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MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM INJUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY2016-2017

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGYTABLE OF CONTENTSOVERVIEWWelcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Master of Science (MS) in Justice, Law and Criminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy (MS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2MS JLC DEGREE REQUIREMENTSFoundational Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Justice and Public Policy Concentration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Terrorism and Security Policy Concentration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Law and Society Concentration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jurisprudence and Social Thought Concentration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22333MS THSP DEGREE REQUIREMENTSFoundational Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thesis Option. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Comprehensive Examination. . . . . . . . . . . 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grievance Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Graduate Studies Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Independent Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jobs and Internships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Consortium Study Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGYWELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM AND OURSCHOLARLY COMMUNITY!Dear Student:Welcome to American University’s Master’s Program in Justice, Law and Criminology with concentrationsin Justice and Public Policy, Terrorism and Security Policy, Law and Society, and Jurisprudence and SocialThought. Along with our Web site, this graduate handbook provides the information you will need duringyour studies here at AU.Joseph YoungOur department is home to some of the country's leading scholars in criminology, criminal justice, nationaland homeland security, and law and society. Justice, Law and Criminology blends the work of scholarsfrom many disciplines, including the social sciences, law, and the humanities. The department is trulyinterdisciplinary, allowing you the opportunity to carry out research on a variety of important issues,including crime, violence, terrorism, policing, punishment, and legal studies, to name just a few.As a master of science student in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, you will have manyadvantages. These include a variety of courses, renowned faculty with a wide range of expertise, theability to work closely with faculty on specialized research projects, and job opportunities in our nation'scapital and beyond. An important part of our mission is to enhance your educational experience and tooffer mentorship and guidance along the way, helping to shape the next generation of practitioners andpolicymakers. You will also join an exceptional cohort of students from various social science backgroundsand build relationships with other passionate individuals, which will facilitate a truly interdisciplinary andcollaborative educational experience.Richard BennettIf you have any questions regarding your master’s program, please feel free to contact Joseph YoungDepartment Chair, by phone (202 885 2618) or email ([email protected]), Robert Johnson, JLCGraduate Director (Fall 2015), by phone at (202 885 2951) or email ([email protected]),or Richard Bennett, JLC Graduate Director (Spring 2016), by phone (202 885 2956) or email (Benne[email protected]). We want your transition into and through the program to be as smooth as possible, soplease do not hesitate to ask questions. Again, welcome to our program and our scholarly community.”Sincerely,Joseph YoungProfessor and ChairDepartment of Justice, Law and CriminologyRichard R. BennettProfessor of Justice and Graduate Program DirectorDepartment of Justice, Law and Criminology 1

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGYOVERVIEWTERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITYPOLICY (MS)MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) IN JUSTICE, LAWAND CRIMINOLOGYThe MS in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy is aninterdisciplinary program that trains students to understand andexplain problems of terrorism and other sub-state threats to U.S.homeland security. Approaching security issues informed by socialscience with attention to the perspectives of criminology andcriminal justice, the program emphasizes development of strategic,policy-based security solutions at the federal, state, and local levelsof government. The program provides students with grounding inquantitative research methods as well as foundations in the fields ofcriminology, law, and public policy. Students have the flexibility toexpand on this foundation with a wide range of security and policyelective courses across the university. Throughout the program,students are exposed to rigorous intellectual challenges andprovided the skills and knowledge needed to address current issuesfacing U.S. law enforcement, intelligence, and homeland securityagencies. The degree prepares students for a range of practitioner,policy, and research positions.The Master of Science in Justice, Law and Criminology (JLC) is aninterdisciplinary program focusing on the foundations and structureof institutions of justice and law. Students