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Course Descriptions

 

  • Courses CRIM 505-511 are required courses. Required courses are offered on a consistent schedule through Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Courses CRIM 506-698 are elective courses. Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis with preference given to student requests.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
  •  CRIM 505 Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice 

    This course is a comprehensive examination of prevalent theoretical perspectives in criminology and criminal justice with an emphasis on contemporary innovations in theoretical perspectives, policy implications, and scholarly research. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 510 Crime and Public Policy Analysis 

    This course is an in-depth examination of critical issues within criminal justice.  The course requires students to explore the key ideologies and ethical foundations of the justice system with an emphasis on critically evaluating the effectiveness of criminal justice policies and the impact of these policies on citizens in society. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 511 Criminal Justice Research Methods 

    This course is a comprehensive examination of the scientific research process including research ethics, research design, and various research techniques with a focus on quantitative research methods including survey research, regression analysis, and use of quantitative research software.  This course requires students to complete a research proposal that includes a comprehensive literature review and a research design that can be used for the student’s thesis project. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 506 Ethics and Issues in Criminal Justice 

    This course is an in-depth examination of critical issues within criminal justice.  The class also requires students to explore the key ideologies and ethical foundations of the justice system. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 512 Justice Administration and Leadership

    This course prepares students for leadership roles within a criminal justice agency (police, courts, corrections) or similar organization.  Topics include organizational management, personnel issues, and leadership ethics. Prerequisites: None

  •   CRIM 605 Homeland Security and Emergency Management 

    Since September 11, 2001 public safety professionals have seen a qualitative shift in the scope of their work that places a great emphasis on addressing threats posed by terrorism and natural disasters.  This course examines the changing face of public safety in the United States with an emphasis on the legal, ethical, and policy-related issues associated with the focus on “homeland security” and the “war on terror”. Prerequisites: None

  •   CRIM 615 International Crime and Policy 

    This course explores international crime and international policy related to criminal activity that extends beyond the boundaries of the United States.  Topics include international crime trends, international law, and comparative analysis of criminal justice policy. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 620 Victimology 

    This course is an examination of victimization, including the role of victims in the criminal event, challenges faced by crime victims in relation to social institutions, and criminal justice policies related to helping crime victims.  Focus is placed on policy alternatives related to aiding crime victims including restorative justice. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 625 Juvenile Justice 

    This course is an examination of juvenile crime, the juvenile justice system, and theories of juvenile offending including life-course perspectives, developmental theories, and childhood intervention programs. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 630 Community Corrections and Offender Reentry 

    This course is a critical examination of community corrections policy and offender reentry programs.  Special focus is given to examining factors related to offender recidivism and alternative public policy options that may improve successful offender reentry. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 640 Race, Gender, Class and Crime 

    This course provides an in-depth examination of crime with a focus on the role of race, gender, and social class and critical evaluation of criminal justice policy.  Special emphasis is placed on critical theories of race, gender, and social class. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 645 Rural Criminal Justice 

    This course examines the challenges faced by criminal justice agencies in rural areas insluding personnel issues, resource management, crime trends in rural areas, and other special concerns related to the administration of justice in a rural community.  Special attention is given to Appalachia. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 650 Qualitative Research Methods 

    This course is a comprehensive examination of the scientific research process including research ethics and research design with a focus on qualitative research methods including content analysis, narrative criminology, archival research, and use of qualitative research software.  This course requires the student to complete a qualitative research project that demonstrates the ability to use qualitative methods. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 695 Special Topics Seminar (1-3 credit hours)

    This seminar is used to provide students and faculty the opportunity to devote in-depth study toward a particular topic of interest that is not available through other coursework.  The individual faculty member conducting the seminar will determine the course content. Prerequisites: None

  •  CRIM 696 Independent Study (1-3 credit hours)*

    The independent study is an opportunity for the student to conduct in-depth study on a topic of particular interest for the student and/or to provide the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a research project.  Students must have successfully completed provisional admission requirements and obtain instructor approval. Prerequisites: None

    *Students are limited to 6 credit hours of Independent Study credit towards elective requirements.

  •  CRIM 697 Thesis Research (6 credit hours)

    Students may complete a thesis research project that demonstrates an exceptional level of knowledge and expertise in their chosen topic of study including scholarly research skill.  The project includes a substantial literature review component and analysis of a research question chosen by the student and approved by the thesis advisor and committee.  For course completion students must successfully defend the research to the thesis committee. Prerequisites: CRIM 505, 510, 511,

  •  CRIM 698 Internship (60 hours practical work experience per credit hour)

    An internship is a program that allows students to gain practical work experience with a department-approved nonprofit, governmental, or public-serving organization. Students participating in an internship fulfill their writing requirement by describing the structure, activities, and importance of the organization. Students also document their own activity as a member of the organization with an emphasis on the relationship between supervisor and intern. Finally, students provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization in serving their communities. The internship is a minimum of 60 hours per credit hour.

    This course is designed specifically for master level students who want the opportunity to expose themselves to a career that matches their academic and personal interests. This course allows students the option of engaging in field or practical experience prior to graduation that increases their marketing value for job placement.