Thesis Defense – CJUS 690

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Intended to demonstrate a student's ability to carry out original research. Thesis may be designed to answer practical research questions, or address theoretical or ethical issues of interest to scholars and professionals in the field of criminal justice. Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The thesis defense is a demonstration of the student’s ability to verbalize the ideas and concepts found in the thesis. It shows that the student is familiar with the material and offers an opportunity to discuss the student’s research orally. This is important because much of doctoral seminar work involves defending one’s research before a small audience.

Course Assignment

Thesis Defense

  • Provide a copy of the thesis to the Chair and to the Reader. 
  • Answer questions about the research.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze ideas that challenge the interpretation presented in the thesis.
  • Discussion and defense of the thesis on the advanced level.