Chatham University

Criminology (BA) Curriculum

Criminology is the scientific study of crime and delinquency. Criminologists use concepts, theories, and methods from the social and behavioral sciences (sociology, criminal justice, political science, social work, legal studies) to explore the causes and consequences of criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency. Criminologists study the effects of legal and social policies, analyze data on crime perpetration and victimization, design and assess crime prevention and control models, and evaluate offender treatment programs. The program offers a major and minor in criminology. Completing the criminology major prepares students for graduate study in criminology, criminal justice, law, or other social/ behavioral sciences; and for entry level positions in legal, correctional, or human services agencies.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

12 courses, including:

CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Criminology is the study of crime, its cause and effects. This course covers definitions and types of crime, research methods, theories and responses to crime. Crimes against people, property, and organizations will be examined, and biological, psychological, and sociological explanations will be discussed.

3
CRM224 Juvenile Justice

Examination of biological, psychological, sociological, and ecological theories of juvenile delinquency; its historical and current legal definitions and enabling legislation; statistical resources and activity patterns; and methods of prevention, control, and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Cross-listed as SWK 224.

3
CRM225W Criminology

Criminology is the study of crime, its causes and effects. This course covers definitions and types of crime, research methods, theories of criminal behavior and responses to crime. Crimes against people, property, and organizations will be examined, and biological, psychological, and sociological explanations will be discussed.

3
CRM305 Criminal Investigations

Survey of the history, theory, and practice of criminal investigations conducted by law enforcement officers and private investigators. Crime scene documentation, search and seizure, interview and interrogation, suspect identification and arrest procedures are applied to both violent and property crimes. Report writing and courtroom presentation are also covered.

3
CRM310 Survey of Corrections

This course provides both a historical and contemporary exploration of correction methods utilized in the United States. This course examines the philosophy, theory, and practices involved in the control and behavior modification of offenders. Issues of inequality and at-risk populations are explored.

3
INTCRM303 Internship - Criminology

3
CRM490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3
PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
OR
SWK101 Introduction to Sociology

This course introduces students to the basic sociological concepts, including sociological imagination, socialization, social institutions, social stratification, and social inequality. Emphasis is placed on conceptual tools necessary for the analysis of the influence of social structures on human behavior and life chances.

3
PSY213 Statistics and Research Design

This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

3
PSY314W Foundations of Behavioral Research

This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and 213 or permission of the instructor.

3
1 of the following or substitute electives approved by the program coordinator:
IND105 Crime Scene Investigation

Using concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics, students will learn the basics of forensic procedures, including DNA fingerprinting, organic and inorganic analysis, arson investigation, and trace evidence. The course will focus on relevance and implications of evidence for a criminal trial and how to process the evidence at a crime scene.

3
IND105L Crime Scene Investigation Lab

Using concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics, students will learn the basics of forensic procedures, including DNA fingerprinting, organic and inorganic analysis, arson investigation, and trace evidence. The course will focus on relevance and implications of evidence for a criminal trial and how to process the evidence at a crime scene. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory Fee

1
CRM220 Women and the Criminal Justice System

This course focuses on three aspects of women's involvement in the criminal justice system: as victims, offenders, and professionals. Coverage will include theories and facts about women offenders, the impact of crime on women victims and survivors, and special issues facing women who pursue careers in policing, corrections and law.

3
CRM313 Special Topics

This course allows in-depth exploration of a special topic in criminology. Possible topics include organized crime, the death penalty, victimization of children and adolescents, and media portrayals of forensics and forensic professionals.

3
CRM340 Violent and Predatory Crimes

The criminology and victimology of violent and predatory crimes are explored from psychological, sociological, and biological perspectives. Serial, spree, rampage, and mass murder are covered. Students will gain increased understanding of violent and predatory criminals, their victims, social science research methods, forensic investigations, and criminal law.

3
PSY331 Social Psychology

An examination of human social behavior with an emphasis on social influences that people have upon the beliefs or behaviors of others. The course covers methods of inquiry as well as the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. Representative topics include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, prejudice, aggression, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

3
PSY333 Abnormal Behavior

A study of definitions of normality and abnormality, functional and organic syndromes, theories of causation, and procedures for the diagnosis and modification of disturbed behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permission of instructor.

3
PSY340 Psychopharmacology

The influence of drugs on behavior and psychological state. Topics include neuron morphology, neurochemistry, principles of pharmacology, and the action and effects of psychotropic drugs. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

3
SWK201W Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

This course examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from birth to adolescence within the framework of social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
SWK202 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

This course is a continuation of SWK 201W. It examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from adolescence to death within social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3
SWK325 Deviant Behavior

This course examines deviance using biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Emphasis is placed on examining the influence of social, cultural, historical, political, and economic context in the identification, labeling, and control of deviant behavior.

3

+Minor Requirements

The criminology minor is primarily intended for students interested in careers in human services or criminal justice. The social science foundation of this minor particularly complements the B.A. degrees in psychology and social work available at Chatham.

3 required courses:
CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Criminology is the study of crime, its cause and effects. This course covers definitions and types of crime, research methods, theories and responses to crime. Crimes against people, property, and organizations will be examined, and biological, psychological, and sociological explanations will be discussed.

3
CRM225W Criminology

Criminology is the study of crime, its causes and effects. This course covers definitions and types of crime, research methods, theories of criminal behavior and responses to crime. Crimes against people, property, and organizations will be examined, and biological, psychological, and sociological explanations will be discussed.

3
CRM224 Juvenile Justice

Examination of biological, psychological, sociological, and ecological theories of juvenile delinquency; its historical and current legal definitions and enabling legislation; statistical resources and activity patterns; and methods of prevention, control, and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Cross-listed as SWK 224.

3
2 electives from the following, or substitute courses approved by program coordinator:
CRM220 Women and the Criminal Justice System

This course focuses on three aspects of women's involvement in the criminal justice system: as victims, offenders, and professionals. Coverage will include theories and facts about women offenders, the impact of crime on women victims and survivors, and special issues facing women who pursue careers in policing, corrections and law.

3
CRM305 Criminal Investigations

Survey of the history, theory, and practice of criminal investigations conducted by law enforcement officers and private investigators. Crime scene documentation, search and seizure, interview and interrogation, suspect identification and arrest procedures are applied to both violent and property crimes. Report writing and courtroom presentation are also covered.

3
CRM310 Survey of Corrections

This course provides both a historical and contemporary exploration of correction methods utilized in the United States. This course examines the philosophy, theory, and practices involved in the control and behavior modification of offenders. Issues of inequality and at-risk populations are explored.

3
CRM313 Special Topics

This course allows in-depth exploration of a special topic in criminology. Possible topics include organized crime, the death penalty, victimization of children and adolescents, and media portrayals of forensics and forensic professionals.

3
CRM340 Violent and Predatory Crimes

The criminology and victimology of violent and predatory crimes are explored from psychological, sociological, and biological perspectives. Serial, spree, rampage, and mass murder are covered. Students will gain increased understanding of violent and predatory criminals, their victims, social science research methods, forensic investigations, and criminal law.

3
IND105 Crime Scene Investigation

Using concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics, students will learn the basics of forensic procedures, including DNA fingerprinting, organic and inorganic analysis, arson investigation, and trace evidence. The course will focus on relevance and implications of evidence for a criminal trial and how to process the evidence at a crime scene.

3
IND105L Crime Scene Investigation Lab

Using concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics, students will learn the basics of forensic procedures, including DNA fingerprinting, organic and inorganic analysis, arson investigation, and trace evidence. The course will focus on relevance and implications of evidence for a criminal trial and how to process the evidence at a crime scene. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory Fee

1