Criminology (CRM) courses
CRM 210 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice SystemPrerequisite: 12 hours.General Education Course (Focus on Public Issues).
This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system, and examines its functions, problems, and potential solutions. Students explore citizen rights and responsibilities relevant to the fair and equal distribution of justice and examine how communities can be strengthened to aid crime prevention.
CRM 215 Criminology and Criminal Justice Field Exploration
Acquaint students with the types of opportunities available in the field of criminology and criminal justice including required credentials, career preparation, and the job search process. Expose students to training regimens, routine practices, and daily challenges within criminal justice agencies. May be repeated up to 6 hours.
CRM 220 CriminologyGeneral Education Course (Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences).
This course examines the nature and various dimensions of criminality through the lens of the social and behavioral sciences. Historical and contemporary explanations of crime rooted in a range of biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives are explored as well as their implications for individuals, social systems, and organizations. Students will learn how various institutions have experimented with and adopted crime-reduction policies and practices over time.
CRM 250 Policing
This course examines the history, structure and function of law enforcement as a means of addressing behavior which violates the law. Problems faced by law enforcement and solutions to those problems are also discussed.
CRM 260 Criminal Law and the Courts
This course examines the basic principles, processes, and structures found in adult criminal courts in the United States and Missouri. The course also examines the nature and development of criminal law from the Common Law to its current state nationwide, with an emphasis on current Missouri criminal law.
CRM 270 Institutional and Community-Based Corrections
A course designed to critically examine the various social control responses to delinquent and criminal behavior. Includes the history, philosophies, and practices of American corrections and an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each societal/correctional response. Problems in the field of corrections and related solutions are also examined.
CRM 300 Service Learning in CriminologyPrerequisite: 30 hours and concurrent registration in a Criminology course designated as service learning offering.
An integrative learning experience which addresses the practice of citizenship and promotes an awareness of and participation in public affairs by incorporating community service with classroom instruction. Includes 40 hours on-task service to a community organization, agency or public service provider. The community service placement agency and service assignment will vary, dependent on the disciplinary course topic and learning objectives. May be repeated.
CRM 301 Movies, Media and Crime
This course explores the relationship between various forms of mass media as they impact public attitudes and social policies regarding crime and the justice system. Students will have the opportunity to view major film productions and critically evaluate the depiction of victims, offenders, and the criminal justice system in the media. Solutions to problems created by the media are also discussed.
CRM 303 Capital Punishment
Students explore the history of the death penalty as well as its current use in the United States. Methods of execution and their impact upon executioners, death penalty jurors, and the families of both the executed and their victim's family members are analyzed.
CRM 306 Criminal Profiles: Who Did It?
This course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts used in the practice of criminal profiling. Students will get an overview of how to identify and analyze crime and offender characteristics and their relationship with criminal motive and behavior.
CRM 307 Life Behind Bars: Got Time?
This course highlights the dynamics of interaction that take place between inmates and staff in a correctional setting. Students will examine the various deprivations inmates face during incarceration, and their methods for compensation through developing networks of interactions that focus on the illegal trade of goods and services.
CRM 308 To Shoot or Not To Shoot: Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice
This course examines and nature and meaning of ethical behavior within the context of the criminal justice system. Students will identify the various ethical dilemmas faced by law enforcement, courtroom and correctional practitioners, as well as examine their own views of right and wrong.
CRM 309 Bad Girls: An Introduction to Aggressive and Delinquent Females
"Bad girls" of society have developed a reputation for their increasingly aggressive behaviors. This course will discuss and investigate the unique characteristics, distinct traits and needs of the female delinquent. Effective approaches for working with this population will also be explored.
CRM 310 Investigating Motive in Hate Crime and Terrorism
The purpose of this course is to critically examine the motives behind hate crime, domestic terrorism, and foreign terrorism. Course will explore both the various types of motives as well as methods of using our understanding of motive to prevent acts of violence and disruption. Attention will be given to psychological, economic, and social factors which contribute to a hate crime or terrorism mindset.
