Criminal Justice (CJS) Graduate Course Descriptions
CJS 502. Fundamentals of U.S. Gangs
Formation, continuance, and expansion of gangs; nature of, theoretical explanations for, response to, and public policies related to gangs in the United States; diversity of organization, leadership, membership, and activities within gangs; prison gangs; prevention and intervention. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 511. Organization and Administration in Criminal Justice.
Principles of organization and administration in criminal justice. Current theories of organization as they relate to the needs of the criminal justice process. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 515. Corrections: Theory and Practice.
Historical development, theories and institutions of punishment and social control. Social systems of prisoners and officers; institutional administration and legal issues in management; and strategies of intervention; decision-making in sentencing and parole; and treatment and organization as they relate to the criminal justice process. Prereq.: CJS 111 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 520. Critical Issues in Law Enforcement.
Critical issues facing contemporary law enforcement officials in a free society. Ethnic tension, civil disobedience, police conduct, unionization, civil disturbances, and professionalism within law enforcement are discussed. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 521. P.O. S. T. , Parts 1, 4, 6, 7.
Principles of law enforcement, career influences, stress/crisis intervention, crime prevention, community relations, court testimony, and law enforcement communications, and cultural awareness. 1 credit ANNUAL.
CJS 522. P.O. S. T. , Parts 2, 3, 5.
Minnesota Statutes relating to Minnesota Criminal Code, of Minnesota Law enforcement procedures relating to search, arrest, confessions, identification, and evidence, and of Minnesota Statutes relating to juvenile justice. 1 credit ANNUAL.
CJS 525. Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders.
Identification, definition, and codification of deviance as a criminal act; definitions of sex offenses and social response to a sexual offense; treatment efforts and incarceration outcomes for offenders. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 530. Criminal Law.
Principles of criminal liability, defenses to criminal prosecution, elements of major crimes. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 531. Criminal Procedure.
Law of criminal procedure from arrest through post-trial proceedings. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 533. Ethical Studies in Criminal Justice.
Ethical decisions relating to criminal justice issues. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 540. Law of Corrections.
Study of laws regulating sentencing, authority of correctional agencies, prisoners' rights and remedies and community supervision. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 541. Correctional Alternatives.
Alternatives to incarceration: probation, fines, house arrest, electronic surveillance, restitution programs, sentencing to service, community residential facilities, parole and supervised release. Probation and community corrections agent roles and responsibilities; pre-sentence investigation; supervision methods. Prereq.: 111 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 545. Crisis Intervention.
History, theory and methods of crisis intervention, especially as used in the criminal justice system, e. g. victims of crime, suicide, domestic violence. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 546. Child Abuse and the Criminal Justice System.
A survey of the response to physical and sexual child abuse by the criminal justice system, including the law, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and corrections. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 550. Juvenile Justice System.
History and development of the juvenile justice system; the role of police and juvenile courts; analysis of dispositional decisions; probation investigation and supervision functions; juvenile corrections. Prereq.: 111 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 552. Focused Gang Studies: National and International
Global understanding of gangs and gang-related issues; examines the diversity of nationality, organization, leadership, membership, activities, and gender; problem-solving and suppression-based approaches to gangs. Prereq.: 401 or 502. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 554. Focused Gang Studies: Prison Settings
Gangs and gang-related issues within the United States correctional system; examines the diversity of nationality, organization, leadership, membership, activities and gender. Prereq.: 401 or 502. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 555. Private Security and the Criminal Justice Community.
The powers and authority of private security personnel. Stresses requirements and restrictions on private security. Includes criminal and civil liabilities faced by private security personnel. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 557. White Collar Crime.
Overview of the concept of white collar crime; including both corporate and occupational crime. Case studies in applicable criminal law enforcement procedures for detection. Prereq.: 111. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 561. Juvenile Legal Process.
Legal background and basis for separate juvenile statutes and justice system; legal procedures for arrest, investigation, and adjudication of juvenile offenders; legal cases relating to rights of juveniles; Minnesota procedure. Prereq.: 450. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 565. Policing a Diverse Society.
