CRIM 2025 Criminology

Introduction to the study of criminal behavior with an emphasis on theories of crime causation. Strategies for reducing crime based on theoretical explanations and existing data are also discussed. This class also covers methods of how crime data is collected and how that data is used in the criminal justice system to change policing tactics, create crime prevention programs, and administer correctional programming.

Course details

Course syllabus: 
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UNI students: SOC 1000; sophomore standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area: 

Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Social Sciences distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.


Barkan, S. Criminology: A Sociological Understanding. 2011/5th edition. Upper Sadle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 9780132769051

Wright, R. & Decker, S. Armed Robbers in Action: Stickups and Street Culture. 1997. Boston, MA: Northeastern. 155553323X

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Course delivery

This course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.


Gayle Rhineberger

Enrollment information

Tuition: $257/unit, plus non-refundable enrollment fee of $10 and technology fee of $38 for online courses

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Guided Independent Study
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