Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice
Graduate Courses

All courses are three (3) credit hours unless otherwise noted.
Please see bulletin for pre- and co-requisites.

Criminal Justice

CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

General survey of federal, state, and local agencies involved in the administration of justice including police, courts, and corrections. This is the prerequisite for most criminal justice coursework.

CJ110 Introduction to Law Enforcement

Philosophy, history, and problems of law enforcement; organization and jurisdiction of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be examined.

CJ115 Introduction to Criminal Courts

Organization and structure of state and federal criminal courts Responsibilities of courtroom actors and their decision are addressed.

CJ125 Introduction to Corrections

Introduces students to problems and the diversity of emphasis being placed on correctional programs.

CJ303 Correctional Institutions

Study of prisons and other correctional institutions. Traces the history, development, types, objectives and organizations and administration of penal systems.

CJ310 Advanced Police Administration

Supervision and personnel management practices applied within the law enforcement agencies, first line supervision and middle management in police agencies.

CJ320 Criminal Law

Examines substantive law, classification of offenses and matters that affect criminal responsibility.

CJ330 Criminal Investigations

Examination of techniques employed in the investigation of crimes and the professional application of these techniques.

CJ335 Police Operations

An examination of the operational components of contemporary police organizations. Examines the development of operational goals and objectives, development of programs and applicability of research findings to strategies.

CJ350 Criminalistics

Introduction to evidence collection and technique used in the crime lab.

CJ355 Constitutional Rights of Inmates

An analysis of the rights of prisoners as guaranteed by the Constitution and interpreted through specific cases.

CJ365 Community-Based Corrections

Study of group homes, work release programs, half-way houses, work-study projects and other community-based programs.

CJ370 Juvenile Justice

Designed to acquaint students with the problems of dealing with juveniles in the criminal justice system.

CJ375  Victimology

A survey of criminal and victim behavior patterns and subtypes for specific crimes, including personality and social characteristics, motivations, and methods and techniques.

CJ400 Crisis Management

Examination of dynamics, intervention strategies, and treatment of crisis situations and investigation of conflict and its resolutions.

CJ422 Criminal Procedure

Survey of the legal aspects of criminal procedure from arrest through appeal. Focuses on the laws of arrest, search and seizure and interrogation.

CJ425 Planning and Research

Role and scope of planning and research in criminal justice organizations are examined.

CJ430 Policing in an Information Age

Application and exploration of advances in technology as it relates to decision-making tools in policing today.

CJ435 Senior Seminar

Examines major problems currently facing the system. Discussion of proposed solutions to the problems identified.

CJ440 Offender Rehabilitation

Analysis and evaluation of current theories and methods of treatment and classification in the correctional environment.

CJ471-473 Independent Study (1 to 3 hours)
CJ491 Internship in Criminal Justice (offer 3 hour or 6 hour credit)

Practical experience with field agencies.

CJ499 Issues in Justice Administration/Capstone

Examination of facets of leadership, ethics, organizational theory and behavior for understanding operation and administration of criminal justice organizations.

CJ834 Field Experience in Corrections

On-site evaluation of state and federal correctional agencies for providing a better understanding of correctional agencies, administration, and operations.

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SO102 Society, Culture, and Social Behavior

A series of lectures, projects and group discussions analyzing the impact of society and culture on human social behavior. (University Studies course)

SO120 Cities and Society

Analysis of urbanization, including city life and problems, land use patterns, and the future of the city. (University Studies course)

SO205 Social Problems in America

Examines the causes and consequences of societal problems such as crime, delinquency, racism, and poverty.

SO242 (Cross-listed as SW242) Statistics for Social Scientists

Basic descriptive statistics in social science. Central tendency, dispersion, contingency, correlation, regression. Inferential statistics; parametric and nonparametric.

SO255 Special Topics in Sociology

Study of specific topics affecting the complex relationships existing among human groups. (May be repeated for credit on different topics and issues.)

SO300 Organized and White Collar Crime

Examination and overview of definition, detection, prosecution, sentencing and impact of white collar and organized crime.

SO305 Intersections of Crime

A socio-historical analysis of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender.

