The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program of study designed to provide students with a solid and broad-based understanding of the field of criminal justice. The program includes eight core courses that place emphasis on organizational and management theory, the development of practical skills relating to the administration of criminal justice agencies and the ability to apply theory and research to address and resolve practical problems.
Elective courses are also offered to satisfy the academic interests and professional needs of students who are either currently employed or seeking employment in criminal justice administration, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and homeland security.
Prior to graduating, students must pass a weeklong comprehensive exam administered by the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
I. Core Courses (24 credit hours)
CSJS-50400 Criminal Justice Administration and Management (3 credits)
This course will be a study of Criminal Justice Administration and Management with an emphasis on the application of sound managerial concepts and techniques. This course will explore the functions of managing a police organization in the 21st Century, with a focus on theories and procedures of general management practice. The class will relate the actual situation of the application of the general concepts with an emphasis on leadership.
CSJS-51100 Fiscal Management - Criminal Justice Agencies (3 credits)
This course will present the processes of budget preparation for police practitioners. It shall include comparative analysis of major line item expenses, contractual and consultative items. This course will examine the problems of governmental funding, service and equipment cutbacks, cost comparison and accessibility of federal grants.
CSJS-51200 Research Methods I (3 credits)
This course introduces students to both quantitative and qualitative research methods useful for academic and professional inquiry. Additionally, the course examines strengths and major criticism of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. The course also focuses on identifying the types of methodologies best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions. The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to develop research questions and design research proposals for the initial preparation for embarking on a new research project.
CSJS-51300 Research Methods II (3 credits)
This course is sequential to Applied Research Methods I. It focuses on applied methods of research. Students will be expected to draw from and actualize the research methods and theory previously taught in Applied Research Methods I. With instructional oversight, students will be required to work individually and complete one research project to demonstrate and refine their skills as researchers.
CSJS-51400 Fair Practices - Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth examination of current issues and laws regarding labor unions and labor practices. Case law and landmark decisions will be discussed.
CSJS-53600 Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
This course focuses on the evolution of our criminal justice system through the lens of contemporary criminal procedure. Our initial introduction to criminal procedure will focus on the United States Constitution, with emphasis on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments. Case law governing criminal justice functions such as stops, interrogations, arrests, warrants, identification practices, the use of informants, and searches and seizures will further be explored. Current United States Supreme Court cases that have changed how law enforcement conducts stops, interrogations, arrests, warrants, identification practices, the use of informants and searches and seizures will be briefed and discussed in class. This course will further explore the reasons behind significant United States Supreme Court rulings such as the exclusionary rule and Miranda Rights. In addition to discussing relevant Supreme Court and state court cases, this course will further review the basic criminal justice processes before, during and after a trial and the appellate review process. Finally, this course will allow all interested students with the opportunity to analyze their own personal values concerning the rights of those accused of a crime.
CSJS-55500 Criminal Law (3 credits)
An in-depth examination of current issues and laws regarding the police employee including issues related to liability concerns for police administrators and government. Case law and landmark decisions will be discussed.
CSJS-56900 Criminology (3 credits)
This course will focus on the major criminological theories with emphasis on the applicability of these theories to the understanding of criminal behavior within society. Concentration will be on Classical, Positivist, Rational Choice, Social Disorganization and other postmodern theories associated with criminal behavior. The course will also examine societal responses to criminal behavior and historical interventions aimed at precluding criminal behavior based on theoretical explanations of crime.
II. Electives (12 credit hours)
The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires completion of four (4) elective courses selected by the student in conjunction with an advisor from the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
CSJS-50700 Family Violence (3 credits)
Individual and familial pathologies plus violence dynamics are underscored. Operation of shelter networks and multi-professional crisis intervention, drug abuse centers and delinquency prevention organizations are also covered in this course.
CSJS-52100 White Collar Crime (3 credits)
This course studies the problem of corruption and other financial-related crime in some of our major social institutions, especially business and government. Students examine the socio-historic aspect of the origin, development and ramifications of white collar crime as a social and economic problem. The political, social and economic conditions involved in the appearance, spread and the expansion of white collar crime in America is also investigated. Students also explore an analysis of the impact of organized crime in the white collar crime arena.
