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Course Descriptions

Certificate Program in Criminal Justice Education

A program in Criminal Justice Education is offered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia to students enrolled in the National Academy Program. All students in this 10-week program are required to complete a minimum of 13 credits of academic work (undergraduate and/or graduate) with at least one course in each of the following areas: behavioral science; forensic science; law enforcement communication; law; leadership development.

Each student may elect to take an additional one to three credits of course work. Some of these courses are offered to students sponsored by the FBI who are not enrolled in the National Academy Program.

Required Courses (5): minimum of 13 credits, including one course in each of the following areas: behavioral science, forensic science, law enforcement communication, law, and leadership development.

Electives (variable): students may elect to take an additional one to three credits of course work.

Course Descriptions


Behavioral Science

CJ 361 - (3) (Y)
Applied Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Operations

An overview of applied behavioral science for law enforcement operations. This course includes an introduction to criminal investigative analysis, community oriented policing, crisis negotiations for commanders, and other psychological/criminological topics of interest to law enforcement managers.

CJ 387 - (3) (Y)
Community Policing Issues

Designed for all law enforcement leaders, particularly executives responsible for developing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating community policing, problem oriented policing, or crime prevention programs. The thrust of this course is to empower students to positively impact quality of life issues in their communities through partnerships between law enforcement and the community itself. While submerged in group/community projects, students are challenged to compare and contrast the spirit of their community with the policing philosophy applied by their agencies.

CJ 416/516 - (3) (Y)
Crime Analysis, Futuristics and Law Enforcement: The 21st Century

Seminar conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate level in which law enforcement managers are introduced to the study of crime analysis and futures research and the utility that each has for law enforcement managers. Students will learn to utilize databases and mapping techniques to analyze criminal activity and will be shown how to forecast, manage, and create the future.

CJ417/517 - (3) (Y)
Managing Investigations of Death and Sexual Offenses Using Investigative Psychology

Course conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels designed to equip law enforcement managers and supervisors with the unique skills, knowledge, and management techniques necessary for overseeing and monitoring death, violent crimes, and sexually related investigations by applying behavior science research.

CJ 470 - (3) (Y)
Gangs, Developmental Issues, and Criminal Behavior

Provides police administrator with a basic understanding of the applicability of behavioral science to the investigation of juvenile violence and gang behavior. This course will examine gang dynamics, causation, various types of gangs and juvenile offenders, violence in schools, crime patterns and trends, and solvability factors. Other areas to be discussed include risk predictors, and contributing factors.

CJ 475 - (3) (Y)
Stress Management in Law Enforcement

Examines stress in law enforcement. Covers stressors most likely encountered on the job and in one’s personal life. Topics include individual/organizational and family stress management techniques and helping officers to maintain or regain control of their lives.

CJ 514 - (3) (Y)
Violence in America

Encompasses a historical, contemporary, and future perspective. Issues include the role of weapons in American culture, patterns and trends of violence, legitimate use of violence, cultural differences and formulation of value systems, relationship of drugs and violence, and the role of women and the media. Examines research findings and discusses the role of high technology in dealing with violence and the future of violence in America. All students must bring with them a completed, fully adjudicated case that can be used for teaching and research purposes. The case must exhibit some degree of violent behavior, for example, hate-related homicide, suicide by cops, serial murder, or serial sex offense.

CJ 560 - (3) (Y)
Violent Behavior: A Biopsychosocial Approach

A graduate seminar geared toward the student with a general background and understanding of the basic principles of psychopathology and psychodynamics. Focuses on behavioral analysis of crime scenes and behavioral aspects of interviewing and interrogation. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, and each student is required to bring a closed homicide or sex offense case.

Forensic Science

CJ 375 - (3) (Y)
Evidentiary Photography

Provides photographic concepts and techniques for crime scene and latent fingerprint photography. Students learn about the essential processing equipment, techniques, and legal aspects of laboratory photography. Includes practical application of classroom instruction.

