Course Catalog Descriptions for

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology[1]

Required Courses

5300.  Seminar in Criminology                                  3 (3-0)

  • Analysis of criminal behavior with a focus on contemporary issues relating to the causes, consequences and social control of crime and deviance.

5303.  Advanced Research Methods                         3 (3-0)

  • General research methods and techniques. Behavioral Science research design and related statistical analysis techniques. Prerequisites: SOCI 3381 and SOCI 4382 or PSYC 3387 or their equivalent. (Credit may not be obtained in both CRIM 5303 and SOCI 5303.)

5310.  Data Analysis in Social Research                   3 (3-0)

  • An intermediate level statistics course on linear modeling, with an emphasis on statistical data analysis: data management, data manipulation and introduction to linear modeling (ANOVA and classical linear regression). Prerequisite: SOCI 3381 or its equivalent. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of CRIM 5310, PSYC 5310 and SOCI 5310)

5325.  Seminar in Criminological Theory                  3 (3-0)

  • A comprehensive presentation and discussion of classic and contemporary theoretical paradigms of crime and delinquency, and empirical research support for them.

Additional Requirement for Plan I Students

5306.  Thesis                                                             3 (3-0)

  • This course is for Plan I Students. The course requires 6 hours of grades, the first 3 hours consisting of the completion of a thesis proposal and the last three hours consisting of the completion of the thesis. Completion of the thesis proposal is a prerequisite for enrollment in the last three hours of thesis.

Additional Requirement for Plan II Students

5305.  Graduate Research Project                           3 (3-0)

  • Specifically designed for Plan II students and requires completion of a research project. Prerequisite: departmental approval.


5304.  Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency[2]             3 (3-0)

  • Sociological analysis of juvenile delinquency with a focus on the social causes and consequences of delinquent behavior, and the social control of delinquency in the context of the juvenile justice system.

5315.  Selected Topics in Criminology                      3 (3-0)

  • Literature and research in areas of criminology not otherwise treated in available courses. May be repeated twice for credit when topic changes.

5320.  Police and Society                                          3 (3-0)

  • A treatment of the nature, organization, function, problems and components of police agencies in modern society.

5350.  Murder and Crimes of Violence                     3 (3-0)

  • Addresses the study of murder and other violent crimes as forms of deviant behavior.  Content covers the definition, frequency, types, and societal reaction to these crimes. The social-psychological factors related to typical, mass, serial, and habitual violent offenders will be presented.

5352.  Studies in Corrections                                    3 (3-0)

  • Advanced treatment of the philosophies, theories, social-historical context, facilities and problems associated with contemporary corrections in America (Credit may not be earned in both SOCI 5352 and CRIM 5352.)

5354.  Correctional Counseling and Treatment         3 (3-0)

  • An explanation of correctional counseling and treatments from a psychological perspective.  Prerequisites: CRIM 3320 or PSYC 3320.

5360.  Comparative Legal Systems                           3 (3-0)

  • A treatment of the nature, components, and models for analyzing criminal justice systems in selected nations throughout the world. Coverage may include but is not limited to the legal systems found in England, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and China.

1The following courses do not appear in the TAMUK 2015-2017 Graduate Catalog and thus their descriptions are provisional:

  • 5306.   Thesis
  • 5304.   Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency
  • 5350.   Murder and Crimes of Violence
  • 5352.   Studies in Corrections
  • 5354.   Correctional Counseling and Treatment
  • 5360.   Comparative Legal Systems

2 This course was not included among the criminology courses in the 2015-2017 Graduate Catalog although it appears under the sociology heading. Thus, I included the sociology course description.

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