University of North Dakota Ph.D. Partnership
The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Dakota in partnership with the Department of Criminal Justice at Minot State University offers a graduate program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice. Drawing on a broad array of multi-disciplinary resources, the program is designed to prepare students for academic teaching and research, research in government and non-profit agencies, and higher-level administrative positions in criminal justice agencies. Students entering the program, with the exception of those admitted to the J.D./Ph.D. specialization, will be required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in the doctoral program.
The program retains a traditional core of theory, research methods/statistics, and study of national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. The program places special emphasis on the operation and administration of criminal justice agencies and systems in rural and/or American Indian tribal jurisdictions. The program also offers a specialized program of study for individuals holding a Juris Doctorate and wishing to meet educational requirements for teaching and research positions in criminal justice higher education programs.
Students should apply for admission to the Ph.D. Program through established procedures of the UND Graduate School. Students will be able to receive application forms and guidance in completing the application on either campus.
CJ 630 Seminar Tribal Justice System (3 SH) Critical examination of the impact of western culture on tribal judicial systems. Specific issues include questions of sovereignty, jurisdiction, tribal authority over territories and membership, retention of political identities and inherent rights of self-governance.
CJ 635 Juvenile Justice (3 SH) Examines the policies and practices of the agencies involved in the processing of youth through the JJS. Specific attention is directed to jurisdictional issues, police practice, detention, intake, diversion, adjudication, and disposition of juveniles. Includes an examination of the historical development of the JJS and an assessment of current trends and reform proposals.
CJ 640 Criminal Justice Policy (3 SH) An examination of criminal justice policy in the US since 1950, with specific emphasis on the theoretical positions shaping policy. In addition, the course focuses on policy planning, program development, and program evaluation. Students develop a comprehensive policy planning proposal to deal with a well-defined problem in CJ.
CJ 645 Rural Justice Issues (3 SH) Analyzes the impact of socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural variations among and between rural communities in the rural criminal justice system. Specific trends, including the changing structure of families, mobility, poverty, school closing/consolidation, declining tax-base, etc., are examined in the context of crime prevention and control.
CJ 690 Data Analysis (3 SH) Examines the logic of quantitative data analysis and its applications to the study of crime and criminal justice.