Criminal Justice

Follow your passion for Criminal Justice

The Loras College Criminal Justice major draws upon the perspectives of a number of academic disciplines, including criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology and political science. Students who graduate from Loras with a Criminal Justice degree are able to apply their knowledge, assess consequences of alternative courses of action and make decisions based upon appropriate, legal, social and ethical considerations. The Criminal Justice learning experience culminates in a field-instruction component that puts into practice much of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.Many graduates are employed in traditional criminal justice careers including law enforcement and community-based corrections. A significant number of students also pursue graduate-level education or law school programs. Loras Criminal Justice alumni have found success as assistant professors, federal probation officers, attorneys, state troopers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, customs and border patrol and nuclear security officers.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM INCLUDES TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENTS

Criminal Justice courses include traditional classroom activities and experiential components such as police ride-alongs, courtroom observations, field trips and presentations by criminal justice professionals.

Majors receive individual assistance in designing their educational experiences. Criminal Justice students regularly present their research at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association meetings.

Internship opportunities include a wide variety of settings at city, county and state agencies throughout the Midwest.

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LORAS UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCES

Loras College not only values and provides quality education in the classroom but also understands the importance of real-world experience when it comes to being prepared for life after graduation. The Criminal Justice program provides ample opportunities for students to get involved in their area of interest. Read from past students about their internships and the value they received from the experiences.

DAN DUFFY (’14)

Internship Site: Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Evictions Department
Chicago, IL
Summer 2013

Dan’s comments about his internship experience:

“One valuable learning experience I gained from this internship was the importance of local government. This lesson, in addition to finding growth in a failed situation and valuing the priority of civil and human rights, have been exceptionally modeled by the Evictions Department of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, I have experienced and learned about employees at all levels of the Sheriff’s Office who have pushed for effective change in their county. This lesson speaks to me about the importance of local government; specifically, it shows that every day someone’s life is affected by your performance at your job.”

Comments from Dan’s supervisor, Lt. Peter Pon of the Warrants/Levies/Evictions Department:

“Dan started out with a great attitude in learning our processes and finished off by applying what he had learned. Dan expressed himself clearly in written and verbal communication. He was very open-minded in his encounters with staff and the public and displayed a genuine concern for those seeking information. Oftentimes, Dan displayed true professionalism and was often thought to be a salaried employee by the public.”

HANNAH WILSON (’14)

Internship Site: Madison Police Department, K-9 Unit
Madison, WI
Summer 2013

Hannah’s comments about her internship experience:

“Learning how the department works, different things they crack down on, and more about K-9 units was a recipe for a great summer experience. I would not trade the trainings and ride-alongs I went on for anything. I would say that the track was the most exciting thing I did during this summer internship. It is amazing that a dog is able to use just its nose to find people even if the track has been rained on, contaminated or just a heavy traffic area. These dogs can even track over ice! They are trained to find drugs and people, protect people and clear buildings. Gunfire does not bother them, and they are able to stay cool in some situations that I would never expect. I think that is pretty amazing.

Overall, the things I learned about police K-9 units were pretty awesome. I learned a lot about what it takes to train a police K-9 and what it takes to be a patrol dog handler as well as a lot about the Madison police. I could not have asked for a better experience and group of people to work with. I am very glad I chose this internship.”

Comments from Sgt. Christine Boyd, Hannah’s supervisor:

“Hannah learned skills in helping with K-9 training exercises easily and performed well. I asked her to do many things for us and don’t recall her ever misunderstanding or needing me to repeat instructions. Hannah speaks confidently and clearly. She was very engaging with officers. Officers described her as asking good questions, thinking about answers and developing more questions. Hannah showed equal respect and comfort with various racial, ethnic and supervisory levels.

Hannah was a pleasure to work with. She was one of the most mature interns we have had the pleasure to work with. Her sense of self seems strong, she gets along great with others and she has a healthy appetite for learning. I would highly recommend her for any vocation she elected to pursue.”

