Crime & Justice Studies

Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies

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Degree Requirements: 10 courses, 30 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses, 12 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Program. This course will examine the relationship among crime

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. A sociological investigation of the relationship between crime and justice in contemporary American society. The possibilities and limits of traditional approaches to crime control are examined in the context of our search for harmony

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course introduces students to the foundations of statistical analysis. Topics include: measures of central tendency; dispersion; probability; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing; correlations; and regression. Using SPSS software

Crime & Justice Studies Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will examine the major issues in the adult correctional system. Traditional incarceration as well as pretrial and post-conviction alternatives will be explored. Covered topics may include: prison and jail overcrowding; issues in classification; mental health and incarceration; substance abuse treatment within the prison setting; prison security and disturbances; vocational and educational programming within prisons; ethics and corrections.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the array of issues concerned with the administration and operation of the juvenile justice system. The historical

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the administration of justice in the community courts. Topics include the role of the judge; relationships between prosecutors

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This seminar focuses on two interrelated types of violence

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will focus on the policy implications of various sociological theories of crime and punishment. Focus will be on the analysis of various alternative policies within the criminal justice system both within the U.S. and in Europe. Attention will be given to the politics of crime control and to the role of the media

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In recent years

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fall 2020 - Crime and Justice as Seen through "The Wire" Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law

Credits:

3.00

Description:

There are many different ways that communities have responded to violence against women. Both in the United States and around the world

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines two subjects throughout the semester: substantive criminal law (e.g. what is money laundering

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines crime and justice in the context of the social inequalities of race

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class explores the images of the traditional "bad" girl in films. The course examines the idea of moving beyond merely the delinquent

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of the best practices in positive youth development and juvenile programming for delinquency prevention; intervention and treatment. This seminar will explore the cutting edge of programming for youth in a wide range of community-based and institutional settings including schools

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of youth gangs and their sociological underpinnings

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The internship course allows students to integrate academic knowledge gained from the classroom with work experience in a career field of their choice. Students have the opportunity to explore opportunities in their profession

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.

Free Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose two additional electives from the above list or from other course offerings as approved by the program director.

Concentration Options

Students can choose one of the following two concentration options to fulfill four of the six electives. The remaining two electives can be chosen from the Crime & Justice Studies Electives and the Free Electives lists.

Victim Advocacy Concentration (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This seminar focuses on two interrelated types of violence

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In recent years

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fall 2020 - Crime and Justice as Seen through "The Wire" Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law

Credits:

3.00

Description:

There are many different ways that communities have responded to violence against women. Both in the United States and around the world

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines crime and justice in the context of the social inequalities of race

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The internship course allows students to integrate academic knowledge gained from the classroom with work experience in a career field of their choice. Students have the opportunity to explore opportunities in their profession

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.

Youth, Crime & Justice Concentration (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the array of issues concerned with the administration and operation of the juvenile justice system. The historical

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fall 2020 - Crime and Justice as Seen through "The Wire" Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class explores the images of the traditional "bad" girl in films. The course examines the idea of moving beyond merely the delinquent

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of the best practices in positive youth development and juvenile programming for delinquency prevention; intervention and treatment. This seminar will explore the cutting edge of programming for youth in a wide range of community-based and institutional settings including schools

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of youth gangs and their sociological underpinnings

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The internship course allows students to integrate academic knowledge gained from the classroom with work experience in a career field of their choice. Students have the opportunity to explore opportunities in their profession

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.

Crime & Justice Studies Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program.

Learning Goals
Learning Objectives
Students will...

Students will be able to...

Integrate key crime and justice principles using intersectional perspectives
  • Demonstrate ability to speak knowledgeably on CJ topics
  • Critically assess crime and justice policies and practices from intersectional perspectives
  • Understand the influence of various institutional and political forces on the creation and adaptation of crime and justice policies
Utilize crime and justice research methods to provide analysis, critique, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research designs as consumers of professionally published studies
  • Demonstrate basic statistical literacy
  • Design a basic program, policy evaluation, or research proposal
Understand the connection between criminological theory and applied problem-solving approaches to address issues in crime and justice
  • Critique key concepts of criminological theories
  • Articulate linkages, and lack thereof, in policies and programs
  • Create innovative policy or practice grounded in theory that has benefits to those involved in the justice system as victims, offenders, and/or community members
Comprehend community models and strategies that address prevention and intervention
  • Identify successful prevention and intervention models and strategies
  • Evaluate strengths and limitations of prevention and intervention models and strategies
  • Incorporate intersectionality into knowledge base of models and strategies

Dual Degree with JD

The MSCJS is available as a Dual Degree with the Juris Doctor:

View the JD/MSCJS Dual Degree Curriculum.

Dual Degree with MPA

The MSCJS is available as a Dual Degree with the Master of Public Administration:

View the MPA/MSCJS Dual Degree Curriculum.

Dual Degree with MSMHC

The MSCJS is available as a Dual Degree with the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling: 

View the MSCJS/MSMHC Dual Degree Curriculum.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree in Crime & Justice Studies

Learn more about this accelerated degree

Degree Requirements

  1. Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet 1) all the requirements of an undergraduate Sociology major, including completion of at least two CJU electives, or 2) all the requirements of an undergraduate Criminal Justice major.
  2. Students must also meet all requirements for the Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies.
  3. The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
  4. Before enrolling in any Master's level courses, students must obtain approval for classes through the MSCJS graduate program director.
  5. Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

Crime & Justice Studies Courses

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Program. This course will examine the relationship among crime

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will examine the major issues in the adult correctional system. Traditional incarceration as well as pretrial and post-conviction alternatives will be explored. Covered topics may include: prison and jail overcrowding; issues in classification; mental health and incarceration; substance abuse treatment within the prison setting; prison security and disturbances; vocational and educational programming within prisons; ethics and corrections.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the array of issues concerned with the administration and operation of the juvenile justice system. The historical

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the administration of justice in the community courts. Topics include the role of the judge; relationships between prosecutors

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This seminar focuses on two interrelated types of violence

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will focus on the policy implications of various sociological theories of crime and punishment. Focus will be on the analysis of various alternative policies within the criminal justice system both within the U.S. and in Europe. Attention will be given to the politics of crime control and to the role of the media

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In recent years

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fall 2020 - Crime and Justice as Seen through "The Wire" Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law

Credits:

3.00

Description:

There are many different ways that communities have responded to violence against women. Both in the United States and around the world

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. A sociological investigation of the relationship between crime and justice in contemporary American society. The possibilities and limits of traditional approaches to crime control are examined in the context of our search for harmony

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines two subjects throughout the semester: substantive criminal law (e.g. what is money laundering

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines crime and justice in the context of the social inequalities of race

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course introduces students to the foundations of statistical analysis. Topics include: measures of central tendency; dispersion; probability; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing; correlations; and regression. Using SPSS software

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class explores the images of the traditional "bad" girl in films. The course examines the idea of moving beyond merely the delinquent

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of the best practices in positive youth development and juvenile programming for delinquency prevention; intervention and treatment. This seminar will explore the cutting edge of programming for youth in a wide range of community-based and institutional settings including schools

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an overview of youth gangs and their sociological underpinnings

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The internship course allows students to integrate academic knowledge gained from the classroom with work experience in a career field of their choice. Students have the opportunity to explore opportunities in their profession

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.