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  • Curriculum: Comprehensive Exam Track

    Core

    CJ 550: INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the master’s degree programs in the field of public safety and provides a foundation of the concepts and professional standards. It establishes the conceptual framework for other courses within the chosen degree plan and identifies current trends in the field. Focus is placed on ethical and social issues as related to writing, researching, and working collaboratively with other public service officials.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 501: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY (5 Credits)

    This course consists of an in-depth analysis of various explanations of criminal behavior. Readings include the original works of prominent authors from a broad range of disciplines related to crime, social deviance, and causation. Ethical and legal foundations in defining social deviance and crime are also considered. Specific focus is placed on applications of theory that address causes and correlations of criminal behavior in a variety of cultures throughout the world. This course is well suited for criminal justice practitioners, as students apply criminological theory to contemporary issues.

    Prerequisites Required:

     CJ 550 and CJ 526

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 502: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the research process and the ethical context within which research should be conducted. Further, it will provide the basic skills needed to conduct and evaluate research on topics relevant to the criminal justice field. In order to accomplish these objectives, the course will focus on the nature of scientific inquiry; the connections between theory and research; designing research projects and exploring causation; sampling pro­cedures and logic; research techniques; reliability, validity, and measurement of data; and descriptive analyses of data.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 503: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (5 Credits)

    This course presents an in-depth analysis of the various dynamics facing criminal justice organizations in the context of professional practice, including, but not limited to, the theoretical concepts underlying organizational behavior, management and leadership of human resources, and design and structural processes. The scope includes fiscal accountability; personnel deployment; implementation of change; motivation and retention of personnel; the hiring, assignment, and promotion of personnel; organizational communication; professional development; and fundamental legal issues as they pertain to agency operations.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 505: CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (5 Credits)

    This course will address critical issues affecting the major tenets of the criminal justice profession, including, but not limited to, homeland security, training and education, ethics and morality in professional practice, and community-based law enforcement and corrections programs. Other current trends and any other critical issue facing the fields of policing, private security, and corrections are addressed as needed.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    Effective and appropriate communication is essential for success in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety is designed to prepare students for the rhetorical challenges found in their coursework, professional career, and the final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to clearly communicate complex and sophisticated materials to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert audiences using both written and oral techniques. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and paragraph levels. Students will learn about audience and purpose as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. These skills are coupled with an additional focus on the context, delivery, and medium through which students will communicate. Emphasis is also placed on accurately citing and quoting primary materials, organizational strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage skills.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 550

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 602: COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (0 Credits)

    As a final step in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, students who have chosen the comprehensive examination track take the examination. The comprehensive examination incorporates the program outcomes of the master’s degree. The exam is designed to assess a student's overall learning and mastery of the coursework in the program. Successful completion of the exam provides a measurement and acknowledgement of the effective learning experience of the student.

    Prerequisites Required: Successful completion of all comprehensive exam-track core curriculum courses

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES / GENERAL ELECTIVES* (25 Credits)

     

    Total Electives Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Corrections Specialization

    CJ 521: CRITICAL ISSUES IN CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course provides a critical analysis of contemporary issues facing the U.S. correctional system. Students address issues such as the philosophies and theories that guide practice, community-based policies and practices, prison reform, special populations, recidivism, and legal mandates affecting the administration and operations of correctional facilities.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 522: COMPARATIVE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    The course addresses a variety of correctional issues from an international perspective, including, but not limited to, a comparative analysis of the philosophies and theories guiding practice, supervision, and treatment of prison populations with an emphasis on human rights, post-confinement intervention strategies, and legal standards governing practice.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 523: CRITICAL ISSUES IN JUVENILE JUSTICE (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to explore the social context of delinquency, law, the history of the juvenile court, policing in juvenile justice, and court and corrections interventions with regard to children who have been victimized or are criminal. The course integrates scholarship and case law to investigate the many layers of the juvenile justice system, including how the juvenile court works and why it works the way it does. Upon completion, students will have much more than a cursory understanding of the juvenile justice system.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 524: COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to identify community-based corrections programs and to explore the issues relevant to the field of community-based corrections. The materials presented will draw upon scholarly and practical research to identify the programs commonly used, what "works," policy issues, services provided, costs, and who receives probation and parole. Boot camps, electronic monitoring, house arrest, day treatment, fines, community service, drug courts, and other alternatives will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to debate and better understand the many challenges facing probation, parole, and community-based corrections

