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Administration of Justice (ADJ)

ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 cr.) Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components - law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System (3 cr.) Presents the evolution, philosophy, structures and processes of the American juvenile delinquency system; surveys the rights of juveniles, dispositional alternatives, rehabilitation methods and current trends. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology (3 cr.) Surveys the volume and scope of crime; considers a variety of theories developed to explain the causation of crime and criminality. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 128 Patrol Administration and Operations (3 cr.) Studies the goals, methods and techniques of police patrol with focus on the norms which govern work behavior in a police career. Examines the responsibilities of administrators and field supervisors of patrol in the local and state law enforcement agencies. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional (3 cr.) Examines ethical dilemmas pertaining to the criminal justice system, including those in policing, courts and corrections. Focuses on some of the specific ethical choices that must be made by the criminal justice professional.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 140 Introduction to Corrections (3 cr.) Focuses on societal responses to the offender. Traces the evolution of practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Reviews contemporary correctional activities and their relationships to other aspects of the criminal justice system. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 170 Street Gangs and Law Enforcement (3 cr.) Teaches the philosophy and history of gangs in America through the eyes of law enforcement, courts, corrections and the citizenry. Examines methods by which law enforcement defines the gang problem and intervenes in gang membership. Explores gang globalization; differentiates street gangs and terrorist cells. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 171-172 Forensic Science I-II ( 3 cr.) ( 3 cr.) Introduces students to crime scene technology, procedures for sketching, diagramming and using casting materials.  Surveys the concepts of forensic chemistry, fingerprint classification/identification and latent techniques, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, death investigation techniques, thin-layer chromatographic methods, and arson materials examination. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 196 On-Site Training (Internship Education) (3 cr.) Bridges the gap between theory and practice by allowing students to apply skills learned in the classroom to practical on-the-job learning situations. A minimum of 120 contact hours (approximately 10 hours of voluntary work per week for 15 weeks) with a criminal justice agency is required.  Prerequisite: Must meet requirements specified by the ADJ Program Head.

ADJ 205 Causes of Crime and Delinquency (3 cr.) Teaches the principal causes, conditions, motives and other influences which tend to encourage young persons or adults to become involved in illegal acts or criminal careers, crime and delinquency rates. Adult and juvenile justice systems will also be compared and studied. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 211-212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I-II (3 cr.) (3 cr.) Teaches the elements of proof for major and common crimes and the legal classification of offenses.  Studies the kinds, degrees, and admissibility of evidence and its presentation in criminal proceedings with emphasis on legal guidelines for methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Surveys the procedural requirements from arrest to final disposition in the various American court systems with focus on the Virginia jurisdiction.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (3 cr.) Surveys the historical and current usage of narcotics and dangerous drugs. Teaches the identification and classification of such drugs and emphasizes the symptoms and effects on their users. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in law enforcement efforts against illicit drug usage. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and the Community (3 cr.) Considers current efforts by law enforcement personnel to achieve an effective working relationship with the community. Surveys and analyzes various interactive approaches of law enforcement agencies and the citizenry they serve. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation (3 cr.) Surveys the fundamentals of criminal investigation procedures and techniques. Examines crime scene search, collecting, handling and preserving of evidence.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 237 Advanced Criminal Investigation (3 cr.) Introduces specialized tools and scientific aids used in criminal investigation. Applies investigative techniques to specific situations and preparation of trial evidence.  Prerequisite: ADJ 236 or Instructor’s permission. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 240 Techniques of Interviewing (3 cr.) Provides the student with essential skills and techniques necessary to obtain quality information from victims, witnesses, and suspects, regarding criminal activity. Emphasizes locations and settings for interviews, kinesics, proxemics, and paralinguistics of both the interviewer and interviewee.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 241 Correctional Law (3 cr.) Studies the legal rights and obligations of the convict-probationer, inmate, and parolee. Surveys methods of enforcing both rights and obligations and the responsibilities of corrections agencies and personnel under correctional law (constitutional, statutory, and regulatory provisions). Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 248 Probation, Parole, and Treatment (3 cr.) Surveys the philosophy, history, organization, personnel and functioning of traditional and innovative probation and parole programs; considers major treatment models for clients. Lecture 3 hours per week.