School of Criminal Justice

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CJ 600 Qualitative Methodology.   This course examines qualitative methods focusing primarily on participant-observation, asking questions, writing field notes, and the transformation of these primary field data into written ethnographic documents. Students will also explore unstructured and semi-structured interviewing, direct observation, open-ended survey questions, and sampling from pre-existing texts. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of the MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator.  Required of all students.  Three credits.  Offered every semester.

CJ 601 Criminal Justice Leadership. Concerns visionary leadership applied to the administration of criminal justice. Includes an orientation to criminal justice graduate studies. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Required of all students. Three credits. Offered fall  semester.

CJ 602 Legal and Ethical Issues. Provides students an opportunity to analyze the impact of constitutional, statutory, case, and administrative law on all segments of the criminal justice system. Ethical principles and professional standards are also studied. Prerequisites: Admission to GVSU  graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator . Required of all students. Three credits. Offered fall semester of even numbered years.

CJ 604 Criminal Justice Policy and Program Evaluation. Survey of policy and program evaluation methods. Well-known criminal justice policy and program evaluation studies will be critiqued.  Policy formulation models and strategies will be studied and applied to crime control and other criminal justice problems. Prerequisites: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Required of all students. Three credits.  Offered Winter semester of odd numbered years.

CJ 606 Research Methodology and Data Analysis. This course examines basic and advanced concepts of criminal justice research. Students will become familiar with research techniques that are necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness.  Students will also learn to critically evaluate existing research.  Students will also be able to understand the process of writing professional, empirical and evaluation research proposals. Prerequisites: Admission to MCJ graduate program, 12 credits completed or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Required of all students. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CJ 607 Criminology.  This course focuses on defining crime, tracing the evolution of criminological theories, and identifying the role that theory plays in the operation of the criminal justice system.  Prerequisites: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Required of all students. Three credits. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

CJ 608 Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis.  This course focuses on the research methodologies and data analysis techniques utilized in the discipline of criminal justice.  Students will develop an expertise in utilizing selected qualitative and quantitative data analysis tools, including computerized statistical software. The goal of this course is to develop each student's capacity for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, as well as disseminating discipline specific research.  Prerequisite: Admission to CJ graduate program, CJ 606. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

CJ 611 Community Policing.Community policing philosophy, applications, issues, and contemporary research. Theoretical and practical aspects pertaining to the relationship between police agencies and the total community. Domestic and international community policing and problem solving models presented and analyzed. Prerequisites:  Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Three credits. Offered  as needed  based on sufficient demand. 

CJ 620 Advanced Police Systems. In-depth study of police organizations, organizational and law enforcement system development, management philosophies and current issues of most concern to regional and national law enforcement executives. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Three credits. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

CJ 621 Advanced Corrections Systems.In-depth study of adult corrections organizations, organizational and system development, management philosophies and current issues of most concern to regional and national corrections executives. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Three credits. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 622 Advanced Juvenile Justice Systems.In-depth study of juvenile justice organizations, organizational and system development, management philosophies and current issues of most concern to regional and national juvenile justice executives. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Three credits. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

CJ 623 Advanced Private Security Systems. In-depth study of private security organizations, organizational and system development, management philosophies and current issues of most concern to regional and national private security executives. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator.  Three credits. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

CJ 640 Graduate Internship. A supervised criminal justice or private security agency administrative internship. Course is required of students who have no work experience in criminal justice or private security. Those who have prior work experience may earn internship credit with advisor approval. Credit/no credit. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator Three credits. Offered every semester.

CJ 642 Victimology.Examines patterns, current practice and trends concerning crime victims, including the role of victims in crime, their treatment by the criminal justice system, victims-blaming arguments, victims' decisions to report crimes and help prosecute offenders, victim assistance programs, victim compensation and restitution, and victim empowerment. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Three credits. Offered as needed based on sufficient demand.

CJ 644 Forensic Behavior and Law. Forensic Behavior and Law examines the relationship among social/behavioral science research, law, and the legal system. Lectures and readings emphasis Supreme Court opinions where the Court has analyzed the use of social/behavioral science research. Research in criminal profiling, eyewitness identification, criminal/civil competency, and jury selection is addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator.  Three credits. Offered as needed based on sufficient demand.

CJ 680 Special Topics Seminar.  A seminar for the study of important topics not ordinarily covered in other courses.  Course may be taken more than once when topic is different.  Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator.  Three credits.  Offered on sufficient demand.

CJ 693 Criminal Justice Project. In cooperation with a criminal justice or private security agency and under faculty supervision, students will design a project to address the development of a particular policy or set of procedures for responding to specific administrative problems or issues within an agency or institution. Formal presentation of finished product required. Prerequisites: Admission to MCJ graduate program, 18 credits of graduate coursework completed, and permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Credit/no credit. Three credits. Offered every semester.

CJ 691 Issues in Research and Writing.  This course will focus on different writing strategies/styles necessary to advance graduate students in their academic and professional careers. This course focuses on preparing graduate students for their thesis or project. Prerequisites: Admission to a GVSU graduate program or permission of MCJ Graduate Director. Three credits.  Offered winter semester.

CJ 695 Criminal Justice Thesis. Preparation of an extensive research and writing assignment under faculty supervision. Involves working with a thesis committee and formal defense of the thesis. Prerequisites: Admission to MCJ graduate program, 18 credits of graduate coursework completed, and permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. Credit/no credit. Six credits. Offered every semester.

CJ 699 Directed Readings. A library research or readings project, program proposal, research proposal, or other activity requiring extensive readings that enhance the student's knowledge. Prerequisite: Admission to GVSU graduate program and permission of MCJ Graduate Program Coordinator. One to three credits. Offered every semester.

 
 

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