This course is designed to allow students to integrate knowledge acquired during previous courses taken as part of the criminal justice major. In this course students will create an original, scholarly work synthesizing knowledge gained regarding criminal justice theories, methodology and systems and apply same to a contemporary issue, policy or problem in the field of criminal justice that is relevant to the student’s concentration within the major. Students graduating with a concentration in Victim Advocacy will be required to focus their research on a topic specific to that field. Students will work independently with support and input from student colleagues and the professor as well as engage in threaded discussions regarding current topics grounded in relevant criminal justice literature.
- Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Formulate a research project proposal that demonstrates student's ability to effectively compose an undergraduate criminal justice capstone research project by constructing a thesis, analyzing the relationship of the thesis to the student's concentration outcomes and selecting appropriate scholarly resources in support of the thesis.
- Assess critically project proposals and provide constructive feedback to peers in a group setting and revise own proposal based on peer review and professor feedback.
- Evaluate a current issue in the field of criminal justice synthesizing criminal justice theories, methodology and systems while demonstrating mastery of the concentration outcomes.
- Demonstrate writing proficiencies appropriate to the senior college level.
- Demonstrate proficiency in communicating with peers in a group setting.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)
Project Proposal (Week 2)
Research Project Draft 1 (Week 3)
Research Project Draft 2 (Week 4)
Research Project Draft 3 (Week 6)
Research Project Final Draft (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)
- Moore Howard, Rebecca. Writing Matters. 3rd ed. McGraw Hill, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781259693557
- If you need information about APA style which is the writing format for this course, here are websites that you can use as a guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ and http://www.apastyle.org/learn/index.aspx
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Planning Your Research Project and Drafting Your Project Proposal
Topic: Review of Project Proposal
Topics: Ethics in the Profession & First Draft
Topic: Second Draft
Topics: Causes of Crime & APA Style
Topic: Third Draft
Topic: Final Revision
Topic: Reflection & Final Draft
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies and the “Course Policies” link for specific policies related to this course. COSC Resources information regarding available COSC academic support services and resources.