Criminology Courses

Code Course Credits

CRM 111

At-Risk Families and Youths (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Equivalent to CRM 432 - Seminar: At-Risk Families and Youth. May not take both. CRM 111 may not count as an advanced seminar in Criminology.

4

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.

3

CRM 201

Criminological Theories

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.

3

CRM 204

Sociology of the Prison

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the basic structure of American prisons-their purposes and their effects. Focal issues include: the history and rationale for imprisonment; the world of the prisoner and the correctional officer; and rehabilitation. Students will examine the development of prison policy and its implementation with regards to current criminological theory and research. Current public opinion will be discussed throughout the course.

3

CRM 205

Introduction to Policing

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will explore the law enforcement component of the criminal justice system. It will include discussions on different policing models; police management and organization; the recruitment and selection process; the patrol function; the investigation function; as well as, special topics in policing like use of force and the impact of technological advances.

3

CRM 208

Sex Offenders: Patterns and Behaviors

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

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.

3

CRM 273

Criminal Mind, Mental Illness and Criminality

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

CRM 295

Topics in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

CRM 303

Procedural Criminal Law

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course covers how the amendments within the Bill of Rights impact the due process rights of those accused of crimes. These include: arrest; search and seizure; electronic surveillance; entrapment, right to counsel; privilege against self-incrimination; plea bargaining; and double jeopardy.

3

CRM 304

Victims of Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

This course involves the study of crime victims and their experiences with the Criminal Justice System, with some focus on intimate partner violence and its history as a social problem. Additionally, time is spent on victims from marginalized sub-groups (those living in rural areas; ethnic minorities; LGBTQ community, children, elders, the disabled) who have a difficult time seeking justice through the courts.

3

CRM 305

Substantive Criminal Law

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course provides an overview of basic legal concepts pertaining to criminal law, including violent, property, theft, and inchoate offenses. Students will examine the principles of criminal liability through three sources of criminal law: the Common Law, the Model Penal Code, and any modern statutory distinctions Analysis of affirmative defenses and the concept of reasonable doubt as a defense are explored.

3

CRM 307

Mechanics of the Courtroom

Offered: Spring Semester

The first half of the course is an examination of our nation's court system through a sociological lens to learn about the roles of the court work group members, their decision making patterns, and their impact on sentencing. The second half of the course covers basic principles of legal strategy: preparation of witnesses; techniques for effective openings, closings, cross and direct examinations; and impeachment of witnesses. The class ends with an interactive mock trial.

3

CRM 309

The Jury System

Offered: Fall Semester

The course is 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 class focuses on the importance of the jury in the justice system.

3

CRM 310

Research Methods for Criminology (WID)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines the methods and techniques of research in criminal justice and criminology. Emphasis will be given to the development of hypotheses from theory, ethical considerations in social research, research design, modes of scientific observation, application and analysis of data, and interpretation of results. Students receive a basic conceptual framework for understanding, interpreting, and critiquing social science research as well as practical experience in designing empirical research and writing a review of literature. This class serves as the Writing-in-the-Discipline class for Criminology and as such involves intensive writing and peer review.

4

CRM 311

Statistical Analysis in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

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.

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.

3

CRM 322

Violent Crime and Federal Initiatives

Offered: Not Offered 2019-2020

This course is designed to examine different types of violent crime and the associated federal and state criminal justice system initiatives designed to respond to each of them. During the course, students will be discussing the impact of gun accessibility and media on violent crime, gang violence, domestic violence, and the risk and resiliency factors of children who witness violence. The course is designed to allow students to improve their knowledge of current crime problems in society, enhance their knowledge of the criminal justice system, apply what they have learned in other courses, and conduct a research project.

3

CRM 335

Spatial Crime Analysis

Offered: Not Offered 2018-2019

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.

3

CRM 353

Ethics, Values, and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

CRM 355

Global Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

CRM 356

Terrorism

Offered: Not Offered 2018-2019

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.

Course formerly offered as CRM 455 Seminar: Terrorism

3

CRM 405

Seminar: Crimes of the Powerful

Offered: Offered Periodically

This course critically examines the various dimensions of crimes of the powerful, in contrast to a focus on crimes of the powerless. Grounded in critical and realist criminology, the class studies various forms of state and state-corporate crimes, including genocide, war crimes, police crime, environmental crime and crimes of globalization. The course prepares students to understand causation, victimization, and control problems of this often hidden but extremely harmful form of deviance. In addition, the class explores these crimes through the foundation of human rights and the international criminal justice system.

3

CRM 409

Seminar: Deviance and Control

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

CRM 410

Seminar: Juvenile Justice

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

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.

3

CRM 430

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

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

CRM 432

Seminar: At-Risk Families and Youth

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Equivalent to CRM 111 - At-Risk Families and Youths (First-Year Seminar). May not take both. CRM 111 may not count as an advanced seminar in Criminology.

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.

3

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 criminal justice setting.

An Intern will typically spend at least 8-10 hours/week for a minimum of 112 hours on site plus the on-campus class to earn 4 credits.

4

CRM 471

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 criminal justice setting.

An Intern will typically spend at least 16 hours/week for a minimum of 224 hours on site to earn 6 credits.

6

CRM 475

Internship in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity to gain practical experience and/or research skills in local, state, or federal criminal justice agencies.

An Intern will typically spend at least 8-10 hours/week for a minimum of 112 hours on site to earn 3 credits.

3

CRM 490

Directed Study - Criminology

Offered: Offered as Needed

Supervised reading and research investigation in some field for which the student has special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course.

Students must complete 45 hours work/semester per credit.

1 to 4

CRM 496

Independent Research - Criminology

Offered: Offered as Needed

Opportunity for students to do an advanced research project in a specialized area under the direction of a member of the Criminology faculty.

Students must complete 45 hours work/semester per credit.

1 to 4

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.

3