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Program of Study

Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science offers a 36 hour Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice that provides graduates with opportunity for advanced study in this field. This program is offered entirely online and offers tools, technologies and methodologies relevant for graduate study in criminal justice.

  • The graduate student must maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average in all graduate courses.
  • Fifty percent of the program of study must be completed at the 6000-8000 levels.
  • Satisfactory completion of a written comprehensive assessment is required one semester prior to graduation for practicum. Students choosing the thesis option must receive a satisfactory after a formal thesis defense.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven years.
Courses
Credits
Content Courses
CRJU 6801 Proseminar in Ethics and Criminal Justice 3 credits
CRJU 6810 Criminological Theory 3 credits
CRJU 6811 Criminal Justice Leadership and Management 3 credits
CRJU 6813 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
Total for Content Courses 12 credits
 
Courses
Credits
Advanced Work
At least one course each from the areas of law enforcement, corrections, and law/courts
 

Law Enforcement

   
CRJU 7820 Law Enforcement Problems/Practice
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7821 Seminar in Advanced Police Administration
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7822 Topics in Law Enforcement 3 credits

Corrections

   
CRJU 7840 Institutional Incarceration/Treatment
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7841 Community Treatment/Services
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7842 Seminar in Advanced Corrections Administration
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7843 Topics in Corrections 3 credits

Law/Courts

   
CRJU 5500G Law and Legal Process
OR
3 credits
CRJU 5520G Comparative Judicial Systems 
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7850 Criminal Process
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7851 Seminar in Law/Social Control
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7852 Advanced Criminal Law
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7853 Topics in Law & Courts 3 credits
Total for Advanced Work 18 credits
 
Courses
Credits
Content Courses
CRJU 7880 Practicum I 3 credits
CRJU 7881 Practicum II
OR
3 credits
CRJU 7890 Thesis
OR
6 credits
  Two electives approved by the advisor 6 credits
Total for Capstone Options 6 credits
 
TOTAL CREDITS
36 credits

Course Descriptions

CRJU 5500G LAW AND LEGAL PROCESS
Law as a dynamic societal institution. Sources and functions of both civil and criminal law, and operations of the legal process viewed from the perspectives of jurisprudence, political science, and sociology.
CRJU 5520G COMPARATIVE JUDICIAL SYSTEMS
Law enforcement and judicial procedure in political systems such as Great Britain, France, Russia, and Japan.
CRJU 6801 PROSEMINAR IN ETHICS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Analysis of the criminal justice process and its agencies from prevention and arrest to release after incarceration. Emphasizes ethical dimension of official decision making.
CRJU 6810 CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY
Intensive overview of major classical and current criminological perspectives. Emphasizes sociological constructions of criminality, including treatment of values and domain assumptions implicit in theory construction.
CRJU 6811 CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT
Effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice agencies, as fostered by ethical leadership. Focus on administrative theory and its application to practical reality.
CRJU 6813 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
Application of advanced research methods to problems in the criminal justice system.
CRJU 7820 LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBLEMS/PRACTICE
Current issues of policing and police administration. Emphasizes police-society relationships, including those related to minorities, police unionization, and corruption.
CRJU 7821 SEMINAR IN ADVANCED POLICE ADMINISTRATION
Functions and unique context of police administration. Emphasizes police professionalization and the moral dimension of administration.
CRJU 7822 TOPICS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
In-depth analysis of selected topics in the enforcement of laws in a system of ordered liberty.
CRJU 7840 INSTITUTIONAL INCARCERATION/TREATMENT
Theory, purposes, and practices of correctional institutions. Gangs, AIDS, and other problems in control and treatment.
CRJU 7841 COMMUNITY TREATMENT/SERVICES
Probation and other community alternatives to incarceration, their feasibility, and other effectiveness.
CRJU 7842 SEMINAR IN ADVANCED CORRECTIONS ADMINISTRATION
Functions and unique context of correctional administration. Emphasized correctional offi cer professionalization and the moral dimensions of administration.
CRJU 7843 TOPICS IN CORRECTIONS
In-depth analysis of selected topics in corrections within a larger system of ordered liberty.
CRJU 7850 CRIMINAL PROCESS
Intensive examination of criminal adjudication from initial appearance through post-conviction remedies, as posited in the context of criminal justice policy.
CRJU 7851 SEMINAR IN LAW/ SOCIAL CONTROL
Jurisprudential paradigms, societal norms and sanctions, and prescriptive moral frameworks.
CRJU 7852 ADVANCED CRIMINAL LAW
Developing doctrines and concepts in criminal law.
CRJU 7853 TOPICS IN LAW & COURTS
In-depth analysis of selected topics in the role and operation of law and courts in a system of ordered liberty.
CRJU 7862 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN CYBER SECURITY
Effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice agencies, as fostered by ethical leadership. Focus on administrative theory and its application to practical reality.
CRJU 7864 RULES OF EVIDENCE/LEGAL ASPECTS OF CYBER SECURITY
Examines cyber security policies that include the Patriot Act, Foreign Intelligence Act (FISA), Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA and wire intercept), Privacy Protection Act, (PPA) and the Electronic Communications Act (ECPA) as these policies and others direct and impact cyber security.
CRJU 7865 FIRST RESPONDER TOOLS AND APPLICATION
Examines basic computer forensic tools and applications that include; seizure, imaging and analysis of computer media with reference to computer hard drive and forms of storage.
CRJU 7880 PRACTICUM
Planned program of research observation, study and work in selected criminal justice agencies. Graded on an S or U basis.
CRJU 7881 PRACTICUM II
Prerequisite or co-requisite: CRJU 8880
Planned program of research observation, study, and work in selected criminal justice agencies. Graded on an S or U basis.
CRJU 7890 THESIS
Prerequisite: CRJU 8813
Planned research and writing directed by the student’s thesis committee. Graded on an S or U basis.
CRJU 8812 CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLAN/INNOVATION
Planning techniques and their impact on criminal justice program development. Analysis of policy and decision-making procedures of affiliated agencies and organizations.
CRJU 8830 SEMINAR IN JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
Prerequisite: CRJU 5300 U/G or equivalent
Assessment of policies and practices of agencies processing youthful offenders. Focus on impact of changing demographics on the process and system of juvenile justice.
CRJU 8854 CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
In-depth analysis of the doctrines and concepts of constitutional, criminal procedures that adhere to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth amendments of the United States Constitution.
CRJU 8860 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
In-depth analysis of special topics in criminal justice. Emphasizes interrelationships among law enforcement, law/courts and correctional components of the criminal justice system.

Summary

Format Online
Credits Required 36
Tuition per credit hour
(not including fees)
$400
Financial Aid  

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