College of Criminal Justice


 Graduate Index

Cole Blease Graham Jr., Dean

Danny E. Baker, Associate Dean
Kathy R. Smiling, Director of Academic Programs


    Geoffrey P. Alpert, Ph.D., Washington State University, 1975
    Andrew J. Chishom, Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1975
    Cole Blease Graham Jr., Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1971
    William J. Mathias, Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1969
    R. Eugene Stephens, Ph.D., Emory University, 1976

Associate Professors

    James G. Fraser, Ed.D., University of Alabama, 1970
    Reid H. Montgomery Jr., Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1974
    Joann B. Morton, D.P.A., University of Georgia, 1980

Assistant Professors

    Robert Brame, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1996
    John D. Burrow, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1998, J.D., University of Wisconsin, 2001
    Angela R. Gover, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2000
    Barbara Koons-Witt, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000
    Kimberly A. McCabe, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1996
    John M. MacDonald, Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1996
    J. Mitchell Miller, Ph.D.,University of Tennessee, 1996
    William J. Ruefle, Ph.D., Florida State University, 1986


    William V. Pelfrey Jr., M.A., Radford University, 1995
    Robert J. Stokes, M.A., Temple University, 1993

Distinguished Professors Emeriti

    Harry E. Barrineau III, J.D., University of Virginia, 1966
    Ellis C. MacDougall, M.A., New York University, 1952
    T.A. Ryan, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1961
    Nancy T. Wolfe, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1974


The College of Criminal Justice offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Criminal Justice.


Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate major in criminal justice or one of the social sciences is desirable. In addition to meeting all admission requirements of the University’s Graduate School, applicants must submit scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (general test only) or the Miller Analogies Test and a statement of approximately three single-spaced pages outlining professional objectives. Other factors considered will include undergraduate academic performance; letters of recommendation, indicating the applicant’s academic potential for graduate work; and evidence of a commitment to a career in the field of criminal justice. A personal interview may be required at the discretion of the dean. For additional information, access the college’s homepage at

Degree Requirements and Regulations

A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course credit is required as follows:

1. Fifteen hours of core courses, each of which must be completed with a grade of B or better: CRJU 701, 703, 704, 705, and 741. (No course may be repeated more than once.)

2. Eighteen hours in the major area of emphasis, including a six-hour core and 12 hours of additional area course work, of which up to six may be taken in other colleges or departments. All courses in the major area of emphasis must be approved by the advisor. The major areas of emphasis include: law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and criminal justice education.

3. Professional competence: three hours of Master’s Portfolio, CRJU 798, or Thesis, CRJU 799.

4. Each student will be required to make an oral presentation of a master’s portfolio or thesis before the appropriate faculty committee.

5. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 must be earned for graduation. A student who accumulates nine hours of graduate credit below B will not be permitted to continue in the College of Criminal Justice.

Criminal justice courses may not be audited.

J.D./M.C.J. Joint Degree Program

The College of Criminal Justice, in cooperation with the University of South Carolina School of Law, offers a combined degree program which permits a student to obtain both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Criminal Justice degrees in approximately four years. Through the combined program, the total course load may be reduced by as many as 18 credit hours from that required if the two degrees were earned separately, since nine hours of electives toward the M.C.J. degree may be taken in law courses and nine hours of electives toward the J.D. may be earned in the M.C.J. program.

Prior to obtaining admission to the combined degree program, a student must be admitted to both the School of Law and the College of Criminal Justice. Upon admission to the combined degree program, the student will be assigned courses to be elected in both programs.

Financial Assistance

Applicants requesting graduate assistantships, J.P. Strom Fellowships, and part-time employment in criminal justice agencies should contact the College of Criminal Justice. Applicants requesting all other types of financial assistance should apply to the director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

Course Descriptions (CRJU)

