CJ 501 - Seminar in Policing and Law Enforcement
This course is an advanced approach to policing and law enforcement. The focus of the class will be on the operations and functioning of policing and law enforcement departments at the local, state and federal levels. The course will examine related areas such as personnel, practices, procedures and issues in policing and law enforcement. This course will investigate additional areas such as use of technology in policing, police subculture and community policing.
CJ 505 - Terrorism
This course will provide a theoretical and empirical explanation of terrorism. It will identify various forms and typologies of terrorist activities, their consequences and preventive measures, particularly those that are relevant to the criminal justice system in the United States.
CJ 514 - Family Violence
A thorough and critical examination of family violence from a sociological perspective. Topics include the meaning, nature, and types of family violence; biological, psychological, anthropological, and sociological theories which attempt to explain hostility, aggression, and violence among intimate people; the philosophy of non-violence; the consequences of violence; and preventive measures and strategies for dealing with violence in the family. Although the course focuses on the American family, illustrations of family violence from other cultures are provided.
Cross Listed/ Same As Soc 514
CJ 517 - Teaching Sociology and Criminal Justice
This course will assist students in developing and formulating ideas, gaining practice and critically assessing information concerning community college and university teaching. In addition to the coverage of teaching literature within the field of sociology and criminal justice, the course will emphasize the development of teaching pedagogy, syllabus and test construction, teaching philosophy, and allow the student to obtain “hands-on” experience in the college classroom.
Cross Listed/ Same As Sociology 517
CJ 518 - Thesis
The student will work under the supervision of a faculty advisor on a thesis for candidates for the Master of Science Option I criminal justice degree. Major work will include the development of a proposal, collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the final writing of the thesis. Prerequisites Soc 575, CJ 576 or CJ 577
CJ 520 - Criminal Justice Administration and Management
This course will provide students with a conceptual and theoretical foundation upon which to study criminal justice administration and management through critical evaluation and application of the research literature to present-day criminal justice challenges and concerns.
CJ 530 - Seminar in Criminology
This course examines crime and delinquency in America from several theoretical perspectives. The course provides an in-depth investigation into major criminological theories that explain the causation, occurrence and development of criminal behavior. A wide spectrum of criminological theories are introduced, applied and critiqued in this course.
CJ 531 - Issues in Criminal Law and Courts
The course will focus on critical thinking related to issues concerning principles of criminal law and court procedures as well as selected practices particularly relevant to the United States. Issues will include: justice for all, freedom and privacy of the individual, cruel and unusual punishment, use of deadly force in law enforcement, trial by jury, election of judges and morality and the law.
CJ 565 - Offender Reentry
Offender reentry is the process of transition of offenders from prisons/jail to the community. The class will provide students with an in-depth analysis of issues impacting offender reentry, including employment, access to various forms of treatment, family reunification, housing issues as well as barriers and impediments to offender reentry.
CJ 568 - Seminar in Corrections
A study of popular issues in community-based and institutional corrections with emphasis on organizational goal setting and achievement, program evaluation, client supervision, agency administration, and problem solving. An analysis of current research and its applicability to the criminal justice system and society will be performed.
CJ 575 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice
This course will provide students with the fundamentals of conducting and evaluating research in criminal justice. Topics include: defining research problems, ethics in criminal justice research, selecting and measuring variables, stating hypotheses, sampling, and developing experimental research design.
Prerequisites CJ 501, CJ 530, CJ 531, CJ 568, CJ 577, CJ 520 OR CJ 583, or equivalent, and completion of nine hours of electives
CJ 576 - Data Analysis and Interpretation
This course continues students’ exploration of research in criminal justice. In this course, students are exposed to different methods of data collection and the principles of data analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on teaching students how to interpret data as presented in published reports, articles, and books.
Prerequisites CJ501, CJ530, CJ531, and CJ568, CJ577, CJ520 OR CJ583, completion of nine hours of electives, CJ 575, or equivalent
CJ 577 - Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation
The class will acquaint students with scientific techniques used for analyzing criminal justice problems and developing solutions. This course will provide students with the tools to analyze and evaluate criminal justice policies and programs.
Prerequisites Soc 575
CJ 583 - Criminal Justice Policy
This course will evaluate various policy dimensions of crime and criminal justice. Students will learn the process through which policy is made, will critically evaluate current criminal justice policies and will study the impact of policy decisions on criminal justice practice.
CJ 595 - Research Literature and Techniques
Students will write a formal research paper designed to broaden students’ perspectives and to provide an opportunity for the integration of course concepts. Emphasis will be placed on methods of interpretation, writing, and critical thinking related to criminal justice topics/issues. Prerequisites Permission of Department Head/Director/Advisor of Masters Program.
CJ 597 - Special Topics
Note May be repeated when topics vary.