DEPARTMENT AFFILIATION: SOCIOLOGY
The Criminology major examines human deviance and behaviors (and their causes) that violate social norms, along with society’s response to it, both a macro and micro perspective. It also examines modes of investigation and the efficacy of punishment and/or rehabilitation as compared with treatment outcomes, deterrence, and societal impact. Finally it looks at the wide range of crime and deviance, its role in society, and its effects and consequences for individuals and society.
Because careers in Criminology cross many occupational areas, we have designed a program that addresses the multi-faceted field. Our courses are taught from a systems perspective that explores criminal behavior as the result of interactions of family, culture, socioeconomic status, social structure, opportunities, socialization, community and environment. This approach allows for an in-depth and holistic understanding of crime, the individual and society.
The major is excellent preparation for careers in law enforcement, probation, crime, prevention, forensic research, law studies, rehabilitation, programs for at-risk populations, homeland security or advanced studies in sociology and criminology.
Criminology B.S. Degree
Required Courses :
Plus completion of General Studies requirements for a total of 124 units.
Total units required for B.S. in Criminology: 45
For those students currently employed in law enforcement and allied fields in the justice system, SOC 117 and CRI 197AB are not requirements, but are strongly encouraged. 36 units, plus all General Studies requirements.
Required Courses :
Additional recommended course for careers in Probation and Rehabilitation:
CRI 109 Forensic Studies: Criminalistics (3)
The examination of theories and techniques associated with the recognition, collection, and analysis of physical evidence from the context of a crime scene. The course will enable students to use the physical and social environment to provide information for use by the criminal justice system. See SOC 109.
CRI 110 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
An examination of the theories and concepts applied to deviance and social disorganization as it manifests itself among the juvenile population. Topics include contemporary gang culture and other issues of youths at risk. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: SOC 1. See SOC 110.
CRI 111 Criminology (3)
The scientific application of the theories of crime and deviance, reflecting the structural and environmental influences of contemporary American society. A human rights course. Prerequisite: Soc 1. See SOC 111.
CRI 113 Community Policing (3)
This course explores the theories and strategies that combine the traditional aspects of law enforcement with crime prevention, problem-solving community engagement and partnerships. It will also address local conditions that give rise to criminal activity, social disorder and fear of crime. With community based policing, community members have an opportunity to work together with law enforcement agencies on issues impacting their community. See SOC 113.
CRI 114 Corrections (3)
An exploration of the corrections system in the U.S. from its inception to the present day. Topics include prison and jail cultures, ethical issues related to incarceration, history of incarceration, and the different types of correctional modalities to include institutional-based corrections. A study of the responsibilities of correction officers, probation officers, parole officers, and parole agents is included. A human rights course. Prerequisite Soc 1. See SOC 114.
CRI 115 Sociology of Violence (3)
This course will explore questions about the origins of violence in human society and the social processes that produce or inhibit violence. A focus will be on the social construction and social definition of violence in contemporary society. Also included is a study of the types of measurements used to report and study violence, including the perspective of victims, offenders, law enforcement agencies and agencies for violence prevention. A human rights course. See SOC 115.
CRI 116 Criminal Justice (3)
The scientific study of crime, criminal law, and components of the criminal justice system, including police, courts, and corrections or those agencies whose goal it is to apprehend, convict, punish, or rehabilitate law violators. A human rights course. See SOC 116.
CRI 119 Urban Crisis Response and Management (3)
The course provides the understanding of motivations, dynamics, and control of urban crises due to terrorism, environmental catastrophes, crowd control, urban emergency response, etc.
CRI 122 Criminal Policy and Practice (3)
This course will examine the legal purposes of criminal policy and how its practice both functions in and affects modern society. A range of topics will be explored including the concept of crime and criminal liability, including crimes against persons, property, government and public morality. Also, highlights of criminal defenses, the concept of criminal capacity (including age requirements and mental insanity) and punishments will be discussed. Finally, the impact of crimes on victims and families as well as the correlation between socioeconomic status, ethnicity, geographical region, and judicial outcomes (including the likelihood of the death penalty) will be analyzed through a sociological perspective.
CRI 123 Crime and Minorities (3)
An exploration of the intersection of ethnicity, social class and gender as it relates to deviant and criminal behavior, social controls, the judicial process, geographical regions and cultural norms of society.
CRI 127 Family Systems Theory and Violence (3)
The examination of the inter and intra generational dynamics in the family and how they impact each member as it relates to violence at the micro and macro levels. See SOC 127.
CRI 197AB Internship (6)
The application of the major’s program of study through an internship experience. A minimum of 100 hours of on-site experience is required, along with practicum attendance and participation. Development of a professional portfolio is also required, Internship site is to be selected and mutually agreed upon by student and professor. Open to majors only. CRI 197B is to be taken in senior year of study.