will receive a thoroughgrounding in empirical and theoretical approaches to issues inpublic policy, terrorism and security policy, or law and society.The MS degree requires 33 credit hours of approved graduate workfor students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree. At least18 of these credit hours must be in 600-level courses. A minimumgrade point average of 3.0 in all coursework is required to remain ingood standing and to earn the degree. Full-time status is consideredto be 9 credit hours per semester.One three-hour written comprehensive examination in the selectedconcentration area. Students must complete foundational seminarsand 4 concentration courses prior to taking the examination.The MS degree requires 33 credit hours of approved graduate workfor students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree. At least18 of these credit hours must be in 600-level courses. A minimumgrade point average of 3.0 in all coursework is required to remain ingood standing and to earn the degree. Full-time status is consideredto be 9 credit hours per semester.Each master’s candidate will be required to select one of these fourconcentrations. The requirements for each concentration are listedin the next section.1 / J ustice and Public Policy provides theoretical grounding incriminology and coursework in criminal justice, includingcorrections and policing. This concentration prepares studentsfor a variety of practitioner and research positions in criminaljustice or for advanced graduate work in criminology orcriminal justice.One three-hour written comprehensive examination in the selectedconcentration area. Students must complete foundational seminarsand at least 4 elective courses prior to taking the examination.Every master’s candidate must complete the general foundationalrequirements as well as their specific degree requirements.2/T errorism and Security Policy focuses on issues of nationalsecurity from the perspectives of criminology and criminaljustice. This concentration prepares students for a variety ofpractitioner and research positions in the areas of preventionand control of terrorism.MS JLC DEGREE REQUIREMENTSFOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTSTwo foundation courses (6 credit hours) chosen from thefollowing: JLC-601: Law and Social Sciences JLC-602: Legal Theory JLC-607: Concept of Justice JLC-609: Criminological Theory JLC-610: Current Controversial Issues in Justice and Public Policy JLC-672: Terrorism, Crime and Public Policy JLC-673: Seminar on Security Policy3 / Law and Society provides interdisciplinary perspectives onthe role of law in society, including the theoretical foundationsof law, the relationship between law and the social sciences,and broad issues of social justice. This concentration preparesstudents for positions in policy research and analysis or foradvanced graduate work in law and society.4 / J urisprudence and Social Thought emphasizes philosophicaland comparative perspectives on law, providing studentswith an appreciation of the nature and structural foundationsof law and a firm grounding in analytical thought. Thisconcentration serves students who have a background ineither the liberal arts or law and are interested in combiningthe two.JUSTICE AND PUBLIC POLICY CONCENTRATIONResearch requirement (6 credits) completed with gradesof B or better: JLC-680: Justice Research I JLC-681: Justice Research IIEvery master’s candidate must complete the general foundationalrequirements as well as their specific degree requirements.Four courses (12 credits) selected from the following list: JLC-605: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice JLC-617: Victimology JLC-626: Domestic Violence 2

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY JLC-651: Drugs, Crime, and Public Policy JLC-696: Selected Topics in Justice and Public Policy JLC-607: Concept of Justice JLC-608: The Constitution and Criminal Procedure JLC-609: Criminological Theory JLC-610: Current Controversial Issues in Justice and Public Policy JLC-638: Race and Justice in America JLC-643: Advanced Seminar in Policing JLC-672: Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy JLC-676: Theories of Punishment JLC-686: Advanced Seminar in CorrectionsLAW AND SOCIETY CONCENTRATIONResearch requirement (6 credits) completed with gradesof B or better: JLC-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLC 681Introduction to Justice Research IIor JLC-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLC 797 Master'sThesis Research (Only with permission of department)Four courses (12 credits) selected from the following list: JLC-635: Gender and the Law JLC-636: Reproduction and the Law JLC-696: Selected Topics in Law & Society JLC-601: Law and Social Sciences JLC-602: Legal Theory JLC-603: Rule of Law and Due Process JLC-604: Foundations of Knowledge JLC-606: Legal History Seminar JLC-607: Concept of Justice JLC-608: Constitution and Criminal Procedure JLC-610: Current Controversial Issues in Justice and Public Policy JLC-615: Law and Human Rights JLC-630: Advanced Seminar in Legal Theory JLC-631: Advanced Seminar in Political and Social Theory JLC-638: Race and Justice in America JLC-648: Law and Religion JLC-650: Constitutionalism in Historical Perspective JLC-676: Theories of Punishment JLC-797: Master’s Thesis Research (with permission of department)Three electives (9 credits) selected from other courseswithin the department, or from the following list: PUAD-606: Foundations