Criminology explores the diverse and dynamic field relating to our criminal justice system. This course focuses on the history of American Law, the difference between Civil and Criminal Law, general features and categories of crimes, various criminal offenses and defenses, and the criminal justice process. The course also introduces students to the court procedures and the corrections system. Students who take this course will also have an opportunity to experience local law enforcement agencies and members of the judicial system through field trips and guest speakers when possible. Students will use various methods of inquiry to demonstrate an understanding of the various course topics including supplemental readings, class and group discussions, debates, simulations, guest speakers, essays, presentations, and research assignments.
Students should also be aware that frequent writings and written analysis are a significant aspect of classroom assignments.