Criminology

Chairperson: Andrea Bertotti Metoyer
Professors: 
G. Weatherby
Associate Professors: 
M. BahrA. Bertotti MetoyerV. GumbhirW. HayesM. MarinA. Miranne
Assistant Professors: 
M. DelandJ. JohnstonN. MorlockN. Willms
Professors Emeriti: 
J. Rinehart, E. Vacha

The Criminology program introduces students to sociological perspectives on the causes, consequences, and control of criminal behavior.  Course work focuses on the development and organization of criminal justice institutions, especially the police, courts, and corrections.  Students examine pressing social issues such as racial profiling, mass incarceration, and prisoner re-entry.  
 
The program fosters a commitment to social justice and the common good as students develop a sociological imagination and learn to critically consume information, theorize social contexts, create new knowledge, and communicate with and for others.  In addition to providing opportunities for academic research and analysis, students gain the knowledge base and skills for pursuing careers in criminal justice institutions and related policy and non-profit fields.

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major if they have fulfilled all requirements, achieved a grade point average of at least 3.70 in their criminology courses, and written and defended a senior honors thesis (CRIM 494).

 

B.A. Major in Criminology: 33 credits

Lower Division
CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
SOCI 202 Statistics for Social Science 3 credits
SOCI 204 Research Methods 3 credits
One of the following two courses:
3 credits
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 
POLS 101 American Politics 
Upper Division
One of the following three courses:
3 credits
SOCI 356 Sociology of Policing
CRIM 352 Corrections 
CRIM 390 American Court System
One of the following three courses:
3 credits
SOCI 350 Deviant Behavior 
 
SOCI 351 Criminology 
 
SOCI 353 Juvenile Delinquency
 
One of the following five courses 3 credits
CRIM 386 Criminal Law 
 
POLS 303 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights 
 
POLS 304 Criminal Justice Amendments and Courts 
 
POLS 323 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
 
SOCI 385 Law and Society 
 
One of the following seven courses: 3 credits
POLS 303 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
POLS 304 Criminal Justice Amendments and Courts
POLS 311 State and Local Government
POLS 312 Urban Politics and City Life
POLS 320 Bureaucracy and Citizens
POLS 321 Politics and Public Administration
POLS 323 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
One of the following three courses:
3 credits
PSYC 340 Personality
PSYC 390 Psychopathology
PSYC 402 Forensic Psychology
CRIM, POLS, SOCI, PHIL, PSYC 300/400-Level Elective* 3 credits
CRIM 499 Criminal Theory and Measurement 3 credits
* Acceptable elective choices are: Any CRIM; SOCI 350, SOCI 351, SOCI 353, SOCI 355, SOCI 385; POLS 303, POLS 304, POLS 311, POLS 312, POLS 320, POLS 321, POLS 323; PSYC 340, PSYC 390, PSYC 402; and PHIL 470.