KEVIN HEALY (’14)

Internship Site: Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Finance Department
Chicago, IL
Summer 2013

Kevin’s comments about his internship experience:

“At the end of my internship I was capable of helping the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Center where I was able to work with a very large criminal case and gain experience with how they gather evidence and work to build a case in order to ensure they are prepared to make the arrest. By far the most interesting and useful experience I have had during this time was when I learned about fraud investigation and the process the Sheriff’s Office takes in stopping and investigating fraud. I was able to learn how it is actually the finance department that is responsible for the fraud investigation and review. This is something I am interested in pursuing as a career.

This experience has been absolutely amazing for me and taught me endless lessons about the criminal justice field that I would never have been able to learn in a classroom. I was surrounded by people who didn’t just give me work they didn’t want to do, but gave me work that would help me learn about the criminal justice world. They always made sure they were teaching and guiding me while I was doing work, and taught me lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

Comments from Alexis Herrera, CFO, Kevin’s supervisor:

“Kevin was eager to learn our operations and did not have to be instructed more than once on how to accomplish the required tasks. Kevin was very interested and engaged in learning as much as possible. He was able to articulate himself and worked well with the staff always displaying a respectful and positive attitude. It is surprising that someone so young has such a professional presentation. Kevin was always willing to go the extra mile.”

MEREDITH BRUNKOW (’14)

Internship Site: Chicago Area Project (CAP)
Juvenile Justice Diversion (JJDP) Program
Chicago, IL
Summer 2013

Meredith’s comments about her internship experience:

“In the criminal justice system we learn about many different theories and terms that can be applied to various forms of crime and offenders. Each of the theories we learn and the terms we study helps us to better understand and comprehend why an individual chooses a life of crime, what factors contribute to their criminal behavior and how victims and communities respond to the devastation of a criminal’s actions. However, learning about it and reading about these terms in class is not enough. As part of the criminal justice department we know that these theories and terms are reality.

During my summer internship I have been able to see the theory of community justice in action, and I have learned how it is making an impact on a community. I have learned the importance of being involved in a youth’s life and the importance of advocating for change where it is needed. During a training that I attended, a Board Member of the Chicago Area Project stated, ‘As a youth worker we do not fear the fight, we embrace it. We are fighting for our children and community.’ That is exactly what agencies like CAP are doing. They are embracing the fight head-on and are standing up for today’s youth and the future they deserve.”

Comments from Joy Hernandez, Meredith’s supervisor:

“Meredith’s communication skills both written and verbal are outstanding; her ability to express herself has grown, and she can convey a message on a very complex subject with ease. Meredith performed her assigned tasks above and beyond the call of duty and always in alignment with CAP policies and protocol. She is an excellent model of ‘walk your talk’ and is an exemplary intern who is living the mission and goals of CAP’s JJDP program.

Working alongside Meredith has been a pleasure and has provided me with a great sense of hope for the youth of today and tomorrow. What a refreshing experience it has been for me and CAP. Thank you and Loras College for such a great opportunity to work with a dedicated and committed professional.”

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SUCCESS STORIES FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE ALUMNI

Through instruction in the classroom and real-world experiences via internships, the Criminal Justice program at Loras College is committed to preparing students for work in their field. Hear from Loras alumni about how their time here set them up for success in their careers.

ANN KENNEDY (’05)

Patrol Officer
Dubuque Police Department

“I transferred to Loras after my freshman year. Although I wanted to get closer to home, another part of this change was due to the Criminal Justice program. When I came to visit Loras, I met with Dedra Tentis, and I instantly felt welcomed and encouraged to pursue my goals. The program aimed at being interactive but also required a personalized focus and dedication to my own learning experience. The Criminal Justice program also worked to teach the material through various means so that all students could benefit from the different ways each of us learns. We would not only have reading and writing assignments, but the professors included field trips, presentations and special guest speakers to bring in ‘real-life’ perspectives on careers in law enforcement.

One class that I found particularly helpful, especially now that I am a police officer, was Criminal Law. This class provided me with a solid basis for the definition of each major crime and taught me the beginning steps on how to apply a specific crime to certain criminal acts. It also gave me a clear picture of all the stages involved in the criminal justice system from the arresting stage to court proceedings. Each and every professor in the Criminal Justice program was great to work with, not only approachable and easy to talk to if a problem arose, but fun and down to earth. My only regret is not coming to Loras my first year!”

