Mar 20, 2023
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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.
While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Crime Analysis and Investigations Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Additionally, most employment opportunities require a minimum of a two year degree in this field. Work with your Criminal Justice advisor to stack this certificate with the Associate in Criminal Justice. There are a number of substitutions that may apply.
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Employment Eligibility Requirements
Any past criminal history may be detrimental to finding employment in the criminal justice field. If you have any concerns please speak with an advisor.
1. College Success
- COLLG 110 College Success (3 credits)
Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.
Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.
2. Introduction to Investigative Profiling
3. Introduction to Crime Analysis and Intelligence
Action Item: Attend all day advising.
4. Criminal Investigations
- CJ 272 Criminal Investigations (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course will explore investigative theory, sources of information, interview and interrogation techniques, crime patterns, criminal law & procedures, and report writing. In this course you will practice applying investigative procedures within legal and ethical constraints, essential to ensuring equitable application in your future career. This course is a required course for future optional credentialing by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and International Association of Crime Analysts.
5. Crime Mapping Techniques
6. Criminal Behavior
- CJ 274 Criminal Behavior (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course focuses on the scientific study and psychological bases & dynamics of criminal situations & criminal behavior; major theories of criminal & aggressive behavior; cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, social learning, descriptive, & developmental theories are discussed & compared with current classification systems.
7. Advanced Crime Analysis Techniques
- CJ 275 Advanced Crime Analysis Techniques (5 credits)
Course purpose: Encompassing concepts & technical skills across all major types of crime analysis, you will engage in a series of projects that replicate the analyses & challenges crime analysts regularly encounter, ensuring that you are fully prepared to enter into an analyst position. This course is a required course for future optional credentialing by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and International Association of Crime Analysts.
Action Item: Additional Information
Update resume. Apply for a position.
8. Empirical Profiling
- CJ 276 Empirical Profiling (5 credits)
Course purpose: You will practice applying the concepts of empirical profiling to real domestic and international cases, ensuring that you are able to provide your skills accurately, cross-culturally, and without bias. These three areas are imperative for success in the field. This course must be taken in your fourth/final quarter, simultaneously with CAPSTONE: Crime Analysis Application (Research & Design Methods).
9. Applied Crime Analysis Research and Design Methods
- CJ 277 Applied Crime Analysis Research & Design Methods (5 credits)
Course purpose: In this course, you will develop an original crime analysis project & bring the project to completion, including the gathering of data, the analysis of data, the application of the data, and a presentation of your findings. This course is designed to mirror the standard function of any analyst and/or profiler, and serves as the Capstone course for this certificate. This course is a required course for future optional credentialing by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and International Association of Crime Analysts. This course must be taken in your fourth/final quarter, simultaneously with Empirical Profiling & Crime Scene Analysis.
Action Item: Join Association
Join the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts as a student or basic member, depending on current criminal justice position.
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