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Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Director: Dr. Terry M. Mors
Office: Stipes Hall 403
Telephone: (309) 298-1038
Fax: (309) 298-2187
E-Mail: leja@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/leja

Faculty: Alexander, Anderson, Bailey, Bowman, Bytner, Carper, Clontz, Cronkhite, Cunningham, DiFonso, Dodson, Durkin, Hazlett, Janoski, Lee, Lim, Lough, McBride, McCamey, McCrary, Mericle, Mhlanga, Mors, Myers, Rehling, Sergevnin, Walker, Wiorek.

Adjunct Faculty: DeJoode, Drozdz, Elliott, Hobby, Leezer, Moreno, Nimmer, Oosternryk.

Academic Advisers: Bradford, Dorsett, Moreno, Wilson. Website: wiu.edu/coehsadvising.

Students pursuing this course of study receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. The program is designed to provide professional knowledge, understanding, and skills for criminal justice and loss prevention personnel and, at the same time, develop an educational base for further development into staff and administrative positions in criminal justice and private security agencies. The program allows the student ample flexibility for liberal and professional education to meet the anticipated needs of the criminal justice network. All majors in the program participate in an internship for one academic semester to gain firsthand acquaintance with criminal justice agencies at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Graduates find employment in city, county, state, and federal agencies, in private security, in fire service, and in adult and juvenile corrections.

GradTrac is available to Law Enforcement and Justice Administration majors.  See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this school are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Selection/Retention Policy

There are two levels of LEJA students: Pre-LEJA and LEJA.

  1. Pre-LEJA: Freshmen and Sophomores (0–59 hours earned).
    Pre-LEJA students at WIU become LEJA majors after completion of 60 hours earned with a cumulative 2.50 GPA. Students with less than 45 hours earned may not pre-register for upper-division courses. Students with 45 to 59 hours earned may pre-register for upper-division courses provided that they have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA. Students who fail to maintain the 2.50 cumulative GPA or do not complete 60 hours will be dis-enrolled from upper-division LEJA courses. Any student with less than 60 hours earned may not register for upper-division LEJA courses. The LEJA Undergraduate Student Selection and Retention Committee will hear appeals from students who have 45 to 59 earned hours and whose cumulative GPA is below 2.50 but not less than 2.00.
  2. Transfer Students: Students with 60 hours earned or more who transfer from other schools or from other areas or programs at WIU must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to become an LEJA major and enroll in upper division LEJA courses. All grades on the transfer transcript will count in the calculation of the 2.50 GPA. Students with incomplete transfer files will be considered Pre-LEJA students. Students admitted to the University under the New Start Program and students pursuing a Second Bachelor's Degree will be reviewed by the LEJA Undergraduate Student Selection and Retention Committee. Any student planning to transfer from another institution or from another WIU department to the LEJA major must take 30 hours of LEJA courses from WIU (including Internship), maintain adequate progress in fulfilling General Education requirements, and have the required GPA's.
  3. LEJA Majors: Juniors and Seniors (60 or more hours).
  4. All students are required to take the following LEJA core courses, or their equivalents, before becoming an LEJA major (earning 60 hours): LEJA 101, 201, 212, and 242.
  5. LEJA majors must establish and maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in the LEJA major to apply for and be assigned an internship.
  6. Students having double majors of LEJA and another major are held to the same standards in LEJA as other LEJA majors.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. LEJA majors must complete at least 30 s.h. in LEJA courses at WIU (including internship); at least 9 s.h. must be at the 300/400 level (no more than 3 s.h. LEJA 404).

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
    Students must take one of the following mathematics courses before they are allowed to take LEJA 303: any WIU or IAI general education mathematics course, or permission of the instructor.
  2. Core Courses:  39 s.h.
    LEJA 101, 201, 212, 242, 303, 306, 312, 345, 490, 491
  3. Directed Electives:  3 s.h.
    Any one of the following: LEJA 440†, 441†, 442†, 443†, 444†
  4. Other Requirements
    1. CS 101:  3 s.h.
    2. Any approved minor:  16 - 20 s.h.
    3. Electives (number of hours depends on choice of minor):  12 - 16 s.h.

†LEJA 440 or 441 or 442 or 443 or 444 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Minors

Minor in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration:  18 s.h.

  1. LEJA 101, 212, 306:  9 s.h. 
  2. Any one of the following: LEJA 345, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444:  3 s.h. 
  3. LEJA Electives:  6 s.h. 

Note: At least 6 s.h. of LEJA coursework must be taken from WIU, e xcluding LEJA 404.

Minor in Fire Administration:  18 s.h.

  1. LEJA 306, 310, 483, 486:  12 s.h. 
  2. Any two of the following:
    EM 351, 352, 477, 478; LEJA 482, 484, 485; MET 443, 444; PSY 481; SOC 487, 488:  6 s.h. 

Minor in Homeland Security:  18 s.h.

