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 United States. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.

200 Level Courses
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 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, 391, 491: Research. Variable 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 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: 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.

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 345: Cases of Innocence in the Criminal Justice System. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102, PHIL 214, FUSE 300. This course will examine the injustices that occur in the criminal justice system when innocent persons are convicted of crimes. The errors that may arise during case processing, including false confessions, the use of faulty scientific evidence, eyewitness misidentifications, and prosecutorial misconduct will be examined. The course will also focus on particular cases of wrongful conviction and the identification of remedies to address such miscarriages of justice.

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 301This 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 364In 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 370: Policing in America. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: CRIM 102. Examines the role of police in the administration of justice. By integrating theory, research, and policy, this course focuses on the history of police and community relationships, recruitment and training processes, police functions, and the police subculture. Other topics include contemporary issues facing police, including use of deadly force, policing diverse populations, and utilizing technology to fight crime.

CRIM 397, 497: Internship. 3 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. S/U grading.