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Graduate Course Descriptions

CRIM 507: POLICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION (3 credits). Principles of organization and management in terms of line, staff, and auxiliary functions; specific concentration on organization of police services, administrative services, operational services, and auxiliary services. perquisites: 200 and 320 ( which may be taken concurrently), or consent of the instructor.

CRIM 516: SYMPOSIUM OF CRIMINOLOGY (3 credits). Consideration is given to a specific area of criminology. Course is offered for credit or noncredit, and for in-service or preservice students. A different topic is selected for each symposium. A student may earn a maximum of 6 hours of credit by enrolling in different sessions. prerequisite: 6 hours of criminology or consent of instructor.

CRIM 520: CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE I (3 credits). An analysis of history and development of criminal law as a system of social control, the scope, purpose, and general principles of criminal law; and the essential haracteristics of various crimes. prerequisite: 6 hours of criminology or consent of instructor.

CRIM 521: CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE II (3 credits). A continuation of 520. prerequisites: 6 hours of criminology; 520 or consent of instructor.

CRIM 523: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (3 credits). Definitions and interpretations of theories of causation and prevention; organization and functions of community agencies and institutions, including police, courts, and probation. prerequisite: 6 hours of criminology or consent of instructor.

CRIM 530: CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS (3 credits). The correctional institution in the United states as it exists today in terms of its development, objectives, and standards, includes jails, detention homes, reformatories, furlough-detention camps, open and closed institutions.  prerequisite: 6 hours of criminology or consent of instructor.

CRIM 531: COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS (3 credits). This course covers the variety of alternatives to incarceration which collectively are known as community-based corrections, including diversion, pretrial release, fines, homes, confinement, restitution, community service, half-way houses, probation and parole. prerequisite: 6 hours of criminology or consent of instructor. 

CRIM 532: THE LAW ON EVIDENCE (3 credits). analysis of the rules of evidence; their functional relationship to the culture in which they operate, and their effect on law enforcement, criminal prosecution, and the correctional processes. prerequisites: 520, 521, or consent of instructor.

CRIM 535: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3 credits). Organization and functions of investigative agencies, basic considerations in the investigation of crime, collection and preservation of physical evidence, elements of legal proof in the submission of evidence, investigation of specific types of offenses. prerequisites: 200 and 320, or consent of instructor.

CRIM 540: ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits). A study of ethics, crime, and the criminal justice system. This course explores a variety of theoretical perspectives relative to the study of ethical behavior and then applies this discussion to the practice of law enforcement and corrections.

CRIM 601: SEMINAR: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORIES (3 credits). The presentation and discussion of the various theories of crime and delinquency causation and the research which has been done to develop and test theories.

CRIM 602: CORRECTIONAL COUNSELING (3 credits). Case work and counseling as applicable in probation, parole, and institutions.

CRIM 603: SEMINAR: TREATMENT PRACTICES AND TECHNIQUES IN CORRECTIONS (3 credits). An advanced course in corrections designed to cover issues surrounding the provision of treatment of various groups in the correctional system. Primary focus is directed towards understanding how to lead groups, evaluate treatment related research, and dealing with special populations such as addicts, mental health offenders, and victims. 

CRIM 604: SEMINAR: POLICE PROBLEMS AND PRACTICES (3 credits). The organizational structure, administrative practices, and operating procedures of police departments; the purpose of each practice and the principle to be followed in achieving it.

CRIM 605: CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATION ( 3 credits). an analysis and evaluation of the administrative organization of contemporary state and federal correctional systems. The organization of business, custodial, industrial, and treatment functions of correctional agencies.

CRIM 606: SEMINAR: RESEARCH IN CRIMINOLOGY (3 credits). An analysis of research in criminology, focusing an several aspects of the criminal justice system. Examination of research methods and problems for the researcher in conducting criminological research.

CRIM 607: SEMINAR: LAW AND SOCIETY (3 credits). A study of relationship between the law and the culture of the society in which it functions. An analysis is made of the law as a social institution, its possible origin, its development through various periods of history, and its present status in Western civilization. special emphasis is placed upon the problems of contemporary criminal law in the United states, the effects of recent social changes and conflicts on the criminal counts, the rights and responsibilities of those who come before them, and various proposals for changes in American criminal law.

CRIM 608: SEMINAR IN LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 credits). This seminar provides an in-depth study of the legal requirements and problems associated with the administration of criminal justice agencies, including enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, and corrections. Special emphasis is given to issues confronting managers in the areas of personnel administration, workplace safety and health, environmental compliance, civil rights, liability avoidance, and financial management. Recent developments in legislation and judicial decisions are studied.

CRIM 609: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (3 credits). This seminar provides an overview of principles of organization and management including budgeting, planning, employee selection and training, and policy making. Students will broaden their knowledge of activities, and procedures involved in criminal justice agency management. Specific emphasis is placed on developing and enhancing the communication skills and critical thinking required of today's managers.

CRIM 621: ADVANCED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3 credits). An advanced treatment of criminal procedure issues relating to criminal prosecution. Legal topics explored include legal aspects of bail and pretrial detention, charging decisions, grand juries, plea-bargaining, criminal discovery, pretrial publicity, competency to stand trial, jury trial, and a defendant's rights of confrontation and to effective assistance of counsel.

CRIM 630: SEMINAR IN CORRECTIONS (3 credits). An advanced course in corrections designed to cover history, development, current practices, critical issues, and the future of corrections. Particular focus will be on the study of the various theoretical and practical approaches to corrections and the current research in the field designed assess these practices.

CRIM 635: ADVANCED CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS (3 credits). This course will examine the role of investigation and evidence in criminal justice. Management techniques, analysis and critical thinking, and the role of science and technology are explored. Ethical issues and special topics and controversies in criminal investigation are presented.

CRIM 697: INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY (1-6 credits). An individual study of a particular area or problem in criminology and corrections as decided upon by the student and the instructor. An outline of the proposed study must be submitted to the instructor for approval prior to enrollment in the course. prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CRIM 698: INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINOLOGY (3-6 credits). Placement in one of several criminal justice  system settings, such as courts, corrections, law enforcement, or a research agency. prerequisite: 12 hours of criminology and consent of instructor. (students who have completed internships as undergraduates may substitute other courses for the internship.)

CRIM 699: MASTER'S THESIS (6 credits). Thesis on research in criminology.

NOTE: Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduate students as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

School of Criminology and Security Studies


School of Criminology and Security Studies
Holmstedt Hall 210
620 Chestnut St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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