Criminal Justice

Department Chairperson: Emmett Bradbury

Graduate Faculty: Marc S. Cooper, George Knox, Marian Perkins, Mohammad Salahuddin, Douglas Thomson, Renee F. Williams.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. This program provides advanced examination of critical issues regarding crime and justice. Students are required to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice to contemporary problems in criminal justice. A broad foundation in the social sciences is provided, with emphasis on sociology, psychology, and law. 

Course work allows emphasis in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, counseling and casework, juvenile delinquency, community and economic development, and criminal justice research.

The program culminates in a practicum/internship or a thesis.

The department assesses the effectiveness of its program annually and produces a report that can be found in the department office and on the CSU website.

Admission Requirements

Submission of a formal application through the Graduate School office. Applicants must submit 1) an undergraduate social science paper; 2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores; and 3) schedule an appointment to write a substantial, original essay on their criminal justice practice and research understanding, interests, and plans. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Department of Criminal Justice at 773/995-2108.

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (the department may, under special circumstances, conditionally admit a student with a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale).

All graduate students are eligible to enroll for 4000-level classes, except those requiring departmental permission or designated as restricted to master’s degree students. Prior consultation with the department is recommended.

General Requirements

Prerequisites for all graduate level criminal justice courses include: CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 and 2316/316 (or equivalents); ENG 2280/228, 2790/279, and 2800/280 (or consent of the department); and CMAT 2030/203 (or consent of the department). A grade of C or better is required in these courses.

  • Completion of thirty-three graduate criminal justice hours (of which at least eighteen hours must be at the 5000-level), and which must include the 21 credit hours core (see below).
  • Completion of a comprehensive examination (see below).
  • At least 18 credit hours of criminal justice courses must be taken at the Chicago State University main campus.
  • A 3.0 grade point average must be attained for core and elective courses required by the program. A grade of C or better is also required in these courses.
  • No more than nine credit hours of graduate criminal justice courses taken at other institutions can be accepted as transfer credit toward the criminal justice master’s degree. No grades below B will be accepted for transfer credit.
  • No more than nine credit hours of graduate criminal justice courses taken as a graduate student-at-large at this university (4000-level, only) can be accepted as credit hours toward the criminal justice master’s degree.

Specific Requirements

CJ 5350/350G, 5380/380G, 5381/381, 5801/401, 5879/479, 5880/480, 5881/481; and 5899/499 or 5855/455

Six credit hours of criminal justice electives selected from departmental offerings at the graduate level. At least three credit hours must be at the 5800-level.

All candidates for the master’s degree are required to complete a graduate comprehensive examination as part of the requirements for graduation. The comprehensive examination will cover the content areas of criminal justice public policy issues, criminology theory, research design, and research analysis and application.

One law and public police course required for the master’s degree in criminal justice, selected from the following choices:

CJ 5318, 5340, 5343, 5345, 5361.

Culminating Project Options

CJ 5855/455 (Thesis Research in Criminal Justice), or CJ 5899/499 (Advanced Practicum/Internship in Criminal Justice, or CJ 5898/498 (Advocacy/Policy Practicum)

Course Offerings

Criminal Justice (CJ)

5303/303 PROBLEMS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Investigation and report on an individually selected social justice problem.

5320/320 WOMEN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Survey of women in criminal justice: professional role; female offenders, victims, volunteers, and institutions.

5322/322 ORGANIZED CRIME (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Overview of organized criminal activities in the United States, including distinguishing characteristics, history, types of activities, modes of operation, and societal responses.

5331/331 DRUG ABUSE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Examination of the legal and social issues involved in the drug problem including the problems faced by the criminal justice administration in dealing with the drug offender.

5334/334 COMPARATIVE POLICE SYSTEMS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The basic structure and functions of police systems in selected foreign countries.

5336/336 SOCIOLOGY OF CORRECTIONS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The culture that exists within correctional institutions; the relationship of the correctional system to American culture and society.

5337/337 CRIMINAL JUSTICE FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

History of criminal justice from ancient times to the Twenty First Century.

5338/338 CRIMINOLOGY THEORY (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Reviews the history of criminological theory and existing paradigms for the explanation of crime.

5343/343 CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

U.S. constitutional law governing what the police and courts can and cannot do in the investigation of crime, and arrest and prosecution of criminals. The development of this body of law through the U.S. Supreme Court decisions interpreting and applying the U.S. Bill of Rights. Particularly recommended for pre-law and law enforcement students.

5345/345 LAW, JUDICIAL PROCESS, AND SOCIETY (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The nature of law and its relationship to society; legal reasoning and the judicial creation of law and policy; law school, lawyers and the legal profession; political influences on the judicial process. Particularly recommended for pre-law students.

5350/350 RESEARCH DESIGN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ program full admission requirement.

Sources of knowledge, developing research problem statements, methods of gathering data, and introduction to types of analysis.

5356/356 LOCAL DETENTION FACILITIES (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

An overview of American local detention facilities, e.g., city, county, and regional jails, work farms, and camps. History of jails; jail administration; uses of jails, work farms, and detention camps.

5362/362 COMMUNITY’S ROLE IN CRIME PREVENTION (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

An examination of roles the community plays in the prevention, deterrence, and control of crime with a focus on private sector involvement.

5368/368 TERRORISM (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Survey of recent literature on terrorism in America and abroad. Overview of theory, research, and action to confront terrorism.

