Certification in Criminal Justice Education

A program in Criminal Justice Education is offered at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, to students enrolled in the National Academy Program. All students in this 11-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 five following areas:
  1. Behavioral Science
  2. Education and Communication Arts
  3. Forensic Science
  4. Law
  5. Management Science
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, not enrolled in the National Academy Program.


Behavioral Science

CJ 360 - (3) (Y)
Socio-Psychological Aspects of Community Behavior
A multidisciplined approach to the understanding of intergroup relationships as they pertain to the traditional and contemporary functions of law enforcement. Basic tenets of sociology, psychology, and political science are applied to the present-day problems of community relations and crime.

CJ 401 - (3) (Y)
Death Investigation
Designed for both uniform and investigative law enforcement personnel who have responsibility for the investigation of deaths. It involves analysis of all aspects of the death case to arrive at the true cause and manner of death (homicide, suicide, accidental, or natural). Factors emphasized for interpretation include the scene of the death, physical and psychological evidence, the autopsy, motivation, and personality profiles.

CJ 459 - (3) (Y)
Clinical Forensic Psychology
A comprehensive study of identifying basic issues regarding clinical forensic psychology, understanding basic definitions of clinical forensic psychology and application of issues and definitions of clinical forensic psychology within law enforcement.

CJ 461 - (3) (Y)
Practical Crime Analysis
Covers the techniques, materials, and methods commonly employed in the analysis of crime and criminal activity. Includes the use of forecasts, mapping techniques, optimizing the use of databases, and instruction on the administration of crime analysis.

CJ 462 - (3) (Y)
Applied Criminal Psychology
Emphasis is placed on the examination of the various theories of crime causation and their application to specific problems of antisocial behavior and crime prevention.

CJ 463 - (3) (Y)
Gangs and Gang Violence
Provides administrators with understanding of gangs and gang violence, sociological and psychological models of members, the role violence plays in gangs, influences and trends, the shift from instrumental violence to expressive violence, specific gangs and related activities, and other aspects relative to law enforcement.

CJ 464 - (3) (Y)
Stress Management in Law Enforcement
Social, economic, and political trends of U.S. society are identified and discussed. Topics include the changing role of the law enforcement officer, specific effects of occupational stress on the line officer and administrator, and individual and organizational stress management.

CJ 465 - (3) (Y)
Interpersonal Violence
Advanced methodology in the investigation of sexual assaults and inter-family violence. Discussions include the various deviant sexual behaviors, child abuse, psychopathology of the offender and the victim, and the application of forensic pathology to such investigations.

CJ 511 - (3) (Y)
Applied Research Methods in Law Enforcement
Graduate level course combining research methodology and introductory statistics. Use of the computer for the purpose of conducting data analysis with SPSS and analysis of research proposals and studies related to police concerns are subject areas, with extensive hands-on use of computers and critiques of existing research articles and proposals.

CJ 514 - (3) (Y)
Violence in America
Encompasses an 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 in violence. Examines research findings and dis-cusses the role of high technology in dealing with violence and the future of violence in America.

CJ 587 - (3) (Y)
Community Policing Issues
Similar to CJ 387 with additional course focus and requirements for graduate students.

Forensic Science

CJ 345 - (2) (Y)
Crime Scene Photography
Provides basic photographic concepts and techniques used to obtain high quality crime scene photographs and the basics of a thorough photographic documentation of a crime scene.

CJ 384 - (2) (Y)
Identification Photography
Studies the organization and operation of a latent photographic laboratory. Students learn about the essential processing equipment, chemicals, techniques, the collection and preservation of evidence, and legal aspects of laboratory photography. Includes practical applications of techniques.

CJ 466 - (2) (Y)
Latent Fingerprints-from Crime Scene to Courtroom
Examines intensively 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 472 - (2) (Y)
Science Management Issues
An advanced course dealing with key forensic science management issues, including managing a forensic laboratory, a crime scene unit, a crime scene and mass disaster. Instruction includes lecture, extensive class discussion, case reviews and small group problems.

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. 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 534 - (3) (Y)
Forensic Application of DNA Typing Methods
A comprehensive exposure to the methods of molecular biology that enable detection of polymorphic regions in DNA. Focus is on principles of human genetics; structure and function of DNA; techniques pertinent to recombinant DNA; categories of polymorphisms that occur in DNA; and detailed examinations of the molecular biochemistry that underlies each of the DNA typing procedures used in the forensic laboratory.

