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Join the field of criminal justice management, where you'll protect those around you and help those who’ve failed to comply with the law.

If you know the laws and think you’d enjoy enforcing them — and keeping people and communities safe — a specialization or certificate of completion in criminal justice management may be for you. Through this program, you’ll learn the essential skills needed by professionals in criminal justice organizations, and be ready to enter into the career fields of corrections, criminal justice, and security.

Through this program, you'll gain a working knowledge of the field of criminal justice, think through the ethical issues that criminal justice organizations and personnel deal with, learn about the effective management styles and leadership traits in criminal justice environments, and compare a range of theories on the management of criminal justice teams and organizations.

This program consists of five lower-division online criminal justice management courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • CRJ330: Research Methods for the Criminal Justice Professional

    In this course, students are introduced to statistical techniques most commonly encountered in the analysis of quantitative data in social and criminal justice fields. Emphasis is placed on descriptive and inferential statistics. The learning experience culminates a comprehensive report of hypothesis testing with secondary data.

  • CRJ340: Restorative and Community Based Justice

    In this course, students are introduced to the origins, theories, controversies, and practices, both past and present, of restorative and transformative justice as alternative responses to resolve conflicts. Course material also interrogates the question: “when is it appropriate to forgive rather than to punish?” and examines how restorative justice is employed and practiced to address crime, school discipline, and other types of conflict around the world.

  • CRJ440: Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional

    In this course, students explore the theory, practice, and application of ethics to the field of criminal justice. The course will focus on understanding how ethics works with the practice of criminal justice. This course prepares students for further inquiry into ethics by providing a solid foundation of its role in criminal justice policy and practice.

  • ORG405: Principles and Practices of Effective Leadership

    This course explores the various aspects of leadership. Students learn concepts such as leadership styles, effective leadership, diversity and best practices for motivating and influencing groups and individuals within organizations. Additional topics focus on application of effective leadership skills in relation to shaping culture and leading change. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.) Prerequisite: ORG300

  • CRJ460: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations

    In this course, students explore the history of adolescence, delinquency, and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Students examine theories on the causes of delinquency and study police, courts, corrections, and rule of law as applied to youth in order to recognize the problems and issues associated with measuring juvenile crime and victimization. In addition, the students will explore contemporary themes such as school violence, drugs and bullying.

* BS - Organizational Leadership students who had this specialization will take CRJ360 in place of ORG405.

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