CJ& 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice • 5 Cr.


Surveys the criminal justice process from arrest through release. Students examine the relationships and responsibilities of and among police, prosecutors, courts, and probation and parole systems.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Use a working vocabulary based on the terminology used in the three components of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Differentiate between the workings and responsibilities of the three major components of the American Criminal Justice System: the police, the courts and corrections.
  • Describe the theories, models and concepts within the Criminal Justice System and determine their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Explain how laws are made, categorized and enforced and the process of deciding how these laws are applied to case based situations.
  • Identify the reasons why experts in the field think the term Criminal Justice System is a myth and a true system is non-existent.
  • Examine the current major issues within the Criminal Justice System and be able to explain those issues giving case based examples of what they are.