  1. LEJA 331:  3 s.h.
  2. Choose 6 s.h. from the following courses: LEJA 330, 414; POLS 353:  6 s.h.
  3. Choose 9 s.h. from the following courses:  9 s.h.
    ACCT 457, AGRI 372, AGRN 176, ANSC 310, CHEM 440, CS 455, EOS 377, FCS 104, GEOG 430, JOUR 329, POLS 332

  Sophomore standing required to declare a Minor in Homeland Security.

Minor in Security Administration:  18 s.h.

Plan A - Minor in Security Administration for students whose major is other than Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.

  1. Core Requirements: LEJA 101, 208, 242, 309, 413 (note prerequisites), 443:  18 s.h. 

Plan B - Minor in Security Administration for students whose major is Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.

  1. Core Requirements: LEJA 208, 309, 413, 443:  12 s.h. 
  2. Electives:  6 s.h. 
    Choose 6 s.h. from the following courses: ACCT 201, 202; CS 305, 455; FIN 351, 452; EOS 270, 311, 377; FCS 453; HRM 353, 443; LEJA 310, 345, 430; MGT 349; MET 448; MKTG 327, 343

Minor in Forensic Chemistry

See Department of Chemistry

Minor in Forensic Science

See Department of Chemistry

Course Descriptions

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (LEJA)

101  Survey of Criminal Justice. (3)  Administration of justice in the United States with emphasis on the total system of police, courts, corrections; loss prevention, and principles of law.
IAI: CRJ 901.

201  Juvenile Justice. (3)  Definitions of delinquent behavior; development and trends in the juvenile court movement; laws and procedures; the adjudication process—philosophy and practices; causation, prevention, treatment and control. Prerequisite: LEJA 101.
IAI: CRJ 914.

205  Traffic Administration. (3)  Basic principles of traffic control, education, engineering, and enforcement; practical applications to traffic control and administration; current research techniques. Prerequisite: LEJA 101.

208  Introduction to External Security. (3)  Overview of security systems found in retail, industrial, and governmental agencies; legal framework for security operations; detailed presentations of specific security programs.

212  Criminal Law. (3)  The study of legal terminology and definitions of crimes, criminal procedures, criminal responsibility, analysis of crimes and their proof in the context of practical fact situations. Prerequisite: LEJA 101.

242  Survey of Criminal Investigation. (3)  Criminal investigation theory and procedures; case preparation, methodology and techniques; problems in criminal investigations. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 or permission of the instructor/chairperson.

300  Writing in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. (1)  Instruction and experiences in writing professional criminal justice reports. Prerequisites: junior standing and completion of 12 s.h. of LEJA courses, or equivalents; ENG 280.

303  Quantitative Techniques for Law Enforcement. (3)  Introduction to basic quantitative methodology in law enforcement. Criminal justice focus is on the use of computer supported quantitative analysis for the description and evaluation of crime control measures. Examples include the analysis of crime data, program evaluation, and community surveys. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 and any WIU or IAI general education mathematics course; or permission of instructor/chairperson.

306  Organization and Administration in Criminal Justice. (3)  Fundamental overview of criminal justice organization and administration; organization structure, demands, and situations; emphasis on the role of the criminal justice administrator in policy formulation in the community. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 or permission of the instructor/chairperson.

309  Security Management/Internal Security. (3)  Emphasis on theft. Comparison of white collar and blue collar crime. Techniques of detection, apprehension, and prevention. Subject areas of employee dishonesty, cost considerations, pilferage, and embezzlement. Prerequisite: LEJA 208.

310  Fire Protection. (3)  Organization and function of fire prevention; inspections and hazard analysis; economics of and survey of fire protection equipment. Examination of direct and indirect personnel functions, responsibilities, and coordination with other agencies.

312  Criminal Procedure. (3)  Emphasis on constitutional rights; related responsibility of police; special emphasis on amendments to the Constitution as related to the rights of the individual. Prerequisite: LEJA 212.

330  Terrorism and Criminal Justice. (3)  Traces the development of terrorism through groups involved in domestic, religious, international, and state-sponsored terrorism. Emphasis is on providing law enforcement with counter terrorist methods. The Department of Homeland Security and the evolving application of the Patriot Act are explained. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

331  Survey of Homeland Security. (3)  Overview of administrative, legislative, and operational entities developed for the protection of the United States. Includes an examination of roles of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as the private sector in issues of homeland security. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

345  Diversity, Ethics, and Professionalism in Criminal Justice. (3)  This course is designed to familiarize students with concepts relating to cultural diversity and the ethics/morality of criminal justice practitioners in the U.S. It identifies specific issues that are recurrent and problematic and suggests possible solutions for practitioners. Prerequisites: 12 s.h. of LEJA courses.

404  Independent Study. (1 3, repeatable to 9)  Individual selected program of supervised group or individual study dealing with some phase of criminal justice administration. Open only to qualified students. Prerequisites: approval of LEJA adviser and instructor, 90 s.h. of credit, and 2.50 GPA prior to enrollment.

