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1 USC CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice & Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice This Graduate Student Handbook provides an outline of important program information for students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is intended to be used as a supplement to the Graduate Studies Bulletin available to students on the Graduate School website (http://www.gradschool.sc.edu). All graduate students must adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the University of South Carolina Graduate Studies Bulletin. Students should obtain a copy of the Bulletin and familiarize themselves with the content and requirements as laid out by The Graduate School. Students are responsible for meeting the degree requirements described in both the department and the Graduate School bulletins that were in effect at the time they were admitted to and enrolled in the graduate program. Table of Contents Administration Information P. 2 Faculty Listing P. 2 Master of Arts Program P. 3 Admissions Requirements P. 3 Thesis Track Option P.4 Non-Thesis Track P. 4 J.D./M.A. Joint Degree Program P. 5 Course Listings P. 6 Ph.D. Program P. 7 Admissions Requirements P. 7 Degree Requirements P. 8 Course Listings P. 10 Additional Graduate Information P. 11 Other Resources for Graduate Students P. 12

2 Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Brandon Applegate, Chair Established in 1974, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Our Columbia campus is centrally located in South Carolina s capital city, which provides graduate students access to a wide array of state and federal agencies and abundant opportunities for research. Our faculty members contribute significantly to USC s designation as an institution of very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. They are engaged in scholarship that spans many facets of criminal justice practice and policy as well as criminological theory. Their work is published in the most prestigious journals in the field and also informs local, state, and national criminal justice agencies. You are part of a vibrant department and should expect numerous rewarding experiences from your graduate program as you are prepared for an exciting future in criminal justice practice, research, or higher education. Graduate Faculty Geoffrey P. Alpert, Professor. (Ph.D., Washington State University, 1975). Law enforcement training and program evaluation. Quantitative measures of use of force, deadly force and pursuit driving. Brandon Applegate, Professor and Chair. (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1997). Jails, Perceptions in and of Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Survey Research. Robert Brame, Professor and Graduate Program Director (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1997). Measurement of crime incidence, criminal involvement, and victimization. John Burrow, Associate Professor. (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1998; J.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2001). Law, juvenile delinquency, and socio-legal studies. Deena Isom, Assistant Professor. (Ph.D., Emory University, 2015). Criminological theory, justice, violence, and the intersectionality of race and gender. Robert Kaminski, Associate Professor. (Ph.D., The University at Albany, State University of New York, 2002). Policing, research methods, crime mapping and analysis, applied quantitative methods. Barbara A. Koons-Witt, Associate Professor. (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000) Women and crime, sentencing and corrections. Christi Metcalfe, Assistant Professor. (Ph.D., Florida State University, 2014). Courts, criminal justice systems, developmental/life course criminology, punitive attitudes. Eric L. Sevigny, Assistant Professor. (Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006). Drug Policy, sentencing, drugs and crime, policy analysis. Hayden Smith, Associate Professor. (Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2007). Health disparities in the criminal justice system; penology, specifically jail diversion programs; criminology theory; ethics and social justice. Tia Stevens, Assistant Professor. (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2013). Law, juvenile delinquency, and socio-legal studies. Scott Wolfe, Assistant Professor. (Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2012). Criminological theory with specific attention devoted to self-control, opportunity, and legitimacy. 2

3 Master of Arts Program The Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to equip students with an understanding of the causes and societal responses to crime and deviant behavior. Students successfully completing the program will be well prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level or to enter the field as practitioners and future leaders in criminal justice agencies. Admissions Requirements Prospective students applying to the MA program in Criminology and Criminal Justice must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social science is desirable. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the University s Graduate School, applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Graduate School: University application through the Graduate School website (on-line), including a personal statement describing prior education, relevant work experiences, and purpose in pursuing a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice (500 words). Two letters of academic reference from faculty members or other persons qualified to evaluate applicant s abilities to undertake graduate-level studies. Scores obtained within the last five years on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE - both verbal and quantitative sections of the general exam). A score of 400 on the MAT and a score of 297 on the GRE are used as guidelines for admissions decisions. Official grade transcripts from all previous institutions. Admissions to the M.A. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is competitive and based on the merits of the application materials. