Graduate Courses

2014-2016 Catalog

All Courses are Web Based

All Criminal Justice Master's courses are designated writing intensive

5301 Overview and Administration of the Criminal Justice System (3-0) An advanced and detailed overview of the criminal justice system and its administration. This course will take a systemic perspective of our system of police, courts, and corrections. Focus will be placed on how the system, as a system, reacts to changes in legislation and social mood. Some emphasis will be placed on the legislative and political process surrounding U.S. criminal justice efforts.

5305 White Collar Crime (3-0) This course will cover topics relating to white collar crimes across America.  Topics will cover both historical and contemporary perspectives as well as corporate and individual level offenses.

5306 Drug Abuse (3-0) The focus of this course is on drug use, misuse and abuse in America.  Topics covered include history of drug use, laws concerning use and abuse, illicit and prescription drug abuse, drug control approaches and other relevant topics.

5308 Special Populations in Criminal Justice (3-0) This course will explore issues related to minorities at all levels of the system from three perspectives: employees, victims, and offenders.  At the end of the course the student should have developed a knowledge of and appreciation for the complexity of the effect of the criminal justice system on the lives of minorities in this country.

5310 Capital Punishment (3-0)  In this course we will review the public policy concerning the death penalty.  We will further look into issues that may or may not affect the application of the death penalty within the various states.  Both the history of the death penalty and the future application or abolition of the death penalty will be addressed.

5311 Advanced Law Enforcement Administration (3-0) Management issues in modern police agencies including hiring, retention, training, dismissal, human relations and cultural sensitivity. Communication, management styles, policy development, effectiveness, problem solving and community policing are also covered.

5313 Seminar in Policing (3-0) This advanced level course will focus on the history and development of modern professional policing and police administration. Emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of police in a democracy as well as the trends toward community oriented policing styles.

5314 Seminar in Corrections (3-0) A course on the evolution and current state of corrections and correctional management. Theories of punishment will be addressed and management techniques will be covered. This course will go beyond concepts of institutionalized corrections to explore modern correctional alternatives and well as special topics relevant to corrections.

5315 Seminar in Courts and Judiciary (3-0) Advanced study of the role and structure of the judiciary, (especially the U.S. Supreme Court), in the American system of justice.

5316 Women and Crime (3-0)  This course will cover topics relating to women and their interaction with the various components of the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and employees. Each of these three categories of women will be covered in the context of police, courts, and corrections. Additionally issues relating to the rights women have in American society will be covered from a historical and contemporary perspective.

5317 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0) This course will focus on the nature and extent of delinquent behavior, theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention, cultural and social factors related to delinquency, as well as the philosophy and functioning of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis will be placed on school related delinquency, the role of the media in creating delinquency panics, and the differences between males and females.

5318 Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory (3-0) Advanced study of theories of crime and deviance and of the operation of the criminal justice system. Includes application of theory to policy issues.

5319 Use of Force in Criminal Justice (3-0) Study of the use of and legal rules and concepts involved in the use of force by criminal justice personnel. The course will include both legal and conceptual dimensions of the issue. Among topics to be covered are force continuums, non-lethal force, verbal judo, and alternatives to using force.

5321 Domestic Violence (3-0) This course will cover topics relating to domestic violence including spousal abuse, other types of family abuse, and caretaker abuse. Discussion will include possible explanations for the abuse, reasons why the victims stay, and intervention issues.

5322 Immigration Issues (3-0) This course will focus on the history and development of immigration patterns and policies in the United States.  Emphasis will be placed on policy issues as related to the work of Criminal Justice practitioners, particularly in the post  9-11 world.  Students will also be expected to analyze policy impact on various groups of immigrants.

5323 Homeland Security (3-0) This course will explore the various aspects of the government entity – Homeland Security. Discussion will focus on defining the role for this agency, government restructuring, legal basis for actions and the various divisions within the agency. Also, special projects undertaken in support of the agency’s mission will be discussed with emphasis on the effect this will have on the various levels of government and the civilian population. (Required)

5325 Graduate Seminar (3-0) Professional ethics and professionalism, role of the private sector in criminal justice, opportunities for employment and doctoral level study, criminal justice data sources, history and future of discipline and current developments. Prerequisite: CJ 5323, CJ 5318 and CJ 5334

5326 Victimology (3-0) This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge of the issues surrounding criminal victimization.  Topics covered will include types of victims, reactions to victims by society and the criminal justice system, and the victim rights movement.

5328 Seminar on Transnational Crimes (3-0) This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of criminal organizations and their crimes on the global stage.  Focus is particularly on those organizations and crimes that cross international boundaries.  Areas of study include organized crime, trafficking in drugs, humans and weapons, piracy, and other crimes groups and individual criminals.  Global efforts and prevention, interdiction and punishment will also be covered.  A particular focus will be on placing these issues in the context of Homeland Security and the war on terror.

5329 Seminar in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (3-0) This course covers risk management and disaster management theory, risk assessment, protection of critical infrastructure, Incident Command Systems, FEMA strategies and other efforts to prevent and mitigate terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other large scale events.  The role of all levels of government, military and citizenry will be examined.

5330 Emerging Issues in Homeland Security (3-0) This course covers current and emerging issues in the area of Homeland Security.  Topics may include programs, emerging technologies, and legal trends in both the domestic arena and on the global stage.

5331 Topics in Criminal Justice (3-0) Intensive study of selected issues in Criminal Justice. May be repeated when topic varies.

5333 Internship (3-0) Supervised work experience in an approved criminal justice agency. Designed to allow the student to synthesize theory and practice. May be repeated once with a different agency. A student's compensated employment may not be utilized as an internship. Prerequisite: approval of Graduate Coordinator

5334 Methods of Social Research (3-0) Basic research and analysis, use and interpretation of research materials. (Required)

5336 Seminar on Domestic Terrorism (3-0) This class is specifically designed to introduce students to the threat of domestic terrorism.  We will discuss the implications of all aspects of such terrorism on U.S. society and on the world at large.  We will address the root causes of such behavior and the international response to incidents and actors.  Additional focus will be on the application of "The Patriot Act" as it impacts U.S. freedoms.

5337 Seminar on International Terrorism (3-0) This class is specifically designed to introduce students to the global threat of international terrorism.  We will discuss the implications of all aspects of such terrorism on U.S. society.  We will address the root causes of such behavior and the criminal justice response to incidents and actors.  Additional focus will be on the Department of Homeland Security and its anti-terrorism programs and policies.

6301 Thesis (6-0) Satisfactory completion of this course will result in an acceptable prospectus presented to the thesis committee. The student will normally register for this course no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The student will enroll each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by the thesis committee or when use is made of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University. Prerequisite: CJ/PS 5307, and approval of Graduate Coordinator

6302 Thesis (6-0) After satisfactory completion of CJ 6301, the student will enroll in this course each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by the thesis committee or when use is made of the library or any other research facilities of Sul Ross State University. Satisfactory completion of this course will result in a completed thesis presented to the graduate committee, accepted by the Dean of the School, and filed in the office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Prerequisite: CJ 6301 and the approval of the Graduate Coordinator