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CRIM: Criminology

Department of Criminology

College of Health and Human Services

CRIM 600 Criminological Theory 3 cr.

An examination of criminological theories with emphasis on origins and applications of relevant theoretical approaches to crime and criminally deviant behavior. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 601 Proseminar 3 cr.

Survey of current research, critical issues in the administration of justice, and criminological theory. Designed to acquaint the student with recent developments in the discipline of criminology. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 605 Research Methods 3 cr.

Methods and techniques of research in criminology. An in-depth examination of the role of research in the analysis, interpretation, and clarification of problems in criminology and the administration of justice. The development of a research proposal/thesis prospectus will be the end product of the course. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 610 Legal Issues in Criminology 3 cr.

An in-depth study of contemporary legal issues faced by criminal justice professionals. Emphasis is placed on criminal constitution problems as well as the judicial review of administrative decisions made by criminal justice organizations. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 630 Seminar in Administration and Management in Criminal Justice 3 cr.

The study of bureaucracy and complex organization with emphasis on the concepts and practices of the organization and management of agencies in the administration of justice. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 631 System Dynamics in Administration of Justice 3 cr.

A study of dynamic systems and analytical techniques relevant for understanding new perspectives of the administration of justice. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 632 Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System 3 cr.

An examination of organizational and systems theories, concepts, applications, and research within the criminal justice system. Attention is given to the role organizations play independently and collectively in the administration of justice. Required of all master’s students.

CRIM 645 The Dynamics of Cybercrimes 3 cr.

An examination of the current and future issues in cybercrimes. Emphasis will be given to criminals and victims, law enforcement, state and federal laws, criminology theories, and the development of research topics in cybercrimes.

CRIM 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

Special Topics courses are offered at the discretion of the department in a wide area of subjects directly related to law enforcement, courts, corrections, or security.

CRIM 699 Independent Study 3 cr.

Research of a significant issue or problem in criminology or the administration of justice. Instructor, coordinator, and chair approval required. May be taken twice for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

CRIM 718/818 Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology 3 cr.

Computer analysis of quantitative data to the behavioral science of criminology: the logic of data analysis, fundamentals of statistical procedures commonly used in criminological analysis. Students also learn to critique published criminological research.

CRIM 730/830 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology 3 cr.

An intensive examination of selected ethical and philosophical issues currently facing the field of criminology. Issues for analysis will be drawn from (but not limited to) such categories as the function of law; integrating theory and practice; ethical issues surrounding research strategies; punishment forms; social control strategies; and crime and justice in the future.

CRIM 744/PLSC 744 Terrrorism 3 cr.

An in-depth study of the legal and international issues that the U.S. faces in response to combating international terrorism. Emphasis is placed on identifying causes of terrorism and the most plausible threats; terrorist networks, their commonalities and differences, and the difficulty in countering; and determining appropriate responses, to include political and legal implications, threat analysis, physical security, and target hardening.
Prerequisites: Enrolled in CRIM or PLSC graduate program, or permission of instructor. 

CRIM 765/865 Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation 3 cr.

The study of planning and evaluation in criminology and the administration of justice and of the literature and practices, including problems, issues, and tasks confronting planners and evaluators.

CRIM 770/870 Seminar in Contemporary Corrections 3 cr.

An examination of current issues and problems in contemporary corrections.

CRIM 781/881 Special Topics 3 cr.

CRIM 785/885 Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3 cr.

An examination of current issues and problems in contemporary juvenile justice and delinquency.

CRIM 790/890 Seminar in the Contemporary Judicial System 3 cr.

An examination of current issues and problems in the contemporary judicial system.

CRIM 791 Synthesis Project 3 cr.

Provides a synthesis of theory, research, and policy in criminology/criminal justice. This course will be taken during the student’s final semester in the program, unless exceptional circumstances exist. The development of a substantial paper and oral presentation will be the required end products of this course. Prerequisites: CRIM 600, 601, and 605. Required of all non-thesis master’s students.

CRIM 795 Thesis 3-6 cr.

CRIM 798/898 Graduate Readings in Criminology 3 cr.

With faculty supervision, students read at least six major criminological texts and participate in a seminar situation for the purpose of discussing the reading materials.

CRIM 799/899 Independent Study 3 cr.

CRIM 810 Advanced Theoretical Criminology 3 cr.

An intensive examination and critical analysis of the original works of selected theorists. Major theorists will be chosen each semester based on the interests of the professor and students.

CRIM 817 Advanced Qualitative Methods 3 cr.

Explores the criminological research enterprise from the qualitative perspective. Focuses on the relationship among all components of research design, including problem formulation, theory, data collection, analysis, and presentation of findings. Students individually design a project and carry out preliminary stages of data collection. Permission required.

CRIM 820 Advanced Quantitative Methods 3 cr.

An in-depth analysis of the logic and uses of advanced criminological research models. Emphasis will be given to the use of quantitative research techniques and perspectives as they relate to formal theory construction.

CRIM 840 Advanced Criminal Justice Policy 3 cr.

A study of the impact of government crime policies on individuals and groups. An examination of criminal justice policy formulation and analyses of specific policies relevant to crime and the administration of justice.

CRIM 845 Comparative Justice Systems 3 cr.

An examination of criminological field research in diverse cultural settings around the world. Special focus given to problem formulation, theory construction, and general research design in comparative justice systems.

CRIM 847 Victimology: Theory, Research, and Policy Issues 3 cr.

Examines theoretical perspectives and research methods as they have impact on the research questions and findings in the field of victimology. Class, race, age, and gender are applied to analyze issues regarding the role of the victim, kinds of victimization, fear of crime, victimization of offenders and victims by the criminal justice system, and victim’s compensation and human rights.

CRIM 848 Criminal Violence: Theory, Research, and Issues 3 cr.

An overview of general theories of violence and their applications to criminal violence. A variety of research and policy/programmatic issues will be explored, with attention given to issues relating to predicting dangerousness.

CRIM 851 Doctoral Colloquium in Criminology 3 cr.

Provides an academic setting for graduate students to present research and theoretical papers for group discussion. Special Topics in criminology will be selected each semester.

CRIM 901 Advanced Applied Research I 3 cr.

The application of selected principles of criminological theory and research methods toward understanding and resolving specific problems of justice processing.

CRIM 902 Advanced Applied Research II 3 cr.

The application of selected principles of criminological theory and research methods toward understanding and resolving specific problems of justice processing.

CRIM 903 Advanced Applied Research III 3 cr.

The application of selected principles of criminological theory and research methods toward understanding and resolving specific problems of justice processing.

CRIM 904 Advanced Applied Teaching Techniques 3 cr.

A review of prominent models of effective teaching and the applications of selected models of teaching theory to specific criminological courses.

CRIM 995 Dissertation 1-12 cr.

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