CHRIS MELDE (’01)

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

“My experience as a student at Loras College lived up to all of my expectations. The size of the student body and the culture of inclusion and open dialogue promoted by the faculty created the perfect environment for social and educational enrichment. I developed life-long friendships and a fondness for the learning experience offered through a traditional college setting that led to my own career in academia.

The Criminal Justice faculty fostered an environment where students felt comfortable in discussing issues of law and justice despite diverse views on controversial topics. This environment encouraged the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential in the field of Criminal Justice.”

WES SCHILLING (‘00)

Probation/Parole Officer
Dubuque Department of Correctional Services

“The classroom instruction I received at Loras was top-notch. The professors do a great job teaching theory and its application while the adjunct instructors bring ‘real-world’ criminal justice experience to teaching. One of the most beneficial aspects to my time at Loras was the networking opportunities through instructors, as well as guest speakers who are already established in the field. Dr. Decker helped guide me in my choice of internship and was great in helping me get it set up. I made several connections in my internship, which helped me get my career started in corrections. My supervisor in my current job was a guest speaker in one of my classes at Loras. Knowing people and having people know me really helped in my career advancement, and many of those connections started at Loras College. I would recommend Loras College’s Criminal Justice program to anyone who is looking for a job in this interesting and challenging field.”

CALLIE SCHMITT (‘05)

Hammer Simon & Jensen Law Firm
East Dubuque, Illinois

“Despite being a non-traditional student, the Loras College staff and community took time to get to know me and treated me, along with every student, as an important and unique individual. I was encouraged to think critically and challenged by faculty members to achieve academic success. What I learned at Loras was essential to becoming the competent, professional and ethical attorney I am today.

My professors in the Criminal Justice department were strict and critical of my work, a method that pushed me to set high goals and accomplish things they knew I was capable of. They expanded my learning experience beyond the textbook and gave me the opportunity to see and experience actual real-life situations in relation to the course material.

Most importantly, the faculty took the time to get to know me as more than just a student—as a mom, a friend and a future professional. I would not be the person I am today without the Loras College community.”

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Loras College Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) maintains a complete list of internship opportunities. The following are examples of where students have interned in the past.

Metropolitan Police Departments

Asbury Police Department – Asbury, IA
Bellevue Police Department – Bellevue, IA
Bettendorf Police Department – Bettendorf, IA
Bolingbrook Police Department – Bolingbrook, IL
Burlington Police Department – Burlington, IA
Carol Stream Police Department – Carol Stream, IL
Cedar Rapids Police Department – Cedar Rapids, IA
Chicago Police Department – Chicago, IL
Deerfield Police Department – Deerfield, IL
Des Plaines Police Department – Des Plaines, IL
Dubuque Police Department – Dubuque, IA
East Moline Police Department – East Moline, IL
Fairview Heights Police Department – Fairview Heights, IL
Frankfort Police Department – Frankfort, IL
Freeport Police Department – Freeport, IL
Indianola Police Department – Indianola, IA
Iowa City Police Department – Iowa City, IA
Keota Police Department – Keota, IA
Libertyville Police Department –Libertyville, IL
Lincolnwood Police Department – Lincolnwood, IL
Madison Narcotics and Gang Task Force – Madison, WI
Northbrook Police Department – Northbrook, IL
Oak Lawn Police Department – Oak Lawn, IL
Oak Park Police Department – Oak Park, IL
Palos Heights Police Department – Palos Heights, IL
Palos Park Police Department – Palo Park, IL
Riley County Police Department – Manhattan, KS
Rockford Police Department – Rockford, IL
Waterloo Police Department – Waterloo, IA
Williamsburg Police Department – Williamsburg, IA

Juvenile Court Services

Bridgeview Juvenile Probation Unit – Bridgeview, IL
Circuit Court of Cook County – Chicago, IL
Four Oaks of Iowa – Dubuque, IA
Four Oaks Residential Mental Health Services – Cedar Rapids, IA; Independence, IA
Juvenile Court Services –Dubuque, IA
Juvenile Diversion Program – BSA- Dubuque, IA
Juvenile Residential/Day Treatment Facilities
Linn County Juvenile Court Office – Cedar Rapids, IA
Maryville Academy – Scott Nolan Center – Des Plaines, IL

