For new graduate students beginning Fall 2018 

Students must complete the core requirements (9 credits), at least one systems course (minimum 3 credits), at least one special topics course (minimum 3 credits), and directive electives (maximum 21 credits). Course should be selected to create a portfolio of expertise in a specific area. 

All students must complete the following core requirements (9 credits): 

CRIM 640 Ethics in Criminal Justice 

CRIM 601 Criminological Theories 

CRIM 606 Research in Criminology  

Comprehensive exams to be based on the core courses.  

Systems Course (minimum 3 credits) include: 

CRIM 607 Law & Society 

CRIM 608 Law and C.J. Administration 

CRIM 609 C.J. Organization and Management 

PA 601 Proseminar in Public Admin 

PA 605 Organizational Behavior 

CRIM 604 Police Problems & Practices 

CRIM 621 Advanced Criminal Procedure 

CRIM 635 Advanced Criminal Investigation 

CRIM 602 Correctional Counseling 

CRIM 603 Correctional Group Therapy 

CRIM 630 Seminar in Corrections 

Special Topics (minimum 3 credits) include a variety of study areas that are generally identified with the designation CRIM 516 that cover a wide variety of subject areas. They include (but not limited to) courses on terrorism, wrongful conviction, crime analysis, crime & race, crime & addiction, crime & gender, technology & crime, intelligence gathering & privacy Issues, travel security, cyber threats & investigation, security Issues, etc. 

Directed Electives (maximum 21 Credits) are the building block of the portfolio. A plan of study will be created with the student’s advisor based upon the students professional interests and needs. Courses will be drawn from our course offerings (including systems and special topics courses), independent directed study courses, and internships. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of students interested in criminology, criminal justice, intelligence analysis, cybercriminology, security studies and related fields.  

All students will be required to complete a comprehensive examination.


The Department has cooperative relationships with the Indiana Department of Correction, a Federal Penitentiary, and various state, county, and local police agencies. Opportunities are available for internships and for conducting research projects.

For more information or questions about the graduate program contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Shannon Barton.  Email:


School of Criminology and Security Studies


School of Criminology and Security Studies
Holmstedt Hall 210
620 Chestnut St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: 812.237.2192
Fax: 812-237-2407
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