Criminology, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson:Department Chairperson:Ann Marie Rocheleau Office: Martin Institute 237 Phone: 508-565-1982arocheleau@stonehill.edu

Criminology is an interdisciplinary program which has a liberal arts foundation stressing critical thinking and communication skills. The program requires that students take a critical look at aspects of the criminal justice system such as police, courts, prisons, diversion programs, criminal laws and restorative justice practices. In addition to this institutional analysis, other courses examine the nature of individuals and groups which are in conflict with the law. Direct contact with social service or criminal justice agencies is required through an internship placement.

This program is more aligned with the liberal arts aspects of undergraduate education than it is with training for careers in criminal justice and social service, but it does help to prepare students for entry-level employment as well as graduate and law school.

The major in Criminology requires the completion of ten courses.

Complete Four Required Courses

Code Course Credits

CRM 201

Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course provides a broad overview of sociological and interdisciplinary theories of criminal behavior and social control. Students learn how to analyze theories and research on crime for the purpose of advancing theory as well as developing policies for crime prevention and control. Not open to first-year students in their first semester.

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology and an overview of the main theories, basic concepts, and research methods used in the field. Using a social justice lens, the course examines the relationship between individuals and groups and their roles in society, with discussion of topics including culture, social structure and institutions, socialization, social movements and change, social class, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, family, crime and criminal justice, and global conflicts.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

CRM 310

Research Methods for Criminology (WID)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines research methods for criminology, starting with theoretical concepts, ethics, and the literature review, moving to sampling, measurement, and various quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201 and open to junior and senior Criminology or Sociology majors.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement. Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

4

CRM 311

Statistical Analysis in Criminology

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to the field of criminology. Topics include: measures of distribution, frequency, cross-tabulation, and analysis of variance and correlation. The course will also cover creating variable lists, data coding, creating databases for criminal justice agencies, analyzing the data using a variety of software packages, and presenting the data in narrative and graphic formats. Students will learn how to use Microsoft ACCESS to create databases, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences to analyze data, and Microsoft PowerPoint for statistical presentations.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

Complete Two Law-Related Courses

Code Course Credits

CRM 303

Procedural Criminal Law

Offered: Fall Semester

Due process of law; arrest; search and seizure; electronic surveillance; entrapment, right to counsel; privilege against self-incrimination; plea bargaining; double jeopardy.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
This course is the equivalent of CRM 333 - The Accused.

3

CRM 305

Substantive Criminal Law

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles of criminal liability, defenses to crime, the insanity defense, crimes against property, crimes against the habituation, crimes against the person, and the justification for punishment.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 307

Mechanics of the Courtroom

Offered: Spring Semester

Preparation of witnesses; examination of legal techniques of discrediting and impeachment of witnesses; scope of direct and cross-examination; rules of evidence; burden of proof and burden of persuasion; ethical responsibilities of prosecution and defense; division of responsibility between judge and jury.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201. (CRM 305 is recommended).

3

CRM 309

The Jury System

Offered: Spring Semester

The course would be designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge about the participants, current issues and rules of procedure, evidence and law which govern jury trials. After examining the historical and contemporary role of the jury system and comparing alternative foreign justice systems, the focus would be on the importance of the jury in the justice system.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201

3

CRM 324

Alternative Resolutions in Criminal Justice

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Mediation is an effective method of reducing or resolving conflict between disputing parties. Its use is widespread: in government (courts, international diplomacy); as a professional service for businesses and families; in schools; and in community crime prevention where gangs are prevalent. Techniques of mediation are learned through reading, demonstration, and role-play.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

Complete Three Elective Courses

At least one, but preferably two, of the following electives must be a 400-level seminar.

Code Course Credits

ANT 329

Anthropology of Violence

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of ever-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or ANT 105.
This course was formerly offered as SOC 329 Anthropology of Violence.

3

CRM 120

Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of sociology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and raise questions for critical analysis.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

CRM 204

Sociology of the Prison

Offered: Spring Semester

Particular stress is placed on basic structure of American prisons - their purposes and their effects. Focal questions include: Who goes to prison? What happens to those imprisoned? What happens to those released from prison? Prison policy development and implementation with regards to current criminological theory and research and current public opinion are discussed as a central concluding theme.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 208

Sex Offenders: Patterns and Behaviors

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines theories and research on sexual assault and sex offenders, evaluates the effectiveness of assessment and treatment practices, and explores supervision/legal strategies designed to prevent recidivism of sex offenders.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201

3

CRM 224

Juvenile Delinquency

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An examination of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics included are the historical background and "invention" of delinquency, cross-cultural definitions of delinquency, theories of delinquency, social class differences, and the juvenile court system. The course critically examines the social, health, and mental health services which have been utilized by this society in attempts to prevent or "treat" delinquent behavior.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

CRM 273

Crime and Mental Illness

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The course examines crime and mental illness, including social-psychological theories of crime; co-occurring psychological disorders; problem-solving courts (drug treatment, mental health, and re-entry) comprising the emerging field of "therapeutic jurisprudence"; and mentally ill offenders in prison and community settings. Sociological issues of gender, class and race will be discussed wherever relevant.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201.

