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Criminology Course Descriptions

CRIM 6300 Proseminar in Criminology. (3 semester hours)  Introduction to graduate study in criminology through exposure to issues surrounding concepts of crime, criminals and societal response. Students learn to examine critically the theoretical, methodological and policy issues in criminology and criminal justice. (3-0) Y
CRIM 6303 Etiology of Crime and Criminality.
(3 semester hours)   Examines the history of criminological thought incorporating the major works of such theorists as Bentham, Beccaria, Marx, Durkheim, Lombroso, Shaw and McKay, Sutherland, Becker, and Merton. (3-0) Y
CRIM 6305 Law and Social Control. (3 semester hours)   Addresses the legal and theoretical basis of social control and the use of criminal sanctions to deter and punish criminal conduct. Students will learn to critically assess alternative punishment and sentencing models. (3-0) Y
CRIM 6307 Extent of Crime and Measurement.
(3 semester hours)  Problems in Criminology.  Examines the major data sources on crimes and criminals and the limitations of such data. Topics also include measurement issues and problems concerning research on the nature and extent of criminal behavior. (3-0) Y
CRIM 6308 Victimology (3 semester hours) Examines risks and consequences of crime for its victims.
Issues considered include victim-offender relationships, characteristics of victims, the nature of the injuries they experience, and criminal justice procedures that involve them. (3-0) R
CRIM 6309 Communities and Crime (3 semester hours) Examines the trends and sources of crime and social disorder across communities. The course emphasizes relationships among crime, fear of crime, neighborhood change, neighborhood responses to crime, and public policies. (3-0) R
CRIM 6310 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 semester hours) Examines youth crime, child victimization, and juvenile justice.
Students learn the processes by which specific behaviors are identified as delinquent, the historical evolution of juvenile justice, and current policies and practices. (3-0) R
CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy.
(3 semester hours)  An introduction to crime and the efforts to control crime through public policy. (3-0) Y
CRIM 6313 Corrections (3 semester hours) Examines the history, forms, and functions of correctional philosophies, institutions, programs, and policies. Topics include the structure and functions of prisons and jails, community corrections, intermediate sanctions, and the growth of correctional control in modern society. (3-0) R
CRIM 6314 Policing (3 semester hours) Provides historical, social and political analysis of the roles and functions of policing in America. (3-0) R
CRIM 6315 Violent Crime (3 semester hours) Examines the sources and patterns of violent offending across time and space. Topics include conceptions and typologies of violent crimes and offenders, victim-offender relationships, and efforts to predict and control violent offending. (3-0) R
CRIM 6317 Courts (3 semester hours) Examines the objectives, institutions and processes involved in the adjudication of offenders. Topics address the structure and function of the judicial system and principal court actors. (3-0) R
CRIM 6322 Crime Prevention (3 semester hours) Examines situational, social, and legislative approaches to the prevention of crime and delinquency. Emphasis on theories, protective factors, implementation and consequences of these approaches. (3-0) R
CRIM 6324 Correlates of Crime and JusticeExamines the nature of relationships among attributes and indices at the situational and aggregate levels to various forms of crime and systems of justice. (3-0)
CRIM 6332 GIS Applications in Criminology (3 semester hours) Examines spatial distributions of crime, criminals, and criminal justice interventions. Students conduct spatial analysis of point patterns and area-based data in studies of the locations of crime events and rates, offenders, police patrolling practices, judicial districts and community corrections and how they relate to physical and social characteristics of neighborhoods. (3-0) R
CRIM 6348 Drugs and Crime (3 semester hours) This course provides students with a survey of the historical context of the legislative initiatives that have been attempted to combat the use of drugs, the relationship between drug use/abuse and crime, and the public policy problems surrounding the control of drugs. (3-0) R
CRIM 6V92 Research Workshop in Applied Criminology (3-9 semester hours) Students join a faculty member in a group research project. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. Permission of instructor required. (9-0) R
CRIM 6V98 Analytical Writing Research (CRIM 7300 Advances in Criminology Theory) (1-9 semester hours)  Examines contemporary criminological theories and the degree to which research has provided empirical support for explanations of crime and criminality. (May be repeated for credit.).
CRIM 7301 Seminar in Criminology Research and Analysis. (3 semester hours)   Examines a variety of quantitative methods and procedures used in criminological research. Students will plan and execute an independent advanced research project.
Need working topic for Disseration and dataset is preferred. Must have EPPS 6313 and 6316 or equivalent, plus a good working knowledge of OLS Regression. Instructor permission required. (3-0) Y
CRIM 7342 Qualitative Criminology (3 semester hours) Examines ethnography and other qualitative approaches to studying crime, criminals, and criminal justice, particularly participant observation and informant and respondent interviewing. Topics include phenomenology, case study, in-depth interviewing, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, historical methods, gaining access, sampling, data collection and analysis, and legal and ethical concerns. (3-0) R
CRIM 7351 Advanced Criminological Theory Seminar (3 semester hours) Topics will vary from semester to semester on various criminological theories. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 9 elective hours. Students must complete CRIM 6303 and CRIM 7300 prior to enrolling. Consult with advisor to determine appropriateness for degree plan and specialty areas of study.
CRIM 7381 Special Topics in Criminology (3 semester hours) Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 9 elective hours. Consult with advisor to determine appropriateness for degree plan and specialty areas of study.
CRIM 8V01 Independent Study (1-9 semester hours).  Provides faculty supervision for student’s individual study of a topic agreed upon by the student and the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  (May be repeated for credit.)  R
CRIM 8V92 Independent Advanced Research (1-9 semester hours) Provides faculty supervision for student’s individual study of a topic agreed upon by the student and faculty supervisor. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 9 hours. Student performance is assessed by instructor as pass/fail only.
CRIM 8V99 Dissertation (1-9 semester hours).  Provides faculty supervision of a student’s dissertation research. Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor. May be repeated as necessary for credit. ([1-9]-0) Y

Last Updated: July 27, 2010