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Forensic Studies (M.S.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Justice Studies
  • Forensic Behavioral Analysis Concentration
  • Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Concentration

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Studies, within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary training through two applied research concentrations: (1) Forensic Behavior Analysis and (2) Human Identity and Trauma Analysis.  Our program comprises a rigorous curriculum that prepares students by grounding them in theory, methods, and hands-on training.  Typically, our graduates may pursue employment within investigative and law enforcement agencies, continue their education within a wide array of doctoral programs (e.g. forensic psychology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, or social work), and/or help to develop and promulgate social policy for local, county, state and federal bureaus.

The Forensic Behavior Analysis concentration integrates classical theory with contemporary research to synthesize theoretical perspectives to address current social problems relating to violence, sexual deviance, domestic relations, crime, terrorism, and disasters.  There is a breadth of employment opportunities for graduates of this concentration including local, state, and federal crime and terrorism intelligence, law enforcement, and corrections, as well as capacities in child welfare and domestic violence.

Students in the Human Identity and Trauma Analysis concentration take courses in human skeletal anatomy, human behavior, and taphonomy which are quantitatively tied together within each student's thesis project.

Program Admission Requirements

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Program Requirements
  1. Required Courses in the Major Core (16 hrs)

    • CCJ 6707 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3)
    • CJE 6629  Master's Thesis (6)
    • ANG 5525C Human Osteology (4)
    • DSC 6596 Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis (3)

  2. Electives in the Major (15 hrs)
    1. Select 15 hours from the following:
      • ANG 6740C Forensic Anthropology (4)
      • ANG 6910 Supervised Research (1-6)
      • CCJ 6696 Human Trafficking (3)
      • CCJ 6930 Special Topics (3)
      • CCJ 6941 Practicum-Frnsic Behavrl Analyst (3)
      • CJL 6221 Rsch Legal Methods Pub Policy (3)
      • Courses from the non-selected concentration below
      • Courses outside the Forensic Studies program approved by the faculty advisor on a case-by-case basis

  3. Concentration Requirements (12 hrs)
    1. Select one of the following concentrations:

      1. Forensic Behavioral Analysis Concentration
        1. Complete each of the following:
          • CCJ 6606 Social Constructs of Crime (3)
          • CCJ 6709 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3)
          • CCJ 6711 Classical Theory & Current Research in Violent Behavior (3)
          • CCJ 6912 Ind. Rsrch-Forensic Behavioral (3)

      2. Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Concentration
        1. Complete each of the following:
          • CJE 6748 Practicum-Human Identity (3)
          • CJE 6749 Ind. Research-Human Identity (3)
          • GIS 5306C Advanced (GIS) Spatial Analysis (3)
          • ANG 6267 Cultural Ecology (3)


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