Virgil Adams III

Virgil Adams III, M.A. Psychology

Human Services, Social Sciences
Sociology, Social Sciences


Phone: 714-484-7000 Ext : 48220

Office Hours : 9:00-9:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday

Location: Humanities Bldg. Rm.222J


Syllabus for 294


HURS 294 Hum. 222J

Careers in Criminal Justice Office hours

Spring 2012 Tue./Thur 9:30-10:50 Tue. 9-9:30 Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA Thur.9-9:30

E-Mail: Also by appt.

Web page: www. /socialscience Office Phone

/~vadams (714)484-7000

Ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit




Stephens Jr., W. Richard Careers in Criminal Justice

Massachusetts Allyn and Bacon 2001

Course Description: 

This course will students with the opportunity to explore in- depth the breadth and scope of career opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Specific careers will be explored through guest speakers, field trips, on site observations and mentoring opportunities. Students will gather knowledge and gain an appreciation for the criminal justice field as a result of this course. 

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in depth understanding of required qualifications of specific professional and vocational careers within the criminal justice system.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of mentoring and internships for positions available in criminal justice system.

  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the duties, responsibilities and scope of training necessary to meet the minimum qualifications for numerous careers in the criminal justice system.


  1. Topics

    1. The importance of networking, mentoring, and internships in criminal justice.

    2. The use of the internet as an aid to discover employment trends, opportunities, and pathways in the 21st. Century.

    3. Evaluation of prospective employment agencies to determine appropriate methods for appraisal of qualifications, responsibilities, and duties performed within specific careers.

    4. Critical critique and evaluation of students’ assessment of an on-site visit relating to a individual career in the criminal justice system.

  2. Written assignments

    1. Chapter critique reports and evaluation.

    2. Resume submitted towards a specific Career.

    3. Reaction paper (3-5 pages double spaced)

  3. Oral assignments

    1. Class participation and evaluation of guest presentations.

    2. Oral feedback and evaluation of results on internet research of a criminal justice vocation/profession.

Instructional Methodologies:

1. Lecture and handouts in class.

2. Group discussion and presentations (small and large).

3. Video with class discussion and critiques.

4. Discuss and review unit examinations.

5. Internet research assignment.

6. Guest lectures

Methods of Evaluation:

1. Class participation (discussion and written exercises).

2. Chapter critique reports and Final Project

3. Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical evaluation that

focus on demonstrating historical, practical and philosophical knowledge

and issues related to the careers in criminal justice system.

4. Class attendance, participation and appraisal of in class discussions and

guest speaker presentations to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific careers in the criminal justice system.

Class Expectations and Procedures:

1. Attendance:

Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates two absences you can be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. All class members are relying on your cooperation.

2. Academic Honesty Policy:

It is expected that you do your own work, both during assignments and at the time of testing. Plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. Make sure that you understand all assignments and develop your own ideas using your own words.

3. Student Services

Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodation should make specific known to the instructor in a timely manner, preferably at the beginning of the semester or at least one prior to the identified need.

4. Emergency Procedures:

In the event of a emergency and classroom or building evacuation is required, please take personal belongings with you to a clear and safe area.

5. Food and Beverages:

Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom. (water is allowed)

6. Beepers and Cell Phones:

Please turn off all devices while class is in session. The use of cell phones during class will result in exclusion from this course. 

Weekly Assignments:

Date Topics to be covered Text Readings

1-24/26 Course introduction Syllabus

Careers in Criminal Justice Review

1-31 Correctional Officer Chapter 3


2-7/9 City Police Officer Chapter 3

2-14/16 County Sheriff Chapter 2

2-21/23 Chief of Police Chapter 2

2-28 Warden Dept. of Corrections Reading TBA


3-6/8 Library Research Project Chapter 5

3-13/15 Probation Officer Chapter 15

3-20/22 Parole Officer Chapter 9

3-27/29 Violent Crimes-Victim Witness Chapter 16

Rape Prevention& Crisis Specialist

4-3/5 Spring Break (No School)

4-10/12 Forensic Social Worker Reading TBA

4-17/19 Alcohol Beverage Control Chapter 20 

4-24/26 Resume Writing/Interview

Preparation Strategies

5-1/3 Presentation on personality Reading TBA

and career assessment

5-8/10 State Attorney Chapter 3

5-15/17 Public Defender Chapter 3

5-24 Presentation of Term Papers

5-24 Final Project Submission 8:00-10:00 A.M.