Courses

AJ 100 Introduction to Criminology (3)

An introduction to the scientific study of crime.  One of two prerequisites for all Administration of Justice courses.

AJ 105 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)

An introduction to the U.S. and Texas criminal justice systems.  Definition of crime, law enforcement, prosecution, due process, and rehabilitation systems.  Prerequisite for all Administration of Justice courses. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as CRIJ 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

AJ 211 Introduction to Court Systems (3)

Examines the role of courts in the criminal justice system. Special attention is on processes and organization of state and federal courts. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 220 Introduction to Corrections (3)

Historical development of the current structure and dynamics of correctional organizations and their practices. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 240 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3)

Survey of both public and private law enforcement agencies with special emphasis on public law enforcement agencies at the different levels of government. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 241 Security Management (3)

Organization of the security function and its administration will be emphasized. Selection, education, and training for security personnel will be examined including modern technological approaches.

AJ 250 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3)

Designed to create an awareness of the law governing the behavior of law enforcement officials. Special attention given to probable cause, interrogation, arrest, searches and seizures, and criminal court procedure. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed in the Texas Common Course Numbering System as CRIJ 2323.

AJ 300 Substance Abuse (3)

Designed to focus on varied substances, including drugs and alcohol that are currently being used and abused in society. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 301 Research Methods in Administration of Justice (3)

Introduction to applied research methods in administration of justice with emphasis on descriptive statistical methods as a tool for assisting administration of justice administrators and researchers in decision making. Computer applications included. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 302 Quantitative Methods in Administration of Justice (3)

Continuation of AJ 301 introducing probability and inferential statistics as analytical tools useful to administration of justice administrators and researchers. Students are expected to gain knowledge and experience in the use of packaged statistical software in data analysis. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisite: AJ 301.

AJ 310 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

Basic concepts of criminal law with an emphasis on the penal law of Texas. Evidence sufficiency, procedural due process, and constitutional safeguards also addressed. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisite: AJ 211 and AJ 250.

AJ 313 Judicial Administration (3)

Local, state, and federal judicial operations; constitutional, legislative, and judicial influence on administrative action; and administrative problems associated with judicial functions. Prerequisite: AJ 211.

AJ 321 Probation and Parole Administration (3)

Systems of probation and parole from the perspective of organization, operation, and results; legal and administrative requirements of probation management; substitutions for incarceration. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 220.

AJ 322 Juvenile Justice System (3)

Examination of aspects of the juvenile justice history and philosophy; court practices and procedures; police practices and corrections. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: AJ 220 and AJ 240.

AJ 323 Correctional Counseling (3)

Emphasis on principles and procedures; the theoretical foundations of therapeutic psychology; therapeutic techniques and processes. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 220.

AJ 333 Police and Community Relations (3)

Role of the urban police department in community relations and how the police and the community can establish a more effective relationship. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 240.

AJ 334 Criminal Investigation (3)

Designed to focus on the theory and practice of criminal investigation, including techniques and skills of successful investigators. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 240.

AJ 335 Community-Based Corrections (3)

Principles and practices of community-based corrections such as probation, intermediate sanctions and parole. Emphasis is on functions, supervisions, problems, methods and technologies utilized in community-based programs. Prerequisite: AJ 220.

AJ 338 Spatial Analysis of Crime (3)

The analysis of the location of crime including the site and situational relationship of crime causative and associational factors. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 345 Comparative Administration of Justice (3)

An introduction to various administration of justice systems and practices operative in different nation-states. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 411 Seminar on Administration of Justice Ethics (3)

Ethical issues in criminal justice by philosophers, criminal justice professionals, lawyers and judges, and the general public. Includes topics relating to policy, courts, corrections, and issues in legal philosophy. Prerequisite: 18 semester credit hours in Administration of Justice or consent of the instructor.

AJ 412 Selected Topics in Administration of Justice (3)

The review of various administration of justice beliefs and practices; the topics can vary by semester and instructor. May be repeated for up to 9 credits as topics vary. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 441 Correctional Administration (3)

Organizational and Administrative problems and procedures unique to corrections. Custody, discipline, security force distribution, and coordination with treatment services within correctional institutions.  Personnel policies, budgets, and the prison community’s social structure. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 220.

AJ 450 Police Administration (3)

Emphasis on police management theory and practice; personnel management; planning and research; management of information; allocation and distribution of operational human resources. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: AJ 240.

AJ 451 Seminar on Administration of Justice (3)

Selected topics such as the experiences encountered by African-Americans and other ethnic groups in criminal justice in the United States. May be repeated for up to 9 credits as topics vary. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: 21 semester credit hours in Administration of Justice or consent of the instructor.

AJ 452 Race and Crime (3)

An introduction to the impact and relationship of race and ethnicity to crime. Three hours of lecture per week.

AJ 460 Administration of Justice Internship (3)

Supervised practical experience in public and nonprofit selected agencies. Designed for student at junior and senior levels.


Administration of Justice (Masters) Courses

AJ 500 Seminar in Administration of Justice (3)

This course introduces students to the study of administration of justice. It provides an overview of the historical development of justice agencies and contemporary administrative, organizational, and management issues.

