Course Descriptions

CJ 401  Theories and Analysis of Crime Causation and Deviance   3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CJ 200 Constitutional Law
This course examines the development and application of theories of crime causation and social deviance. The course includes an assessment of the issues and problems involved in controlling crime and deviance in society. Students learn about the nature of criminal behavior and the impact of this behavior on the victims, and study the development of programs and policies to control crime and assist the victims.
CJ 402  Critical Issues in the Administration and Management of the Criminal Justice System  3 CR
Prerequisite: CJ 401
This course examines the current problems and issues facing the American criminal justice system. The course explores controversial policies such as the use of force, discretion, access to the justice system, organizational and legal issues related to decision-making within the criminal justice system, the role of the courts and the correctional system.

CJ 403  Law, Society and Ethics  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401, CJ 402
This course focuses upon constitutional and ethical issues as they affect the operation of the criminal justice system. Topics examined include: legal issues related to punishment, and the ethical responsibilities of criminal justice agents.

CJ 404  Issues in the Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correctional Systems  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401,CJ 402
This course examines the operation and nature of the American correctional system. It includes an examination of the Juvenile Justice System as well as the adult correctional system.  The theories and philosophies of correctional administration and the conditions that generate delinquent behavior are examined as well as current critical issues such as overcrowding, alternatives to incarceration, efforts to maintain family cohesion.

CJ 405  Criminal Law   3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401, CJ 402
Examination of various topics in substantive criminal law as they affect the operation of the criminal justice system. Topics may include standards of evidence, defenses, and punishments.

CJ 406  Methods of Research Design and Statistical Analysis  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401, CJ 402. The Methods of Research Design and Statistical Analysis course must be taken at the graduate level. An undergraduate course in this subject cannot be substituted for the graduate course.
This course examines the research process and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of criminal justice empirical research.  More specifically, methods of research and data analysis, as applied to the field of criminal justice, are presented. The application of these methods to criminal justice practice is demonstrated through various exercises. To better prepare capable professionals, students are taught both the language of scientific discourse and the ability to critically appraise empirical studies. To better prepare practitioners who are fair and respectful toward individuals from diverse backgrounds, research ethics, and sensitivity to populations-at-risk are promoted.

CJ 506  Victimology  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ101, CJ 402
This course examines the victim through history. It explores the victim movement, the nature and extent of criminal victimization and its affect on American society.

CJ 507  Organizational Procedures  3 CR
Prerequisites:  CJ101, CJ200
This course examines the criminal justice system from an organizational perspective.  It explores fraud control, risk analysis and corporate crime control through case studies.

CJ 508  Capital Punishment  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 101, CJ 200
This course examines the theoretical, legal and ethical issues involved in this form of punishment.

CJ 509  Criminal Behavior and the Family  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 101, CJ 200
This course studies theories and research concerning the socialization experience and their impact on behavior.  Topics examined include child abuse and neglect, parental substance abuse, disciplinary techniques, single parent families, etc.

CJ 510  Criminal Profiling  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401, CJ 402
This course studies the process of identifying characteristics associated with individuals who become criminal sociopaths.  Sociological theories of crime causation are used in the examination of criminal typology.

CJ 511  Emergency Management  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401 and CJ 402
This course will examine the policies and systems necessary to govern in situations of conflict and uncertainty. It will explore appropriate responses to serious incidents and disasters. It will evaluate early warning systems and prevention strategies. Students will learn the techniques involved in planning and preparing for crises, and forecasting potential crisis situations.

CJ 513  Issues in National Security  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401 CJ 402
This course examines the changes in American policy fostered by the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.  Students will study the organizations and resources developed since 9/11/01 to defend national security.  This course also examines the role played by all the components of the criminal justice system in providing for the security of the nation.  Furthermore, the course explores the policies and practices that have been developed or this purpose by the various agencies that represent the criminal justice system.  Specifically, students study the adjudication process as it relates to issues of national security and the correctional practices employed to maintain national security.

CJ 514  Domestic and International Terrorism  3 CR
Prerequisites:  CJ 401, CJ 402
This course examines the history, current developments and responses to both international and domestic terrorism.  Emphasis is placed on the examination of the law enforcement response to terrorism, and the sociological models of consensus and conflict in an effort to better understand the nature of terrorism.  This course assesses the strategies of terrorists, their funding and their use of the media, and examines the efforts of terrorist victimization.

CJ 515  Budgetary Planning in Public Agencies  3 CR
Prerequisites: CJ 401, CJ 402
This course examines the nature of public budgeting and financial management from the perspective of a public manager.  It explores public budgeting from an analytical perspective.

CJ 601  Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice  3 CR
Prerequisite: CJ406
This course allows students to use their theoretical knowledge in a practical environment. Students are required to spend 150 hours interning in a criminal justice agency or use their current criminal justice work experience to apply theory. They must observe and assist in the everyday operations of the agency. They are required to maintain a log of their activities and confer weekly with the faculty supervisor to discuss their individual progress. The class meets regularly with the professor so that students may share their internship/practicum experiences.

Upon completion of the 150 hours, the student will prepare a two part paper. Those fulfilling the requirements through their current work experience will also prepare a paper.  The first part of the paper will consist of a literature review on a topic related to the internship. For example, a student doing an internship with a juvenile justice agency might consider reviewing the literature on some aspect of juvenile delinquency. The second part of the paper will consist of a description of the work experience including the topics listed below:

    1. A description of the agency.
    2. The instruction and supervision received by the intern.
    3. Describe the skills acquired as a result of the internship experience.
    4. The work performed by the intern.
    5. Areas of improvement noted by the intern.
    6. Suggestions for improving agency operations

CJ 650  Criminal Justice Thesis  3 CR
Prerequisite: Completion of twenty seven credits required by the program.

This course may be taken in place of the Comprehensive Examination.  It is appropriate for students wishing to continue their education towards a Ph.D. in criminal justice.  The student works with a mentor to develop a research project.  The research project culminates in a thesis, which includes the following:

  • Original research on a topic which demonstrates the interaction of the criminal justice system and national security.  Specific identification of the  problem to be examined.
  • A critical and analytical review of the relevant literature.
  • The development and testing of hypotheses.
  • The selection of the methodology.
  • The results of research.
  • A summary of the research findings and conclusions.

There will be an oral presentation of the thesis to faculty and students in the program.