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice admits M.A. students during both the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for applying to the M.A. program for fall admission is July 1 st, however students interested in receiving department funding (i.e., assistantships) should submit a completed file on or before March 1 st for full consideration of funding. ALL application materials must be received by the university on or before these deadlines. The deadline for applying to the MA program in Criminology and Criminal Justice for spring admission is November 15 th. ALL application materials need to be received on or before this deadline. Other Admissions-Related Policies Students should consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin for additional policies governing graduate admissions to the University of South Carolina including application fees, immunization requirements, mandatory health insurance, disability services, and policies governing international students and credentials. Funding and Financial Aid The department offers financial support in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships. Graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming graduate students and are dependent on available resources. Graduate assistantships are awarded for one academic year and may be renewed on a yearly basis if funds exist and students make adequate progress in their programs of study. Adequate progress requires a grade of B or higher in all courses and a satisfactory rating from the Graduate Director in the performance of assistantship duties. Normally, funding for M.A. students will not extend beyond two academic years. This maximum may be extended on a caseby-case basis. Students receiving a graduate assistantship are generally required to work 20 hours per week. Full-time (20 hrs per week) graduate assistants are provided a full tuition waiver (up to 9 credit hours per semester) and a stipend during the academic year and may also receive partial health benefits. Because graduate assistantships are highly competitive, students who wish to be considered for an award are encouraged to complete their application by the March 1 st deadline. There is no separate application for an assistantship or fellowship. All full-time 3 Administration Information The Graduate Committee, consisting of the Graduate Director and three graduate faculty members, administers the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Graduate Committee oversees curriculum matters, including development and assessment, monitors students progress toward their degrees, and reviews and makes graduate program admissions and funding decisions with input from the department chair (i.e., fellowships and assistantships). Dr. Robert Brame, Graduate Program Director Currell College Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice University of South Carolina Columbia, SC (voice) (fax) Mr. Aaron Honoré Program Coordinator USC, The Graduate School 901 Sumter St. #304 Columbia, SC (voice) (main office) (fax)

4 students who have a completed application, express a desire for funding, and have been accepted into a graduate program will be considered. The department s Graduate Committee begins reviewing M.A. applications and requests for department funding after March 1 st (fall semester admission). A copy of the department graduate student funding policy is available on the department website at mafundingpolicy.html. Other sources of financial aid may be available through the Graduate School or through the University Office of Financial Aid. Degree Requirements Thesis Track Option (M.A.) Degree requirements for the M.A. program (thesis-track) in Criminology and Criminal Justice include the following: Core Classes 15 credit hours of core courses, each of which must be completed with a grade of B or higher. CRJU 701, Survey of Criminal Justice CRJU 702, Law and Justice CRJU 703, Research Methods in CJ CRJU 705, Quantitative Methods in CJ CRJU 741, Criminology Electives 9 credit hours of courses with no more than two courses (6 credit hrs.) below the 700 level (i.e., taken at either the 500 or 600 level). ** Note: Graduate students must obtain the approval of the Graduate Director for all elective courses. Comprehensive Examination Each student must successfully complete the general M.A. comprehensive examination, which tests students knowledge of major philosophical, scientific, theoretical, and policy issues related to criminology and criminal justice. Students who fail the exam are permitted to retake it one time. Students satisfy the comprehensive requirement by orally defending their thesis proposal (typically the first three chapters) before their thesis examination committee (2 faculty members). M.A. students must submit a completed Comprehensive Exam Form (MA-CEFTT) to the Graduate Director once they have successfully defended their thesis proposal. A copy of the form is available on the department website or from the Graduate Director. 4 Academic Standards and Progress Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue in the masters program. No course may be repeated more than one time. Criminology and criminal justice graduate courses over 6 years old for the master s program and over 8 years old for the doctoral program become invalid and must be re-taken for credit. Audited Courses Core courses may not be audited. Other courses may be audited, but students must remember that audited courses cannot be repeated for credit. Transfer Credits Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from other programs and/or institutions provided they meet departmental requirements. Transfer credits may not be applied to core courses. Students requesting a transfer of graduate credits should speak with the Graduate Director. Non-Thesis Track Option (M.A.) Degree requirements for the Non- Thesis Track M.A. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice include the following: Core Classes 15 credit hours of core courses, each of which must be completed with a grade of B or higher. CRJU 701, Survey of Criminal Justice CRJU 702, Law and Justice CRJU 703, Research Methods in CJ CRJU 705, Quantitative Methods in CJ CRJU 741, Criminology Electives 15 credit hours of courses with no more than three courses (9 credit hrs.) below the 700 level (i.e., taken at either the 500 or 600 level). ** Note: Graduate students must obtain approval from the Graduate Director for all elective courses.

