Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Criminal Justice Program includes 45 credit hours of criminal justice coursework plus 17 supporting hours in highly relevant fields including psychology, sociology, statistical mathematics and cultural diversity.

NWU’s Archway Curriculum ensures that your criminal justice study combines with strong skills in writing, speaking and critical thinking while developing your literacies in the sciences, humanities and the arts.

For transfer students

Transfer students often have questions about which of their previous credits will apply to their Nebraska Wesleyan degree. Use WebAdvisor to see how your credits will transfer. Select “Guests,” then “Transfer Equivalencies.”

You’ll need to submit your high school transcripts as well as transcripts from any colleges or universities you’ve attended.

For working adults

You’ll need to provide your high school transcripts regardless of the year of your high school graduation.

 

BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include gathering, organizing, interpreting, and presenting data with emphasis on hypothesis testing as a method for decision making in the fields of business and economics. Procedures include z-tests, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation, and simple regression.
Cross listed with ECON 2100.
Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated proficiency in high school algebra or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

COMM 1600 Diversity Issues in U.S. Society (3 hours)

This course focuses on a variety of issues in a pluralistic society. It will provide a theoretical framework for examining pluralism and culture. Some of the major issues/themes to be discussed include an examination of the personal and institutional "-isms" (racism, sexism, etc), language, cultural diversity, and how race/ethnicity influence communication styles. Students will reflect upon their own cultural identity and how their personal and professional experiences are influenced by the course framework. Opportunities will be provided to reflect on the diverse nature of society in both oral and written formats.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
COMM 1650 Communication and Global Diversity (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures and the resulting variations in communication preferences and styles. The focus will be on the study of cultural dynamics that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of different cultural and/or racial backgrounds, particularly as this applies to global interactions. Strategies and skills for successfully communicating across cultural barriers will be discussed and implemented.
Offered through the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: Global
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

A survey course providing an overall view of the criminal justice system, the law, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

CRMJS 2131 Corrections (3 hours)

Analysis of the history, theory, structure, and function of contemporary penal institutions.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology.

CRMJS 2141 Juvenile Justice (3 hours)

This course examines the unique framework and workings of the juvenile justice system. The juvenile justice system is in the process of on-going profound changes in both legal rights and corrections. We will examine the reasons why juveniles commit crimes and status offenses. The current issues in juvenile justice such as: gangs, growth in "female" criminal involvement, and the hardening of juvenile offenders.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2200 Introduction to Policing (3 hours)

This course covers the fundamentals of the history of policing, policing strategies, police qualities, police ethics, policing trends, and policing problems solving exercises.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2210 Probation and Parole (3 hours)

This course explores the types of probation and parole, the demand for probation and parole, the advantages and disadvantages of probation and parole, the job duties and qualifications necessary for probation and parole officers, and how probation and parole is integrated into the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2220 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

This explores the fundamental ethics of working within the criminal justice system. The class will explore the ethics of the various fields such as: forensics, police, probation, parole, corrections, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. We will go deeply into the ethical dilemmas faced by a variety of experts in the criminal justice field.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
CRMJS 2300 Current Issues: Gangs and Gang Culture (3 hours)

Gangs and gang culture is a cutting edge course that explores what gang culture is like, how and why youth join gangs, how hard is it to exit gangs, how the gang culture affects youth and youth decision making, the most effective and least effective ways to combat the growth of gangs, and how communities have failed or been effective at halting gangs.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2310 Current Issues: White Collar Crime (3 hours)

White Collar Crime studies the varied and complex nature of white collar crimes and white collar criminals. The course examines the criminological explanations for white collar crime. The students will get the opportunity to talk with individuals who have committed white collar crimes. The course reviews the various kinds of white collar crime and the role of technology in white collar crimes.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2320 Current Issues: Cyber-Crime (3 hours)

This course explores the explosion of cyber-crime and the challenges of policing cyber-crime. This course examines the profile of cyber-criminals and studies the criminology of cyber-crime.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2330 Current Issues: Terrorism (3 hours)

