CRM 210 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits; Offered fall and spring
This course offers a broad examination of the American system of criminal justice. The development and contemporary functions of the three subsystems (law enforcement, judicial system, and correctional system) are analyzed. This course provides the foundation for further Criminal Justice studies.
CRM 301 - Special Topics in Criminology 3 credits; Offered upon sufficient enrollment
This course offers a criminological perspective of a particular social institution or process. Topics could include cybercrime, white collar crime, gang behavior, social psychology of crime, or other topics in the field.
CRM/SOC 309 - Criminology 3 credits; Offered fall; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
Students examine historical and contemporary theories of crime causation. Topics include competing theories, specialized theories (juvenile crime or gender differences in crime), and different theoretical perspectives (micro vs. macro).
CRM 310 - Punishment and Corrections 3 credits; Offered spring; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
This course explores the major social and social-psychological perspectives on punishment and behavioral change. Topics include historical and contemporary philosophies of punishment and rehabilitation: capital punishment, prisons, probation and parole, rehabilitation programs, community corrections, restorative justice, and contemporary experimental approaches to corrections.
CRM 313 - Victimology 3 credits; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
This course examines the relationship between the victim of crime and its perpetrator, critically exploring the arguments surrounding victim precipitation and facilitation from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
Students will examine the representation and treatment of victims within both the criminal justice system and popular media. Topics include the analysis of victims of such acts as human trafficking, school shootings, terrorism, homicide, gang violence, hate crimes, wrongful convictions, and natural disasters.
CRM 314 - Criminal Procedures and Evidence 3 credits; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
An analysis of criminal procedure and criminal evidence rules in the United States. Topics include trial procedures, examination of witnesses, real/physical evidence, circumstantial evidence, hearsay evidence and exceptions, privileged communications, declarations against interests and judicial notice.
In addition, the course will consider the constitutional issues of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation and confession, selfincrimination and right to counsel.
CRM 315 - Criminal Law and Society 3 credits; Offered spring; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
This course is a general overview of the development and application of substantive criminal law within our society.
CRM 320 - Juvenile Justice 3 credits; Offered spring; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
This course is a general orientation to the field of juvenile delinquency. The major theories of delinquency among youth will be presented and critically examined in connection with U.S. trends in juvenile delinquency.
Students will learn about the history, philosophical objectives and current operation of the juvenile justice system. The future of delinquency prevention and treatment also will be explored.
CRM 325 - Police and Society 3 credits; Offered fall; Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210
This course reviews the fundamental purpose and role of law enforcement agencies in American society. Primary attention is given to the relationship between the formal organization of policing and community security.
The practical investigative and patrol operations of policing at both local and federal levels will be explored, along with a discussion of the unique cultural aspects of police organizations.
CRM 420 - Senior Capstone 3 credits; Offered fall and springPrerequisites: CRM 210, SOC 203 and SOC 215, CRM 325, CRM 310, SOC/PSY 265, SOC/PSY 341 and 342 and department approval
Students will work on synthesizing information and skills from all major courses and demonstrate mastery of criminological methodology and theory through the preparation and presentation of a senior research project.
Students will prepare a major senior paper and make a formal presentation of their findings to the class and invited faculty from the department.
R-CRM 466 - Undergraduate Research 1–3 credits; Offered fall, spring, or summer Prerequisites: Approval of instructor, department chair, and dean for academic affairs
This course offers an independent but directed collaborative course of study involving a specific research agenda in the discipline under departmental faculty supervision.
Research projects typically require a review of the literature, a paper developing and defending a hypothesis, and a poster or an oral presentation of the completed research project.
CRM/SOC 488 - Criminology/Sociology Internship 3 credits; Required of all majorsPrerequisites: SOC 215, 203, two 300-level CRM courses and department approval
The department offers qualified upper-division students the opportunity for criminology and sociology internships. Internships are conducted at cooperating off-campus institutions.
Students must consult with the department’s internship coordinator the semester before beginning this course. Acceptance is subject to the approval of the department.
CRM/SOC 498 - Research Practicum 3 credits; Offered fall and springPrerequisites: department approval
This course offers an independent but directed course of study leading to the completion and presentation of undergraduate research. Students select projects of interest, typically already underway, involving empirical research under supervision of a department faculty liaison.
Projects typically require a comprehensive report written ASA or APA style and suitable for publication and/or presentation at a local or regional conference.
CRM/SOC 499 - Independent Study 3 credits; Offered fall and spring; feePrerequisites: Approval of instructor, completion of SOC/PSY 341 and 342, junior or senior status, approval from department chair, and dean for academic affairs
This course requires independent research. Before registration, students must submit a written proposal for approval by the instructor. A final report written in acceptable professional style is required.