CJ 376 - (3) (Y)
Critical Incident Investigative Response Management

The course is designed to familiarize the law enforcement manager with the management, behavioral, and forensic science resources available in a criminal investigation. Management, behavioral, and forensic resources are introduced and applied using a child abduction/homicide case scenario. The course demonstrates the successful integration, application, and effectiveness of the various resources. The course is a mixture of field exercises, student participation exercises, and lectures on the various resources used throughout the course.

CJ 466 - (2) (Y)
Latent Fingerprints—from Crime Scene to Courtroom

Intensively examines all phases of latent print work including powdering, photographing and lifting latent prints, preparation of chemicals and chemical development of latent prints, crime scene search, comparisons of inked and latent prints, preparation of charted enlargements, and moot court training. Emphasizes practical training in Forensic Science Identification Laboratory.

CJ 473 - (3) (Y)
Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers

Addresses forensic science issues, such as managing a crime scene, the role and value of different types of physical evidence, and current trends and issues. Provides a basic overview of forensic science.

CJ 477 - (5) (Y)
Administrative Advanced Latent Fingerprints

An advanced course providing concentrated studies in all phases of latent print work, including related administrative matters and how to effectively identify, develop, process, and preserve latent print evidence both at the crime scenes and in the laboratory. Emphasis is placed on identifying latent prints with inked prints and the presentation of expert fingerprint testimony.

CJ 544 - (3) (Y)
Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

This course provides classroom and laboratory experience in the principles and procedures involved in typing mtDNA from evidentiary items such as hair, teeth, and bones. Classroom instruction is focused on the nature of mtDNA, molecular biology principles involved in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing, and legal issues related to this technique. Discussions regarding scientific literature published in the area of forensic mtDNA analysis are also conducted. Laboratory procedures include DNA extraction, PCR, quantification of amplified products by capillary electrophoresis, and automated sequencing. Computer-based practice compiling sequences and database searches using appropriate software is provided and moot court exercises are conducted.

Law Enforcement Communication

CJ 324/524 - (3) (Y)
Interviewing Strategies Through Statement Analysis

Hands-on seminar provides a structured method of examining verbal and written statements of suspects, victims and witnesses. Provides linguistic tools to assist investigator in gaining insight to the speaker/writer and in detecting areas of deception.

CJ 367 - (3) (Y)
Effective Writing

Explores writing as a process comprising at least five steps. Students learn methods for getting started and sound guidelines for developing a clear, organized writing style. Course is designed to help the student become a more confident and effective writer.

CJ 369 - (3) (Y)
Effective Communication

An introduction to effective communication techniques with emphasis on oral communication. Frequent researched and rehearsed oral presentations in a variety of settings, from formal to informal, help prepare the law enforcement official to become a more articulate, confident, and fluent public communicator.

CJ 372 - (3) (Y)
Mass Media and the Police

Explores the role of mass media in society emphasizing the relationship between the media and the development of appropriate law enforcement policy. Practical exercises include writing and delivering news releases in a variety of situations and settings.

CJ 373 - (3) (Y)
Interviewing and Interrogation

Examines the fundamentals of interviewing for both the investigator and the trainer and deals with the physiological and cognitive aspects of interviewing and interrogation. Topics include interviewing techniques, detection of deception, including statement analysis, and interrogation. Emphasizes practical application.

CJ 378 - (3) (Y)
Instructor Development

A practical, skills-oriented program for the law enforcement agency instructor. Current instructional techniques are emphasized, including instructional methods, lesson planning, instructional objectives, audiovisual support, communication, and delivery.

CJ 522 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Organizational Communications for Law Enforcement Executives

Highly interactive seminar designed to explore communications systems within public and private organizations, with particular focus on federal, state, and local law enforcement. Course will provide organizational leaders with strategies and competencies designed to promote a communications-intensive work environment as well as hone individual interpersonal communications skills.

CJ 523 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Media Relations for the Law Enforcement Executive

Focuses on contemporary relations between law enforcement and the news media. Emphasizes the development of a proactive versus reactive departmental media strategy and the formation of effective media policy.


CJ 210 - (1) (Y)
Basics in Criminal Justice Research

Instructs students how to use electronic and print academic resources from the Web homepage of the FBI Library, the Internet, and onsite facilities. It covers improving searching abilities and information-gathering skills needed by the law enforcement community. Does not meet course requirement for Law; is offered as an elective.

