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  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Criminology, Digital Forensics Investigation Concentration, B.A.


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A concentration is a selection or prescribed set of courses associated with a major designed to focus the student’s course of study according to interest and/or career goals. A concentration is not a required component of all majors. A concentration must be formally declared for it to appear on the transcript of record.

Criminology


Department Chairperson - Dr. Julie Smith

The Associate of Science Degree in Criminology is intended to prepare students for entry-level criminal justice positions including law enforcement and corrections. The curriculum has a social justice focus that advances the following four core values:

  1. a recognition of the innate worth of all human beings, including criminal offenders;
  2. a belief in the potential for criminal offenders to be reintegrated into society;
  3. a recognition of the responsibility of the criminal offender to make good faith efforts to change; and
  4. a belief in society’s responsibility to assist the offender change process by providing reasonable assistance.

With this foundation, the department has adopted the following outcomes. Upon completion of the program:

  1. Knowledge Base in Criminology - Students will demonstrate breadth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how criminological principles apply to social phenomena;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior and evaluating research to draw conclusions about criminological phenomena;
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - Students will demonstrate basic familiarity with the formal regulations and policy that govern professional ethics in criminology and begin to demonstrate the adoption of the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns;
  4. Communication - Students will demonstrate the ability to write with clarity, engage in discussion of criminological concepts, and explain the ideas of others; and
  5. Professional Development - Students will be able to demonstrate application of criminology-specific content and skills to effectively obtain discipline specific employment and/or engage in further education.

With this foundation, the department has adopted the following outcomes. Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate all of the outcomes stated above for the Associate’s Degree and, in addition, will be able to:

  1. Knowledge Base in Criminology - Students will demonstrate depth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how criminological principles apply to social phenomena;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate skills and concepts in interpreting behavior and evaluating research to draw conclusions about criminological phenomena;
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - Students will demonstrate proficiency with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in criminology and demonstrate that they have adopted the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns;
  4. Communication - Students will demonstrate the ability to construct a cogent argument, present information orally and/or in written form, engage in discussion of criminological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity, as well as produce a research study or other criminological project; and
  5. Professional Development - Students will be able to apply criminology-specific content and skills to succeed in postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, professional school, and/or professional organizations. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology is intended to prepare students for entry-level and certain mid-level criminal justice positions as well as for graduate or professional school. The program has a social justice focus that advances the same core values as stated above in the Associate Degree introduction section.

Background Requirements for Most Law Enforcement Positions

Students who wish to pursue a career in criminology should be aware that to secure a position in law enforcement or to teach criminology or criminal justice at most universities and colleges the student is required to pass a background check.

In most states, specifically Pennsylvania, federal law enforcement positions require that the candidate provide reports on his/her background to law enforcement agencies in the particular state they are seeking employment. For example, in Pennsylvania these particular agencies are: the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (if working with children) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Most all state and federal positions require a report from the Federal Criminal History Record Information Department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the candidate will also undergo future background checks by the particular agency to which he/she applied.

If your background check is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in most law enforcement positions. In Pennsylvania and most states, students can seek a security background check from their state police agency.

Grade Requirements in Major

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses, designated with a CR prefix. Major courses for which a D or less has been earned must be repeated.

Grade Requirements in Concentrations and Certificates

Students must earn a C or better in ALL courses listed for any concentration, minor, or certificate to be awarded the certificate or designation for the concentration or minor on the transcript.

Core Course Requirements


Communication/Writing


Upper-Division Literature


  • EN 300/400 3 Credits

Art/English/Music/Theatre


  • AR, EN, MU, TH 3 Credits

History/Political Science


Science


  • BL or CH or SC 3 Credits

Information Communication Technologies


Religious Studies/Philosophy


  • RS 3 Credits or PL 3 Credits
    and
  • RS 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science


Integrated Discipline Capping


Total Credits in Core: 45 Credits


Major Course Requirements


Total Credits in Major: 42


(Includes 9 credits in core)

 

 

ACT 120 Basic Training Program by the Municipal Police Officer’s Education Training Commission (MPOETC)

Mount Aloysius College will award twelve credits of coursework for any individual who has successfully completed MPOETC’s curriculum and training standards for municipal police officers. Currently, individuals may complete the ACT 120 Basic Training program at twenty-four statewide locations.    

These credits may be transferred to both the Associate of Science and the Bachelor of Arts Criminology programs.  Students will be awarded credit for the following coursework:

CR 260 Criminal Procedure and Admissibility of Evidence     
CR 261 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice  
CR 263 Introduction to Law Enforcement  
Health and Wellness Elective

The transfer of credit will occur when an incoming students presents the Registrar’s Office with official documentation that the training program has been completed and enrolls in classes at Mount Aloysius College.

Digital Forensics Investigation Concentration


Students concentrating in Digital Forensic Investigation will develop the skillset required to utilize the scientific method to collect, examine, analyze and present potential evidence that has been captured in a digital format. Initially, the student will develop an understanding of criminal law and procedure, and the rules of evidence. As the thirty-three credit program of study progresses, students will apply this knowledge, along with industry standard software, to conduct practical analyses of sample data sources, and present their findings in a manner appropriate to facilitate an investigation, or as testimony before a court of law.

The completion of this concentration results in a student only needing approximately 21 credits of free electives for the degree.

Total Credits for Free Electives: 24 Credits


Total Credits in Degree: 120 Credits


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