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Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Course Offerings

CRJ 514 Advanced Criminal Investigation 3 credits

This course is a practical and theoretical approach to advanced level techniques for perfecting criminal investigations in state and federal law enforcement. This advanced techniques course includes the systematic approach to solving certain violent crimes, complex cases, gang and organized crimes involving RICO, Continuing Criminal Enterprises and multi-defendant conspiracies which require unique investigative as well as prosecutorial strategies. This course also focuses on lead development from physical evidence recovered during crime scene examinations, advanced electronic surveillance techniques, the importance of advanced interviewing techniques as it relates to course development, post-mortem death investigations, behavioral analysis, intelligence gathering, and the legal and practical aspects of search warrant execution.

CRJ 515 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 3 credits

This course is designed to explore advanced areas of crime scene investigation. This course will be an in depth study of topics such as Autopsy, Forensic Anthropology, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Blood Spatter Analysis, Documentation (e.g., sketching and photography), Death Scene Investigation, and Investigation of Specialized Scenes (explosions; outdoor; accident scenes). Other activities will serve to give students insight into various aspects of forensic science such as table top exercises, case studies, guest speakers, and fi eld trips.

CRJ 516 Advanced Interview and Interrogation 3 credits

This course provides theoretical, legal, and practical instruction in the ever-changing area of interview and interrogation by police officers, federal law enforcement agents, and detectives involved in criminal, civil, and financial investigations.

CRJ 517 Effective Behavioral Analysis 3 credits

This course will teach students to describe and analyze the behavior patterns, traits and characteristics of off enders in specific criminal cases. It will help them to apply those behaviors to factual situations where the student can determine the behaviors and characteristics of an unknown suspect. A variety of teaching methods, including lecture, videos, guest lecturers, cold case study and assigned text study will be employed.

CRJ 518 Research in the Justice System 3 credits

This course is an exploration of the specialized methods and sources of legal and justice research in the areas of: justice publications and resources, case collections, computer-assisted research, constitutional law and history, legal history, legal periodicals, legislative history, practice and procedures, administrative rules and regulations, foreign laws and treatises, and social science materials. The course includes an analysis of the uses of research, as well. Applications of research will be required.

CRJ 519 Financial Crime Investigations 3 credits

This course is designed to explore how finances can be utilized in a criminal investigation and prosecution. The topics that will be covered in this course will include forensic accounting, corporate crime/white collar crime, money laundering, and RICO prosecutions. A variety of teaching methods will be utilized, including lecture, guest lectures, videos, and practical exercises.

CRJ 525 Drug Crime Investigations 3 credits

This course is a theoretical and practical approach to investigating drug crimes by local, state and federal law enforcement. This course includes the present day methods and practices used by police, detectives, and narcotics officers to identify, interdict, and seize the full range of illegal drugs, prescription narcotics, and emerging trends such as synthetic drugs in today’s society. Complex investigative techniques will be presented for the effective investigation and eventual prosecution of street level distribution crimes, interstate and international drug trafficking cases, gangs, DTO (Drug Trafficking Organizations), and organized crime involved in drug trafficking.

CRJ 526 Digital Evidence and Computer Crime Investigations 3 credits

This course will explore the ever-changing world of digital evidence and computer crime. The topics to be covered will include cell phone data/tracking, collection of digital evidence, legal/ ethical issues with digital evidence, social media in a criminal investigation, and tracking digital footprints.

CRJ 527 Intelligence and Homeland Security 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how intelligence is used in support of developing US policy to protect the Homeland. Facilitated discussions of the reading material require students to interpret how intelligence is applied to policymaking. Topics to be covered will include the history of Homeland security, intelligence collection methods, Fusion Centers, national and international counter terrorism, and ethical considerations regarding intelligence.

CRJ 529 Ethical Decision Making 3 credits

(Cross-listed with MBA 508) 

This course provides a study of the changing environments of business and the consequent changing role of business in society. The theory of capitalism is fully developed and related to modern American business. Topics such as social values, corporate power, pluralism, social responsibility, and business ethics are addressed. Contemporary issues such as pollution, consumerism, and urban decay are viewed from the perspective of the business manager. Governmental regulations and policies are shown to have a significant effect on the firm. The future of business, government, and society is debated.

CRJ 536 Complex and Special Investigations 3 credits

The Complex and Special Investigations course will provide theoretical, legal, and practical instruction in the art and science of solving the most challenging criminal investigations. This course will examine local, state, and federal law enforcement’s best practices for conducting and solving the most complex and challenging types of investigations, including complex conspiracies, multiple defendant cases, serial or spree crimes, interstate and international crimes, and cold case investigations.

CRJ 537 Gang and Organized Crime Investigations 3 credits

This course is a practical and theoretical approach to Gangs and Organized Crime. This course includes the identification of gangs to include various Street gangs, Prison gangs, and Outlaw Motorcycle gangs. The course also includes identification of various ethnic gangs to include Asian, Eastern European, and Italian Organized Crime Groups. The course will cover trends of the various crime groups and their associated crimes and investigative techniques utilized to combat these groups.

CRJ 538 Prosecutorial Strategies 3 credits

This course is an examination of the relationship between the prosecutor and the criminal investigator in prosecuting crimes. In-depth analysis of case studies designed to highlight effective prosecution strategies and avoid common pitfalls and deficiencies in the investigation of a criminal case. Topics include real life case dissection, the role of the investigator in jury selection, combating common defense strategies, compliance with discovery rules, and up to date case law application. Analysis of case scenarios involves emphasis on crimes ranging from major felonies to homicide prosecutions. Applications of investigative techniques and prosecutorial strategies to criminal investigation scenarios will be required.

CRJ 566 Behavioral Interviewing 3 credits

(Cross-listed as MBA 547)

This course examines the process of interviewing prospective candidates for a position, using a particular style of questioning, known as behavioral interviewing. Legal issues are addressed. Students practice behavioral interviewing and determine strategies for creating an effective climate for successful interviews. Prerequisite: CRJ 575

CRJ 567 Conflict Resolution 3 credits

(Cross-listed as MBA 539)

This course will require students to utilize knowledge and skills that have been developed in prior coursework and in their outside, personal and professional environments. In addition to learning new concepts, students will be required to utilize what they have acquired in the past in order to understand and resolve typical and yet sometimes complex real-life interactions.

CRJ 575 Organizational Behavior 3 credits

(Cross-listed as MBA 525)

The organizational structure of the institution is studied. Topics addressed include: organizational patterns, goal setting, planning, leadership, motivation, communication, production, morale, rewards, conflict, and change. The course integrates contemporary readings and case analysis with the topics being addressed.