Bachelor of Science in Forensic CriminologyForensicCriminology
The major in Forensic Criminology provides students with a specialized examination of the criminal justice system from both sociological and scientific perspectives. While Criminal Justice aims to study the breadth of criminal activities and its control through policing and corrections, Forensic Criminology explores the depth of crime, its causes and criminal motivation to address legal and investigative questions. Forensic means the application of science to the law. Through a focus on evidence and process, students are challenged to assess systemic and societal responses to various criminal populations and case studies.
Courses, labs and field experience combine to ready students for careers in criminal justice and forensic investigations or to pursue further graduate studies. Consistent with the mission of Anna Maria College, this major will prepare students with a liberal education for professional service in society and the administration of justice.
The Learning Goals of the program are:
• To develop a critical understanding of the field of criminal justice and forensics through a balance of theory and practical application.
• To develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the issues which face criminal justice professionals.
• To develop leadership and decision making skills.
• To develop knowledge and foster an appreciation for research methodology and its ability to inform both policy and practice.
• To develop a critical understanding of the ethical dimensions of the field.
• To develop a commitment to social justice, civic responsibility and feel the importance of respecting the dignity of all persons.
Major Requirements (12 courses):
CRJ* 101 Foundations in Criminal Justice
FSC 205 Crime Scene Forensics
CRJ 210 Constitutional Law
CRJ 212 Criminal Law
CRJ 220 Criminology
CRJ 311 Criminalistics
FSC 340 Cybercrime
FSC 407 Forensic Psychology
FSC 480 Forensic Anthropology
FSC 490 Senior Seminar
JSS 210 Researching the Social World
JSS 250 Statistics
Major Electives (4 courses)
Elective courses as approved, including but not limited to:
CRJ 102 Responses to Terrorism
CRJ 207 Forensic Photography
CIS 302 Public Safety Applications of GIS
CRJ 304 Drugs and Society
CRJ 310 Criminal Evidence
CRJ 312 Criminalistics II
CRJ 341 Cybercrime II: Internet Vulnerabilities and Criminal Investigation
CRJ 342 Computer Forensics I: Data Storage and Recovery
CRJ 343 Computer Forensics II: Linux/Macintosh and lab-based Acquisitions
CRJ 362 Victimology
CRJ 382 Sexual Assault
CRJ 383 Child Abuse
CRJ 384 Elder Abuse
CRJ 385 Mental Health and Criminal Justice
CRJ 440 Criminal Profiling 1
CRJ 441 Criminal Profiling II
CRJ 481 Forensic Archaeology
CRJ 482 Advanced Bioarcheology and Forensic Recovery
CRJ 499 Internship
FRS 304 Fire Investigation
FRS 404 Fire Investigation and Analysis
For more information contact:
Patricia W. Gavin
Associate Professor
Director, Criminal Justice Programs
(508) 849-3377