AJ 501 Seminar in Administration of Justice Theory (3)

This course examines the historical development of theories in administration of justice, criminal justice and criminology. Emphasis is placed upon concepts, principles, research and policy implications of theories for the administration of justice. Prerequisites: AJ 500

AJ 502 Seminar in Research Methods (3)

This course provides an overview of research methods, methodological concepts and issues in administration of justice. It includes an analysis of program and policy evaluation research methods. Prerequisites: AJ 500

AJ 503 Seminar in Quantitative Methods I (3)

An introduction to statistics and data analysis in administration of justice. The course includes an overview of measurement and statistics for univariate, bivariate and multivariate data.

AJ504 Seminar in Race, Class, and Gender in Administration of Justice (3)

This course examines the historical and contemporary context of race, class, and gender and its impact on justice agency administration. Special emphasis is placed upon contemporary issues including minority employment trends in justice agencies, racial profiling, and disproportionate minority confinement. Prerequisite: AJ 500, AJ 501

AJ 505 Seminar on Ethics in Administration of Justice (3)

This course introduces students to the principles of ethics, applied ethics, professional ethics, ethical standards, ethical dilemmas, ethics education and training, and controlling ethics in justice agencies. Prerequisite: AJ 500

AJ 607 Police Administration (3)

Seminar on the administration and management of federal, state, local, private, special district and tribal police organizations. Special emphasis is placed on new challenges to police administration including community policing, homeland security, immigration, and technological advances. Prerequisite: AJ 500

AJ 608 Crime Lab Administration (3)

This course examines the policies and procedures critical to crime lab administration. Topics include managing evidence and property inventories, interorganizational cooperation, and new approaches to crime lab management. Prerequisites: AJ 500, AJ 607

AJ 609 Issues in Corrections Administration (3)

This course will examine the organization and administration of correctional agencies including jails, prisons, probation and parole, and administration of the death penalty. Emphasis is placed on contemporary administrative and policy issues including prison overcrowding, policy initiatives such as three-strikes legislation, and sentencing disparities. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 504

AJ 610 Issues in Judicial Administration (3)

This course presents an overview of administrative issues confronting courts and court related agencies in Texas and at the federal level. The course will also examine contemporary issues including sentencing policies, disparities in sentencing, restorative justice, and diversion. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 501

AJ 611 Issues in Juvenile Justice Administration (3)

Critical analysis of historical and contemporary issues in administration and management of juvenile justice agencies and clients. Special emphasis is placed upon disproportionate minority confinement, administration and management of comprehensive strategies for delinquency prevention programs, and community placements. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 501

AJ 612 Administrative Law for Justice Agencies (3)

This course provides an in-depth analysis of historical and contemporary administrative law guiding justice agencies. It includes an examination of administrative rule-making. Prerequisites: AJ 501, 504

AJ 613 Evaluation Research for Justice Agencies (3)

This course provides an overview of evaluation research methods and their application to justice agencies policies and programs. It provides an in-depth analysis of the complexities of evaluation research in administration of justice by examining recent research. Prerequisites: AJ 501, 502, 503, 504

AJ 614 Issues in Terrorism and the Administration of Justice (3)

This course presents an analysis of the impact of terrorism on administration and management of justice agencies. Topics covered include domestic and international terrorism, integrated terrorism information systems, secure confinement, and technological developments. Prerequisites: AJ 501, 607

AJ 615 Seminar on Special Topics in Administration of Justice (3)

This course is designed to provide in-depth analyses of selected topics in Administration of Justice. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 501, 502, 503

AJ 616 Environmental Crime and Administration of Justice (3)

An examination of the nature and forms of environmental crime and the role of justice agencies in its prevention and control. The course includes an examination of perpetrators, enforcement, prosecution and sanctioning at state, national and international levels. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 504, 505

AJ 701 Capstone Seminar (3)

This course is required for students selecting the non-thesis option. It will examine contemporary issues and practices in administration of justice. The course will culminate with a capstone project that focuses on a specific aspect of administration of justice. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 2 electives.

AJ 702 Internship (3)

Internship provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in justice agency policy and program administration. The course will culminate in a project that involves research and policy analysis on a specific aspect of justice. Prerequisites: AJ 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 2 electives.

AJ 788/789 Thesis (3 or 6)

Enrollment is required when the thesis is being completed. Only 6 credits may be applied to the Master’s degree. Students will prepare their thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor and committee. Prerequisites: Completion of AJ 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 2 electives. Permission of the GPD.


Administration of Justice (Ph.D.) Courses

AJ 900 Advanced Seminar in the Administration of Justice Organizations and Processes (3)

This is an advanced course designed to examine Administration of Justice agencies and processes in a historical and contemporary context. It includes an in-depth analysis of contemporary issues and challenges in justice organizations.

