2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Criminology (CRIM)

CRIM 2504 - Crime and Punishment in American History (3 credits) 

Analyzes changing understandings of crime and punishment from the Colonial Era to the Age of Mass Incarceration. Considers how factors of race, ethnicity, class, and gender intersected with changing ideas of criminality and punishments.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 7 Identity & Equity in U.S., 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
Cross-listed: HIST 2504 
CRIM 2754 - Internship (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 2964 - Field Work/Practicum (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 3124 - Murder in American History (3 credits) 

Considers how the definition of murder as a crime has changed from the colonial period to the present day. Uses murder cases to study the dynamics of American society in condemning, condoning, or celebrating murder. Asks how cultural factors, including racial prejudice, gender stereotypes, beliefs about sexuality, and class status affected the act of killing, media coverage of the event, societal reactions, and the execution of justice. Topics covered include abortion, lynching, vigilante justice, and the evolution of the legal system.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 2 Critical Thinking Humanities, 7 Identity & Equity in U.S., 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
Cross-listed: HIST 3124 
CRIM 3414 - Criminology (3 credits) 

Principles of criminology and contemporary theories of criminal behavior, focusing on the extent and distribution of crime in the United States.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 1004 and SOC 2404 
CRIM 3434 - Systems of Justice (3 credits) 

Analyzes the systems of justice in the United States, from a sociological perspective. Focuses on law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Evaluates the effectiveness of social policies related to systems of justice. Explores the structural, community, and individual level factors that influence different stages of justice systems.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 2404 and CRIM 3414 
CRIM 3474 - Women and Crime (3 credits) 

Focuses on women as victims and perpetrators of crime, with particular attention to race and class. Analyzes how social, cultural, and economic factors influence victimization and participation in crime. Includes adolescent girls involvement with crime, including juvenile gangs. Evaluates theoretical explanations of why women commit crime. Examines womens experiences with the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): CRIM 3414 or SOC 3414 
CRIM 4424 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits) 

Examination of juvenile delinquency. Includes methods of data collection and the extent and distribution of delinquency. Detailed coverage of theories of delinquent behavior. Examines the juvenile justice system and treatment and prevention of delinquency. Utilizes current empirical research on delinquency in the U.S. and internationally.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 3414 or CRIM 3414 
CRIM 4454 - Topics in Criminology (3 credits) 

A variable topics course in criminology. In-depth examination of topics such as capital punishment, women and criminology, racial profiling, terrorism, white collar crime, law enforcement, international gangs, political crime, the prison system, cybercrime, and rape. May be repeated 2 times with different content for a maximum of 9 credits. Junior standing.

Prerequisite(s): (CRIM 3414 or SOC 3414) and SOC 3104 
CRIM 4474 - Cyber Criminology (3 credits) 

Empirical patterns and consequences of cybercrimes. Emphasis on applying criminological theories of crime and victimization to cyberspace. Cybercrime prevention strategies and tactics. Examination of ethical issues of privacy, security, and social control. Pre: Junior standing.

Prerequisite(s): CRIM 3414 or SOC 3414 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
CRIM 4754 - Internship (1-3 credits) 
CRIM 4964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
CRIM 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)