5 Comprehensive Exam Each student must successfully complete the general M.A. comprehensive examination, which tests students knowledge of major philosophical, scientific, theoretical, and policy issues related to criminology and criminal justice. Students who fail the exam are permitted to retake it one time. Students in the Non-Thesis track must successfully complete a policy paper in order to satisfy the comprehensive requirement. Students selecting this option are required to select one of three available topics/ scenarios to write on. Each topic requires the student to review, analyze, and synthesize the literature as it pertains to a particular policy area and in most cases make recommendations based on their findings. The Non-Thesis comprehensive exam is given once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester and should be taken during the last semester of coursework. Thesis Students must complete a 6 credit hour thesis. Prior to beginning the thesis, students should consult the Thesis and Dissertation Portal (under the Current Students option) on the Graduate School s website for important information concerning critical dates, forms, formatting requirements, and electronic submission guidelines. Any student who uses the University facilities or confers with faculty on thesis work in any semester must be officially enrolled for at least one hour of thesis credit. Additionally, students are required to be registered for at least one thesis credit hour during the semester in which they successfully defend their thesis examination. The Graduate School requires several guidelines be met when appointing a thesis committee please consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin, Guidelines for Appointment of Thesis Committees for further information. Successful completion of the thesis requires an oral defense of the completed thesis before the student s thesis examination committee (2 graduate faculty members). The graduate student (and the 1 st Reader on the thesis) must notify the Graduate Director 14 days prior to their scheduled defense date and post public announcements of the defense in the main Criminology and Criminal Justice office. Students must submit a completed Graduate School Thesis Signature and Approval Form (G- TSF) to the Graduate Director with the signature of their thesis chair (i.e., 1 st Reader) and 2 nd Reader indicating the successful oral defense of their thesis. Academic Standards and Progress Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue in the masters program. No course may be repeated more than one time. Criminology and criminal justice graduate courses over 6 years old for the master s program and over 8 years old for the doctoral program become invalid and must be re-taken for credit. Audited Courses Core courses may not be audited. Other courses may be audited, but students must remember that audited courses cannot be repeated for credit. Transfer Credits Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from other programs and/or institutions provided they meet departmental requirements. Transfer credits may not be applied to core courses. Students requesting a transfer of graduate credits should speak with the Graduate Director. J.D./M.A. Joint Degree Program The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in cooperation with the University of South Carolina School of Law, offers a combined degree program which permits a student to obtain both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice degrees in approximately four years. Through the combined program, the total course load may be reduced by as many as 18 credit hours from that required if the two degrees were earned separately, since 5 6 to 9 hours of electives toward the M.A. degree may be taken in law courses and 9 hours of electives toward the J.D. may be earned in the M.A. program. Students interested in this dual program must apply and be accepted by both programs in order to participate in the joint degree program. Additional Graduate Information Advisement and Registration The Graduate Director serves as program advisor for all graduate students in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In consultation with faculty members, the Graduate Director advises graduate students on their programs of study and degree requirements. Once admitted to the graduate program, a student must follow the registration procedures set forth by the University Registrar. Newly admitted students should meet with the Graduate Director prior to registering for courses. During the advisement session, the Graduate Director and student will discuss the requirements for the student s degree program and will begin development of a program of study. For more information about the registration procedure, students should consult the Registrar Office s home page. Program of Study Graduate students are required to complete a program of study form outlining the courses they intend to take as part of their graduate program. Masters students must complete their Program of Study Form (MPOS) before the end of their first academic year. In completing the form, M.A. students should identify only those courses necessary to satisfy their degree requirements. Students should submit a completed form to the Graduate Program Director for approval and processing. Copies of the form can be obtained from either the Graduate School website or the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice website.