5380/380 RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 350/G.

Descriptive and inferential statistics; correlation; regression analysis. Emphasis on interpreting and understanding statistical analyses commonly found in criminal justice literature.

5800/400 SEMINAR: ADVANCED COUNSELING TECHNIQUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Major theories, principles, and techniques of counseling in criminal justice.

5801/401 RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS (3)

Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in criminal justice.

Advanced communication skills and critical thinking development focused on analyzing criminal justice literature and policy issues.

5802/402 SEMINAR: CLASSIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT OF OFFENDERS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Techniques and methods for appraising personality characteristics. Selection, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of test instruments.

5804/404 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites plus fifteen hours of graduate credit in department; completion or concurrent enrollment in CJ 350, and 380 or equivalent; formal admission to the master’s degree program; consent of the instructor.

Current trends in research methodology. Formulation of student’s research design.

5805/405 SEMINAR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Basic management principles for criminal justice administrators.

5806/406 SEMINAR: MENTAL ILLNESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The nature of mental illness in society and its treatment by society; the interaction of mental illness with police, courts, and corrections.

5807/407 SEMINAR IN VICTIMOLOGY (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

In-depth analysis of specific issues in the field of victimology, including methodology of victimization studies, victim precipitation, victims’ rights, and the likelihood of victimization.

5812/412 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; formal admission to the master’s degree program; consent of the instructor.

Independent examination and analysis of a criminological issue under the supervision of a faculty member.

5829/429 RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; formal admission to the master’s degree program; consent of the instructor.

Supervised experience assisting in an on-going research project.

5845/445 SEMINAR: ETHICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) 

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis of ethical issues that may arise in law enforcement, corrections and the judicial process. Examination of ethical standards that govern those involved in these areas, including the codes of the American Correctional Association, the American Bar Association and the International Chiefs of Police.

5855/455 THESIS RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; twenty-four hours of graduate credit in department; completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 5350/350 and 5380/380 or equivalent; formal admission to the master’s degree program; consent of the instructor.

For graduate students who wish to complete a master’s thesis in lieu of the practicum/internship (CJ 5899/499) as culminating experience of program. Topic selection, literature search, design, research, and writing. May be taken for three credit hours. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours in subsequent semester with the consent of the department.

5862/462 SEMINAR: THE CORRECTIONAL ORGANIZATION(3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The nature and structure of correctional organizations in the United States; the attendant problems facing correctional agencies and how, if at all, these problems are being addressed.

5870/470 SEMINAR: SOCIAL INEQUALITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

The relationship between the criminal justice system and issues of social inequality and stratification, such as race and class.

5871/471 SEMINAR IN PROBATION AND PAROLE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis of theory, practice and development of probation and parole through evaluation of caseload handling, human service delivery and supervisory concepts.

5872/472 SEMINAR IN JUVENILE INSTITUTIONS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis of the planning, operations, treatment programs, and delivery system of juvenile justice from deterrence programming to post-institutionalization.

5873/473 SEMINAR IN ADULT INSTITUTIONS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis of the planning, operations and treatment concepts within adult institutions with special emphasis on variations between local, state, and federal levels.

5875/475 SEMINAR: LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Critical issues in law enforcement and examination of the enforcement function in a free society.

5876/476 SEMINAR: CORRECTIONAL LAW (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; completion of CJ 318 or consent of the department.

Constitutional rights of prisoners; major issues in post-conviction rights, e.g., first amendment rights, procedural due process, cruel and unusual punishment. Current cases will be analyzed and studied in-depth.

5877/477 SEMINAR IN COMMUNITY BASED CORRECTIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis and evaluation of developmental concepts of treatment, planning, and operations in community corrections, halfway houses, work release, and minimum security urban centers.

5878/478 SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Comparisons among and contrasts between American and other national criminal justice systems: the structures and operations, philosophies, political and social contexts.

5879/479 SEMINAR: PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; formal admission to the master’s degree program.

The politics of criminal justice; agenda setting; establishment of priorities; decision making; agents and interest groups as they affect criminal justice policies and practices.

5880/480 SEMINAR IN ADVANCED TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites; formal admission to the master’s degree program.

Analysis, comparison, and discussion of theories and models in criminology with emphasis on understanding principles and their application.

5881/481 ADVANCED RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION (3)

Prerequisites: CJ 5350, 5380, 5381, 5801, 5879, 5880, or consent of department.

Intensive exploration of qualitative and quantitative analysis methods useful for criminal justice program evaluation, social policy review, and criminology theory generation.

5889/489 SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of CJ graduate program prerequisites.

Analysis of a contemporary criminological problem chosen by the instructor.

5898/498 ADVOCACY/POLICY PRACTICUM (3)

Supervised experience in advanced advocacy and policy responsibilities in criminal justice/social justice settings. Integrates theory, research, and practice in culminating experience of graduate program.

5899/499 ADVANCED PRACTICUM/ INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Formal admission to t he master’s degree program; 24 graduate credit hours, core courses, i.e. CJ 5350, 5380, 5381, 5801, 5879, 5880, or consent of department.

Supervised experience in criminal justice setting. Integrates theory, knowledge, and practice in culminating experience of criminal justice program. May be taken for three credit hours. May be repeated in subsequent semester for three credit hours to a maximum of six hours with consent of the department.