CRM 312 Legalization of Marijuana
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history of marijuana laws and to provide an understanding of current state and federal laws regarding marijuana. Students will explore the impact of legalization of marijuana and the impact it has had in states that have legalized marijuana.
CRM 313 Prison Violence and Disorder
This course examines the nature, extent, and causes of prison violence. It explores the psychological, environmental, cultural, and organizational factors that contribute to various forms of violence and disorder in prisons. Special emphasis is placed on identifying solutions for correctional policy and practice to reduce incidents of assault, riots, and gang disturbances in prisons.
CRM 314 Forensic Science
With particular emphasis on the study of forensic science (science within the framework of the American legal system), this course evaluates various types of evidence left behind at the crime scene, the technology and protocols used to collect and evaluate each piece of evidence, the weight/value each piece of evidence should be assigned within the investigation, as well as the qualifications and scope (range of expertise) each testifying expert must provide.
CRM 315 College Campus Crime
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the criminal offenses and victimization on college campuses. Students will explore the extent and types of offenses, offenders, and victims. Students will also become aware of the ways that college campuses prevent and respond to offenses and the challenges faced by crime victims.
CRM 316 Post-Conviction Justice ClinicPrerequisite: CRM 314.
This course provides hands-on, real world experience to students charged with re-investigating cases of currently incarcerated defendants seeking post-conviction relief and making claims of actual innocence to the Midwest Innocence Project (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law). With particular emphasis on the examination of forensic evidence, students will evaluate various aspects of each case, ultimately creating a detailed and science-based report of their findings.
CRM 317 Peacemaking Criminology
Drawing upon critical theories, social justice, and human rights, a peacemaking approach to criminology is focused on crime prevention, power balancing, and reconciliation. This course will provide an introduction to the peacemaking criminology perspective as it is applied in domestic and global justice contexts.
CRM 318 Immigration and Crime
In this course students will explore the impact of immigration, legal and illegal, on the U.S. crime rate, as well as ways in which our criminal justice system interfaces with, and impacts, immigrants and immigrant communities.
CRM 319 Queer Criminology
In this course students will explore issues related to LGBTQI individuals and the criminal justice system. Topics include LGBTQI inmates in prisons, the victimization of LGBTQI individuals, perceptions of law enforcement in the LGBTQI community, and domestic violence in same-sex and polyamorous relationships.
CRM 321 Disability in the American Criminal Justice System
In this course, students will examine how people living with physical, sensory, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities interact with the American criminal justice system.
CRM 323 Introduction to Developmental and Life-Course Criminology
This course provides an overview of the developmental and life-course perspective within criminology. How the factors which influence crime and delinquency change over the course of one's life is explored.
CRM 325 Domestic Violence
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of domestic violence. Students will develop an understanding of theories and typologies of offenders and victims of intimate partner abuse, types of abuse, and occurrence of abuse. The social causes and consequences of domestic violence are examined as well as the criminal justice response to domestic violence.
CRM 326 Far-Right Terrorism and Violence in America
This course will introduce and familiarize students with the far-right extremist movement in America. Students will learn about the groups and individuals that are involved in the domestic far-right extremist movement. While most groups and individuals involved in this movement are non-violent, students will learn about not only why some members of this movement participate in violence, but also the types of violent activities in which they participate.
CRM 327 Animal Rights and Environmental Terrorism and Violence in America
This course will introduce students to the animal rights and environmental extremist movements in America. They will learn about the main groups and individuals involved in this movement. Even though the majority of those involved in this movement are non-violent, this course will explore not only reasons why these groups and individuals may choose to participate in violence, but also the types of violence employed.
CRM 328 Jihadist Terrorism and Violence in America
This course will examine the threat that jihadist extremists pose to America. While international groups receive the most attention from scholars, those that operate in America also pose a threat to society. This threat will be examined from both a group and individual perspective. Additionally, the types of violence these groups and individuals employ will also be examined.
