CJS5100EN - Intro to Criminal Justice

Course description

An exciting behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the police, courts, and correctional systems while equipping them with a solid understanding of criminal justice concepts. The class has an emphasis on today's criminal justice careers, offering insights from numerous professionals on the rewards and realities of their jobs. Student will use critical thinking skills to formulate, devise and evaluate these inner workings of the police, courts and correctional systems.

How this course benefits students

The goal is to embrace the true meaning of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility; students will have the opportunity to master the skillset for thriving in this sector as a leader for Christ. Learning to apply what is taught in the classroom to real life issues will allow the student to help others in the criminal justice field with an unbiased mind and thought process. The goal of the student is to unearth the true meaning of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility through learning with God’s help. As stated in MU's Mission Statement "We desire to join in with God where he is at work -- in our homes and communities -- so that we may see the spiritual transformation of people and communities."

Why this course is important

Understand the foundation of criminal justice in order to succeed in the field utilizing necessary critical thinking skills.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Justice
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Melinda Whitman, Esq., Senior Professor of Criminal Justice

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Our tasks are to restore a sense of civility and responsibility to everyday life, and promote crime prevention and genuine rehabilitation.

Missionally driven

Create a student who understands how to instill the will of God in the inmate to stop recidivism and create Godly character.

Contextually informed

Criminal justice and public safety fundamentals are a requirment in the criminal justice field and knowing how to apply them to real life issues.

Interculturally focused

Create a foundational instruction on addressing racial and cultural disparity in our criminal justice system, providing resources and training tools for those in the judicial, prosecutorial, and defense agencies, as well other members of the legal professional community.

Practically minded

The practical aspect of this course helps students to engage in the works of mission in the criminal justice system because of the character and activities of God and His mission.

Experientially transformed

Engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant to them. This approach to learning also involves making opportunities for debriefing and consolidation of ideas and skills through feedback, reflection, and the application of the ideas and skills to new situations.