Senior Thesis is the “capstone” course that has distinguished the Criminal Justice Program since 1972. Because the Senior Thesis requires knowledge of research methods and good writing skills, the following course sequence is required. Course prerequisites are enforced.
For more information about these courses see the SCSU Undergraduate Bulletin.
Because Senior Thesis is a special “capstone course” for Criminal Justice majors who are seniors, and because there are prerequisites that students must complete, students must have permission from a CJS professor before registering for CJS 488.
Preparing a Thesis Proposal:
Students are taught in CJS 486-586, Research in Criminal Justice, how to begin writing a research proposal. The goal is for students to have a good working draft of a proposal upon completing that course.
In CJS 487-587, Criminal Justice Research Methods, students are taught a variety of research designs and methods. The goal here is to select a research method (or even two or three possible methods) of gathering information about your proposed topic. In the CJS 487-587 course, students add to their original research proposal, and make additions and some revisions. Upon completing this second research course, the goal is to have a good working proposal to submit to the CJS Department in order to get permission to register for CJS 488—The Senior Thesis.
All Senior Theses must include:
Proposals for Senior Thesis for Fall semesters will be due the last Friday in January by 4:00 p.m.
Proposals for Senior Thesis for Spring semesters will be due the last Friday in September by 4:00 p.m.
Turn in the completed documents to the Criminal Justice Graduate Advising Center