CRM 330 Juvenile JusticePrerequisite: CRM 210.
This course reviews the topic of juvenile delinquency, with primary focus on a review of the history, extent and significance of delinquency and traces the emergence and effectiveness of the juvenile justice system as a societal response to juvenile offenders.
CRM 332 Seminar on Violence
Acts of violence and violent predators will be explored through this course. Research on criminal violence will be offered with theoretical explanations. Crimes emphasized through the course material will include homicide, assault, robbery, rape and hate crime. Family, workplace, schools and gang violence will also be examined.
CRM 333 Sex Offenses
This course examines sexual offenses, including the crimes and the criminals, with an emphasis on definitions, motives, theories and explanations. A variety of sex crimes will be discussed with perspectives being offered about the crimes, offenders, victims and criminal justice system with relation to this type of behavior. Fetishes and paraphilias will be explored through the investigation into sexual offending cycles.
CRM 334 Homicide
Homicide is a phenomenon that impacts our society at alarming rates. This course is designed to examine this type of criminal violence through definitions, statistics, research, rates, types, and theoretical explanations. Students will be exposed to a variety of readings and required to complete independent investigations into incidents of homicide throughout the semester. Material covered throughout the course will greatly enhance the student's knowledge base regarding the act of murder.
CRM 335 Criminal TypologiesPrerequisite: CRM 210.
This course is designed to examine the nature and extent of criminal behavior. Students will explore patterns of offender behavior including crimes against the person, interpersonal violence, property crimes, white collar and organized crime, public order crimes and political crimes.
CRM 336 Criminal Psychology
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth analysis of principles and theories of delinquent and criminal behavior from a psychological perspective. Developmental, biological, and behavioral/cognitive risk and protective factors as well as the process of psychological conditioning that can lead to the commission of violent criminal acts will be explored.
CRM 340 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal JusticePrerequisite: 60 hours; CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270; and CRM 220 or concurrently enrollment in CRM 220.
An overview of research design as applied to research on crime and justice. Topics include hypothesis formulation, sampling techniques, reliability and validity, survey construction, field observation, and evaluation research. May be taught concurrently with CRM 641. Cannot receive credit for both CRM 340 and CRM 641.
CRM 341 Introduction to Criminal Justice Data
In this course, students will engage in a variety of activities designed to hone their data analysis and data management skills. Students will be exposed to key foundational elements of quantitative and qualitative analyses necessary to develop proficiencies to become consumers of and contributors to research. Students will learn to understand the fundamentals of different types of data, organizing and displaying data as well as interpreting basic statistical tests and hypotheses.
CRM 351 Trafficking of Humans, Drugs, and Guns
This course examines rapidly changing issues such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal arms trading that are major areas of concern for law enforcement, politicians, and policy makers, and an increasingly important area of research.
CRM 355 Current Issues in PolicingPrerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.
This course addresses a selection of contemporary issues and controversies facing police officers and law enforcement agencies. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, problem-oriented and community policing, police use of force, racial profiling, leadership in law enforcement, and police corruption.
CRM 356 Conflict, Communication, and Stress in Criminal Justice Professions
This course will provide students interested in criminal justice professions with needed information and skills regarding effective communication, conflict resolution, and occupational stress. Current research will be examined, skill building will be emphasized, and solutions will be explored and evaluated.
CRM 357 Police Use of Force
In this course students will examine diverse viewpoints concerning police presence and use-of-force in urban communities, as well as the difference between necessary and excessive force. Students will explore perceptions and current research, as well as evaluate possible solutions.
CRM 358 Policing Protest
In this course, students will examine the legal boundaries, officer practices, and social factors that impact interactions between law enforcement and protestors in the United States.
CRM 365 Criminal ProcedurePrerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.