This course explores the international and national use of terrorism by various deviant groups. The course examines the profile and motivations of terrorists and terrorism. The course looks deeply into the ways law enforcement on the national and international level seeks to combat terrorism. The course examines specific terrorist acts to better understand the governmental body's strategies, and to determine if the governmental body was successful at suppressing future terrorist's acts.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2340 Current Issues: Threat Assessment (3 hours)

This course explores victim risk analysis and threat assessments from the victim's points of view and police's point of view. Victim risk analysis and threat assessment allow police and security officials to develop strategies and tactical plans. We will explore where the police and security officials have been effective and not effective in assessing risk.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 3151 Criminology (3 hours)

An examination of contemporary problems in crime and delinquency with emphasis upon the theories of deviant behavior and correction.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology.

CRMJS 3200 Community Policing (3 hours)

This course explores the trend in modern police forces to go toward the Community Police model and the Problem-Oriented- Police model.  The course explores the changing dynamics of the police officers' duties and the changing dynamics of what it means to be an effective police officer.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRMJS 3210 Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis (3 hours)

Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis is an exciting and an in-depth study of criminal procedures and criminal law.  The students will gain a thorough knowledge of criminal procedures and an outstanding ability to analyze cases.  The students will be better trained in the law than most criminal justice professionals after taking this course.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
CRMJS 3300 Research Methods (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the research process in the social sciences and, in particular, in the study of criminal justice. This course will focus on the basic principles of quantitative and qualitative research. Basic concepts such as topic selection, research design, sampling, methodology selection, interpretation of data and application of research findings will be considered.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice, SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology, and MATH 1300 Statistics or BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics.

CRMJS 4800 Field Experience (1 hour)

The most exciting part of criminal justice is taking our learnings and applying our learnings to "real-world" experiences. We will provide an exciting opportunity to teach in the prison or an exciting opportunity to job shadow criminal justice professionals.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 4920 Capstone (2 hours)

This course is the culmination of the student's academic experience. It serves to synthesize knowledge gained from the criminal justice curriculum as well as from other courses and life experience. It also serves to prepare students for entry-level positions in the area of criminal justice or related fields, and to prepare them for continuing education at the graduate level.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRMJS 2131 Corrections, CRMJS 2141 Juvenile Justice, CRMJS 2200 Introduction to Policing, CRMJS 2210 Probation and Parole CRMJS 2220 Ethical Issues in Criminal JusticeCRMJS 3151 Criminology, CRMJS 3200 Community Policing, CRMJS 3210 Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis, and CRMJS 3300 Research Methods, or permission of the instructor.

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
PSYCH 1010 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development, and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
This is not a First Year Writing Course.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
PSYCH 2700 Abnormal Psychology (4 hours)

An investigation of the symptoms, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders including those associated with anxiety, mood, psychosis, dissociation, somatoform reactions, personality, substance use, sexual dysfunctional/deviance, eating disorders, neurodevelopmental, and neurocognitive disorders.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

This introductory course presents the basic processes of human interaction in everyday life while introducing students to the theories and methods governing social inquiry. The sociological perspective is used to study the impact of the forces of culture, socialization, social stratification, race, gender, and population on human thoughts and actions.
Offered in the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOC 1331 Race Relations and Minority Groups (3 hours)

An analysis of the characteristics and problems of racial and minority groups with special emphasis on the themes of prejudice and discrimination. This course focuses primarily on race relations and minority experiences in the United States.
Offered in the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOC 3111 Crime and Society (3 hours)

This course uses the sociological perspective to consider how deviance, crime, and punishment are defined by their social location in time and place rather than being "absolute" categories. It emphasizes that society's ideas about these topics change across generations and across cultures. We will consider how socially constructed demographic categories such as race, social class, and gender are experienced differently in relation to society and the criminal justice system within that society. The focus will be on the balance between structured inequality and personal experiences in a complicated post-industrial society such as ours.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011/CRMJS 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111/SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology.