6 Master of Arts Program Course Listing CRJU 510 Critical Incident Management for Criminal Justice CRJU 512 Information-Based Management in Criminal Justice CRJU 535 Inmates and Prisons CRJU 554 Women and Crime CRJU 563 Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice CRJU 577 Law and Criminal Justice Policy CRJU 582 Computer Application in Criminal Justice CRJU 585 Selected Topics in Crime and Public Policy CRJU 591 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice CRJU 701 Survey of Criminal Justice CRJU 702 Law and Justice CRJU 703 Research Methods in Criminal Justice CRJU 705 Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice CRJU 706 Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Criminology and Criminal Justice CRJU 711 Police Practices and Problems CRJU 712 Police Administration and Management CRJU 731 Corrections CRJU 732 Correctional Policy CRJU 741 Criminology CRJU 743 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Abuse and Neglect CRJU 751 Juvenile Justice CRJU 752 Prevention and Treatment of Delinquency CRJU 791 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice CRJU 792 Directed Study in Criminal Justice CRJU 794 Internship in Criminal Justice CRJU 799 Thesis Research: Thesis Preparation

7 Ph.D. Program The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Faculty research and teaching interests span a wide variety of crime- and criminal justice-related topics, including policing, courts, corrections, law and policy, macro- and micro-level criminological theory, sentencing, victimization, and program evaluation. Graduates from the program are prepared to enter positions in academia and/or the criminal justice system that will allow them to teach, research, or influence practice or policy in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Admissions Requirements Prospective students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice must possess a baccalaureate degree or a masters degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate or graduate degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social science is desirable. Admissions to the Doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is competitive and based on the merits of the application materials. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the University s Graduate School, applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Graduate School: University application through The Graduate School website (on-line), including a personal statement describing prior education, relevant work experiences, criminal justice interests and purpose in pursuing a doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice (500-1,000 words). A sole-authored writing sample such as a course paper or thesis chapter written during your previous degree program (please limit the sample to no more than 25 pages and include course number, date, and name of professor). Writing samples are uploaded electronically by applicants at the time they complete the on-line application. Note: If applicants prefer to submit a hard copy of their writing sample they may do so by sending it to the Graduate Director at the following address: Graduate Director Dept. of Criminology & Criminal Justice Currell College University of South Carolina Columbia, SC Three letters of academic reference from faculty members or other persons qualified to evaluate applicant s abilities to undertake graduate-level studies. Scores obtained within the last five years on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - both verbal and quantitative sections of the general exam). A score of 297 is used as a guideline for admission decisions to the doctoral program. NOTE: we only accept GRE scores for the doctoral program. 7 Official grade transcripts from all previous institutions. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice admits doctoral students only during the fall semester. The deadline for applying to the Ph.D. program is June 1 st, however students interested in receiving department funding (i.e., graduate assistantships) should submit a completed file on or before February 1 st for full consideration of funding. ALL application materials must be received by the university on or before these deadlines. Other Admissions-Related Policies Students should consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin for additional policies governing graduate admissions to the University of South Carolina including application fees, immunization requirements, mandatory health insurance, disability services, and policies governing international students and credentials. Funding and Financial Aid The department offers financial support in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships. Graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming graduate students and are dependent on available resources. Graduate assistantships are awarded for one academic year and may be renewed on a yearly basis if funds exist and students make adequate progress in their programs of study. Adequate progress requires a grade of B or higher in all courses and a satisfactory rating from the Graduate Director in the performance of assistantship duties. Normally, funding for Ph.D. students will not extend beyond three academic years. This maximum may be extended on a case-bycase basis. Students receiving a graduate assistantship are generally required to work 20 hours per week. Full-time (20 hrs per week) graduate assistants are provided a full tuition waiver (up to 9 credit hours per semester) and a stipend during the academic year and may also receive partial health benefits. Because graduate assistantships are highly competitive, students who wish to be considered for an award are encouraged to complete their application by the February 1 st deadline.