This course critically examines the constitutional and other legal controls placed on the government's ability to collect evidence to be used in criminal proceedings. Special attention is given to Supreme Court decisions related to the issues of privacy, detention, arrest, searches, seizures, interrogations, confessions, wiretapping and eavesdropping, right to counsel, and protections against self-incrimination. Issues of officer liability are also addressed.
CRM 375 Current Issues in CorrectionsPrerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.
This course addresses a selection of contemporary issues and controversies facing corrections officers and corrections agencies. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, inmate-staff relations, inmate subculture, management issues, and reentry issues
CRM 376 Restorative Justice
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the principles, values, and practices of restorative justice in a range of contexts related to the field of criminal justice. Students will explore the restorative philosophy through reading, research, reflective writing, and group discussion.
CRM 377 Inmate Voices: Examining the Effects of Incarceration
In this course students will attempt to reach beyond assumptions and expectations about the incarcerated by exploring the experiences and perceptions of prison inmates as expressed through their own writings. This course will deepen students' understanding of the effects and experience of incarceration on inmates, as well as their children, families, communities, and prison staff.
CRM 380 Criminal Justice Organizations and ManagementPrerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.
This course provides an overview of organizational theory and administrative behavior in criminal justice agencies, and exposes students to the latest research and practices in criminal justice management and organizations. Effects of leadership decision-making, court cases, personnel policies, budgeting, and planning on the justice system are analyzed.
CRM 381 Crime Prevention
Students will be introduced to the theories and constructs of crime prevention and reduction. Techniques and policies currently being used will be evaluated. Strategies and case studies under Primary Prevention, Secondary Prevention and Tertiary Prevention will be evaluated. Innovative community programs will be highlighted through case study examination.
CRM 382 Criminal Investigation
This course introduces students to the methods and practices involved in criminal investigations. Topics include but are not limited to rules of arrest and evidence, investigative leads and informants, interviews and interrogations, and strategies for solving various types of crimes.
CRM 383 Serial Killers
This course will educate and enlighten the student about serial killers, including, but not limited to identification, descriptions, motives, theories and typologies. Notorious serial killers from the United States and other countries will be discussed. Each student will learn the numerous definitions of serial killing with accordance to the research available and input from the FBI. Students will also become familiar with root causes of serial killing and explore the patterns of serial killing. Upon conclusion of the course, students will be able to define applicable terminology, comprehend and discuss serial killing, and to apply the concepts learned throughout the course.
CRM 390 Active Shooter Events
Active shooter events in the United States have become a more prevalent problem in recent years. To combat this type of attack, officers are now receiving standardized training, both tactical and medical, that allows them to make entry as soon as possible. This course will examine these active shooter events in detail by discussing the attacks as a whole as well as analyzing specific cases.
CRM 392 Sports and Crime
This course will offer students the opportunity to critically review, analyze, and evaluate the realm of sports (broadly defined) from a criminological perspective. This course is specifically designed to explore crime, controversy, and conflict in the realm of sports in our society. Students will critically examine the role of crime and sports, including NCAA violation, cheating, criminal athletes, sports organizational crime, and gambling. Students should attain an in-depth and critical understanding of the various economic, individual, societal, and organizational harms that occur at the intersection of sports and crime.
CRM 395 Hostage Negotiations
Hostage negotiations involve a number of different techniques and responses. This course will cover crisis negotiations by discussing the events that led to the creation of national hostage negotiation teams, looking at the types of situations and people negotiators respond to, and analyzing case studies of hostage events.
CRM 396 Directed Readings in CriminologyPrerequisite: CRM 210 and permission of instructor.
Readings designed to introduce students to new material or to supplement material introduced in previous departmental courses. May be repeated to total of 6 hours if topic changes.
CRM 397 Special Topics in Criminology
A variable topic course offering an overview of one or more issues related to criminology. May be repeated when topic changes.