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include gathering, organizing, interpreting, and presenting data with emphasis on hypothesis testing as a method for decision making in the fields of business and economics. Procedures include z-tests, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation, and simple regression.
Cross listed with ECON 2100.
Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated proficiency in high school algebra or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

COMM 1600 Diversity Issues in U.S. Society (3 hours)

This course focuses on a variety of issues in a pluralistic society. It will provide a theoretical framework for examining pluralism and culture. Some of the major issues/themes to be discussed include an examination of the personal and institutional "-isms" (racism, sexism, etc), language, cultural diversity, and how race/ethnicity influence communication styles. Students will reflect upon their own cultural identity and how their personal and professional experiences are influenced by the course framework. Opportunities will be provided to reflect on the diverse nature of society in both oral and written formats.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
COMM 1650 Communication and Global Diversity (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures and the resulting variations in communication preferences and styles. The focus will be on the study of cultural dynamics that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of different cultural and/or racial backgrounds, particularly as this applies to global interactions. Strategies and skills for successfully communicating across cultural barriers will be discussed and implemented.
Offered through the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: Global
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

A survey course providing an overall view of the criminal justice system, the law, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

CRMJS 2131 Corrections (3 hours)

Analysis of the history, theory, structure, and function of contemporary penal institutions.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology.

CRMJS 2141 Juvenile Justice (3 hours)

This course examines the unique framework and workings of the juvenile justice system. The juvenile justice system is in the process of on-going profound changes in both legal rights and corrections. We will examine the reasons why juveniles commit crimes and status offenses. The current issues in juvenile justice such as: gangs, growth in "female" criminal involvement, and the hardening of juvenile offenders.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2200 Introduction to Policing (3 hours)

This course covers the fundamentals of the history of policing, policing strategies, police qualities, police ethics, policing trends, and policing problems solving exercises.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2210 Probation and Parole (3 hours)

This course explores the types of probation and parole, the demand for probation and parole, the advantages and disadvantages of probation and parole, the job duties and qualifications necessary for probation and parole officers, and how probation and parole is integrated into the criminal justice system.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2220 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

This explores the fundamental ethics of working within the criminal justice system. The class will explore the ethics of the various fields such as: forensics, police, probation, parole, corrections, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. We will go deeply into the ethical dilemmas faced by a variety of experts in the criminal justice field.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
CRMJS 2300 Current Issues: Gangs and Gang Culture (3 hours)

Gangs and gang culture is a cutting edge course that explores what gang culture is like, how and why youth join gangs, how hard is it to exit gangs, how the gang culture affects youth and youth decision making, the most effective and least effective ways to combat the growth of gangs, and how communities have failed or been effective at halting gangs.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2310 Current Issues: White Collar Crime (3 hours)

White Collar Crime studies the varied and complex nature of white collar crimes and white collar criminals. The course examines the criminological explanations for white collar crime. The students will get the opportunity to talk with individuals who have committed white collar crimes. The course reviews the various kinds of white collar crime and the role of technology in white collar crimes.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2320 Current Issues: Cyber-Crime (3 hours)

This course explores the explosion of cyber-crime and the challenges of policing cyber-crime. This course examines the profile of cyber-criminals and studies the criminology of cyber-crime.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2330 Current Issues: Terrorism (3 hours)

This course explores the international and national use of terrorism by various deviant groups. The course examines the profile and motivations of terrorists and terrorism. The course looks deeply into the ways law enforcement on the national and international level seeks to combat terrorism. The course examines specific terrorist acts to better understand the governmental body's strategies, and to determine if the governmental body was successful at suppressing future terrorist's acts.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 2340 Current Issues: Threat Assessment (3 hours)

This course explores victim risk analysis and threat assessments from the victim's points of view and police's point of view. Victim risk analysis and threat assessment allow police and security officials to develop strategies and tactical plans. We will explore where the police and security officials have been effective and not effective in assessing risk.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 3151 Criminology (3 hours)

An examination of contemporary problems in crime and delinquency with emphasis upon the theories of deviant behavior and correction.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology.

