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Criminal Justice Graduate Course Offerings

Core Courses

CRIM 5010. Seminar in the Nature of Crime and Delinquency
This course will examine and critically assess sociological, political, and economic theories of crime and social control. The students will have a thorough understanding of theoretical issues and perspectives regarding the nature of crime and delinquency.

CRIM 5100. Seminar in Criminal Justice
This course provides the student with a critical and analytical approach to the functioning of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems in the United States. The course will also explore the impact of public policy on crime prevention and control.  Contemporary issues in criminal justice and juvenile justice will also be discussed during the course.

CRIM 5450. Criminal Justice Planning, Budgeting and Evaluation
Students are provided insights to program planning and development, evaluation designs and budgeting options as a prelude to community change. In addition to learning about policy and planning developments in criminal justice students are challenged to think critically and analytically in addressing contemporary crime prevention and control concerns.

CRIM 5610. Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice
This is a course in the practical aspects designed to enhance your ability to not only be consumers of information but to be disseminators of information as well. To further your critical and analytical knowledge in the criminal justice discipline, one needs a solid and working foundation of empirical techniques. This is needed in order to conduct independent research or be able to evaluate past, existing or future research projects, or both. In other words, this class begins the process of giving you the analytical skills to read and write contemporary social science research as well as for you to focus on relationships between variables.

CRIM 5650. Criminal Justice Research Methods
This course serves to develop the student's research skills with an emphasis on the art and science of discovery, research design and problem solving. Analytical and critical thinking are essential to the research process.

CRIM 5465. Practicum (Required for students in the traditional option only)
This course serves to provide the student with practical experience in a Criminal Justice related agency, public and/or private. The student's placement is intended to integrate theory with the "work world", thus, the practicum is intended to be a meaningful learning experience beyond the classroom.

CRIM 5900. Thesis (Required for students in the traditional option only)
Under the guidance of faculty, the student will use the proper format and prepare a proposal to conduct original research in a selected area in criminal justice. The student will survey related literature, plan, organize and interpret data. The completed thesis must be successfully defended before a selected faculty committee prior to the awarding of credit. Students enroll in 5900 only for the semester they finish their thesis work.

CRIM 5920. Advance Field Placement in Criminal Justice (Required for students in the professional option only)
This advanced field placement will require the student to shadow an upper level manager at an approved criminal justice or related agency. For students without upper level managerial experience, this advanced field placement will require students to be required to develop managerial skills, in the areas of agency planning, operation and budgeting. All advanced field placement assignments must be approved by the student's committee. This advance field placement serves as the vehicle for students to complete the portfolio requirements.


CRIM 5025. Police in the Community
This graduate course focuses on the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. The historical relationship between these two groups is examined, as well as contemporary issues which help and hinder the relationship. As the course proceeds, students will be encouraged to challenge themselves by investigating complex issues that impact the police as they attempt to enforce the laws that govern the society. Finally, students will be required to research and discuss the influences that society, politics and the courts have on police in the community.

CRIM 5065. Legal Issues in Law Enforcement
This course will examine the legality in administrative decision making regarding personnel actions, policy development, and organizational operations. The course is designed to give a nationwide approach to law regarding employment, retention, promotion, discipline, and policy development in law enforcement administration focusing on agency personnel, and its stakeholders. The administrative control and procedure involved in every day policy, rules, or regulations and procedure have to be developed with the understanding that they need to comply with the existing constitutions, legislative enactments and court decisions in that jurisdiction.

CRIM 5110. Seminar in Corrections
This course enhances the student's understanding of corrections from a systems perspective and contemporary issues confronting correctional administrators and practitioners. Both institutional and community corrections are discussed from critical and analytical perspectives. The inmate culture and operational practices and challenges are also discussed.

CRIM 5115. Seminar in Law Enforcement
This course will provide a description and analysis of contemporary issues confronting law enforcement personnel. Additionally with the increased awareness by police leaders that the practice arena requires the need for greater understanding across cultures and communication skills, the critical and emerging issue of multicultural enforcement will be examined.

CRIM 5120. Foundations of Juvenile Justice
This course provides a detailed view of the juvenile justice system. Students will examine criminological theory to provide a better understanding of major issues related to the onset of delinquency and the juvenile justice system, on the individual and aggregate levels. Students in this course will become acquainted with the history of juvenile justice through readings and discussions. Students will also be provided an opportunity to examine, evaluate, analyze and articulate knowledge and beliefs about juvenile justice system in a scholarly fashion. Policy and practice issues will also be discussed.

CRIM 5215. Correctional Counseling and Treatment
Intensive training in methods of working with offenders in a counseling supervisory relationship through simulation, role playing and case study. The course will analyze various theories as they relate to the correctional process, i.e., community-based treatment, probation and parole, work release, etc. These theories will be discussed in terms of their relationship to the total reintegration of the offender back into the community.

CRIM 5225. Juvenile Counseling and Treatment
The course will provide students with a theoretical framework and practice experience in the assessment treatment and management of juveniles in need from diverse social and economic backgrounds.  Students will also gain knowledge associated with ethical and legal aspects of counseling and treatment and different assessment tools associated with the diagnosis and treatment of mental and behavioral problems of juveniles.

CRIM 5240. Community Based Corrections
Survey and analysis of community correction projects; development of community resources; identification of alternatives to incarceration; historical development of community corrections programs. Special emphasis will be placed on the operations of halfway houses and programs prevalent in the small group treatment home; legal constraints on residents and staff.

CRIM 5620. Advanced Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research
This course will provide the student with an understanding of complex quantitative techniques and their application to criminal justice research. Specifically, each student at the end of the course will have a fundamental knowledge of data management issues, small sample and advanced statistical techniques and qualitative methodology. This course will emphasize small sample and advance statistical techniques with the emphasis on advanced multiple regression regarding dummy variables and interaction effects, logistic regression with dichotomous and polychotomous ordinal variables, and finally path analysis.

CRIM 5910. Leadership Analysis and Development
This course serves to develop the students’ leadership skills and serve as a nexus between management theory and practice.  This course will cover a range of issues to include the core values of leadership, leadership practices, workforce development, and contemporary issues.

SOCW 5406. Human Behavior in the Social Environment IV (Gangs and Family Redefined)
This course involves the examination of the behaviors and structures of “newly” formed families and communities that function to fill voids in traditional structures. This course will prepare advanced social work students with the knowledge and skills needed to be competent practitioners in communities and in their work with juveniles and their families.

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