  • 524–Victimology. (3) The scientific study of crime victims and public policy responses to victims’ plights.
  • 531–Alternatives to Incarceration. (3) Alternatives to incarceration, including probation, parole, communitry service programs, halfway houses, group homes, work release, and educational release programs; the role of the community.
  • 533–Prison Violence. (3) The causes, preventive strategies, and theoretical models of prison violence.
  • 541–Crime Prevention. (3) An in-depth study of crime prevention practices impacting law enforcement professionals and their relationships to the community.
  • 542–Drugs and Crime. (3) Overview of the relationship between addictions (alcohol and drugs) and crime. The historical criminal justice approach to alcohol and drug problems as well as current prevention problems will be studied.
  • 543–Criminal Justice and Mental Health. (3) An overview of the interface between the mental health sciences and the criminal justice field.
  • 562–Citizen Involvement in Criminal Justice. (3) Citizen involvement programs including crime prevention, dispute-resolution centers, and use of volunteers.
  • 563–Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice. (3) An historical overview of the intersection between issues of race, crime, and justice. The impact of the criminal justice system on minority groups.
  • 582–Computer Applications in Criminal Justice. (3) An overview of the applications and emerging issues of computer technology in law enforcement and criminology. Hands-on experience with both microcomputers and the mainframe.
  • 591–Selected Topics in Criminal Justice. (3) A seminar for advanced students. Individual topics to be announced with suffix and title. May be repeated once with the consent of the advisor.
  • 701–Foundations of Criminal Justice: Perceptions and Reality. (3) The "systems approach" to the study of criminal justice is examined, with emphasis on public and practitioner perceptions and an examination of the research that supports those perceptions. Also examined are "system" problems, issues, and trends.
  • 702–The Philosophy of Justice. (3) A philosophical examination of the ethical aspects of criminal justice: the nature of law and justice, the relationship between law and morality, the rights of the individual and of society, justice, and punishment.
  • 703–Interpretation and Design in Criminal Justice Research. (3) (Prereq: STAT 201) Methods appropriate for analyzing data in criminal justice are examined and applied to criminal justice data sets.
  • 704–Administration of Criminal Justice. {=GINT 756} (3) Administrative problems of the criminal justice system.
  • 705–Research in Criminal Justice. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 703) A survey of empirical research methods and their application in the field of criminal justice. Prepares students to critically appraise reported research and to design and conduct an independent research project.
  • 706–Advanced Research in Criminal Justice. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 703 and 705) This continuation of CRJU 705 focuses on the complex issues related to measuring what matters. This will include determining the important process and outcome indicators as well as ways to measure them.
  • 707–Applied Research Practicum. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 703 and 705) Examines complex ethical and legal issues of conducting research with examples from all areas of criminal justice, followed by designing and pretesting an original research project.
  • 708–Resources Management in Criminal Justice. (3) Examines principles of leadership and management applied to law enforcement, as well as strategies and methods of implementation of various types of law enforcement agencies.
  • 711–Foundations of American Law Enforcement. (3) Survey of the role of police, societal expectations, resource allocation, productivity, police policy, and relationship to the total criminal justice system.
  • 712–Law Enforcement Leadership and Management. (3) Examines principles of leadership and management applied to law enforcement, as well as strategies and methods of implementation of various types of law enforcement agencies.
  • 713–Policing the Community. (3) Examines the community-oriented, problem-solving approach to law enforcement. Compares this proactive system to traditional reactive policing, with emphasis on philosophical, organizational, and methodological differences.
  • 714–Seminar on Law Enforcement Problems and Issues. (3) Research and discussion of current and emerging problems and issues in law enforcement.
  • 721–Foundations of the American Judicial System. (3) The structure of courts, original and appellate jurisdiction, judicial selection and tenure, sentencing disparity, sentencing alternatives, and court administration.
  • 722–Constitutional Law. (3) An analysis of the Bill of Rights and a survey of judicial review in the area of civil liberties, criminal procedure, and other aspects of the criminal justice system subject to Constitutional guarantees.
  • 725–Civil Liability in Criminal Justice. (3) A study of the civil liability of criminal justice practitioners, especially with regard to Section 1983 litigation.
  • 731–Foundations of American Corrections. (3) Institutions and community resources, including historical development, treatment programs, trends, alternatives, and changes in the field.
  • 732–Correctional Policy. (3) Policy development, implementation and evaluation in corrections at the national, state and local levels.
  • 733–Management of Special Needs Offenders in Criminal Justice. (3) An overview of programming for special needs offenders to include organizational change strategy, legislation, standards, an in-depth analysis of eight special needs groups.
  • 741–Criminology. (3) The major theories of the etiology of criminal behavior, including biological, environmental, and other causative factors.
  • 742–Treatment of Deviance. (3) Survey of various treatment modalities, their application to deviant behavior, and their utility in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Emphasis is on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • 743–Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Abuse and Neglect. {=EDCE 769, HPRE 769, NURS 726, SOWK 769} (3) Current knowledge about child abuse and neglect, including typologies, etiology, effects, and current practice interventions.
  • 751–Foundations of American Juvenile Justice. {=SOWK 763} (3) Examination of causative factors, behavioral manifestations, social services available in the community, legal sanctions, and treatment programs in youth services.
  • 752–Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency. (3) An examination of approaches and methods to prevent the juvenile from entering or continuing a life of delinquency and crime. Also surveys and evaluates programs designed to prevent delinquency.
  • 753–Seminar on Juvenile Justice Problems and Issues. (3) Research and discussion of current and emerging problems and issues in juvenile justice.
  • 761–Foundations of Criminal Justice Education. (3) An examination of the historic and philosophic origins of American criminal justice education. Provides a basis for understanding the diversity of programs in this field. Parallels with other professional programs in higher education which provide insight into current issues.
  • 762–Continuing Professional Development. (3) Examination of the role of lifelong learning in the professions with an emphasis on criminal justice.
  • 766–Law-Related Education. (3) Survey of philosophy, goals, methods, implementation, and future prospects for law-related education in grades K—12.
  • 767–Law-Related Education Curriculum Development. (3) (Prereq: CRJU 766) Detailed study of current curriculum materials and methods for developing new materials.
  • 791–Selected Topics in Criminal Justice. (3) Seminar for advanced students. Topics of current importance, such as drugs, judicial reform, or crime prevention. (May be repeated for credit up to six semester hours with consent of advisor.)
  • 792–Directed Study in Criminal Justice. (3) Independent study for advanced students, under faculty supervision. (May be repeated for credit up to six semester hours with consent of advisor.)
  • 794–Internship in Criminal Justice. (3) Placement in a criminal justice agency under faculty supervision.
  • 798–Master’s Portfolio. (3) Development of projects and completion of project reports for inclusion in the master’s portfolio. Restricted to criminal justice majors in the non-thesis track. May be repeated for credit; however, only three credits may be counted toward degree.
  • 799–Thesis Research: Thesis Preparation. (1—9)

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