Criminology (CRIM)

CRIM 101  Introduction to Criminology  3(3-0)  

This class will address the historical, theoretical and methodological foundations for understanding crime and criminology; various types of crime, & responses to crime by police, the courts and correctional institutions. (*)

CRIM 203  (SOC 203)   The Criminal Justice System  3(3-0)  

This course examines the origin, nature, and use of criminal law; policing, court adjudication, sentencing; crime victims; jails and prisons; community based corrections; criminal justice policy; justice and inequity. (*)

CRIM 205  (SOC 205)   Research Methods  3(3-0)  

Introduces methods of research and investigation in sociology, criminology, and the social sciences. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (F, S)

CRIM 212  (ANTHR 212)   The Forensics of Bones  3(3-0)  

Familiarize students with the basic procedures used by forensic anthropologists to obtain evidence in criminal investigations. (*)

CRIM 261  (SOC 261)   Cannabis and Society  3(3-0)  

The purpose of this course is to explore the complicated relationship between cannabis and society. The past, present and future of cannabis will be discussed. Examination of how cannabis has sparked various social changes. (*)

CRIM 291  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

CRIM 303  (SOC 303)   Crime and Deviance  3(3-0)  

The nature and causes of crime as well as of behavior defined as socially deviant, including violent, corporate, political crimes; sexual, cultural, political deviance. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 304  (SOC 304)   Race and Crime  3(3-0)  

Explores historical and contemporary intersecting issues of race and crime in the United States. Theoretical grounding and factual information provide the foundation for the course. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 155. (*)

CRIM 305  (WS 305, SOC 305)   Women and Crime  3(3-0)  

Explores historical and contemporary intersecting issues of sex, gender, and crime in the United States, focusing on girls' and women's experiences as crime victims, offenders, and workers in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or CRIM 101 or SOC 101 or WS 100. (*)

CRIM 306  (SOC 306)   Delinquency and Juvenile Justice  3(3-0)  

Theory and history of delinquency; relationship to family, peer groups, schools, gangs, drugs, young offenders legislation, juvenile courts and police response, youth corrections. (*)

CRIM 310  Criminological Theory  3(3-0)  

Examination of major theoretical explanations of crime and their policy implications. Prerequisite: CRIM 101. (*)

CRIM 321  (ANTHR 321, SOC 321)   Cross-Cultural Perspective on Crime  3(3-0)  

An examination of crime in non-western societies with a comparion to crime and punishment in modern American society. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 OR SOC 101 OR CRIM 101. (*)

CRIM 353  Penology  3(3-0)  

The history and role of corrections; correctional practice, relationship to law, prison society, working in prisons, special needs of prisoners, capital punishment, administration, privatization. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 357  (ANTHR 357, SOC 357)   Immigration  3(3-1)  

Examines migration processes, with a particular focus on immigration to the United States. Migration patterns are analyzed considering social, political, and historical context, including structural global patterns. (*)

CRIM 359  Community Corrections  3(3-0)  

The development and practice of probation, parole, diversion, statutory release, electronic monitoring, halfway houses, privatization. Prerequisite: SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 361  (SOC 361)   Cannabis Policy  3(3-0)  

The purpose of this course will be to explore the fast-evolving realm of cannabis policy, focusing primarily on the United States. (*)

CRIM 374  (SOC 374)   Crime in Film  3(3-0)  

Employ theoretical perspectives to better understand motivations of Hollywood criminals and the peculiar aspects of a society with an insatiable appetite for crime as "entertainment". (*)

CRIM 376  (Sociology)   Crime & Society in Science Fiction  3(3-0)  

This course focuses on sociological understandings of crime and other social phenomena. Through science fiction literature, movies, and TV, the class explores how current social realities are reflected in science fiction. (*)

CRIM 401  Crime and Justice Studies  3(3-0)  

Crime and justice studies. Each has a subtitle; no subtitle may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor (*) Repeatable (6).

CRIM 405  (SOC 405)   Law and Society  3(3-0)  

The origins and functions of law; the social organization of legal institutions and decisions; the relationship of law to morality, justice and social change. (*)

CRIM 407  (WS 407)   Family Violence  3(3-0)  

The extent, seriousness, and impact of major forms of family violence, including child maltreatment, dating and partner violence, stalking, and mistreatment of elders. Gender, race and social class implications are examined . (*)

CRIM 409  Victimology  3(3-0)  

Study of victims with a focus on victims of officially defined crime. Examination of social changes impacting cultural views and the societal response to victims as well as the costs and consequences of victimization. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 410  Structural and Elite Crime  3(3-0)  

Examination of crimes and social injuries perpetrated by organizational structures that do physical or economic harm to the environment, their employees, and their customers. (*)

CRIM 411  Police and Society  3(3-0)  

The history and role of police; including patrol officers, detectives, specialty units, police discretion, women in policing, community policing, private policing, corruption, brutality, accountability. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 413  Patterns of Homicide  3(3-0)  

Examines the rates, types, patterns, and explanation of homicide in the United States and selected other countries. Prerequisite: SOC 203 or CRIM 203 or CRIM 101. (*)

CRIM 414  Serial Murder  3(3-0)  

Examines serial murder in historical and contemporary contexts and assesses current control strategies including forensic science and profiling. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 415  Forensic Criminology  3(3-0)  

Course introduces students to variable aspects of Medicolegal Death Investigation. Students will learn about investigating deaths caused by homicide, suicide, accidents, and natural causes. (*)

CRIM 417  Forensics & Homicide Investigations  3(3-0)  

Examines police investigations of homicide and presents a critical analysis of the role of forensic science in the identification of suspects. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 418  (SOC 418)   Crime, Drugs and Social Policy  3(3-0)  

This course examines the ways in which crime and drug policy is formulated, articulated, implemented, and evaluated. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (*)

CRIM 422  Terrorism and Mass Murder  3(3-0)  

Examines mass murder, genocide, and terrorism around the world and assesses current control initiatives. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (*)

CRIM 424  Organized Crime  3(3-0)  

This course examines how organized crime is defined and structured, its causes, its historical roots, its different manifestations and control efforts, both domestically and internationally. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

CRIM 425  Gangs in Contemporary America  3(3-0)  

Trends, organizational characteristics, processes, and causative factors associated with gangs in contemporary American society. (*)

CRIM 426  (SOC 426)   Collective Violence and Rioting  3(3-0)  

An overview of episodes of collective behavior in society focusing on racial violence and prison riots, including examination of causes, history, and control efforts. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (SS)

CRIM 453  Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange  3(3-0)  

Seminar occurs in a correctional facility. Students and incarcerated men or women together examine topics such as crime, justice, freedom, and inequality to learn from others' perspectives and re-think current understanding. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Permission of the instructor. (F, S)

CRIM 455  (WS 455)   Hate Crimes  3(3-0)  

Examines assumptions about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality and other factors that are used to justify the bias behind hate crimes; examines social/legal definitions, causal factors & consequences. (*)

CRIM 492  Research  (1-3 V)  

Independent research project. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).

CRIM 494  Field Experience  (1-12 V)  

Practical on-the-job experience in an agency setting. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).

CRIM 495  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

Independent Study. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in criminology and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).