Criminal Justice Management

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General Education Courses

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Core Courses in the Major

Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice Management
CJM 303
4 credits

This course covers applied ethical theories against the backdrop of criminal justice policy, action and management, and employee decision making. Accepted standards applicable to criminal justice organizations and professionals are used to examine such topics as ethical systems; social change; values and norms; cultural diversity; use of force; use of discretion; corruption, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply ethical considerations to the decision-making process and recommend management responses to organizational ethical dilemmas and individual ethical lapses.


Supervision in the Criminal Justice Field
CJM 306
4 credits

This course introduces the criminal justice professional to basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts in supervision and leadership. Additionally, the course will examine supervisory problems and challenges unique to a criminal justice organization. Topics will include general supervision, leadership, management, motivation, training, personnel evaluation, and mentoring.


Criminal Justice Management and Administration
CJM 307
4 credits

This course examines and explores the administration of criminal justice institutions in the United States. The subject matter will focus on issues such as organizational theory, personnel selection and training, decision-making, media relations, change management, and other significant organizational issues.


Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Management
CJM 409
4 credits

This course presents a comprehensive management perspective and overview of contemporary issues and problems associated with the criminal justice system. The course provides an in-depth examination of current and vital issues in criminal justice such as current research trends, policy development, implementation and review, liability issues, personnel as well as political and ethical obligations involving social justice.


Criminal Justice Management Information Systems
CJM 410
4 credits

This course concentrates on the introduction and use of technology in the management of criminal justice data and systems. The student examines the issues and impacts on criminology and the criminal justice system caused by the availability and usage of technological advancements. It will also survey the trends and uses of modern technology in police response, criminal investigations, communications, response to major incidents and the administration of management and personnel data. It will examine problematic issues, impact on current laws, jurisdiction, and the potential unintended consequences of technology in criminal justice management.

Electives in the Major

Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJM 101
4 credits

This course introduces students to the criminal justice system. The course explores the functions, organization, and responsibilities of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Ethical considerations in each component will be examined. The professional relationships among law enforcement, the courts, and corrections will be studied.


Writing for Criminal Justice Administrators
CJM 301
4 credits

This course introduces advanced research and investigative techniques and emphasized documentary styles of writing. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and incorporating action research findings into organizational documentation and other research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to summarize, paraphrase, interpret, and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources into a wide variety of organizational documents such as white papers, executive summaries, and other forms of organizational documentation. Additionally, the student’s research, writing, and critical thinking skills will be enhanced.


Research and Management Analysis Techniques for Criminal Justice Managers
CJM 302
4 credits

This course provides an introduction to basic research methodologies that are used by criminal justice managers to design and evaluate criminal justice programs and policies. Students explore various research methodologies so that they can (1) better understand policy and program decision making; (2) select the appropriate research design and methodology for particular criminal justice issues; and (3) relate academic literature to practice. The course will include a review and discussion of issues such as the process of analysis, interpretation and clarification of problems, the issue of confidentiality, and the terminology of research. Focus will be on interpretation of data (e.g., Uniform Crime Reports, demographic studies and other management information such as calls for service and personnel data) commonly used by criminal justice managers for decision making, policy formation, and policy evaluation.


The Role of Criminal Justice in Terrorism
CJM 304
4 credits

This course employs a criminal justice framework for the analysis and evaluation of terrorist groups and individuals, terrorist origins, goals, dynamics, ideologies and counterterrorism. The course will include a discussion of the task of defining terrorism, an exploration of the history and causes of terrorism (both internationally and domestically), the structure and organization of terrorist groups, an overview of the methods and weapons of terrorists, and public policies, strategies and approaches for combating and preventing terrorism.


Management of Fatal Officer Involved Shootings
CJM 308
1 credits

This course examines the management responsibilities during the investigation of fatal officer involved shootings. The course will explore supervisory and managerial roles in the administrative review of fatal shootings. The criminal and civil ramifications of fatal shootings will be discussed.


