CMRJ500 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 semester hours)
This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as law enforcement ethics, research ethics, and are examined.
CMRJ501 Criminology (3 semester hours)
This course will examine the various theories and their application to criminal justice. Additionally this course will examine the implications of criminal acts in relation to behavior, discipline and causation. Analysis of criminal and non-criminal behavior is also addressed regarding certain causes, controls, and legal aspects of criminal behavior. Crime is analyzed from an interdisciplinary study of social problems and social responsibility perspectives.
CMRJ504 Drugs, Justice, and Society (3 semester hours)
This course will examine the role of alcohol and drug policies and its impact on the criminal justice system. The course will focus on the pharmacology of popular drugs or abuse and the treatment options associated with them. Additionally this course will examine the history of drug and alcohol prohibition and its effects on current policy. In addition, this course will focus on federal, state, and local agencies efforts on addressing the drug problem while examining the impact of such policies on the United States.
CMRJ512 Police Administration (3 semester hours)
The student will evaluate policies and procedures that are utilized in all phases of police administration. These include judicial decisions, which impact the legal status of the operation of police agencies. Additionally, administrative issues inherent in both large and small police organizations are assessed including: the history and context of police administration, police organizational tasks, leadership in the police organization, the role of the police manager, and the role of citizen oversight. Oversight committees addressing police accountability for community enforcement services are analyzed.
CMRJ515 Sexual Exploitation/Children (3 semester hours)
This course will examine the social and legal problems involved with the sexual exploitation of children. Major issues that will be examined in this course will be child pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, pedophilia, and international child abuse issues. This course will also explore options utilized for enforcement of the current laws designed to protect children from these crimes.
CMRJ518 Deviant Behavior (3 semester hours)
This course examines deviant behavior and the common definitions associated with it. The course further identifies what social deviance is and what is considered to be deviant in today’s society. The sociological and psychological issues are also reviewed as they pertain to the methods of sentencing and the criminal justice system's approach to deviance. In addition, the theories associated with deviance are also explored.
CMRJ522 Forensics (3 semester hours)
Students will explore the role of forensic science in the investigation of crime by introducing the non-scientific student to the field. The course will examine the different forensic science disciplines to include pattern evidence, fingerprints, body fluids, firearms, arson, and drug analysis. Scientific methodology as it applies to each forensic discipline will be discussed as well as technological advances making an impact in the field of forensics. The course will include development of case scenarios in order for students to apply critical thinking skills to learning concepts.
CMRJ523 Gangs and Gang Prevention (3 semester hours)
Gangs continue to plague the criminal justice system. Since the 1980s street gangs has increased in number and are no longer an inner city problem. Today youth gangs can be found in the suburbs, rural America and even in the military. In order to address this problem criminal justice and human service professionals will need to understand the complexities of today’s gang problem. This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of what a street gang is. This course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary street gang including defining what a street gang is. A particular focus in this class will be made on the inner workings of a street gang as well. Additionally this course will examine how effective past and current methods of addressing and combating a street gang are.
CMRJ524 Organized Crime (3 semester hours)
This course examines the historical roots of organized crime and its current role within the American criminal justice system. Structural models are compared for understanding emerging groups. Special attention is paid to dependencies and cooperation among ethnic groups as well. Additionally, there will be a review of the activities associated with organized strategic aspects (i.e. profit-oriented ventures such as extortion, credit card fraud, counterfeiting, prostitution, drug trafficking, smuggling) and tactical issues (i.e. activities that support the criminal organization such as money laundering, violence, corruption, and recruitment).
CMRJ525 Negotiations: Crisis and Hostage (3 semester hours)
An examination of how to effectively manage critical incidents and hostage situations in law enforcement and corrections. Combining principles and applications from criminal justice, psychology, sociology, communications, business and other disciplines, this course presents an effective conceptual framework students can apply in high-pressure situations.
CMRJ526 Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat (3 semester hours)
This course covers the development of the drug cartels and their organization, production, and distribution networks. This course will focus on the regions known as the Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent, and the drugs that are typically manufactured and transported from these areas. This course also provides an overview of U.S. counter-drug efforts and basic information on illicit drugs. Additionally this course provides an historical overview of drug trafficking including a focus on the opium wars in China.
