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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, Clontz, Dodson, Durkin, Janoski, Lee, Lough, McBride, McCrary, Meloni, Mericle, Mhlanga, Mors, Myers, Nozum, Rehling, Schafer, Sergevnin, Swanson, Walker.

Adjunct Faculty: Bliss, Bytner, Carper, Daugherty, DeJoode, DiFonso, Elliott, Henning, Leezer, McCamey, Oosternryk, Reinhart, Schwartz.

Academic Advisors: Bradford, Dorsett, Eskridge, Wheeler, Wilson

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, loss prevention, and fire 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 and fire networks. 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 and Fire Protection Services—Fire Science option 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 see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program—An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration: Master of Business Administration. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.

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 disenrolled 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 GPAs.
  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 below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. 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 Requirements: 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 courses, 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.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

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

Bachelor of Science—Fire Protection Services

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services must complete I, II, and either III.A or III.B below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum Requirements: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 18 s.h.
    FS 210, 211, 212, 301, 345, 485†
  3. Options of Study (select A or B): 59 s.h.
    1. Fire Administration (Comprehensive)
      1. Special Courses: 24 s.h.
        FS 481, 482, 483; SOC 487, 488; EM 477, 478; PSY 481
      2. Directed Electives: 6 s.h.
        Select 6 s.h. from the following list of courses: HRM 353, 443; POLS 300, 302; FS 484, 486; ET 443, 444; LEJA 331; HS 400; EM 461
      3. Open Electives: 29 s.h.
    2. Fire Science (Comprehensive)
      1. Special Courses: 32 s.h.
        EM 351, 352; LEJA 331; ET 444; FS 484, 486, 490, 491
      2. Open Electives: 27 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

†FS 485 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 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, excluding LEJA 404.

Minor in Criminalistics: 18 s.h.
  1. LEJA 212, 255, 355, 455: 12 s.h.
  2. Choose 6 s.h. from the following courses: ANTH 405; ARTS 140, 246; CHEM 101, 440; COMM 247, 305, 341, 344, 377; CS 305, 395, 455; ENG 380; EOS 311; FCS 270; FS 486; GEOG 401, 403; IDT 240, 340, 406, 433: 6 s.h.
Minor in Fire Administration: 18 s.h.
  1. FS 481, 482, 483, 485: 12 s.h.
  2. Any two of the following: FS 301, 345, 484; ET 443; HRM 353, 443; PSY 481; POLS 300, 302; SOC 487, 488: 6 s.h.
Minor in Fire Science: 18 s.h.
  1. FS 210, 212, 301, 486: 12 s.h.
  2. Choose at least 6 s.h. from the following courses: FS 484; LEJA 330, 331; EM 323, 351, 352, 478, 461; ET 443, 444; PSY 481; SOC 487, 488: 6 s.h.
Minor in Homeland Security: 18 s.h.
  1. LEJA 330, 331, 414, 416: 12 s.h.
  2. Choose two courses from the following: CS 455, DS 435, ECON 310, EM 461, EOS 377, LEJA 332, POLS 353, REL 456, SOC 462: 6 s.h.

Sophomore standing required to declare a minor in Homeland Security.

Minor in Legal Studies: 18 s.h.
  1. LEJA 212, 312, 412, 441: 12 s.h.
  2. Choose any two of the following: BL 230, 431, 432, 435; LEJA 413, 414, 415; FS 485: 6 s.h.
Minor in Security Administration: 18 s.h.
Plan A—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; ET 448; FCS 453; HRM 353, 443; FS 210; LEJA 430; MGT 349; MKTG 327, 343
Plan B—Minor in Security Administration for students whose major is other than Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

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

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.

255 Crime Scene Investigation. (3) Criminalistics overview addressing law enforcement responsibilities for and activities of crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and applicable forensic sciences: Prerequisite: LEJA 101 or permission of the instructor.

300 Writing in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. (3) 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 Criminal Justice. (3) Introduction to statistical methods useful for analyzing data most often encountered in criminal justice research. Students will conduct data analysis using computer software with the emphasis on the proper application and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics for policy-making purposes. 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.