8 There is no separate application for an assistantship or fellowship. All full-time students who have a completed application, express a desire for funding, and have been accepted into a graduate program will be considered. The department s Graduate Committee begins reviewing Ph.D. applications and requests for department funding after February 1 st. A copy of the department graduate student funding policy is available on the department website at crju/mafundingpolicy.html. Other sources of financial aid may be available through the Graduate School or through the University Office of Financial Aid. Degree Requirements Degree requirements include the following for students entering the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a master s degree or law degree: Core Courses 15 hours of core classes, all of which must be completed with a grade of B or higher. CRJU 706, Advanced Quantitative Analysis CRJU 810, Crime, Law, and Public Policy CRJU 814, Research Design CRJU 821, Advanced Criminological Theory CRJU 816, Applied Quantitative Analysis -or- CRJU 817, Qualitative Research Methods ** Note: With approval of the Graduate Director, substantially equivalent courses from outside the department may be substituted for CRJU 706, CRJU 814, CRJU 816 and/or CRJU 817. Electives 9 credit hours of courses, all of which must be at the 700 level or above. ** Note: Doctoral students must see the Graduate Director for approval of all elective courses. Qualifying Examination All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in criminology and criminal justice must successfully complete a qualifying examination prior to formal admission to candidacy. Students satisfy the qualifying examination requirement in criminology and criminal justice by completing CRJU 814 and CRJU 821 with a grade of B or higher. Comprehensive Examination Each student must successfully complete both a written and an oral Ph.D. comprehensive examination after completing all required courses (i.e., core classes). Students are tested on their knowledge of research methods and design and their understanding of important issues related to criminological theory. If a student fails the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, they are permitted to retake the exam one time. The written portion of the comprehensive examination consists of two parts. Exam 1 covers both criminological theory and research methods. It is administered as a take-home exam and is given over a specific weekend two times a year (once during August and once January). Students may take the first comprehensive examination after completing all required core classes (CRJU 706, 810, 814, and 821). Students prepare for the exam using a reading list containing relevant articles and books in the examination areas. Exam 1 is graded by a three member committee of 8 graduate faculty members. Exam 2 tests doctoral students in their substantive area and is committee-driven (committee of 3 graduate faculty members). The exam covers the student s area of substantive research interest (i.e., dissertation area), with the product being a final written, article-length manuscript (policy and/or thought piece) approved by the committee and suitable for possible publication. Doctoral students must successfully pass Exam 1 prior to beginning Exam 2. The required oral component of the comprehensive exam is satisfied by students successfully defending the dissertation proposal (typically chapters 1 to 3) before their dissertation examining committee (four members, one of which is from outside the department). Note: The comprehensive examination may not be given less than 60 days before the student receives the Ph.D. degree. Thus, students must defend their dissertation proposals at least 60 days before their anticipated date of graduation. Certification of the comprehensive exam for doctoral students remains valid for five years from the academic year taken, after which it must be revalidated (per Graduate School policy). Dissertation Preparation and Research 12 hours of dissertation credit must be successfully completed to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation is an original research project that advances scientific knowledge in the student s chosen area of interest. The dissertation must be orally defended by the student before the student s dissertation examining committee. The oral defense before the examining committee cannot take place until after the successful completion of the comprehensive examination (exams 1 and 2). Within five years of passing the comprehensive examination, the student must present a dissertation based on research that has been approved by their Dissertation Examination Committee. The Dissertation Examination Committee consists of four members, including three department graduate faculty members and one gradu-

9 ate faculty member from outside the department. The Dissertation Examination Committee must be approved by both the department chair and the Dean of The Graduate School. Students should complete a Doctoral Committee Appointment Request Form (G-DCA) and submit it to the Graduate Director. Students should consult The Graduate Studies Bulletin for other related policies and requirements concerning the dissertation. Doctoral students should consult the Thesis and Dissertation Portal on the Graduate School s website for important information on deadlines, formatting issues, forms, and electronic submission requirements. Students also are required to submit a human subjects application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to beginning of any data collection efforts with human subject implications. Doctoral students should consult with their