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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Course Requirements

The Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology requires a total of 72 semester hours. Mandatory among these hours are a minimum of 39 hours of graded course work and a minimum of 33 hours of Crm J 800 research credits.

Required Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Crm J 513: Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice OR Crm J 580: Gender and Justice
  • Crm J 514: Professional Development in Criminal Justice and Criminology (1 credit pass/fail)
  • Crm J 520: Criminal Justice Research Methods OR Equivalent course
  • Crm J 522: Foundations of Quantitative Methods OR Equivalent course
  • Crm J 523: Intermediate Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J 530: Criminal Justice: Processes and Institutions
  • Crm J 540: Seminar in Evaluation Research
  • Crm J 555: Seminar in Criminological Theory

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 521: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Crm J 524: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J 531: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • Crm J 541: Seminar in Corrections
  • Crm J 542: Community Corrections
  • Crm J 560: Prosecution and Adjudication
  • Crm J 570: The Police and Society
  • Crm J 572: Seminar in Comparative Policing
  • Crm J 591: Seminar in the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CRMJ 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 (Pass/Fail) (33 credits minimum)

Students must complete a minimum of 36 graded credits and a minimum of 33 CRM J 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.