CRM 400 Conservation Law Enforcement
Conservation law enforcement and conservation officers occupy an important, yet often overlooked segment of the criminal justice system. The role and duties of conservation officers is unique among law enforcement. While conservation officers perform similar duties to traditional law enforcement officers such as order maintenance and law enforcement, the scope of those duties differs in several respects. This course will explore those differences through examining conservation law enforcement from a local, national and international perspective. Additionally, this course will examine the unique role of conservation officers within the larger criminal justice system, and within the smaller law enforcement community.
CRM 401 Wildlife Criminology
This course will examine wildlife crimes from a global criminological perspective. Poaching and the illegal trafficking of wildlife has become a massive form of crime both at the local level and globally. This has led to the near loss of many species around the world. Wildlife crime has significant ecological, economic, social, and security costs at all levels of government in many countries. Issues related to wildlife criminology will be analyzed and discussed with a specific emphasis on theory, ethics, and prevention.
CRM 410 Women in Criminal JusticePrerequisite: CRM 210 or permission of instructor.
Using theoretical guidance, students will explore the way that women's roles in the justice system - as offenders, victims, citizens, and workers - reflect their position in the wider society. Students will develop an understanding of theories explaining female offending and how the criminal justice system responds to illegal acts committed by women and girls as well as women's victimization and the criminal justice system response to their victimization. Students will examine the experiences of women working within the criminal justice system.
CRM 415 Difference and Diversity in CriminologyPrerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.
Students will examine how identities, such as race, class, and gender, impact criminal offending, victimization, and professionalism in the criminal justice system. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of cultural competency and will conduct academic research in an effort to develop an understanding of the social and criminal justice related factors that create challenges to achieving cultural diversity and the ethical treatment of diverse groups.
CRM 420 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. A comparative and historical study of the origins of law, crime rates, and the structure and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States as compared to other western and eastern nations. Included is the study of criminal and juvenile law, police, courts and the corrections system.
CRM 425 Wrongful Convictions
Recommended Prerequisite: CRM 210 and 45 hours. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of criminal procedures leading to the wrongful conviction of alleged offenders. This will include an overview of the extent of wrongful convictions in the United States as well as the primary contributing factors of wrongful conviction. Students will also be exposed to potential policy changes and laws that have been made or suggested to reduce the incidence of wrongful convictions.
CRM 430 Victimless Crime
Recommended Prerequisite: CRM 210 and 45 hours. A sociological examination of attempts to legally control private behavior covering both historical and contemporary examples such as prostitution, drug use, homosexuality, and abortion.
CRM 435 Evidence
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. This course critically examines the laws and rules of evidence at trial. Common law rules and the Federal Rules of Evidence are discussed, along with leading court cases.
CRM 440 Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security
This course provides an overview of homeland security and defense undertaken in the United States since September 11, 2001. The course provides students with the generally accepted knowledge required of homeland security professionals.
CRM 441 Fundamentals of Terrorism
This course provides an introductory overview of the challenges, perspectives and issues related to terrorism from both an international and a domestic perspective. Topics such as causes of terrorism, terrorist typologies, ideologies, tactics and strategies will be covered.
CRM 445 Victimology
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. This course examines the characteristics of crime victimization as it relates to the various components of the criminal justice system. Students will develop a better understanding of the contextual relationship between victims and offenders, as well as the role of police, courts and corrections in the dynamics of crime victimization, as well as the physical, emotional and financial impact of crime.
CRM 475 Community Corrections
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. This course focuses on describing and evaluating the policies and initiatives used to monitor and treat criminal offenders sanctioned to community supervision. Community-based correctional programs and practices given special attention include probation and parole, work release, halfway houses, residential treatment centers, and diversionary programs.
CRM 477 Geographic and Spatial Analysis of Crime
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. This course will provide an in-depth look at the history of our efforts to describe, understand, and respond to concentrations of crime across place and time. From early efforts in the 1800s to the most current research utilizing sophisticated computerized crime mapping, the questions of where, when, and why crime is most prevalent will be examined with a focus on how high-risk places and times can be addressed and prevented.