dissertation chair prior to submitting the IRB application. Doctoral students are required to submit a completed Dissertation Defense Announcement Form (GDDA) online notifying The Graduate School of their scheduled dissertation defense at least 14 days prior to the defense date. Doctoral students should also submit a completed Dissertation Signature and Approval form (GDSF) to the Graduate Director. Students are required to be registered for at least one dissertation credit hour during the semester in which they successfully defend their dissertation examination. Ph.D. Foreign Language Requirement The foreign language requirement established by the Graduate School can be satisfied by passing a reading proficiency examination in one of the foreign language areas or by completing the research methods sequence (CRJU 706, CRJU 814, and either CRJU 816 or CRJU 817) with a grade of B or higher in each course. English is accepted as satisfying this requirement for those students whose native language is not English. Ph.D. Residency Requirement Doctoral residency is established by enrolling in a minimum of 18 credit hours over the course of three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). While not necessary to satisfy the residency requirement, any graduate credit hours taken during summer terms (including May session) will count toward the 18 graduate hours needed for residency. Academic Standards and Progress Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue the doctoral program. No course may be repeated more than one time. Criminology and criminal justice graduate courses over 6 years old for the master s program and over 8 years old for the doctoral program become invalid and must be re-taken for credit. Audited Courses Core courses may not be audited. Other courses may be audited, but students must remember that audited courses cannot be repeated for credit. Transfer Credits Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from other programs and/or institutions provided they meet departmental requirements. Transfer credits may not be applied to core courses. Students requesting a transfer of graduate credits should speak with the Graduate Director. Ph.D. program (students admitted with Baccalaureate Degrees only) Degree requirements for students entering the Ph.D. program with a Baccalaureate Degree only include all of the above requirements and also the following: Master s Level Course Work 24 hours of course work, to include: CRJU 701 CRJU 702 CRJU 703 CRJU 705 CRJU 741 Three (9 credit hours) additional elective courses. Note: No more than two elective courses (6 credit hours) below the 700 level (i.e., taken at either the 500 or 600 level) may be applied to the program. Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of master s-level graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue in the program. No courses may be repeated more than one time. Terminal Master s Degree Students admitted to the Ph.D. program with only a Baccalaureate Degree and who complete all requirements for the Ph.D. other than the dissertation may be awarded a M.A. degree in criminology and criminal justice. Students choosing this option will not be permitted to complete the dissertation or be awarded the Ph.D. degree.

10 Ph.D. Program Course Listing CRJU 703 Research Methods in Criminal Justice*** CRJU 705 Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice*** CRJU 706 Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Criminology and Criminal Justice CRJU 711 Police Practices and Problems CRJU 712 Police Administration and Management CRJU 731 Corrections CRJU 732 Correctional Policy CRJU 741 Criminology CRJU 743 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Abuse and Neglect CRJU 751 Juvenile Justice CRJU 752 Prevention and Treatment of Delinquency CRJU 791 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice CRJU 792 Directed Study in Criminal Justice CRJU 794 Internship in Criminal Justice CRJU 799 Thesis Research: Thesis Preparation CRJU 810 Crime, Law, and Public Policy CRJU 814 Research Design in Criminology and Criminal Justice CRJU 816 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis CRJU 817 Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis CRJU 821 Advanced Criminological Theory CRJU 899 Dissertation Preparation *** Some doctoral students may need to take these masters level courses in order to increase their proficiency in research methods and/or statistics. NOTE: The Graduate Studies Bulletin supersedes any information contained within this document. revised August,

11 Funding for Travel to Conferences Graduate students are encouraged to attend professional conferences in order to present their work and be exposed to the work of scholars from around the country. Faculty members usually attend 1 or 2 conferences each year. The American Society of Criminology (ASC) holds meetings each November and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) holds meetings each March. For more information, you should consult with the respective websites and discuss your interest in attending a professional conference with your faculty mentor(s). Each academic year, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has funds available for graduate students participating in professional conferences who are scheduled to present a paper or poster. Graduate students can request travel funding for one conference during each academic year. In truly exceptional cases, requests for additional funding for a second trip will be considered. To apply for funds under this special consideration, a student must submit a written request that details why the situation is unique, and what benefits are anticipated