Degree Specialization in Criminal Justice Leadership

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Further your understanding of the law while advancing your career in criminal justice.

You not only understand the law, but also have desire to learn how to enforce it. Coursework in this program focuses on developing your skills in the criminal justice field, and focusing on your leadership and decision-making skills.

In this program, you will study criminal justice topics and theories, as well as criminal justice policy, ethics, administration, and practical application.

COURSES IN THIS SPECIALIZATION

This program consists of four online criminal justice leadership courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • CRJ500 Criminological Theory
    In this course, students will gain an understanding of the major schools of thought about crime causation (sociological, psychological, and biological) and identify the primary positions of each theoretical approach. In addition students will examine the role of theories in reasoning and organizing studies of crime and control, and discerns policy implications of various theories. In completing the course, students will gain/improve their library research skills and acquaint themselves with APA style and citing sources.
  • CRJ530 Ethics, Justice, and Social Control
    In this course, students explore the study of theory, practice, and applications of ethics in criminal justice. Students engage in a philosophical undertaking that seeks to understand and justify moral standards and policies and practices that are presently applied to the occupations that comprise the criminal justice system. The course fosters the students understanding of economics, ethics, law, and power towards constructs of morality.
  • CRJ540 Criminal Justice Policy Development and Analysis
    This course explores the process of policy making in the justice system, including an examination of the ways policy decisions impact criminal justice organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of the policy process, including agenda setting, implementation, and evaluation. Students will also explore the impact of media and other external forces on setting the policy agenda at the local, state, and federal levels. This course will prepare the student for further inquiry into policy making and the policy process, providing a solid foundation for students to understand the role of policy in justice system practices.
  • CRJ550 Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations
    In this course, students will learn about the theories of organizational behavior and the management of justice organizations. Students will examine challenges facing criminal justice leaders who manage resources and employees who are responsible for public safety. Class discussions will expand students' understanding of what differentiates criminal justice organizations from private and other, public, organizations.

CORRESPONDING MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMS

A specialization in Criminal Justice Leadership pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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