College of Business and Public Administration

COURSES

CJ 2600 Criminal Justice in America (3)

An overview of the American criminal justice system, emphasizing the police, courts, and corrections, including community-based corrections. Topics will include the police role in a democratic society, the tension between due process and the need for order, and issues of punishment involving proportionality, rehabilitation, and public safety.

CJ 3450 Victims of Crime (3)

Studies victims of crime, their numbers and the characteristics associated with particular types of violence in the family, such as child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse, as well as sexual assault, missing and murdered children, and vehicular homicide. Theories, service delivery, and legislation regarding victims’ rights will be analyzed.

CJ 3500 Diversity in Criminal Justice (3)

Critically examines race, gender and other diversity issues within and faced by criminal justice systems within the United States and internationally. Topics of emphasis include the importance of diversity issues in the development, organization and operation of criminal justice systems; and diversity in offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals.  Also examined, when discussing diversity, are problems of prejudice and discrimination.  The course materials include historical, legal, social, and other sources of data that elucidate how diversity impacts societies and criminal justice systems.

CJ 3600 Police Organization and Administration (3)

Development, organization, and administration of American police departments, considering the principles of organization best adapted to ensure effective service to the community. Evaluating line, staff, and auxiliary functions, and analytic units of administration.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3610 Correctional Systems (3)

The client of the criminal justice system in the post conviction, institutional setting. Attention to the evolution of correctional services for institutionalized offenders. The relationship between prison administration and other elements of the justice system.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600.

CJ 3620 Probation and Parole (3)

Specialized correctional strategies, emphasizing competencies and resources needed for effective probation and parole work. Includes relevant sentencing criteria.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600.

CJ 3630 Police Role in the Community (3)

Human relations as they affect policing and police management, and the police role in various community settings. Topics include prejudice and discrimination, corruption and violence and their effects on the police and the community in a changing society. The role of the modern police officer in attempting to balance the needs of order and individual rights.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3640 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)

A study of criminal justice systems in selected, representative nations, analyzed in comparison to systems in the United States. Attention will be paid to styles, goals, procedures, and legal protections.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600.

CJ 3650 Juvenile Justice (3)

The juvenile justice system in America, with theory and practice of controlling youth crime through formal juvenile institutions, and diversion. Parallels and differences with the “adult system” will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: Soc 1000 and CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3660 White Collar and Organized Crime (3)

The nature and impact of elicit behavior by corporate and governmental agencies, and large organizations. Problems in establishing criminal responsibility in prosecutions when confronting a code of ignorance and silence; and problems in applying meaningful sanctions.
Prerequisites: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3675 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)

This course prepares students to evaluate research critically as well as enables them to design various quantitative and qualitative research projects on their own. Through the course, students will learn various techniques for conducting theoretically based research. Also, they will learn how to critically evaluate the validity, reliability, and limitations of other research, while placing close attention to ethical concerns.
Prerequisites: CJ 2600 and SOC 2710.

CJ 3680 Crime Analysis (3)

This course will introduce students to crime analysis techniques in criminal justice using such computer applications as Excel, SPSS, and Arcview. Students will rely on analytic tools to draw conclusions about crime patterns and other crime related events. Students will also learn about the evolution of crime analysis as a tool to identify crime problems, crime hot spots, crime displacement, and criminogenic locations.
Prerequisites: CJ 2600 and CJ 3675 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3685 Substantive Criminal Law (3)

General principles of criminal law, common law felonies, material elements of a crime, culpability, and criminal defenses.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3690 The Role of the Prosecutor (3)

Ethical and strategic factors in the prosecutor’s role to see that justice is done, and be an advocate for the people. Limits of prosecutorial discretion, relationships with the police, the courts, the Grand Jury, the Parole Board, and defense counsel.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3700 Proof and Verification In Criminal Justice (3)

The history and authority of proof and verification as they relate to suspects and defendants accused of crimes. Emphasis on relevance, admissibility, competency, standard of proof, presumptions and the exclusionary rule. This course provides the student with an understanding of the parameters in which police, prosecution, defense and the judiciary must operate.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 3740 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)

This course examines the many difficult decisions that criminal justice professionals make in an environment of competing interests. The decision-making of criminal justice professionals is often impacted by their ethical dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on addressing moral issues and concerns of our justice process in personal, social, and criminal justice contexts.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 4600 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)

Research into a contemporary significant criminal justice issue, including literature searches, problem statement, research planning, and reporting of results, with suggestions for change.
Prerequisites: CJ 2600, SOC 2710, and CJ 3675, 3 courses in Criminal Justice at the 3000 or 4000 level and Senior Status.

CJ 4610 Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

Course content will vary, and be selected from contemporary issues in law enforcement, court and legal issues, corrections and community-based corrections, and theory in criminal justice.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 and 2 courses in Criminal Justice at the 3000 or 4000 level.

CJ 4650 Alternatives to Incarceration (3)

Theories and realities of offenders sentenced to intermediate sanctions in a community-based setting. Topics will include Intensive Supervision Programs (ISP), electronic monitoring, halfway houses, boot camps, substance abuse treatment programs, and restitution and community service.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 and CJ 3610, or permission of instructor.

CJ 4700 Justice and Police Power (3)

The rights of suspects and defendants accused of crimes, and the limits of police power. Emphasis on conduct of search and seizure, confessions, eyewitness identification, right to counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, suppression of evidence, fair trial, and the role of the defense counsel. Proportionate sentencing and substantive due process, including the death penalty.
Prerequisite: CJ 2600 or permission of instructor.

