Contact:
Dr. Vickie Luttrell
Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Office: (417) 873-7254
vluttrel@drury.edu

Criminology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 109: Scientific Writing

200 Level Courses:
CRIM 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 221: Victimology
CRIM 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory

300 Level Courses:
CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
CRIM 305: Animal Law I
CRIM 308: Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control
CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 334: Abnormal Psychology
CRIM 337: Death Penalty
CRIM 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 341: Justice, Punishment and Ethics
CRIM 342: The Correctional System
CRIM 343: Fundamentals of Research
CRIM 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
CRIM 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
CRIM 364: Wrongful Convictions
CRIM 365: The Innocence Project Clinic
CRIM 371: Psychology and the Law
CRIM 380 Undergraduate Internship Experience

400 Level Courses:
CRIM 435: Psychological Tests and Measurement
CRIM 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurement Laboratory
CRIM 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
CRIM 480 Undergraduate Internship Experience II
CRIM 493: Senior Seminar
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 109: Scientific Writing. 1 hour.
This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the behavioral sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association.  The course is also designed to familiarize students with library databases used to conduct empirical literature reviews. Same as PSYC 109, SOCI 109.

CRIM 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 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. Same as PSYC 200, SOCI 200.

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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.  Co-requisite:  CRIM 275-L.

This course introduces the student to the basic design methodologies and statistical techniques used in behavioral sciences. Some of the topics considered are mixed and correlational designs, analysis of variance and data collection procedures. Same as COMM 275, PSYC 275, SOCI 275.

CRIM 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite:  CRIM 275.
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.  SPSS basics are emphasized.  Same as COMM 275-L, PSYC 275-L, SOCI 275-L.

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 305 Animal Law I. 3 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.  Same as ANML 305.

CRIM 308: Qualitative Research Methods. 3 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.  Same as PSYC 308, SOCI 308.

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. Same as SOCI 321.

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. Same as SOCI 332.

CRIM 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 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. Same as PSYC 334.

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 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences. 3 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. Same as PSYC 339, SOCI 339.

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 343 Fundamentals of Research. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CRIM 359.
This course is intended for students who fail or do not successfully complete CRIM 361.  Students enrolled will write a review of literature and complete an original research project.  This involves designing methodology, conducting a study, ensuring ethical protection of human participants, analyzing and interpreting data, generating an original research report and delivering a formal presentation. Same as PSYC 343, SOCI 343.

CRIM 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 109, CRIM 200, CRIM 275, CRIM 275-L.
Students enrolled in this course complete the initial stages of an original, team-based research project to include conducting and writing a literature review, devising a research design strategy and applying ethical protection of human participants. It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Course fee required. Same as PSYC 359, SOCI 359.

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 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 359.
As a continuation of Advanced Behavioral Research I, students enrolled in this course complete their original, team-based research project. This involves conducting the study, data analysis, reporting the findings in the context of a scientific paper and delivering a formal presentation of the research. Course fee required. Same as PSYC 361, SOCI 361.

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 371: Psychology and the Law. 3 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. Same as PSYC 371.

CRIM 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience I. 3 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. Same as PSYC 380, SOCI 380.

CRIM 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 109, CRIM 200, CRIM 275, CRIM 275-L. Co-requisite:  CRIM 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. Same as PSYC 435, SOCI 435.

CRIM 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite: CRIM 435.
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements. Same as PSYC 435-L, SOCI 435-L.

CRIM 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 275 and CRIM 275-L. Co-requisite:  CRIM 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. Same as PSYC 475, SOCI 475.

CRIM 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 3 hours.
Co-requisite:  CRIM 475.
A laboratory to complement Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Same as PSYC 475-L, SOCI 475-L.

CRIM 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 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. Same as PSYC 480, SOCI 480.

CRIM 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  Senior standing, CRIM 109, CRIM 200, CRIM 275, CRIM 275-L.
This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting.  Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers. 

CRIM 380, 480: Undergradate Internship. Experience.

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

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