CJ 356 - (3) (Y)
Legal Issues for Command-Level Officers

Discusses legal considerations that impact administrative and investigative decisions of command and mid-level police administrators. Provides a review of recent developments in federal Constitutional criminal procedure. Also explores the impact of Constitutionally-based employment rights on departmental operations and the impact of Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act on police administration.

CJ 357 -(3) (Y)
Labor Law Issues for Law Enforcement Administrators

Focuses on the basics of Labor Law for police administrators. Contents of the course include forming the employment relationship; constitutional employment rights; conducting internal investigations; employment discrimination law; wage and hour statutes; fitness for duty; departmental civil liability to employees; and workers compensation laws.

Leadership Development

CJ 211 – (2) (Y)
Introduction to Microcomputers in Law Enforcement

This course is designed for the law enforcement officer who has little or no experience with microcomputers. Primary goals are to provide an orientation to the fundamentals of microcomputer operation and to help the student cultivate computer learning skills. Major software applications in the Windows operating environment are covered. Does not meet course requirement for Leadership Development; is offered as an elective.

CJ 352 - (3) (Y)
Management for Law Enforcement

Principles of management concepts and theories are identified, defined, and applied to law enforcement. Theories and practices used in industry and business are examined and evaluated, and practical problems and exercises are used to illustrate avenues to achieve objectives.

CJ 355 - (3) (Y)
Leadership, Ethics, Decision-Making

Explores the areas of leadership, ethics, and decision-making in the context of law enforcement using class discussion and participation, small-group dynamics, and some case studies. Topics include understanding organizational culture and history, future trends, and the impact these topics have on decision making and police management.

CJ 374 - (3) (Y)
Computer Crimes for Police Supervisors

This is a hands-on class for police managers. The course is divided into four parts. Part one is the intermediate to advanced use of common office production software to create reports for case files and court. Part two is the examination of policies and procedures related to the proper use of department-owned computers, such as laptops, desktops, mobile data terminals/computers, web cell phones, PDAs and other digital storage devices. Part three consists of three hands-on practical exercises associated to digital evidence. Part four is how to organize, maintain and manage a high tech computer crimes unit for state and local law enforcement.

CJ 381 - (3) (Y)
Ethics in Law Enforcement

Provides the law enforcement manager/ leader with both the philosophical theory that forms the foundation of ethics in law enforcement and the applied principles that promote ethical conduct in law enforcement personnel and organizations.

CJ 454 - (5) (Y)
Management Planning and Budgets

Designed for those involved in preparing budgets for their departments, this course emphasizes the line item budget format and also considers other types of budgets such as program, performance, and zero base budgets. Topics include analytical methods for financial forecasting and the application for, and management of, federal grants. Students use computers to prepare a line item budget.

CJ 501 - (3) (Y)
Human Behavior in Organizations

Advanced course focusing on changing patterns of behavior in organizations. Identifies problem areas in organizations, how structural relationships and leadership patterns influence the climate of an agency, and how groups influence the behavior of individuals within an organizational setting. Examines the methods and strategies of organizational development with the aim of increasing effectiveness and adaptation to change.

CJ 503 - (3) (Y)
Executive Leadership

Analysis of the leadership role and the leadership process. Emphasizes the requirements and developmental needs for current and future leadership roles.

CJ 507 - (3) (Y)
Managing Organizational Change and Development

This seminar focuses on the effect of change and development on the behavior of employees. It studies the nature of planned change, methods of managing change, ways to diagnose changes and development, and ways to implement change in police departments and other organizations.

CJ 521 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement

Focuses on contemporary issues and leadership concerns in various areas of law enforcement, leadership and management, emphasizing problem solving and the systematic development of improvement innovations.

All Areas

CJ 490 - (1-3) (Y)
Directed Study

Provides students with the opportunity to work under close faculty supervision on individual projects when particular needs cannot be met by taking regular courses.

CJ 502 - (3) (Y)
Independent Study and Research

This graduate experience permits students to work, under close faculty guidance, on individual research projects when particular needs cannot be met by taking regularly scheduled courses. Credit is determined by the nature and scope of the project undertaken.


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