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CROL 531
Foundations in Justice Administration
3 credit hours
This course is an overview of all the knowledge and skills of an administrator in the justice system. These skills include the ability to budget an organization with monetary limitation, the aptitude to know what needs the public has at a given time, and the resources to form professional integration and evaluation plans for new policy. This course will also be an overview of professional administrative ethics and morals, and an analysis of effective managerial processes as it pertains to civil liability.
CROL 532
Criminological Theories in Justice Administration
3 credit hour
TThis course provides an overview of the founding principles of the major criminological theories, including sociological, biological, economic, environmental, and psychological theories about the etiology of crime. Theories can be empirically validated and translate their principles into policy will be examined, also in terms of the context in which they were presented and their implications on the justice administrative system.
CROL 533
Research, Design and Analysis
3 credit hours
This course examines the different research design theories as applied to crime, criminal justice as a whole, and criminal justice organization administration. This course will discuss research analysis methods such as sampling, experimental and quasi-experimental design, survey and case studies. This course is designed to serve as a basic overview of holistic research and design methods.
CROL 534
Statistical Applications in Justice Administration
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the use of statistics in the management of a criminal justice organization. This course will have several different areas of focus. The first focus is the role of statistical application in criminal justice administration, where students will learn to use statistical research in public management. The second focus of this course is where students will learn about how to report criminal justice agency statistics. The third, and final, focus is on the use of statistics in planning agency decisions. Prerequisite: CROL 533.
CROL 535
Ethical Issues in Justice Administration
3 credit hours
This course explores personal, situational, and professional ethical issues and boundaries in Justice Administration. The discussion will weave through various points of interest such as corruption, codes of ethics, race/gender discrimination, ethical, moral and design flaws in research settings, and use of force. The course will stay to the point of ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals in today’s society, and how administrator’s decide to handle with the results of each predicament.
CROL 536
Human Resource Management
3 credit hours
This course offers an in-depth examination of the administration and practices of the human resource cabinets of different agencies. This course will also discuss sound management principles, the selection process, training and education, transfer/discharge and performance evaluation as it relates to criminal justice organizations. Reasons for motivation within a company, as well as worker satisfaction and salary administration will also be discussed.
CROL 537
Leadership Fundamentals
3 credit hours
This course explores conceptual and theoretical leadership fundamentals in a criminal justice setting so that the students may apply these learned leadership skills and principles to where they may work or administrate. The course material will best show how to apply lessons learned from leaders past and present in the current work place. The students will be educated on the use of various management models as they relate to criminal justice.
CROL 538
Legal Issues in Justice Administration
3 credit hours
This course examines broad legal issues across the criminal justice system and within the confines of justice administration. Contemporary issues, policies, and laws that justice administrators have to deal with on a daily basis will also be at the center of this course, with a particular focus on seminal and recent federal case law applicable to all areas of criminal justice.
CROL 539
Family Violence
3 credit hours
This course is a comprehensive examination covering the major types of family violence across the lifespan, including child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse. Students will learn legal, sociological, and psychological approaches involved when encountering and attempting to resolve violent encounters between family members.
CROL 540
Sex Crimes: Myths & Motives
3 credit hours
This course provides a legal, sociological, and psychological examination of sex crimes and sex offenders. Drawing from theory, real-life cases, and sex offender typologies, the course explores the myths and motives among a variety of sex crimes and the people who commit them. The student will encounter topics such as sex offender recidivism, sex offending over the life-course, sex offender registration and community notification, and the collateral consequences. Additional topics including sex offender treatment programs and internet-based sex offending are also discussed.
CROL 550
Addiction and the Offender Population
3 credit hours
This course is designed to explore the dynamics of addiction counseling, with a focus on the offender population; and with a particular emphasis on motivational interviewing and stages of the addiction treatment process. This course will also examine diagnosis and the components of the treatment process including the development of treatment plans, goal setting, and appropriate referrals to treatment modalities. Students will explore differences in working with the offender population particularly as it relates to sanctions necessary for effective supervision and support from the criminal justice System. Professional pitfalls will be clarified. Students will also acquire basic knowledge of the pharmacology and neurobiology of drugs and setting up meaningful urine testing programs.
CROL 631
Law Enforcement Administration
3 credit hours
This course examines the best way to enforce the law, policing administration, internal affairs as it relates specifically to policing institutions, and managing special units. Students will also learn about the trends in community policing, restorative justice programs and crime prevention, and contemporary issues in policing structure as it relates to administrative purposes.
CROL 632
Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
3 credit hours
This course discusses all aspects of policing. From the history and different theories of policing, to restorative policing, to community policing, a holistic view of police life and obligation will be shown to the student. Contemporary police problem-solving theories and theory application will be covered.
CROL 633
Corrections Administration
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the most significant issues to correctional facilities, administrators, officers and those within the criminal justice system. This course seeks to provide an examination of the harsh realities afforded by corrections systems, physical and mental health problems within the corrections system, gangs and their separate issues, and women in prison. The privatization of prisons is also a topic that will be discussed, along with the use of contemporary technology in the corrections system.
