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Criminology & Criminal Justice(CRCJ) Courses

This is the UNO real time up to date course descriptions for the Criminology & Criminal Justice(CRCJ) Department.

CRCJ 1010: Survey of Criminal Justice

This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime and justice are discussed as well as the rights of individuals in a democratic society. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections systems are explored.

Credits: 3-4
General Education Area: Social Science
Prereq: None.

CRCJ 2030: Police and Society

This course is designed to present an overview of the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ1010, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 2110: Criminal Court System

This course is designed to provide an analysis of the structure and function of the criminal court system in the United States, including the roles of prosecutor, defender, judge, jury and court administrator. The issues confronting the system will be considered from historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives. The ideals of the system will be compared with actual functioning, and court reform programs and proposals will be explored.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ1010, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 2210: Survey of Corrections

A general course describing the history and evolution of the corrections process. Covers all aspects of institutional and community-based corrections.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ1010, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 2510: Research Methods

A basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ1010, or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3000: Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector

A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing and techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics.

Credits: 3
Prereq: MATH1310 "Intermediate Algebra" or permission of instructor.

CRCJ 3010: Philosophy of Criminal Justice

This course is a philosophical examination of justice and its administration. It provides students with a richer understanding of the conceptual foundations of justice.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3310: Criminal Law

This course examines the means by which society attempts to use criminal law to prevent harm to society. It examines the acts which are declared criminal and the punishment prescribed for committing those acts. The course also examines the philosophies and rationales that have shaped current day substantive criminal law. It looks at the English Common Law and traces the historic evolution of substantive criminal law from its early origins.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3350: Criminology

General survey of the nature and causes of crime and the effort of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify and correct this behavior.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3370: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

This course focuses on how delinquents and juveniles in need of supervision are handled within the juvenile justice system. The nature and extent of delinquent behavior, status offenses, child abuse and neglect; theories of delinquency and their implications for intervention; cultural and social factors related to delinquency; as well as the philosophy and functioning of the juvenile justice system are covered.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3380: Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice

This course provides a survey of minority groups and their experiences with regard to crime and criminal justice in the United States. This course will focus on racial and ethnic minorities as victims, as offenders, as defendants, and as criminal justice professionals.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 3390: Women, Crime and Justice

This course focuses on women's experiences in the criminal justice system. The course will examine women's experiences as victims of crime, as offenders, as prisoners, and as criminal justice professionals.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Diversity in the US
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ or WGST major; CRCJ or WGST minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.
Cross-list: WGST-3390

CRCJ 3510: Criminal Procedure

This course deals with the legal aspects of the investigation and arrest processes as well as the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 3970: Internship in Criminal Justice

Job-related experience in criminal justice agencies. Permission to enroll must be received from the Internship Coordinator each semester. (May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.)

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission into upper-division CRCJ program or CRCJ minor, 75 credit hours completed, GPA of 2.5, and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 4030: Criminal Justice Organization and Administration

This course covers contemporary concepts, principles and theories of organization and administration as they relate to criminal justice agencies. The historical development and modern practices of public policy are also considered.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4060: Criminal Justice Ethics

This course is designed to examine ethical issues that arise in the three major areas of criminal justice: police; courts; and corrections. The course explores general philosophical theories of ethics as well as Codes of Ethics that operate to control the institutional and personal behavior of police, court, and correctional systems.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4130: Sociology of Deviant Behavior

This course is designed to investigate the etiology of many forms of norm-violating conduct. Emphasis will be placed on rule-breaking behavior as defined in the criminal statutes.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.
Cross-list: CRCJ-8136

CRCJ 4210: Institutional Corrections

The course presents an in-depth analysis of the history and operation of prisons and jails in the United States and other countries. The course covers the management and operation of prisons and jails from the perspective of both employees and incarcerated persons.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4350: Community-based Corrections

This course is intended for advanced students with a special interest in the correctional process as applied in a community setting. It is designed to focus on innovative community-based strategies for dealing with the offender as well as the traditional processes of probation and parole.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4350: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.
Cross-list: CRCJ-8356

CRCJ 4500: Drugs and Crime

This course looks at the socially constructed nature of drugs and drug policy, focusing on the variety of ways drugs and crime are connected and the socio-historical context of contemporary U.S. drug policy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4510: Violence

This course is a survey of the nature and extent of violence. The focus is on patterns of violence across social groups, the causes and correlates of violence and violent behavior, and programs/policies geared toward violence prevention and reduction. Also of interest is the relationship between theory and violence research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing.
Cross-list: CRCJ-8516

