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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Criminology (CRJ 303)

Formerly Criminology (CRJ 330)

Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the underlying causes of crime and their connection to societal factors; evaluate societal responses to criminal behavior and their effectiveness in addressing the issue; examine the roles and interactions of the criminal justice system and correctional institutions in managing criminal behavior; investigate the development of criminal thought processes and the social dynamics within prison environments; define and differentiate between various crime types and the nature of criminal law; assess the impact of alcohol and substance abuse on criminal behavior and the prevalence of these factors in modern crime; and critique current strategies and policies for addressing social problems related to crime, such as alcohol and substance abuse.


This Criminology course deals with the causes of crime and how it relates to society, as well as the response of society to criminal behavior. The relationship of the criminal justice system and corrections is explored. The development of the criminal mind and the inmates’ social world and its importance within prison are examined. Defining the concept of crime and the nature of criminal law are important aspects of this course. Other topics include the effects of alcohol and substance abuse as prominent factors in modern criminal behavior since a majority of crimes are related to this type of abuse.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management (6/23).