CROL 634
Critical Issues in Community-Based Corrections
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the most significant issues to correctional facilities, administrators, officers and those within the criminal justice system. This course examines the harsh realities afforded by corrections systems, physical and mental health problems within the corrections system, gangs and their separate issues, and women in prison. The privatization of prisons is also a topic that will be discussed, along with the use of contemporary technology in the corrections system.
CROL 635
Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
3 credit hours
This course offers a broad-based examination of all aspects that govern and give power to U.S. national security. The legal framework included in Common Law, the U.S. Constitution and legal opinions within the branches of government will be discussed as it pertains to how different branches within the U.S. government share national security powers. There will also be a focus on the legality and ethical considerations relevant when organizing counterterrorism efforts, as well as a general discussion over investigating terrorism and the evolution of terrorist efforts and counterterrorist technology.
CROL 636
Critical Issues in Homeland Security
3 credit hours
This course offers an examination of anti-terrorism/extremism theories in contemporary law enforcement. It will provide an analysis of terrorist behavior, different terrorist typologies and extreme behavior as the foundation for all terrorist activity. The industry of homeland security and the misunderstood role of homeland security organizations will be discussed, as well as contemporary reasons for terrorist exploits. The legality of acts taken within the U.S. will be discussed in detail, as well as an unraveling of U.S. domestic terrorism policy.
CROL 637
Juvenile Justice Administration and Management
3 credit hours
This course explores the juvenile justice system, focusing on the responsibilities of being a public manager of a juvenile justice organization. The focus of this course is to build the knowledge base of the student on contemporary juvenile justice issues and to teach the student how to apply theories of management to public systems as they pertain to juvenile justice. The extent of juvenile gangs in the U.S., drug rings and other contemporary issues will be covered.
CROL 638
Critical Issues within the Juvenile Justice System
3 credit hours
This course explores the complexities involved in dealing with juveniles as a subsystem of the criminal justice system. Issues such as mental health, physical health, gang membership and juvenile peer pressure theories will also be discussed.
CROL 640
Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Crime
3 credit hours
This course will examine unique issues raised by race, ethnicity, and gender when analyzed in relationship to crime and the criminal justice system. Students will examine theoretical frameworks that attempt explain the linkage between race, ethnicity, gender and crime. Issues related to minority status and law enforcement, courts, and corrections will be analyzed and explored. Policy implications that arise from studying race, ethnicity, gender, and crime will be examined. Students will also analyze how social, economic, and political forces impact crime and the administration of justice in 21st century America.
CROL 641
Violent Offenders: Crimes & Psychology
3 credit hours
This course explores and reviews serious violent offenses including: homicide, rape, robbery, murder, aggravated assault, serial killing, and arson. Students will explore and analyze the psychological similarities and differences of the perpetrators of each type of offense and how the public and the criminal justice system are impacted by the processing of violent crime cases.
CROL 651
Recovery and Relapse
3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce the student to recovery and relapse processes. The student will learn the stages of change and the various phases of the recovery process. Students will be able to recognize the behavioral criteria for someone who is in stable recovery, versus instability and relapse potential. Included in this course is an exploration of the psychological causes and manifestations of craving, treatment strategies in relapse prevention planning, nutritional variables that contribute to relapse, relapse issues among various populations, and support factors to maintain a healthy recovery.
CROL 661
KLEC Law Enforcement Officer Training
6 credit hours
Advanced Standing credit is awarded upon documentation of successful completion of Intermediate Law Enforcement Officer/or Advanced Deputy sheriff (total 160 hours of training) Plus Completion of Advanced Law Enforcement Officer (160 hours of training). Documentation of this training from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training DOCJT must be reviewed by the Program Director and the Registrar and is kept on file by the Registrar with other student records.
CROL 662
KLEC Law Enforcement Manager Training
6 credit hours
Advanced Standing credit is awarded upon documentation of successful completion of 2 of the following tracks: Law enforcement Supervisor (160 hours of training) Law Enforcement Manager (200 to 400 hours of advanced training) Law Enforcement Executive or Law Enforcement Chief Executive (120 to 200 hours training). Documentation of this training from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training DOCJT must be reviewed by the Program Director and the Registrar and is kept on file by the Registrar with other student records.
CROL 663
Criminal Justice Training and Education
6 credit hours
Advanced Standing credit is awarded upon receipt of documentation of successful completion of criminal justice professional training and education received from a properly recognized and credentialed criminal justice agency or organization (total 320 hours of training and education). Documentation of this training must be reviewed by the Program Director and the Registrar and is kept on file by the Registrar with other student records.
This special topics course explores criminal justice issues and boundaries in a specific context. The course will discuss various points of interest applicable to areas of the criminal justice system and the administration of justice in the United States.
CROL 699
Capstone Course in Justice Administration
1 credit hours
During this one credit hour course students complete assignments designed with a focus upon prior work completed in one or more previous MJA courses. Students normally enroll in this 1-credit hour semester course during the semester after they have earned at least 24 credit hours toward the degree.

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