2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice (DSW)

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The specialization in Criminal Justice is designed for professionals involved in all aspects of public safety, including law enforcement and rehabilitation. Students will examine the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, such as urban decay, substance abuse, and poverty. They will explore the use of traditional forms of intervention, such as individual and group psychotherapy, as well as recent developments in intervention, including restorative justice as it relates to both criminals and the victims of crimes. And they will gain a greater insight into the problems facing the criminal justice system and how they can begin to address these challenges.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
1 SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study 3 cr.
SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice  5 cr. 
2 SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I  5 cr. 
SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I  5 cr. 
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr. 
SOCW 8350 - Historical and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice  5 cr.  
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy  5 cr. 
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr.  
5 SOCW 8351 - Policy Analysis in the Criminal Justice System  5 cr. 
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.  
6 Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project 5 cr.  
SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project* 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.