CJS 620

Criminology and Public Policy

2 Graduate credits
Effective August 15, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course applies criminological and other related theories to programs and policies in order to develop solutions to crime and its associated problems. Theories, as well as empirical findings and statistics, are discussed in order to help ground recommendations for policies and program to be implemented, changed, or continued.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply theories to situations criminal justice practitioners encounter in order to develop long range solutions for problems facing communities.
  • Be familiar with the etiology of crime; become familiar with the myths about crime and criminals.
  • Describe and explain the major sources of crime data
  • Describe how crime is measured and what types of crime are most frequent and costly to society.
  • Explain crime at both the macro and micro levels using criminological theory.
  • Explain the social construction of crime.