National University

Request Information

(800) 628-8648 Get Started

Campus Finder

Areas of Study

CJA101 Intro to Criminal Justice

Lead Faculty: Dr. James E. Guffey

Course Description

Introduction to the characteristics of the American Criminal Justice System. Emphasis placed on examining due process, U.S. Constitutional rights, criminal activity, crime causation, and law enforcement response to criminal activity. Explores the components of the American Criminal Justice System.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the three components of the criminal justice system and how they interact with each other.
  • Define the extent of crime in the U.S.
  • Identify The Foundations of Criminal Justice andamp;#8211; What is crime, justice and the rule of law?
  • Explain how law enforcement focuses on its policing component, its history, structure, roles, ethical issues and other challenges.
  • Describe judicial processes that include the administration of justice, role of prosecution, sentencing and appeals.
  • Define how the corrections system, jails, prisons, alternative sanctions, community corrections including probation and parole rehabilitate and release prisoners back into the community.