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization

    CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course covers comparative foreign criminal justice systems, including the investigation and prosecution of international terrorists, the International Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies. This course is especially beneficial for understanding global legal issues facing the criminal justice system.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 512: TRANSNATIONAL CRIME (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the historical development and current status of various forms of transnational crime from the perspective of the international criminal justice community. Particular emphasis is given to issues of organized crime, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, and the current strategies for the containment of such activities.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 513: CRITICAL ISSUES IN TERRORISM (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide students with a critical analysis and understanding of issues related to terrorism. This includes historical analyses of the causes and effects of social, political, economic, and religious conflict as they pertain to terrorist groups from source countries; protective intelligence gathering and associated legal issues; threat assessment; emergency first-responder plans and policies; counterterrorism tactics and strategies; cyberterrorism and the role of technology; and concerns for the future.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 522: COMPARATIVE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    The course addresses a variety of correctional issues from an international perspective, including, but not limited to, a comparative analysis of the philosophies and theories guiding practice, supervision, and treatment of prison populations with an emphasis on human rights, post-confinement intervention strategies, and legal standards governing practice.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Law Specialization

    CJ 506: ADVANCED TOPICS IN CRIMINAL LAW (5 Credits)

    This course addresses complex issues related to substantive criminal law, focusing on the sources of modern criminal law, the purposes and types of laws, the interpretation of criminal laws, the categories of crime and penalties, the similar characteristics of criminal violations, the elements of complex crimes, and the types of criminal defenses. This course is best suited for those students working in the area of law enforcement/policing.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 500

    CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course covers comparative foreign criminal justice systems, including the investigation and prosecution of international terrorists, the International Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies. This course is especially beneficial for understanding global legal issues facing the criminal justice system.

    CJ 511: EMPLOYMENT AND POLICY LAW (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of specialized topics in substantive and procedural criminal law with a special emphasis on employment law, and how these legal issues impact ethics and leadership in criminal justice organizations. This course is well suited for command-level personnel in response to a variety of potential agency and personal liability issues.

    CJ 508: EVIDENTIARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL CASES (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of the Federal Rules of Evidence and similar state rules, as well as the requirements of the U.S. Constitution concerning the admission into evidence of testimonial and physical evidence at trial. Students examine such topics as the foundational requirements for the admission of real and demonstrative exhibits, the authentication of writings and business records, witness credibility, hearsay, privileges, expert testimony, victims' rights, and chain of custody. This course is particularly well suited for those criminal justice professionals whose jobs require them to testify in court on a regular basis.

    CJ 510: SPECIALIZED CRIMINAL STATUTES AND COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of legislation and case law that affect the daily practice of criminal justice professionals in the context of investigative techniques and the prosecution of cases. Students examine such areas as white-collar crime; the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; money laundering; health care fraud; wire, mail, and bank fraud; identity and access device fraud; securities fraud; insurance fraud; corporate criminal liability; tax enforcement; and public corruption. In addition, the USA PATRIOT Act, Title III wiretaps, and grand jury procedures are also discussed.

    Total Law Specialization Credits: 5
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Leadership and Executive Management Specialization

    CJ 511: EMPLOYMENT AND POLICY LAW (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of specialized topics in substantive and procedural criminal law with a special emphasis on employment law, and how these legal issues impact ethics and leadership in criminal justice organizations. This course is well suited for command-level personnel in response to a variety of potential agency and personal liability issues.

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 516: BUDGETING AND FINANCE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATORS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to familiarize students with public program budgeting and finance concepts from program conception to programevaluation. Special emphasis is given to methods of financing public programs and the preparation and management of budgets for the programs. This course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice the technical aspects of program budgeting and finance in the public safety arena. 

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 519: ETHICS AND DIVERSITY IN POLICING (5 Credits)

    Discrimination in the workplace, prejudicial treatment of individuals by public officials, official misconduct, and a lack of individual and collective professional practice are all enduring issues that must be addressed by our criminal justice system. Accordingly, this course is designed to address these and other related issues at length, as well as offer strategies for improved individual and professional practice.

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    500-LEVEL: PUBLIC SAFETY ELECTIVE (5 Credits)

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Core

    CJ 550: INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the master’s degree programs in the field of public safety and provides a foundation of the concepts and professional standards. It establishes the conceptual framework for other courses within the chosen degree plan and identifies current trends in the field. Focus is placed on ethical and social issues as related to writing, researching, and working collaboratively with other public service officials.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 501: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY (5 Credits)

    This course consists of an in-depth analysis of various explanations of criminal behavior. Readings include the original works of prominent authors from a broad range of disciplines related to crime, social deviance, and causation. Ethical and legal foundations in defining social deviance and crime are also considered. Specific focus is placed on applications of theory that address causes and correlations of criminal behavior in a variety of cultures throughout the world. This course is well suited for criminal justice practitioners, as students apply criminological theory to contemporary issues.

