Master of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Crime Analysis Concentration

Semester 1
Theories of Crime Analysis
Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 2
Computer Applications in Crime Analysis, Community Policing, & Investigations
Criminal Intelligence
Research Design and Analysis
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Criminal Justice
Crime Analysis Project
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice

ENF512 Theories of Crime Analysis (3hrs)
The course covers the three types of crime analysis. The focus of the class is an overview of the theory behind the crime analysis process and an outline of some of the major issues crime analysts and crime analysis units must face. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of how research supports the use of crime analysis theory to enhance the productivity of police departments.

ENF532 Computer Applications in Crime Analysis, Community Policing and Investigations (3hrs)
The focus of the class is a study of the crime analysis process through the utilization of applications software (Microsoft Office). The student will develop an understanding of the usefulness of the software and see how each component is applicable to crime analysis. Work will be collected, analyzed and presented through all aspects of the applications software, individually and in combination.

ENF612 Criminal Intelligence (3hrs)
Course is focused on the criminal intelligence process as a whole. This process defines problems, data collection and storage, data analysis and dissemination for action to be taken by appropriate personnel. Students will learn to consider relationships between individuals, between individuals and organizations and between organizations in developing pertinent analysis. Class will utilize both inductive and deductive logic.

ENF622 Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Criminal Justice (3hrs)
Course covers the concepts of how a geographic information system (GIS) can enhance the development of new data and assist in making data analysis more effective. Students will learn about the various types of maps and map analysis as well as the value of producing this type of analysis. One or more current software applications will be utilized in the instructional process for this course.

ENF627 Crime Analysis Field Project (3hrs)
Capstone course utilizing the skills for other analysis courses, the student will work with an instructor to develop a crime analysis project. This project will describe a defined problem, set parameters for solving the problem, select tools and options for choosing a correct path for solving the problem. The project does not necessarily have to involve crime analysis but it must approach a significant problem that any police department might experience.

JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends (3hrs)
Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making, and the changing features of the American legal system.

JUS515 Research Design and Analysis (3hrs)
Examines various research design models applied to crime, criminal justice, and agency administration issues. Includes discussion of the philosophy of science, sampling, and various research designs such as historical, legal, action, quasi-experimental, experimental, and program evaluation. Students will construct, implement, report, and analyze the results of a research project important to criminal justice practice.

JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice (3hrs)
Explores and applies practical statistical methods to the relevant work of criminal justice agents, managers, and executives. The course will focus on statistical methods to prepare students to be intelligent consumers of reported research, to apply appropriate statistical analysis to various types of research designs, to report criminal justice agency performance results, and to identify and use various criminal justice statistical data sources in print and electronic form.

JUS525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3hrs)
This course provides an in-depth discussion of legal and ethical issues such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, professional behavior, use of force, factual and legal guilt, discretion, corruption, codes of ethics, whistle-blowing, race and gender problems, appropriate punishment, law and rulemaking, ethical dilemmas in research settings, methods of resolving ethical dilemmas, and classic cases of ethical lapses and collapses in criminal justice agencies.

JUS630,631,632 Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice (1 hour)
The Pro-seminar in Criminal Justice is designed to provide graduate students in criminal justice the opportunity to hear, interact with, and critique the ideas of major executives, managers, leaders, and scholars in criminology, law, and criminal justice. Presentations of two featured speakers will be done primarily online or in-person at designated locations. Students are required to critique the ideas and commentary of leaders in criminology, law, criminal justice, and/or related fields.