CRCJ 4550: Gangs and Gang Control

This course focuses on American youth street gangs. Topics include the history of gangs, gang and gang member characteristics, gang life, and strategies of gang control. The link between youth street gangs, prison gangs, and other deviant collectivities will be explored.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and junior/senior standing; or instructor permission

CRCJ 4710: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: England

This is a specialized course which provides a comparison of the criminal justice systems of the United States and the United Kingdom. The design of the course allows for an exploration of how the American system developed from the British system and why social and cultural factors influenced the differences/similarities in their development.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and permission of the instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 4750: International Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. Differences in crime and justice between developed and developing countries and between socialist and capitalist nations are emphasized.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4760: Terrorism

This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of terrorism as a political crime. It includes an examination of the social, political and psychological aspects of this behavior.

Credits: 3
General Education Area: Global Diversity
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4770: Organized Crime

A course designed to trace the origins and historical development of the activities that have come to be known as organized crime. These crimes are some of the most dangerous to American society and range from the commonly known offenses of gambling, shylocking and narcotics trafficking to the more subtle and sophisticated, less understood but equally serious, crimes of extortion, commercial bribery and political corruption.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4780: White Collar Crime

This course is designed to examine those illegal acts committed by non-physical means and by concealment or guile, to obtain money or property, to avoid the payment or loss of money or property, or to obtain business or personal advantage.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4800: Special Topics

This course is a topical approach that explores various aspects of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. This course will be devoted to the exploration and analysis of contemporary problems in the criminal justice system. On occasion the course may be offered in three one-credit hour modules and students may register for one, two or three credit hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4950: Independent Study

Faculty-guided research in an area of mutual interest to the student and his instructor. Students are responsible for selecting the area of inquiry prior to contacting the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 4960: Issues in Crime and Justice

This is a capstone course that will focus on contemporary issues of crime and justice. It will examine the justice process and the general operations of the criminal justice system. Concepts of crime and deviance, rights and discrimination in a democratic society will be reviewed and critiqued against the backdrop of contemporary issues. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections subsystems will be explored, and a number of reform proposals presented and considered.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ majors with senior standing, OR permission of the instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 4970: Senior Honors Project/Thesis

An independent research project supervised by School faculty. The senior honors project must be approved by the CPACS Honors Coordinator.

Credits: 3-6
Prereq: Student must be admitted into upper-division CRCJ program and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 4999: Senior Assessment

This assessment tool is part of the School's Student Outcomes effort. It is designed to monitor the School's performance and to identify changes needed. Graduating seniors must register for and complete CJUS4999 - Senior Assessment in the term in which they plan to graduate.

Credits: 0
Prereq: Students must register for CJUS 4999 in the term in which they plan to graduate. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8010: Nature of Crime

This course provides an overview of the major dimensions of crime in the U.S. Content areas included are the epidemiology of crime, the costs of crime and typologies of crime and criminals.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO Graduate College.

CRCJ 8020: Seminar in Administration of Justice

This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of responses to crime. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and research bearing upon the effectiveness of the policies and strategies of the principal institutions of the criminal justice system - the police, courts and corrections. Additionally, philosophical and practical matters pertaining to "justice" and "fairness" in the administration of the criminal law are explored.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO Graduate College.

CRCJ 8030: Criminal Justice Research Theory and Methodology

Research theory and methodology in the social sciences as applicable to criminal justice; preparation of research designs, conceptual models; sampling procedures; and development of individual research papers.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO Graduate College.

CRCJ 8040: Seminar in Police and Society

This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to the UNO graduate program and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8050: Seminar in Corrections

This course is designed to give an analytical perspective to the history, development, implementation and future of critical issues in the field of corrections. Primary focus will be directed toward an exploration of the various theoretical approaches to corrections and the research intended to support or refute these perspectives.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8060: Seminar in the Criminal Court System

This course is designed to provide a social science perspective on the role of the courts in the criminal justice system. The ideals of the system will be compared with actual functioning, and court reform programs and proposals will be critically examined.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 8070: Seminar in Criminal Law and Procedure

This course is designed to examine substantive criminal law as the basis of social control in our country. Contemporary issues such as the insanity defense, decriminalization of so-called victimless crimes, sexual assault and abortion, and current proposals to assist victims of crimes will be among the topics explored. In addition, current criminal procedure problems relating to right to counsel, search and seizure and interrogation will be examined.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8080: Seminar in Juvenile Justice

An inquiry in the social ramifications of the entire juvenile delinquency process including labeling, detention, incarceration and tolerance. Pre- and post-adjudicatory issues are dealt with as well as a realistic perspective given to delinquency prevention strategies.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO graduate program.

