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SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior, including the foundational theories and the basic elements of social research. Viewing human life as inherently social, the social and environmental forces which influence and are influenced by personal experience, culture, and social arrangements, are examined. A human rights course. GS-IIIF, VI.

CRI 109 Forensic Studies: Criminalistics Forensic Studies: Criminalistics (3)
The examination of theories and techniques associated with the recognition, collection, and analysis of physical evidence from the context of a crime scene. The course will enable students to use the physical and social environment to provide information for use by the criminal justice system.

CRI 110 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
An examination of the theories and concepts applied to deviance and social disorganization as it manifests itself among the juvenile population. Topics include contemporary gang culture and other issues of youths at risk. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: SOC 1.

CRI 111 Criminology (3)
The scientific application of the theories of crime and deviance, reflecting the structural and environmental influences of contemporary American society.  A human rights course.  Prerequisite: SOC 1.

CRI 113 Community Policing (3)
This course explores the theories and strategies that combine the traditional aspects of law enforcement with crime prevention problem-solving community engagement and partnerships. It will also address local conditions that give rise to criminal activity social disorder and fear of crime. With community based policing, community members have an opportunity to work together with law enforcement agencies on issues impacting their community.

CRI 114 Corrections (3)
An exploration of the corrections system in the U.S. from its inception to the present day. Topics include prison and jail cultures, ethical issues related to incarceration, history of incarceration, and the different types of correctional modalities to include institutional-based corrections. A study of the responsibilities of correction officers, probation officers, parole officers, and parole agents is included. A human rights course. Prerequisite SOC 1.

CRI 115 Sociology of Violence (3)
This course will explore questions about the origins of violence in human society and the social processes that produce or inhibit violence. A focus will be on the social construction and social definition of violence in contemporary society. Also included is a study of the types of measurements used to report and study violence including the perspective of victims, offenders law enforcement agencies and agencies for violence prevention. A human rights course.

CRI 116 Criminal Justice (3)
The scientific study of crime, criminal law, and components of the criminal justice system including police, courts, and corrections or those agencies whose goal it is to apprehend, convict punish, or rehabilitate law violators. A human rights course.

CRI 119 Urban Crisis Response and Management (3)
The course provides the understanding of motivations, dynamics, and control of urban crises due to terrorism, environmental catastrophes crowd control, urban emergency response, etc.

CRI 122 Criminal Policy and Practice (3)
This course will examine the legal purposes of criminal policy and how its practice both functions in and affects modern society. A range of topics will be explored including the concept of crime and criminal liability, including crimes against persons, property, government and public morality. Also, highlights of criminal defenses, the concept of criminal capacity (including age requirements and mental insanity) and punishments will be discussed. Finally, the impact of crimes on victims and families as well as the correlation between socioeconomic status, ethnicity geographical region, and judicial outcomes (including the likelihood of the death penalty) will be analyzed through a sociological perspective.

CRI 123 Crime and Minorities (3)
An exploration of the intersection of ethnicity social class and gender as it relates to deviant and criminal behavior, social controls, the judicial process, geographical regions and cultural norms of society.

CRI 127 Family Systems Theory and Violence (3)
The examination of the inter and intra generational dynamics in the family and how they impact each member as it relates to violence at the micro and macro levels.

CRI 197A/B Internship* (3,3)
The application of the major's program of study through an internship experience. A minimum of 100 hours of on-site experience is required along with practicum attendance and participation. Development of a professional portfolio is also required. Internship site is to be selected and mutually agreed upon by student and professor. Open to majors only. CRI 197B is to be taken in senior year of study.

SOC 117 Quantitative Research Methods (3)
An introduction to and application of quantitative methods used in social science research. A research project will be undertaken. Current computer applications used in research will be applied. A human rights course. Prerequisite: SOC 1. GS-VIIA

SOC 120 Case Management (3)
A study of the methods and practices utilized by health and human services case managers working in a variety of social service resource settings such as hospitals, daycare centers, senior centers, non-profit outreach programs, and convalescent facilities. Fundamental business management and social interaction skills will be highlighted.

SOC 160 Diversity in Society (3)
The study of the complexities and intricacies of what is meant by human diversity in a variety of manifestations. The influence, implications and intersections of race/ethnicity, gender religion political affiliation, education, occupation family heritage, sex orientation, regionalism and personal identity communities are examined. Discussion of multiple cultural identity intermarriage and cross-cultural communication is a recurring focus throughout the semester. A human rights course.

SOC 180 Social Stratification and Human Rights (3)
A study of the class system in the United States. This specifically includes an examination of stratification as it occurs by educational and occupational attainment, prestige, status income, and power. Variations among these variables as mediated by race, age and gender will be explored.

*Internships can only be completed in certain states where MSMU has authorization.  Please consult with the department chair for more information if you plan to conduct your internship outside of California.