County Sheriff’s Departments

Clayton County Sheriff’s Department – St. Olaf, IA
Cook County Sheriff’s Department – Chicago, IL
Cook County Sheriff’s Department – Maywood, IL
Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office – Dubuque, IA
DuPage County Sheriff’s Department – Wheaton, IL
Fairfax County Police Department – Fairfax, VA
Jackson County Sheriff’s Department – Maquoketa, IA
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office- Iowa City, IA
Office of the Sheriff of Jo Daviess County – Galena, IL
Polk County Sheriff’s Office – Des Moines, IA
Will County Sheriff’s Office – Joliet, IL
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police – Rockford, IL

State Police Departments

Illinois Department of Revenue – Bureau of Criminal Investigation – Chicago, IL
Illinois State Police Department – Des Plaines, IL
Iowa State Patrol – Oelwein, IA
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Madison, WI
Prosecuting Attorney/Public Defender Offices
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Investigation Bureau – Chicago, IL
Dubuque County Attorney’s Office – Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Public Defender’s Office – Dubuque, IA
Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney’s Office – Galena, IL
Office of the Cook County Public Defender – Chicago, IL
Stephenson County Public Defender’s Office – Freeport, IL

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE: STRENGTHENING MY PASSION

My internship gave me extremely valuable experience that helped me stand out from other applicants when I started applying for jobs after graduation.

My Loras College criminal justice internship proved to be one of the most valuable experiences of my academic career. My goal was always to pursue animal welfare and law, but my education at Loras and my internship provided me with the guidance and direction I needed to start down that path. It strengthened my passion for animal welfare, and left me wanting to do more and to continue working with animals. It also made me realize I am capable and good at this job, and it is a field I have the possibility to be great at and climb the career ladder in.

My internship was for the Dubuque Regional Humane Society as an animal cruelty investigator. After I finished my required hours in the field for school, I stayed with the Humane Society for another three years and became the city’s primary investigator. This job involved a lot of on-the-spot decision-making, weighing out the options and doing what I morally think is best from situation to situation.

My internship gave me extremely valuable experience that helped me stand out from other applicants when I started applying for jobs after graduation. I was offered the position of cruelty investigator for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). My time at Loras College helped me understand what it takes to be successful and allowed me the opportunity to follow my aspirations.

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Major Requirements

Division of Teacher Education & Behavioral Sciences
Leonard Decker, Ph.D., Chair

Requirements for the major in Criminal Justice (B.A.):
Required and elective courses in the CJ major must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students double majoring in CJ and psychology, sociology, or social work should consult with advisors in both majors to review reduced program requirements. Students should be informed that no Criminal Justice coursework taken at another school shall be applied to their major or minor program requirements once they have enrolled. Students must take 3 – 9 credits in elective courses based upon the number of credits they take in L.CRJ-490: Field Instruction. The number of CJ elective course credits and CJ Field Instruction credits must equal a minimum of 12 credits.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.CRJ-120: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
2   L.CRJ-224: Criminal Law 3
3   L.CRJ-252: Criminology 3
4   L.CRJ-253: Introduction to Corrections 3
5   L.CRJ-320: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
6   L.CRJ-323: Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
7   L.CRJ-480: Senior Seminar-PJ 3
8   L.CRJ-490: Criminal Justice Field Instruction 3 to 9
9   L.MAT-115: Statistics-FM 4
Select one to three courses from Req 10:
10   L.CRJ-254: Comparative Courts 3
10   L.CRJ-260: Victimology 3
10   L.CRJ-275: Creating and Controlling Crime-AC 3
10   L.CRJ-276: Restorative Justice-AC 3
10   L.CRJ-280: Ethical Considerations in the CJ System-AV 3
10   L.CRJ-300: Criminal Investigation 3
10   L.CRJ-312: Crime Prevention 3
10   L.CRJ-321: Police and Society 3
10   L.CRJ-325: White Collar Crime 3
10   L.CRJ-400: Women and Crime 3
37 total required credits

 

Requirements for the minor in Criminal Justice:

