Bachelor of Science in Criminology Curriculum

Targeted Course Work to Understand the Criminal Mind.

Regis University's criminology curriculum offers an expansive view of criminal behavior and the criminal mind. Faculty members, who all have real-world field experience, use contemporary and practical examples and issues to ensure you gain the highest level of understanding of criminology. The online B.S. in Criminology program mirrors its on-campus counterpart, and ensures that you graduate prepared to make a constructive difference in the world. The criminology major requires a total of 45 credit hours in core studies and an additional 15 credit hours of elective classes.

The Fast Track Master’s Degree Option

You also have the option to accelerate your degree with our combined bachelor’s to master’s program by substituting two graduate courses from the M.S. in Criminology program for two upper division elective undergraduate courses. This means that you save time and money by having classes count for both your undergraduate and graduate degree.

Degree Requirements

The criminology major requires a total of 45 credit hours in the major and additional coursework in core studies and general elective classes. Courses are offered online or in the classroom.

Foundational Courses (18 credit hours)

CR 350 Introduction to Criminology (3 credit hours) Analyzes social, political and economic forces that shape the nature, extent, and definitions of crime. Includes corporate and government crime; the relationship of racism, sexism and drugs with crime; and imprisonment.

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CR360 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 credit hours) Uses scientific method and thought process to think critically about the evidence of crime

CR 370 Criminal Deviance (3 credit hours) Study of criminal behavior from a psychosocial approach. Examines various criminological perspectives of criminal behavior as well as specific psychological, biological, and learning factors of those individuals disposed to commit crime.

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CR 413 Crime Analysis (3 credit hours) Provides an introduction to crime analysis including its components and history. Covers theory, data collection, crime mapping, crime disorder, problems in law enforcement, and career opportunities.

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CR 434 Victimology (3 credit hours) Provide insights into victims’ relationships with offenders, some of the forces that precipitate victimization, and the interactions victims have with the criminal justice system. Victimology offers the opportunity to achieve a much greater understanding of the interaction between criminals and their victims.

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CR 460 Computer Forensics/Cybercrime (3 credit hours) Explores crimes committed using technology, including, computers, cell phones, networks, and social media. Discussions will revolve around strategies for combating current and future cybercrime and relevant behavioral theories.

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Upper Division Major Requirements (27 credit hours)

CR 425 Professional Ethics in Criminology (3 credit hours) Investigates ethical issues concerning personal professional ethics, privileged communications, decision-making, use of statistical data, conflicting loyalties, competing social demands and other tension specific to the criminal justice system.

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CR 426 Psychology of Crime (3 credit hours) Evaluating psychological explanations of crime; combining classic theory with new developments in eyewitness testimony, offender profiling and forensic psychology; topics: theoretical history of criminal psychology, interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, including major sociological theories.

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CR 427 Criminal Profiling (3 credit hours) Provides an introduction to the science of criminal investigative analysis, which is the process of inferring distinctive personality characteristics of individuals responsible for committing criminal acts. Discussions include wider societal contexts and implications.

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CR 429 Family Violence (3 credit hours) Investigates issues associated with the use of aggression against household members, aggression that is against their will and detrimental to their physical, emotional and psychological welfare. Addresses social impact of violence as well as prevention.

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CR 430 Sexual Homicide (3 credit hours) Explores the psychological mind of sex crime perpetrators and murderers, including formative influences, contexts of power, patterns and motives. Uses case studies to probe into criminal enterprises, personal cause, group cause and sexual homicides.

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CR 445 Homeland Security (3 credit hours) Introduces and defines Homeland Security and the terminology and concepts used by professionals in the field. Identifies First Responders (i.e., FEMA, Secret Service, police departments, etc.) and the challenges and problems associated with each.

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CR 446 Perspectives on Terrorism (3 credit hours) Explores current and historical sociological, political, and religious climates, which contribute to acts of terrorism. Examines motivation, direction, funding, responses, impacts and consequences.

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CR 493 Research Methods (3 credit hours) Introduces scientific and interpretive research methodologies. Includes qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical research methods. Focuses on critical application of skills in research, reflective, or applied projects.

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CAP 494 Senior Capstone (3 credit hours) Provides the culminating experiences of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

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CR 428 Youth Violence and Delinquency (3 credit hours) Examines youth violence, causal variables explaining these aberrant behaviors, the juvenile justice system that contends with this form of violence, and criminological and sociological theories that explain violent juvenile crimes.

CR 433 Violence in the Workplace (3 credit hours) Interdisciplinary examination of and practical approaches to prevention, intervention and dealing with the aftermath of violence in the workplace.

CR 448 Homeland Security: Legal and Ethical Issues (3 credit hours) Identifies emerging legal and ethical implementation issues associated with actions taken by response organizations and individuals within those organizations. Discusses new and emerging legislation.

CR 449 Vulnerability and Security (3 credit hours) Explores theories and practices behind security and vulnerability assessments. Examines existing security practices and assessment models used in organizations. Identifies emerging security concerns and solutions, including monetary resources, to counter potential threats.

CR 457 Animal Exploitation (3 credit hours) Cutting-edge multidisciplinary course designed to acquaint students with contemporary and historical animal-ethics/rights issues, to think critically about controversial issues regarding the relationships between humans and other animals. Examines a wide variety of topics related to the law of animals, such as classes of animals (companion, exotic, domestic), torts (liability statues, damages and valuation), criminal law (breeding regulations, legal vs. illegal breeding, animal cruelty), hoarding, entertainment regulations, dog fighting, the Human Slaughter Act, the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act.

CR 473 Decision-Making and Problem Solving in Criminology (3 credit hours) Examines decision-making models and their impact in criminal justice agencies, outcomes, and stakeholder satisfaction. Explores personal discretion, the role of organizational policies, political and social influences, and the implications of overly influential cohorts, and other professional organizations and citizens.

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