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Investigations

Bachelor of Science Degree

This unique program offers coursework in both public and private sector investigations. The curriculum provides you with the theoretical and practical foundation that is needed to be successful in both the public and private sector occupations. Topics and issues discussed include criminal and legal investigations, differences between private and public sector investigation techniques and guidelines, ethical standards, and the psychology of criminal behavior. You will demonstrate your understanding in these areas through case study analysis, role play simulation participation, and the application of critical thinking skills in reports and structured peer interactions.

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Courses in the major include:

This course provides a foundation and overview of the diverse discipline of criminal justice. The focus of the course is on the development of the criminal justice system and its primary concepts and theories. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course provides an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal and civil law as it applies to the field of investigations. Special focus is devoted to an overview of the American court system, specific elements of crime, the operation of civil jurisprudence, and a review of the policies and procedures that influence law in America. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course addresses ethical issues in investigations at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis is given to the relationship between ethical principles, moral and normative judgments. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines basic methods of investigation, information acquisition, and managing and prioritizing caseloads. Particular attention is paid to database and record-searching, interviewing and interrogating, note taking and report writing, using logic and scientific methodology in investigations and case management approaches. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
The course covers various topics in forensic psychology, such as why people become criminals, how criminals rationalize, threat (dangerousness) assessment, deviant behavior, and nature-versus-nurture (genetics-versus-environment) causes for criminality, as well as other crime causation theories. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines the investigation of crimes, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the protocols for the collection and preservation of evidence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the professional in conducting investigations into crimes against property as well as the personal attributes of the private sector investigator. Investigations into the crimes of burglary, auto theft, fraud, and identity theft are the focus, as are private sector investigations into harassment, discrimination, threats of violence in the workplace, workers' compensation, asset protection, loss prevention, employee background checks, and theft of intellectual property. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel responsible for conducting criminal investigations into crimes perpetrated directly against individuals. Areas of focus will include investigations into homicide, sexual assault, robbery, child abuse, and domestic violence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course examines the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of Federal, State, and Local law enforcement personnel responsible for conducting criminal investigations into crimes against society. Areas of focus will include narcotics trafficking, prostitution, hate crimes, terrorism, and other public order crimes. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Investigations (INVS) accelerated degree completion program.
This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University's four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.

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