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 Principles of Terrorism. (3) Overview of terrorism, including: definition, root causes, ideologies, historical and current perspectives, modus operandi and targets, radicalization and recruitment, terrorist group structures, terrorists in the economic system, domestic and international terrorist groups, state sponsors, and counterterrorism. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

331 Homeland Security Entities. (3) Overview of homeland security and its implications. Administrative, legislative, and operational entities developed for the protection of the United States. Strengths and weaknesses of this framework are addressed. The roles of industry and non-profits in homeland security framework are discussed. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

332 Terrorism Financing and Responses. (3) Provides an overview of terror financing activities and industry, government, and non-governmental responses. The critical nature of financing schemes, disparate methodologies, and costs associated with terrorism will be identified. Connections with other criminal activity and global responses will be analyzed. Prerequisites: junior standing and LEJA 330, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

345 Diversity, Ethics, and Professionalism in Criminal Justice. (3) This course is designed to familiarize students with concepts related 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. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. of LEJA courses.

355 Basics of Criminal Investigation. (3) Examination of the history, basic techniques, analysis, and procedures unique to criminal investigations in the law enforcement field. Prerequisite: LEJA 255 or permission of the instructor.

357 Theories of Crime. (3) An interdisciplinary overview of criminological theories with an emphasis on the causes of crime, the etiology of criminal offenses and offenders, and how each affects evidence-based policy, research, and regulations in the field of criminal justice. Prerequisite: LEJA 101; junior standing or permission of the instructor.

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 director 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.

415 Privacy, Technology, and Law. (3) This course examines the controversial developments in technology, legislative enactments, and governmental policy that challenge and shape traditional expectations of privacy. Surveillance strategies impacting public safety, health, law enforcement, consumer and personal selections, property rights, and family matters are discussed. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

416 Terrorism and Law Enforcement. (3) Discusses law enforcement risks and responses in relation to terrorist activities. Counterterrorism policing theories and U.S. law enforcement experiences with terrorism are addressed. Law enforcement experiences overseas are shared. Case studies in this realm are analyzed. Prerequisites: junior standing and LEJA 330, 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.

455 Advanced Criminal Investigation. (3) Course explores specialized information and techniques in dealing with victims with trauma, various detection and deception methods as they relate to interrogation, profiling, and crime classification. Prerequisite: LEJA 355 or permission of instructor.

490 Internship in Law Enforcement. (12) Offcampus 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 January). Internship application is made by attending a mandatory internship meeting the semester prior to the 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. Prerequisite: 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 490.

FIRE SERVICE (FS)

210 (Formerly LEJA 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.

211 Fire Suppression Tactics. (3) This course is an introduction to basic concepts in fire suppression operations. Topics include an overview of the incident command system, building construction, basic fire strategy, fire ground tactics, and situational response. Prerequisite: FS 210 or permission of instructor/ chairperson.

212 Introduction to Fire Prevention. (3) This course serves as a general introduction to strategies in fire prevention. Concepts reviewed include building inspection, code enforcement, construction plan review, zoning practices and public education programs. Prerequisite: FS 210 or permission of instructor/ chairperson.

301 Firefighter Safety and Survival. (3) Firefighter safety introduces essential principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services. Prerequisite: FS 210 or permission of instructor/chairperson.

345 Ethics, Diversity, and Professionalism in the Fire and Emergency Services. (3) This course will familiarize students with concepts relating to diversity, professionalism, ethics, and morality within fire service delivery from both the individual and organizational perspective. Special attention is provided to ethical and moral dilemmas that are recurrent and problematic. Prerequisite: 12 hours in fire protection study or permission of instructor.

481 (Formerly LEJA 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, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

482 (Formerly LEJA 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, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/ chairperson.

483 (Formerly LEJA 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, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/ chairperson.

484 (Formerly LEJA 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, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/ chairperson.

485 (Formerly LEJA 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. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. 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, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/ chairperson; ENG 180 and 280.

486 (Formerly LEJA 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for inservice fire/safety personnel by the director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, or FS 210, or permission of instructor/chairperson.

490 Fire Service Internship. (9) The fire internship provides practical experience through real world observation and interaction with practitioners in the work environment. The student observes and participates in the daily routines associated with the provision of public safety services. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.25 GPA overall and a 2.50 GPA in the core courses within the fire major; C grade or better in each of FS 210, 211, 212, 301, and 345; junior or senior standing. Corequisite: FS 491. Graded S/U only.

491 Fire Service Internship Paper Summary. (3) This course consists of a writing exercise whereby interns reflect on their thoughts and opinions regarding the internship experience, including events that played an important part in their academics or internship experience as it relates to their career pursuits. Corequisite: FS 490.