Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Course Title: Criminal Justice I
Course Instructor: Area 31: Natalie Beatley, Area 31 Brownsburg: Matt Frazier
Number of Credits: 3 per semester
Semesters Offered: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and English 10
Eligible Grade Levels: 11th & 12th
Dual Credit: Vincennes University

Course Competencies and Requirements

  • Work towards your associate degree in Criminal Justice
  • Study the fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and history; emphasis on techniques appropriate to specific crimes
  • The program will cover traffic administration and control: its impact as a control method, driver licensing local traffic control systems, accident causation and investigation, identification and analysis of traffic problems, traffic safety coordination, and the use of selective enforcement as a method of traffic control
  • Study US criminal justice system
  • Explore forensic science and its value in the courtroom: laboratory procedures and capabilities; crime scene searching and sketching; photography; firearms and tool mark identification; fingerprints; shoe and tire impressions; headlamp examination; arson; analysis and preservation of trace evidence
  • Uniform required (approximately $150)

Dual Credit Information for 2023-24

Dual credit offerings are subject to change at the discretion of postsecondary partners, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, The Indiana Department of Education, or the Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education.

Course Number Course Name Credit Amount College Year
LAWE 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
LAWE 101 Basic Police Operations 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
LAWE 145 Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1
LAWE 150 Criminal Minds & Deviant Behavior 3 Credits Vincennes University Year 1

Academic Standards for Success

  • Gather relevant information from multiple types of authoritative sources, using advanced searches effectively; annotate sources; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; synthesize and integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation (e.g., APA or CSE).
  • Solve abstract and practical problems by applying and adapting a variety of strategies. Monitor progress and evaluate answers in terms of questions asked.
  • Draw information from relative text.
  • Follow precisely a complex multi-step.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research assignments and tasks to answer a question (including a self-generated question), test a hypothesis, or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Area 31 Eligibility Statement

Read the Eligibility statement here.

NOTE: Required prerequisites include the successful completion of Algebra I and English 10 for academic credit.

NOTICE: Students in this program may be assigned to a Brownsburg or Wayne Township location based on considerations such as program enrollment numbers and the student’s home high school. The Area 31 Enrollment Committee makes enrollment decisions, and placement decisions are made by Area 31 Career Center administration.