Criminal Justice (Graduate)



Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences



The Department of Criminal Justice offers a program leading to the M.S. degree. The primary purpose of the program is to provide the criminal justice student with a broad knowledge base and specialized technical training in criminal justice. Course work in the program is designed to increase individual competency, develop analytical thought processes and facilitate the development of abilities and skills. Course work focuses on examination of contemporary issues in the administration of justice counseling, research and management problems in the fields of criminal justice and correctional education. Through the advanced study of theoretical and applied issues the Master’s degree student will be prepared to assume leadership positions in the field of criminal justice.


Programs of Study

For the Master of Science degree, areas of specialization include administration, correctional counseling, crime and delinquency prevention and control, and criminal justice planning and research. For the Master of Education degree, areas of specialization include correctional education, correctional counseling, and correctional administration.

Students enrolled in the criminal justice program may pursue studies on a full-time or part-time basis in either a degree or non-degree capacity. A student desiring to work toward either of the degrees must confer with the department chairperson for initial advisement and for the assignment of a faculty advisor.

With the written approval of the department chairperson, a nondegree seeking student may register for criminal justice courses while acceptance to a degree program is pending. No more than twenty-one (21) credit hours completed as a non-degree-seeking student may be applied toward either the M.S. or M.Ed. degree.


Core Courses
12-21 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 581
3
Statistics in the Social and behavior sciences (Required if student has no previous background).
EDUC 582
3
Research Methods
CRJU 554
3
Survey in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 559
3
Review and Evaluation
CRJU 563
3
Advanced Criminology
CRJU 583
3
Thesis Project
CRJU 534
3
Thesis Project II

Criminal Justice Administration
9 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CRJU 551
3
Administrative Theory
CRJU 560
3
Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 568
3
Problems in the Exercise of Institution Authority

Crime and Delinquency Prevention & Control
9 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CRJU 501
3
Sociology of Crime and Delinquency
CRJU 562
3
Community Corrections
CRJU 566
3
Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections

Correctional Counseling
9 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CRJU 506
3
Practicum in Correctional Courts
CRJU 516
3
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
CRJU 610
3
Organization and Administration of Counseling

Criminal Justice Research and Planning
9 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CRJU 516
3
Comprehensive Planning in CRJU System
CRJU 574
3
Research for Planning
CRJU 577
3
CRJU program Planning and Evaluation

Comprehensive Examination
Research Paper Option I (Comprehensive Examination) or Option II (Thesis)

Electives
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 510
3
Seminar in Psychology of Exceptional Individuals
PSYC 511
3
Advanced Abnormal Psychology
CRJU 515
3
Information Processing and the Criminal Justice System
PSYC 613
3
Career Development and Occupational Choice
PSYC 612
3
Group Counseling
CRJU 514
3
Psychiatry and the Law
CRJU 517
3
Employment Problems of the Offender
CRJU 519
3
Rights of the Incarcerated
PSYC 641
3
Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
CRJU 564
3
Criminal Justice Management
CRJU 565
3
Field Training
CRJU 567
3
Case Analysis in Prevention Programs
CRJU 569
3
Counseling the Juvenile and Adult Offender
CRJU 573
3
Issues in Curriculum Construction in Correctional Education
CRJU 575
3
Quantitative Research in Criminal Justice
CRJU 588
3
Supervision and Administration of Correctional Education Programs
CRJU 601
3
Seminar in Professional Research
REHB 636
3
Multicultural Counseling