Discussion from a public safety perspective of racial sensitivity, cross-cultural competency, gender awareness, and sexual orientation issues as key objectives for law enforcement in service to the community. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 570. Evidence Based Practices.
Evidence Based practices in corrections (risk assessment, LSI-R, risk prediction, effective case management, motivational interviewing, and case planning) as applied to juvenile and adult correctional programs. Prereq.: 111 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 573. Criminal Justice and the Media
Analysis of the images of crime and the criminal justice system that are presented through the mass media. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 580. Victimology: Theories and Principles.
Types and theories of victimization; international principles; victims’ bills of rights; and victim services. Prereq.: 111, permission of instructor. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 582. Victim Services.
Principles of victimology and their application in services to victims; victim legislation and rights. Prereq.: 111, 480 or 580. 3 credits F.
CJS 585. Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice.
Criminal justice responses to domestic violence. Prereq.: 111. 3 credits S.
CJS 586. Theories of Crime and Justice.
Value and application of theories of crime and justice in research, policy, and the administration of justice. Prereq.: 111. 3 credits F, S.
CJS 587. Criminal Justice Research Methods.
Quantitative and qualitative research designs and their use in criminal justice. Prereq.: 111, 486, STAT 219. 3 credits F, S.
CJS 589. Seminar in Criminal Justice.
Special issues in the fields of corrections, law enforcement, and the general areas of the administration of justice: includes detailed examinations on vital issues and emerging trends which promise to affect the future. May be repeated for a maximum or six credits. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 591. Special Gang Studies: Law Enforcement Track.
Enhance existing academic knowledge about gangs with up-to-date information from the field; network with law enforcement professionals who work with gangs and their issues; field trips; receive gang specialist certification. Prereq.: 401 or 502. 3 credits SUM.
CJS 593. Special Gang Studies: Corrections Track.
Enhance existing academic knowledge about gangs in the correctional system with up-to-date information from the field; network with professionals who work with gangs and their issues; field trips; receive gang specialist certification. Prereq.: 401 or 502. 3 credits SUM.
CJS 596. Spatio-Temporal Crime Analysis
Theory and application of spatial analysis techniques and mapping software for development of prevention, intervention and preparedness strategies relative to crime and homeland defense. Review of criminological theories; crime profiling of criminals and geography; role of the crime analyst; methodological, ethical and legal issues in crime mapping; and geographic information systems (GIS) software. Prereq.: 111. 3 credits F, S.
Criminal Justice (CJS) Courses for Graduate Students Only
CJS 601. History of Criminal Justice.
America's criminal justice system from early English precedents to the late 20th century. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 644. Practicum.
A supervised practicum in a criminal justice agency in which the student is not employed. Prior approval by Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Program required. 3-12 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 650. Readings.
Specific topic in criminal justice. May be repeated with different topic to a maximum of six credits. 1-3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 660. Theories of Criminal Behavior and Justice.
Theories about the causes of violence and criminal behavior. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 661. Juvenile Justice and Schools.
School crime and juvenile delinquency; school failure, discipline problems, absenteeism, and dropout; juvenile law, school of law and cases relating to school crime and discipline; corrections and education policies and programs for delinquency prevention. 3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 677. Framing and Analyzing Research Problems.
Computer on-line database searching; and the elements of a research problem formulation and analysis, including operational definition, scope, geographic and time limitations, the research model, research design, questionnaire data collection, outcome measures and analysis plan. 3 credits DEMAND.
CJS 679. Research in Criminal Justice.
Research methodology, including research design, methods of inquiry, application and interpretation of data analyses (t-tests, chi-square tests, analysis of variance, measures of association), and their relationship to criminal justice policies and programs. Statistical software used to analyze criminal justice data. Prereq.: CJS 677, CEEP 678 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 681. Current Problems and Issues in Criminal Justice.
Problem areas or issues in the criminal justice system as explored through directed readings in the research literature. May be repeated to maximum of six credits. 1-3 credits ANNUAL.
CJS 689. Advanced Graduate Seminar.
A self-directed, democratically oriented method of learning whose major purpose is to identify, explore, and share the results of an in-depth analysis of selected topics. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. 3 credits F, S, SUM.
CJS 699. Thesis.
1-6 credits F, S, SUM.