CRM 480 The Gang Phenomenon
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. In this course students explore the history of the gang phenomenon, the variety and types of gangs, reasons why gangs form, their structure, the functions they serve for their members and the social policies which have been developed to deal with gangs. Solutions to the gang phenomenon are also investigated.
CRM 485 Drug Abuse and Criminal Justice
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the abuse of drugs in American society. In doing so, course will: 1) examine current U.S. drug abuse trends and patterns, 2) review the history of drug abuse in this country and the legislative attempts to control such abuse, 3) consider the various correlates and causes of drug abuse, 4) explore the physiological, psychological and sociological effects of several more commonly abused drugs, 5) discuss the connections between drug abuse and crime, and 6) critically review and evaluate current philosophies, policies and practices designed to control drug abuse in America.
CRM 490 Internship in CriminologyPrerequisite: Criminology and Criminal Justice major, completion of 18 hours in the major program, and permission of instructor.
Faculty supervised experience in an agency related to issues of crime and justice. Students are expected to work 40 hours in the agency for each credit hour. Students must submit applications for CRM 490 no later than March 15 for subsequent summer (when offered) and fall enrollment, and October 1 for subsequent spring enrollment. May be repeated to a total of six hours.
CRM 495 Criminal Justice Ethics
Recommended Prerequisite: CRM 210 and 45 hours. This course will address ethical issues in the criminal justice system at both the theoretical and applied levels. Students will examine critical issues encountered by victims, offenders, and practitioners within the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be placed on ethical dilemmas in the police, court, and correction systems.
CRM 496 Senior Seminar in Criminology and Criminal JusticePrerequisite: CRM 340; and Criminology and Criminal Justice major; and senior standing with 95 hours.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRM 415. Students in this course examine ethical leadership and decision-making in criminal justice professions, explore career opportunities in criminal justice, and prepare for their transition out of the undergraduate program. Students also complete the department's exit exam, student exit survey, and a senior capstone paper that integrates knowledge and skills acquired throughout their major coursework. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.
CRM 497 Special Issues in Criminology
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 hours. A variable topic course offering an in-depth analysis of one or more issues related to Criminology. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours when topic changes.
CRM 580 Cybercrime
This course will provide the student with an overview of cybercrime and the offenders who commit the offense. It will explore the various types of cybercrime including internet pornography, harassment, fraud, and hacking. Legal issues regarding cybercrime will also be discussed. Methods of combatting cybercrime and assisting the victims of cybercrime will be presented.
CRM 597 Special Topics and Issues in Criminal Justice
Recommended Prerequisite: CRM 210 and 60 hours. A variable topic course examining issues of crime, its causes, as well as social and political responses to crime by various institutions including government, media, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Variable content course. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours if the topic changes. May be taught concurrently with CRM 697. Cannot receive credit for both CRM 697 and CRM 597.
CRM 641 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
An overview of research design as applied to research on crime and justice. Topics include hypothesis formulation, sampling techniques, reliability and validity, survey construction, field observation, and evaluation research. May be taught concurrently with CRM 340. Cannot receive credit for both CRM 641 and CRM 340.
CRM 657 Forensic Psychology: Child Abuse and the Law
Study of the legal issues related to child abuse and exploitation. Students will gain an understanding of the law pertaining to child cases and how interactions with children can bolster or diminish the quality of children's memory report as seen by the judicial system. The Greene County Prosecutor's Office will participate in the design of this course, thus the specific legal issues discussed will remain current and may change based on the needs of the community. Identical with PSY 657. Cannot receive credit for both CRM 657 and PSY 657.
CRM 697 Special Topics and Issues in Criminal JusticePrerequisite: permission of instructor.
A variable topic course examining issues of crime, its causes, as well as social and political responses to crime by various institutions including government, media, law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Variable content course. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours if the topic changes. May be taught concurrently with CRM 597. Cannot receive credit for both CRM 597 and CRM 697 unless topic changes.
