Crime Analysis and Prevention: takes 3 semesters to complete with classes offered spring, summer, and fall. Graduate level statistics (prerequisite), transfer credit allowed with a 5 year limit. Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice (CJ7040) is offered in the spring semester only. The certificate takes 12 hours to complete, but that may vary depending on if the statistics class was transferred or has to be taken.
Electives: Need 6 Semester Credits (2 courses)
This course will introduce the statistical techniques used in the social sciences, including criminology and criminal justice, with emphasis placed on interpretation of results and computer applications. The course will include learning the logic of, and how to calculate, different statistical techniques.
This course is designed to provide an exploration of the various approaches to reducing crime as well as the theories that inform those approaches. We will focus most fully on situational approaches to crime prevention, though we will also explore crime prevention through social development, community-based crime prevention. We will also examine how policing intersects with these various approaches to crime prevention.
This is an introductory course on policing for graduate students. The course explores the origins of policing, especially the British antecedents of American police, and explanations for the development and structure of contemporary police. The current state of policing in America is examined, as are continuing and emerging issues in policing and law enforcement. The future of American policing is considered and assessed.
This course covers the fundamental theories of environmental criminology (AKA Crime Science) – rational choice perspectives, advanced routine activity theory, crime pattern theory, situational crime prevention, and problem-oriented policing – and shows how these theories can be used to diagnose the causes of specific crime problems, develop and implement solutions to these problems, and evaluate the effectiveness of solutions. It also examines criminal adaptation to prevention and how this can be measured and countered.
This course covers research and evaluation into what types of interventions used by the police have an effect on crime, disorder, and fear of crime. It examines theories of police effectiveness, methods for determining effectiveness, and the empirical results of effectiveness studies.
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