MSCJ Course Description List

Course List, Master of Science in Criminal Justice

 500-Level Courses

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.


JS 508 Juvenile Delinquency
Introduction to the nature, scope, and causes of illegal behavior by juveniles, and societal responses to that behavior.

JS 511 Juvenile Justice System
Introduction to the evolution and operation of specialized agencies and procedures to address juvenile law-breaking, including emerging problems and solutions.

JS 512 Juvenile Law
Review and analysis of historical and emerging statutory and case law in American juvenile justice.

JS 540 White Collar and Corporate Crime

Analysis of illegal or deviant behavior occurring in organizational settings, including crimes committed by and against complex organizations.

JS 541 Terrorism and Social Control
Analysis of the causes and consequences of terrorism; substantive focus on government response including investigation, prosecution, and punishment of terrorists.

JS 542 Race, Crime, and Social Policy
An examination of how the subordinate status of minority groups (primarily African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans) affects their interaction with the justice system.

JS 543 Women and the Criminal Justice System
Examination of the role of women in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and professionals.

JS 544 Law and Society
Origins and definition of law; overview of legal systems and their characteristics; use of law to facilitate or retard social control, social change, and social conflict.

JS 545 Juvenile Corrections
Analysis of ongoing efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency; particular attention paid to recent innovations, programs, and program effectiveness.

JS 560 Violence; An American Tradition
Examines violence as an American tradition, including historical acts of violence as catalysts for social change, destructive or negative violence and policies and prevention strategies.

JS 583 Crime Patterns
Analysis of the social correlates of crime and the typologies of offenders.

600-Level Courses
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.

JS600 Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Critical analysis of formal and informal processing of offenders by criminal justice agencies, including police, courts, and corrections; effectiveness and future directions.

JS 601 Seminar in Criminological Theory I
Analysis of crime patterns and known correlates; theoretical explanations of criminality including classical, biophysiological, psychological, and sociological theories.

JS 602 Seminar in Criminological Theory II
Classic and contemporary structural explanations of crime; substantive focus on relationships between crime and cultural and institutional arrangements. 

JS 603 Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration
Classic and contemporary theories of complex organizations and their operation in the criminal justice context, including police departments, prosecutor offices, and correctional agencies.

JS604 Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
Origins, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of criminal justice policy; classic and contemporary examples of policy innovations.

JS605 Seminar in Criminal Justice Research Methods
Quantitative methods of empirical research emphasizing criminal justice/criminological applications; current research methodologies relating to analysis of issues involving crime and criminal justice.

JS606 Seminar in Criminal Justice Data Analysis
Bivariate and multivariate analyses and interpretation of results from substantive research.

JS 607 Seminar in Criminal Justice Planning
Planning and integration of programs in criminal justice system; techniques and tools used by planners. 

JS 675. Law, Evidence, and Procedure
Overview and examination of the legal aspects of physical evidence including rules of evidence, procedural rules, and the role of expert witnesses; moot court component.


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