CRM 701 Criminal Justice PolicyPrerequisite: admission to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or Criminal Justice Leadership and Management certificate program; or Master of Professional Studies program with the Criminal Justice option.
This course takes a critical look at the construction, implementation, evaluation, and justification of a wide range of criminal justice policies and programs. Significant attention is given to methodological processes in determining policy and program effectiveness.
CRM 705 Applied Research in Criminal JusticePrerequisite: admission to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice program and successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate research methods course.
This course provides students with the background and skills necessary to conduct sound and ethical research in their professional fields and successfully navigate through academic research relevant to guiding and improving criminal justice policy and practice. The capstone requirement consists of a mini-research proposal.
CRM 715 Leadership and Management in Criminal JusticePrerequisite: admission to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or Criminal Justice Leadership and Management certificate program; or Master of Professional Studies program with the Criminal Justice option.
This course familiarizes students with theories, issues, and innovations related to leadership and management in criminal justice settings. Students are exposed to techniques aimed at enhancing leadership and management capabilities.
CRM 720 Crime Theory and PolicyPrerequisite: admission to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or Crime Prevention certificate program; or Master of Professional Studies program with the Criminal Justice option.
This course surveys various classical and contemporary theories of lawbreaking. The relationship between criminological theory and justice system policy is emphasized. A position paper on a theoretically-driven policy is required.
CRM 728 The Ethics of Justice
The emphasis for this course is on ethical leadership and decision-making in the criminal justice system. Students will use the knowledge they've gained over their academic careers to critically analyze and discuss topics in criminology and criminal justice. The course will begin by examining ethical systems that can be used to justify and direct ethical judgement. Following this, ethical issues in policing, courts, corrections, and social science research will be discussed and debated.
CRM 730 Juvenile Justice
This course aims to stimulate and facilitate critical and reflective thought regarding the legitimacy and effectiveness of juvenile justice policy and practice in the United States. Students analyze the mission and goals of juvenile justice systems, organizational design and managerial and staff roles, contemporary policies and programs, and methods of performance evaluation in juvenile agencies.
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security
This course provides an overview of homeland security and defense undertaken in the United States since September 11, 2001. The course provides students with the generally accepted knowledge required of homeland security professionals.
CRM 741 Cybercrime and Cyber terrorism
This course provides an in depth analysis of differences between cyber terrorism and cybercrime and the motivations that drive cyber criminals and terrorists. It also examines emerging strategies used by law enforcement and the private sector to respond to cyber attacks.
CRM 745 Topics in Homeland Defense and Security
A comprehensive and integrated homeland security and defense strategy must also include the full range of elected officials, first responders, the human, animal and plant health communities, business and our citizens. This course will examine the application, progress and problems of the development and implementation of a homeland security/defense strategy.
CRM 746 Global Criminology
This course explores how the traditional field of criminology is being transformed by forces of globalization.
CRM 747 Policing Terrorism
This course examines the role of law enforcement in counter terrorism efforts in the United States. It explores law enforcement responses to terrorism from a critical, best-practices perspective and addresses controversial strategies employed by enforcement agencies responding to terrorism within the context of a democratic government.
CRM 750 Contemporay Issues in Policing
This course is a critical examination of contemporary issues in policing and considers the role of police, theories related to policing, police operations and strategies, public views about police, and outcomes of policing in the U.S.
CRM 751 Applied Evidence-Based Practice in Policing
This course examines the merits and limitations of research-informed policies and techniques utilized by law enforcement agencies to increase public safety and reduce crime. Topics will include hot spot policing, broken windows policing, CPTED, modern technological applications, focused deterrence strategies, predictive policing, problem-oriented policing, community policing, and other relevant evidence-based practices in policing.
