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Minor: Forensic Anthropology

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Forensic Anthropology Minor

 

Forensic anthropology is burgeoning and so is student awareness of the discipline. A minor in forensic anthropology complements any existing major. Majors in criminal justice and anthropology will certainly benefit from the coursework and experience this minor offers.

The minor will accommodate those with an interest in law enforcement, students who intend to work as crime scene technicians, and students who are planning to pursue post-graduate education in legal or forensic science fields. The minor will also prepare students for graduate work specifically in forensic anthropology or another specialization in bioanthropology.

Dr. Misty Weitzel

 

What is forensic anthropology?

Forensic anthropology is the application of bioanthropology to the legal system and humanitarian matters. Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques to locate and recover suspicious remains, then work to evaluate the age, sex, ancestry, stature, and other individualizing characteristics of a decedent from the skeleton.

What will you learn?

Forensic anthropology students will gain firsthand experience in the basics of forensic anthropology and put that knowledge to work with actual human remains in a laboratory setting. The focus is on the discovery, recovery, and interpretation of material evidence, emphasizing the significance of context.

The application of these findings as evidence in legal cases is pertinent to the curriculum. The required courses build on the traditional knowledge of anthropology and criminal justice. Students are also provided with a range of relevant options in criminal justice and anthropology to generate greater intellectual and applied breadth and also to situate forensic anthropology in a broader disciplinary context.

What can you do with a minor in forensic anthropology?

A Forensic Anthropology Minor will open doors to fieldwork opportunities, as well as participation in law enforcement practices and forensic lab experiences. Forensic anthropology skills are also in demand in educational settings, museums, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), law enforcement agencies, medical examiner and coroner offices, private companies, or as part of federal level response teams such as a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT).

 

Three Tracks of Forensic Anthropology:

Track One: Criminal Justice Majors

Designed for Students Majoring in Criminal Justice (28 credits)

Required Courses

Introductory Prerequisites Coursework (8 credits)

May apply to LACC, but do not count toward minor

ANTH 214: Physical Anthropology (4)

ANTH 215: Archaeology (4)

Core Forensic Anthropology Courses (16 credits)

Students may take either the Criminal Justice or Anthropology courses listed below

CJ 322/ANTH 322: Forensic Anthropology (4)

CJ 328/ANTH 328: Forensic Osteology (4)

CJ 441/ANTH 441: Forensic Archaeology and Taphonomy (4)

CJ 442/ANTH 422: Readings in Forensic Anthropology (4)

Choose Three of the Following Courses

CJ 321: Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

CJ 333/ANTH 333: Forensic DNA Analysis (4)

CJ 372D/ANTH 372D: Social Constructions of Race (4)

ANTH 216: Cultural Anthropology (4)

ANTH 311: Human Evolution (4)

ANTH 313: North American Prehistory (4)

ANTH 324: Anthropological Theory (4)

ANTH 392:  Applied Anthropology (4)

ANTH 432: Human Rights (4)

PSY 336: Intro to Forensic Psychology (4)

PSY 438:  Advanced Forensic Psychology (4)

Track Two: Anthropology Majors

Designed for Students Majoring in Anthropology (28 credits)

Required Courses

Introductory Prerequisites Coursework (4 credits)

May apply to LACC, but do not count toward minor

CJ 213D: Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

Core Forensic Anthropology Courses (16 credits)

Students may take either the Criminal Justice or Anthropology courses listed below

CJ 322/ANTH 322: Forensic Anthropology (4)

CJ 328/ANTH 328: Forensic Osteology (4)

CJ 441/ANTH 441: Forensic Archaeology and Taphonomy (4)

CJ 442/ANTH 422: Readings in Forensic Anthropology (4)

Choose Three of the Following Courses

CJ 219D: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4)

CJ 321: Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

CJ 333/ANTH 333: Forensic DNA Analysis (4)

CJ 372D/ANTH 372D: social Constructions of Race (4)

CJ 427Q: Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice (4)

ANTH 216: Cultural Anthropology (4)

ANTH 311: Human Evolution (4)

ANTH 313: North American Prehistory (4)

ANTH 392:  Applied Anthropology (4)

ANTH 432: Human Rights (4)

PSY 336: Intro to Forensic Psychology (4)

PSY 438:  Advanced Forensic Psychology (4)

Track Three: All Other Majors

Designed for Students Majoring in Areas Other than Criminal Justice or Anthropology

