S. -Mexico border. 3307 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism An examination of terrorism using a criminological framework for studying terrorist groups and individuals, terrorist origins, goals, dynamics, ideologies, counter-terrorism, and homeland security. Work in this course involves examination of the structure and dynamics of terrorism in America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Terrorist weapons, strategies and tactics, the hot spots for which they evolve, the ways they operate and receive funding, their use of the media, and theories of counter- terrorism 3308 Juvenile Justice The law of juvenile delinquency and the administration of the juvenile justice system. The historical development of the concept of delinquency, the special status of juveniles before the law, and juvenile justice procedural law will be examined in detail. 3311 Crime Control and Prevention An examination of those activities undertaken by public and private organizations to control and prevent crime.
Those programs which have been successful in reducing the amount of crime will be analyzed, as well as attempts which have been made at predicting and deterring behavior. 3312 Psychology and Law A review of the relationship of psychology to the legal system. Topics include theories of crime, identification and evaluation of criminal suspects, rights of victims and rights of the accused, forensic assessment, jury processes and decision making, punishment and sentencing, and psychological assumptions of legal systems and processes. 3321 Family Violence.
This course surveys definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence in the United States. Special emphasis is given to 1) the impact of variation in definitions of family violence on scientific research and conclusions; 2) the societal response to family violence; and 3) the effectiveness of policing strategies of domestic violence. 3351 Criminal Justice on the United States-Mexico Border An examination of the nature and scope of crime on the United States-Mexico border and an evaluation of the strategies and programs employed by both governments to control criminal activity on the border.
3389 Criminal Justice Ethics This course identifies and examines the complexity of ethics pertaining to the practice of criminal justice. It focuses on applied ethics and the reasoning process justice practitioners can use to analyze and evaluate ethical dilemmas. 4300 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice Focuses on those selected issues and problems confronting the various components of the criminal justice system. Topics covered may change each semester. May be repeated for credit upon change of topic. 4309 Internship in Criminal Justice I.
First part of a program in which the student is assigned two days (or 16-20 hours) each week to a criminal justice agency. A weekly seminar is also required. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic training in practical situations. Prerequisite: Consent of the Program Director and Upper division standing. 4310 Internship in Criminal Justice II A program in which the student is assigned two days (or 16-20 hours) each week to a criminal justice agency. A weekly seminar is also required. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic training in practical situations.
Prerequisite: Consent of Program Director. 4311 Immigration Law and Administration An examination of federal regulations pertaining to legal and illegal immigration into the United States. Among the topics discussed are legalization, employer sanctions, amnesty, and constitutional rights of aliens. POST-GRADUATION Crime is a reality in modern society and as such there is a constant need for qualified professionals who are able to deal with criminal behavior and its impact on society. Such as every career always it’s going to be hard to competitive with others on the same career.
Some careers in criminal justice also require intensive training in use of firearms and other defensive equipment and technologies taught in criminal justice programs. For me the most important thing for career seekers to remember is to keep their heads up and keep looking. Determination and endurance are admirable qualities, and will serve those looking to land their dream job very well. Job seekers should always remember, every “no” is one step closer to a “yes. ” Justice has different variations of the meaning as it progresses throughout the criminal justice system, law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
Having a better understanding of what justice means to myself and others and how it plays different roles in all aspects of the criminal justice system will enable me to be more successful in my future career in criminal justice. Works Cited “Degree Plans. ” Utep. edu. The University of Texas at El Paso, n. d. Web. 2 Oct. 2013 “EPCC Degree Plan: Criminal Justice. ” Epcc. edu. El Paso Community College, n. d. Web. 2 Oct. 2013 “Careers in Criminal Justice. ” Criminal Justice. N. p. , n. d. Web. 9 Oct. 2013. “Investigate a Career in Criminal Justice. ” Careers What Can You Do with a Criminal Justice Degree. N. p. , n. d. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.