Criminology Courses (CRIM)

 

CRIM 1100 - Intro to Criminal Justice

Credits: 3.00

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics covered include definitions and measures of crime, fear of crime, victims of crime, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: None

 

CRIM 2245 - Juvenile Delinquency
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine the types and patterns of juvenile delinquency and the social and institutional context within which delinquency occurs. Major theories of delinquency will be presented. The juvenile justice system will be discussed with a focus on historical changes and contemporary challenges.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: None

 

CRIM 2272 - Intro to Law Enforcement
Credits: 3.00

Law Enforcement in America will be examined at the federal, state and local levels.The history of law enforcement, the structure and functions of law enforcement agencies, and the role of police in society will be covered.In addition, the course will explore the management of police and the challenges facing police administrators.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: None

 

CRIM 2273 - Criminal Procedure
Credits: 3.00
Criminal Procedure covers the major U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding law enforcement. These cases provide the boundaries which facilitate as well as limit the actions of law enforcement officers in such activities as: "stop and frisk", arrest, questioning, surveillance, vehicle stops and searches, as well as search and seizures which yield evidence admissible at trial. Also emphasizes legal reasoning and interpretation as well as the fundamental elements of case briefing and jurisdiction.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: None

 

CRIM 2274 - American Criminal Courts
Credits: 3.00
This course introduces students to the history, traditions, and philosophy of criminal courts in America. It focuses on the organizational structures of the courts at the local, state, and federal levels. Students will learn about the various legal actors(e.g., judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys) and the roles they play in the courtroom. Finally, this course examines the nature of criminal law and the procedures that must be followed when defendants enter the judicial system from arraignment to sentencing.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100

 

CRIM 3240 - Criminological Theory
Credits: 3.00

This course is an overview of the major historical developments in criminological theory with an emphasis on the basic assumptions, concepts, and propositions of sociological theories of crime.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 3241 - Corrections
Credits: 3.00

A study of the past, present, and future trends, issues and philosophies of corrections.Particular emphasis will be placed on the issues and concerns of the maximum security prison.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 3242 - Drug Abuse
Credits: 3.00
An examination of the current and historical patterns of alcohol and drug use, abuse, and control. Strong emphasis will be given to patterns of usage and types and kinds of programs used by helping agencies in the rehabilitation process. Same as CHM 3140.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: None

 

CRIM 3323 - Criminal Law
Credits: 3.00
Covers the fundamental elements of criminal law such as mens rea and actus reus as well as crimes such as murder, burglary, assault and battery. Significant cases and articles on historically well-established crimes will be examined, as will some of the contemporary and more controversial crimes or instances of crime. Legal reasoning interpretative skills will be emphasized.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

 

CRIM 3333 - Victimology
Credits: 3.00


Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 3705 - Criminal Profiling
Credits: 3.00
Examines sociological and psychological evidence that can be useful in the context of criminal investigations. Explores the types of questions that profiling attempts to answer; the aspects of crimes, crime scenes, and criminals that profilers are interested in; and, the general types of information often contained within criminal profiles. Concludes by looking at specific types of crimes for which profilers are sometimes employed, including sociological and psychological characteristics of serial arsonists, rapists, and murders.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 3900 - Social Science within the Legal System
Credits: 3.00
Critically examines the relationships between the social sciences and the legal system with particular attention to the participation of mental health professionals in the resolution of legal issues. Analyzes select socio-legal controversies that lie at the forefront of this emerging interdisciplinary relationship. Specific topics addressed include: the prediction of dangerousness; competency to stand trial, be executed, represent oneself, and refuse treatment; the insanity defense; jury selection; jury decision-making; eyewitness testimony and accuracy concerns; and the testimony of children in court.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4000 - Research Methodology
Credits: 3.00
An introduction to the logic and procedures of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Focuses on research design, use of computer and statistical packages, date interpretation, the relation of research and theory, and the writing of scientific research reports. Same as SOCI 4000.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4003 - Statistics for Social Sciences
Credits: 3.00
Provides a systematic, precise, and rational perspective based on probability theory. Learn descriptive and inferential statistics and computer application of statistical packages. Same as PSYC 4003 and SOCI 4003.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior standing or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4230 - Ethics & Criminal Justice
Credits: 3.00