CRCJ 8090: Seminar in Theoretical Criminology

A study of the etiology of crime as a social phenomenon and an objective analysis of the historical influences and thought which molded its development into an accepted contemporary science.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in criminology and criminal justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 8100: Criminal Justice Organization, Administration and Management

This course will deal with issues in the organization and administration of modern justice agencies. The students will be exposed to theories, concepts, and issues relating to the administration and organization of justice agencies.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8130: Seminar in Women and Criminal Justice

This course focuses on the experiences of women in the criminal justice system. It will cover the history of criminological theory on women, application of mainstream criminological theory to women, and women as offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 8136: Sociology of Deviant Behavior

This course is designed to investigate the etiology of many forms of norm-violating conduct. Emphasis will be placed on rule-breaking behavior as defined in the criminal statutes.

Credits: 3
Prereq: For 4130: Upper-division CRCJ major or CRCJ minor and CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; For 8136: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.
Cross-list: CRCJ-4130

CRCJ 8180: Criminal Justice Internship

This course is designed to provide supervised individualized learning experiences in a selected criminal justice agency. The principal objective of the internship is to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and methodological principles acquired in graduate courses to the analysis of problems in local criminal justice agencies.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice, successful completion of 15 hours of graduate work, and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8190: Independent Study

Individual projects in research, literature review or creative production which may or may not be an extension of course work. The work will be supervised and evaluated by departmental graduate faculty members.

Credits: 1-3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program at UNO, and permission of instructor required.

CRCJ 8210: Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

This course is a survey of program evaluation and policy analysis techniques. The focus is on theoretical foundations of the Criminal Justice policy process, program development and implementation, research designs specific to program evaluation and policy research, and methodological techniques commonly used to evaluate criminal justice programs and policies

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to graduate program at UNO and CRCJ8030; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 8230: Terrorism

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8356: Community-based Corrections

This course is intended for advanced students with a special interest in the correctional process as applied in a community setting. It is designed to focus on innovative community-based strategies for dealing with the offender as well as the traditional processes of probation and parole.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.
Cross-list: CRCJ-4350

CRCJ 8516: Violence

This course is a survey of the nature and extent of violence. The focus is on patterns of violence across social groups, the causes and correlates of violence and violent behavior, and programs/policies geared toward violence prevention and reduction. Also of interest is the relationship between theory and violence research

Credits: 3
Prereq: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; or CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing. Not open to nondegree students.
Cross-list: CRCJ-4510

CRCJ 8800: Special Problems in Criminal Justice

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of criminal justice philosophy. This course looks at philosophical issues related to social control. The purpose of this course is to foster a deeper understanding of the reasons, jutifications, and problems related to societal approaches to the control of its citizens.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 8850: Risk/Needs Assessment Instruments

This course is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding in the area of risk/needs assessment tools used in the juvenile and adult justice system.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in criminology and criminal justice; or, instructor permission.

CRCJ 8950: Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice & Public Admin

This is a required course which provides a foundation for the use of statistical methods in criminal justice and public affairs research. It will review fundamentals of research, showing the interplay between the theory, the research, the statistical method, and the interpretation.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO Graduate college.

CRCJ 8970: Capstone Project in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Capstone Project offers each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of Criminology and Criminal Justice by applying the knowledge and skills gained in the Master of Science program to a project of the student's choice. This involves completing a project report reflecting the cumulative knowledge gained from these experiences. This class is intended only for students who are completing their Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice MS program, and completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours; or permission of Masters Program Coordinator. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8990: Masters Thesis

The thesis is required for all students in the MA program. It provides students with an opportunity to integrate theories, concepts, and aspects of the criminology and criminal justice literature with methods and techniques for conducting research, through the completion of an original research project. The thesis project should constitute original research and is conducted under the supervision of a Masters Thesis Committee.

Credits: 1-6
Prereq: Admission to the MA program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; and, CRCJ8010, CRCJ8020, CRCJ8030, CRCJ8950 and 6 other 8000+ CRCJ courses. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 9010: Seminar on Law and Social Control

This is a required course which will examine the relationships between the state, the law, and the citizen in a democratic society. It will also examine the relationship between social control, law and social change.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 9020: Seminar on Theories of Crime

This is a required course which emphasizes conceptual and theoretical issues in contemporary criminological theory. It also provides students with a working knowledge of theory construction.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice MA or PhD graduate programs; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9030: Seminar on Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice

This is a required course which introduces students to current empirical research and theory on racial minorities and the criminal justice system. It focuses on racial minorities as victims of crime, as offenders, and as criminal justice professionals.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO graduate program.

