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The Criminal Justice Department offers a curriculum which provides a liberal education and attempts to develop the qualities that are desirable for employment in the criminal justice fields: communication capabilities, intelligence, tolerance, self discipline and respect for constitutional values. It also develops professional qualities within those students currently employed with a criminal justice agency, and it provides a general knowledge about the successes and failures of America's criminal justice system. Non-majors are also encouraged to enroll in criminal justice classes as electives.   Contact Information:
Crystal Sosalla
Academic Assistant
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Art Washut
Department Head

Art Washut, CRMJ Instructor


The A.A.S. degree in criminal justice offers a curriculum which provides a focused education, preparing the student to pursue a career after graduation from Casper College.

The A.A. degree prepares the student to pursue a baccalaureate degree at locations such as the University of Wyoming or through our University Partnerships program.

Casper's size and central location allow criminal justice students exposure to more courtroom trials, Casper Police and Sheriff's Departments, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, practicum/internship opportunities and job opportunities.




  • Arthur Washut
    • Phone: (307) 268-2711
    • Office: LH 164
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  • Maya Russell
    • Phone: (307) 268-2764
    • Office: LH 175A
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  • Associate of Arts degree
    • see On-line catalog
  • Associate of Science degree
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  • Associate of Applied Science degree
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CRMJ 1700 Firearms I (2L,1LB,2CR):
The first eight weeks of the course involve the moral aspects, legal provisions, safety precautions and restrictions governing the use of firearms, firing handguns, target analysis and range procedures. The second eight weeks provide instruction in basic techniques and skills of handling and properly using handguns. It will also provide for competition in target and practical police course matches. Students must furnish ammunition. Enrollment limited to majors in criminal justice except by permission of the instructor. This is considered to be a vocational skills course and it may not transfer to the University of Wyoming or other four-year institutions offering bachelor degrees in criminal justice.

CRMJ 1705 Firearms II (1L,4LB,3CR):
This course will review range safety procedures and legal issues concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. In addition, the course will introduce students to more advanced defensive handgun techniques beyond what are taught in CRMJ 1700. Students will also be introduced to skills involving the handling, firing and maintenance of police shotguns, semi-automatic patrol rifles, and precision rifles. Students must furnish ammunition, ear and eye protection and pay an access fee for use of the shooting range. This is considered to be a vocational skills course and it may not transfer to the University of Wyoming or other four-year institutions offering bachelor degrees in criminal justice. Enrollment limited to majors in criminal justice or by permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: CRMJ 1700.

CRMJ 2120 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3L,3CR)[E]:
The agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system legislature, the police, the prosecutor, the public defender, the courts, and corrections. An analysis of the roles and problems of law enforcement in a democratic society with an emphasis upon intercomponent relations and checks and balances. (Cross-listed as POLS 2120.)

CRMJ 2130 Criminal Investigation I (3L,3CR):
Theory of criminal investigation: relations of the detective with other law enforcement divisions, modus operandi, sources of information, surveillance, personal identification, interrogation, preliminary and follow-up investigations, collection and preservation of evidence. Enrollment limited to majors in law enforcement except by permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2210 Criminal Law I (3L,3CR)[E]:
Comparative study of criminal laws; origins of laws; review of Wyoming criminal laws and procedures; elements of a crime; parties to a crime; elements of specific crimes; arrest, jurisdiction of criminal courts and criminal procedures. Prerequisite: completion of, or concurrent enrollment in CRMJ 2120. (Spring semester.)

CRMJ 2230 Law of Evidence (3L,3CR):
Leading rules and principles of exclusion and selection, burden of proof, nature and effect of presumptions, proof of authenticity, and contents of writings; examination, competency, and privilege of witnesses. Prerequisite: CRMJ 2120. (Fall semester.)

CRMJ 2250 Police Administration (3L,3CR):
Principles of organization and management as applied to law enforcement agencies. Theoretical and practical aspects of management factors such as organizations, decision-making, values, human relations, and power. Prerequisite: CRMJ 2120, or permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2280 Criminal Procedure (3L,3CR):
This course will familiarize the student with the state of Wyoming and federal criminal process. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution will be emphasized, along with applicable Supreme Court cases. The laws of arrest, search, seizure, pretrial identification procedures and confessions will be studied. An overview of the criminal court system as it relates to individual rights protected under the Constitution and key Supreme Court holdings will be taught.

CRMJ 2350 Introduction to Corrections (3L,3CR):
A general overview of the correctional process describing the history and evolution of the American corrections system. This course covers all aspects of institutional and community-based corrections. Meets only in spring semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: CRMJ 2120 or SOC 2400.

CRMJ 2380 Probation and Parole (3L,3CR):
Introduces students to the concepts and practices of community alternatives to incarceration. Includes both adult and juvenile probation and parole as well as community corrections centers and halfway houses. Will investigate legal requirements and aspects of community-based corrections. Prerequisite: CRMJ 2350, or permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2430 The Community and the Police (3L,3CR):
The course delves into the areas of police professionalism and the concept of community relations. Areas discussed will include use of power, prejudice, race relations, civil rights, police political relations and police media relations. Prerequisite: CRMJ 2120, or permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2490: Topics: (Subtitle) (1-3L, 1-3CR) (Max. 6)
Offered in answer to specific need or public interest. A student may repeat this course twice under different subtitles to a maximum of six credit hours.

CRMJ 2570 Criminalistics (2L,2LB,3CR):
This course will delve into the aspects of crime scene management. From the first initial contact with the crime scene, the student will learn to gather physical evidence, document, photograph, and diagram the scene to scale. They will identify fibers, hairs, paints, tool markings, fingerprints and other impressions. We will also look into what the future holds in the area of crime scene management.

CRMJ 2965 Directed Studies in Criminal Justice (1-3CR) (Max. 6):
Faculty-guided research in an area of mutual interest to the student and instructor within the law enforcement or corrections major.

CRMJ 2970 Criminal Justice Internship (*,1-3CR) (Max. 3):
*Thirty hours of participation per credit hour. This course will place a student in a criminal justice agency for a few hours per week for one semester as an observer. It will afford the pre-service student the opportunity to observe the workings of the criminal justice system, and the in-service student an opportunity to work in a collateral criminal justice agency. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2980 Cooperative Work Experience (Law Enforcement) (*,2- 3CR) (Max. 3):
(See "Unit of Credit.") Supervised work and project experience for the purpose of increasing student understanding of law enforcement problems and procedures. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the college and the cooperating agencies. Analysis and reports of student’s performance; regular group meetings. Enrollment limited to majors in law enforcement with sophomore standing except by permission of the instructor.

CRMJ 2995 Workshop: (Subtitle) (2L,2CR):
Exploration of areas of contention, which occur within the criminal justice system in America today. To include such topics as bail, plea-bargaining, Supreme Court decisions of a controversial nature, police discretion, and others. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 

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