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Catalog Descriptions of Graduate Courses

CRJU-590:  Seminar (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing for students taking the course for graduate credit
Concentrated study of specific topics related to American criminal justice.

CRJU-600:  Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate Standing
This course will provide an overview of Criminal Justice theory by providing critical evaluation and discussion of research in the criminal justice field.  It will emphasize seminal works and review current research, including attention to issues of diversity in criminal justice.  It will introduce questions of the factors influencing public policy as well as ethical considerations relating to the application of criminal justice.

CRJU-610:  Historical Perspectives in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Traces the development of ideas about and institutions within the criminal justice system, focusing especially on the United States and its roots in the western tradition.   Students will study some of the major works in the criminal justice field.

CRJU-620:  Judicial Behavior (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Survey of the American judiciary.  Studies judicial self-perception, public perception of the judiciary and specific judicial actions in sentencing and court management.

CRJU-630:  Organizational Theory (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
A survey of current organizational theory as it relates to the public sector.   Emphasis on development of explanations of organizational behavior and development of an understanding of individual behavior in complex public organizations.

CRJU-635:  Foundations of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
This graduate course is designed to examine critical issues in policing.  Topics for discussion will include (but are not limited to): The function of policing, historical perspectives, strategies and programs, the nature of policing, performing the job, ethics and deviance, and contemporary issues

CRJU-638:  Foundations of Corrections (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
This is a graduate course intended to examine critical issues in corrections.  Topics for discussion will include (but are not limited to): the evolution of contemporary correctional strategies, institutional and community-based correctional alternatives, correctional ethics, and contemporary policy issues.

CRJU-643:  Social Awareness (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Examines the interrelationship of race, class and gender with the criminal justice system, considering the experiences of racial and ethnic minority groups and women.

CRJU-650:  Criminal Justice Ethics (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Theories and practices in the areas of legality, morality, values, and ethics within the criminal justice system.

CRJU-655:  Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Examination of constitutional civil liberties and impact upon criminal law and field behavior.

CRJU-660:  Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Examination of current issues which impact criminal justice through an analysis of formation, procedural influence and policy determination.

CRJU-670:  Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Designed to provide advanced social science research skills and to allow students to put those skills into practice with a required research project.

CRJU-671:  Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  CRJU-670
This course is intended to equip the student with the ability to calculate and conduct statistical analyses for original research, and to ensure the ability to interpret the results of statistical analysis and to apply those results appropriately to real world situations.

CRJU-672:  Applications in Crime Analysis (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:  CRJU-670 (required) and CRJU-671 (recommended)
This course is an introduction to the quantitative skills used in tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysis.

CRJU-673:  Crime Mapping (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:  CRJU-670 (required) and CRJU-671 (recommended)
This course expands on the quantitative principles and applications used in tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysis introduced in CRJU-672.  The primary focus of this course is geographic mapping of crime patterns.

CRJU-675:  Studies in Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Examines the theories of criminality ranging from classical explanations to recent paradigms. 

CRJU-676:  Environmental Criminology (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate Standing
This course examines the spatial distribution of crime, focusing primarily on theoretical explanations and their associated policy implications.

CRJU-684:  Criminal Justice Graduate Internship (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
An experimental learning program for criminal justice students to observe, learn and participate in the daily functions and procedure of a specific criminal justice agency.   The course consists of not less than 16 hours per week for 15 weeks and is graded on a pass/fail basis.

CRJU-690:  Seminar (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate standing
Concentrated study of a specific issue or topic in criminal justice.

CRJU-691:  Public Policy and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Graduate Standing
Intensive study of policy formulation process for American criminal justice agencies.   Attention to each of the major components of the American criminal justice system:   police, courts, corrections.

CRJU-698:  Directed Study (1-4 credit hours)
Prerequisites:  Approval of the advisor, department chair, and dean of the Graduate College
Semi-autonomous, independent research on a topic of interest to the student and the criminal justice system.  Provides an opportunity to develop a high degree of conceptual sophistication on a specific topic.  (Refer to the current Graduate Catalog for further information).

CRJU-699:  Research and Thesis (1-6 credit hours)
Hours and credit arranged with the approval of the student's thesis supervisor, advisor and dean of the Graduate college.  (Refer to the current Graduate Catalog for further information).

CRJU-799:  Continuous Enrollment (1 credit hour)
All graduate students are required to be registered during the semester they receive their degree from Radford University.  Registration is required of all graduate students when using University facilities and/or faculty time.  The minimum number of hours for registration is one.  Registration allows use of services such as library checkout, laboratories, and recreation facilities not open to the public.   Students who are not currently registered for any course work, and who have completed all course work but have other outstanding degree requirements (e.g., comprehensive examination, thesis, removal of an I or IP grade), are required to register for a continuous enrollment course each semester, including summer, until they have met the outstanding requirement(s).  This course carries no credit hour production and does not count toward graduation requirements.  This course option is also available to those admitted students who are not enrolled in a given semester but who wish to use University facilities and services during that time.