2021-2022 Catalog Updates

CJ 318 Fundamentals of Criminology (HU or SS)

This course is a survey of basic topics and problems related to the discipline of criminology, such as the nature of crime, criminality, criminal statistics, and selected criminological theories, frameworks, and concepts. Students will explore the empirical study of crime prevention, offenders, criminal and deviant behavior, and the criminal justice system.




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Explore the conceptual foundations of social science in criminology.
  3. Analyze and assess the typologies of criminal and deviant behavior.
  4. Comprehend the historical, emerging, critical, and global outlooks of criminology.
  5. Assess a set of criminal or deviant behaviors in light of theory and social science research.
  6. Analyze the interlinkages between theory and public policy.
  7. Examine the difference between theories of criminality and crime.