Criminology and Criminal Justice Supportive Courses

  • (NOTE : Courses for different areas of concentrations are designated as follows: CR =  Criminology and Research, LEC = Law Enforcement and Courts, and CDP = Corrections and Delinquency Prevention).

    MCCJ 642 Women, Crime, and Justice (3) - CR

    Theories of gender, society, and their relationship to crime are explored.  Empirical knowledge of causal theories will be used to explore reasons for female involvement in the criminal justice system.  An exploration of the meaning and application of justice for women will also be included.

    MCCJ 644 Organized Crime (3) - CR; LEC

    This course provides the student with both an historical and contemporary analysis of organized crime and the fight against organized crime in the United States; considers factors that led to the rise of organized crime in the United States during the turn of the 20th Century and how those factors continue to influence organized crime today.  It also considers multiple theories of organized crime and explores many of the methods used by law enforcement to curtail/eliminate organized crime.

    MCCJ 646 Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course analyzes current research and policy issues of priority from a range of perspectives in criminology and criminal justice (focus of course is on specific research expertise of faculty and importance of justice issues).

    MCCJ 648 Criminal Justice Administration (3) - CR, LEC; CDP

    This course acquaints students with a basic understanding of organization/administrative theory and behavior, and their assumptions.  Course will explore administrative theories within a criminal justice context as students learn the impact of organization structure, environment, and behavior on such issues as leadership, control, and decision making.

    MCCJ 650 Private and Industrial Security (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course deals with historical, philosophical, and modern perspectives of private and industrial security - survey of its principles, its legal authority and its effects on society in general.  Included in the course are institutional security, challenges of violence in the workforce, industrial and retail security, various forms of preventing losses, and risk management.  

    MCCJ 652 (3) Survey of Correctional Field (3) - CDP

    This course examines the dynamics of American correctional techniques and rationale from the 1700 to date. It familiarizes students with the history, philosophy, and evolutions of correctional practice in America.

    MCCJ 654 History of African American Criminological Thought (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of and understanding of African American perspectives on criminology and criminal issues.  The course is intended to give graduate students perspectives that are often omitted from mainstream undergraduate criminal justice curriculums.  The materials used in this course are relatively broad covering both historical and contemporary African American thought.  Each perspective considered has analyzed the above issue with an emphasis on how they impact and are impacted by race.

    MCCJ 656 Law Enforcement (3) - LEC; CDP

    This course analyzes the problems, practices, and philosophies of law enforcement in contemporary society.  It gives special attention to particular areas, such as personnel selection, police-community relations, crisis intervention, patrol intervention, police brutality, and criminal profiling.

    MCCJ 658 Law and Courts (3) - LEC; CDP

    This course considers the definitions and development of criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal rights, and constitutional theory and practice.  It also examines the structure, functions, and operations of the courts, with special emphasis on principles of legality as provided by the US constitution.

    MCCJ 659 Theories of Juvenile Delinquency (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course examines theories of juvenile delinquency, environmental influences on juvenile offenders, control, and corrections of the juvenile offender.  It will investigate the special forms of justice applied to non-adults by arrest, detention, adjudication and juvenile corrections.

    MCCJ 700 Public Policy in Criminal Justice System (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course examines the assumptions, context, and environment for the formulation and implementation of public policy.  The issues of morality and politics will provide a subtext for discussion and identification of stakeholders.

    MCCJ 710 Law and Social Control (3) - LEC; CDP

    Select topics in Law and Social Control are examined in this course.  Topics -- which may vary from semester to semester--include mental illness and the law, individual rights and public welfare, comparative criminal law and procedure, sanction law and public order, authority and power, and indirect social control in criminal justice.

    MCCJ 720 Seminar in Community Policing (3) - LEC

    This course focuses on the problems and practices of contemporary law enforcement and uses current scholarship to understand police-community relations.

    MCCJ 730 Seminar in Terrorism (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course is a review of historical and contemporary knowledge on the many terrorism-crime relationships.  It includes a survey of the literature that examines patterns of terrorism, domestic, global, and technological terrorism and a review of articles that examine theories, causes, ideology, typologies, security problems, media, structure, and issues in counterterrorism.

    MCCJ 734 Directed Individual Study (1-3) CR; LEC; CDP

    This course involves chosen individual topic study under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. Course may be repeated once for a maximum of six (6) credits.

     MCCJ 740 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course examines criminal justice institutions comparatively in several countries.  The purpose will be to describe the variety of criminal justice experience, to understand the determinants of these variations, and enhance the understanding of what works, what doesn't, and why in the criminal justice system.

    MCCJ 750 Seminar in Probation and Parole (3) - CDP

    This course is an in-depth examination of selected area within the broader field of corrections.  Specific attention will be paid to analysis of theories and practice of probation and parole, responses of paroling authorities to public pressures, and court controls and their implications for rehabilitative efforts.  It assesses the feasibility and effectiveness of treatment of individuals under sentence in the community.

    MCCJ 760 Qualitative Methods in Criminology (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course is an examination of ethnographic and qualitative fields' methods and their application to problems of crime and criminal justice.  It is focused on familiarizing students with the nature and utility of qualitative fieldwork in various areas of criminological research.

    MCCJ 770 White Collar and Governmental Crimes (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    Special Topics in White Collar and Governmental Crimes are examined in this course from a criminological perspective.  White collar crimes and government crimes include fraud, embezzlement, price-fixing, antitrust violations, income - tax evasion, misuse of public funds, and abuse of political and legal powers.

    MCCJ 780 Seminar in Criminological Theory and Research (3) - CR

    This course is an exploration of the etiology of crime, theory development and crime causation.  Emphasis will be placed on theoretical perspectives, research, and ideological dialectics.  Bio-criminology employing integrated systems approach will also be examined.

    MCCJ 782 Advanced Seminar in Police and Society (3) - CR; CDP

    This course is a survey of literature examining historical and current issues and problems in policing with emphasis on the legal aspects of law enforcement.

    MCCJ 786 Field Practice in Criminal Justice (3) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course involves firsthand experience in the day-to-day operation of a criminal justice program under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a practitioner in the field. Course may be repeated once for a maximum of six (6) credits

    MCCJ 790 Masters Comprehensive Examination (0) - S/U Grade only

    This course is a cumulative final examination required of students involved in the Master of Science program. A student must be registered for at least one class when taking this exam and must obtain the consent of the major professor.

    MCCJ 796 Masters Seminar Paper (3) - CR; LEC; CDP *

    This course culminates in the completion of the Master's Seminar Paper (of 15-20 pages) for those students electing the non-thesis option. The paper (to be deposited in the library) focuses on a major criminology or criminal justice issue.

    MCCJ 798 Masters Thesis (6-12) - CR; LEC; CDP

    This course is required of all students involved in preparation, data collection, and writing of the Master of Science (MS) thesis. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of six (6) credits.

    MCCJ 799 Masters Thesis Defense (0)

    This zero credit course allows a student to remain technically registered in school until a successful oral defense of the Masters thesis.


    *MCCJ 796 – Core for non-thesis option.