Department of Behavioral Sciences

Criminology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology

200 Level Courses:
CRIM 221: Victimology

300 Level Courses:
CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control
CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 337: Death Penalty
CRIM 341: Justice, Punishment and Ethics
CRIM 342: The Correctional System
CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
CRIM 364: Wrongful Convictions
CRIM 365: The Innocence Project Clinic

400 Level Courses:
CRIM 390, 490: Selected Topics 1-3 hours
CRIM 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology. 3 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 221: Victimology. 3 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. 

CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science. 3 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. 

CRIM 311: White Collar Crime. 3 hours.

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

CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control. 3 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. 

CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology. 3 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 hours.

Prerequisite:  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. 

CRIM 337: Death Penalty. 3 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.

CRIM 341: Justice, Punishment and Ethics. 3 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 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 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 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 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. 

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

CRIM 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 3 hours.