Psychology of Criminal Behavior


The last day to drop a course without a W (withdrawal) on the transcript, is Monday, April 8, 2024.

Would you like to know if majoring in criminal justice is right for you? Stan State’s Accelerated Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program is offering a “one-time only” free course, held at the Stockton Campus. Credits earned will be counted towards your degree for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

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CJ 4250 – Psychology of Criminal Behavior 4 unit(s)

  • Course Dates: ​March 26, 2024 – May 21, 2024
  • Class Day/Time: Class meets in-person Tuesday’s 5:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Location: Stockton Campus

Course Description: A case study and exploratory analysis of the psychological factors that influence and cause criminal behaviors in individuals. The class will cover the major psychological theories of criminal conduct such as social learning theories, personality theories, and development theories, criminal behavior, psychopaths, sex offenders, mentally disordered offenders, and mass murderers. The laboratory will include an analysis of co-variants of psychological predictors of criminal behavior of exceptional offenders by use of video. The lab findings and research on the psychological criminal behavior of offenders will be presented both orally and within the context of a research paper.

Prerequisites: recommend satisfactory completion of college-level Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Law classes (Stan State: CJ 2250 and CJ 2280; San Joaquin Delta College: AJ 21 and AJ 22; and Modesto Junior College: ADJU 201 and ADJU 203)