SO355 Special Topics in Sociology

Study of specific topics affecting the complex relationships existing among human groups. (May be repeated for credit on different topics and issues.) On demand.

SO360 Theories of Crime

A survey of crime in America, analyzing lawmaking, lawbreaking, and society's attempts to control and eliminate criminal behavior.

SO370 The Family

Surveys the family as a structure common to all societies, emphasizing needs, changes, dating and mating, sexuality, child-rearing, conflict, and enrichment.

SO375 Collective Behavior

Examines phenomena such as crowds, publics, fads, fashions, disasters, and social movements. Prerequisite: SO102 or consent of instructor.

SO385 Family Violence

A sociological analysis of violent behavior among significant others; looks at causes and consequences, prevention and treatment strategies.

SO444 Deviant Social Behavior

An examination of abnormal behavior as a product of the structure and process of one's social environment.

SO471-473 Independent Study (1 to 3 hours)

Directed individual study of special interest areas in sociology.

S0491 Sociology Internship

Internship with a public or private agency providing first-hand experience in the application of sociological skills.

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Graduate Courses

CJ505 Social Inequality
CJ510 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

A study of criminal justice systems of four major countries including Great Britain, Japan and Sweden. Compares philosophical and practical approaches to criminal justice.

CJ519 Restorative Justice

An exploration of the principles and theory of restorative justice and its application as a response to criminal conduct. 

CJ525 Crime and Criminal Justice Policy

Research overview and examination of major issues in criminal justice and the policy-making process at federal and state levels.

CJ540 Ethics in Criminal Justice

An exploration of the ethical issues that confront criminal justice professionals.  Ethical issues include professional conduct in policing, corrections, and courts. 

CJ600 The Criminal Justice System: An Overview

Exploration of the origins and significance of key ideas influencing the rise and development of the criminal justice system.  Selected issues in law enforcement, courts and corrections are examined in relation to current criminal justice policy and practices. 

CJ601 Research Methodology in Criminal Justice

Study of the design and execution of criminal justice research; critical examination of current research in criminal justice. 

CJ610 Seminar in Law Enforcement

An analysis of contemporary issues in law enforcement as they are translated into agency policy, programs, services, and relationships with public and private agencies, institutions and the community. 

CJ615 Theories of Crime

Overview of research on the correlates and causes of criminal behavior.  Focus on the significance of current knowledge for crime and control prevention. 

CJ625 Seminar in Corrections

Study of adult correctional institutional organization and administration in the United States.  Four levels of organization and administration are explored in detail: federal, state, county and private institutions. 

CJ626 Statistical Analysis in Criminal Justice

The use of statistical methods and computer applications for research and program analysis in criminal justice.

CJ630 Seminar in Juvenile Justice/Delinquency

Exploration of contemporary issues in juvenile justice, including relationships among the various components of the juvenile justice system.  Survey of current research literature in the field, and analysis of current philosophy, policy, law, and practice in juvenile justice.

CJ635 Civil Law and Liability

Study of the civil justice system, theories of civil liability and methods for managing civil liability in the law enforcement and corrections context. 

CJ641 Death Penalty in America

An exploration of the history of capital punishment, the constitutional rules related to the death penalty in the United States as well as the policy arguments for and against the practice. 

CJ650 Seminar in Criminal Justice Leadership and Practice

The capstone course is designed to showcase students' integration and synthesis of the graduate experience from both a theoretical and practical framework. 

CJ691 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (1 hour credit)
CJ692 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (2 hours credit)
CJ693 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3 hours credit)

Independent work in a specialized area not covered by course offerings.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. 

CJ694 Thesis 
CJ695 Thesis (Second Semester)
CJ699 Criminal Justice Internship

Provides graduate students with a practical learning experience in a criminal justice agency.  Students will gain experience in the operation and management of a criminal justice agency.  For those presently employed in a criminal justice agency, internships must involve another agency or employment situation. (6 hours credit)

CJ834 Field Experience in Corrections

On-site evaluation of state and federal correctional agencies for providing a better understanding of correctional agencies, administration, and operations.


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Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701