Criminal Justice Course Listings

CRJ 480 Survey Of Criminal Justice
This course provides the non-criminal justice undergraduate student with an overview of criminal justice so that he/she can understand and participate in graduate-level work. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be permitted to enter the Criminal Justice Program with the knowledge and skill necessary to succeed. The student must attain a "B" or better in this class in order to advance to graduate study. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director. This is not a graduate-level course. (Offered as needed) 3 undergraduate credits

CRJ 501 Modern American Justice
This course provides an overview of current American criminal justice theories and practices. The focus of the class is on developing an in-depth understanding of criminality and policy with respect to American justice. Particular emphasis will be placed on practical applications. Current theoretical approaches to understanding American justice will be also studied. 3 credits

CRJ 502 Constitutional Law And Legal Issues
This course will critically examine constitutional and legal issues which are essential components of the modern criminal justice system of the United States. In recent decades, court cases and legislation have had a profound impact in shaping our modern criminal justice system. Examples of court cases and their progeny that will be examined include Miranda v. Arizona, Terry v. Ohio and Mapp v. Ohio among others. Theories on the Judiciary will also be examined such as the attitudinal model versus the legal model of jurisprudence. 3 credits

CRJ 503 Research Methods In Criminal Justice
This course provides the student with a graduate-level introduction to criminal justice research, statistics, and methodologies. Criminal justice research keeps policy makers and social scientists informed of vital updates in the field. As such, research techniques and methods will be strongly emphasized. Both qualitative and quantitative studies will be critically analyzed. In addition, the course will closely examine the scientific method and how that method influences research. Prerequisites: Undergraduate statistics course or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 504 Ethics And Morality In Criminal Justice
Ethics and morality are incorporated into every aspect of criminal justice. From the police officer patrolling the street to the parole officer checking in on his/her parolees, the role of ethics and morality should not be underestimated. This course examines real-life ethical decisions that occur every day in the criminal justice field. Using case studies and hypothetical scenarios, the student will be able to understand the complexities of criminal justice ethics. 3 credits

CRJ 510 Violence In American Society
Violence has become commonplace to Americans. One only has to watch the evening news to be bombarded by images of murder, rape, robbery, assault, and other violent crimes. This course will explore why American society, in particular, is so violent. This course will examine this violence through case studies including: workplace violence, relationship violence, child abuse, organizational violence, school violence, gang violence, militia violence, serial killers, and other types of violence. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 and CRJ 503, or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 511 Criminal Justice And Technology
Technology has revolutionized the field of criminal justice. From policing to after-the-fact crime analysis, the use of technology has greatly advanced the war on crime. Some hands-on examples of these techniques will be demonstrated: DNA fingerprinting, photographic imaging, bomb detection, and other developments in technology will be covered. Additionally, technology has also created severe problems for law enforcement. The availability of information to construct Weapons of Mass Destruction or even fairly destructive bombs are now commonplace. Also, criminals have the ability to commit crime trans-nationally using computers. Such problems for law enforcement will be closely examined. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 and CRJ 503, or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 512 Domestic And International Terrorism
This course provides an overview of terrorism with a focus on the United States. It will examine the history, the threat of terrorism on U.S. soil, efforts by American officials at identifying priorities and solutions, future threats, and the impact on society. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 and CRJ 503, or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 513 Modern Law Enforcement
This course provides a thorough survey of modern law enforcement agencies and practices and how these aspects have evolved over time. Topics which will be covered include the professionalization of police officers, community policing, broken windows, Compstat, and how these influence law enforcement administration and procedure. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 514 Survey Of International Justice Systems
This course will survey various justice systems throughout the world. It will focus on a wide variety of countries: India, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Russia, United States, and others. Each country's system will be explored and evaluated. Specific issues regarding each country will be addressed. For example, the Russian Federation, as a new democracy, is dealing with many problems, especially but not exclusively, corruption. These issues will be closely examined country by country. Additionally, the interconnections between countries and the handling of transnational crime will be addressed. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 and CRJ 503, or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 515 Advanced Criminal Justice Internship
This course provides the student the opportunity to intern in a criminal justice agency. This course will give the student real-life experience in the field. The student will spend a minimum of 150 hours interning with a criminal justice agency performing supervised fieldwork. As such, the student will learn through observation and some participation. Additionally, the student will be responsible for keeping a logbook detailing sessions. This class is designed for those who are not criminal justice practitioners. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 516 Advanced Research Methods And Statistics In Criminal Justice
This course provides an in-depth study of advanced criminal justice research methods. The topics covered include the use of multivariate statistics as well as additional advanced methods. The student will then use these advanced methods in writing his/her own research paper. The importance of scientific research in criminal justice will be stressed. Additionally, proficient understanding of the role of scholarly journals and identification of criminal justice journals will be covered. The course is designed for students who intend on producing their own research and perhaps advancing to the doctorate level of study. Prerequisites: CRJ 501, CRJ 503 and an undergraduate statistics course, or permission of DIrector. 3 credits

CRJ 517 Ideology, Socioeconomics And Politics Of Crime And Terrorism
The role that ideology and socioeconomic factors play in crime and punishment are enormous in American society. This course will analyze how the topic of crime traditionally has been used by politicians seeking public support. The influences that social and economic factors have on criminal behaviors and criminal justice reactions also will be investigated. Additionally, this course will focus on how terrorism is used as an ideological and political pawn, and how this "use" of crime and terrorism is received by the public when these political promises fail. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 518 Modern Correctional Systems
In American society, reliance on formal social control mechanisms to restrict unwanted behaviors is exceptional. The United States has one of the most populous criminal justice systems in the world. Students will be exposed to theoretical reasons as to why this is so. Additionally, there are many strategies employed by Correctional agencies to change behaviors. This course will develop an in-depth understanding of these strategies. It will include study of both traditional and non-traditional methods. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating and critiquing these strategies using scientific studies. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 590 Advanced Topics In Criminal Justice
This course will feature a rotating set of topics that are continually updated each semester to reflect the ever-changing and evolving field of criminal justice. These topics are not discussed in any other criminal justice graduate course currently offered in the program. Discussion of the topic will include an in-depth analysis which features the use of scholarly journals and professional research. Prerequisites: CRJ 501 or permission of Director. 3 credits

CRJ 599 Master's Thesis Seminar
This is a capstone course in which the student is assisted in completing the thesis requirement. Students will either conduct independent research or complete an independent policy project. In consultation with a faculty member, the student will identify an appropriate topic for research/policy change in the field of Criminal Justice, put the topic/policy selected in the form of a research question or questions, prepare an annotated bibliography of relevant research using scientific journal articles and/or law journals, select appropriate research methods/evaluative methods suitable to completing a thesis/policy change, and submit a comprehensive research/policy change plan in the form of a Thesis Proposal. Those doing research will complete their research as a requirement for the class. Those doing a policy change will, to the extent possible, implement the change and evaluate. Both the research and policy project require a paper to be completed. Students will demonstrate their projects orally to class. This is a rigorous thesis that must reflect advanced graduate knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct independent work. 3 credits

CRJ 599 Master's Thesis Seminar
This course is a continuation of CRJ 599. The student continues to work closely with the professor to complete the thesis/project assigned in CRJ 599. It must be taken consecutively until the thesis/project is completed. Those students working on their thesis/project during the summer with their professor must register for this during the summer session especially but not exclusively if he/she plans to graduate in August. Prerequisite: Permission of Director. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer) 1 credit

** These courses and their descriptions are subject to change.


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