Minor in Criminology: 18 Credits

Lower Division
CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
Upper Division
One of the following three courses:
3 credits
SOCI 356 Sociology of Policing
CRIM 352 Corrections
CRIM 390 American Court System
One of the following three courses:
3 credits
SOCI 350 Deviant Behavior
SOCI 351 Criminology
SOCI 353 Juvenile Delinquency
One of the following five courses:
3 credits
CRIM 386 Criminal Law
POLS 303 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
POLS 304 Criminal Justice Amendments and Courts
POLS 323 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
SOCI 385 Law and Society
One of the following seven courses:
3 credits
POLS 303 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
POLS 304 Criminal Justice Amendments and Courts
POLS 311 State and Local Government
POLS 312 Urban Politics and City Life
POLS 320 Bureaucracy and Citizens
POLS 321 Politics and Public Administration
POLS 323 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
CRIM, POLS, SOCI, PHIL, PSYC 300/400-Level Elective* 3 credits
* Acceptable elective choices are: Any CRIM; SOCI 350, SOCI 351, SOCI 353, SOCI 355, SOCI 385; POLS 303, POLS 304, POLS 311, POLS 312, POLS 320, POLS 321, POLS 323; PSYC 340, PSYC 390, PSYC 402; and PHIL 470.
Lower Division
CRIM 101 Intro to Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
A critical analysis of the way the American criminal justice system operates, focusing on the nature of law, the police, and the courts.
CRIM 190 Directed Reading
1.00- 4.00 credits
CRIM 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
CRIM 240 Issues in Law Enforcement
3.00 credits
Examines current issues in law enforcement such as corruption, brutality, use of deadly force, politics and policy administration, resource management, stress, community relations, and major court decisions.
Upper Division
CRIM 352 Corrections
3.00 credits
An examination of the American correctional system, from its origins to the present day. Focuses on philosophical and policy issues and debates that confront our society in attempting to deal with criminal offenders. Field trips to correctional facilities.
CRIM 355 Elite & White Collar Deviance
3.00 credits
This course examines deviance and crimes committed by organizations and the rich and powerful. The nature, extend and societal effects of various types of elite and white collar deviance are examined.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 323 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
CRIM 357 Inequality, Crime & Urban Life
3.00 credits
This course examines the relationship between inequality and crime in America’s inner cities. Students will consider how cultural, economic, educational, legal, political, and other factors shape life in urban areas, and how these factors reproduce crime and inequality in America’s inner cities.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 325 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
CRIM 361 Crime & Gender
3.00 credits
An exploration of the ways in which gender influences who is and is not considered criminal, why women are often socialized to be the victims of crime and men the perpetrators of such actions, and how such behaviors are used to maintain and support pre-existing inequalities. As such, special attention will also be paid to how issues of social class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation often temper these societal outcomes.
CRIM 365 Comparative Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
A comparison of criminal justice systems from around the world using the Internet and a seminar format.
CRIM 386 Criminal Law
3.00 credits
Substantive criminal law; principles, functions, and limits; basic crime categories with extensive case analysis; state and national legal research materials.
CRIM 390 American Court System
3.00 credits
A hands-on class conducted by a Superior Court Judge. Students observe actual trials and are instructed about the proceedings by the judge.
CRIM 391 Directed Study
.00- 3.00 credits
CRIM 395 Topics in Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
Specific topics to be chosen by faculty.
CRIM 396 Topics in Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
Specific topics to be chosen by faculty.
CRIM 397 Topics in Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
Specific topics to be chosen by faculty.
CRIM 398 Topics in Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
Specific topics to be chosen by faculty.
CRIM 399 Topics in Criminal Justice
3.00 credits
Specific topics to be chosen by faculty.
CRIM 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
CRIM 480 Crim/Civil Trial Procedure
.00- 3.00 credits
Full court case preparation in a year-long mock trial team environment, including knowledge of the law, opening and closing statements, directs, redirects, cross-examinations, courtroom procedure and demeanor. Formal American Mock Trial competition takes place during spring semester, at the end of which credit will be granted for successful completion of the course. Intended only for those with a serious interest in law. Cannot be repeated for credit.
CRIM 490 Dir Read in Criminal Justice
1.00- 4.00 credits
Supervised readings in the criminal justice area.
CRIM 494 Senior Thesis
3.00 credits
Students with a 3.70 GPA in the Criminology major and a 3.30 overall GPA who wish to graduate with Departmental Honors in Criminology must enroll in CRIM 494 two semesters prior to their graduation and complete an honors thesis. The thesis may be a significant expansion of the student's work in SOCI 204 or CRIM 499. A committee of three faculty members will direct the thesis. Two members of the committee must be from the Criminology/Sociology Department, and one may be from another department. The chair of the committee will be the instructor of record. The committee's decision about whether to award Departmental Honors is independent of the course grade.
CRIM 495 SPD Cooperative Education
1.00 credit
The course involves a 40 hour training academy and a commitment of at least 20 hours a month to the Spokane Police Department. Students will provide low priority responses to citizen needs such as property recovery and accident reporting. Student must be enrolled in this course prior to beginning the academy training. This course may be taken twice, for up to 2 credits total.
CRIM 496 Practicum in Criminal Justice
1.00- 3.00 credits
Supervised experience for Criminology majors in selected criminal justice agencies such as The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, The Spokane County Public Defender's Office, or the Spokane County Juvenile Court.
CRIM 497 Criminal Justice Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
Practical experience working in the Criminal Justice field. Internships are individually arranged and may be done in a wide array of settings.
CRIM 499 Criminal Theory & Measurement
3.00 credits
An advanced class in criminological theory and methods. In a seminar format, students will review and discuss current criminological research and theories. Required of all Criminology majors and fulfills the comprehensive examination degree requirement. Spring.
Prerequisite:
(SOCI 304 Minimum Grade: D or SOCI 204 Minimum Grade: D) and (SOCI 350 Minimum Grade: D or SOCI 351 Minimum Grade: D or SOCI 353 Minimum Grade: D)
 
Second Language Competency

Competency in a second language (classical or modern) at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) is required for students continuing in the study of a language. Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101-102). Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement.

Additional information on this requirement can be found at

Language Requirement Information

 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.