Investigations Degree - Bachelor of Science
Major Requirements (36 credit hours)
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INVS 305 Theory and Practice of Investigations
This course will provide a foundation and overview of the diverse field of investigations. The focus of the course will be on the investigative process and concepts and theories in investigations.
INVS 315 The American Criminal and Civil Legal Systems
This course will provide an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal and civil law as it applies to the field of investigations. Special focus will be 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.
INVS 325 Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Investigations
This course will address ethical issues in investigations at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis will be given to an examination of the relationship between ethical principles, moral and normative judgments.
INVS 335 Information Gathering and Case Management
This course will examine basic methods of investigation, information acquisition, and managing and prioritizing caseloads. Particular attention will be 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.
INVS 345 The Criminal Mind
This course will focus on behavioral analysis and criminal offenders. Special focus will be devoted to forensic psychology, criminal behavior rationalization, deviant behavior, and crime causation theories.
INVS 405 Crime Scenes, Clues, Forensics and Evidence
This course will cover the investigative process as it relates to crime scenes and evidence processing. Rules of evidence, types of evidence including latent fingerprints, fibers and other trace particle, firearms, tool marks, bloodstain patterns and DNA analysis will be emphasized.
INVS 415 Investigating Crimes Against Property and the Private Sector
This course will examine 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 will be the focus, as well as private sector investigations into harassment, discrimination, and threats of violence in the workplace, workers’ compensation, asset protection, loss prevention, employee background checks, and theft of intellectual property.
INVS 425 Investigating Crimes Against Persons
This course will examine 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 the investigations into homicide, sexual assault, robbery, child abuse, and domestic violence.
INVS 435 Investigating Public Order Crimes
This course will examine the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the 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 prevalent public order crimes.
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