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Master of Criminal Justice


Course Descriptions

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MCJ 500. Criminological Theory, 3 credits
Theories of crime causation, participation, and treatment, Intervention, and prevention strategies. Topics include: prominent theories in the study of crime, the use of official and unofficial statistics in assessing crime in US society, inter-play of theory and social policy/program implementation. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 501. Independent Study, 1-3 credits
Specialized readings and applied research in criminal justice. Requires director approval.

MCJ 503. Workshop, 1-3 credits
Topics and activities designed to offer practical skill development opportunities useful to criminal justice practitioners. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 credits if topics differ. Requires director approval.

MCJ 507. Seminar in Criminal Justice, 3 credits
Capstone seminar focusing on preparation for the comprehensive exams. The first several weeks of the class prepare students for the exams through a guided review of statistics, methods, theory and practice. Students then take the exams in class during the last few weeks of the semester. Students should take this class in their last semester prior to graduation. Prerequisites: Graduate status, MCJ 550, MCJ 702 or director's approval.

MCJ 510. Crime Policy Analysis, 3 credits
Examine criminological theory with analysis and evaluation of the consequences for crime policy, as a guide to professional practice. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 511. The Constitution and Criminal Justice, 3 credits
Geared to the interests and needs of the criminal justice professional. Introduces the organization of the American judicial system, the historical origins of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the study of the rights of the accused that are protected by the Constitution. Prerequisite: Graduate status

MCJ 530. Advanced Criminal Justice Statistics, 3 credits
Introduces methodology and statistics used to explore and explain the phenomenon relating to the study of crime and criminal justice. The scientific method, hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling, experimental and quasi-experimental, and survey designs will be explored. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 531. Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods, 3 credits
Explore the practice of research within the social sciences, specifically as it applies to the field of criminal justice. Create a research design and instrument to provide a practical application of the foundations of good research. Prerequisite: Graduate status

MCJ 532. Organized and White-Collar Crime, 3 credits
Discusses the structure and environment of organized and white-collar crime. Provides detailed analysis of the origins, history, theoretical explanations, and structure of organized and white-collar crime. The methods employed by law enforcement agencies to combat organized crime are also explored. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 550. Applications of Criminal Justice Writing, 3 credits
Writing intensive course centered on developing skills necessary to write at the graduate level. Writing assignments include a combination of formal and informal projects including self and peer review. These assignments are designed to enable students to write journal-quality drafts. Students should take this class in their first of second semester of study. Prerequisite: graduate status.

MCJ 587. Race, Class, and Criminal Justice, 3 credits
Examines and addresses stereotypes surrounding the issues of race and class and their impact on the criminal justice system. Discusses how race and class influence the decision-making process from arrest through sentencing. Prerequisite: Graduate status

MCJ 599. Comparative Justice Systems, 3 credits
Examines the four justice traditions covering most of the world's legal systems: Common, Civil, Socialist, and Islamic. Examine justice systems of countries representative of each tradition. Prerequisite: Graduate status

MCJ 620. Administration of Justice, 3 credits
Critically examine organizations and agencies that comprise the U.S. criminal justice system. Introduces students to the classic and fundamental readings and research in the administration of justice. Prerequisite: graduate status

MCJ 640. Justice Leadership and Planning, 3 credits
Leadership development seminar focused on the nature and sources of conflict within and between criminal justice and human service agencies. Identify and address organizational problems through an action-research model. Examine the systems approach to planned organizational change from the perspective of applied behavioral science. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 650. Correctional Counseling, 3 credits
Theory and practice of counseling with emphasis on reality therapy with youthful offenders in educational, human service, and correctional settings. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 660. Stress and Crisis Management, 3 credits
Recognition and identification of personal and social stress or crisis situations, and the development of interpersonal and group strategies for school, social service, and justice personnel. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 670. Seminar in Juvenile Justice, 3 credits
Provides a comprehensive look at juvenile crime as well as intervention and prevention strategies aimed at dealing with the youthful offender. Emphasis is on research conducted in this area. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 671. Seminar in Law Enforcement, 3 credits
An overview of policing styles with an emphasis on community policing. Examine current research as it relates to the functions of policing as well as historical developments and trends. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

MCJ 672. Seminar in Corrections, 3 credits
Examine the theories and philosophies related to institutional and community corrections. Emphasis given to research-related to historical developments and trends. Prerequisite graduate status

MCJ 700. Practicum, 3 credits
Observation and applied action-research on a management problem in a criminal justice related organization. In Progress grade option available. Prerequisites: MCJ candidate; director approval.

MCJ 702. Final Paper, 3 credits
Provides a structured program focused on guiding students through the process of writing and completing a journal-quality theoretical paper. The paper need not include an empirical analysis section. Students should take this class during their final year prior to graduation. Prerequisites: MCJ 550, 500, 530 and 531 or director approval