CRMJS 3200 Community Policing (3 hours)

This course explores the trend in modern police forces to go toward the Community Police model and the Problem-Oriented- Police model.  The course explores the changing dynamics of the police officers' duties and the changing dynamics of what it means to be an effective police officer.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRMJS 3210 Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis (3 hours)

Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis is an exciting and an in-depth study of criminal procedures and criminal law.  The students will gain a thorough knowledge of criminal procedures and an outstanding ability to analyze cases.  The students will be better trained in the law than most criminal justice professionals after taking this course.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
CRMJS 3300 Research Methods (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the research process in the social sciences and, in particular, in the study of criminal justice. This course will focus on the basic principles of quantitative and qualitative research. Basic concepts such as topic selection, research design, sampling, methodology selection, interpretation of data and application of research findings will be considered.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice, SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology, and MATH 1300 Statistics or BUSAD 2100 Business and Economic Statistics.

CRMJS 4800 Field Experience (1 hour)

The most exciting part of criminal justice is taking our learnings and applying our learnings to "real-world" experiences. We will provide an exciting opportunity to teach in the prison or an exciting opportunity to job shadow criminal justice professionals.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRMJS 4920 Capstone (2 hours)

This course is the culmination of the student's academic experience. It serves to synthesize knowledge gained from the criminal justice curriculum as well as from other courses and life experience. It also serves to prepare students for entry-level positions in the area of criminal justice or related fields, and to prepare them for continuing education at the graduate level.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRMJS 2131 Corrections, CRMJS 2141 Juvenile Justice, CRMJS 2200 Introduction to Policing, CRMJS 2210 Probation and Parole CRMJS 2220 Ethical Issues in Criminal JusticeCRMJS 3151 Criminology, CRMJS 3200 Community Policing, CRMJS 3210 Advanced Criminal Law Case Analysis, and CRMJS 3300 Research Methods, or permission of the instructor.

MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
PSYCH 1010 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

The Introduction to Psychological Science course will engage students in a learner-centered approach to the science of behavior and mental processes by synthesizing these areas of psychology: Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development, and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Individual Variations, and Applications of Psychological Science.
This is not a First Year Writing Course.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
PSYCH 2700 Abnormal Psychology (4 hours)

An investigation of the symptoms, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders including those associated with anxiety, mood, psychosis, dissociation, somatoform reactions, personality, substance use, sexual dysfunctional/deviance, eating disorders, neurodevelopmental, and neurocognitive disorders.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

This introductory course presents the basic processes of human interaction in everyday life while introducing students to the theories and methods governing social inquiry. The sociological perspective is used to study the impact of the forces of culture, socialization, social stratification, race, gender, and population on human thoughts and actions.
Offered in the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Scientific Investigations: Social Science
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOC 1331 Race Relations and Minority Groups (3 hours)

An analysis of the characteristics and problems of racial and minority groups with special emphasis on the themes of prejudice and discrimination. This course focuses primarily on race relations and minority experiences in the United States.
Offered in the Adult Undergraduate program only.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Diversity Instructive: U.S.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Reflected Self Thread
SOC 3111 Crime and Society (3 hours)

This course uses the sociological perspective to consider how deviance, crime, and punishment are defined by their social location in time and place rather than being "absolute" categories. It emphasizes that society's ideas about these topics change across generations and across cultures. We will consider how socially constructed demographic categories such as race, social class, and gender are experienced differently in relation to society and the criminal justice system within that society. The focus will be on the balance between structured inequality and personal experiences in a complicated post-industrial society such as ours.
Prerequisite(s): CRMJS 1011/CRMJS 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice and SOC 1111/SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology.

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread

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