3

CRM 295

Topics in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

Examines topics of current interest in criminology, including the etiology and characteristics of specific categories of crime. The specific content focuses on timely, cutting edge research and case studies that are of academic importance. Content varies as topics evolve.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

CRM 314

Practicum: Victims in the Courtroom

Offered: Spring Semester

A select group of students will have the opportunity to go to court on a weekly basis. Under the supervision of the instructor, the students will assist victims of crimes through the judicial process. Duties will include: restraining order applications; preparation of victim impact statements; and appearing before the judge.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 304 and permission of instructor.

3

CRM 318

Federal Criminal Process

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines federal authority and responsibility for criminal acts, including constitutional issues, federal statutes (RICO, money laundering, tax offenses, domestic terrorism, public corruption), federal enforcement agencies, criminal procedure, federal grand jury, and Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Unique tools available to federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors – asset forfeiture, electronic interception, the Patriot Act – will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 322

Violent Crime and Federal Initiatives

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines current patterns of violent crime in the US, such as gang violence and spousal abuse, and the role of federal criminal justice agencies in designing and implementing agency partnership models to reduce crime in local communities.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

CRM 335

Spatial Crime Analysis

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Introduces a variety of methods and techniques for the visualization, exploration, and modeling of crime data using geographic mapping. Emphasis on mapping real life crime data and exploring mapping technology as a strategic planning tool for law enforcement agencies. The main objectives are to teach students the basic concepts of geographic mapping and its use by a variety of criminal justice agencies using ArcView Mapping software.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

3

CRM 353

Ethics, Values, and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

It has been said that criminal justice is an infant discipline compared to most. Perhaps, according to the author of ethics in criminal justice, Sam Souryal, this explains why we tend to be more concerned about crime rather than justice, and process rather than philosophy. This course will examine the roles of ethics, value and diversity in all areas of our criminal justice system today. We will explore the major issues involved in establishing, implementing, and maintaining the highest standards of excellence, values and ethical behavior for professionals in our field. We will identify the major challenges the system is facing as it deals with an increasingly diverse society, exploring such issues as profiling, hate crimes, women in criminal justice, etc. We will identify the elements involved in making ethical decisions as provided by some of the earlier philosophers e.g. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc. Leading to the principle of "Summum Bonum." We will utilize this process in reasoning through numerous ethical scenarios we face daily in our criminal justice system. Finally, we will discuss the importance of leadership during these critical times, building the ideal environment, understanding diversity and temperament, and managing the various power bases that left unchecked may negatively impact our goals relative to ethic, values and diversity.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course fulfills the Moral Inquiry Requirement.

3

CRM 355

Global Crime

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course provides a foundation for understanding causation, victimization, and control problems of various forms of transnational and international crimes. To understand the context for these crimes the course begins with an introduction to globalization and its effects on society, people, and crime. The second part of the course examines the nature and manifestations of various forms of global crimes ranging from genocide to human trafficking, organized crime, and corporate deviance.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement. Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Asian Studies minors.Students registered for this course are eligible to apply for the Learning Inside Out (LION) international internship and professional development program. Please contact Professor Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal for details.

3

CRM 400

Seminar: Writing for Criminology (WID)     (Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines central themes and issues in the field of Criminology, with content varying depending on the faculty leading the seminar. All courses will be writing-intensive, considering different genres of disciplinary writing and diverse potential audiences. Students will write in various styles and refine their writing.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional Criminology (CRM) course.
Course may be taken twice as long as the topics differ.Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines and the Seminars in Criminology requirements.

3

CRM 409

Seminar: Deviance and Control

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Examines the concept of deviance in society and its implications for the study of contemporary behavior. The first half of the semester focuses on the competing perspectives on deviant behavior and implications. The second half examines how individual and organizational deviance is defined, reacted to, and managed.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 410

Seminar: Juvenile Justice

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines promising strategies, primarily in the private sector, for handling juvenile offenders. Students directly observe programs and work with program managers to develop plans to expand community-based and private-sector support. Presentation, advocacy, and networking skills are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 224 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 411

Seminar: Police and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Police discretion and values. Affirmative action, hiring, training, police organization, police and the community. Research and evaluation in criminology.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 412

Seminar: Punishment and Public Policy

Offered: Spring Semester

Seminar will focus on the development of punishment policy, judicial discretion, and the sanctioning process. It will trace the history of punishment in the US; compare our policies with those of other countries; and examine the impact of punitive society. Students will study death penalty policy, considering its morality, implementation, and impact.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 430

Seminar: Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

CRM 432

Seminar: At-Risk Families and Youths

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines characteristics of the growing numbers of families and youths on the "fault line" of present-day society in the United States. Causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and redress problems of at-risk families and youths are discussed. Topics include social stratification, victimization, crime prevention, innovative school programs, and other social intervention programs.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 224 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 440

