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 function of police/law enforcement departments at the local, state, and deferral levels. The course will examine related areas such as personnel, practices, procedures, and issues in policing/law enforcement. This course will investigate additional areas such as the use of technology in policing, police subculture, and community policing.
CJ 530 - Seminar in Crime and Delinquency
This course examines crime and delinquency in America from several theoretical perspectives. This 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 and researched during this class.
CJ 531 - Issues in Criminal Law and the 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 568 - Seminar in Corrections
This course is 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.
TRACK-SPECIFIC CORE COURSES
CJ 577 – CJ 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.
CJ 583 – CJ 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 520 – CJ Administration & 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 575 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice
This course covers the basic techniques and procedures used in the process of criminal justice research. Topics include: defining research problems, ethics in criminal justice research, selecting and measuring variables, stating hypotheses, sampling, and developing experimental research design.
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.
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. Prerequisite: CJ 575 and CJ 576
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.
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 597 – Special Topics
May be repeated when topics vary.