Course Descriptions & Prerequisites

  • Students should consult KCC’s 2013-14 Academic Catalog and the course equivalency guides located in the Academic Advising office for specific transfer information.
  • The specific amount of the lab fee will vary with current costs of materials and is published in each semester’s schedule of classes.
  • For a more comprehensive coverage of course content and requirements, students are invited to use the collection of course syllabi located in the respective departments’ office area.
  • Some Kellogg Community College course have prerequisite requirements that must be met before you can register. Prerequisites are listed at the end of each course description. Select your course of study and make sure you have the appropriate knowledge and/or skills to be successful in the course in which you wish to enroll.
  • Certain course prerequisites can be overridden by the department chair or director responsible for the course.

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  • Prerequisites: None
  • The historical development and philosophy of corrections, the development of corrections in the United States, current reforms and approaches in modern corrections (including the concepts of probation, parole, minimum security, and maximum security), and the work of related social agencies will be examined.
    Prerequisites: None
  • A survey of the history and philosophy of correctional institutions focusing on the use of imprisonment as a mechanism of social control, custody versus treatment, rights of prisoners, prison and jail management, institutional training programs, examination of contemporary correctional institutions, penological and criminological theory, prison and jail architecture, and prisoner society.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 106
    3 CR
    Prerequisites: None
  • An analysis of the correctional client. Specific attention will be directed to the comparison of normal and criminal behaviors; etiologies of delinquent and criminal offenders; identification of mentally disordered, substance and sexual abusers, and predatory and property offenders. Correctional institutional and community-based intervention strategies, referral agencies, and treatment programs will be identified and evaluated.
    Prerequisites: None
  • A study of social and psychological factors and processes in criminal behavior, including the social concepts of culture, socialization, attitude formation, personal and group alienation, discrimination, and affirmative action programs. Specific attention will be directed to the effect of these social concepts on race and ethnic groups and various methods by which correctional officers may promote diplomacy and conflict resolution. Topics, both directly and indirectly, related to effective client relations (such as stress management, health and wellness, effective communication strategies, professional behavioral standards, and effective and objective documentation) will also be explored.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 110
    3 CR
    This course is designed to teach students the information and skills necessary to stay fit for duty and fit for life. The course content includes fitness and wellness concepts to provide a healthy lifestyle. Students will participate in a variety of activities designed to improve the cardiovascular system, muscular strength, and flexibility. [8-40-48]
    Prerequisites: passing score on the MCOLES Fitness Test
  • The Local Correctional Academy is a Michigan Sheriffs' Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) approved 160-hour training program for correctional personnel supervising inmates in county jails. The program will focus on achieving the skills necessary to maintain the safety and security of the correctional institution. Primary topics include intake procedures, correctional law, cultural diversity, custody and security, subject control, ethics, fire safety, interpersonal communication, prisoner behavior, report writing, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, stress management, suicide awareness, and first aid. Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: None
  • The Local Correctional Re-Entry Academy is a Michigan Sheriffs' Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) approved 96-hour core training program for candidates eligible for waiver of mandatory training requirements as outlined in the MSCTC Recognition of Prior Training and Experience policy. Core training will focus on achieving the skills necessary to maintain the safety and security of the correctional institution. Primary topics include intake procedures, correctional law, custody and security, fire safety, interpersonal communication, prisoner behavior, suicide awareness, and stress management. Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Chair approval
  • CRJU 200
    4 CR
    A study of the basic knowledge and skills required for a police officer to safely, effectively, and ethically carry out the patrol function of a law enforcement agency.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 201
    3 CR
    This course will provide instruction in the techniques of discovering, collecting, recording, processing, and preserving evidence. Included will be instruction on evidentiary considerations in the investigative functions, preliminary investigation techniques, witness interviewing, death investigation, suspect identification procedures, crime scene research, recording the crime scene, collection and preservation of evidence, fingerprinting, child abuse and sexual assault investigation, narcotics investigation, utilizing informants, surveillance techniques, and special tactical operations. Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 202
    3 CR
    The study of substantive criminal law as a means of defining and preserving social order. Sources of criminal law; classification crimes against persons, property, and public welfare; principles of criminal liability; elements necessary to establish crime and criminal intent; specific crimes and defenses; and constitutional limitations are examined.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 203
    3 CR
    The legal and philosophical basis of the juvenile justice process, the measurement of crime and delinquency, theories of crime and delinquency causation, principle and legal issues pertaining to processing delinquents, (as well as control and preventive measures) are examined.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 204
    3 CR
    A study of the administration of criminal justice; the nature and scope of police power; the concept of exclusion; laws of arrest, search, seizure, and interrogation; the acquisition of evidence; and judicial protection of the accused will be evaluated.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 205
    4 CR
    A study of the traffic problems, regulations and enforcement, traffic laws, auto theft, OUIL enforcement, and accident investigation procedures. Primary attention will be focused upon the use and implementation of the Michigan Vehicle Code.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 207
    4 CR
    Skills in pressure point control techniques, use of non-lethal weapons, and police defensive tactics will be developed. Appropriate de-escalation/escalation of force tactics will receive major attention. [0-64-64] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 208
    4 CR
    A continuation of Police Operations I involving the acquisition of basic knowledge and skills required for a police officer to safely, effectively, and ethically carry out the patrol function of a law enforcement agency.
    Prerequisites: a "C" in CRJU 200
  • The course is designed to broaden the educational experiences of the student through directed work and observational assignment in selected criminal justice agencies. The course will correlate theoretical knowledge with practical experience. A total of 16 hours of classroom contact and 96 hours of fieldwork will be required. [16-96-112] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: sophomore standing and coordinator approval
  • A continuation of CRJU 210. [16-96-112]
    Prerequisites: CRJU 210 and coordinator approval
  • This course is designed to teach students the information and skills necessary to safely operate a vehicle, conduct vehicle stops, and appropriately control vehicle occupants. Emphasis will be placed on legal and liability issues, policies and procedures, and vehicle dynamics. Students will demonstrate their driving and decision-making skills in realistic situations. [16-32-48] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: program director approval
  • CRJU 213
    4 CR
    This course will emphasize the skill development and legal applications of firearms as a law enforcement function. Participants will be required to successfully complete the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards firearms course of fire. [20-72-92] Lab Fee
    Prerequisites: program director approval
  • This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of problem- solving theories and practices. It will examine the concept and basic principles of community policing, analyze the problem-oriented policing model, and examine the most commonly used problem-solving processes. Students will examine and clarify their personal beliefs and values and will apply the law enforcement code of ethics in situational examples.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 222
    3 CR
    A 48-hour course designed to prepare police reserves and posse members for their responsibilities. Included will be topics on criminal law and procedure; juvenile law; criminal investigation; cultural diversity and the police response; civil and family dispute mediation; field note taking and report writing; interview and interrogation; narcotics investigation; patrol techniques; responding to crimes in progress; traffic stops, direction, and control; defensive tactics; handcuffing techniques; interpersonal skills; prisoner care and treatment; and firearms familiarity.
    Prerequisites: None
  • CRJU 297
    1 CR
    This course provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in a criminal justice agency. [3-13-16]
    Prerequisites: program director approval
  • CRJU 299
    1 CR
    In preparation for attaining state licensure, students will develop a resume, gain practical experience in employment interviews, prepare a portfolio, review study skills, participate in guided study sessions, take practice licensure exams, and take the academy final examination.
    Prerequisites: None