for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as the individual student. Additional funds are available through The Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional Graduate Information Advisement and Registration The Graduate Director serves as program advisor for all graduate students in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In consultation with faculty members, the Graduate Director advises graduate students on their programs of study and degree requirements. Once admitted to the graduate program, a student must follow the registration procedures set forth by the University Registrar. Newly admitted students should meet with the Graduate Director prior to registering for courses. During the advisement session, the Graduate Director and student will discuss the requirements for the student s degree program and will begin development of a program of study. For more information about the registration procedure, students should consult the Registrar Office s home page. Program of Study Graduate students are required to complete a program of study form outlining the courses they intend to take as part of their graduate program. Doctoral students must complete their program of study form (DPOS) before the end of their second academic year. In completing the form, graduate students should identify only those courses necessary to satisfy their degree requirements. Students should submit the completed form to the Graduate Director for approval and processing. The form can be obtained from either the Graduate School website or the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice website. You must be an author on an accepted Paper or Poster in order to qualify for funding consideration. You should consult the Graduate School and College of Arts and Sciences websites for information on deadlines and forms needed in order to apply for travel funding. Please see the Graduate Director if you have any questions about the process or application requirements. Applications for Degrees Formal applications for degrees must be filed with the Graduate school prior to the deadline indicated in the Master Schedule for each term. The deadline is typically near the beginning of the term in which you intend to graduate. The graduation application (FORM AS-126) can be obtained from The Graduate School website. 11

12 Other Resources for Graduate Students. to be hired as a graduate instructional assistant or a graduate teaching assistant. The workshop is typically held prior to the bethe Criminology and Criminal Justice Gradu- ginning of the semester (i.e., mid-august). ate Student Organization (CCJGSA) provides Students should direct any questions about assistance, activities, and advocacy for grad- the workshop to the Graduate Director. uate students in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. For more inforcenter for Teaching Excellence mation consult the Academic Program options on the Department website. The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) assists graduate students through the PreUniversity Graduate paring Future Faculty (PFF) program, a national initiative established by the Council of Student Organization Graduate Schools, the Association of AmeriThe Graduate Student Association (GSA) is can Colleges and Universities, the Pew Chardedicated to the advancement and develop- itable Trust, and the National Science Founment of graduate and professional students dation. PFF is administered through a partnership between the CTE and The Graduate at USC. It serves to advocate on behalf of School. It is designed to help those graduthe interests of over 6000 graduate and ate students who want to eventually teach professional students at the University of South Carolina. The GSA works closely with at the college level in their professional deadministrators, faculty and staff to achieve velopment. Students interested in finding out more information should consult the its goals. Center for Teaching Excellence website at If you have any concerns that the GSA can help address, please feel free to contact any of the executive officers directly, via our egraduate Student Day mail at by phone at or stop by the GSA Office in Graduate Student Day is held annually durrussell House 227D. ing the first week of April and typically consists of a presentation and poster competigia/gta Instructional tion, and an awards ceremony. Graduate Training Workshops students present their original work in either poster format or panel format before a All graduate students hired on department group of faculty judges. For more information on Graduate Student Day visit the graduate assistantships are required to Graduate School s website at: attend an instructional training workshop sponsored by the Graduate School in order gradschool.sc.edu/gsd/. Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Student Organization Important Dates and Deadlines Graduate students are responsible for knowing important dates and deadlines relevant to their program of study and degree requirements. Students should consult the Graduate School website (under current student option) for important dates and deadlines concerning graduation applications, defense date requirements, format checks, and thesis and dissertation final submissions. Commonly Used Forms for Graduate Students Application for Degree AS-126 Change of Status COS Dissertation Defense Announcement and Information for Doctoral Commencement G-DDA Doctoral Committee Appointment G-DCA Doctoral Program of Study DPOS Program of Study Adjustment Form POSA Travel Grant Advisor Recommendation G-TG2 Travel Grant Student Request G-TG3

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