CJS 335

Homicide Studies

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 15, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the crime of murder in the United States and in other countries.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills.
  • Evaluate the effects of murder on crime and justice issues.
  • Examine and explain the causes of murder.