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CRIJ 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security (3-0). In conjunction with an analysis of current Homeland Security topics, students apply theoretical concepts of target identification and risk evaluation to develop risk mitigation plans, which are jointly critiqued by their classmates. Students consider various natural and man-made disasters and potential disasters, from an all-hazards perspective. Practical application of open source intelligence to risk analysis and mitigation is a key component of this course.
     Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6301.

CRIJ 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3-0). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) contain a powerful set of tools for data acquisition, management, query and display. This course provides students with a substantial foundation in the history of cartography and mapmaking. A second major em­phasis of this course will merge both theoretical and historical information with hands-on practical training utilizing the basic tools provided with GIS software. Students will become familiar with the importance of metadata, as well as editing and updating metadata and how this is important to the success or failure of the dataset as a whole.
         Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6302.

CRIJ 6304 Advanced Studies in Transnational Crime (3-0). Globalization touches all aspects of an ever more interconnected world - never more so than in criminal organizations. The study of the morphology of transnational criminal organizations of all types is key to understanding the future of organized and interna­tional crime and the associated legal and practical efforts to counter future trends. Through differentiation of historical and contemporary patterns, modus operandi, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of transnational crim­inals and organizations, students develop crime interdiction proposals and critique the proposals of other students, through a Socratic process.
        Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6304.

CRIJ 6305 Advanced Studies in Human Trafficking (3-0). This advanced course looks at the origins and current trends in trafficking of humans for profit. Whether it be to supply workers for the international sex trade, or the delivery of babies for adoption, the trafficking of humans destroys lives, families, and the very social fabric upon which societies are built. This course delves into the theoretical basis of the psychopa­thology behind human trafficking and the intense process of recovery that victims and their families need to recover from these crimes, help that is often lacking in even the most civilized societies. Students evaluate current events and develop theoretically and legally based responses to these crimes.
       Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6305.

CRIJ 6306 Advanced Studies in International Drug Trafficking (3-0). The international trafficking of illegal narcotics and other pharmaceuticals has been a global problem for over a century. From the Opium Wars of the 1800s to the current battles among drug cartels in Mexico, this course offers an in-depth analysis of the epidemic of drug abuse and its association with crime. Using open source intelligence, students evalu­ate the impact of current drug interdiction efforts by federal agencies. Students conduct online research, statistical analysis, development of viable programs and policies to reduce the current demand for illegal substances worldwide. They then argue in support of their positions to convince the remainder of the class of their program’s viability.
    Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6306.

CRIJ 6320 Studies in Terrorism (3-0). This course discusses the politics of terrorism and counterterrorism in depth. Theoretical approaches to explain terrorism as a tactic are analyzed. Individual, group, and state terrorism are reviewed from a historical and political context. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the advent of the USA PATRIOT ACT and its impact on civil liber­ties, and the development of the Department of Homeland Security as a terrorist mitigation strategy.
         Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6320.

CRIJ 6321 Seminar in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3-0). This seminar course applies the materials covered in CRIJ/BOR 6320 to a series of professor-directed discussions in which students examine new and growing terrorist threats worldwide. Subject matter varies based on current events and trends. Students use open source intelligence to conduct active analysis of terrorism events and develop potential responses by national and international counter-terrorism forces.
           Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6321.
           Prerequisite: Border Studies 6320 or Criminal Justice 6320.

CRIJ 6330 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration (3-0). An analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States; the role of justice agencies as part of societal response to crime; the knowledge base of criminal justice; and issues, problems and trends.

CRIJ 6332 Criminal Justice Theory (3-0). Overview of the major paradigms focusing on the causes of crime and deviant behavior with special attention given to the social, political, and intellectual philosophies within which each perspective arose. Students discuss criminological theories from a philosophy of sci­ence perspective, focusing upon such issues as theory construction, theoretical integration, and the formal evaluation of theory.

CRIJ 6334 Research Methods and Statistics (3-0). The theory and application of social science research techniques and designs, coupled with a review of descriptive and graphical techniques; probability and sampling theory; the normal curve and statistical inference.
           Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6334.

CRIJ 6339 Police in Society (3-0). An examination of the evolution of police in modern society with a spe­cial emphasis given to the role police play in contemporary society. Current research examining the function of the police and trends and techniques in policing are examined.

CRIJ 6340 Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security (3-0). Taking constitutional law to the next level, students conduct in-depth analysis of court decisions that respond to ongoing efforts to address legislative efforts to secure the homeland in the face of a continued international terrorist threat. Additionally, students evaluate the legal basis for federal response to natural and man-made disasters and the impact of these re­sponses to local sovereignty. Students taking this course are required to write extensive legal briefs.
           Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6340.

CRIJ 6341 Advanced Studies in International Police Development (3-0). Students use the comparative method to conduct critical analysis of ongoing efforts to develop police in other countries by the U.S., EU, UN, and other agencies. The role of military and non-military forces, coupled with their interaction with NGO and local agencies is evaluated. Developing measurement tools to use in conducting success evaluation is a key part of this course.
       Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6341.

*CRIJ 6371 Internship (3-0).  This course is designed to familiarize students with the application of knowledge gained in course work and with operations and problems in the field of criminal justice.  Students must be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.
        Approval of instructor is required.

CRIJ 6372 Seminar in Corrections (3-0). A variety of problems in American Corrections are explored, including the philosophy of prisons, sentencing, community corrections, rehabilitation, and correctional reform. The efficacy of the death penalty is evaluated. Students also investigate the sources of professional shortcomings, system deficiencies, and public inadequacies to develop theoretically based proposals to address these issues.

*CRIJ 6381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in the criminal justice field. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

CRIJ 6387 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agency Ethics (3-0). The study of criminal justice without the concurrent study of justice is simply criminal. This course exposes students to the ethics (and lack thereof) of criminal justice agencies. Scenario evaluation, active discussion, and theoretically based argumentation and decision-making are all key components of this seminar.
        Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 6387.

CRIJ 6389 Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice (3-0). This course is a research seminar in which stu­dents will develop skills in locating, extracting, evaluating, and synthesizing information acquired from their prior courses. Students write a publishable, article-length paper based on independent research. Students may also be expected to supplement their research with other readings under the direction of the professor.

CRIJ 6393 Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System (3-0). In this overview of various aspects of law that are relevant to and essential for a better understanding of the criminal justice system and its related processes, students analyze and brief critical court decisions that have shaped the PCC system.

*CRIJ 6091 Independent Research (1-6). A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in Criminal Justice.  
        Departmental approval required.


*Courses starting Fall 2012.