Introduction to Criminology

Course Code: CCJ1010

Credit Hours: 3 semester hours crediti

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course provides a survey of deviant behavior as related to the concept and definition of crime, the concept and purposes of the law, the measurement and causes of crimes and of societal reactions to criminal behavior, from historical through contemporary periods. Oral presentations by each student are required.

Course Details


Lynn Wimberly

Virginia "Ginger" Hicks

Terri Whitehead



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Schmalleger, Frank J. Criminology—REVEL ACCESS. 4th Edition. Pearson, 2018. Print. ISBN: 9780134526720


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-01.0 Discuss the Criminal Justice System

SS-02.0 Describe and discuss the principles of Criminology

SS-04.0 Describe and discuss Juvenile Delinquency

SS-06.0 Describe and discuss the field of Law Enforcement


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define the primary components of criminal justice and their primary responsibilities.

Analyze the criminal justice systems through the processes of detention, apprehension, prosecution and corrections.

Define juvenile delinquency.

Compare and contrast the various types of patrol techniques.





Tests, Reports/Presentations



  1. Read all assigned materials
  2. Attend and participate in class discussions
  3. Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  4. All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.
  5. Assignment Schedule: lecture, discussion, handouts, audio visual, examinations


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