Required and elective courses in the CJ minor must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students should be informed that no Criminal Justice coursework taken at another school shall be applied to their major or minor program requirements once they have enrolled.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.CRJ-120: Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
2   L.CRJ-252: Criminology 3
3   L.CRJ-253: Introduction to Corrections 3
4   Additional CRJ credits (not L.CRJ-490: Field Instruction) 3
5   Additional CRJ credits (not L.CRJ-490: Field Instruction) 3
6   Additional CRJ credits (not L.CRJ-490: Field Instruction) 3
18 total required credits
Course Descriptions

L.CRJ-120: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminal Justice is designed to give students an academic and applied understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will be expected to conduct observations in law enforcement, courts, and corrections outside of class. The Catholic Bishops’ Statement is used extensively as a lens for looking at a variety of social factors, theoretical insights and research findings related to criminal justice. In addition, other current research publications on immigration, sentencing reform, incarceration rates, street drugs, and evidence-based smart approaches to crime will be explored. Students will also learn about the history and philosophy of criminal justice through class discussions, assigned readings, observations, field trips, and guest speakers. 3 credits. Each semester.

L.CRJ-224: Criminal Law
The history of criminal law, the elements of crime, and the development of both in the United States. Included also are arrest and courtroom procedures. 3 credits. Each Fall semester.

L.CRJ-252: Criminology
A comprehensive analysis of crime in the United States, emphasizing the causes and consequences of criminal activity. Consideration is also given to theories of crime and societal responses to criminal behavior. 3 credits. Each semester.

L.CRJ-253: Introduction to Corrections
An introductory examination of the treatment of criminal offenders in the United States. The history of punishment and its relationship to current competing correctional philosophies is discussed. Major topics include probation, prisons and their operation, and parole. 3 credits. January term, each semester.

L.CRJ-254: Comparative Courts: US/Canadian Policy
This course is a community-based learning course. This course was designed to give students an experiential and comparative understanding of court process and policy in the United States and Canada. The course focuses on the similarities and differences in the two different court systems. Major topics include legal systems, courts as institutions, court processes and outcomes, and the role of courts in society. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the court systems of each country functions to impact its citizens. Students will have the opportunity to attend courts in the United States and Canada to experience the court processes and reflect on how each countries court system is similar and how it is different. 3 credits. January term. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-260: Victimology
A study of the origins of crime victimization and the various theories related to this area of criminal justice and an exploration of the historical trends and responses that to the issue of crime victimization. Emphasis will be placed on the differences between violent and non-violent victimization, issues related to restorative justice, victim-offender mediation and the emergence of the movement to support victims’ rights. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-275: Creating & Controlling Crime-AC
Cultural, historical, and socio-political contexts that give rise to patterns of crime as well as crime control processes are examined and compared. A macro-level analysis of cultural and institutional arrangements that contribute to, as well as inhibit, criminal tendencies in the United States and selected countries throughout the world are explored. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-276: Restorative Justice-AC
This course examines the development of restorative justice in the United States and other countries around the world. The impacts of culture, history, and socio-political contexts that have given rise to the implementation of restorative justice practices are identified and discussed. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-280: Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice-AV
This course is an examination of ethical considerations within the context of decision-making by criminal justice practitioners and policies of the American criminal justice system. As such, the course will examine morality, ethics, and human behavior from the perspective of various ethical philosophies and their application to a system of social control agencies. In addition, specific ethical dilemmas and controversies associated with the administration of justice in law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections, as major components of the criminal justice system, will be addressed. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-300: Criminal Investigation
The fundamentals of criminal investigation, including crime scene procedure, crime scene search, collection and preservation of evidence, a survey of related forensic science, police reports, interviews and interrogations, and methods of surveillance. Methods of preparing and presenting the case to the court are also studied. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-120, L.CRJ-252, L.CRJ-253. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-312: Crime Prevention.
Familiarization with various theoretical approaches to crime prevention and the framework for describing and understanding current crime prevention initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on the examination and evaluation of current institutional and community crime prevention programs. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-120, L.CRJ-252, L.CRJ-253. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-320: Juvenile Delinquency & Justice
A sociological analysis of the nature of delinquent behavior and key components of the juvenile justice system. An examination of family, neighborhood, school, peer group, social class and cultural determinants of delinquency. In addition, societal attempts to control and prevent delinquency will be considered. 3 credits. Each Fall semester.

