Catalogue 2019 - 2020

CJ 315 Research Methods in Criminal Justice


3 cr.


CJ 101 or SO 101 and MATH 120

Course Description

This course deals with the issue of how to conduct research in the criminal justice field. We will cover various research designs, sampling issues, survey construction, interviewing, and basic functions with a computer software package (SPSS) that is typically used in analyzing criminal justice data. All assignments will utilize examples drawn from actual criminological research, encouraging students to develop the ability to assess and critique the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies as they apply to criminal justice research. You will not learn statistics in this course; however, we will deal with statistics by interpreting those that the computer generates. Previous computer experience is NOT required.


Fall semester