BA Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (36 – 45 credits plus 9 dual credits)

Six credits from the MAJOR may be applied towards General Education Requirements.

Required Major courses (16 credits)

Major Elective courses (12-21 credits)

NOTE: Students must take a minimum of 18 electives, 12 of these credits used be drawn from Criminology or designated Sociology courses, with at least 6 additional credits drawn from designated courses from at least two of the following fields: ANTH, GEOG, GOVT, PSYC, HIST. Please see department advisor for approved list of courses.

CMLGY3998 Internship in Criminology

The elective courses vary by semester, but some of the options include the following:

Dual courses (9 credits) (3.0 GPA Required)

Graduate courses applied to undergraduate degree. Two courses to count as Major Elective courses, one course to count as a Free Elective.

  • CRIM60__ or 70__(3 credits)
  • CRIM60__ or 70__(3 credits)
  • CRIM60__ or 70__(3 credits)

Minors and Free Electives

Six credits from the MINOR may be applied towards

MA Degree Requirements

Twenty seven additional graduate credits to complete MA degree

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • CRIM6000 Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM6005 Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CRIM6010 U.S. Constitution, Public Policy and Criminal Justice
  • CRIM6015 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • CRIM6020 Statistics and Data Analysis
  • CRIM8000 Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice

Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice (CRIM 6000) must be taken within a student’s first 3-9 credits of graduate courses. It is recommended that students take Statistics and Data Analysis (CRIM 6020) before taking Research Methods (CRIM 6015)

Graduate Elective courses (9 credits) 

Students can choose three courses from any of the following courses in fulfilling their remaining 9 credits. All elective course selections must be made in consultation with the academic advisor.

  • CRIM7020Ethics, Politics, and Justice
  • CRIM7025Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRIM7030Principles of Leadership
  • CRIM7060Social Justice Advocacy
  • CRIM7065Crime, Victimology, and Risk Reduction
  • CRIM7070 Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
  • CRIM7080 Politics and Policies of Criminal Justice
  • CRIM7081Civil Rights and the Administration of Justice
  • CRIM7082 Crime and Punishment
  • CRIM7083 Selected Studies in CJ
  • CRIM7084 Transnational Crime/Global Issues Selected Studies in CJ
  • CRIM7085Advanced Internship in Criminal Justice

Course Descriptions

  • CMLGY1201 An introduction to sociology that explores society and culture, groups and organizations, socialization, deviance, social stratification, race and ethnicity, the family and education.

  • CMLGY1306 This course provides an understanding of crime and criminal justice. Students will examine theories of crime, individual and group criminal behavior and aspects of criminal justice systems from American and global perspectives.

  • CMLGY2203 This course provides an introduction to the theories and methods underlying modern social science research across sociology, political science, economics, and criminology. In this course, students will learn to assess the validity of social science research and design their own projects, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques such as ethnography, content analysis, experiments and surveys. Students are required to have completed Math 1126 or Math 1128 and should have this level of mathematical skill in order to succeed in the required Methodological course.

  • CMLGY2300 The course will examine the criminal justice system through the prism of cases in which an innocent person was convicted. It will examine the causes of proposed remedies for wrongful conviction and consider its implications for the criminal justice system as a whole. Topics will include mistaken eyewitness identification, forensic science, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance, snitch testimony, and the death penalty. The class will explore the current debate regarding the significance of the number of wrongfully convicted people who have recently been exonerated.

  • CMLGY2307 What is considered deviant behavior and how do certain behaviors become deviant in the eyes of society? This class will examine the social construction of deviance and the different theoretical perspectives that explain deviance. Certain forms of deviance will be examined critically, including drug use, sexual deviance and suicide.

  • CMLGY2317 Probation and Parole: Theory and Pratice This course examines the history of probation and parole from past to present. Specifically, we will look at the historical foundations of community-based corrections, the everyday operation of probation and parole and evaluations of the effectiveness of probation and parole.

  • CMLGY2333 A basic introduction to criminal law in the United States. Emphasis is upon social factors, norms, values and social policy considerations that shape modern criminal law. Subject areas include issues such as the justification of punishment, the elements of just punishment, and the death penalty as well as the study of substantive laws of homicide, rape and other criminal acts. Attention is also given to the emergence of international criminal law and the punishment of war crimes.

