Bachelor of Science in Criminology Curriculum
Regis University's Criminology curriculum gives a broad overview of criminal behavior. Faculty members, who are active or retired practitioners in the field, use contemporary and real-world examples and issues to keep courses relevant and interesting. The same courses taught by the same professors are included in both the online and on-campus Bachelor in Criminology degree programs.
Designed for adults with some undergraduate credit and related work experience, the Bachelor of Science in Criminology requires a total of 45 credit hours in the major and additional coursework in core studies and general elective classes.
Looking for an accelerated track to a graduate degree? In our Fast Track program you can substitute two graduate courses from the M.S. Criminology program for the same number of upper division elective undergraduate courses. Ultimately, this means that you save time and money by having two classes count for both your undergraduate and graduate degree! Want to learn more? Contact an admissions counselor at 877.820.0581 who can provide more details.
Courses are offered online & in the classroom
General Core Studies (45 credit hours)
Foundational Courses (15 credit hours)
CR 350 Introduction to Criminology (3 credit hours) This course analyzes social, political, and economic forces that shape the nature, extent, and definitions of crime. It includes corporate and government crime, and the relationship of racism, sexism, and drugs with crime, and imprisonment.
CR 360 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.
CR 413 Crime Analysis (3 credit hours) Using a case study approach, this course examines theoretical and practical methods needed to comprehend distribution and probability tables, graphs, and charts necessary to crime analysis and interpretation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CR 445 Homeland Security (3 credit hours) Defines Homeland Security. Introduces 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.
CR 446 Perspectives on Terrorism (3 credit hours) Explores current and historical sociological, political and religious climates, which contribute to acts of terrorism. Motivation, direction, funding, responses, impacts and consequences will be examined.
CR 483 Criminology Research Methods (3 credit hours) Introduces scientific research methodology. Includes qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on interpreting research studies in a critical manner and the skills necessary to begin original research.
CR 494 Senior Capstone (3 credit hours) Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory through research.
Select one of the following courses
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) This course is an 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.
Optional Minor (12 credit hours)
General Electives (26-38 credit hours)
- If a minor is completed: 26 credit hours
- If a minor is not completed: 38 credit hours
Total Degree Requirements = 128 credit hours
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