of Policy Analysis PUAD-610: Management Analysis PUAD-616: Basis of Public Administration PUAD-633: Budgeting and Financial Management PUAD-654: Organization Diagnosis and ChangeTERRORISM AND SECURITY POLICYCONCENTRATIONResearch requirement (6 credits) completed with gradesof B or better: JLC-680: Justice Research I JLC-681: Justice Research IIFour courses (12 credits) selected from the following list: JLC-685: Topics in Terrorism and Security Policy JLC-608: Constitution and Criminal Procedure JLC-610: Justice and Public Policy JLC-615: Law and Human Rights JLC-621: Justice in the Face of Terror JLC-643: Advanced Seminar in PolicingThree electives (9 credits) selected from other courseswithin the department, or from the following list: HIST-651: Era of the Revolution and Constitution GOVT-523: The Art and Craft of Lobbying GOVT-540: Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Lobbying GOVT-541: The Politics of Mass Communication GOVT-674: Constitutional Law and Politics PHIL-520: Seminar on Ethical Theory PHIL-525: Seminar in Modern Moral Problems SIS-621: International Law and the Legal OrderThree electives (9 credits) selected from other courseswithin the department, or from the following list: GOVT-630: Principles of Homeland Security JLC-607: Concept of Justice JLC-608: Constitution and Criminal Procedure REL-675: Religion and Violence SIS-609: Conflict Analysis and Resolution SIS-610: Theories of Violence and War SIS-619: Corruption, Development, and Democracy SIS-619: Cybercrime, Espionage, and Warfare SIS-619: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency SIS-619: International Security SIS-619: Political Risk Analysis SIS-619: Transnational Crime and Terrorism SIS-653: Transnational Security Challenges SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: Bioterror in the 21st Century SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: Countering Terrorism SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: Homeland Security SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: National Security and Proliferation SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: U.S. National Security Strategy SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: USFP toward the Middle East SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: Weak StatesJURISPRUDENCE AND SOCIAL THOUGHTCONCENTRATIONResearch requirement (6 credits) completed with gradesof B or better: JLC-603 Rule of Law and Due Process and JLC 604 Foundations ofKnowledgeor JLC 680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLC 681Introduction to Justice Research IIA grade of B or better is required in the 6credits of the Research Requirement foreach concentration. 3

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGYFour courses (12 credits, see above) selected from theLaw and Society concentrationThree electives (9 credits) selected from other courseswithin the department, or from the following list: HIST-651: Era of the Revolution and Constitution GOVT-674: Constitutional Law and Politics PHIL-520: Seminar on Ethical Theory PHIL-525: Seminar in Modern Moral Problems SIS-621: International Law and the Legal OrderMS THSP DEGREE REQUIREMENTSFOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTSTwo foundation courses (6 credit hours) chosen from thefollowing: JLC 601 Law and Social Sciences JLC 607 Concept of Justice JLC 609 Criminological Theory JLC 610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues JLC 643 Advanced Seminar in Policing JLC 672 Terrorism, Crime and Public Policy JLC 673 Seminar on National Security Policy JLC 684 Intelligence AnalysisTwo interdisciplinary foundation-level courses (6 credithours) chosen from the following: GOVT 630 Principles of Homeland Security GOVT 735 Social and Political Movements, Ethnicity, andNationalism GOVT 696 Political Violence PUAD 603 Policy Process PUAD 604 Public Program EvaluationResearch Requirement (6 credit hours) JLC 680 Introduction to Justice Research I JLC 681 Introduction to Justice Research IIElective Requirements (15 credit hours)Five elective courses (15 credit hours) selected fromthe following list, or from other approved courses in theSchool of Public Affairs: GOVT 626 U.S. Intelligence Community GOVT 630 Principles of Homeland Security (if not used forfoundation requirement) JLC 683 Cyber Threats/Security JLC 662 Crime/Conflict Nexus JLC 671 Evolution of the Global Jihad JLC 677 Security Challenges in South Asia JLC 674 Domestic Terrorism JLC 683 Investigating Terrorism JLC 684 Prosecution of Terrorism JLC 607 Concept of Justice (if not used for foundationrequirement) JLC 608 Constitution and Criminal Procedure JLC 691 Internship in a Justice Setting PUAD 603 Policy Process PUAD 604 Public Program Evaluation REL 675 Religion and Violence SIS 609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Theory and Practice SIS 610 Theories of Violence and War SIS 619 International Security SIS 619 Transnational Crime and Terrorism SIS 619 Cybercrime, Espionage and Warfare SIS 619 Corruption, Development & Democracy SIS 619 Political Risk Analysis SIS 619 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: Countering Terrorism SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: U.S. National Security Strategy SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: U.S. Policy Toward Weak States SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: National Security and Proliferation SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: