CRM 210 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 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. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits CRM 301 - Special Topics in Criminology 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. Offered upon sufﬁcient enrollment. 3 credits CRM 309 - Criminology 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).
Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210. Offered fall. 3 credits CRM 310 - Punishment and Corrections 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.
Prerequisites: CRM 210 and SOC 215. Offered spring. 3 credits CRM 313 - Victimology 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. Prerequisites: CRM 210 or SOC 215. 3 credits CRM 314 - Criminal Procedures and Evidence 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, self-incrimination and right to counsel.
Prerequisites: CRM 210 or SOC 215. 3 credits CRM 315 - Criminal Law and Society This course is a general overview of the development and application of substantive criminal law within our society.
Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210. Offered spring. 3 credits CRM 320 - Juvenile Justice 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.
Prerequisite: SOC 215 or CRM 210. Offered spring. 3 credits CRM 330 Class, Race, Gender, and Crime This course examines the ways in which social class, racial, ethnic and gender identification, and labeling shape the victimization, offending, and criminal justice processing of individuals. Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210.
Offered fall and spring. 3 credits. CRM 333 - Rehabilitation and Reentry of the Offender This course examines key issues associated with the rehabilitation of the offender and their reentry experience in the United States after a period of incarceration. Theoretical models of rehabilitation and recidivism will be explored. Emphasis will also be on the collateral consequences of mass imprisonment in America.
Topics such as historical trends of the prison population, an empirical portrait of the current status of reentry, and current policies directly affecting the reentry process of individuals (housing, employment, voting, etc.) will be at the center of the discussion. Additionally, the course will cover information on the reentry experience of women and effective/non-effective program services for both genders.
Prerequisites: CRM 210 and SOC 215. 3 credits CRM 325 - Police and Society 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.
Prerequisites: SOC 215 and CRM 210. Offered fall. 3 credits CRM 420 - Senior Capstone 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.
Prerequisites: CRM 210, SOC 203 and SOC 215, CRM 325, CRM 310, SOC/PSY 265, SOC/PSY 341 and 342, and department approval. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits R-CRM 466 - Undergraduate Research 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.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair, and Dean for Academic Affairs. Offered fall, spring or summer. 1–3 credits CRM/SOC 488 - Criminology/Sociology Internship 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. Required of all majors. Prerequisites: SOC 215, 203, two 300-level CRM courses,and department approval required. 3 credits CRM/SOC 498 - Research Practicum 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.
Prerequisite: Department approval. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits CRM/SOC 499 - Independent Study 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.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor, completion of SOC/PSY 341 and 342, junior or senior status, and approval from department chair, and Dean for Academic Affairs. Fee. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits