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Course Descriptions-CJ Graduate Program

CJ 612 Research in Criminal Justice (4 credits)

Course examines research techniques and methods necessary for a comprehensive understanding of crime, criminal justice, and their relationship to policy construction and implementation. Course will explore quantitative and qualitative social research methodologies, and examine their application in the study of crime and criminal justice in a variety of geographic environments (e.g. rural and/or urban settings).

CJ 616 Community-Based Corrections (4 credits)

Inventory, assessment and impact of community based programs implemented for treatment and care of the juvenile and adult offenders.

CJ 617 Criminal Justice Administration and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

Review of theories of organization and administration, the application of these theories to criminal justice system organizations; review of research on criminal justice administration and organization.

CJ 618 Theory of Criminal Law (4 credits)

Development and application of criminal law in America. Focus on a variety of issues germane to the history and implementation of criminal law. Course will address philosophical, sociological, psychological and biological contributions to criminal law, and the implications of these contributions on social policies will be explored.

CJ 619 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Organizations (4 credits)

Course examines major theories of leadership and ethics relevant to criminal justice and social service institutions. Emphasis is placed on leadership and its relationship to ethics. Various models of leadership and research relevant to the criminal justice setting are discussed.

CJ 620 Offender Treatment (4 credits)

Exploration of various offender treatment programs. Students will examine the theoretical foundation for those programs, as well as the social, economic and political implications associated with adult and juvenile offender treatment programs.

CJ 621 Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice (4 credits)

Students will explore the recruiting, selection, training, assignment, discipline and promotion of personnel in criminal justice. Emphasis is on the philosophy, theory and practice of human resource management in the contemporary public safety agency.

CJ 622 Strategic Planning in Criminal Justice (4 credits)

Students will explore the development and design of strategic planning to provide the competence to develop a strategic plan for a criminal justice agency. Strategic planning will be contrasted to tactical planning and intuitive planning. The strategies for future thinking, visioning, organizational values, environmental concerns, stakeholders and forecasting will be studied. Study and research will focus on the philosophy, theory and application of strategic planning in criminal justice agencies.

CJ 656 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (4 credits)

A study of contemporary issues in criminal justice.

CJ 660 Advanced Theories and Research in Crime and Delinquency (4 credits)

Graduate students will have an opportunity to explore advanced applications of theory and social research methodologies. Students will be required to develop and apply critical analysis of a variety of theoretical and methodological applications within the realm of criminal justice and the broader study of crime. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between theory, methods and social policy.

500 Level Courses:

CJ 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 526 Fundamentals of Crime Analysis (4 credits)

Introduction to the fundamental theories, techniques, and software used in the analysis of crime. Includes terms and concepts of crime analysis, how it is used in America's police agencies; how to perform basic analytical techniques on raw data; how tactics and strategies for crime reduction are developed and employed; and tools, techniques, and products of crime analysis.

CJ 528 Crime Problem Analysis (4 credits)

Builds on CJ 526, introduces students to advanced techniques and software used in the general analysis of crime. Using an actual problem in criminal justice (e.g. drug trafficking, white-collar crime, sexual exploitation of children, etc.), students will collect, evaluate, correlate, and describe data related to the problem.

CJ 529 Tactical Crime Analysis (4 credits)

Builds on CJ 528, introduces students to tactical crime analysis. Using advanced software and qualitative and/or quantitative models to analyze their data, students will develop a tactical plan to address an immediate crime pattern or series of crimes with the goal of devising quick response tactics (actions that could be employed in a field setting) to deter or apprehend an offender.

CJ 533 Criminal Justice and Popular Cultures (4 credits)

Focuses on evaluating printed and electronically mass-produced works of fiction, non-fiction, and other entertainment & infotainment media as they relate to crime and criminal justice in America. Will explore the mass media's fascination with crime and punishment. Will concentrate on developing a better theoretical understanding of the impact mass-media has on criminal justice discourse and policy.

CJ 535 Gender, Crime, and Justice (4 credits)

Course examines the differences in the commission of offenses and victimization by gender and addresses gender specific differences 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 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.

CJ 540 Community Crime Prevention (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.

CJ 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 behavioral and a review of possible solutions to the crime problem.

CJ 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 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.

CJ 555 Correctional Casework and Counseling (4 credits)

History, development and contemporary practices, theories, and techniques of juvenile and adult correctional casework, counseling and treatment.

CJ 563 Topics on Juvenile Issues (4 credits)

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.

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