Security Threat Groups
There are very few topics that can generate both tremendous public appeal and opposition as the discussion of various security threat groups. Politicians, agents of the criminal justice system, and the general public have strong and often polarizing views on the topic of gangs. This course will examine domestic and International drug cartels, religious extremists and gangs both on the streets and in prisons.  Attention will be given to the philosophical, sociological and structural influences that encourage the creation of various threat groups and the tactics agents used to monitor, intervene and control threat group activity.   

Advanced Criminology

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of topical issues in contemporary criminology. The course is designed to provide opportunities for active learning and critical analysis with an eye towards an understanding of the social reality of crime and crime control as well as how the social administration of justice operates. Specific areas to be discussed include: the correlates of crime (race, class, gender, and age); violent crime; economic crime; policing; and the control and regulation of criminals in the courts and corrections. Further, students will learn to apply their knowledge to better understand contemporary criminal justice research, evaluation, and policy analysis.

Foundations of Public Policy
Police and the Community

This course examines relationships between the police and the various communities they serve.  Particular attention is given to the manner in which crime is addressed and quality of life issues. Community is examined as a geographical space made of multiple and diverse publics sometimes requiring different strategies and attention. A distinction is drawn between public relations and police community partnerships.

Criminal Law and Procedure 

This course examines the nature, purpose, function, and substance of criminal law and criminal procedure in the United States. Specific focus is placed on the constitutional limits of the criminal sanction, the principles and scope of criminal responsibility, and elements of an offense. Attention will also be paid to the rights of the accused and the application of protections afforded to individuals under the United States Constitution. 

Diversity and Criminal Justice Social Policy 

This course identifies and analyzes minority issues relating to our criminal justice system and the resultant polices and laws that have been established. A comprehensive, critical, and balanced examination of the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity will be presented. Procedures and policy in a pluralistic and multicultural society are examined relative to law enforcement, courts, and corrections environments.  

Problems in Contemporary Corrections, Probations and Parole

This course introduces students to contemporary issues of American corrections and fundamental theories of punishment and treatment. Emphasis will be placed on polices, practices, issues, and controversies within the correctional system. The incarceration of various criminal populations in jail and prisons, alternatives to incarceration (e.g. probation and parole), and the public policy issues surrounding the expansion of community-based corrections will also be discussed. 

Community-Based Research Methods
Ethical Leadership and Accountability in the Criminal Justice System

The purpose of this course is to explore the presence of authority, power, force, and discretion in each of the sub-system of the criminal justice system. Administration actions and ethical issues permeate the criminal justice system. We will analyze the importance of ethical leadership, as well as the tension between deontological ethical systems and teleological or “means-end” ethical analysis.  Discussions may include police corruption, prosecutorial misconduct, ethical issues in sentencing, prison corruption, and ethics in the creation and implementation of crime control policy.

Crisis Communications

From Deflategate to the BP oil spill to Target’s information security breach, organizations deal with communication before, during and after events that threatened their future success. Whether it’s an issue that gains national attention or negative post on social media, how business leaders leverage communications throughout the process can spell the difference between the life and death of their brand, reputation and organization. In crisis communications, students will learn the evolution of crisis communications, step to avert a future crisis, and how to create internal and external communication plans that are adaptable for organizations of all sizes in the changing media landscape.