CRM 765 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
This course introduces the student to the role of law and courts in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the relationship of the law to police investigatory procedures. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the United States Supreme Court in interpreting the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Current legal issues in criminal justice will also be examined.
CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice
This course examines social control responses to lawbreakers including the exploration of classical and contemporary theories and philosophies that have guided American correctional policy, both institutional and community based. Management implications related to policy are addressed.
CRM 771 Contemporary Issues in Community Corrections
This course examines modern issues, problems, and practices facing the community corrections profession. A special emphasis is placed on exploring the challenges of interacting with specific types of offender populations, including mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence offenders, in community and treatment contexts.
CRM 772 Applied Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections
This course reviews a range of research-informed policies, programs, and practices delivered to offenders in correctional settings to improve supervision and reduce recidivism. In addition to coverage of the relevant literatures, the course emphasizes hands-on applications of evidence-based practices through a variety of active-learning exercise.
CRM 773 Offender Thinking and Decision-making
This course explores how criminal offenders process and prioritize information when they encounter opportunities to violate supervision conditions and commit crime. Beliefs, values, and attitudes used to rationalize criminal behavior are also examined.
CRM 777 Crime Prevention in the Modern Age
This course will be a survey of crime prevention methods and the theories associated with them. Particular emphasis will be placed on deterrence and routine activities. Students will use such theories to analyze past and present methods for crime prevention and the reasons behind their successes or failures. Research and policies for crime prevention will also be examined for both public and private industries.
CRM 780 Gangs and Gang Policy
This course explores the nature and scope of street gangs and critically analyzes gang-control policies and programs. A variety of gang-related issues are discussed, including the problems inherent in defining the term "gang," the historical development and organizational structure of gangs, and gang origination, persistence, desistence, prevalence, and migration. In addition, proposed solutions to gang problems are analyzed by examining such policies and programs as gang databases, gang prosecution units, gang enhancement statues, and civil injunctions.
CRM 785 U.S. Drug Control Policy
This course provides a historical overview of the formulation, implementation and evaluation of U.S. drug control policy. The focus is on critically reviewing the cultural, social and political forces that have shaped our nation's drug control policies and assessing the research that has been conducted to evaluate the effects of such policies. Topics to be examined include prohibition, interdiction, eradication, legalization, law enforcement and military responses, effects on the criminal justice system, treatment, education and prevention.
CRM 790 Graduate Practicum in CriminologyPrerequisite: permission of instructor.
Faculty supervised experience in a criminology-related agency. Students are expected to work 45 hours in the agency for each credit hour. The practicum includes academic reflection on work experience at the agency. May be repeated for up to 6 hours.
CRM 796 Independent Study in Criminology and Criminal JusticePrerequisite: admission to the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice or the Master of Professional Studies program with the Criminal Justice option; and permission of instructor.
Faculty supervised independent research directed by a member of the department graduate faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours when the topic varies.
CRM 797 Policy Analysis CapstonePrerequisite: completion of 27 hours in the MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice program, including the completion or concurrent enrollment in CRM 701, CRM 705, CRM 715 and CRM 720; and permission of a graduate faculty member.
This capstone experience requires an in-depth analysis of a specific criminal justice policy with an emphasis on demonstrating an understanding of the policy (including its historical background and current applications), specifying strengths and weaknesses, and offering suggestions for future research and improvement of the policy. This course should be taken the last semester of coursework.
CRM 798 Thesis IPrerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in CRM 701, CRM 705, CRM 715, and CRM 720; and permission of graduate thesis committee following the successful defense of an initial concept paper.
This phase of the thesis process requires the completion and successful defense of a thesis prospectus, including statement of the problem, literature review, and methodology sections.
CRM 799 Thesis IIPrerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in CRM 701, CRM 705, CRM 715 and CRM 720; and approval of thesis prospectus by the student's thesis committee.
This phase of the thesis process calls for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and the development of final conclusions and implications. The final product must be successfully defended in front of the thesis committee.