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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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CRJ 200 - Criminology

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2019

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is designed for students majoring in criminal justice or transferring to a regent university. This course explores the response of the criminal justice system in its attempt to prevent, predict, and control criminal activity. Emphasis is also on the various theories that attempt to explain criminal behavior, and the nature and causes of criminal activity. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in criminal justice careers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: none

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/face to face, online

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: none

Common Course Assessment(s): none

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the major types of crime data.
  • Utilize current crime-related data to evaluate the extent and patterns of crime.
  •  Apply theoretical explanations to the various crime typologies, criminals, and victims.
  • Review the historical and contemporary trends in crime types and criminals.
  • Explain or understand the linkages between research on crime, criminological theory, and public policy.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the science of criminology.
  • Identify the major sources of crime data (e.g., UCR, NCVS) including the strengths and limitations of each.
  • Translate crime data into an understanding of crime trends and patterns.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and apply theoretical explanations to different crime typologies.
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate theoretical explanations of crime for their value in explaining different crime typologies.
  • Summarize the impact of the field of criminology to historical and contemporary public policy.

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