CCPS Criminology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 104: Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRIM 108: Writing in the Behavioral Sciences

200 Level Courses:
CRIM 200: Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 201: Law and Society
CRIM 211: Police Patrol
CRIM 221: Victimology
CRIM 232: Criminal Justice Organization and Management
CRIM 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 280, CRIM 281: Basic Peace Officer Training
CRIM 282: Law for Peace Officers
CRIM 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
CRIM 302: Anatomy of a Murder
CRIM 303: Serial Homicide
CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
CRIM 321: Deviance and Social Control
CRIM 322: Juvenile Law
CRIM 323: Probation and Parole
CRIM 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance
CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 334: Abnormal Psychology
CRIM 337: Death Penalty
CRIM 340: Case Preparation
CRIM 341: Justice and Punishment
CRIM 342: The Correctional System
CRIM 348: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CRIM 349: Behavioral Research
CRIM 351: Legal Aspects I
CRIM 352: Legal Aspects II
CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
CRIM 371: Psychology and the Law
CRIM 390: A-Z Selected Topics
CRIM 397: Internship

400 Level Courses:
CRIM 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
CRIM 490: A-Z Selected Topics
CRIM 493: Senior Seminar
CRIM 497: Internship


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

CRIM 108:Writing in the Behavioral Sciences 1 hour.
In this writing-intensive course, students will become familiar with how to use electronic databases to locate scholarly, peer-reviewed work and will write a scientific review paper on a topic of interest. Students will also be introduced to the writing style developed by the American Psychological Association. Same as PSYC 108, SOCI 108

CRIM 200: Research Methods of Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Considers the major methods of the social sciences including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary date and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports. Same as PSYC 200 and SOCI 200. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, SOCI 111 or CRIM 102.

CRIM 201: Law and Society. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: CRIM 102

CRIM 211: Police Patrol. 3 hours.
Responsibilities, powers and duties of the uniformed patrolman, 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 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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: CRIM 102, or PSYC 101, or SOCI 101; a college-level math course; should be taken before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status)

CRIM 280, CRIM 281: Basic Peace Officer Training. 6 hours each.
This course is designed to meet the basic peace officer training program requirements approved by P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training commission), Office of the State Department of Public Safety. Topics include administrative procedures, legal studies, interpersonal perspectives, technical studies and skill development. Students must register for both CRIM 280 and CRIM 281 to receive credit.

CRIM 282: Law for Peace Officers. 3 hours.
Designed to acquaint students with Missouri and federal statutes and court decisions that apply to performance of their duties as future peace officers. Meets P.O.S.T. standards.

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.
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. Prerequisite: CRIM 102.

CRIM 303: Serial Homicide. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: CRIM 102.

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 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 326: Theories of Counseling and Guidance. 3 hours.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of psychological counseling. Attention is given to specific counseling methods and techniques utilized by psychologists, counselors, ministers, social workers, personnel managers, and criminal justice workers. Same as PSYC 326. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or CRIM 102 plus three additional psychology hours.

CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology. 3 hours.
An intensive study of different theories explaining why people violate the law. Special considerations to applying theories of crime. Prerequisite: CRIM 102.

CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency. 3 hours.
A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration also will be given to solutions of delinquency. Same as SOCI 332. Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or SOCI 101.

CRIM 334: Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours.
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification, and treatment of behavior problems. Same as PSYC 334.Prerequisite: CRIM 102, PSYC 101, SOCI 101, or SOCI 111; plus three additional hours in psychology.

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 and Punishment. 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 349: Behavioral Research. 3 hours.
Students enrolled in this course will complete an original research project from beginning to end, to include writing a literature review, generating hypotheses, devising a research strategy, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting findings in scientific paper. Same as . Prerequisites:CRIM 108 CRIM 200CRIM 275 and 3 additional hours in the major.

CRIM 351: Legal Aspects I. 3 hours.
A course depicting the constitutional aspects and limitations of criminal law. This course deals with rules and laws governing arrest, search and seizure.

CRIM 352: Legal Aspects II. 3 hours.
A continuation of CRIM 351. This course deals with the kinds of evidence and rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court. Effect of court decisions on acquisition and admissibility of evidence.

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 371: Psychology and the Law. 3 hours.
This course will examine relevant theory, research, case law, and issues of psychological practice within the criminal justice system. Same as PSYC 371 Prerequisite: CRIM 102, PSYC 101, SOCI 101, or SOCI 111

CRIM 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. Same as PSYC 435, SOCI 435. Prerequisite: CRIM 102,CRIM 109, CRIM 275 and three additional hours in criminology.

CRIM 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.
This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting using regular class discussion and debate. Students practice the writing, oral communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers. Same as PSYC 493 and SOCI 493. Prerequisite: Senior Standing, CRIM 109,CRIM 200, CRIM 275.

CRIM 290, CRIM 390, CRIM 490: A-Z Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

CRIM 397, CRIM 497: Internship.