CRJ 4350: Leadership in Criminal Justice


This course will give students familiarity in common leadership theories, practices, and mode of implementation in criminal justice system organizations. The application of leadership techniques will be explored within courts, policing, and corrections. Students will focus on values, group dynamics, power dimensions, change management, and decision-making, among other aspects of leadership and leadership development.


  1. Explain the importance of leadership in criminal justice organizations.
  2. Examine the characteristics a leader needs to achieve criminal justice organizational objectives.
  3. Conclude how leaders are developed within criminal justice organizations.
  4. Examine decision-making styles to include their applicability and effectiveness in criminal justice organizations.
  5. Differentiate between leadership and management in criminal justice organizations.
  6. Examine how leadership influences communication, motivation, and performance in criminal justice organizations.
  7. Analyze how change can influence leadership evolution in criminal justice.


  1. CRJ 2200
  2. CRJ 2000
  3. CRJ 2001
  4. CRJ 3301



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