Criminology Minor

Recommendations & Requirements

  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses
  • Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to provide a general theoretical understanding of crime problems in the United States. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.

CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CRIM 102
An intensive study of different theories explaining why people violate the law. Special consideration will be given to applying theories of crime.

CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or CRIM 102 or SOCI 101
A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration is also given to the solutions of delinquency.

Choose three from the following: 
(at least two should be at the 300 level or above)

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. 
Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

CRIM 221: Victimology
3 credit hours

Analysis of major perspectives on victimization. Emphasis is on the role of the victim in the generation of crime, experience of the victim in the criminal justice system and on patterns of victimization.

BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.  Co-requisite:  BSCI 275-L. 
This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential techniques behavioral scientists use to help guide decision?making. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing, to include coverage of t?tests, one?way ANOVA, regression, and correlation, as well as APA?formatting issues.

BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite:  BSCI 275. 
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. SPSS basics are emphasized.

CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
3 credit hours

Designed to acquaint the student with procedures utilized in the investigation of a crime. It considers theories of physical sciences as they apply to the investigative methodology of a crime. The process is examined within the context of the most recent technological advances in criminal investigation.

ANML 305: Animal Law I
3 credit hours

This course will examine a wide variety of topics related to the law of animals, such as classes of animals (companion, exotic, domestic), torts (liability statutes, damages and valuation), contract law (landlord/tenant, area animal restrictions, dissolution of marriage), wills and trusts, criminal law (breeding regulations, legal vs. illegal breeding, animal cruelty), hoarding, entertainment regulations, dog fighting, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act. Particular attention will be paid to the topics of interest of the students enrolled.

BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
3 credit hours

This course exposes students to the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting and analyzing data using various qualitative methodologies to include ethnographic, grounded, observational and content analysis methods. Special emphasis will be given to the students’ understanding of various methodological challenges, the standards of scientific evidence, issues of generalizability and ethics. 

CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
3 credit hours

Intensive study of crimes committed by people or corporations during the course of legitimate work.

SOCI 320: Drugs and Society
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the social realities of drug use and drug users. Drawing from sociological and criminological perspectives, the course focuses on the historical significance and social construction of drug use, users, abuse and addiction; the relationship between drug use and racism/class conflict; medicalization in contemporary societies; and social movements aiming to effect attitude and policy change.

CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control
3 credit hours

This course provides several perspectives on the nature and sources of deviance. Included in the survey are societal responses to deviance and processes to control deviance.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders.

CRIM 337: Death Penalty
3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the social, political and historical forces that have helped shape the practice of the death penalty in America and the international community. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between race, class and gender and imposition of capital punishment as well as the influence of U. S. Supreme Court rulings on the administration of the death penalty.

BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Designed as an exploration of contemporary moral issues and as an introduction to research ethics, this course examines philosophy-based ethical theories and encourages their application in case studies derived from an array of disciplines. A segment of the course is exclusively devoted to applications in scientific endeavors. Students are required to obtain National Institutes of Health certification to conduct research with human participants.

CRIM 341: Justice, Punishment and Ethics
3 credit hours

A philosophical and pragmatic examination of justice and punishment. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the conceptual foundations of justice.

CRIM 342: The Correctional System
3 credit hours

Provides a basic framework for understanding crime and criminal justice. Topics include community-based treatment programs, correctional treatment in institutions and civil rights of offenders.

CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
3 credit hours

An in-depth look at the judicial branch of government, emphasizing the state and federal judicial systems. The role of the prosecution, defense, judge and jury are examined, as well as judicial procedure.

CRIM 364: Wrongful Convictions
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CRIM 301
This course will emphasize the causes of wrongful convictions and the procedural mechanisms that allow for the litigation of those claims. The focus of this class will be the types of evidence and testimony that leads to wrongful convictions, real life examples of wrongful convictions, as well as state and federal post-conviction remedies.

CRIM 365: The Innocence Project Clinic
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CRIM 364
In partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, students will review cases of potential wrongful conviction. Through a collaborative process, submitted cases will be researched, evidence will be evaluated, conclusions and recommendations will be presented for class discussion and, eventually, MIP review. Students participating in The Innocence Project Clinic will be expected to respect the confidential nature of the work required.

PSYC 371: Psychology and the Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101.  
This course will examine relevant theory, research case law and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system.

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
3 credit hours

Internships are designed to help students better understand the connection between theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to learn more about expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better to be eligible for internships. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BSCI 109BSCI 200BSCI 275BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  BSCI 435-L. 
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. A laboratory period will include training in the construction, taking, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests.

BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite: BSCI 435. 
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements.

BSCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BSCI 275 and BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  BSCI 475-L. 
This course provides an in?depth examination of inferential statistics used in behavioral sciences. Topics include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multivariate techniques and non?parametric analyses.

BSCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite:  BSCI 475. 
A laboratory to complement Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BSCI 380. 
A second opportunity for students to connect theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to discuss expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better.

CRIM 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit hours

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

CRIM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
Varies credit hours

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

CRIM 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
1-12 credit hours

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.


Electives in the Behavioral Sciences

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor.

Courses in the behavioral neuroscience minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor. Likewise, courses in the community health minor may be used as electives for the criminology major or minor.