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CRJU Course Descriptions

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  • CRJU 501 Professional Skills in Criminal Justice (3)
    Focuses on professional skills that will prepare students for graduate-level coursework and for future employment. Includes navigating criminal justice databases, interpreting empirical research, writing in a technical style, creating an effective PowerPoint document and strengthening oral presentation skills. Relies on a combination of group and individual exercises in both traditional lecture format and hands-on workshops to address each skill set. Pass/fail grading; to earn a passing grade, students must earn a B or better in this course.
  • CRJU 601 Crime and Policy Development (3)

    Addresses the issue of how crime is measured in the United States and discusses why certain crimes capture the attention of lawmakers and the public more than do others. Examines why lawmakers have adopted certain responses to address crime and critically evaluates whether such strategies are effective in reducing crime. Students research best practices within the field and are introduced to different analytical techniques to evaluate quantitative crime data.
  • CRJU 602 Research Techniques in Criminal Justice (3)
    Provides knowledge of and experience with the methods used in studying social science problems. Emphasis is on research, designs and instruments and policy implications. Critical and analytical skills are developed for use in future research and proposal writing. This course is a prerequisite for CRJU 603.
  • CRJU 603 Criminal Justice Statistics (3)
    Introduces students to the relevance and importance of statistics in studying criminal justice problems. Explores different types of data, data-management techniques and different statistical methods to aid in the preparation of agency and formal research reports. Required for all criminal justice students. prerequisite: CRJU 602
  • CRJU 605 Graduate Internship (3)
    Students will work 120 hours in a selected agency, institution or office within the criminal justice field, and will complete classroom work that focuses on career development and management skills. Required of all students. (Note: Students
    who are currently working in the criminal justice field may be waived from this course at the discretion of the program director. Students who are waived must then complete an extra elective.) prerequisite: permission of program director
  • CRJU 606 Contemporary Criminal Court Issues (3)
    In-depth analysis of selected current issues pertaining to criminal court systems. Focuses on the current research literature and considers the operational consequences of alternative responses to the issues discussed.
  • CRJU 608 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
    Overview of the history, legal and philosophical bases, procedures and structures of the juvenile justice system and explores current issues the system, as well as the community at large, faces when dealing with at-risk youth. Reviews the latest research on the effectiveness of select policies and programs that target juvenile offenders.
  • CRJU 610 Administration of Justice (3)
    Analysis of the major conceptions of justice and the ways these conceptions affect the manner in which social and legal systems are constituted. Examines theoretical perspectives with a view to understanding the relationships between various institutions and the administration of justice. Presents a comparative and historical focus on local, national and international systems of justice.
  • CRJU 611 Contemporary Issues in Corrections (3)
    In-depth analysis of the contemporary structure of the correctional system in the United States. Evaluates the system's current issues in managing and supervising a growing offender population. Explores the latest research on best practices for institutional and community correctional programming.
  • CRJU 615 The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (3)
    Inside-Out brings "outside" students—college undergraduates and graduates, particularly those pursuing careers in criminal justice and related fields—together with "inside" students—incarcerated men and women—to study as peers behind prison walls. The semester-long course provides a transformative experience that allows the outside students to contextualize and rethink what they have learned in the classroom, gaining insights that will help them pursue the work of creating an effective, humane, restorative criminal justice system.
  • CRJU 626 Professional Communications in Criminal Justice (3)
    Examines strategies and techniques used to obtain information in a variety of situations, to differentiate between interview and interrogation, to interact with diverse populations, to communicate with the media and to analyze information for consideration as evidence. Explores how the use of appropriate communications techniques and procedures leads to effective leadership, management and supervision within the criminal justice system.
  • CRJU 631 Contemporary Issues in Policing (3)
    Examines the social and political contexts of policing in contemporary society and evaluates current issues law enforcement faces when dealing with crime control, prevention and maintenance of order. Explores the latest research on the effects of police policies, programs and practices.
  • CRJU 632 Policing Special Populations (3)
    Examines the research literature related to the special populations and groups of people that the police organization is mandated to manage based on statutory law, operating policies and procedures, and tradition and custom. Helps students understand how and why police intervene in the way that they do with some subgroups within the broader population.
  • CRJU 633 Race/Ethnicity and Gender Issues in Law Enforcement (3)
    Examines the research literature related to the impact of race/ethnicity and gender on the police organization. Examines the various ways that a suspect’s or victim’s race/ethnicity or gender creates problems and makes it difficult for the police organization to effectively meet the law enforcement needs of a particular community.
  • CRJU 635 Youth Problems in Society (3)
    Discusses the role of demographics, developmental issues, family, school, peers and individual roles in youth behavior. Analyzes the major studies and theoretical foundations of juvenile delinquency and identifies and analyzes the current solutions implemented at both system and community levels. Reviews best practices in the control and prevention of juvenile delinquency.
  • CRJU 636 Information and Technology in Criminal Justice (3)
    Explores how information is developed and processed into data-informed decision-making and policy and analyzes how to translate data information into knowledge. Presents a variety of criminal justice data information sources to provide an understanding of how data outcomes drive decision-making in the criminal justice system. Students engage in more informed strategic and tactical planning and decision-making using data systems, data management and data analysis techniques.
  • CRJU 640 Managing Police Organizations (3)
    Application of managerial and administrative practices to police agencies. Emphasis on executive processes, including planning, decision-making, implementation and evaluation, structuring discretion, providing leadership and dealing with corruption and other abuses. An examination of the role of the police administrator in the community and the governmental structure.
  • CRJU 642 Managing Correctional Organizations (3)
    Application of managerial and administrative practices to correctional agencies, focusing on the particular problems encountered in managing such agencies. Emphasis is on executive processes, including planning, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. Problems specific to secure facilities, probation, parole and community corrections are considered.
  • CRJU 645 Constitutional Law (3)
    Examines the constitutional system of the United States, the judicial function, separation of powers, problems of federalism, procedural and substantive due process, constitutional protection of individual rights including rights of persons accused of crime, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
  • CRJU 666 Politics, Legislation and the Media in Criminal Justice (3)
    Examines the influence and process of politics on the criminal justice system, the legislative process and how legislation is enacted, and general policy-making procedures. Includes analysis of the evolution of a crime problem and how it transforms into law, policy and practice and how politics and the media influence perceptions and reactions to criminal behavior that may lead to successful legislative outcomes. Explores the design and implementation of future forecasting models, guided by law and policy, specific to the criminal justice process and offers a problem-oriented approach to effective lobbying and utilization of media resources in policy-making.
  • CRJU 676 Systems and Applications in Criminal Justice (3)
    Students diagnose and analyze real-world crime-related issues and problems in the criminal justice system. Examines decision-making techniques used in time-sensitive situations and crisis management. Offers a problem-oriented approach to effective leadership and management within the criminal justice system.
  • CRJU 702 Contemporary Issues for Victims of Crime (3)
    Analysis of crime and social reaction from the point of view of the offended. Focuses on the relatively recent emphasis on how crime creates problems for those victimized by criminals and analysis of whole populations victimized by persons known to them. Includes an analysis of the idea of restitution.
  • CRJU 703 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
    Seminar devoted to a particular topic related to research, theory and/or applications in criminal justice. Sample topics include qualitative research in criminal justice, community crime prevention and juvenile justice history. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes. no prerequisite unless listed in the schedule of classes
  • CRJU 704 Best Practices in Victim Services (3)

    Introduces the emerging field of victim services in context with the underlying legal structure of crime victims' rights. The impact of the legal structure of crime victims' rights has influenced both formal and informal responses to crime victims' needs. A thorough analysis of the system of services, both within the criminal justice system and through other allied professions, is examined. Best practices in victim assistance programs—from law enforcement through the courts and corrections systems to financial remedies, community-based advocacy, and treatment and support services—are also examined.
  • CRJU 705 A Dialogue with a Victim (3)

    Provides a critical and in-depth review of some of the communication barriers criminal justice personnel encounter when interacting with victims and witnesses in the course of an investigation. Critically examines competing narratives (e.g., individual, professional, personal, cultural) often present when interviewing a victim/witness and how these narratives can impede communication flow and the investigative process. Explores strategies to reduce these obstacles.
  • CRJU 707 Community Corrections (3)
    Analysis of the types, procedures, problems, theories and evaluation of supervision of adults and juveniles in the various forms of community-based corrections. Students will be responsible for understanding classic and contemporary research on this subject matter.
  • CRJU 708 Leadership Development in Criminal Justice (3)
    Integrates evolving perspectives in leadership, principles of criminal justice administration, and relevant technological innovations and applications. Studies the influence of leadership as it relates to criminal justice organizational culture, governing bodies, strategic planning, succession planning, diversity and globalization.
  • CRJU 710 Advanced Criminology: Theory to Practice (3)
    Discusses classical and contemporary theories of criminal behavior and investigates how political, economic and social factors can cause paradigmatic shifts in how theory is both developed and applied in the real world. Students explore how theories are evaluated empirically and learn to develop and critique contemporary crime prevention and control policies by applying different theoretical models.
  • CRJU 711 Criminal Justice Planning/Systems Applications (3)
    Application of planning theory and techniques to the criminal justice system as well as to agency-specific problems. Emphasizes problem identification, goal setting, forecasting and the selection of alternative courses of action. Students become familiar with computerized data analysis and simulation applied within the context of criminal justice planning. prerequisite: CRJU 603
  • CRJU 712 Seminar in Law Enforcement (3)
    Evaluation of police problems of crime control, prevention and maintenance of order. Review of latest research on the effects of police policies, programs and practices.
  • CRJU 713 Seminar in Judicial Administration (3)
    Evaluation of management problems relating to courts and the role of court functions and personnel. 
  • CRJU 715 Directed Studies/Readings in Criminal Justice (1-3)
    Designed to give the graduate student academic flexibility. Eligible for continuing studies grades. prerequisite: permission of program director
  • CRJU 720 Integration of Criminal Justice Policies and Practices (3)
    Seminar that helps students learn how theory and action are integrated into policy and practice. Students develop a profile of crime at the national and local levels and compare and contrast those trends from an empirical as well as theoretical perspective. They then identify emerging policies or issues that have a direct effect on the efficiency of the criminal justice system as a whole as well as within their area of specialization (law enforcement, courts and law, corrections or juvenile justice) and develop a series of action plans to address those issues.
  • CRJU 777 Capstone in Criminal Justice (3)
    Capstone course offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of knowledge in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, gained while working toward completion of the graduate degree. Course is designed to be an integrative experience in which students combine their knowledge of criminological theory and of justice policy with practical skills to develop a comprehensive approach to planned change. prerequisites: CRJU 601, CRJU 602, CRJU 603, CRJU 610, CRJU 708 and CRJU 710
  • CRJU 798 Continuous Enrollment (1)
    Provides continuing faculty direction, academic support services and enrollment services for students who have completed all course requirements for the degree but have not completed a thesis or final project. Students continue the independent work leading to finishing the thesis or final project that is significantly under way. Course may be repeated for credit as needed. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade; otherwise grading is pass/fail. prerequisite: completion of all course requirements for the degree program
  • CRJU 799 Thesis (3-6)
    Supervised preparation of an original work displaying research and writing skills. 6 hours, plus defense. Students may register for 3 hours in each of two semesters or 6 hours in one semester. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade; otherwise grading is pass/fail. prerequisite: permission of program director