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CJS 335 Homicide Studies

This course offers a global perspective on homicide with cross-cultural and international comparisons. Students analyze trends in homicide offending and victimization and predictors of lethal violence. Special emphasis is given to the profiles and motivations of serial killers and mass murderers. Homicide clearance rates, investigative techniques that enhance the probability of offender identification, gun control, and the deterrent effect of capital punishment, among others, are topics examined in this course.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the crime of murder in the United States and in other countries.
  • Evaluate the effects of murder on crime and justice issues.
  • Examine and explain the causes of murder.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.

Summer 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Homicide Studies Blair, Lesli D Books Course details