The mission of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice is to develop and disseminate knowledge about crime, criminal justice, deviance, and social organization through research, teaching, and service to the community. Grounded in the social sciences and governed by the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Alabama, the department respects liberal values, encourages open-mindedness, and pursues in its programs both demographic and curricular diversity.
Concerning students at the master's level, the department's mission is development of research skills and the expansion of conceptual and practical knowledge critical to fulfillment of leadership roles in criminal justice or in the social services. Master's degree students planning to proceed to PhD programs can expect from the department thorough training in the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings that promote understanding of deviance, crime, criminal justice, and social organization.
The health consequences of social deviance and the impact of criminalization for individual and societal wellbeing. Seminar discussions cover the criminalization of mental and physical illness and illnesses arising from criminal behavior and incarceration.
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An analysis of selected areas of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and homeland security with an emphasis on parallels between terrorism and crime.
Analysis of selected areas of law enforcement. Emphasis is on currently developing trends.
The nature and extent of delinquency; competing explanatory models and theories. Evaluation of control and treatment modalities.
Examination of the American legal system from a political science and socio-legal perspective. Seminar covers the "rights revolution," the process of dispute settlement, judicial decision making, public opinion and the courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
Students will learn the basics of the discipline of social inequality. Students will learn how social inequality results in crime and deviance and leads to differential treatment by the criminal justice system. Inequalities of race, class, and gender will be the main focus of this course, but crime in organizations and cross-cultural crime will also be discussed.
This course reviews civil and criminal court procedure, with a special emphasis on courtroom strategies and power differentials. Students will apply social-psychological theories and direct methods of observation for the analysis of courtroom behavior.
Examines the historical and contemporary policy trends in institutional and community corrections.
An evaluation of specific statistical methods for quantitative and nonquantitative analyses, concentrating on proper applications and interpretations in criminal justice settings.
Examination of classical, neoclassical, positive, and social-defense theories of criminality and their interrelation with the broader problems of crime control. Offered spring semester.
Prepares the student to develop and to implement basic research designs. Offered fall semester.
Offers an opportunity for faculty and students to explore in depth topics of contemporary interest that are not generally covered in the standard courses. Course content will vary from section to section.
Research under faculty supervision in any area of interest to the student. Content may not relate to thesis or policy and practice project.
Provides credit for a major written project completed under the supervision of two faculty members. Research may be directed by any member of the faculty who accepts responsibility for supervising the thesis.
Research may be directed by any member of the faculty who accepts responsibility for supervising the thesis.