CJ-300: Criminology

Duration: 8 Weeks
Credits: 4 Credits (168 Clock Hours)



The first part of this course provides a framework for studying criminology, including crime and crime theory, and various forms of criminal behavior. The course then moves from such basic, yet ever controversial subjects and ranges into exciting topics including eco-terrorism, globalization, the international sex trade, cyber-crime, cultural diversity issues, and inmate re-entry into society. This course is perhaps the most comprehensive and penetrating course in the WOLI Criminal Justice curriculum. This course covers a spectrum of literally hundreds of intriguing topics. No single point of view is advocated. Rather, many diverse views that are contained within criminology and characterize its interdisciplinary nature are presented. Very contemporary cases are studied. Examples: accusations of rape against basketball star Kobe Bryant, and the conviction of Dr. Sam Waksal in the Imclone insider trading case in 2003, among many other cases. Students are challenged on every front to confront the gripping issues facing criminal justice professionals in the 21st century.

Course Syllabus (click to view)


Earn Your Certificate Online

Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.

Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.

This certificate is valid in all 50 States.


Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course

Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.

Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.

Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.


Fully Accredited Online School

WOLI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Secondary Schools, one of the most prestigious accrediting agencies in the United States.