Course Description


CJ 590 Policy Paper Research
1-4 cr. (4-0-0)
Graded: S/U
Prerequisite: Admission to the master of science degree program in criminal justice.

Students write a formal research paper on a criminal justice policy of no less than 20 pages and submit it for grading to their three-person graduate faculty committee. The paper is designed to assess the student’s ability to conduct research and write at a master’s level. Furthermore, it will assess the student’s ability to describe the origins, development and implementation of a criminal justice policy and critically analyze its impact including intended and unintended consequences. The student will work with their committee chair to select a topic and prepare their paper.