    Prerequisites Required:

     CJ 550 and CJ 526

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 503: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (5 Credits)

    This course presents an in-depth analysis of the various dynamics facing criminal justice organizations in the context of professional practice, including, but not limited to, the theoretical concepts underlying organizational behavior, management and leadership of human resources, and design and structural processes. The scope includes fiscal accountability; personnel deployment; implementation of change; motivation and retention of personnel; the hiring, assignment, and promotion of personnel; organizational communication; professional development; and fundamental legal issues as they pertain to agency operations.

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 525: APPLIED RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (5 Credits)

    In the first of two courses in applied research in criminal justice, students will be introduced to applied research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously understand and change the professional setting. Students will examine the history of applied research and the intersection of applied research and traditional academic research. This study allows participants to develop an understanding of the process and how they can impact their own professional setting.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 503

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    Effective and appropriate communication is essential for success in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety is designed to prepare students for the rhetorical challenges found in their coursework, professional career, and the final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to clearly communicate complex and sophisticated materials to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert audiences using both written and oral techniques. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and paragraph levels. Students will learn about audience and purpose as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. These skills are coupled with an additional focus on the context, delivery, and medium through which students will communicate. Emphasis is also placed on accurately citing and quoting primary materials, organizational strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage skills.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 550

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 598: APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT (5 Credits)

    Students experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will conduct their own applied research project.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 525; final term of the program

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES / GENERAL ELECTIVES* (25 Credits)

     

    Total Electives Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Corrections Specialization

    CJ 521: CRITICAL ISSUES IN CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course provides a critical analysis of contemporary issues facing the U.S. correctional system. Students address issues such as the philosophies and theories that guide practice, community-based policies and practices, prison reform, special populations, recidivism, and legal mandates affecting the administration and operations of correctional facilities.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 522: COMPARATIVE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    The course addresses a variety of correctional issues from an international perspective, including, but not limited to, a comparative analysis of the philosophies and theories guiding practice, supervision, and treatment of prison populations with an emphasis on human rights, post-confinement intervention strategies, and legal standards governing practice.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 523: CRITICAL ISSUES IN JUVENILE JUSTICE (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to explore the social context of delinquency, law, the history of the juvenile court, policing in juvenile justice, and court and corrections interventions with regard to children who have been victimized or are criminal. The course integrates scholarship and case law to investigate the many layers of the juvenile justice system, including how the juvenile court works and why it works the way it does. Upon completion, students will have much more than a cursory understanding of the juvenile justice system.

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 524: COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to identify community-based corrections programs and to explore the issues relevant to the field of community-based corrections. The materials presented will draw upon scholarly and practical research to identify the programs commonly used, what "works," policy issues, services provided, costs, and who receives probation and parole. Boot camps, electronic monitoring, house arrest, day treatment, fines, community service, drug courts, and other alternatives will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to debate and better understand the many challenges facing probation, parole, and community-based corrections

    Total Corrections Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization

    CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course covers comparative foreign criminal justice systems, including the investigation and prosecution of international terrorists, the International Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies. This course is especially beneficial for understanding global legal issues facing the criminal justice system.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 512: TRANSNATIONAL CRIME (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the historical development and current status of various forms of transnational crime from the perspective of the international criminal justice community. Particular emphasis is given to issues of organized crime, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, and the current strategies for the containment of such activities.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 513: CRITICAL ISSUES IN TERRORISM (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide students with a critical analysis and understanding of issues related to terrorism. This includes historical analyses of the causes and effects of social, political, economic, and religious conflict as they pertain to terrorist groups from source countries; protective intelligence gathering and associated legal issues; threat assessment; emergency first-responder plans and policies; counterterrorism tactics and strategies; cyberterrorism and the role of technology; and concerns for the future.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 522: COMPARATIVE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    The course addresses a variety of correctional issues from an international perspective, including, but not limited to, a comparative analysis of the philosophies and theories guiding practice, supervision, and treatment of prison populations with an emphasis on human rights, post-confinement intervention strategies, and legal standards governing practice.

