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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Course Requirements

The Ph.D. in criminal justice requires a total of 72 semester hours. Mandatory among these hours are a minimum of 47 hours of graded course work and a minimum of 24 hours of Crm J 800 research credits.

Required Core Courses (21 credits)

  • Crm J 514: Professional Development (1 credit pass/fail)
  • Crm J 520: Research Methods in Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 522: Introductory Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 523: Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 530: Criminal Justice: Processes and Institutions
  • Crm J 540: Seminar in Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation
  • Crm J 555: Seminar in Criminological Theory

Institutional Courses (9 credits)

  • Crm J 541: Seminar in Corrections
  • Crm J 560: Prosecution and Adjudication
  • Crm J 570: Police and Society

Advanced Method-Based Courses (3 credits minimum)

One course in advanced methodology selected from a variety of courses already offered throughout the university, such as:

  • Crm J 521: Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (may be taken more than once)
  • Crm J 524: Advanced Quantitative Techniques in Criminal Justice and Criminology (may be taken more than once)

Electives (15 credits)

Courses selected from within the DCJC or from other departments. DCJC courses include:

  • Crm J 505: Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 510: Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 511; Criminal Justice Management
  • Crm J 512: Juvenile Justice
  • Crm J 513: Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 521: Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Crm J 524: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J 531: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • Crm J 542: Community Corrections
  • Crm J 572: Seminar in Comparative Policing
  • Crm J 580: Gender and Justice
  • Crm J 591: Seminar in the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 593: Special Topics in Criminological Theory
  • Crm J 594: Special Topics in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Crm J 595: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Institutions and Processes
  • Crm J 596: Special Topics: Criminal Justice and Public Health

Crm J 800 – Dissertation Research Hours (ungraded) (24 credits minimum)

Students must complete a minimum of 47 graded credits and a minimum of 24  800-level credits to complete the Ph.D.

In addition to the course requirements, each student in the Ph.D. program is required to have formal teaching and/or research experience in an institution of higher learning before receiving the Ph.D. degree. Serving as a teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology satisfies this teaching requirement. Collecting original data also fulfills this requirement.