Master of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Homeland Security Administration Concentration

Semester 1
Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
CONUS: Counter-Terrorism
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 2
Research Design and Analysis
Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
Administration of Strategic and Actionable Intelligence
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 3
CONUS:  Border Transportation
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Response: Natural Catastrophic Events-Emergency Preparedness
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice

JUS 510: Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
This course 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.

JUS 520: Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
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.

JUS 630,631,632 Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
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.

ENF 535: Administration of Strategic and Actionable Intelligence
This course will analyze the definition and functions of intelligence in a law enforcement environment.  Students will analyze the utilization of criminal and non-criminal intelligence by law enforcement personnel developing responses to a potential or real terrorist threat.  The flow of information from raw data to actionable or strategic intelligence will be analyzed.  A comprehensive analysis will be conducted regarding military and law enforcement intelligence, with an analysis of significant similarities and differences between the two methodologies and data collection.  A case study exercise will involve a synthesis of collecting facts, analyzing the facts that are discovered, discriminating between strategic and actionable intelligence, and then preparing a briefing report for senior operational staff of a law enforcement agency.

JUS515: Research Design and Analysis
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, quasiexperimental, experimental, and program evaluation. Students will construct, implement, report, and analyze the results of a research project important to criminal justice practice.

JUS 526: Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
This course will begin with an examination of the Common law, Constitutional and other legal framework of the separate branches of government having shared national security powers.  Then, the focus will shift to the legalities and ethics relevant to organizing for counterterrorism, investigating terrorism and other national security threats, consequence management, and trying international terrorists in an effort to fight terrorists and international criminals.  Finally, the course will examine the law and ethics surrounding public access to national security information and restraining leaks of that information in an effort to protect same.

ENF540: Continental United States (CONUS): Border/Transportation Security
This course provides a student with an in-depth analysis of issues that concern the protection of the borders of the United States, and U.S. policies regarding the safety of the U.S. transportation system. Additionally, the course analyses the changes in security arrangements from pre to post 9-11 policies, relative to border and transportation security, with a synthesis of the impact of the formation of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, on the issues concerning internal CONUS security relative to these two security concerns.

ENF 645: CONUS: Counter-Terrorism
This course will analyze the history and role of terrorism in world politics over the last two centuries.  Particular attention will be given to modern (U.S. and foreign) left and right wing groups who use terrorism as a means to effect political change acceptable to that group.  Political, social, economic and religious factors will be analyzed concerning the reasons such groups exist.  Additionally, issues such as recruiting, training, ideology, and tactics will be analyzed to determine their role in terrorism.  State sponsored terrorism will be analyzed, with particular attention to those countries recognized by the U.S . State Department as sponsors of terrorism.

ENF 650: Critical Infrastructure Protection
This course analyzes the infrastructure of CONUS with particular attention to transportation, medical, electronic, education, agriculture, electrical, water & sewer, banking and others.  Each of these critical features will be analyzed to determine potential areas of vulnerability to threats, as well as potential counter-measures that can be utilized to neutralize the vulnerabilities.  Students will conduct an evaluation of a selected infrastructure; prepare a vulnerability study, and protective response plan, for a chosen infrastructure.

ENF 660: Response: Natural Catastrophic Events-Emergency Preparedness
This course will provide the student with an analysis of the history of U.S. natural disasters and their consequences on the citizens who experienced them.  Public policy concerning relief efforts will be analyzed. Relief agency charters will be  examined to determine their role in such catastrophic events (American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA).  Critical elements in catastrophic event plans will be analyzed.  Evaluation of methodologies concerning community and regional assets will be conducted by students, with an analysis of common factors affecting response issues.