CCPS Criminology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology. 3 hours.

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

CRIM 104: Ethics in Criminal Justice. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102.  
A study of ethical thoughts and issues facing the criminal justice professional. Topics include constitutional ethics and professional code of conduct.

200 Level Courses
CRIM 201: Law and Society. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102. 
Considers social, cultural and political forces which influence the formation of laws and legislative processes. Theories of the origins of law are discussed and then applied to historical legal cases.

CRIM 211: Police Patrol. 3 hours.

Responsibilities, powers and duties of the uniformed patrol officer, patrol procedures, mechanics of arrest and all other functions of the officer on patrol.

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 222: Introduction to Forensic Science. 3 hours.

This course provides a basic overview of the theoretical frameworks and techniques used in forensic science. The focus will be on the history and development of the field and subfields of forensic science, crime scene analysis, and methodologies utilized for collection and interpretation of crime scene data.

CRIM 232: Criminal Justice Organization and Management. 3 hours.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the organization, administration and management procedures and techniques as they apply to criminal justice agencies. Special focus on modern management and organizational theory as it applies to criminal justice agencies in the areas of public relations, communication, personnel development and labor management.

CRIM 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 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 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 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.

300 Level Courses
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 302: Anatomy of a Murder. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102. 
This course details investigative principles and techniques pertinent to a homicide investigation. Detailed information regarding proper evidence handling, scene security, suspect and witness interview techniques will be learned. Information regarding different types of homicide and suicide and their investigation will be examined.

CRIM 303: Serial Homicide. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102. 
This course discusses serial murder, victims and suspects. Case studies will be the primary study tool. Included in the course content will be the psychological and mental make-up of killers, the roles of victims and avoidance tactics.

CRIM 304: Understanding Gangs. 3 hours.

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the concepts of gangs and their culture in the U.S. and abroad. The course will primarily focus upon gangs that are in the U.S. but some international boundaries and relations will be revealed.

CRIM 310: Child Abuse/Neglect. 3 hours.

This course will examine the different types of child abuse and child neglect, the different physical and behavioral signs of abuse/neglect and some of the causes. An in-depth look at the child abuse law and what happens in the juvenile justice system when a child is reported to have been abused or neglected.

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 322: Juvenile Law. 3 hours.

A study of law as it applies to the juvenile who becomes involved in the criminal justice system.

CRIM 323: Probation and Parole. 3 hours.

A course which examines the correctional process as it applies to the correctional client under supervision in the community. Considers both the pre-incarcerated and post-incarcerated client, and the differences in approach.

CRIM 324: Criminal Law. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102. 
This course provides an introduction to the rules and principles of criminal law. Emphasis will be given to the statutes and cases that constrain and shape criminal law as well as the rules and laws governing arrest, search, and seizure.

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 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 340: Case Preparation. 3 hours.

Gathering data and interviewing witnesses and criminal offenders. The fundamentals of case writing including proper forms, word study and acceptable English usage.

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 institutions and civil rights of offenders.

CRIM 348: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. 3 hours.

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the criminal justice process as it functions in other countries of the world. A comparison of the development for both civil and common laws systems will provide insight to our system of justice and its increasing interaction on an international scale.

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 conviction, 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 397, 398, 497, 498: Undergraduate Internship Experience. Varies 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.