CJ 535 - (3) (Y)
Laboratory Application of DNA Typing Methods
Devoted exclusively to the laboratory techniques that enable genetic typing of DNA in forensic evidence specimens through restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Laboratory procedures accompany material presented in CJ 534 and center on typing procedure as it applies to the individualization of body fluids and stains and includes interpretation and presentation of test results.

Law Enforcement Communication

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 problems of language communication. Frequent, short, written, and oral presentations based on readings and discussions of the role of law enforcement in modern society are used to help the student become a more articulate, confident, and fluent communicator.

CJ 372 - (3) (Y)
Mass Media and the Police
Explores the role of mass media in society with particular emphasis on the relation of the media and the development of appropriate law enforcement policy. Examines the nature of the media and the development of appropriate law enforcement. Practical exercises include writing and delivering news releases in a variety of situations and settings.

CJ 373 - (3) (Y)
Interviewing and Interrogation
The fundamentals of interviewing for both the investigator and the trainer, and deals with the physiological and psychological aspects of interviewing and interrogation. Topics include detection of deception, nonverbal behavior, and persuasion. Emphasis is on practical application.

CJ 378 - (3) (Y)
Instructor Development
A practical, skills-oriented program for the law enforcement agency instructor. Current instructional techniques are emphasized: instructional methods, lesson planning, instructional objectives, audiovisual support, communication, and delivery.

CJ 521 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
Focuses on instructional problems and curricular concerns in various areas of law enforcement education with emphasis on the systematic development, implementation, evaluation, and administration of law enforcement education and training programs.

CJ 523 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Media Relations for the Law Enforcement Executive
Focuses on contemporary relations between law enforcement and the news media. Particular emphasis is on the development of a proactive versus reactive departmental media strategy.


CJ 356 - (3) (Y)
Legal Issues for Command-Level Officers
Study of the major institutions and processes in the criminal justice system in relation to the police function. Focuses on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, judicial review, and the use of exclusionary rules to effect constitutional, statutory, and judicial policy. Other topics include the laws governing investigative techniques, such as arrest, search and seizure, confessions, evidence and theories of proof, electronic surveillance, eyewitness identification, entrapment, civil liability, and the system of juvenile justice.

CJ 358 - (3) (Y)
Legal Issues for the Police Administrator
Analysis of problems and legal as well as managerial solutions relating to the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, discipline, and firing of officers. Topics include union organizations, affirmative action plans, internal grievance procedures, the use of organization records, and liability. Recent court decisions, articles, and applicable statutes provide the study materials.

CJ 359 - (3) (Y)
Comparative U.S. Government Institutions
Seminar explores a variety of American social, political, and cultural institutions and traditions and their relationship to American police systems. It includes visitations to selected historical sites, government facilities, and academic institutions.

Management Science

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 353 - (2) (Y)
Microcomputers for Managers
Provides law enforcement officers with an orientation to microcomputers from a management perspective. Topic areas include basics and relevant terminology, use of workstations for administrative and decision support functions, impact of computers on employees and organizations, and evolving computer technology as it applies to management applications.

CJ 355 - (3) (Y)
Leadership, Ethics, Decision Making
Systematic and analytical approaches to problem solving from the traditional to the modern. The course examines the methods used by managers in solving problems and arriving at decisions and identifies errors and pitfalls that are encountered in the problem-solving and decision-making process. Students evaluate themselves as problem-solvers and decision-makers.

CJ 454 - (4) (Y)
Management Planning and Budgets
The principles of management are discussed and applied to the budget process as it relates to the manager's functions and responsibility. Areas covered include program budgeting, costing, functional organizational design, program structures, and application of Management by Objectives (MBO). Budget preparation, utilization of Zero-Base Budgeting, and principles of decision making.

CJ 468 - (3) (Y) Police Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Deals with the nature and purpose of police unions, their goals, impact on management's prerogatives, and activities they employ in the labor movement. Emphasis includes study of labor relations from the standpoint of collective bargaining contracts, with emphasis on the process of negotiating agreements, including bargaining procedures, tactics, and strategies.

CJ 501 - (3) (Y)
Human Behavior in Organizations
Advanced course which focuses on changing patterns of behavior in organizations. As a program of study and exercises related to human behavior, it 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. The methods and strategies of organizational development are examined with the aim of increasing effectiveness and adaptation to change.

CJ 503 - (3) (Y)
Executive Leadership Seminar
The leadership role and the leadership process. The requirements and developmental needs for current and future leadership roles are emphasized.

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

All Areas

CJ 490 - (1-3) (Y)
Directed Study
Provides students with the opportunity to work under close faculty supervision on individual study projects when particular needs cannot be met by registration in 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 registration in regularly scheduled courses. Credit is determined by the nature and scope of the project undertaken.