Sociology & Criminal Justice  
Course Descriptions

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5063       SELECTED TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY             (3 hours)
Selected Topics consists of current issues facing the criminal justice system.

5091-6   INDEPENDENT STUDY                                    (1-6 hours)
Generally involves a student working under the guidance of a professor on a particular aspect of the criminal justice system.

5103       CRIME VICTIMS                                               (3 hours)
Analysis of the victimology model. Emphasis is on the victim, the academic institutional perspective, the criminal justice perspective, and the statistical approach.

5263       INTERNATIONAL C J SYSTEMS                       (3 hours)
The growth of the extended economic and cultural orders demands that students be well versed in diverse approaches to common social problems and social solutions through comparisons of varied criminal justice systems. Students assess the effectiveness of each and gain insights into the cultural influences at work in different parts of the world. Participants will meet with criminal justice experts to discuss cross-cultural comparisons between the U.S. and other nations.

5273       LAW AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES                  (3 hours)

 In this course, students analyze the theories underlying diverse studies of law and society and explore the creation and administration of laws.  Students examine the connections between law, criminal justice and social justice to understand the implications of law for professionals in criminal justice and social service professions.


5363       THEORIES OF JUSTICE                                    (3 hours)
This course explores prominent theoretical constructions of justice.

5403       ELITE DEVIANCE                                             (3 hours)
The study of corporate crime in America and abroad. Students discuss and apply major criminologists’ theories and analyze existing policies.

5413       COMMUNITY SANCTIONS                             (3 hours)
This course examines approaches to both the theoretical assumptions and the practical techniques of probation and parole. A review of research findings in probation and parole are presented.

5513       JUVENILE  JUSTICE                                         (3 hours)
An overview of the theories developed to explain juvenile delinquency as well as an assessment of the relationship between the system of juvenile justice and the delinquent. An analysis of various strategies that may be effective in preventing juvenile delinquency or diverting individuals from the criminal justice system.

5603       ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS               (3 Hours)

In this course students create, synthesize, and defend one of our four types of a mixed method research design.  Students are expected to have had a basic research course, which included qualitative and quantitative data methods.


5823       RACE, GENDER, CLASS, AND CRIME                        (3 hours)
This course critically examines major theories, research findings, policies, and controversies concerning race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and crime.

A major objective of correctional agencies has been to change persons convicted of crime so that they are reformed, resocialized, treated, or modified. This course deals with the issue of such changes and examines techniques of producing changes.

5803       NORM VIOLATION                                       (3 hours)
Examination of the social changes and pressures that encourage greater social deviance such as civil disobedience, delinquency, and extensive rejection of prevalent values and norms of society.


CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORIES                                     (3 hours)

This course is an advanced theory course on criminological theory. Students complete an in-depth analysis of contemporary theories.

5903       DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL            (3 hours)
An examination of major theoretical statements regarding social control as a determining force in social organizations. Emphasis is on internal mechanisms of social control and fundamental institutions of social control.

6013       CRITICAL ISSUES IN JUSTICE                        (3 hours)
This course analyzes contemporary issues confronting the criminal justice system.  The topics change over-time, reflecting current issues facing the system, e.g., the death penalty, restorative justice, or ethics.

6213       CRIMINAL JUSTICE EVALUATION              (3 hours)
The study of the role of evaluation in criminal justice agencies. The case for evaluation, models for evaluation, tools for evaluation and planning, evaluation and planning agencies, and departments and grants are all given consideration.

Students learn to use statistical analysis in their research. Computer application and statistical interpretation are stressed.

6871-6   PRACTICUM OR FIELD STUDY                     (1–6 hours)
Students will sign a contract and be placed with criminal justice agencies for a minimum of forty hours per credit hour. Students will keep field notes, be evaluated at the practicum site, and write a paper directly related to the practicum assignment.

6983-6 THESIS OR PROBLEM IN LIEU OF THESIS      (3–6 hours)
Recommended for students intending to pursue graduate studies beyond the masters level. Involves two semesters of work.