CRCJ 9040: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems

This course provides a cross-national examination of the dynamics of criminality and the social response to crime. It also describes the extent and nature of crime in different countries.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Crimimal Justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9050: Academic Writing

This course is designed to familiarize students with academic and professional writing with the goal of promoting the development of formal writing and organizational skills. Students will learn how to construct and organize scholarly papers to better prepare them for the comprehensive examination, the doctoral dissertation, the development of scholarly journal articles and monographs, and the development of funded project proposals.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to PhD program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 9080: Advanced Statistical Applications

This is a required course which will provide the student with fundamentals of modern statistical techniques used in criminal justice and public affairs research.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to PhD program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and CRCJ8950 or PA8950 and instructor permission.
Cross-list: PA-9080

CRCJ 9090: Special Problems in Research Methods

This course will explore specialized topics in research methodology. The course assumes that participants have a firm understanding of the basic principles of research methods and statistics.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to PhD program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9100: Special Problems in Statistical Analysis

This course will explore advanced techniques of statistical analysis within the field of criminal justice. It assumes that participants have taken courses in basic descriptive and inferential statistics and advanced multivariate analysis of variance and regression.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice and CRCJ9080; or admission to UNO graduate program, CRCJ9080, and permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 9130: Advanced Research on Policing

This course will explore critical research issues in American policing. The focus of the course may vary and cover topics such as police discretion, police use of force, labor unions in law enforcement, gender differences in policiing, and police organization management.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and permission of the instructor.

CRCJ 9150: Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course will focus on specialized topics in criminology and criminal justice research. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to read and critique current research on topics such as the history of the criminal justice system, civilian review of the police, sentencing, or the application of the death penalty.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9160: Seminar in Community-Based Corrections

This course will deal with strategies of correctional reform and with models and practices of community-based corrections. Recent innovations in community-based corrections will be examined to demonstrate how they fit into an overall correctional strategy.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to UNO graduate program.

CRCJ 9170: Seminar on Institutional Corrections

This course will examine the role of correctional institutions in the criminal justice system. The student will be exposed to the historical, current, and projected role of these institutions.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9180: Seminar on the Criminal Court System

This course will focus on the structure, organization, and operation of the state and federal court systems in the United States. The purpose of the course is to survey recent research on the dynamics of courthouse justice--charging, plea bargaining, bail decision making, jury decision making, and sentencing.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to UNO graduate program and permission of instructor.

CRCJ 9200: Seminar on Violent Crime and Criminal Behavior

This course exposes students to the leading theories and research in the area of violent criminal behavior. It addresses major violent crimes including rape, homicide, and child sexual physical abuse.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9220: Advanced Criminological Theory and Theory Construction

This course is designed to extend students' knowledge of theory and theory construction beyond the basics of the elements and propositions of particular criminological theories. Students will have an opportunity to examine in depth topics such as theory construction, theory integration, theory compatibility and synthesis, and new directions in criminological theory.

Credits: 3
Prereq: CRCJ8090 or CRCJ9020 and admission to graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 9700: Teaching Criminal Justice at the College/University Level

This seminar is a required course for doctoral students in criminal justice. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become informed, effective, and stimulating teachers. A variety of pedagogical issues will be covered during the course of the semester; theories of learning and student motivation; constructing a course syllabus; designing effective writing assignments and in-class exercises; leading class discussions; testing and grading; and managing the classroom.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice PhD graduate program; or admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice MA or MS graduate program and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 9800: Advanced Research Design

This is a required course which will expose students to advanced topics in research methods in preparation for writing their doctoral dissertation. It will also apply advanced methodological techniques to problems in the field.

Credits: 3
Prereq: Admission to PhD program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or UNO graduate student and instructor permission.

CRCJ 9980: Directed Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course is designed to provide the advanced graduate student with the opportunity to do extended readings on a specialized criminology or criminal justice topic.

Credits: 1-6
Prereq: Admission to graduate program in criminology and criminal justice or UNO graduate program, and permission of instructor required.

CRCJ 9990: Dissertation

The dissertation is an original research project conducted and written under the direction of a faculty dissertation committee. The dissertation provides the student with an opportunity to do original research that contributes to advancing the body of knowledge on crime and criminal justice.

Credits: 1-20
Prereq: Completion of all coursework, completion of the comprehensive examination, and permission of Supervisory Committee Chair. Not open to nondegree students.