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Ann Marie Mires

Director, Molly Bish Center; Program Director, Forensic Criminology
Forensic Criminology
(508) 849-3434

Forensic Criminology | BS

Program Overview

The growth of Forensic Sciences in recent years has been the result of the need for the application of scientific specialties to the medical and legal process of investigating and prosecuting crime. The major in Forensic Criminology will provide students with a specialized examination of the criminal justice system from both sociological and scientific perspectives. While Criminal Justice aims to study the breadth of criminal activities and its control through policing and corrections, Forensic Criminology explores the depth of crime, its causes and criminal motivation to address legal and investigative questions. Forensic means the application of science to the law. Through a focus on evidence and process, students are challenged to assess systemic and societal responses to various criminal populations and case studies.

The major serves to prepare students interested in the criminal justice system for careers in criminal justice and forensic investigations or to pursue further graduate studies. Consistent with the mission of Anna Maria College, this major will prepare students with a liberal education for professional service in society and the administration of justice.

Curriculum Highlights

Course Of Study

Career Opportunity


  • Clinical social worker
  • Police detective
  • Lawyer
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Criminal profiler

Program Learning Outcomes

The Program Learning Outcomes are to:

  • Identify the structure and function of the criminal justice system as related to forensic criminology.
  • Examine the consequences and responses to crime and the scientific requirements of forensic evidence collection and documentation.
  • Apply theoretical explanations of crimes and criminality to assess their legal and ethical implications.
  • Analyze how the social environment affects victims, criminals, and families and understand how it relates to larger political and economic factors.
  • Research the delivery of forensic services across the criminal justice system, from crime to courtroom.

Upon successful completion of the program students will:

  • Know, explain, and be able to analyze a broad range of forensic and criminal justice concepts including:
    – the function of the judicial system,
    – theoretical explanations of crime and criminality,
    – the organization and sociology of law enforcement,
    – the principles and sources of law, and
    – the application and practice of forensic methodologies to the law.
  • Develop and demonstrate oral and written communication skills relevant to professional positions in forensics and criminal justice.
  • Be able to find, read, and critically evaluate forensic and criminal justice literature.
  • Apply the scientific method to forensic and criminal justice research.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications.
  • Develop leadership skills that embody a commitment to social justice, responsibility, and the law.

Along with other majors in the school, forensic criminology majors take courses in social science, Researching the Social World, and Applied Statistics and Quantitative Analysis in order to develop skills that will enhance their understanding. The major consists of 16 courses, or 50 credit hours. Please note that some courses are 4 credits, given their lab component.

Victimology and Victim Studies Minor/Certificate

The recognition of victims’ issues has taken on great importance today. Victims of all types require advocates and service providers that can assist them in understanding their rights and guiding them through the legal and criminal justice processes. Through an exploration of theoretical approaches to the study of victims, their circumstances, and the specific resources available to them, the student is exposed to the field of Victimology and its contribution to the protection of legal and civil rights of victims and survivors.

Anna Maria College has developed an interdisciplinary minor in Victimology (6 courses) and a certificate in Victim Studies (4 courses). Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in any field or concentration may earn a minor in Victimology through the completion of three required courses and three upper level electives (300-400 level) or a certificate in Victim Studies through the completion of three required courses and one upper level elective. Students may enroll in the Victim Studies certificate as a post-baccalaureate student pursuing a master’s degree.
Requirements: six courses, 18 credits

CRJ 362 Victimology
SWK 242 Introduction to Social Welfare
CRJ 386/PSY 342 Counseling for Victims and Families
Three upper level electives (300-400 level) including two approved electives from course work in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Work listed below.

Two approved electives from:

CRJ 380 Disaster Victims CRJ 381 Victim’s Advocacy
CRJ 382 Sexual Assault CRJ 383 Child Abuse
CRJ 384 Elder Abuse CRJ 385 Mental Health and Criminal Justice
CRJ 410 Juvenile Justice CRJ 421 Gender, Crime and Justice
CRJ 422 Domestic Violence CRJ 423 Race and Crime
PSY 207 Child Development PSY 215 Adolescent Development
SWK 348 Growth and Behavior and Social Environment I SWK 349 Growth and Behavior and Social Environment II
SWK 350 Child Abuse, Family Preservation, and Permanency Planning SWK 408 Marriage and Family

With the minor and certificate, no more than two courses may double count toward the student’s field of concentration.

Computer Forensics and investigation Minor/Certificate

This minor/certificate is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of the hardware and software applications that are utilized in computer forensics; the procedures for investigating computer crimes; the methodology of forensic data collection, evidence preservation and documentation; and the potential of the Internet as a tool for gathering data for computer and non-computer crimes.

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Ann Marie Mires

Director, Molly Bish Center; Program Director, Forensic Criminology
Forensic Criminology
(508) 849-3434