Criminal Justice

Chair: Nicholas Sewitch, Department of Criminal Justice

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MA)

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at Monmouth University offers a broad perspective on the criminal justice system, its various institutions and processes. Students will develop the quantitative, critical, and research skills necessary for problem solving and policy-making. The program includes a set of courses that will focus on research procedures, the use of psychosocial variables, systems thinking, and the development of policy. In addition, there are courses in law, policy, and criminal justice management.

Gregory Coram, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty). MS, PsyD, Indiana State University. Areas of interest include psychology, criminal pathology, and corrections. Current research projects include the biology of violent criminals.
coram@monmouth.edu

Shannon Cunningham, Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, MS, Illinois State University; PhD, Texas State University.
shcunnin@monmouth.edu

Peter Liu, Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, MA, Jilin University, China; PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Areas of interest include research methods, criminology, comparative criminal justice systems, and criminal justice organizations administration and management. Current research projects include comparative delinquency, Chinese justice system, and environmental crime.
pliu@monmouth.edu

Brian Lockwood, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, The College of New Jersey; MA, PhD, Temple University. Research interests include the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the study of offending, environmental criminology, and juvenile delinquency.
blockwoo@monmouth.edu

Marie Mele, Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty). BS, College of New Jersey; MS, American University; PhD, Rutgers University. Teaching interests include women and crime, victimology, research methodology, and social statistics. Current research focusing on intimate partner violence and domestic homicide.
mmele@monmouth.edu

Laura J. Moriarty, Professor (Graduate Faculty).
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. BA, MA, Louisiana State University; PhD, Sam Houston State University. A respected academic leader in the field of criminal justice with a focus on victim's issues, Moriarty is the author/co-author, editor/co-editor of eight scholarly books and numerous refereed academic journal articles. She is the past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and a 2013 recipient of the ACJS Founders Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice education.
lmoriart@monmouth.edu

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CJ-CPE   Comprehensive ExamCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

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

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

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

Course Type(s): None

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

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HLS-CPE   Homeland Security Comprehensive ExaminationCredits: None   

Prerequisite: Thirty-three credits successfully completed in homeland security.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The Homeland Security Comprehensive Examination is a zero-credit course that will allow students who have completed thirty-three credits of graduate course work in homeland security to take a comprehensive examination and complete their degree. This is a pass/fail course.

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HLS-610   Foundations of Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Overview of homeland security basic management concepts, issues contributing to terroristic acts, and critical analysis of terrorist activities.

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HLS-620   Terrorism: Causes and Consequences: The Unconventional ThreatCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with an in-depth examination of the unconventional threat of terrorism and its impact on the Homeland Security enterprise by exploring the overall phenomenon of terrorism as well as the complex motivations, ideologies, goals, and tactics of various domestic and international groups. Cultural, religious, and economic influences on terrorism, and media impact, will be considered. Students will analyze these groups in light of historical, contemporary, and potential future acts of terrorism in order to understand the causes, consequences, and impact terrorism has on our society. Balances out topical issues related to state terrorism, political terrorism, religious and apocalyptic violence, the media and terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, terrorist tactics and targeting, and the operational and organizational dynamics of terrorism.

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HLS-630   Homeland Security IntelligenceCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Acquaints students with the concepts and practices involved in the process of collecting, analyzing and evaluating intelligence and in managing the intelligence function, as well as the influence of intelligence in shaping homeland security decision making at the federal, state and local levels. It examines the structures, roles, and interactions of the foreign and domestic intelligence communities, the intelligence gathering and analysis of capabilities of criminal justice and private sector entities, and the use of intelligence processes to support homeland security investigations, planning, and intelligence applications to support strategic decision making.

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HLS-640   Interdisciplinary Approach to Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Acquaints students with the concepts and practices among the various disciplines within the homeland security domain that provide the architecture for the nation's preparedness strategy. Provides an understanding of how the law, constitution and interaction between the various disciplines of homeland security and defense, in theory and practice affect the development and execution of homeland security operations, strategies, and policies in general. Explores the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines drawn from all levels of the public and private sectors, how they integrate with one another, and how they collectively factor into the prevention of, response to, and recovery from major events. Conversely, it will enhance the students understanding of the various disciplines associated with homeland security including law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, infrastructure custodians, the military, public health, and government administrators.

