Criminal Justice Courses (CJ)

CJ 6610
Principles of Administration (3)
  A survey of the basic principles and functions of personnel administration with special attention paid to criminal justice applications.
CJ 6620
Current Trends in Criminal Law (3)
  A critical review through case studies of recent trends and developments affecting the interpretation of major portions of the United States Constitution which safeguard personal liberties and those which safeguard the public; an examination of principal trends and changes in the judicial processes in the light of historical experience.
CJ 6621
Current Issues in Corrections (3)
  An analysis of the contemporary problems surrounding corrections. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, police unionization, court reforms, correctional problems, community-based correctional philosophy, comparative issues, and contemporary problems related to correctional officers’ retention and employment practices.
CJ 6622
Seminar in Administration of Justice (3)
  A critical examination of the administration of the criminal justice system in America, including the myths and misconceptions it generates, the controversial issues and trends it produces, and the current and future policies and administrative decision making it promotes.
CJ 6624
Court Administration (3)
  A study of the judicial process from the standpoint of its situational and legal basis, organization and management, and the technical aspects of the judicial function at both trial and appellate levels.
CJ 6625
Specialized Study (3)
  This course provides the student an opportunity to pursue in-depth study on a topic or issue of personal interest under the guidance and direction of a department faculty member. May be repeated up to a total of six credit hours. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
CJ 6630
Juvenile Justice (3)
  An examination of the agencies, institutions, and personnel that work with juvenile offenders. Of special interest will be how the police, courts and correctional agencies interact and deal with juvenile offenders, as well as a review of the current issues and proposals being discussed at the national level.
CJ 6635
Community-Based Corrections/Correctional Systems (3)
  This course will advance the concept of the development of programs for offenders which substitute treatment in the community for institutionalization or imprisonment. Collectively, these programs constitute what is termed “Community-Based Corrections.”
CJ 6636
Criminological Theory (3)
  An in-depth overview of major criminological perspectives as well as their nature and extent, especially those found in the United States, and an analysis of the etiology of criminal behavior, criminal law, and the societal reaction to criminals.
CJ 6638
Seminar in Civil Liberties Related to Corrections (3)
  This course is concerned with prisoners’ rights as they are guaranteed by the United States judicial system. Because of the ongoing nature of the process defining rights of prisoners currently, decisions of federal appellate and district courts as well as state courts are utilized. This course is a critical review of recent trends and developments affecting personal liberties of incarcerated individuals.
CJ 6640
Seminar in Law Enforcement (3)
  An in-depth examination of the various issues and problems currently being experienced in American policing.
CJ 6644
Administrative Law (3)
  A study of the legal environment in which the public administrator functions. The process and procedures of administrative agencies including administrative discretion, rule-making, investigating, prosecuting, negotiating, and settling; constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and agency-made law. Liability of governments and their officers. Selected cases and decisions.
CJ 6645
Ethics in Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
  The study of philosophical and practical issues related to ethical decision making in criminal justice organizations. Emphasis is given to the analysis of ethical dilemmas confronting the contemporary criminal justice system and the development of analytical skills and a values framework to act as ethical criminal justice professionals.
CJ 6649
Statistics for Criminal Justice Research (3)
  This course provides a review of advanced statistical techniques with emphasis upon their application in a criminal justice setting.
CJ 6650
Survey of Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
  An analysis of research strategies employed to study the causes of crime and the societal response to it. A grade of “B” or better is required. Students must have completed 12 hours in the program before enrolling in this course.
CJ 6652
Seminar in Corrections (3)
  An in-depth examination of the various issues and problems in corrections with a special emphasis relating to administration and management.
CJ 6655
Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
  An examination of a particular subject which is not offered under the normal course offerings. May be repeated (with different topics) for credit. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
CJ 6660
Advanced Readings in Criminal Justice (3)
  This course is designed to allow beginning graduate students the opportunity to acquire a basic background in criminal justice literature. The readings will be in specific areas in criminal justice. May be repeated (with different topics) for credit. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
CJ 6671
Organization Theory (3)
  An examination of the theories of modern criminal justice organization, including current trends and development.
CJ 6690
Capstone for Criminal Justice (3)
  This course is the culmination of the MSCJ program and serves to assess the student’s ability to critically analyze and integrate learning acquired in course-work across the program. Emphasis is on critical examination of current trends and research in criminal justice as well as design and implementation of criminal justice research. Comprehensive examinations will be administered in each of the MSCJ program core curriculum areas. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the course. Students should enroll in the capstone course during their last semester of enrollment. Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed at least 24 semester hours of coursework which must include all core courses (CJ 6610, CJ 6620, CJ 6636, and CJ 6650). Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of “B” or better in CJ 6650 before enrolling in the capstone course.
CJ 6692
Agency Experience (3)
  A supervised practice in an approved criminal justice agency. Reserved for students with no prior experience in a criminal justice setting.
CJ 6693
Master’s Project (3)
  An applied professional research project involving the analysis of a management or public policy problem, designed for the student who does not wish to write a thesis but nonetheless desires to prepare a major written work in the field of criminal justice.
CJ 6694
Thesis Practicum (3)
  This course is designed to offer the student who elects to write a thesis an opportunity to review research strategies, initiate a literature search, and prepare preliminary drafts of the thesis. The student will receive a letter grade of “IP” until the completion of the thesis. Enrollment is available ONLY to students in residence at the Troy, Alabama campus.
CJ 6695
Thesis (3)
  The completion and oral defense of the thesis. Grading system is Pass / Fail. Enrollment is available ONLY to students in residence at the Troy, Alabama campus.
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