CSJS-52300 Homeland Security/Defense (3 credits)
This course will provide an introduction and overview to the emerging field and profession of Homeland Security and Defense. The ability to prevent acts of terrorism and to manage them if they occur is now at the forefront of the United States National Security agenda. Understanding the enormity and complexity of Homeland Security is critical for any individual working in public administration, safety, health, social service, or the business sector. This course will provide the student with the generally accepted body of knowledge required of the individual working in or in areas related to Homeland Security. The focus will be on the threats, the organizations at the city, tribal, county, state, and federal level, public policy/law, best practices, and the evolving homeland security/defense system in place.
CSJS-52400 Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation (3 credits)
In the examination of the foundations of rehabilitation treatment for correctional settings, this course will focus on the past, current, and the development of future clinical practices. This focus includes a close review of the clinical theories, approaches, and techniques of rehabilitation utilized in treating inmates and parolees. Since the outcomes of correctional rehabilitation on recidivism have critical public safety implications when offenders are released from the criminal justice system this course will extensively examine the current research literature supporting evidence-based best practices. Implementation of rehabilitation treatment programs in the criminal justice system also requires a review of policy development, program development, design, planning and evaluation to determine what outcomes and costs benefits have been achieved.
CSJS-52900 Terrorism (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the concepts, goals, strategies, problems and ideologies associated with contemporary and historic terrorist groups. Emphasis will be placed on terrorist motives and how terrorist actions have affected the course of history and current foreign and domestic policies. We shall examine different types of terrorist organizations, based on various criteria – motives, means, objectives, geography, and others. Students will learn why terrorism continues to be chosen as a mechanism for change in the United States and around the world, and how governments can work to limit its effects. In addition, this course is designed to provide an analytical study of the phenomenon of international and urban terrorism and hostage situations and an examination of potential religious and economic motives. The course will help the student understand policy issues dealing with terrorism, particularly as they affect the United States. This will involve an examination of both political science and international relations theory and application in our study of terrorism.
CSJS-53300 Ethics and Integrity (3 credits)
This course examines how personal values and ethical perspectives shape the field of Criminal Justice. This course will also address the role of values in determining moral obligations of administrators and their subordinates, use of morality and values and their influence in creating policy and organizational vision.
CSJS-53400 Role of Law Enforcement in Homeland Security/Defense (3 credits)
The impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report, along with the ongoing Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), has underscored the need to restructure and change the way the U.S. Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement works together. The information sharing environment (ISE) requirement will impact the way we gather, analyze, and produce intelligence, bringing up many issues and controversies when any governmental body collects intelligence on its citizens. Historical foundations of intelligence gathering and the legal boundaries that define the operational field of play are reviewed. Electronic monitoring, rights to privacy, use of informants and disclosure of information to other agencies are examined.
CSJS-55000 Comparative Justice Systems (3 credits)
Comparisons and contrasts are made among selected aspects of foreign criminal justice systems and those of the United States. Structures, international jurisdiction and basic criminal law are examined.
CSJS-55900 Police Civil Liability (3 credits)
This course focuses on the nature and scope of civil liability affecting law enforcement officials. More specifically, the course will explore the frequency of civil litigation to society and the concern that law enforcement officials have over the possibility of lawsuits. Various social benefits and some of the rationale for allowing the police to be sued will be explored and discussed. In addition to various reasons for police litigation, State Tort Law will be explored. Subsequent chapters will discuss Federal lawsuits brought against law enforcement officials under Title 42 of the United States Code Section 1983. This course will further delve into specific police responsibility, namely the use of excessive force, high-risk drug enforcement operations, negligent operation of emergency vehicles, failure to arrest intoxicated drivers, negligence at traffic accident scenes, and failure to prevent detainee suicide. The course will conclude with shifting conceptions of police liability and law enforcement. This course is supplemented with relevant Supreme Court cases.
CSJS-58400 Issues of Juvenile Crime (3 credits)
Juvenile crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Six- and eight-year-old juveniles are now committing heinous crimes. Historical trends in the treatment, incarceration and rehabilitation of the juvenile offender are studied. Community based networks, D.C.F.S., boot camps, and current crime rates are also discussed.
III. Comprehensive Examination
The student must pass a weeklong comprehensive examination administered by the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
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