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HLS-650   Cyber SecurityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Examines current and emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Focuses on policies and practices that govern cyberspace. Information systems technologies impact every aspect of twenty-first-century society and governance. At the same time, cyber capabilities hazard personal liberties, privacy, and homeland security. Students will explore emerging technologies that can facilitate and strengthen capability-specific national priorities to secure our cyberspaces and the homeland.

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HLS-662   Psychopathology of Crime and TerrorismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

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 CJ-662.

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HLS-665   Emergency Management for Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Examines the core principles of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, communication, response, and recovery. Focuses on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 2011 Whole of Community approach to emergency management. Will assess emergency management's civil defense legacy to the current all-hazards role applied at the federal, state, and local levels. Students will examine the role of emergency managers in the homeland security framework through case studies. Incorporates real-world catastrophes that may occur immediately prior to/during the course semester.

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HLS-670   Constitutional Issues in Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HLS-610, HLS-620, HLS-630, and HLS-640.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with an in-depth examination of the U.S. Constitution and statutory authorities in the Homeland Security Era. Students will analyze the manner in which the U.S. Government balances public security and individual rights during homeland security crises. Balances out topical issues related to national security threats and Constitutional and statutory authorities that impact fundamental freedoms in the Homeland Security Era.

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HLS-675   Technology for Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HLS-610, HLS-620, HLS-630, and HLS-640.

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with an overview of myriad technologies that have helped to shape the homeland security enterprise. Students will examine critical infrastructure and key resources threats and vulnerabilities that characterize the homeland security operational environment. Students will explore how past, present, and emerging technologies have been used and how they might be used in the future. Balances out topical issues related to risk, perception of risk, technological capabilities, security, cyber-attacks, health issues, and legal issues that impact homeland security. Students will explore elements of cyberterrorism and emerging technologies that can facilitate and strengthen capability-specific national priorities in order to improve national preparedness.

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HLS-680   Comparative Government for Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HLS-610, HLS-620, HLS-630, and HLS-640.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with an in-depth examination of other countries' homeland security governance and policies with a focus on counterterrorism laws, security, law enforcement, emergency response, and public health. Students will analyze other countries' traditions, political and bureaucratic institutions, and policies that might inform the U.S. homeland security enterprise. Designed to provide students with homeland security-related lessons learned and smart practices employed by other countries that, if adapted, scaled, and measured to the vision, mission, and purpose of a U.S. jurisdiction/organization, might make safe and secure the nation.

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HLS-685   Strategic Plan for Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: HLS-610, HLS-620, HLS-630, and HLS-640.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with an in-depth examination of strategic planning, especially as it relates to the homeland security enterprise. Students will explore how organizations identify, plan, and implement their strategy objectives. Students will analyze past, current, and future homeland security strategy objectives and identify both lessons learned and not learned. Students will develop a comprehensive strategic homeland security strategy to make safe and secure the nation.

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HLS-690   Policy Analysis and Research Methods in Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Requires students to construct an original research proposal that critically analyzes one aspect of the homeland security field within the United States of America. To do so, the course begins with a review of the tenets of sound research in the social sciences and proceeds with the development of a research proposal that includes the formulation of a research question and subsequent hypothesis, a review of the pertinent literature, and the development of a detailed methodology with which to conduct the research. Additional attention is devoted to the practical, ethical, and political issues that arise when conducting research and evaluation within the agencies, organizations, practices, and policies that fall under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.

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HLS-695   Knowledge into Practice: Homeland Security Capstone CourseCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: HLS-690.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students with a synthesis and an evaluation of Monmouth University's Masters in Homeland Security core curriculum functions and competencies: (1) Political, legal, and managerial context of homeland security, (2) Technology and its applications in homeland security, (3) Research, program evaluation, and needs assessment and their application to homeland security, and (4) Current and emerging homeland security threats. Students prepare an evidence-based research paper that applies the core curriculum functions and competencies to a related homeland security issue.

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HLS-699   Independent Study in Homeland SecurityCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the selected faculty member, program director, and chair.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides students the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest within homeland security. Research, reading and faculty-student communications will result in a significant written project. The supervising faculty member will meet weekly with the student to monitor progress and provide feedback.