Cyber Criminology Minor

The University of Alabama


Program Objectives and Content

 
Cyber criminology is an emerging field that applies social and behavioral sciences to the study of the causes and consequences of crimes that occur in cyberspace. It is broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing areas ranging from victimology to systems design. Thus, students interested in this minor will graduate from UA with an understanding of both the technical and behavioral components of cybercrime.
 
The minor in cyber criminology, housed in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, provides an overview of the types of offenders who commit cybercrime, and the theoretical explanations that attempt to explain this behavior. The criminal justice system reaction to the commission of cybercrime is also covered, as well as the development and implementation of laws that are used to prevent cybercrime.
 
Four specific learning goals drive the program. At the completion of the minor, students will be able to:

1. Explain the different types of cybercrime;

2. Apply theoretical concepts to different cybercrimes;

3. Outline a computer forensic investigation;

4. Describe various legal responses to cybercrime.


Degree Requirements

 
To successfully complete the minor, students must earn the following:

1. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required for completion of the degree. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA.

2. The successful completion of the following 18 semester hours:

Required Courses (12 hours) Elective Courses (6 hours)
CC 201 Introduction to Cyber Criminology (offered in fall/spring) CC 402 Digital Forensic Investigation* (offered in spring)
CC 301 Cyber Law and Policy (offered in spring) CC 395 Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force (JECTF) Internship*
CC 401 Law Enforcement in the Digital Age (offered in fall) AC 334 Introduction to Fraud Risk Management
CS 202 Introduction to the Internet CJ 300 Survey of Criminal Theories
CS 340 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
PY 368 Introduction to Personality
CC 290/490 Special Topics in Cyber Criminology

 
Acceptance into this minor requires at least 12 earned semester hours and a 2.25 higher education GPA.
 
A description of each course is listed below, and the course catalog can be accessed here.


Cyber Criminology Course Descriptions

 
AC 334 Introduction to Fraud Risk Management

This course provides a basic overview of fraud risk management in business, including the global fraud problem, fraud risk identification, assessment, prevention, detection, and follow-up.
 
CC 201: Introduction to Cyber Criminology

This course examines both traditional and contemporary forms of cybercrime from the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: social learning theory, space transition theory, routine activity theory, moral disengagement, techniques of neutralization, and the personality and individual differences associated with cyber deviance. This course will help answer the question, “Why do some people engage in cybercrime when others do not?”
 
CC 301: Cyber Law and Policy

This course examines cyber criminology from a law and policy perspective, including its impact on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and the changing conceptions of privacy and identity. Topics will focus on the effects of cyber criminology on how criminal laws are conceptualized, enforced, and prosecuted. Prerequisite: CC 201
 
CC 395: Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force (JECTF) Internship

The JECTF/NIL internship provides an opportunity for students to conduct career exploration and build a record of experience in the criminal justice field, and is now divided into two internship tracks: the digital forensic task force (JECTF) track, and the network intrusion lab (NIL) track. Please visit the internship page for more details on the JECTF and NIL internship tracks. Throughout this internship, students will develop oral and written communication skills that will accelerate both the student’s personal and professional development.
 
*No more than 3 credit hours of the JECTF/NIL internship may count towards the Cyber Criminology minor. This internship does not count towards a degree in Criminal Justice.
 
CC 401: Law Enforcement in the Digital Age

This course examines the role that technology plays in modern-day policing. Topics for the course include computer basics, networks, geographic mapping, criminal investigations using technology, brief introduction to cyber-related organized crime and terrorist applications, searching and seizing computer-related evidence, and processing of evidence and report preparation. 
Prerequisite: CC 201
 
CC 402: Digital Forensic Investigations

This course is a semi-technical overview of the digital crime scene and is held in the Network Intrusion Lab training space at the JECTF in Cyber Hall. Students will learn how digital forensic examiners identify, collect, preserve, and extract digital evidence using different forensic tools and software. This course will also train students on mobile forensic techniques specific to certain vendors (e.g., XRY). Due to the technical nature of the course, this is not a class that underclassmen should generally take.
 
*Due to the restricted number of students in this class, enrollment preference is given to current and former JECTF/NIL interns, and/or students who have completed all of the CC minor required courses. Any remaining available seats are then opened up to CC minors who have not yet completed all of the required courses. Please contact Dr. Dolliver with your CWID number if you are interested in this course. Prerequisite: CC 201.
 
 CJ 300 Survey of Criminal Theories

Study of traditional and modern explanations of crime and criminality Prerequisite: CJ 100
 
CS 202 Introduction to the Internet

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of the internet and web page design and development. Students will be shown how to use the internet, text editors, and build basic web pages using HMTL coding. This will include, but not be limited to hyperlinks, tables, basic CSS styling, frames and forms. The student will also be given demonstrations and assignments using a WYSIWYG editor. Prerequisite: CS 102 or CS 150 or ENGR 103 or CBH 101.
 
CS 340 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

By way of case study, the course finds and frames issues related to legal and ethical issues in computing. Topics include privacy, free speech, intellectual property, security, and software reliability and liability issues. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Prerequisite: CS 102 or CS 150 or ENGR 103 or CBH 101.
 
PY 368 Introduction to Personality

A study of theories that represent the psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, trait, life span, humanistic, cognitive, behavioral and social-learning approaches to understanding human behavior. Clinical and experimental data are used to evaluate representative personality theories. Prerequisite: PY 101 or PY 105.


Questions about registration?

Email Mr. Doug Klutz at douglas.klutz@ua.edu

 

Questions about the minor degree in general?

Contact Dr. Diana Dolliver at dldolliver@ua.edu