Courses

The Economic Crime Prevention and Investigation degree program draws on courses from a variety of disciplines. These courses include:

ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I (3) This course introduces basic principles of financial accounting and their application in the analysis, recording, and interpretation of business transactions.

ACCT 202  Principles of Accounting  II (3) Prerequisite: ACCT 201. This course reinforces and expands the introduction of basic financial accounting principles. It introduces basic managerial accounting concepts and their application to business decision-making

ACCT 360 Accounting Information Systems (3) Prerequisite: ACCT 202.  Accounting information systems comprise interrelated activities, documents, and technologies designed to collect data, process them, and report information to a diverse group of internal and external decision makers in organizations. This course covers the design, management and control, and audit of computer-based accounting systems.

ACCT 370 Fraud and White Collar Crime (3) This course examines the various types of fraud and white collar crime, the criminals who commit fraud and white collar crime, legal, law enforcement, and prosecutorial issues associated with investigating and prosecuting these crimes and their financial impact on organizations and society.

ACCT 470 Forensic Accounting  (3) Prerequisite: ACCT 202.  Forensic accounting is the application of investigative and analytical skills for the purpose of resolving financial issues in a manner that meets standards required by courts of law. This course covers the accounting and legal foundations of forensic accounting, forensic accounting tools and standards, and common applications of forensic accounting including fraud investigation, organized crime and terrorism.

Complete one of the following 3 statistics courses:

BUAD 241 Business Statistics (3) Prerequisite: General Education MATH; strongly recommend MATH 103. This course focuses on the development of the theory of inferential statistics with the aim of generating an understanding of the selection, application, and interpretation of statistical methodology necessary for making informed management decisions. Topics include sets and probability, probability distributions, expected value, statistical measures, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. NOTE: School of Business and Economics majors will not meet the statistics requirement by substituting MATH 222 for BUAD 241.

SOCI 370 Statistics for Sociologists (3) Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or consent of instructor. This course and the accompanying laboratory provide a survey of quantitative techniques in sociological research with particular attention given to nonparametric tests, measures of association, and the development of quantitative models.

ECON 250 Research Methods in Economics (4) Prerequisite: MATH 103, 105 or 106. Three hours lecture and two-hour lab. Basic mathematical and statistical tools are developed in this course. Topics include hypothesis testing and introductory regression analysis. Basic calculus, linear and matrix algebra, and other mathematical tools used in economic analysis are also developed. Emphasis is on applications of statistical and mathematical tools for economic analysis and on preparation for writing the senior thesis.

CS 235 – Computer Networks and Security (3)

C S 355 – Computer Forensics (3)

CRIM 241 Criminology (3) Prerequisite: SOCI 201. This course is a sociological analysis of the nature and extent of criminal behavior in the United States and around the world. It reviews the past and current theories that attempt to explain the causes of criminal behavior. In addition, society’s response to crime, the criminal justice system, and its various components are examined.

CRIM 244 Criminal Justice Process (3) Prerequisite: SOCI 201. This course presents a sociological analysis of the various practices and institutions that modern societies have created to deal with criminal behavior. The practices examined include probation, other community-based techniques, jail, prison, parole, and capital punishment. The consequences and effectiveness of each are analyzed.

ECON 201 Principles of Economics - Micro (3) This study of basic economic principles and the structure and functioning of a modern economy serves as an introduc- tion to microeconomics.

ECON 202 Principles of Economics - Macro (3) This study of basic economic principles and the structure and functioning of a private enterprise economy serves as an introduction to macroeconomics.

ECON 365 Economics of Terrorism (3) Prerequisites: ECON 201-202. This course explores the causes and consequences of terrorism from an economic perspective. In addition to studying the economic implications of terrorism and gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of political risk assessment, students will use principles of competitive strategy to develop and evaluate alternative responses to the terrorist threat.

PHIL 101 Introduction to Ethics (3) This course introduces moral philosophy and its application to the problems of present-day living.

PSYC 263 Psychology of Law (3) This course examines the application of psychological principles, research, and knowledge to legal issues dealing broadly with the interface between psychology and the law. As such, the course will critically investigate the wide range of contemporary applications of psychology to a variety of topics including understanding the origins and treatments of criminally deviant behavior, psychological autopsies, criminal profiling, jury selection, eye witness testimony, repressed memory, persuasive communication in the courtroom, child abuse investigation, competence determination, and the insanity defense.

Complete one of the following 3 internship courses:

BUAD 399 Internship in Business (1-12) Prerequisites: Juniors or seniors with a 2.25 minimum QPA; approval of written proposal by internship coordinator and supervising faculty prior to registration. Internships are offered in cooperation with a faculty sponsor responsible for academic quality who assigns the final grade. Student interns may or may not be paid for their work.

ECON 399 Managerial Economics Internship (1-12) Prerequisites: Juniors or seniors with a 2.25 minimum QPA; approval of written proposal by internship coordinator and supervising faculty prior to registration. Qualified students may earn credit for an intern- ship with a business firm or agency while being supervised by an appropriate member of the economics faculty.

SOCI 399 Internships in Sociology (1-6) Prerequisite: Juniors or seniors with a 2.25 minimum QPA; approval of written proposal by internship coordinator, supervising faculty, and school dean prior to registration. This course provides the student with a supervised work experience in a setting in which sociology is applied. Examples of work settings include, but are not  limited to, advertising agencies, personnel departments in large businesses, market research firms, municipal planning offices, correctional agencies, and social service departments. Internships are developed by the student with assistance from the sociology staff and/or the internship coordinator.

In addition to the above required courses, students must complete 2 upper-division courses in accounting, economics, or criminal justice.