CJS4505EN - Foundations of Cultural Criminology

Course description

Cultural Criminology is a comprehensive and engaging course that seeks to understand crime and the motivation to commit crime. This is accomplished through the lens of one's own culture and that of other cultures.

How this course benefits students

This course incorporates the school's mission and vision for the purpose of preparing leaders to join God's mission of spiritually transforming people to understand both the criminal justice system and where cultural criminology fits within the overall justice mission.

Why this course is important

Students learn the differences in different crimes as they change and manifest themselves within different cultures. Cultural criminology examines why individuals commit crime and their motivations to hurt others.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Justice
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Anne Wade, Professor of Organizational Justice

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The meaning of "justice" is "what is right" or "what is normal" in society. God's laws are about obedience and fairness. The people who violate His laws are violating the laws of fairness and justice. God is the defender and those who violate his laws are in direct conflict with His will.

Missionally driven

God is at work in the community and students need to go where He needs them to go. The spiritual transformation of people is evident in the criminal justice system and the impact it has on the community. In criminology, the more students know about why people commit crimes, the better they are able to assist God's people in prevention, reformation, and recovery.

Contextually informed

Cultural criminology is a requirement in the criminal justice courses and in the field. Knowing what motivates people to commit crimes assists students in the understanding of the underpinnings of crime and the cultures that influence them.

Interculturally focused

Cultural criminology is a course that creates a foundation in understanding the racial and cultural components of crime and its impact on society. This course takes a comprehensive look at the crimes that are committed and the people who commit them.

Practically minded

The practical aspect of this course helps students engage in the criminal justice system from a perspective of understanding different cultures and how criminals think. This assists students in becoming practitioners in the field of criminal justice and profiling.

Experientially transformed

This course provides students with the opportunity to intellectually understand the differences in the typologies of criminals and the reasons why individuals turn to crime.