CJ - Criminal Justice

Department of Government and Justice Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Courses in Criminal Justice (CJ)

Additional offerings by the department include courses in Public Administration (PA) and Political Science (PS)


Phillip Ardoin, Department Chair

Criminal Justice (CJ)

CJ 5000. Research Methods (3).F. The goal of this course is the development of the analytical abilities of the student. The foundations of inquiry, the various approaches to the study of social phenomena, and several analytical techniques are presented, discussed, and practiced. Prerequisite: an undergraduate statistics course.

CJ 5050. Seminar in Public Law and Judicial Behavior (3).S. Alternate years. An examination of the multiple roles of law and the judicial system in the formulation and execution of public policy, to include the role of the judiciary in politics and government with emphasis on variables affecting judicial decision making. (Same as PS 5050.)

CJ 5060. Administration of Justice (3).On Demand. An examination of selected issues and problems in the administration of the justice system.

CJ 5150. The American Justice System and Social Justice (3).F. Alternate years. This course is about possible relationships between criminal justice operations (law-making, law enforcement, adjudication, and punishment) and social justice.

CJ 5180. Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3).S. An examination of the major forces that influence the formation, implementation and administration of public policy and methodological approaches to assess the impact of public policies. Prerequisite: CJ 5000. (Same as PA 5180.)

CJ 5500. Independent Study (1-3).F;S.

CJ 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.

CJ 5625. Seminar in Police and Society (3).S. This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, critical analysis of policing, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are also addressed.

CJ 5630. Corrections: Theory and Application (3).F. Alternate years. A comprehensive examination of the theory, research, and policy pertinent to the administration and management of jails, prisons, and community corrections. Attention to the historical development of the American correctional system, the philosophies behind corrections and punishment, correctional systems and the inmate prison experience, personnel management, sentencing and its implications, community-based corrections, judicial intervention, and correctional reform. Special emphasis on the underlying social, legal, and ethical issues that affect various correctional strategies.

CJ 5660. Crime, Theory and Policy (3).F. Alternate years. An examination of crime policy and legislation and how theories of crime causation inform the formulation of crime policy. Attention will be given to research and how it can contribute to a more rational crime policy at the federal, state, and local level.

CJ 5661. Court Administration (3).On Demand. This course is designed to familiarize students with the need for, and approaches to, more effective management of federal and state courts. Topics include court reform, court unification, caseload management, alternative dispute resolution, personnel management and training, and audio-visual applications in the courts, among others. (Same as PS 5661.) [Dual-listed with CJ 4661.]

CJ 5665. Contemporary Criminological Theory (3).F. A review and assessment of contemporary theories of criminology and criminal justice with emphasis on the state of empirical support and policy implications of these perspectives. Current influential theories will be evaluated and explored in the contexts of their major assumptions, causal structure, logical consistency, conceptual underpinnings, and empirical predictions.

CJ 5666. The Criminal Court (3).On Demand. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the structure, organization, and procedures found in the criminal courts throughout the United States. The course will focus on court procedures from arrest to appeals and will address system-wide issues affecting court systems as well as the role of and the discretion exercised by the individual court actors working in the system.

CJ 5670. Crime Analysis and Criminal Justice Planning (3).S. Alternate years. An examination of criminal justice policy and the formal and informal influences in the policy process. Planning is emphasized as a prelude to effective policy at the national, state and regional levels. A framework for the analysis of crime policy is offered for use in agency work.

CJ 5680. Organized Crime (3).F. Alternate years. This course will provide an examination and analysis of views on the phenomena of organized crime and efforts to control it. Attention will be paid to criminal organizations in the United States, their beginnings in other cultural and ethnic backgrounds and their relations with criminal organizations around the world. In today's world, criminal organizations in other countries and their activities have a major impact on crime in the United States. Therefore, a comparative approach to the subject must be used. (Same as PS 5680.) [Dual-listed with CJ 4680.]

CJ 5805. Directed Research (3).On Demand. Directed research on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Student is expected to write a major research paper on this topic. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CJ/PS 5000.

CJ 5900. Internship in Criminal Justice (3-12).F;S. Field work in a criminal justice agency, office or institution and involvement in problem solving in these agencies and offices. Graded on an S/U basis.

CJ 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. CJ 5989 does not count toward a degree.

CJ 5998. Thesis Preparation (3).F;S. The purpose of this course is to offer the student who chooses to write a thesis the opportunity to initiate a literature search, review research strategies, develop hypotheses for testing, and prepare a thesis proposal for review by the thesis committee. Graded on an S/U basis. (CJ 5998 is a prerequisite to CJ 5999.)

CJ 5999. Thesis (3).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S. Prerequisite: CJ 5998.