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 6639
Seminar in Homeland Security (3)
  Homeland Security introduces students to current public policies and issues relevant to the security of the United States. The coordination of federal, state, and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations which respond to threats is vital to the security of people, property, and our way of life. The course relies upon theories, concepts, and case studies to explore the challenges facing organizations which are a part of protecting our homeland security.
   
CJ 6640
Seminar in Law Enforcement (3)
  An in-depth examination of the various issues and problems currently being experienced in American policing.
   
CJ 6642
Cyber and Information Threat Management (3)
  Presented from an operational perspective, this course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity, discusses the evolution of information security into cybersecurity, and explores the relationship of cybersecurity to organizations and society. Students will be exposed to multiple cybersecurity environments, technologies, processes, and concepts, analyze the threats and risks to/in these environments, and understand how to develop an appropriate strategy to mitigate potential cybersecurity impacts in the modern information environment.
   
CJ 6643
Transportation and Border Security (3)
  This course provides students with an analysis of issues that concern the protection of our nation’s borders and United States’ policy regarding the safety of the US transportation system. Moreover, the course will analyze border security issues such as immigration, Mexican Drug Wars, physical border security strategies to include the use of the US military and the Bracero Program.
   
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.
   
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 6653
Seminar in Intelligence (3)
  This course examines the principle roles of intelligence in a post 9-11 environment and in national security formulation. Moreover, the course covers the intelligence cycle (planning and direction, collection, processing, analysis and dissemination). It also covers key aspects of intelligence such as warning and surprise, denial and deception; covert action; oversight and civil liberties; role of policy makers, and intelligence reform.
   
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 6656
Selected Topics in Security (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 6665
Emergency and Crisis Management (3)
  An examination of the theory and practice of emergency management. Course reviews principles and practices of emergency and crisis management. The issues, policies and responses necessary to coordinate and collaborate with other agencies in an emergency situation will be examines. Application of these policies, issues and principles will involve using cases and scenarios.
   
CJ 6667
Intelligence Analysis (3)
  Examines the disciplines of criminal and intelligence analysis as an evolving interdisciplinary approach to address and support the Homeland Security function, and complex investigations such as organized crime. The course is an integration of theory, software application for investigative analysis, and application of information management.
   
CJ 6669
Legal Aspects of Security (3)
  A historical and legal exploration of security law in the United States.
   
CJ 6671
Organization Theory (3)
  An examination of the theories of modern criminal justice organization, including current trends and development.
   
CJ 6680
Criminal Justice Study Abroad (3)
  An examination of the differences in criminal justice system between the US and a chosen foreign country, unique crime problems faced by the chosen country, and their tactics to handle the problems.
   
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 6622, 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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