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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ph.D. Courses

Course Descriptions (CRJU)

  • 701 -- Survey of Criminal Justice. (3) Classical and recent literature in criminal justice. Trends and issues that transcend criminal justice.


  • 702 -- Law and Justice. (3) Examination of law as an instrument of criminal justice policy, social control, and the protection of civil liberties.


  • 703 -- Research Methods in Criminal Justice. (3) (Prereq: STAT 201) Scientific methods in criminal justice research to include methods of design, data collection, and interpretation of research findings.


  • 704 -- Organization and Management in Criminal Justice. {=POLI 756} (3)Management strategies and selected analytic tools for the administration of criminal justice agencies.


  • 705 -- Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice. (3) Descriptive and inferential statistics and the use of computers in criminal justice.


  • 706 -- Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)(Prereq: CRJU 703 and 705) A detailed treatment of the general linear model, logistic regression analysis, and statistical models for event count data with applications in criminology and criminal justice. Restricted to criminology and criminal justice majors.


  • 711 -- Police Practices and Problems. (3) Historical and contemporary role of the police, societal expectations, resource allocation, police policies, and the effectiveness of various police strategies in controlling crime.


  • 712 -- Police Administration and Management. (3) Principles of leadership and management applied to law enforcement.


  • 714 -- Ethics in Criminal Justice. {=PHIL 715} (3) Classic and contemporary theories of ethics and their applications to criminal justice decision-making.


  • 731 -- Corrections. (3) Historical development of corrections, trends, and changes in the field of corrections and rehabilitation.


  • 732 -- Correctional Policy. (3) Policy development, implementation, and evaluation in corrections.


  • 741 -- Criminology. (3) The major theories of the etiology of criminal behavior, including biological, environmental, and other causative factors.


  • 743 -- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Abuse and Neglect. {=EDCE 769, HPRE 769, NURS 726, SOWK 769} (3) Current knowledge about child abuse and neglect, including typologies, etiology, effects, and current practice interventions.


  • 751 -- Juvenile Justice. {=SOWK 763} (3) Historical evolution of the juvenile justice system.


  • 752 -- Prevention and Treatment of Delinquency. (3) Theories and methodologies for the organization of delinquency prevention and control programs. Emphasis on the role of the program evaluation.


  • 791 -- Selected Topics in Criminal Justice. (3) Seminar for advanced students. Topics of current importance, such as drugs, judicial reform, or crime prevention. (May be repeated for credit up to 6 semester hours with consent of advisor.)


  • 792 -- Directed Study in Criminal Justice. (3) Independent study for advanced students, under faculty supervision. (May be repeated for credit up to 6 semester hours with consent of advisor.)


  • 794 -- Internship in Criminal Justice. (3) Placement in a criminal justice agency under faculty supervision.


  • 799 -- Thesis Research: Thesis Preparation. (1-9)


  • 810 -- Crime, Law, and Public Policy. (3) The study of the legal and policy-making processes as they apply to criminology and criminal justice. Examines the interrelationships between law, crime, and public policy and the research methodologies appropriate for the study of crime-related policies in society.


  • 814 -- Research Design in Criminology and Criminal Justice. (3) Intensive coverage of the logic and practice of research design and measurement issues commonly encountered in criminology and criminal justice research. Emphasizes the use of experimental research designs as the preferred methodology for making causal inferences.


  • 816 -- Applied Quantitative Data Analysis. (3) Review of applied quantitative methodological literature in criminology and criminal justice. Topics include analysis of data from randomized field experiments, interrupted time-series studies, regression discontinuity studies, instrumental variable estimation, treatment probability matching estimators, statistical power analysis, and study planning.


  • 817 -- Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis. (3) Examination of the qualitative research paradigm and its contribution to social inquiry, including the collection, organization, and analysis of qualitative data. Collection and analytic strategies involve interviewing, observation, and textual analysis.


  • 821 -- Advanced Criminological Theory. (3) Advanced coverage of theoretical and developments and empirical research in criminology, with a focus on definitive statements from important theoretical traditions, empirical tests of criminological theories, and the translation of theory into policy.


  • 899 -- Dissertation Preparation. (1-12) Dissertation Preparation.