Certificate in Youth Services Curriculum

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Core Courses 12 hours

 Electives 12 hours

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Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 24 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the university graduate catalog.

Course Descriptions

Major Courses

COR 311 The Juvenile Justice System (3 hours)

Examines the nature and extent of delinquency in the United States and the system response to juvenile crime. Particular attention is given to how police, courts, and correctional agencies respond to juvenile offenders, and the effectiveness of these responses.

COR 321 Delinquency Interventions (3 hours)

Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of primary, secondary, and tertiary delinquency prevention strategies.  Community-based and residential programs will be explored. Students will learn about what works, what doesn’t, and why.

COR 322: School-Based Interventions for At-Risk Youth (3 hours)

This course examines the interconnections between the public school system and the juvenile justice system.  The course will examine school-based problems and interventions commonly experienced by youth at-risk of delinquency and other antisocial behavior.  Strategies for effective collaboration between schools, the juvenile justice system, and other youth-serving organizations are discussed.

COR 340 Correctional and Juvenile Justice Administration (3 hours)

Students will learn how organizational theories and fundamental administrative principles apply to correctional and juvenile justice agencies.  They will examine the unique administrative challenges presented by the paramilitary prison hierarchy and the political context in which corrections and juvenile justice function.

COR 360: Offender Rehabilitation (3 hours)                                 

Students will debate the rehabilitative goal of corrections and juvenile justice.  They will learn about the role of correctional staff in identifying and addressing treatment needs and examine the effectiveness of contemporary treatment strategies in controlling and changing offender behavior.

COR 410: Female Offenders (3 hours)                                                     

This course examines psychological and sociological explanations of female crime, and critically analyzes the nature and effects of societal responses to female crime.  Students will explore gender differences in pathways to, and desistance from, crime, and learn about gender-specific approaches to addressing the needs of female offenders.

COR 420: Diversity in Corrections (3 hours)                                 

This course is a comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of the issues, status, and special needs of substantial “non-mainstream” sub-populations within the U.S. correctional system, both as inmates and personnel.  Focus subgroups include religious and ethnic minorities, women, the very old and very young, persons with mental and physical disabilities, LGBTQ populations, and immigrants.

COR 421: Intervening with Juvenile Sex Offenders (3 hours)          

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of juvenile sex offenders, including the incidence and prevalence of sexual offending by juveniles and sexual development issues in children and adolescents. Topics such as the etiology, evaluation, and treatment of juvenile sex offenders, as well as the assessment and management of the risk they pose, will be examined.

COR 422: Advanced Legal Issues in Juvenile Justice (3 hours)         

This class is designed to familiarize students with the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders.  Students will examine court cases regarding the constitutionality of curfew, police contact, detention, waivers, adjudication, disposition, and conditions of confinement.   Hypothetical situations will be used to enhance students’ ability to apply the legal concepts learned in this course to "real life" situations.

COR 423: Special Topics in Corrections (1-3 hours)

Intensive study of selected topics related to corrections and juvenile justice. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours on different topics.

CRJ 313: Criminal Justice Ethics (3 hours)                              

Students will examine the moral, legal, and ethical obligations of the state and criminal justice professionals. They will learn about the discretionary power granted to criminal justice professionals and moral dilemmas that arise within the context of their professional duties.  Particular attention will be given to ethical systems that are used to analyze behavior and guide decision-making.

CRJ 331: Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency (3 hours)

This survey of criminological theories provides a multi-disciplinary basis for understanding why people break the law, how laws get made, and the social response to crime.  Historical and contemporary perspectives are explored including social, economic, cultural, symbolic, psychological, and biological explanations.