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Chairperson and Associate Professor: Korni Kumar, PhD, Temple University; Provost and Professor: Timothy J. Flanagan, PhD, SUNY Albany; Associate Professor: Richard C. Lumb, PhD, Florida State University; Assistant Professors: Kimberley A. Cattat, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Michael Cretacci, PhD, SUNY Albany; James Ross, JD, SUNY Buffalo; Yumin Wang, PhD, SUNY Albany; Visiting Assistant Professor: Bivette M. Stodghill, MA, SUNY Albany.

While the Department of Criminal Justice does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through advisement.


CRJ 510 Justice Dilemmas (A). Cross-listed as CRJ 593. Reviews difficult and persistent problems in the American criminal justice system, including constitutional dilemmas of police, the use of excessive force; the relationship between race, poverty and crime; the death penalty and other punishments; and the role of the state as it relates to individual freedoms. 3 Cr.

CRJ 531 Crime Prevention and Control (A). Explores crime problems and the role of the criminal justice system in crime prevention, its funding, planning and evaluation. 3 Cr.

CRJ 534 Security Administration (B). Provides a comprehensive examination of the nature and problems of private and public security administration. Focuses on the issues of administration and the solutions, especially security technology necessary for successful management. 3 Cr.

CRJ 536 Computer Security (B). Examines the nature, problems, and programs to protect organizational information, especially electronically processed data and computer equipment. 3 Cr.

CRJ 538 Security Law (B). Provides a comprehensive understanding of fundamental issues in the "legal-intensive" field of security administration. 3 Cr.

CRJ 551 International Criminal Justice Systems (A). Compares and contrasts the criminal justice system of the United States with the systems of other countries. 3 Cr.

CRJ 565 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (A). Examines current terrorism, its origins and ideological bases, with particular attention to its relation to political institutions and the criminal justice response. 3 Cr.

CRJ 567 Murder and its Control (A). Cross-listed as CRJ 593. Analyzes the forms, causes and context of homicide in the United States. Additionally, looks at criminal and non-criminal types of homicide in other cultures. Examines various behavioral adaptations to avoid becoming a victim of homicide, the social and economic consequences of homicide, societal mechanisms of preventing murder, and assessment of the risk of committing a criminal homicide in the United States and selected countries. 3 Cr.

CRJ 571 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (A). Familiarizes criminal justice majors with the development of data-gathering techniques, including scaling, questionnaire construction, sampling procedures, interviewing, secondary data analysis, and techniques of data processing using micro- and minicomputers. Also examines linear casual models as a tool in theory and research, research designs, central tendency, variation, and statistics for nominal and ordinal measures. 3 Cr.

CRJ 577 Family Violence (A). Focuses on the dynamics of family violence and the legal and social system response to the phenomenon. Explores and analyzes in-depth the scope and theoretical explanations of the issues of the various forms of family violence, e.g. spousal abuse, marital rape, elder abuse. 3 Cr.

CRJ 579 Victimology (A). Cross-listed as WMS 479. Develops an understanding of crime victimization, both direct and indirect. Focuses on street crime, social and political oppression, victimization of women, and victims of corporate deviance. Emphasizes theory and policy analysis. 3 Cr.

CRJ 581 Women and the Criminal Justice System (A). Examines women's relationships with crime and the criminal justice system. Specifically provides a study of women and crime, victimization and occupational obstacles and opportunities. Develops student understanding of how social, political and economic conditions affect these problems. 3 Cr.

CRJ 583 Fair Trial/Free Press Conflicts (A). Examines instances in which these two highly valued and protected rights in our society have come into conflict, and evaluates legal cases in which rules designed to resolve these conflicts have been offered. 3 Cr.

CRJ 585 Issues in Juvenile Justice (A). Provides an in-depth analysis of 10-12 selected topics germane to the juvenile justice system. Includes topics such as child abuse and domestic violence, alternatives for the status offender, ethical issues, children's rights, right to treatment and right to refuse treatment, the politics of juvenile justice, and the court as a socio-legal institution. 3 Cr.

CRJ 589 Police Problems (A). Discusses specific problems of law enforcement and policing in contemporary American society. Emphasizes the development, nature and function of law enforcement as it relates to criminal justice. Covers topical issues and problems such as ethics, corruption, deadly force and civil liabilities. 3 Cr.

CRJ 590 Special Topics (A). Cross-listed as EDI 590, HLS 590, PAD 590. Enables students to learn the basic operations of a criminal justice agency and participate in agency activity. Involves group discussion, weekly log and final report. 3 Cr.

CRJ 593 Seminar in Criminal Justice (A). Allows students to gain an understanding of a selected criminal justice issue. Utilizes research skills to prepare and present research projects, and defend findings to an audience of critical judges. May be repeated with chair's permission. 3 Cr.

CRJ 594 Criminology (A). Provides a review and critical analysis of the major criminological theories including the classical school; biological school; and psychological, sociological and psychoanalytic orientations, including economic determinism. Considers various forms of criminality, as well as studies dealing with the frequency of crime in different places at different times. 3 Cr.

CRJ 599 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (A). To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with college policy prior to registration. May be repeated with chair's permission. 1-6 Cr.

OAP 542 SWO Interns OAP (A). Allows social work majors to do their field placement work for credit overseas. Internships will be in four possible locations: Costa Rica, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Vietnam. 1-15 Cr.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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