  • CMLGY2503 This course offers an examination of the role of the media in reporting crimes and the extent to which media coverage of crime and the criminal justice system impacts the commission of crimes and the operation of the system. We also explore the impact the media has on public perceptions of crime and society, criminals, and the criminal justice system.

  • CMLGY3012 This class explores the theoretical and practical responses to traumatic events (e.g., crime, domestic violence, natural disasters, medical conditions, substance abuse, suicide and suicide attempts). Further, this class also examines the strategies utilized by treatment providers and first responders, such as police and firemen, to these traumatic events.

  • CMLGY3030 Recent revelations about data collection by actors as varied as the National Security Agency and Facebook have challenged many of our most basic beliefs about power and privacy. It is increasingly clear that our bodies, images, and words are ceaselessly tracked, sorted, profiled, stored in databases, and recalled by algorithms-all in the name of a loosely defined concept called "security". In this class, we will interrogate these uneasy relationships between surveillance and security, looking at both state surveillance practices as well as visual practices aimed at monitoring the state. By engaging with a broad array of media- academic research, social theory, television, film, fiction-we will debate the role of surveillance in generating security, but also focus on the ways that broad data collection can actually enable populations to act in new and beneficial ways.

  • CMLGY3205 This course would focus on societal responses to dealing with mass violence. Specifically, students would be exposed to examples of domestic and international episodes of mass violence and the governmental and non-governmental responses created to redress mass violence and human rights violations. This course would introduce concepts of transitional justice and use contemporary and historical examples from the United States, Rwanda, Cambodia, and other sites where mass violence has taken place.

  • CMLGY3301 This course examines the major theoretical explanations of both female offending and victimization. We will analyze the sociological, cultural, and political forces that have shaped the construction of the female offender in society. Additionally, we will examine the role of gender in shaping the female experience within the criminal justice system as a whole.

  • CMLGY3308 Law as a determinate of social control and change analysis of legal systems and their administration with special emphasis on law affecting the poor.

  • CMLGY3309 Is Megan's Law a good policy? What about three strikes laws? Many criminal justice policies have been passed due to public sentiment without proper evaluation. The goal of this class is to teach students to critically analyze, evaluate and develop sound criminal justice policies.

  • CMLGY3310 This course examines the juvenile justice system in the United States, including the roles of the court, police and corrections. Current empirical evidence regarding trends in juvenile delinquency will be provided, along with a thorough examination of the theoretical causes of juvenile crime.

  • CMLGY3997 Supervised internship in criminology fields with practical, experiential, and academic components. More than one criminology internship may be completed. Note: Not open to freshmen; permission of instructor needed.

  • CMLGY3998 Supervised internship in criminology fields with practical, experiential, and academic components. More than one criminology internship may be completed. Note: Not open to freshmen; permission of instructor needed.

  • CRIM6000 This course provides a comprehensive review, critique, and analysis of the United States Criminal Justice System in context to examining the concepts of social order and control, the philosophical underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution and the influence of public policy. Emphasis will be placed on examining the independent and causal relationships of police and law enforcement, courts and adjudications, and the correctional system.

  • CRIM6005 This course will take a vertically integrative perspective on criminological theory, to include examining crime and crime theory, and various forms of criminal behavior. Taking an implicitly system theoretical look at crime and delinquency, it will provide tools for determining which theories provide the most explanatory power in specific criminal contexts. The course will also examine criminological thought in areas such as cyber-crime, terrorism, human trafficking, environmental crime, hate crimes, and other current and thematic emerging issues.

  • CRIM6010 This course examines emerging issues as they influence the U.S. Constitution, public policy, and the criminal justice system. Topics such as criminal procedure, individual rights, gun control, decriminalization of drugs, social justice, crime prevention, juvenile justice, sentencing policies, incarceration, and capital punishment will be addressed.

  • CRIM6015 This advanced course in social research exposes students to the methods and techniques associated with identifying and defining problems and developing hypotheses, experimental design, surveys, testing instruments, gathering and analyzing data, and preparation of reports.

  • CRIM6020 This course addresses the basic concepts and methods of statistics applied within criminal justice and social science research. Topics covered include basic statistical methodology, exploratory data techniques, experimental design, sample distributions, interval estimation, inference, comparative analysis by parametric, nonparametric, and robust procedures, analysis of variance (one-way), linear and nonlinear regression, analysis of covariance, correlation and regression, and an introduction to statistical analysis using SPSS.

