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Electives

Electives may be taken anywhere in the university but must be approved by the student’s graduate committee and the CJ graduate coordinator. The student must demonstrate, to the committee’s satisfaction, how the electives are to fit into the student’s program of study and career objectives. Boise State graduates with any listed course in undergraduate work which applied to the undergraduate degree may not apply that course to the graduate degree.

CJ Graduate Electives

CJ 520 Governor’s Class (3-0-3) (S) This class focuses on  legislative policy in Idaho as it pertains to crime and criminal justice. This class will be a forum for the application of practical knowledge of policy theory and evaluation to crime law in Idaho. Legislative policy makers will be invited to present their views on crime and criminal justice. The process of preparing and legislating crime bills will be discusses.  The Governor will be invited to provide a presentation and engage the class in discussion each semester the class is offered.

CJ 521 Criminal Justice Issues and Policy in Idaho (3-0-3) (S) Problem-solving and policy implementation in Idaho. Executives across the Criminal Justice field in Idaho will be invited to discuss issues they have confronted and strategies they have used to resolve those issues.  This class will no focus on a particular field, but instead seek professionals from different components of the system.

CJ 522 Juvenile Offenders, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Idaho (3-0-3) (F) Examination of current processes in juvenile justice, policy, probation, and utilization of community based resources in Idaho. Emphasis will be placed on understanding issues and policy applications at the local and state level.  PREREQ: CJ 509 or CJ 512.

CJ 523 Rural Criminal Justice (3-0-3) (F) This class addresses the problems of criminal justice in a rural setting.  This class is developed with the recognition that criminal justice in Idaho has emerged to deal with crime in the sparsely populated intermountain west. This class will provide perspective on the organization and delivery of criminal justice and the types of crime confronted by small municipal and Sheriff departments, and how those problems are being met locally.

CJ 527 White-Collar Crime (3-0-3) (F/S) Nature and extent of upper-class criminality, including measures, reporting, and categories. Emphasis on organizational, occupational, and governmental crime. functions of social control, punishment, and regulatory agencies examined.

CJ 528 The Death Penalty in America (3-0-3) (F/S) Historical, philosophical, and empirical examination of capital punishment with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, class, gender, and religion. Legal issues including jury-decision making, ineffective legal representation, cruel and unusual punishment, mental illness, wrongful conviction, costs, international law, and other policy issues examined. Living and working on death row, methods of execution, and philosophies of punishment explored.

CJ 562 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Courts (3-0-3) (F/S) Study of the major contemporary issues facing the criminal court system at local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, problem-solving courts (drug court, mental health court, etc.), determinants of court processing decisions, and impact of legal decisions on courtroom behavior. Topics considered from historical, legal, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives.

CJ 564 Contemporary Issues in Offender Rehabilitation (3-0-3) (F/S) Study of the major contemporary issues facing the treatment of offenders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, treatment-centered programming and advances in rehabilitation of high-risk offenders.