 (28 credits)

Required Courses

Introductory Prerequisites Coursework (12 credits)

May apply to LACC, but do not count toward minor

CJ 213D: Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

ANTH 214: Physical Anthropology (4)

ANTH 215: Archaeology (4)

Core Forensic Anthropology Courses (16 credits)

Students may take either the Criminal Justice or Anthropology courses listed below

CJ 322/ANTH 322: Forensic Anthropology (4)

CJ 328/ANTH 328: Forensic Osteology (4)

CJ 441/ANTH 441: Forensic Archaeology and Taphonomy (4)

CJ 442/ANTH 422: Readings in Forensic Anthropology (4)

ANTH 324: Anthropological Theory (4)

Choose Three of the Following Courses

CJ 219D: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4)

CJ 321: Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

CJ 333/ANTH 333: Forensic DNA Analysis (4)

CJ 372D/ANTH 372D: Social Constructions of Race (4)

CJ 427Q: Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice (4)

ANTH 216: Cultural Anthropology (4)

ANTH 311: Human Evolution (4)

ANTH 313: North American Prehistory (4)

ANTH 392:  Applied Anthropology (4)

ANTH 432: Human Rights (4)

PSY 336: Intro to Forensic Psychology (4)

PSY 438:  Advanced Forensic Psychology (4)

 

Course Descriptions

100-200 Level

CJ 212D History/Development of American Law Enforcement (4 credits) Course surveys the historical development of American law enforcement, focusing on the social, political and organizational dynamics that helped to shape this critical institution. The course covers the four major models of American policing: colonial, political, reform, professional and service models. Course provides a historical foundation for other courses in the law enforcement major.

CJ 213D Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits) A multidisciplinary approach to administration, procedures, and policies of agencies of government charged with the enforcement of law, the adjudication of criminal behavior and the correction/punishment of criminal and deviant behavior. Includes an overview of criminal justice models and explanations of adult and juvenile crime and responses of the adult and juvenile justice systems within respective social, political and economic contexts.

CJ 219D Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4 credits) Major ethical theories relevant to criminal justice and social service institutions are examined. Emphasis is placed on ethical practices and dilemmas that affect practitioners as they endeavor to provide public services.

CJ 220 Introduction to Homeland Security (4 credits) First in a series of three (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Introduces students to the strategies and skills necessary to help local government and their communities become more effective in creating safe, vigilant, prepared and resilient communities for homeland security (i.e. natural and manmade disasters, crime and social deviance, acts of terrorism, and community enhancement). The course bridges the core strategies and philosophies of community policing and homeland security.

CJ 241 Introduction to Community Crime Prevention (4 credits) Opportunity to explore the history, philosophy, theory and application of community crime prevention programs. Students will examine research and programs in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, higher education and community-based organizations.

CJ 244W Comparative Criminal Justice (4 credits) Criminal justice systems from around the world are compared and contrasted.

CJ 252 American Courts (4 credits) In depth examination and analysis of the American court system. Students will be exposed to the new emerging “problem solving courts” and the school of legal thought referred to as Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Course is multidisciplinary and appropriate for all students who wish to have a better understanding of the American court system and emerging trends in the administration of justice.

300 Level

CJ 310 Legal Research and Writing (4 credits) An intensive writing course that focuses on legal research and writing. Students will learn to conduct legal research, write legal briefs, reports and memoranda utilizing the rules of citation, grammar and style.

CJ 320 Developing Homeland Security Practices (4 credits) Second in a series of three courses (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Course teaches students the skills needed to develop collaborative community action plans for homeland security (i.e. natural and manmade disasters, crime and social deviance, acts of terrorism, and community enhancement). Prerequisite: CJ 220

CJ 322 Forensic Anthropology (4 credits)

Introduces students to forensic anthropology, an applied subdiscipline of bioanthropology. Students will examine the role of the forensic anthropologist and the history of the discipline. Students will also become familiar with the goals, techniques, and broader applications of forensic anthropology.

CJ 327W Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4 credits) Opportunity to learn, understand and apply social research methods to issues germane to the discipline of criminal justice. Emphasis on the relationships of theory to research, measurement, research design, hypothesis testing, sampling and implications of research for social polity. Prerequisite: CJ 213.

CJ 331D Police and Community: Policy Perspective (4 credits) Broad review of contemporary American crime control policies and their relationship to community needs and citizen expectations. Emphasis on the influences that politics (i.e. minority groups, advocacy groups, etc.), culture, economics and bureaucracy have on policy development. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 351 Police Organization and Administration (4 credits) Organizational and management principles; the administrative process in law enforcement agencies; the relationship of theoretical administrative concepts to the practical police environment. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 352 Criminal Law (4 credits) Examines the sources and application of substantive criminal law. Students will learn to locate, interpret and apply municipal ordinances, state statutes, common federal law, and how to find and research statutes. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in law or who may be planning a law-related career.

400 Level

CJ 420 Implementing Homeland Security Strategies (4 credits) Third in a series of three courses (CJ 220, CJ 320, and CJ 420). Course teaches students how to successfully implement collaborative strategies and community action plans related to homeland security (i.e. planning for or responding to all hazardous events) from an executive or leadership perspective. Prerequisite: CJ 320

CJ 422 Community Collaboration and Development (4 credits) Course offers opportunity to learn the logistics, mechanics, and theoretical foundations behind community collaboration development – a systems approach that links community members and organizations with various institutions designated with the responsibility to assist communities. Course is multidisciplinary appropriate for anthropology, criminal justice, education, geography, history, and sociology students who will work or live in communities. Co-requisite: must be taken in conjunction with CJ 425

CJ 423W/523 Management of Law Enforcement Organizations (4 credits) Managerial concepts, administrative principles and supervisory practices for the middle command officer. Law enforcement leadership, policy formulation and application of sound management practices. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 424/524 Law Enforcement Planning (4 credits) Planning techniques, development of criminal justice planning, identification of problem areas, causative factors, solutions and alternative strategies, using resources to effect change. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 427 Crime Analysis (4 credits) Course covers the quantitative and qualitative study of crime and crime trends in relation to factors of sociological, demographic and spatial nature. Students gain valuable experience in utilizing public data and attitudinal surveys for the purpose of analyzing, interpreting, and presenting crime reports in a professional manner.

CJ 435C/535 Gender, Crime, and Justice (4 credits) Course examines the differences in the commission of offenses and victimization by gender and addresses gender specific difference in criminality, societal reactions and criminal justice responses by gender. Course also addresses the relationships of gender, race, social class, crime and social control.

CJ 436/536 Minorities, Crime, Social Policy, and Social Control (4 credits)

The involvement of minorities, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, in crime and the criminal justice system. Special attention is devoted to the role of racism in theories of crime and in American law and to the treatment of minorities by various factions of the criminal justice system.

CJ 440C/540 Community Crime Prevention Studies (4 credits) Multidisciplinary approach to theoretical foundations of issues related to crimes committed in the community and theoretical orientations of various community crime prevention strategies and the implications associated with social policies. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 450D/550 Criminology (4 credits) A description and analysis of types of crimes, types of criminals and the major theories of crime causation. An examination of past and present incidence rates of crimes; the socioeconomic, cultural and psychological variables related to criminal behavior; and a review of possible solutions to the crime problem. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 451D/551 Youth, Crime, and Society (4 credits) Offers a review of the nature, distribution and explanations of youth crime, with particular attention given to the historical context of youth crime and the topic of youth gangs. Gender, race, political and official responses to youth crime will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 452/552 Criminal Procedure (4 credits)

The concepts of due process and application of the Bill of Rights in criminal law are examined in the light of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. State and federal procedural law is reviewed as well as relevant new legislation. Prerequisites: CJ 213 and CJ 252 or consent of instructor

CJ 453/553 Corrections (4 credits) Considers the evolution of punishment, corrections theories, survey of prison development and administration; education, labor and rehabilitation processes; social groups in the prison community. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 454D/554 Parole and Probation (4 credits) History of parole and probation; review of contemporary parole and probation theories, practices, processes and research; the future of parole and probation. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 455D/555 Correctional Casework and Counseling (4 credits) History, development and contemporary practices, theories, and techniques of juvenile and adult correctional casework, counseling and treatment. Prerequisite: CJ 213 or consent of instructor

CJ 456/556 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (4 credits) A study of contemporary issues in criminal justice. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

CJ 463/563 Topics on Juvenile Issues (4 credits) This course focuses on contemporary juvenile issues (such as child abuse) and other current issues and trends that involve the juvenile, family, school, social agencies and the court. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

 

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Dr. Misty A. Weitzel

weitzelm@wou.edu