Main Content

Administration Justice Course Descriptions

Catalog and Student Handbook

Back to Course Descriptions

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 110: Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 cr.) — Studies the philosophy and history of law enforcement, presenting an overview of the crime problem and policy response issues. Surveys the jurisdictions and organizations of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Examines qualification requirements and career opportunities in the law enforcement profession. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 111: Law Enforcement Organization and Administration I (3 cr.) — Teaches the principles of organization and administration of law enforcement agencies. Studies the management of line operations, staff and auxiliary services, investigative, and juvenile units. Introduces the concept of data processing; examines policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to crime prevention. Surveys concepts of protection of life and property, detection of offenses, and apprehension of offenders. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 116: Special Enforcement Topics (3 cr.) — Considers contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in modern law enforcement. 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 171-172: Forensic Science I-II (4 cr.) — Introduces student 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. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week.

ADJ 201-202: Criminology (3 cr.) — Studies current and historical data pertaining to criminal and other deviant behavior. Examines theories that explain crime and criminal behavior in human society. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 211-212: Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I-II (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. Prerequisite for ADJ 212: Completion of ADJ 211. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ADJ 225: Courts and the Administration of Justice (3 cr.) — Studies court systems with emphasis on the technical procedures required, from incident occurrence to final disposition of the case, noting the applicable principles of civil and criminal law; focuses on Virginia courts, laws, and procedures. 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 234: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (3 cr.) — Surveys the historical and current practices of terrorism that are national, transnational, or domestic in origin. Includes biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber-terrorism. Teaches the identification and classification of terrorist organizations, violent political groups and issue-oriented militant movements. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in counter terrorist efforts domestically and internationally. Prerequisites: ADJ 100. 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 243: Homeland Security and Law (3 cr.) — Covers relationships abroad, the mission of federal, state, and local government at home, and the best way to provide for the common defense. Examines HLS and emergency management, FEMA’s place in public policy, law, and management, HLS initiatives, and new partnerships for HLS covering the government, private sector and higher education. Discusses civil rights issues, the USA Patriot Act; future challenges and roles of intelligence agencies; foreign policy aspects and views. Prerequisite: Completed ADJ 111.

Back to Course Descriptions