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Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

CJA 602 Agency Administration (3)
A survey of the concepts and methods of management as applied to public administration and criminal justice system agencies. Offered every third term.

CJA 604 Constitutional Law (3)
Survey of criminal law, including development of substantive criminal law under the U.S. Constitution. Examination of the judicial opinions related to the criminal justice process. Offered every third term.

CJA 605 Criminology (3)
The multiple factors associated with crime and criminality, as organized and integrated by explanatory scientific theories. Offered during the Winter and Summer terms.

CJA 606 Research Methods (3)
An examination of research methods applied to solving problems and resolving issues in public administration and criminal justice system components; focus will be on the application of the social-scientific and scientific approaches to problem solving. Offered during the Spring and Fall terms.

CJA 610 Law Enforcement (3)
An examination of the historical development, current changes, and future trends regarding police procedures and practices with some attention to relationships with other public agencies. Emphasis is focused on critical issues and applications of technology to police service and the various agencies with which they interface. Offered during the Winter and Spring terms.

CJA 612 Correctional Management and Administration (3)
Examines some of the basic elements of correctional administration, management, and treatment of corrections and proceeds to an in-depth examination of correctional management, its many components and the day-to-day operations. Budget constraints, personnel, inmate health, the effect of the Disability Act on prison design, jails as satellite prisons, rehabilitation, and corrections in the community are but a few of the issues to be addressed. Offered every Winter term.

CJA 680 Special Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology (3)
Seminar on selected issues concerning public administration, the offender, the victim, and/or the criminal justice system.

CJA 698 Special Study - Individual Research (3)
Advanced individual research on a selected topic. Full graduate student status plus approval of instructor and program director. Credit/No credit grading. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CJA 704 Forensic Science (3)
Analysis of the role of scientific and medical specialists in the analysis of criminal evidence, scientific criminal investigation, drug detection, violent and unnatural deaths.

CJA 705 Forensic Psychology (3)
The study of criminal behavior from a psychological perspective, which looks at the criminal offender as embedded in and influenced by multiple systems within the psychosocial environment. The course will review contemporary research, theory, and practice concerning the psychology of crime and psychopathy. It reviews current research that focuses on the cognitive aspects of criminal offenders, delving into their perceptions, reasoning, beliefs, decision making, and attitudes. Aspects of prevention, intervention and treatment will be discussed along with important topics as profiling, terrorism, criminology, and forensics. Cross-listed with PSY 705.

CJA 706 Managing Criminal Investigations (3)
A description and analysis of historical, contemporary and projected future techniques and the procedures utilized in the apprehension of the criminal. Emphasis placed upon the administrative techniques of managing large-scale investigations involving multiple agencies.

CJA 708 Terrorism and Justice (3)
Examination of terrorist organizations, activities, threats posed to a free society, guerrillas, national and international organizations. Focus is upon application of knowledge to policy choices and implications for justice system agencies.

CJA 722 Inmate Rights (3)
This course is an examination of the laws focusing on the process whereby a defendant is sentenced to and incarcerated in the correctional systems of the United States.

CJA 740 Community Corrections, Probation and Parole (3)
An analysis of the techniques of probation, parole, after-care supervision and related services. Offered every Fall term.

CJA 760 Contemporary Issues (3)
A study of current issues selected by the instructor as having significant impact upon the criminal justice system or public administration.

CJA 766 Ethics In Criminal Justice and Public Administration (3)
An examination of the values expressed in the criminal justice system and public administration through customs, laws, and practices and their impact upon the quality of justice. Offered every third term.

CJA 761 Inmate Re-entry and Reintegration (3)
This course will focus on the critical inquiry into the issue of prisoner re-entry and reintegration, with a focus on mechanisms for successful reintegration.

CJA 770 Crisis (Hostage) Negotiation (3)
This course will provide the student with the basic theory and practice of crisis negotiation theory and techniques. The course will explore the psychological underpinnings of crisis situations and the role of law enforcement personnel in responding to the crisis situation.

CJA 780 Criminal Evidence (3)
Concepts of criminal evidence rules as they pertain to kinds and degrees of evidence and procedure for admitting or excluding evidence, witnesses and privileged communications, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, and judicial notice, burdens of proof and presumptions. Emphasis is placed on the rules of evidence that govern the admission of justice process.
Prerequisite: CJA 604.

CJA 781 Courtroom Evidence (3)
This course focuses on the rules pertaining to the admissibility of testimonial, expert, and material evidence.

CJA 790 Survey Research Methods and Statistics (3)
Advanced methods and statistics for use in survey research. Emphasis is placed upon sampling, the development and analysis of questions, scales and indexes. Offered during the Winter and Summer terms.
Prerequisite: CJA 606.

CJA 791 Capstone (3)
Students will complete an array of assignments that integrate contemporary knowledge and understanding of criminal justice agencies with coursework completed within student's chosen track. As an integral part of the capstone experience, students will complete an exit assessment. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: completion of all CJA Core Courses

Homeland Security Leadership Development

HSLD track and certificate program is no longer accepting applications. Information is provided as reference for currently enrolled students.