Focuses on major moral theories and ethical decision making in the field of criminal justice. Conflicting loyalties, competing social demands, and sub-cultural strains specific to criminal justice will be explored.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4231 - Women & Criminal Justice
Credits: 3.00
This course will introduce students to the participation of women in the criminal justice system. Offenses committed by females, laws peculiar to females, and the treatment of females by the system will be explored. Women as professionals and their impact on the system will also be discussed.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4232 - Family Violence
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine family violence from both a personal and social perspective. Research and theory in family violence will be discussed, along with types of relationships, incidence, prevalence, inter-personal dynamics, contributing factors, consequences, social response and services. Prevention strategies will be explored.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4233 - Gangs
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine the history of youth gangs in the U.S. and how gangs have changed over time. Students will learn about contemporary gangs and their activities, why youths join gangs and how gangs relate to the larger society.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4248 - International Comparative Justice
Credits: 3.00
An interdisciplinary course which looks at the justice systems of such countries as: England, France, China, Japan, South Africa and the Islamic States as well as a brief look at the history of the Western Legal Tradition. Comparisons are made for the purpose of answering such questions as: What do the various notions of justice entail? How do they differ? Why? How are they framed by their philosophical and belief systems? How do the outcomes of their applications of justice differ?
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4250 - Crime Prevention
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine the roles of the criminal justice system and the private sector in preventing crime. The historical developments of crime prevention methodologies including: community involvement, education, and awareness programs, governmental intervention, target hardening, and environmental design will be discussed and their impacts will be critically assessed. In addition, students will be introduced to contemporary crime prevention strategies and the techniques for evaluating prevention programs.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4255 - Youth, Crime and Community
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine juvenile crime within a larger social context, exploring the positive and negative contributions of the individual, the family, peer, schools and the larger community. Intervention strategies will be assessed, and a model will be presented for community actions that can reduce/prevent juvenile crime.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4277 - Police in Society
Credits: 3.00
The role of police in society changes as other demographic, social and political changes occur. This course will explore the challenges facing police today in terms of community relations, special populations, accountability, and opening their ranks to more women and minorities.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4278 - Police and Community Relations
Credits: 3.00
This course will examine the numerous and complex factors involved in the area of human relations as it affects policing and police administration. Students will become familiar with the need for community involvement within police decision-making in a democratic society. Insights as to the effects of diversity upon American society and their impacts upon police-community relations will be discussed in detail. Particular emphasis will be placed upon learning how the police must go about establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the many communities that they serve.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4279 - Race and Crime
Credits: 3.00
This course examines the relationship between race, ethnicity, and crime and racial issues confronting the criminal justice system. Students will explore how other minority groups are treated by the criminal justice system. The course also examines how classical and contemporary theories are used to explain racial biases in the criminal justice system.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4280 Ė Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Credits: 3.00

This course will focus on a particular issue being dealt with by the criminal justice system today.Students will critically examine the issue and related research and theories.The social context of the issue will be explored as well as possible actions to address the problem?
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4284 - Senior Capstone
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The Senior Capstone course is designed to ensure that graduates of the Criminology program are equipped with the skills necessary to pursue further study or to take a job in the criminal justice system or other professional agency.The class requires students to demonstrate oral and written communication skills.Additionally, students will be required to develop materials that will be helpful in finding employment.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100, CRIM 3240, SOCI 4000, and Senior Status/Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4285 - Practicum in Criminology
Credits: 1.00

This is a supervised developmental program designed to enable criminology majors to receive credit for training and experience obtained while employed by approved criminal justice agencies.Students may enroll for one credit hour per semester.May be repeated for a maximum of six hours credit.
Lab: 1.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: Employed by an approved criminal justice organization and Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4286 - Internship
Credits: 3.00 to 6.00

The internship provides students an opportunity to gain supervised work experience in an agency in their major area of study.
Lab: 3.00 to 6.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100, CRIM 3240, SOCI 1101, SOCI 4000

 

CRIM 4293 - Correctional Programs
Credits: 3.00
A course in correctional programs at the local, state, and federal levels including youth probation and parole. The organization and administration of correctional systems will be examined with particular attention given to control, classification, discipline, treatment, and post-release procedures for the juvenile and adult offenders.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4402 - Prison Law
Credits: 3.00

This course will examine the ever-changing field of correctional law.It will focus on the evolution of inmate rights, the impact of the U.S. Supreme Courtís willingness to get involved in the executive branchís business of running prisons, and the current courtís movement away from the micro managing of prisons in America.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4543 - Deviant & Alternative Behavior
Credits: 3.00
Analysis and evaluation of sociological and criminological conceptions and research on deviant and unconventional thought and action. Focuses on contemporary, multicultural society. Same as SOCI 4543.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4613 - Qualitative Research
Credits: 3.00
An alternative to quantitative research. Focuses on the interpretive tradition within the social sciences where the meanings individuals construct for the social worlds are the topics of analysis. Same as SOCI 4613.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 4000 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4693 - Sports, Crime, and Society
Credits: 3.00
The study of sports as a socializing influence within society. The analysis of the role of sports, the subculture of sports, the linkages with violence and crime, as well as other unintended consequences of sports in America and the world. Same as SOCI 4693.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4712 - Law and Society
Credits: 3.00
This course will introduce students to the liberal arts study of law. Students will investigate legal institutions and the law as social phenomena through readings and case studies.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100 or Instructor Consent

 

CRIM 4911 - Terrorism
Credits: 3.00
This course examines domestic and international terrorism. It looks at the theories concerning the causes of terrorism and the various ways that individuals and institutions respond to terrorism. The "war on terrorism" is examined for its unintended consequences.
Lecture: 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: CRIM 1100

 

CRIM 4981 - Directed Readings
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00

Title and description of the type of independent study to be offered will be specified on the variable credit form students must complete before being permitted to register for this class.Transcripts carry different nomenclature to indicate the topic taught.May be repeated three times for credit.
Lab: 1.00 to 3.00
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology & Criminology
Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior standing & both Instructor and Chair consent