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Criminal Justice Administration - Courses

Course Schedule

Term I

  • PSY 441 Adult Development & Lifelong Learning
  • PSY 452 GROUP & Organizational Dynamics
  • SOC 205 Ethnic & Social Diversity
  • CRJ 301 Crime Victims & the Criminal Justice System

Term II

  • CRJ 401 Ethical Practices in the Criminal Justice System
  • CRJ 330 Criminal Justice Leadership I
  • CRJ 430 Criminal Justice Leadership II
  • HUM 330 American Leaders in their Historical Context

Term III

  • CRJ 407 Criminal Justice Policy
  • CRJ 304 Research Methods
  • MTH 350 Statistical Methods and Research
  • CRJ 470 Criminal Justice Administration Capstone

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Course Descriptions

Module 1: PSY 441 CJ - Adult Development and Lifelong Learning

The module introduces adult learners to both classical and contemporary adult learning theory. As students analyze adult learning theories, they will reflect on their own life experiences and review their strengths and motivations as adult learners. Adult learners will review the physical, psychological, and mental stages of learning development. Students will have an opportunity to reflect, think critically, and prepare written responses to readings in the field of adult development.

Module 2: PSY 452 CJ - Group and Organizational Dynamics

This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision making and resolving conflict in groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management, and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or individuals.

Module 3: SOC 205 CJ - Ethnic and Social Diversity

This foundation course is designed to provide students with knowledge of human diversity and social and economic justice in our nation and the world. Its goal is to help produce a culturally sensitive professional by increasing one's cultural awareness, promoting their knowledge acquisition, and assisting in skill development. Students will end this course with a better understanding of themselves and of the diverse groups that will be examined.

Module 4: CRJ 301 CJ - Crime Victims and the Criminal Justice System

This course analyzes crime as it specifically impacts the lives of victims. It offers a scientific study of victimization, including the relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system, and the connections between victims and other societal groups and institutions. Emerging issues such as victim-impact statements, victim assistance programs, victim-directed sentencing, and victim-offender reconciliation are studied.

Module 5: CRJ 401 CJ Ethical Practices in the Criminal Justice System

This course will focus on the importance of ethics as it relates to practitioners within the criminal justice system. The problems of unethical and deviant behavior among the police and other criminal justice professionals will be explored in the context of case studies. An emphasis on Christian ethics and philosophy to counteract current unhealthy trends and to insulate future criminal justice practitioners from acting in an unethical manner will be fostered throughout this course.

Module 6: CRJ 330 CJ Criminal Justice Leadership I

This course presents an introduction to administrative leadership in non-profit public safety and criminal justice organizations. Major theories of leadership and the fundamentals of servant leadership are introduced in the context of public service, public safety, and criminal justice. Subjects covered include governmental and bureaucratic structures and political environments, as well as conflict management in the workplace, labor relations, and collective bargaining.

Module 7: CRJ 430 CJ Criminal Justice Leadership II

Budgeting for public safety and criminal justice organizations and units will be covered in detail in this course. The social and political ramifications of the budgeting process will also be examined. Special attention will be given to the ethical, legal and financial implications of current, new, and future technologies associated with the work of criminal justice personnel in the field, as well as current, new, and future technologies encountered in the workplace.

Module 8: HUM 330 CJ American Leaders in their Historical Context

This course will provide students an opportunity to study representative American leaders in government, business, and law enforcement from the mid nineteenth century to the present. Attention will be given to both the historical, social, and political contexts of those figures’ lives, work, and accomplishments, as well as to the leadership qualities that they exemplified. Leaders such as Teddy Roosevelt, who served in a number of political and law enforcement contexts, will be given special attention.

Module 9: CRJ 407 CJ Criminal Justice Policy

This course is designed to explore criminal justice within the framework of historical development and contemporary practices. It provides a solid foundation of knowledge about policy dimensions of crime and criminal justice. This course includes the evaluation and analysis of criminal justice policies from the perspective of political implications, criminal justice contexts, public needs, and economic factors. Students will explore criminal justice legislation and the legislative process. This course builds on previous learning from Introduction to Criminal Justice, Correctional Services, Judicial Systems, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.

Module 10: CRJ 304 CJ Research Methods

The techniques and methods of social research are introduced and studied. Included are research interviewing, formulating research hypotheses, scaling, constructing a questionnaire, conducting a formal survey, and analyzing quantitative data. Opportunity is provided for a practical application of the scientific method of study.

Module 11: MTH 350 CJ Statistical Methods and Research

Problem analysis and evaluation techniques are presented. Students are shown methods for defining, researching, analyzing, and evaluating a problem they would solve in their work or a vocational environment. Specific statistical information covered in the course include identifying and measuring objectives, collecting data, working with significance levels, analyzing variance, and constructing questionnaires. Please note that students will be required to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets.

Module 12: CRJ 470 CJ Criminal Justice Administration Capstone (4 semester hours)

The module requires the adult learner to prepare a final research project demonstrating knowledge acquired across the curriculum and the desired workforce skills of written communication, critical thinking and problem solving in the context of criminal justice administration. The research project should ideally address actual needs in the students’ departments or communities. Adult learners also present the results of their research orally to their cohort group at the end of the module.

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