Graduate Courses

2016-2018 Catalog

All Courses are Web Based

All Criminal Justice Master's courses are designated writing intensive

5301 Overview and Administration of the Criminal Justice System (3-0) An advanced and detailed overview of the criminal justice system and its administration. This course will take a systemic perspective of our system of police, courts, and corrections. Focus will be placed on how the system, as a system, reacts to changes in legislation and social mood. Some emphasis will be placed on the legislative and political process surrounding U.S. criminal justice efforts.

5305 White Collar Crime (3-0) This course will cover topics relating to white collar crimes across America.  Topics will cover both historical and contemporary perspectives as well as corporate and individual level offenses.

5306 Drug Abuse (3-0) The focus of this course is on drug use, misuse and abuse in America.  Topics covered include history of drug use, laws concerning use and abuse, illicit and prescription drug abuse, drug control approaches and other relevant topics.

5308 Special Populations in Criminal Justice (3-0) This course will explore issues related to minorities at all levels of the system from three perspectives: employees, victims, and offenders.  At the end of the course the student should have developed a knowledge of and appreciation for the complexity of the effect of the criminal justice system on the lives of minorities in this country.

5310 Capital Punishment (3-0)  In this course we will review the public policy concerning the death penalty.  We will further look into issues that may or may not affect the application of the death penalty within the various states.  Both the history of the death penalty and the future application or abolition of the death penalty will be addressed.

5311 Advanced Law Enforcement Administration (3-0) Management issues in modern police agencies including hiring, retention, training, dismissal, human relations and cultural sensitivity. Communication, management styles, policy development, effectiveness, problem solving and community policing are also covered.

5313 Seminar in Policing (3-0) This advanced level course will focus on the history and development of modern professional policing and police administration. Emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of police in a democracy as well as the trends toward community oriented policing styles.

5314 Seminar in Corrections (3-0) A course on the evolution and current state of corrections and correctional management. Theories of punishment will be addressed and management techniques will be covered. This course will go beyond concepts of institutionalized corrections to explore modern correctional alternatives and well as special topics relevant to corrections.

5315 Seminar in Courts and Judiciary (3-0) Advanced study of the role and structure of the judiciary, (especially the U.S. Supreme Court), in the American system of justice.

5316 Women and Crime (3-0)  This course will cover topics relating to women and their interaction with the various components of the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and employees. Each of these three categories of women will be covered in the context of police, courts, and corrections. Additionally issues relating to the rights women have in American society will be covered from a historical and contemporary perspective.

5317 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0) This course will focus on the nature and extent of delinquent behavior, theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention, cultural and social factors related to delinquency, as well as the philosophy and functioning of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis will be placed on school related delinquency, the role of the media in creating delinquency panics, and the differences between males and females.

5318 Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory (3-0) Advanced study of theories of crime and deviance and of the operation of the criminal justice system. Includes application of theory to policy issues.

5319 Use of Force in Criminal Justice (3-0) Study of the use of and legal rules and concepts involved in the use of force by criminal justice personnel. The course will include both legal and conceptual dimensions of the issue. Among topics to be covered are force continuums, non-lethal force, verbal judo, and alternatives to using force.

5321 Domestic Violence (3-0) This course will cover topics relating to domestic violence including spousal abuse, other types of family abuse, and caretaker abuse. Discussion will include possible explanations for the abuse, reasons why the victims stay, and intervention issues.

5322 Immigration Issues (3-0) This course will focus on the history and development of immigration patterns and policies in the United States.  Emphasis will be placed on policy issues as related to the work of Criminal Justice practitioners, particularly in the post  9-11 world.  Students will also be expected to analyze policy impact on various groups of immigrants.

5323 Homeland Security (3-0) This course will explore the various aspects of the government entity – Homeland Security. Discussion will focus on defining the role for this agency, government restructuring, legal basis for actions and the various divisions within the agency. Also, special projects undertaken in support of the agency’s mission will be discussed with emphasis on the effect this will have on the various levels of government and the civilian population. (Required)

5324 Social Deviance (3-0) This course focuses on the concept of deviance, deviant behaviors, and explanations of such behaviors. Although criminal behavior is considered a form of deviance, there are plenty of legal and quasi-legal behaviors that also fall under this category.  In this course we will discuss a variety of behaviors considered deviant, such as smoking, drinking, drug use, and sexual activity.

5325 Graduate Seminar in CJ (3-0) Professional ethics and professionalism, role of the private sector in criminal justice, opportunities for employment and doctoral level study, criminal justice data sources, history and future of discipline and current developments. Prerequisite: CJ 5323, CJ 5318 and CJ 5334. This course is required for the CJ Master's program.

5326 Victimology (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding criminal victimization.  Topics covered will include types of victims, reactions to victims by society and the criminal justice system, and the victim rights movement.

5327 Graduate Seminar in Homeland Security (3-0) The student will explore government restructuring, policymaking, and research methods in the field of Homeland Security.  The role of both government and non-government actors in Homeland Security will be examined.  Historical issues and emerging trends will also be analyzed.  Prerequisite: 27 hours towards the HS Master's Degree.  This course is the capstone course for the Homeland Security Master's program. (Required).

5328 Seminar on Transnational Crimes (3-0) This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of criminal organizations and their crimes on the global stage.  Focus is particularly on those organizations and crimes that cross international boundaries.  Areas of study include organized crime, trafficking in drugs, humans and weapons, piracy, and other crimes groups and individual criminals.  Global efforts and prevention, interdiction and punishment will also be covered.  A particular focus will be on placing these issues in the context of Homeland Security and the war on terror.

