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Course Descriptions

CRJS 630. Forensic Psychology
(3 semester hours)

Students will examine the impact of specific mental disorders on the public safety system, investigative psychology will be examined in regards to profiling, the polygraph, and identifying characteristics of offenders. Developmental factors in the development of habitual criminal behavior will be emphasized. The psychology of violence, sexual assault, and victimology will be studied.

CRJS 625. Special Topics in Public Safety Leadership
(3 semester hours)

Cross-listed with PSLD 725 This course is to enable students to pursue a subject in depth that is not usually taught as part of the core or electives. The student must seek approval of the subject from the program coordinator to register for this course.

CRJS 631. History of Correction and Jails
(3 semester hours)

This course will explore the history of the asylum in America. Specific emphasis will be placed on the Jacksonian Era and the construction and maintenance of institutions that confined deviant and dependent members of the community. The care and correction of the criminal, the insane, and the poor will be studied.

CRJS 632. Deviant Behavior: Crime, Conflict, and Interest Groups
(3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of crime and criminal behavior including violent crime, organizational deviance, sexual behavior, mental health, and substance abuse.

PSLD 601. Multidisciplinary View of Theories Models of Leadership
(3 semester hours)

This course will address the nature and importance of leadership in public safety. Students will examine leadership styles and leadership roles. Power, politics, and leadership will be explored as well as leadership development, succession, and followership.

PSLD 604. Organizational Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiations
(3 semester hours)

The course will help students develop an understanding of organizational communication with a focus on conflict resolution and negotiations.

PSLD 605. Leadership and Ethics in Public Safety Leadership
(3 semester hours)

Students will examine the theoretical basis for ethics and develop an understanding of methods used to resolve ethical dilemmas. A history of unethical decision-making will be explored.

PSLD 606. Seminar on Terrorism
(3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to examine how the war on terrorism has affected first responders such as police and fire departments, how it has transformed local and state government planning, and how it has defined a new relationship between state and local government.

PSLD 630. Leadership and Corrections
(3 semester hours)

Students will develop an understanding of the historical problems that frame our contemporary experiences of corrections. Students will learn the complexity of correctional organizations and alternatives for dealing with current correctional issues and trends.

PSLD 631. Cyber crime
(3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the emergence, prevention, and control of high tech crime. The student will synthesize conclusions in the areas of research such as: information technologies, the sociology/anthropology/psychology of cyberspace, computer security, deviance, law, criminal justice and risk management, and strategic thinking.

PSLD 632. Internship
(3 semester hours)

Students will take three credit hours over the course of a semester of practicum, internship, field placement, or equivalent in the student's specialty field of study. The Public Safety Leadership faculty will work in partnership with individual students to develop internship site placements. An internship report is required.

PSLD 633. The Budget Process
(3 semester hours)

This seminar provides the student with a working knowledge about performance budgeting. Planning, performance measurement, benchmarking, and evaluation will be addressed in respect to local and state government budgeting. The intent is to present performance budgeting not as a stand-alone technique, but as an extension of the traditional budget process that reconciles financial and operational accountability.

PSLD 634. Nature of Crime and Justice in the 21st Century
(3 semester hours)

Current issues concerning law makers, police, courts, and corrections will be examined. The long range prospects for the external environment in which an organization operates, expected trends, forces for change, and uncertain and emergent developments will be studied in regards to public safety leadership.

PSLD 635. Local Government, Media, and Politics
(3 semester hours)

This course defines the dynamics of public policy, elucidates the complexity intrinsic to each stage of the process, and delves into the implications of public policy for public safety leadership and society. The course incorporates contemporary examples with a variety of creative exercises in the dynamics of public policy that demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of public safety politics. A seminar approach to the subject matter merges a solid coverage of theoretical principles with an applied approach.

PSLD 701. Preparation, Execution, and Coordination of Disaster Response
(3 semester hours)

Disaster planning will be explored in depth. Particular emphasis will be on preparing for man-made and natural disasters as well as accidental disasters such as plane crashes and plant explosions. Learning from scientific disaster studies will be a major focus in this course.

PSLD 725. Special Topics in Public Safety Leadership
(3 semester hours)

Cross-listed with CRJS 625 This course is designed to enable students to pursue a subject in depth that is not usually taught as part of the core or electives. The student must seek approval of the subject from the program coordinator to register for this course.

PSLD 798. Research Thesis
(6 semester hours)

The Master's research project includes individual study of a selected research problem in public safety under the direction of an approved faculty member. Students may not register for the master's research project unless all other required core courses have been successfully completed. A student will propose, conduct, and develop a project consisting of an abstract, problem statement, literature review, methodology, discussion, and suggestions for future research.

PSLD 799. Research Report
(3 semester hours)

The research project requires students to complete a written critical analysis of scholarly literature on core or specific topics in the field of public safety leadership, as well as successfully completing a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester.