Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Demystifying Crime & Justice

Demystifying Crime & Justice Thematic Thread

The American public is fascinated by crime. Issues such as addiction, punishment, criminal minds, justice, and law are common subjects of both popular media and everyday conversation. Despite the appeal of these topics, a variety of misconceptions persist about crime, offenders, and the justice system. This thread aims to remedy those misunderstandings by challenging students’ understanding of justice, deepening their appreciation for the complexity of criminal behavior and sanctions, and analyzing the factors shaping public opinion and criminal justice policy.

Faculty Liaison: Jeffrey Roth

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems
Contemporary Social Problems
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Introduction to Public Policy
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Crime & Media
Philosophy of Law and Justice
Global Learning and Diversity
Politics of Race
Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Introduction to Forensic Science
Cybersecurity in the Era of Evolving Technology
Using Evidence to Solve Public Problems
Self-Care and Well-Being
Child and Adolescent Development
Society and Institutions
Crime, Justice and Society
Social Inequality
Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Demystifying Crime and Justice Thematic Thread (DCJC)
Revised 10.26.20
UCC 10.13.20