5329 Seminar in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (3-0) This course covers risk management and disaster management theory, risk assessment, protection of critical infrastructure, Incident Command Systems, FEMA strategies and other efforts to prevent and mitigate terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other large scale events.  The role of all levels of government, military and citizenry will be examined.

5330 Emerging Issues in Homeland Security (3-0) This course covers current and emerging issues in the area of Homeland Security.  Topics may include programs, emerging technologies, and legal trends in both the domestic arena and on the global stage.

5331 Topics in Criminal Justice (3-0) Intensive study of selected issues in Criminal Justice. May be repeated when topic varies.

5333 Internship (3-0) Supervised work experience in an approved criminal justice agency. Designed to allow the student to synthesize theory and practice. May be repeated once with a different agency. A student's compensated employment may not be utilized as an internship. Prerequisite: approval of Graduate Coordinator

5334 Methods of Social Research (3-0) Basic research and analysis, use and interpretation of research materials. (Required)

5335 Human Trafficking (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding human trafficking.  Topics covered will include the rise of human trafficking, the financial side of human trafficking, legislation and regional perspectives on human trafficking as well as women and children as sex slaves.

5336 Seminar on Domestic Terrorism (3-0) This class is specifically designed to introduce students to the threat of domestic terrorism.  We will discuss the implications of all aspects of such terrorism on U.S. society and on the world at large.  We will address the root causes of such behavior and the international response to incidents and actors.  Additional focus will be on the application of "The Patriot Act" as it impacts U.S. freedoms.

5337 Seminar on International Terrorism (3-0) This class is specifically designed to introduce students to the global threat of international terrorism.  We will discuss the implications of all aspects of such terrorism on U.S. society.  We will address the root causes of such behavior and the criminal justice response to incidents and actors.  Additional focus will be on the Department of Homeland Security and its anti-terrorism programs and policies.

5338 Cybersecurity (3-0) This course introduces students to the wide range of modern communications technologies.  Use of these technologies by government and business entities for intelligence gathering, their limitations and vulnerabilities are introduced to students.  an overview of the history of computer hacking is covered.  Additionally, a brief overview of law and policy concerning cyber communications are discussed beginning with the National Security Act of 1947.

5339 Ethical Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3-0) Students will examine ethical issues related to criminal justice administration.  The origin and effect of ethical standards as well as ethical leadership will be addressed.  Emphasis on the role of ethical decision making in policy making and the establishment of agency values as well as the value paradigm of community policing will be explored.

5340 Policy Making in Criminal Justice (3-0). Students will explore a comprehensive overview of policy making within law enforcement including the history of law enforcement administration, the evolution of professional policing, and current issues and trends.

5341 Criminal Sexual Behavior (3-0). Students will evaluate the nature and etiology of sex crimes and avenues by which the criminal justice system addresses these crimes and criminals. Law and policies related to sex offender control and registration, and best practices regarding treatment and therapies for various types of sex offenders will be discussed.

5342 Women in Policing (3-0). This course will examine the role of women in law enforcement positions across the United States including historical and contemporary perspectives on women in policing. The experience of women of color will be emphasized.

5343 Crimes Against Children (3-0). This course focuses on, child maltreatment, neglect and abuse (physical, sexual, psychological). Students will discuss extreme forms of abuse, such as child sexual trafficking and forced prostitution. Students will also study those who commit these crimes and intervention and prevention strategies.

5360 Seminar in Cybercrime (3-0). This course discusses how perpetrators use high-technical means in order to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, and distribution of child sexual abuse images, internet fraud, the penetration of online financial services, as well as the deployment of viruses, Botnets, and various email scams such as phishing. Methods of mitigation and prevention are addressed.

5361 Seminar in Criminal Profiling (3-0). Students will examine the dynamics of individual criminal acts utilizing inductive and deductive methodology to profile criminal behavior, offender characteristics, crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and case linkage of specific categories of crime. Topical areas in this seminar will include cybercrime, serial crime, stalking, and other criminal behaviors and acts related to technology grounded crimes.

5362 Criminology of Cybercrime (3-0). This course will discuss various types of criminal conduct associated with computers and the Internet. Specific emphasis will be placed on, and will assess, criminological theories of crime as they relate to cybercrime and cyber terrorism.

5363 Seminar in Cybercrime Law and Policy (3-0). This course addresses issues related to how emerging technologies challenge existing legal paradigms; how countries regulate criminality across political boundaries; what the new paradigm means for individual rights and privacy; and how law enforcement is evolving to meet the demands of the modern world. This course includes an in-depth analysis of case law and various statues related to cyber intrusions, data theft, and crimes against persons.

5364 Seminar in Cyber Warfare (3-0). This course explores an in-depth analysis of the policy, doctrine, and strategy of conducting warfare at the national and international level. This course will examine cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, and other attack paradigms, as well as an examination of defense strategies to repel attacks.

5365 Seminar in Cybercrime Investigations (3-0). This course is a graduate level seminar in the investigation of cybercrimes, with a particular emphasis on Internet fraud schemes, e-Commerce, and dark web related criminal activity. The course also discusses legal issues, investigative techniques and strategies, and implications of investigations based on jurisdictional limitations.