Master of Science in Criminal Justice Schedule of Classes

MSCRJ Core Courses

The following courses are required for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Each student must complete all 27 hours of core courses with a grade of “B” or better and must complete an additional 9 hours of elective courses for a total of 36 semester hours. No more than two elective courses receiving a grade of “C” will count toward the required 36 semester hours. Furthermore, no grade below that of a “C” shall count towards the required 36 semester hours.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lynn Humeniuk, M.S., Director

Faculty: 

Gina N. Gibbs, J.D., M.S.

Paul Lilly PsyD. MSCJ, LCC

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Required Core Courses (27 Hours)

CRJ 5310 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration Lilly
CRJ 5311 Research Methods Gibbs
CRJ 5312 Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Gibbs
CRJ 5313 Statistics for Criminal Justice Gibbs
CRJ 5314 Management Principles and Ethics in Criminal Justice Gibbs
CRJ 5315 Theories of Criminology and Deviance Lilly
CRJ 5316 Professional Paper Gibbs
CRJ 5323 Courtroom Operations and Procedures Gibbs
CRJ 5324 Special Studies in Criminal Justice Gibbs

 

Students will choose one of two tracks: Law Enforcement or Corrections. Each track is comprised of three course (9 hours).

Law Enforcement Track Elective Courses (9 hours)

CRJ 5317 Integrity in Policing Lilly
CRJ 5318 Special operations Units Lilly
CRJ 5319
Public and Private Security in the Future, Domestic
and International
Lilly

 

Corrections Track Elective Courses (9 hours)

CRJ 5320 Race, Class and Crime Gibbs
CRJ 5321 Faith and Restorative Justice Gibbs
CRJ 5322
Advanced Corrections and Correctional Administration
Gibbs

 

 

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CRJ 5310 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration (3): Introduction to the study of crime, explanations of criminal behavior, leadership styles and philosophies with the criminal justice system, and social reaction to crime and the criminal justice system.

CRJ 5311 Research Methods (3): The study of scientific research methods as used in the various disciplines within criminal justice system to include a review and critique of research on crime causation, law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

CRJ 5312 Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3): Case law and legislation, both state and federal, which have contemporary impact on practices and policies of criminal justice agencies will be examined in this course. Topics may vary to include such matters as civil rights liability, substance abuse and the law, juvenile crime, organized crime, tactics of enforcement, unionization, and other legal issues.

CRJ 5313 Statistics for Criminal Justice (3): The study of basic and advanced descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications in the criminal justice system will be taught. Focus will be given to various multivariate statistical procedures.

CRJ 5314 Management Principles and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3): The study of behavior in complex federal, state, and local bureaucratic or administrative organizations with an emphasis on organizational behavior, group processes, and the managerial function. Concepts and practices of managing criminal justice agencies within the United States will be stressed; however, INTERPOL will also be discussed and evaluated.

CRJ 5315 Theories of Criminology and Deviance (3): The analytical evaluation and application of a wide range of theoretical concepts, assumptions, propositions, and variables aimed at explaining crime-related outcomes. In the process, students will learn how social scientists empirically (i.e., quantitatively and qualitatively) access theory and how theory influences public policy. Concepts and theories learned at the undergraduate level will be revised in greater detail.

CRJ 5316 Professional Paper (3): An operational and assistance course normally assigned as an Independent Studies course, designed to provide structured assistance to graduate students who are preparing for significant independent research projects (The Professional Paper or the White Paper) by exposing them to the organizational tools, processes, and techniques used by productive scholars. Ideally, students should expect to complete a viable research and/or position prospectus by the end of the semester.

CRJ 5317 Integrity in Policing (3): This course provides an in-depth examination of major theoretical perspectives of integrity in policing. Specific attention will be given to the differences between ethics and integrity, evaluation of police corruption (whether perceived or actual), decision-making theory, police legitimacy, and procedural justice.

CRJ 5318 Special Operations Units (3): Designed to acquaint graduate students with basic principles of Special Operations Units (SOUs) within law enforcement, including the necessity for such units in the changing nature of policing communities. The necessities and principals of administration and leadership within such units/divisions as Office of Professional Standards (OPS), Special Operations/Tactical (SWAT), Traffic Safety, School Safety, Public/Media Relations, etc., will be emphasized.

CRJ 5319 Public and Private Security in the Future, Domestic and International (3): A comprehensive focus on meeting the changing demands of security in a global environment. Discussion emphasizing the understanding of how to design, implements, and integrate the security function in an every-changing world and the impact of major economic, demographic, and technological trends on developing strategies for security innovation and growth.

CRJ 5320 Race, Class and Crime (3):  This course addresses issues related to racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomic status, crime trends, and perceptions of crime and criminal behaviors.  The social/historical constructions of race and class are covered as well as their intersectionality within the criminal justice system. Topics include racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in offending, victimization, law enforcement and sentencing.

CRJ 5321 Faith and Restorative Justice (3):  A focus on restorative/rehabilitative faith-based programs for adjudicated delinquents and adults sentenced to a correctional system. Overlapping theoretical, philosophical and empirical backgrounds of restorative justice, faith-based rehabilitative/restorative programs will be evaluated.

CRJ 5322 Advanced Corrections and Correctional Administration (3): In-depth examination of the various issues and problems in corrections as they relate to administration and management. A variety of problems is explored, including the philosophical justification for prisons, personnel management, sentencing and its implications, community-based corrections, rehabilitation, judicial intervention, and correctional reform.

CRJ 5323 Courtroom Operations and Procedures (3): Advanced examination into the basic trial process and general courtroom administration. Emphasis will be given to the examination of the role and structure of prosecution, public defense, and the courts in the United States jurisprudence with emphasis upon criminal law, and problems in the administration of justice.

CRJ 5324 Special Studies in Criminal Justice (3): This course is designed to be a directed-studies concentration of a pre-approved criminal justice topic. The course can be repeated once with a different concentration.

 

Graduate Course Rotation

NOTE: All course offerings are subject to change. Please check the Schedule of Classes for current information.

Fall 2016

Master’s
(October to December)
CRJ 5315
Theories of Criminology and Deviance
Lilly
CRJ 5312 Current Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Gibbs

Spring 2017

Master’s
(January to March)
CRJ 5310
Critical Analysis of Justice Administration
Lilly
(March to April) CRJ 5322 Advanced Corrections and Correctional Administration Gibbs

Summer 2017

Master’s
(June to August)
CRJ 5317
Integrity in Policing
Lilly
CRJ 5320 Race, Class and Crime Gibbs

Fall 2017

Master’s
(August to October)
CRJ 5311
Research Methods
Gibbs
(October to December) CRJ 5321 Faith and Restorative Justice Gibbs
(August to December) CRJ 5318 Special Operations Unit Lilly

Spring 2018

Master’s
(January to March)
CRJ 5313
Statistics in Criminal Justice
Gibbs
(March to May) CRJ 5314 Management Principles and Ethics Gibbs
(January to May)
CRJ 5319
Public and Private Security in Future,
Domestic and International
Lilly

Summer 2018

Master’s
(May to August)
CRJ 5316
Professional Paper
Gibbs
CRJ 5325 Special Studies in Criminal Justice Lilly
CRJ 5323 Courtroom Procedures Gibbs