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Course Descriptions

CRJ 501: The Role of the Chief Executive

This introductory course is designed to provide an overview of management principles along with a practical view of the environment surrounding the role of the chief executive in criminal justice today. Specifically, topics such as organizational theory and structure, and leadership will be reviewed along with an examination of the political, legal and social environment encircling the chief executive.

CRJ 510: The Dynamics of Administration

This course provides an introduction to human resources management functions in criminal justice. The dynamics of hiring, retaining and evaluating personnel will be covered along with the competing demands, ethical dilemmas, and policy issues related to human resources.

CRJ 550: Crime, Law & the Legal System

In this course a broad outline of the fundamentals of criminology and a review of the legal system designed to deal with criminal behavior is provided. In addition to an overview of crime causation, an examination of how the American system of justice operates is presented. Included is a survey of the foundations of jurisprudence and an appraisal of how the legal system responds to crime in America.

CRJ 560: The Media & Political Survival

An examination of the role of the media in modern society along with the relationship between media outlets and criminal justice executives is offered in this course. In addition, various strategies to cope with public exposure are explored and the role of positive leadership in this area is examined.

CRJ 601: Applied Research Methods

This overview of research methods is designed to create a more intelligent consumer of scientific research in the field of criminal justice who is able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of work in the field. The course focuses on quantitative research methods and covers observational and experimental research designs, along with an overview of qualitative research methodology.

CRJ 605: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

In this capstone course, participants will review and critique the most recent and significant research in the field. A major research project will also be a part of this course.

CRJ 615: Managing a Multicultural & Ethical Department

An examination of current issues relating to the administration of justice in a culturally diverse society is provided in this course. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of changing ethnicity on social and institutional public policy and managing these changes legally and ethically.

CRJ 640: Strategic & Tactical Planning

This course focuses on learning the importance and practice of strategic, tactical and operational planning in criminal justice. Emphasis will be placed on forecasting likely, as well as plausible, future conditions and influencing those conditions through effective leadership so that the desired outcome can be achieved. In addition, an overview of budgeting principles will be covered and the basics of grantsmanship will be reviewed.

CRJ 655: Executive Liability

A review of major liability issues facing the chief executive in criminal justice is the focus of this course. Civil liability, torts, negligence and employment law will be covered.