Criminal Justice (CJ)

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CJ-CPE   Comprehensive ExamCredits: None   

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Criminal Justice Comprehensive Exam This is a pass/fail course.

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CJ-500   Theories and Methods of Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

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This course provides students with a solid foundation in the theories and methods of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students gain knowledge of important applications, as well as acquisition, accuracy, formatting management, analysis, and manipulation of data. When students complete this course, they are expected to know what GIS is, what GIS can and cannot do, how data is stored, and how data in GIS is manipulated and analyzed to satisfy a project's goals.

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CJ-502   Advanced CriminologyCredits: 3   

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Professionals interested in the criminal justice system require a foundation in the criminological theories that underlie criminal behavior and rehabilitation. Provides the student with an opportunity to study and critically evaluate prominent criminological theories presented in the readings and research. Lectures emphasize the role of psychological principles, theories of learning, techniques of counseling, and psychopathology in the context of criminological theory on rehabilitation programs and on policy development. Also serves as a context for other graduate courses that pertain to the prison system and institutional treatment of offenders.

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CJ-510   The American Penal SystemCredits: 3   

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Examines the history, philosophy, and organizational structure of correctional systems in the United States, analyzing the various models of incarceration as they relate to punishment and rehabilitation.

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CJ-515   Institutional Treatment of the OffenderCredits: 3   

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Provides the theoretical framework for the understanding of criminal behavior and the strategies employed in providing treatment and support services to the inmate. Focuses on techniques designed to facilitate the development of alternative behaviors. Attention will be given to problems that are especially relevant to penal institutions, e.g. violence, racial discord, sexual assault, and theories of punishment.

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CJ-525   Applied Data Analysis in Criminal JusticeCredits: 3   

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The examination, interpretation, and application of social statistical concepts in criminal justice; computerized data analysis techniques.

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CJ-530   Criminal Justice PolicyCredits: 3   

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The examination of opposing viewpoints on complex and sensitive issues in criminal justice. Emphasis on providing students with the ability to develop basic thinking skills and assisting students in evaluating sources of information.

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CJ-535   Evaluation Strategies for Criminal JusticeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

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Formulation of research problems and hypotheses; quantitative research designs; and data collection strategies; data analysis methods.

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CJ-540   Spatial Analysis and Modeling in Geographic Information SystemsCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: CJ-500.

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Focuses on methods of spatial analysis and various kinds of modeling within Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Included are such topics as: 3-D terrain visualization and analysis, location and network modeling, map algebra, and spatial statistics.

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CJ-542   Computer Application in Criminal JusticeCredits: 3   

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Introduces computer basics, information system, and the Internet. Students will use several management-related applications, including spreadsheets, database, employee performance evaluations, and statistical analysis programs to develop an integrated database management system.

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CJ-545   Seminar: Ethics, Law, and SocietyCredits: 3   

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Probes ethical issues that arise throughout the criminal justice system. Students will examine the fundamental meaning of justice, explore approaches to moral reasoning, and investigate issues such as the use of discretion, capital punishment, prisoners' rights, and other ethics of criminal justice research.

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CJ-550   Seminar: Police AdministrationCredits: 3   

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Examines the tasks and roles of police administrators for effective and efficient police operations. Police organization, policies, and rules will be analyzed for their impact on the delivery of police services.

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CJ-552   Computer CrimeCredits: 3   

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Understanding the nature of computer crime and the basic principles of technology in order to provide a foundation for criminal investigation.

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CJ-555   Criminal Procedure and the ConstitutionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

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A multidisciplinary examination of the major stages of the criminal process from arrest to trial. The course explores the effectiveness of criminal procedure, the Constitution, and the law in relationship to crime.

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CJ-560   Seminar: Leadership and ManagementCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

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Examines the role of leader or visionary in analyzing and improving organizational operations in the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on the ability to assess and solve the complex problems facing criminal justice in the twenty-first century.