CMRJ527 Crime and Mental Disorders (3 semester hours)
In the last 30 years, the link between criminal behavior and mental disorders has become more evident. Because of the apparent link between mental health disorders and criminal behavior there has been an increasing need to understand how mental health diagnoses influences behavior. This class will analyze mental disorders such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, brain damage and mental retardation and their role in criminal behavior. This graduate level class will focus on rehabilitation methods and its effectiveness for addressing the problem of mental health in the criminal justice system.
CMRJ531 Criminal Profiling (3 semester hours)
This course will examine in detail crimes such as murder, serial killing, rape, and related crimes of violence from a socio-psychological profiling perspective. Topics covered will include the foundations of criminal profiling, the elements and goals of criminal profiling, multidisciplinary theory, victimology, geographic profiling, the scientific method as applied to behavioral theories, and ethical considerations. Modus Operandi and signature behaviors will be analyzed and inductive and deductive profiling methods will be assessed.
CMRJ535 Victimology (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of victims and the relationship that these victims have with their offenders through the criminal justice system. This course addresses how victims are treated within the criminal system and how they are served and assisted through the system. Additionally this class examines theories of victimization, types of victimization, and the consequences of victimization.
CMRJ591 Seminar on Juvenile Justice and Behavior (3 semester hours)
In today’s criminal justice system, there is an ever increasing need to understand the nature of juvenile offending. All too often students of criminal justice are quick to apply their knowledge of adult offenders to juveniles, which is problematic. This leads to the mind-set that juveniles are adults and are thereby capable of making adult decisions, thereby requiring that they receive adult punishments. This graduate level class will break down the common misconceptions about juveniles by providing the student with information on childhood development, the effects of punishment on children and level of culpability that a child might have in terms of their behavior. Additionally this course will focus on effective treatment options and how these options influence the juvenile justice system.
CMRJ601 Cases in Executive Decision Making (3 semester hours)
This course is a study in the major decisions made by law enforcement executives from a variety of levels and locales. These decisions include issues in crisis management as well as inter-relationships among community leaders with police executives. Management styles are addressed to determine the most effective methods of implementing solutions to macro social community problems. Additionally, strategic decision-making processes are assessed to evaluate fairness and the aspects of voluntary cooperation and attitudes of all parties. The intent of the course is to provide a thorough analysis of executive decision making from which the student can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of executive decisions while reflecting on the student’s own style and approach to decision making.
CMRJ620 Policing and Corrections in Homeland Security (3 semester hours)
This course explores the evolving role of police and corrections in the homeland security enterprise. Historical, social, legal, and operational aspects are considered. Threats and strategies specific to police and correctional facilities and best practices in the field are critically assessed. Furthermore, negotiating relationships with other agencies continues to be a challenge for information sharing and dissemination between different law enforcement and correction agencies. This course examines the role the police should play in the task of preventing and responding to terror and the aftermath of terror. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships between the police and their community and how those relationships can be leveraged post 9/11.
CMRJ696 Capstone – Theory to Practice (3 semester hours)
This course enables the student to demonstrate the understanding of current criminal justice theory by applying theories to practice in the criminal justice system. Students are to address two criminal justice theories from two of the three pillars of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. During Week 4, the student will submit a paper with a 20-30 page body on one current criminal justice theory impacting one of the three criminal justice pillar. During Week 8, the student will submit a paper with a 20-30 page body on one current criminal justice theory impacting one of the other two criminal justice pillars. Thus the student will complete two papers. For example the Week 4 paper will have a law enforcement focus while the Week 8 paper will have a corrections focus. The intent of the course is to demonstrate understanding of how criminal justice theories apply in two components of the criminal justice system.
CMRJ698 Comprehensive Examination in Criminal Justice (0 semester hours)
Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program. The "Comprehensive Final Exam" is tailored specifically to each program and must be taken after students have completed 36 hours of study (i.e. during the semester following the final course) and successfully completed before the award of a degree.
CMRJ699 Master's Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 semester hours)
This final course will allow the students to demonstrate their knowledge via the development of a comprehensive capstone project. The student will accomplish this through gathering bibliographic and reference materials on a research topic developed by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor. The capstone shall be prepared in accordance with the standards of the academic discipline and utilize the theories, research methods and analytical skills, and substantive knowledge obtained through their studies in the master’s program. The research seminar proposal must provide a clear and lucid description of problem and a proposed method of addressing the problem. Guidance on the format of the research seminar proposal and a sample proposal are contained in the APUS Thesis Manual. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA. Capstone courses are 16 weeks long and cannot be taken along with any other course.