    Total Global Issues in Criminal Justice Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Law Specialization

    CJ 506: ADVANCED TOPICS IN CRIMINAL LAW (5 Credits)

    This course addresses complex issues related to substantive criminal law, focusing on the sources of modern criminal law, the purposes and types of laws, the interpretation of criminal laws, the categories of crime and penalties, the similar characteristics of criminal violations, the elements of complex crimes, and the types of criminal defenses. This course is best suited for those students working in the area of law enforcement/policing.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 500

    CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course covers comparative foreign criminal justice systems, including the investigation and prosecution of international terrorists, the International Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies. This course is especially beneficial for understanding global legal issues facing the criminal justice system.

    CJ 511: EMPLOYMENT AND POLICY LAW (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of specialized topics in substantive and procedural criminal law with a special emphasis on employment law, and how these legal issues impact ethics and leadership in criminal justice organizations. This course is well suited for command-level personnel in response to a variety of potential agency and personal liability issues.

    CJ 508: EVIDENTIARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL CASES (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of the Federal Rules of Evidence and similar state rules, as well as the requirements of the U.S. Constitution concerning the admission into evidence of testimonial and physical evidence at trial. Students examine such topics as the foundational requirements for the admission of real and demonstrative exhibits, the authentication of writings and business records, witness credibility, hearsay, privileges, expert testimony, victims' rights, and chain of custody. This course is particularly well suited for those criminal justice professionals whose jobs require them to testify in court on a regular basis.

    CJ 510: SPECIALIZED CRIMINAL STATUTES AND COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of legislation and case law that affect the daily practice of criminal justice professionals in the context of investigative techniques and the prosecution of cases. Students examine such areas as white-collar crime; the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; money laundering; health care fraud; wire, mail, and bank fraud; identity and access device fraud; securities fraud; insurance fraud; corporate criminal liability; tax enforcement; and public corruption. In addition, the USA PATRIOT Act, Title III wiretaps, and grand jury procedures are also discussed.

    Total Law Specialization Credits: 5
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Leadership and Executive Management Specialization

    CJ 511: EMPLOYMENT AND POLICY LAW (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of specialized topics in substantive and procedural criminal law with a special emphasis on employment law, and how these legal issues impact ethics and leadership in criminal justice organizations. This course is well suited for command-level personnel in response to a variety of potential agency and personal liability issues.

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 516: BUDGETING AND FINANCE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATORS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to familiarize students with public program budgeting and finance concepts from program conception to programevaluation. Special emphasis is given to methods of financing public programs and the preparation and management of budgets for the programs. This course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice the technical aspects of program budgeting and finance in the public safety arena. 

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    CJ 519: ETHICS AND DIVERSITY IN POLICING (5 Credits)

    Discrimination in the workplace, prejudicial treatment of individuals by public officials, official misconduct, and a lack of individual and collective professional practice are all enduring issues that must be addressed by our criminal justice system. Accordingly, this course is designed to address these and other related issues at length, as well as offer strategies for improved individual and professional practice.

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    500-LEVEL: PUBLIC SAFETY ELECTIVE (5 Credits)

    Total Leadership and Executive Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Electives Specialization

    CJ 520: ISSUES IN PRIVATE SECURITY (5 Credits)

    This course will provide students with the fun­damental knowledge necessary to competently address various critical issues concerning security including, but not limited to: physical security concerns, threat assessment, privatization trends, relationships with the law enforcement commu­nity, crisis planning, and the impact of the Department of Homeland Security on secu­rity thinking and delivery.

    Total Electives Specialization Credits: 11
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Independent Study credits vary from 1-5.

    CJ 533: PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW (5 Credits)

    This course examines the field of forensic psychology and provides students with knowledge of how psychology can assist the field of law and criminal justice. Students are encouraged to examine the legal system through the use of psy­chological concepts and methods and apply them to practical situations. Topics will include an overview of the intersection of law and psychology, forensic clinical assessment, com­petency and criminal responsibility issues, jury selection, correctional psychology, and diagnosis as well as a comprehensive review of the ethics code. An emphasis will be on utilizing case law and research as well as psychological testing to accurately and ethically report findings.

    Total Electives Specialization Credits: 11
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Independent Study credits vary from 1-5.

    CJ 590: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (1 Credits)

    This course is designed to engage students in developing a position of relevance to their professional field of study and the criminal justice graduate curriculum. Students decide on a suitable topic under the direction and supervision of a designated faculty member. No more than 10 quarter credit hours of independent study may apply toward the degree.

    Prerequisites Required: Permission from the Dean

    Total Electives Specialization Credits: 11
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Independent Study credits vary from 1-5.

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