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CJ-562   Graduate Criminal Justice InternshipCredits: 3   

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Provides the student an opportunity to integrate academic theory with experiential learning. Each student will have an opportunity to focus on areas specific to his/her career objectives. Intern students will evaluate principles of the criminal justice system through on-site participation at an approved criminal justice agency. Executive writing opportunities will be an integral component of this course.

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CJ-565   Comparative Criminal Justice SystemsCredits: 3   

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Compares and contrasts the main similarities and differences among the major criminal justice systems in the world, including the civil law, common law, socialist law, and Islamic law families.

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CJ-572   Civil Rights and LibertiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

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An examination of the Bill of Rights in contemporary America. The seminar analyzes the conflicting group interests, which advise around issues such as freedom of speech and assembly, church-state relations, and equal treatment before the law for members of minority groups.

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CJ-575   Professionalism in Criminal JusticeCredits: 3   

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An examination of major changes in politics, professionalism, and public order in society. Emphasis is on policing, criminal justice education, corrections, and jail management issues and examining the progress of, and obstacles to, improving training and split-second decision making.

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CJ-595   Geographic Information Systems, Crime Mapping, and AnalysisCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: CJ-500.

Term Offered: All Terms

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Incorporates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into criminal justice by including the use of crime mapping and analysis in problem solving. Takes a hands-on approach to many of the issues a criminal justice manager, officer, or crime analyst will face in pursuit of his/her work. Facilitates students' understanding of GIS and crime mapping theories, principles, concepts, and the software. Upon completion of the course, students will have developed two projects as part of their portfolio: one in crime mapping implementation and one in project design and analysis within their particular topic of study.

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CJ-598   Special Topics in Criminal JusticeCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Subject matter varies with the interest of the students and the professor. The exact nature of the topic covered in any given semester is indicated in the student's transcript. Permission of the program director is required.

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CJ-599   Independent Study in Criminal JusticeCredits: 3   

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Development and execution of a relevant reading and research project leading to significant written work designed by the student in consultation with the professor. The subject chosen for study should be related with any area of Criminal Justice of special interest for the student. Students applying for this course must demonstrate their knowledge of research techniques and their abilities to apply them to the specific area of studies chosen. It is also required that the student should be able to present the results of his/her research in appropriate written and oral form.

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CJ-615   Terrorism: Crisis and TraumaCredits: 3   

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Explore the psychological impact of terrorism, including psychiatric disorders, physiological changes, and social/family disruption. Strategies and techniques for identifying trauma and skill for intervention will be discussed.

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CJ-625   Terroristic Crime Scene InvestigationCredits: 3   

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Utilizing modern investigative technology in terroristic crime scenes; specialized evidence collection; role of crime scene manager.

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CJ-635   Weapons of Mass DestructionCredits: 3   

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Focus on the practical and theoretical aspects of preparing for, and dealing with, incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Discussion on the various devices and the means of delivering damage. Analysis of the intelligence approaches to reduce such an event.

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CJ-650   CyberterrorismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

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Explores how new technology throughout the world has contributed to terroristic crimes and how information and communication technology (ICT) has become a tool, a target, and a place of criminal activity threatening national security. Topics of study include: the information environment as crime scene, computer use in crimes, political terrorism, hacking, unauthorized access, and identity theft.

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CJ-662   Psychopathology of Crime and TerrorismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

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Discusses the psychology of criminal behavior and the development of the terrorist. Provides students with an in-depth examination of the psychological consequences of terrorism on a community and the impact of criminal behavior on a victim. Students will be exposed to the neurobiology of fear including predicators of maladaptive/pathological response, and the biological correlates of criminal behavior. Also listed as HLS-662.

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CJ-691   Criminal Justice Thesis ICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: CJ-502, CJ-525, CJ-530, and CJ-542.

Corequisite: CJ-535.

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Independent investigation of special topics reflecting the research interests of the sponsoring professor.

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CJ-692   Criminal Justice Thesis IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite: CJ-691.

Term Offered: Spring Term

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Independent investigation of special topics reflecting the research interests of the sponsoring professor.