412  Evidence. (3)  Advanced study of criminal law and procedure; concentration on evidence rules; trial procedure, testifying, rules of admissibility of evidence into trial, pre-trial discovery. Prerequisite: LEJA 312.

413  Civil Law. (3)  The study of civil law and procedure; problems of citizen arrest, search, and interrogations. Emphasis on criminal/civil liability of private employers and employees for enforcement, protection, and investigatory activities. Prerequisite: LEJA 312 or consent of instructor/chairperson.

414  Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Terrorism. (3)  This course covers the legal aspects of terrorism and homeland security including domestic, foreign, and international legislation and cases. Other civil and criminal legal matters and public policy relating to terrorism/homeland security will be addressed. Prerequisite: LEJA 331 or permission of instructor/chairperson.

430  White-Collar Crime. (3)  Analysis of types of white-collar crime (occupational, economic, political, and corporate). Emphasis also on statutes, investigation, and sentencing of offenders. Prerequisite: junior standing.

431  Organized Crime. (3)  Historical and contemporary review of organized criminal groups with emphasis on structure and range of activities. Analysis of laws and successful investigations and prosecutions of organized crime figures and families. Prerequisite: junior standing.

440  Seminar on Current Issues in Policing. (3)  Discussion of specific problems of police in contemporary American society. Emphasis on historical roots or current policing, policing as a profession, and various components of police organizations. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. of LEJA courses or consent of instructor/chairperson.

441  Seminar on Current Issues in the Court System. (3)  Examination of the structure and functions of courts, including informal and formal aspects of judicial process. Emphasis on organizational as well as legal roles. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. of LEJA courses or consent of instructor/chairperson.

442  Seminar on Current Issues in Corrections. (3)  Ideological and pragmatic justification for punishment and imprisonment; sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration; organization and management of correctional institutions; inmate life, prisonization; treatment and custody; discharge and parole. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. of LEJA courses or consent of instructor/chairperson.

443  Seminar on Current Issues in Security. (3)  Discussion of specific problems of the security industry in contemporary American society. Emphasis on the development, nature, and functions of the private security sector as it relates to various elements of American business. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. of LEJA courses, including LEJA 208 and 309, or consent of instructor/chairperson.

444  Seminar on Current Issues in Probation and Parole. (3)  The process of probation and parole in terms of its historical development, philosophy, and standards. Concepts and problems in administration, organization, investigation, and supervision. Selection and discharge process will be examined. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. of LEJA courses or consent of instructor/chairperson.

481  Fire and Emergency Administration. (3)  Organization and management of fire services, including new technologies and changing organizational structures. Blending personnel and equipment. Municipal fire protection planning. Fire department functions. Manpower and training. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

482  Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection. (3)  The course is designed to show the application of the systems approach to problems in the fire protection services including fire suppression and prevention systems. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

483  Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services. (3)  Examines personnel practices, management procedures; investigates collective bargaining, binding arbitration, applicable legislative procedures, and administrative and supervisory procedures. Other topics: promotion and personnel development. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

484  Fire Prevention Organization and Management. (3)  Examines and evaluates the techniques, procedures, programs, and agencies involved with fire prevention. Consideration is given to related governmental inspection and education procedures. BGS online writing course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or and permission of instructor/chairperson.

485  Political and Legal Foundations. (3)  The legal basis for the police power of government related to public safety. Legal limitations and responsibility. Liability of fire prevention organizations and personnel. Review of judicial decisions. BGS online writing course. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

486  Fire Investigation and Analysis. (3)  Examination of techniques for the collection and analysis of evidence relative to a fire's origin. Legislative, economic, psychological, and sociological variables of the incendiary fire. Prerequisites: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning and Outreach, or LEJA 310, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

490  Internship in Law Enforcement. (12)  Off-campus practical work experience in an appropriate field. Seminars and written reports required. Prerequisites: Approval of the internship coordinator or chair and 2.25 GPA overall and a 2.50 GPA in LEJA classes at time of application (semester prior to internship), and during internship. Internship application must be made during the first month of the semester prior to actual internship (i.e., spring internship—application made in September; summer/fall internship—application made in February). Internship application is made by attending a mandatory internship meeting the semester prior to internship. Corequisite: Concurrent with LEJA 491. Graded S/U only.

491  Internship Summary. (3)  Projects designed to bring together all experiences acquired during internship for discussion and analysis. A complete overview of the criminal justice system as observed by interns. Corequisite: concurrent with LEJA 490.

495  Seminar in Criminal Justice. (1–3, repeatable to 6)  Study of specific criminal justice topics not covered in-depth within the current law enforcement and justice administration curriculum. Topic(s) to be announced prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: open only to junior and senior students, consent of instructor/chair prior to enrollment.

499  Honors Internship Project. (3)  The preparation of a major written work involving analysis of appropriate scholarly literature applied within the context of the internship experience. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in LEJA 49