AJ 901 Advanced Seminar in Administration of Justice/Criminology/Criminal Justice Theory (3)

This course examines criminological, criminal justice and administration of justice theories. It includes an analysis of the interrelatedness of justice theories and recent theoretical developments. Prerequisite: AJ 900

AJ 902 Advanced Seminar in Administration of Justice Research Methods (3)

This course examines the theory and concepts of research design and measurement. It includes in-depth analyses of operationalization of theoretical concepts, causality, validity, and principles and challenges to research methods in administration of justice.

AJ 903 Seminar in Advanced Quantitative Methods I (3)

This course examines advanced quantitative methods of data analysis. It includes the theoretical foundation for regression analyses and examines linear regression, multiple regression, and logistic regression. Special attention is devoted to recent quantitative studies in administration of justice utilizing advanced regression statistical techniques Prerequisite: AJ 503 or equivalent.

AJ 904 Advanced Seminar in Race, Class, Gender, Crime and the Administration of Justice (3)

This seminar surveys the role of race, class, and gender in the administration of justice. It provides an in-depth analysis of historical and contemporary research on race, class, gender, and crime. Special emphasis is placed upon social, economic, and political factors that impact crime and the administration of justice policy and planning. Prerequisite: AJ 900

AJ 905 Seminar in Advanced Crime Mapping and Administration of Justice (3)

This course examines the history and contemporary strategies and applications of crime mapping in justice agencies including mapping crime locations and density of crime, victims and offenders. Prerequisite: AJ 903

AJ 906 Advanced Seminar in Homeland Security Administration and Management (3)

Advanced Seminar in Homeland Security Administration and management provides an in-depth analysis of the homeland security administration that includes its history, corrections, law enforcement and judicial issues, international administration of justice agencies, management issues and intergovernmental relations. Prerequisite: AJ 900

AJ 907 Advanced Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security Administration (3)

This advanced seminar examines emerging and contemporary issues in Homeland Security Administration including threat assessment, technological advancements, ethical issues, interagency cooperation, preventive security, and community involvement. Prerequisites: AJ 900, 906

AJ 908 Advanced Seminar in Private Security Administration (3)

This course will examine administration and management of private security agencies. It will include the history, theory, and current practice of private security. Special emphasis will be placed upon cooperation between public and private security agencies, technological developments, and other contemporary issues. Prerequisites: AJ 900

AJ 909 Advanced Seminar on Terrorism (3)

An overview of terrorism and counter-terrorism issues in the administration of justice. The seminar examines terrorism legislation, domestic and international terrorist groups, responses to terrorism by state, local, and federal agencies, and recent terrorism policies and research. Prerequisites: AJ 900, 906

AJ 910 Advanced Seminar in Administration of Justice Policy, Evaluation and Planning (3)

This course includes an examination of policy and planning in administration of justice agencies. It presents an in depth analysis of the history of the policy making process and internal and external dynamics of planning. Special attention is devoted to contemporary developments in law enforcement, corrections and judicial policy and planning. Prerequisites: AJ 900, 901, 903, 904

AJ 911 Seminar in Advanced Topics in Race, Gender, Class, Crime & Administration of Justice (3)

This seminar provides in-depth analysis of critical issues in the study of race, class, gender and crime & administration of justice. Recent policies and research on selected contemporary topics including sentencing, traffic stop data collection, and homeland security profiling will be examined. The course also examines recent developments in disproportionate minority confinement, violence, victimization research as well as other relevant issues. Prerequisites: AJ 900, 901, 902

AJ 912 Seminar in Qualitative Methods in Administration of Justice (3)

This course examines qualitative research and data analysis methods and their application in administration of justice.

AJ 913 Seminar in Advanced Quantitative Methods II (Special Topics) (3)

This course is designed to provide an in depth analysis of specific advanced topics in quantitative methods and their application to administration of justice. These topics include structural equation modeling, modeling longitudinal data, categorical data analysis, and meta analysis. Prerequisite: AJ 903

AJ 914 Advanced Seminar in Law and Administration of Justice (3)

This course provides an in-depth analysis of the role of law in administration of justice. Special attention is devoted to recent and contemporary administrative law guiding justice agencies. It includes an examination of laws enacted to prevent and control terrorism and to foster homeland security. Issues in international law are also addressed. Prerequisites: AJ 900, 901, 902, 910

AJ 915 Advanced Seminar in Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Administration of Justice (3)

This seminar examines the history and theory of geographic information systems in administration of justice. In includes an exploration of techniques of geographic information that includes collection, display, analysis and storage and applications. Prerequisites: AJ 905, Permission of the GPD.

AJ 916 Doctoral Seminar in Special Topics (3)

An advanced seminar that focuses on selected topics and recent developments in Administration of Justice. PREREQUISITES: Admission to Candidacy and defense of the dissertation proposal.

AJ 987 Research Colloquium (3)

This advanced seminar will present issues of concern for doctoral candidates. Specific attention will be devoted to grantsmanship, publishing, emerging research issues, teaching, and other aspects of career development.
Prerequisites: Admission to Candidacy and successful defense of the dissertation proposal.

AJ 988/989 Dissertation (12)

Under the guidance of a dissertation advisor and committee students will complete a dissertation and orally defend it. The dissertation should add to the body of administration of justice knowledge. A total of twelve dissertation credits are required.