CCJ1618 Criminal Psychology (AA)

Criminal Justice is all about human behavior, and behavioral science has always sought to understand the "criminal mind." This course introduces students to the theory and practice of modern criminal psychology. Students will understand the major theories and models of criminal behavior and the major classes of psychopathology that are associated with criminal activity. These insights are then applied to the major crime classifications to form an integrative model of criminal psychology. Students will learn how this model is applied to the practical work of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving questions of choice, action, free will, mental status and mental disorder.


3 credits (3 lecture hours)