Criminal Justice (CRJU)

CRJU 5100. Foundations of Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

A survey of the total criminal justice system including crime causation, police, courts, corrections, and juvenile delinquency, private security, research and planning.

CRJU 5110. Theory and Philosophy of Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

This course is an overview of the history, philosophy, and practices of the criminal justice system. The course will provide an introduction to major theories of the policy making process, examines methods of policy analysis, and apply these methods to the study of contemporary criminal justice issues. Emphasis will be placed on professional ethics, the nature of law and punishment, the overview of the criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; and how criminal justice problems are conceptualized and brought to the attention of policymakers, how policy unfolds, and how these responses are implemented, evaluated and revised overtime.

CRJU 5400. Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice System. (3 Credits)

A study of theories of bureaucracy, the exercise of power, and the functional relations between police, courts, and corrections.

CRJU 5600. Reasearch Methodology In Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

A study of theory construction, hypothesis development, operationalization, and modes of data collection.

CRJU 5610. Research Statistics in Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

An examination of parametric and non-parametric statistical methods, inferential statistics, tests of significance, and hypothesis testing.

CRJU 6000. Survey of Law Enforcement. (3 Credits)

This course provides a comprehensive and advanced overview of the law enforcement systems in the United States focusing on local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The course will examine divergent philosophies, models and various operational systems of law enforcement agencies and allows students to gain a deeper understanding of law enforcement practices, duties, and responsibilities encountered as engaged by law enforcement professionals at various levels of operations. The course will also focus on the overlapping functions, conflicts and contradictions as well as some ethical issues and dilemmas associated with law enforcement practices and operations.

CRJU 6100. Policing in a Democratic Society. (3 Credits)

A study of the conflict between individual liberty and social control agencies, public acceptance of the order maintenance function of the police, the pros and cons of present limitations on police authority.

CRJU 6110. The Social Service Role of Criminal Justice Personnel. (3 Credits)

A study of the officer’s role in the field of social service to the community. Topics covered are human relations, social dynamics and crisis management. Police responsibilities to the elderly, juveniles and the mentally disturbed are stressed.

CRJU 6120. Law Enforcement Operations. (3 Credits)

An examination of law enforcement responsibilities and the allocations of resources to meet the role. Topics covered include managing criminal investigations, patrol operations, crime prevention, mass media relations and criminal court procedures.

CRJU 6200. Management Science. (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the implementation of criminal justice policies, planning, criminal justice management, decision-making and communications as basic management activities, budgetary processes and personnel management.

CRJU 6400. Foundations of Corrections. (3 Credits)

A survey of the history of punishment, prisons and penology in America. The social, intellectual and institutional environment in which corrections evolved is discussed. Analysis of the punishment experience as see by prison officials and offenders.

CRJU 6410. Administration of Psychological Tests. (3 Credits)

Supervised training in the administration, scoring and interpretation of tests of intelligence, aptitude, interest and personality.

CRJU 6420. Interviewing and Counseling. (3 Credits)

An examination of the purpose and principles of effective interviewing. Analysis of individual problems and the process of problem-solving with criminal justice clients. Emphasis is placed on learning experiences to help unmotivated, involuntary clients.

CRJU 6430. Rehabilitation and Treatment. (3 Credits)

Development of frame of reference for rational treatment of offenders through description, examination and practice of treatment methods. Analysis of methods employed by correctional institutions to prepare inmates for reintegration into their environment upon release is also included.

CRJU 6440. Management of Correctional Institutions. (3 Credits)

An analysis of the organization and management of various types of correctional facilities. Focus is on personnel selection and training, legal and administrative requirements, security, maintenance, program implementation and staffing.

CRJU 7001. Thesis Seminar. (3 Credits)

The purpose of the thesis is to apply theories and techniques to relevant questions in the discipline of criminal justice. Students should pose the research question in the context of the police, the courts or corrections. The thesis topic must be approved and evaluated by the advisor.

CRJU 7002. Thesis. (3 Credits)

This course includes the analysis of data collected from appropriate research designs including computer analysis and appropriate statistical tests of significance, or a review of literature and theories or concepts that lend themselves to a thesis topic.

CRJU 7003. Technology and Criminal Justice. (3 Credits)

This course familiarizes graduate students with the various uses of technology in the criminal justice system and raises ethical and legal issues with its use. Students in the non-thesis option may substitute MGMT 6205 Management Information Systems or PADM 6011 Computer Applications for Public Administration.

CRJU 7004. Criminal Justice Program Evaluation. (3 Credits)

This course is designed to familiarize students with techniques that are utilized in evaluating the effectiveness of public programs and policies. The course is appropriate for all non-thesis graduate students. Students may substitute PADM 5823 Public Program Evaluation for the course.