Transnational Security Challenges SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: Bioterror in the 21st Century SIS 653 US Foreign Policy: Homeland Security SIS-653: US Foreign Policy: USFP toward the Middle EastTHESIS OPTIONA thesis option is offered to JLC graduate students in the Lawand Society concentration. The thesis option does not replace thecomprehensive exam requirement for the Master of Science. The JLC797 Master’s Thesis Research course can be completed in a maximumof two 3-credit sections. Eligibility for the thesis option is determinedby the Graduate Program Director. Students wishing to pursue thethesis option must be in the top 10% of his/her cohort, completeresearch and thesis under the supervision of a JLC faculty member,and receive final approval from the JLC Graduate Program Director.To access the application for the thesis option, or for information onwriting a thesis proposal, please cfmCOMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONBASIC REQUIREMENTS Exams are offered once in the fall, once in the spring, and once inthe summer, typically in mid-October, February and June. Students must register to take the exam, and there is nocost beyond being in active student status or maintainingmatriculation. All fees are waived during the summer. Students must declare in which concentration they plan to take theexam. Exams may be taken either by hand or on a computer usingMicrosoft Word. The exam will last three hours. The student will be presented withfour questions in their concentration area and will be required toanswer two of them.GRADING AND REPORTING Exams will be graded by two faculty members who will evaluateand grade each question response as Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory,or (in rare cases) Distinction. In order to earn a grade ofDistinction, the answers to both questions must achieve that grade. 4

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGYACADEMIC REGULATIONSThe SPA Web site contains past examsas well as the reading list for allconcentrations: www.american.edu/spa/resources/comps.cfm.OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDIES (OGS) RULESAND REGULATIONS The evaluation process is double-blind: students do not know whowill grade their exams, and faculty readers do not know whoseexams they are grading. If the two faculty readers assign the same grade to an exam, thenthe grade is final. In the event that the grades differ (e.g., one reader grades the examas satisfactory and the other grades it as distinguished), the facultyreaders will meet to discuss the exam and come to an agreementon the final grade. Students will receive copies of written comments from the facultyreaders.OTHER DEGREE OPPORTUNITIESJD/MS in Justice, Law and Criminology – The joint jurisdoctor and master’s program in JLC requires that students applyand be admitted to both the Washington College of Law andthe Department of JLC. Students may apply to both programssimultaneously or begin either program separately and then applyto the other program. However, once the study of law has begun,students cannot take any justice courses within the department untilcompleting one year of full-time study within the Law School. Inthis program, students can apply six credit hours of justice coursestoward their JD and can also apply six credit hours of their lawcourse toward their MS with prior approval.PhD in Justice, Law and Criminology – The PhD consists of 72credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The PhD in JLC affordsstudents training in the realm of justice issues and institutions,and the craft of social science research. It also allows students todevelop expertise in other fields within the School of Public Affairs,including American politics, comparative politics, policy analysis,public administration, or research methods. Graduates are preparedto assume leadership roles in the justice and public policy fields, toconduct research, and to teach at the university level.HELPFUL CONTACTS AND LOCATIONSAll phone extensions follow the same format: (202) 885-xxxxRichard BennettJLC Department [email protected] 260, x2956Shelley MorrisJLC Academic [email protected] 257, x6456SPA Master’s Student Lounge Ward Sub-terrace 06(next to the SPA computer lab)The Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Rules andRegulations is a document which summarizes the body of AcademicRules and Regulations in place at American University for theconduct of graduate education in academic programs housed inSchools and Colleges other than the Washington College of Law.Graduate students in the Washington College of Law are governedby the academic rules and regulations specific to the WashingtonCollege of Law, except in those instances when they are enrolled ina joint program between another unit at American University andthe Washington College of Law. When enrolled in a joint program,students must satisfy the Academic Rules and Regulations that relateto both units in which their degree is housed. Students are expectedto know and follow these regulations; ignorance of a regulation willnot be accepted as an excuse for failure to act in accordance withit. Academic units and graduate programs may establish additionalregulations for their students.

criminology and coursework in criminal justice, including corrections and policing. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in criminal justice or for advanced graduate work in criminology or criminal justice. 2 / Te