Seminar: White Collar Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

The course focuses on crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status as opposed to traditional “street crimes” normally spotlighted in criminal justice courses. Such crimes include: restraint of trade, misrepresentation in advertising, infringement of patents and copyrights, unfair labor practices, financial fraud, and violations of trust. The extent, societal costs, and enforcement practices of such crimes are evaluated. Implications for prevention and for the punishment of offenders are presented for class discussion. The case method is used as the basis of class structure.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 455

Seminar: Terrorism

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course examines the context for terrorism, with the aim of understanding what terrorism is, its manifestations, and root causes. Starting with the historical origins of the concept of 'terror', the course covers state terror, domestic terrorism, the internationalization of terrorism, discussing various terrorist groups in the United States and around the world. The class culminates in an analysis of counter-terrorism and due process in the United States.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Offered Periodically

Fourth-year students will polish their communication skills and build on prior coursework. The goal is preparation of a paper suitable for presentation at an annual meeting of a professional association during the spring semester. Taught in seminar/workshop format, the course includes presentations from departmental faculty about conducting research in sociology, criminology and anthropology.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Department Chairperson.

3

SOC 216

Native Americans in the 21st Century

Offered: Spring Semester

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program and Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 220

Political Sociology

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 223

Use and Abuse of Alcohol

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The use and abuse of alcohol in different cultures and ethnic groups is examined. Analysis of symptoms, causes, new legislation and treatment modalities concerning alcohol abuse. Special emphasis on the disease concept of alcohol and modern drinking habits.

3

SOC 227

Human Services

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to human service organization and methods. Methods, such as individual, group, and family counseling, community organization, social planning, and human service research, are considered. Organization of services into programs to address problems of child abuse, the elderly, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, and crime, among others.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.

3

SOC 290

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Offered: Fall Semester

The course will start with an examination of the prevalence of drug abuse and the types of drugs used in our society. However, the majority of the course will focus on the current opioid epidemic, including the use of heroin. We will compare the current opioid epidemic with prior heroin epidemics in terms of both use and reaction by criminal justice and health professionals. Special attention will be given to legislation regarding illicit drugs and prevention/intervention strategies. An historical review of Americans' attitudes and practices regarding illicit drugs will be included.

3

SOC 415

Seminar: American Inequality

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This seminar is designed to build on knowledge gained from previous courses and learning opportunities. The focus is to read critically and understand how race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and other forms of difference are reflected in our social relationships and institutions. Exploring this topic from multiple perspectives we will study the victims, the perpetrators and the activists seeking to challenge both individual and institutional inequality and social injustice.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 421

Seminar: Oppression

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This seminar takes a critical look at the rights of the individual within the family, community, state and nation. Beginning with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights we investigate the violation of human rights globally and in America. Texts include examples of the denial of human rights...to victims of sex trafficking, to those who suffer from mental illness, to children and youth at risk, to immigrants seeking shelter, safety and opportunities in America.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies, Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

Complete a Capstone in Criminology

Code Course Credits

CRM 470

Capstone Internship in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contribute to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply criminology theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a particular correctional, court, or law enforcement agency.

Prerequisite(s): Junior and Senior Criminology majors who have completed CRM 201, CRM 310 and at least one other Criminology course.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship. May not take the Capstone twice.This course fulfills the Capstone requirement.

3 or 6

Note

Two of the following Political Science or Psychology courses may be taken for Criminology major or minor concentrations, provided that the courses are not being counted toward a major or minor in another department.

Code Course Credits

POL 233

Law, Politics, and Society

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines law in practice with a focus on how individuals operate within and against the legal system. It explores the nature of law, its impact on the everyday lives of people, the judicial process, the art of legal reasoning, and the role of courts in initiating, directing, and resisting social change.

3

POL 336

Constitutional Law and Politics

Offered: Fall Semester

This course focuses on the structural form and institutional powers of American government. The central purpose of the course is to explore the question of constitutional interpretation. Who are the authoritative interpreters of the Constitution, what is the relationship between them, and what interpretive methodology should they employ?

Prerequisite(s): POL 123 and junior or senior standing.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

POL 337

Public Administration

Offered: Spring Semester

Administration of public affairs; how public policy is put into effect by government bureaucracies; theories of government organizations; the political setting of bureaucracies; problems of budgeting and personnel; efficient and humane conduct of public business.

Prerequisite(s): POL 123.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

PSY 207

Abnormal Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course employs the DSM-V system of classifying and describing emotional dysfunctioning. It explores the etiology, course, and treatment of major disorders. Dynamics and treatment modalities are approached from the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential models. Examination of research and case studies, and a possible practicum experience.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 411

Counseling Practicum I

Offered: Fall Semester

Effective listening skills: attending, questioning, paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, summarizing, self-disclosing, confronting; child and adult therapy; internship work.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 205 or PSY 311 and permission of Instructor.

4