Drugs in Society
CJM 309
4 credits

This course examines the multifaceted topic of drugs in society. The course analyzes the four most pivotal areas of the problem, including drug culture, impaired drivers, drug trafficking, and drug control policy. The foundation of the course compares and contrasts the debate on legalization and decriminalization of illicit drugs. Additional topics include the influence of gangs, organized crime, and foreign drug trafficking organization on society.


Capital Punishment
CJM 320
2 credits

This course examines the issues surrounding the use of the death penalty in the United States. The course will analyze the relationship between capital punishment and the U.S. Constitution, current debates on the issue and historical controversial decisions made in death penalty cases.


Criminological Theories
CJM 321
4 credits

This course explores the nature, causes, and control of crime and delinquency. Comparing and contrasting relevant criminological theories, the course provides an explanation of criminal behavior and the debate on inmate re-entry into the community. Analyzing the relationship between victims and offenders provides the foundation for understanding why there is an unequal distribution of crime within society.


The Impact of Social Media on Criminal Justice Organizations
CJM 325
2 credits

This course explores the opportunities and challenges for criminal justice organizations that use social media. The course examines social networking issues in public relations, criminal investigations, and internal personnel matters.


Gangs and Gang Subcultures
CJM 330
2 credits

This course examines the subculture of criminal gangs in the United States. The course will compare and contrast both tradition al and non-traditional gangs. Topics include gang identification, organization, and gang behavior, combined with a study of aggression factors and group dynamics.


Management of Criminal Justice Programs
CJM 408
4 credits

This course examines the management and delivery of criminal justice services from the historical, theoretical and practical points of view. It includes an analysis of current programmatic delivery models such as community policing, problem oriented policing, community courts, and community corrections. Additional topics will include the management of conflict and cooperation between services, programs, other criminal justice service providers as well as between criminal justice service providers and other government services.


Multicultural Issues for the Criminal Justice Manager
CJM 411
4 credits

This course is an analysis of management responses to sensitive topics and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism in today’s criminal justice organizations. The course explores the historical, theoretical, and practical aspect of gender, race, class, and ethnicity issues in criminal justice from a management perspective. As an example, the course examines management responses to multicultural issues in the form of decisions, policies, and programs.


Fiscal Management for Criminal Justice Organizations
CJM 412
4 credits

This course examines the theory and practice of budgeting in the public setting. It analyzes the evolution of the budget from a simple line item to more complex performance systems. It prepares the student to participate in the public policy discussion, the complicated budget process, and the politics of this process as various groups struggle for limited resources. The course will emphasize grant writing as an integral tool of the budget process and fiscal management.


Critical Incident Management
CJM 413
4 credits

This course examines the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of managing critical incidents commonly occurring in the criminal justice field. It explores topics such as incident command structure, interagency cooperation, crisis intervention and the National Response Plan. The course compares and contrasts the critical incident management abilities and policies, as well as the practical interaction among local, state, and federal government agencies in emergency situations.


Managing Elder Abuse Investigation and Prevention Programs
CJM 415
3 credits

This course examines the formation, organization and management of an elder abuse prevention and investigation program. Program responsibilities for the investigation and detection of physical abuse, neglect, and fiduciary abuse will be studied. Strategies for preventing elder abuse will be identified and discussed. A collaborative approach among law enforcement, social services, the courts, and advocate groups to prevent elder abuse will be emphasized in the course.


Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include: prior and certified learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi; and/or individually designed courses developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted using the learning agreement form. All additional electives must be endorsed by the major’s chair and the dean and documented in the approved degree plan prior to registration.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR). The CGR requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Students admitted to the CJM major before Winter Term/Session I 2014

CJM 499 Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience Project (six-12 credits within the 120)


Research Paper (Taken in a major core class – separate credit not awarded).

Students admitted in Winter Term/Session I 2014 and forward will be required to complete the CGR by satisfactory completion of a student electronic portfolio that will consist of the assessment artifact which is a 10-page APA formatted research paper, from each of the five core courses. In addition, a present and future resume from the CJM 307 course will be included in the portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of student papers that will demonstrate student learning and achievement of university, major, and course competencies and outcomes. Each artifact must receive a grade of C or better to meet the minimum requirement.