South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Criminal Justice System Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


CJS 101 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System  (IAI: CRJ 901) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Administration of justice in the U.S. with a general overview of the total system; functional areas of the criminal justice system; role of police, courts and corrections; nature of law; interrelation of various components that form the system.

CJS 102 - Police Administration (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

The identification of constitutional and statutory mandates of a police department and their translation into operational objectives. The construction of an organizational apparatus necessary to accomplish criminal justice goals. The development of a pattern of dynamic practices to ensure an administrative state of maximum output in terms of quality and quantity per unit of taxpayers financial investment.

CJS 103 - Police Operations (3, 3)

Line activities of law enforcement agencies. Emphasis on patrol function, prevention of crime, traffic, investigative, juvenile, vice, and other specialized operational units.

CJS 104 - Criminology  (IAI: CRJ 912) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Deviant behavior, criminology theories, synthesis, police applications, crime prevention and the phenomenon of crime.

CJS 105 - Criminal Law (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Designed for both criminal justice personnel and for students aspiring to a career in criminal justice or a greater knowledge of criminal laws. Current interpretation and applications of local, state and federal laws. This is not to be construed as a basic or theory course in criminal law.

CJS 106 - Introduction to Corrections (3, 3)

This is an introductory course examining correctional history, processes, structures, and ideologies in the United States.

CJS 171 - Security Administration (3, 3)

Historical, philosophical and legal framework for security operations. Specific security processes and programs currently and historically used. Protection of governmental and proprietary systems and installations. Programs for factories, railroads, retail stores. Security education and training. Environmental, political, financial, and legal ramifications of security.

CJS 201 - Security/Loss Prevention (3, 3)

Functional operation of all components of the security industry including legal issues, security systems, community relations, and policies and procedures for loss prevention.

CJS 206 - Criminal Investigation (3, 3)

Fundamentals of criminal investigation including investigative techniques and procedures. Applications of the philosophical principles of deductive and inductive reasoning to criminal investigation. Emphasis placed on the investigation of major crimes.

CJS 207 - Evidence and Criminal Procedure (3, 3)

Study of the rules of evidence as they apply to judicial proceedings and administrative hearings relative to the criminal process. Development of the underlying rationale of the rules. Emphasis placed on collection and admissibility of evidence.

CJS 208 - Forensic Science (3, 3)

Introduction to the theories and practices of scientific techniques as applied to crime detection. The course will include crime scene processing, the potential of physical evidence, the examination and evaluation of evidence and laboratory procedures.

CJS 209 - Community Policing (3, 3)

Examines issues in community policing with emphasis on the concept of public and community relations as well as police involvement in community problems. Emphasis on police achieving and maintaining public support, human relations and public information.

CJS 210 - Traffic Law & Investigation (3, 3)

Illinois traffic laws, regulations and enforcement. Administration, development, duties of agencies responsible for highway traffic law enforcement and accident investigation.

CJS 211 - Criminal Justice Field Work I (3, 11)

Prerequisite: Consent of coordinator, see coordinator semester prior to registration

Field work assignment with a law enforcement agency within the College community area. Ten hours per week at the agency plus one hour per week in seminar session at the College.

CJS 212 - Constitutional Law (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Constitutional provisions and principles with emphasis upon the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth amendments as they apply to the criminal justice system.

CJS 213 - Police Supervision & Leadership (3, 3)

Fundamentals of interpersonal relations and supervising techniques, theories of supervision, morale, employee motivation and discipline, modes of communication, authority and control, work distribution and professional ethics. Focus on practical supervisory problems within a police organization.

CJS 214 - International Criminal Justice (3, 3)

This course provides an international perspective on crime, causation, treatment, tactics, and theory. A cross-cultural approach will be used which recognizes cultural, religious, ethnic and racial differences and their impact on the Criminal Justice System.

CJS 215 - Police Report Writing (3, 3)

Enhances the writing skills to prepare a legally sound report which includes elements of probable cause, production of negative evidence, use of legal language of the court system and use of proper grammar and punctuation. Emphasis on the use of research to develop crime patterns and court cases dealing with the sufficiency of police reports.

CJS 220 - Topics in Criminal Justice (3, 3)

Contemporary critical issues and trends related to crime and society. Analysis and evaluation of recent studies and documents. Methods of implementing research findings. The topic may vary each semester and include areas such as drug abuse, the crisis in corrections, human issues in policing, officer survival, terrorism, organized crime, and careers in criminal justice, etc. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credit hours.

CJS 222 - Criminal Justice Field Work II (3, 11)

Prerequisite: Consent of coordinator. See coordinator semester prior to registration.

Field work assignment in a juvenile setting, court setting, corrections environment or criminal justice-related agency. Ten hours per week in the agency plus one hour per week in seminar at the College.

CJS 227 - State Police Physical Agility ED (3, 4)

This course will provide police, court services and corrections recruits with the required skills and education necessary to meet the State of Illinois Police Guidelines for Physical Agility. This is a requirement for all recruits to become a police officer or deputy sheriff in the state of Illinois.  Fee.

For additional information contact: Jason Cieslik, Criminal Justice Coordinator at 708-596-2000 ext. 2579.