L.CRJ-321: Police & Society
An examination of the police image in a changing society, including police citizen partnership in crime prevention. Issues in policing, including use of deadly force, stress, education, and corruption, together with administrative issues, including recruitment, promotion and management are considered. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-120, L.CRJ-252, L.CRJ-253. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-323: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Course that will develop basic knowledge and skills of social research. Focus is on the research methods criminologists, sociologists, social workers, and other practitioners in the social sciences field employ to study social phenomenon. Critical evaluation of all phases of the social research process. Requires that students memorize, comprehend, and apply social scientific terms to the analysis and evaluation of information. Junior standing. Prerequisites: L.MAT-115 or equivalent statistics course. 3 credits. Each Spring semester.

L.CRJ-325: White Collar Crime
An examination of both occupational and organizational criminality. Special attention will be directed to the unique nature of white collar criminality in light of our traditional understanding of crime. The course will explore such issues as the evolution of regulatory law, corporate responsibility, and the limits of the law and law enforcement in combating white collar crime. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-398: Empirical Research
Opportunity for student to conduct advanced research under the direction of Criminal Justice Faculty member. Faculty approval required. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-323. 1 to 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-400: Women & Crime
This course was designed to give students an experiential understanding of important issues related to women victims, offenders, prisoners, and criminal justice workers. It focuses on how knowledge is constructed within an often male-defined social context and how that impacts women at all levels. Recognizing that research is influenced by the power relations within society, this course explores how men and women are treated differently within this social context. Institutions, structures, and cultural supports responsible for violence against girls and women will be explored in depth through course material, including field trips and guest speakers, to provide a more complete understanding of needed system transformations, as well as successful treatment of all offenders, victims, survivors, witnesses, etc. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-120, L.CRJ-252, L.CRJ-253. 3 credits. Dependent on staff and demand.

L.CRJ-480: Senior Seminar-PJ
As a senior seminar and portfolio course, this course has three primary foci. First, the course provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences at Loras College both within and without the Criminal Justice Major and to identify the ways that these experiences have prepared them to move forward in their lives after college. Second, the course provides students the opportunity to examine the causes of crime from the viewpoint of offenders and to integrate that examination into the knowledge gained in prior criminal justice courses. Restrictions: Open only to students with Senior status. Prerequisites: L.CRJ-120, L.CRJ-224, L.CRJ-252, L.CRJ-253, L.CRJ-320, L.MAT-115, and L.CRJ-323 OR L.PSY-211 OR L.SOC-332. 3 credits. Each Fall semester.

L.CRJ-490: Criminal Justice Field Instruction
Individually planned and supervised experience in a criminal justice agency which will enable students to integrate criminal justice knowledge with practical experience. Students will earn between 3-9 hours of academic credit for successful completion of their field instruction experience. Application for field instruction must be made to and accepted by the Criminal Justice Field Instruction coordinator. This course is offered only to criminal justice majors who have completed most of the required courses. Summer term. Each semester.

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  • Federal Probation
  • Attorney
  • State Trooper
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff’s Deputies
  • Customs and Border Patrol
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Loras College Department Staff

Valerie Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
563.588.7757 | Valerie.Bell@loras.edu

Dr. Bell received her PhD in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She is faculty advisor for the student group OVE+R which seeks to end violence on campus. She teaches Corrections and Senior Seminar as well as numerous elective courses for the criminal justice program. Her research interests include women in corrections, risk assessment, and Supreme Court law.

Len Decker, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Division Chair of Teacher Education & Behavioral Sciences
563.588.7030 | Leonard.Decker@loras.edu

Dr. Decker received his doctorate degree in Sociology from South Dakota State University. His favorite classes include Criminology, Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice, Creating & Controlling Crime, Juvenile Delinquency & Justice, and CJ Field Instruction. Dr. Decker & Dr. Bell recently collaborated on an article addressing the diversion of mentally ill jail inmates into the community. In addition, they have written a soon-to-be-published book chapter regarding the collateral consequences of incarceration.