CJA 771 HSLD Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
This course is designed for people who have been identified as current and future leaders in homeland security. The course provides a basic overview of the ideas that can help leaders think and act more strategically. It also introduces many of the subjects that will be covered in other courses in the program. The instructor will map the terrain of homeland security, and use web sites to explore homeland security topics of interest. Each student will be exposed to the responsibilities of various first responding homeland security agencies and recognize the need for a unified command structure.

CJA 772 HSLD Technology for Homeland Security (3)
In today’s Information Age, HLS professionals and the agencies they manage are more dependent than ever on technology and information sharing to strengthen national preparedness. The need to share information through the use of interoperable technologies and to collect and synthesis data in real-time has become critical to our national security.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 773 HSLD Asymmetric Conflict and Homeland Security (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the operational and organizational dynamics of terrorism. It considers those who act as individuals, in small groups or in large organizations; it considers indigenous actors as well as those who come to the United States to raise money, recruit or commit their acts of violence. In every instance, its focus is on violent clandestine activity that, whatever its motivation, has a political purpose or effect. By the end of the course, students should be able to design effective measures for countering and responding to terrorism based on an understanding of the organizational and operational dynamics of terrorism.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 774 HSLD Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection (3)
Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. Presidential Directive -63 (PDD-63) lists 8 sectors: the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power & Energy, Information & Telecommunications, Chemical Industry, Transportation, Banking & Finance, Defense Industry, Postal & Shipping, Agriculture & Food, Public Health, and Emergency Services. For the purposes of this course, we have divided these into levels with Water, Power & Energy, and Information & Telecommunications forming the first – or foundational – level. Chemical Industry, Transportation, and Banking & Finance are assigned level 2, and the remaining sectors are designated level 3 infrastructures. These levels correspond with dependencies – higher levels are dependent on lower levels.
This course develops a network theory of vulnerability analysis and risk assessment called “model-based vulnerability analysis” (MBVA) that is used to extract the critical nodes from each sector, model the nodes’ vulnerabilities by representing them in the form of a fault-tree, and then applying fault and financial risk reduction techniques to find the optimal strategy for protecting each sector. At the completion of the course, students will be able to apply the model-based vulnerability technique to any critical infrastructure within their multi-jurisdictional region, and derive best strategies and draft policies for prevention of future terrorist attacks.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 775 HSLD Strategic Planning and Budgeting for Homeland Security (3)
Strategic planning is the process by which an organization determines its goals and objectives and decides in broad terms how to meet those goals and objectives. Thus, to be effective, strategic plans must be connected to budgets. Otherwise, they are just glossy brochures on a bookshelf. Organizations responsible for homeland security must plan for and execute programs in disparate areas, such as counter-terrorism, information security, border security, counter-drug activities, etc. Because homeland security is a combined effort of federal, state and local governments, the organizations must also coordinate their plans and programs with those of the other levels of government. This raises a variety of issues. For example, how can decision makers at the various levels decide which programs should be funded? How large should approved programs be? How do they fit together? How are plans translated into budgets? How do those responsible for the various facets of homeland security justify their budget requests when competing for funds for alternatives uses such as education, etc? Answering these questions requires a resource management system that allows decision makers to see the long-term implications of the decisions they are making today. Choosing among alternatives to provide maximum security with limited budgets requires an analytic approach to allocating resources. This course is designed to address these issues. The course will provide students with an analytical framework useful for making and translating long-term plans into programs and budgets.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 776 HSLD The Law and Homeland Security: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (3)
Homeland security efforts in the U.S., are a project framed by the rule of law. Constitutional concerns, civil rights issues, maritime laws, International conventions and the various disciplines engaged in the effort are driven and impacted by the various local, state, federal and International systems of law. Law enforcement and judicial issues in homeland security allows students to explore the homeland security efforts in relation to the laws that support and constrains the effort. Both historical and contemporary references are used to unpack the various issues and answer related questions. The role of community policing in homeland security and defense, civil-military relations in prevention and response, the USA Patriot Act and the handling of U.S. citizens detained for terrorist violations are just some of the subjects that dominate the subject matter. While the military, law enforcement and judicial issues are a central concern of the class; students consider the range of issues in relation to many other vocations engaged in homeland security and defense.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 777 HSLD Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges (3)
This course examines key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security and homeland defense. Students will have the opportunity to fully address policy, organizational and substantive issues regarding homeland intelligence support. Course reference materials will provide an overview of diverse intelligence disciplines and how the intelligence community operates. Course emphasis will be on issues affecting policy, oversight, and intelligence support to homeland defense/security and national decision-making.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.

CJA 778 HSLD The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism (3)
This course examines terrorists to find out who they are and what makes them tick. Applying various psychological perspectives from historic and contemporary viewpoints terrorism is examined and a rational framework is provided within which terrorism, terrorist organizations, and terrorists can be evaluated. Terrorism can only be studied after the student has a cultural appreciation from which terrorism arises including the interaction of religious, economic, political and apolitical issues. This course will introduce the student to the historical antecedents of the terrorist act and discuss the psychology of terrorists and their victims.
Prerequisite: CJA 771 HSLD.