CJ 4800/CJ 4801 Internship In Criminal Justice I / II (3)

Supervised placement one or two days per week in a public or private agency, offering direct participation in criminal justice. Concomitant one and one half hour weekly seminar to integrate course knowledge with field experience. The student must be a criminal justice major and may not use their employment as an internship site.
Prerequisite: CJ major, CJ 2600, and 2 courses in Criminal Justice at the 3000 or 4000.

CJ Service Learning Module (1)

The following courses are available for the Service Learning component: (CJ 2600, CJ 3610, CJ 3650, CJ 3630, CJ 3685). Service learning is the process of incorporating student volunteerism within an academic framework while providing service to the community, resulting in the development of skills, knowledge and experience. Prerequisite: Must be taken in conjunction with the course.

 

MASTER OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

FOUNDATION COURSES

 

CJ 5670 Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3)

This course presents an in depth overview and analysis of the concepts and complexities of criminological theory.  The ideological and historical context of justice and the application of established theory will be explored.

Math 5500 Statistics (3)

This course concentrates on correlations, hypothesis testing, and data analysis using computer programs for data analysis. This is a primary course in social statistics applied to the study of criminal justice.

Prerequisite:  Undergraduate statistics course. Students will have one academic year to successfully complete such a course. Those who have not will be admitted to the program conditionally.

CJ 5610 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)

The importance of the scientific method is critical to the evolving study of the criminal justice system and the various agencies and constituencies that comprise and are dependent on the system. Students will be led through the various stages of research designs, techniques for information gathering, and their application in both policy and inquiry issues.

CJ 5630 Ethics in Criminal Justice (3)

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation for understanding and analyzing ethical dilemmas in the discipline of criminal justice.  Application of ethical theory to ethical issues and behavior will be examined in the context of its philosophical origins.

CJ 5620 Foundations of Criminal Justice (3)

This course presents an overview of the criminal justice system and its complexities.  It is designed to explore historical and contemporary criminal justice issues as well as the structure, processes and functions of law enforcement, corrections, and the criminal courts. Note: This course may be waived for students who possess an undergraduate degree in criminal justice. Students having the course waived must select one elective in place of this class.

CORE COURSES

 

CJ 5740 Policing in Society (3)

This course examines modern American policing and its many challenges.  Topics explored include historical trends, recruitment and training, managerial approaches, patrol and investigatory strategies, discretion, misconduct, and responsiveness to the public.

CJ 5690 Corrections (3)

The evolving changes in the criminal justice system are manifested in the country’s prison system. As society demands retribution for criminal offenses, prisons become the repository of this social demand. The need to examine the effects of sentencing enhancements on the prison population and the changing philosophies of punishment are placing an undue burden on correctional facilities across America. The operational issues exacerbated by prison crowding, reduced state budgets, and longer sentences are the focus of this course. An examination of the death penalty in the face of mounting public pressure to ensure that the innocent are not executed is also addressed in this course.

CJ 5600 The American Legal System (3)

This course consists of a general survey of the legal system in the United States.  It will examine and analyze the development, structure, function, and nature of the state and federal systems through common and statutory law.  Additionally, this course will explore the impact of social, economic and political factors on the legal system.

CJ 5650 Race, Class, and Gender in the Criminal Justice System (3)

This course is a study of the dimensions of stratification in society and the criminal justice system, particularly stratification on the basis of race, class and gender.  The course will provide a framework in which contemporary social issues may be interpreted and analyzed.  Through an in-depth study of the many different experiences of diverse groups, the student will gain an appreciation for how race, class and gender affect these experiences.

ELECTIVES [1], [2]

 

CJ 5710 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)

This course presents an in-depth overview and analysis of today’s four major, world legal traditions: civil law, common law, socialist law, and Islamic law.  Students will learn to take a global perspective in analyzing the four legal traditions.  As nations’ legal systems reflect their historical, cultural, and economic development, these contexts will be explored.

CJ 5680 Victimology (3)

This course examines the scope, causes, and effects of victimization including the impact of victim vulnerability and culpability.  The increasing role of the victim in the criminal justice process will be thoroughly discussed.  Topics will include a focus on victimization as it relates to sexual, child, elderly and spousal abuse; victims’ rights; the complex interrelationship between offender and victim; and restitution alternatives.

CJ 5720 Internship in Criminal Justice (3)

This course requires the student to engage in a supervised placement in a criminal justice agency and a weekly concomitant seminar to integrate field experience and conceptual knowledge.

CJ 5730 Criminal Law (3)

This course consists of a general survey of criminal law in the United States including elements of crimes, applicable defenses, and sanctions.  It will examine the development, structure, function, and nature of criminal law in the state and federal system.  The theoretical framework and application of common and statutory law will be analyzed.

CJ 5640 Constitutional Theory (3)

This course examines the complex relationship between public interest and individual liberty.  The nature and effectiveness of theoretical constitutional interpretation and the use of precedent as a means to adjudication will be analyzed and discussed.

ID 5800 Thesis Option (6)[3]

This course is designed to provide timely investigation of a contemporary issue within the study of criminal justice. Students are expected to design and complete an original research project under the supervision of the criminal justice department faculty.  


[1] Students required to take Foundations in Criminal Justice will take 9 hours of electives.

 [2] Students opting for the comprehensive examination must select 12 credit hours of course study from the electives, excluding the thesis course.

 [3] Students selecting the thesis option must select 6 credit hours from the above electives and 6 credit hours of Thesis credits.