  • CRIM7020 This course examines classical and contemporary theories and philosophies relevant to ethical thought and behavior in relationship to the administration of justice. Ethical issues confronting criminal justice practitioners, to include the role and influence of politics, are explored through the use of case studies and critical incidents, and examining appropriate and applicable strategies.

  • CRIM7025 This course will conduct a comparative analysis between the criminal justice system of the United States with those of other major countries throughout the world. The similarities and differences between the policing, adjudication and penal systems will be discussed. Issues such as alternatives to incarceration, technologies utilized and legal mandates will be examined.

  • CRIM7030 The objective of this course will be to examine the principles, practices, and complexities of effective leadership. The course will examine the skills and competencies needed to be an effective leader. The benefits of effective leadership and the consequences of ineffective leadership in an organization will be studied.

  • CRIM7060 Practitioners in the criminal justice system are often placed in the position of ensuring that their clients have access to services and proper treatments as they move through the system. Working and aspiring probation and parole officers, social workers, victim advocates and others will receive practical guidance in creating access to justice and services for their clients in criminal, social, and service oriented contexts.

  • CRIM7065 This course will focus on crime victims in terms of factors leading up to and consequences of criminal events. It will examine victimization patterns, typologies, resources, consequences, the criminal justice response, restorative justice and legal rights. Also, it will analyze the dynamics of various violent crimes for warning signs, criminal purpose/selection and strategies to reduce the risk of victimization.

  • CRIM7070 This course provides a critical examination and analysis of contemporary issues related to crime, criminal justice, and public policy. Examples of topics include juvenile justice, police operations, sentencing, community-corrections, capital punishment, decriminalization of drugs, transnational crime, terrorism, cyber-crime, and the implication of emerging technologies in the administration of justice.

  • CRIM7080 Topics will include the Constitution of the United States and how the safeguards in the Bill of Rights have evolved over time. The course will also focus on how laws and Criminal Justice policies are formulated, as well as why certain acts are considered serious crimes and other are not. Issues of how money and power affect policies in criminal justice will be examined. Topics of victims'rights police brutality, court process, sentencing, prisoner treatment and other policy matters in the criminal justice system will be reviewed.

  • CRIM7081 This course aims to help students develop a firm understanding of the approaches used by the U.S. Supreme Court to define the boundaries of our civil rights and liberties through its interpretation of the United States Constitution. The course will examine the nature, application and extent of a special group of protections under the United States Constitution, including the freedom of expression, privacy, freedom of religion, equal protection under the laws, due process and the rights of the accused.

  • CRIM7082 The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. This course confronts mass imprisonment and examines the key social forces shaping penal practice in the U.S. such as morality, economics and politics. Topics include prison violence, penal state, overcrowding and the efficacy of penal institutions. In addition, the course encompasses an analysis of the emergence of alternative systems of punishment and control.

  • CRIM7083 This course covers topics of special interest to Graduate Criminal Justice students for which no formal course is offered. A full description of these courses can be obtained at the School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies.

  • CRIM7084 This course will examine the systemic problem of crime that transcends international borders that capitalizes on the use of violence and corruption in a technologically advancing global society. Transnational crime includes but is not limited to gambling, money laundering, human smuggling, prostitution, cyber-crime, terrorism and the trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, endangered species, body parts and nuclear materials. The course will examine the legal,economic, tactical, technological and geopolitical dynamics to combat transnational crime with a specific focus on coordinating domestic and international public policy.

  • CRIM7085 The course provides individually designed internships within federal, state and local police/law enforcement agencies, courts and adjudication, corrections & probation, private security, juvenile justice, crime victims? advocacy and child protection. Students develop hands-on experience in all facets of the respective agency that they select. The internship provides the students with insight, experience and an available network of professional colleagues.

  • CRIM8000 This course represents a synthesis and critical analysis of key concepts and principles address within the criminal justice graduate program. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: social order and control, social contract theory, social justice and crime, statistics and social research, U.S. Constitution and government, politics and public policy, crime prevention and analysis, criminological theory, victimization, criminal law, police and law enforcement, the courts and adjudication system, and the correctional system. The course culminates with successful completion of: (1) a Master's Research Project, or () Comprehensive Examination. Details and requirements for both are addressed at the commencement of the course.