Degree Requirements- Applied Criminology

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CRIM 500 Criminological Theory and Crime Policy (3 Semester Hours)

An in-depth examination of the relationship between criminological theory and crime policy and criminal justice programs. After briefly reviewing early work of Shaw and McKay and delinquency prevention programs based on their work, the course focuses on contemporary crime and public policy practices currently in operation which are grounded in criminological theory.

CRIM 505 Correctional Philosophies (3 Semester Hours)

A detailed discussion of philosophical and behavioral science insights into the nature and goals of punishment as a response to crime. The effectiveness of various types of criminal sanctions at deterring future offending. Included are discussion, of, incapacitation, reformation and rehabilitation.

CRIM 510 Supreme Court Rulings and Criminal Justice (3 Semester Hours)

Every criminal justice practice from arrest through parole is governed by Constitutional provisions and Supreme Court rulings. This course reviews major Supreme Court rulings governing arrest, trial and prisoner’s rights. Special emphasis is on rulings related to diversity, such as racial profiling and sentence disparities.

CRIM 515 Public Order Crime (3 Semester Hours)

An examination of the nature and prevalence of public order offenses. The course addresses their handling by the criminal justice system and public concerns. Emphasis is on community image, fear of crime and safe streets.

CRIM 520 Social Class and Crime (3 Semester Hours)

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the effect of social class on decision making throughout the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include: the effect of social class on victimization, white collar versus blue collar crime, the impact of local, state, and federal laws on class groupings, and the impact of social class on sentencing and recidivism.

CRIM 525 Race and Crime (3 Semester Hours)

This course provides students a detailed analysis of the relationship between racial groups and the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include how structural ecology influences crime in racialized communities, the relationship between the criminal justice system and structural racial inequality, the role of cognitive racial framing in the criminal justice system, and mass incarceration.

CRIM 530 The Prison Industrial Complex (3 Semester Hours)

This course introduces and examines the phenomenon known as “The Prison Industrial Complex.” Topics covered are: the history of for-profit prisons, how political narratives influence public opinion of criminals, the major agencies benefiting from mass incarceration, and the influence of mass incarceration on communities and individuals across the race, class, and gender spectrums.

CRIM 535 The Sociology of Punishment (3 Semester Hours)

The course will provide students with a comprehensive examination of punishment. Topics to be covered are classical and neoclassical theoretical approaches to punishment, contemporary arguments addressing the social nature of punishment, the success of various punishment styles to deter crime, the development and future of capital punishment, and restitutive vs. repressive punishment models.

CRIM 540 Research and Evaluation Writing (3 Semester Hours)

This course provides students with skills for successful research and evaluative writing. Students learn how to effectively construct and conduct a research project, how to present research data in a written format, how to transform a report into a publishable article, and how to select the best venue to publish the article.

CRIM 545 Police Street Crime Control Tactics (3 Semester Hours)

This course will cover police control tactics. It will pursue critical discussion of police discretion, police authority, and the mechanisms by which police are able to control the population. Topics such as tactical innovations, fear of crime, quality of life, and satisfaction with police will be discussed.

CRIM 550 Criminal Justice Program Assessment (3 Semester Hours)

This course will provide students with a solid grounding in the applied tools for conducting program evaluation. It will include instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in the methods of evaluation for public, private or nonprofit programs and policies.

CRIM 555 Criminal Justice Grant Writing (3 Semester Hours)

This course introduces students to the grant writing process and provides them with experience writing actual grant applications. It focuses on the process and basics of grant writing, including needs assessment, identifying potential funding sources, creating goals, and identifying assessment plans.

CRIM 560 Gender and Crime (3 Semester Hours)

This course explores the implications of gender on law, criminal justice practices and programs. The course addresses women as offenders, victims, and criminal justice practitioners.

CRIM 565 Graduate Research Methods (3 Semester Hours)

This course will analyze research strategies in criminology. It will include the analysis of links between theories and methods in social science research. It provides a detailed review of quantitative and qualitative methods, including research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, and ethical concerns. This course is especially recommended for students planning doctoral level studies.