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Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


Prepare to take on the rapidly changing, complex world of economic crimes, from data breaches and hacking to internal accounting schemes perpetrated by white-collar criminals. This program includes 34-55 core course credits, major course requirements (25-28 credits), major-related courses (18 credits), and a choice of two concentrations (18 credits). You’ll also complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree. At least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

By choosing either Financial Investigation or Fraud Prevention and Detection as your concentration, you’ll build relevant skills for the career you want. Plus, take part in a 5–16 credit internship and put your skills to work in a real-world organization and graduate even better prepared for the field.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog from the dropdown.

Major Course Requirements

Explore criminological research methods and APA, and learn basic research and writing principles as they apply to Justice Studies as a field of study.
Explore the history, theory, and structure of the criminal justice system. This course emphasizes substantive and procedural criminal law with additional examination of police, prosecution, defense, courts, and institutional and community corrections, as well as the juvenile justice subsystem.
Explore the typology of economic crime and the related theories, causation, and victimization.

This examination of white-collar crime in the United States emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent.

Explore topics ranging from computer crimes and e-commerce to internet fraud and threats to the national infrastructure. You’ll analyze policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, as well as implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

Learn the principles of privacy relating to non-public personal information and proprietary business or government information. You’ll examine policy issues and best practices, as well as legal, regulatory, and business controls.

Prerequisites: CRJ 103 or permission of instructor.

Understand the government and judicial regulations designed to address economic crime, and how they impact financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents, and employees. You’ll also look at constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

This capstone experience will integrate what you’ve learned in previous classes with a critical analysis of current research literature. You’ll develop action projects with fellow seminar members focused on selected topics of current interest.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CRJ 470 Criminal Justice – Internship


CRJ 475 Senior Project

Major Related Requirements

Learn about financial statement communication, information processing, and measuring business income. Explore measurement and analysis of gross margin, short-term liquid assets, operating assets, short- and long-term liabilities, and cash flows.

Learn the principles of economics with a major emphasis on the theory of the market system (microeconomics), the economics of international trade, and current economic problems.

Examine crime as a form of deviant behavior and its relationship to social values and social structure. You’ll also explore types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods, and the administration of criminal justice.

PSY/SOC 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences


ECN 241 Statistics


MAT 112 Basic Statistics

Gain an understanding of quantitative methods and their application in crime study. Through the analysis of scientific journals, you’ll test hypotheses and evaluate policy, in addition to exploring computer applications in processing data and data analysis.

Prerequisites: SOC 274 and SOC 211 /PSY 211 or MAT 112.

Learn about criminal law as a process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. You’ll focus on legal reasoning, legal process, and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

Financial Investigation Concentration

Building on concepts learned in Accounting 201, you’ll use accounting information to make managerial decisions, as well as learn about product costing, activity-based costing and activity-based management. Gain an understanding of cost behavior and decision-making, as well as budgeting, performance evaluation, cash-flow analysis, and factors that go into making capital investment decisions.

Prerequisite: Accounting 201

Explore accounting theory and financial statement disclosure requirements relating to current and long-lived assets.

Prerequisites: ACC 201

Applying the lessons learned in Accounting 301, this course advances into liabilities and equities accounting for income taxes, pensions, leases, revenue recognition, and statement of cash flows.

Prerequisite: Accounting 301.

You’ll learn integration of accounting, auditing, and fraud investigative skills, as well as understand how to resolve accounting irregularities. You’ll use auditing case studies to analyze documents and internal controls, trace funds, examine business interruption losses, and preserve and prepare evidence.

Prerequisite: Accounting 302.

Learn business finance for small- or medium-sized corporations while understanding government regulation and how general business conditions affect financial plans and operations. You’ll examine promotion, expansion, methods of raising fixed capital, various types of securities, administration of income, and financial difficulties.

Prerequisites: Accounting 201 or permission of instructor.

ACC 333 Cost Management


ACC 411 Auditing

Fraud Prevention and Detection Concentration

Get to know the types of proactive technology programs and tools that are used to prevent and detect the occurence of fraudulent face-to-face, e-commerce, and e-business transactions. You’ll also examine the development and implementation of business models for creating prevention and detection products and techniques.

Explore methods and techniques for fraud prevention, including assessment for risk of fraud, fraud controls, data mining, and data security. Understand regulatory mandates and best practices.

Prerequisite: CRJ 232

Examine modern payment systems from a global perspective. You’ll become familiar with opportunities for fraud within payment systems, and learn techniques for preventing, detecting, and investigating fraud.

Prerequisite: CRJ 232 or permission of instructor.

Focus in-depth on a specific area of economic crime. Explore theory and methodology, including typical fraud schemes, case studies, and investigative best practices. This course may be taken twice if you’d like to study a different topic.

Prerequisites: CRJ 232 and CRJ 334

Examine the processes and procedures unique to operationalization of fraud prevention, detection, and investigation functions in both public and private organizations, including compliance mandates.

Prerequisites: CRJ 232, 334 and 353

Fraud Prevention and Detection Concentration Elective (Select 1)

Learn about the development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. You’ll examine the role of corruption as a facilitator of crime.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent.

Study the theory and practice of modern investigation methods for public and private sector agencies. Learn about the techniques and procedures for evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Become acquainted with investigation resources, including crime laboratories and databases.

Prerequisite: CRJ 103 or equivalent.

Learn the general principles of banking and theories of money. Explore the organization and control of the banking system, commercial bank functions and operation, and monetary theory.

Prerequisites: ECN 131 and ECN 141Students may not take both Economics 343 and Finance 343 for credit.

Learn the principles of risk management and insurance. You’ll develop an understanding of the foundations, applications, and selection of life, health, property, and liability insurance. Additionally, you’ll examine enterprise risk management, financial risk management, employee benefits, and strategies to mitigate risk.
Examine the ethical dilemmas professionals encounter at work. Take a close look at the issues present in industries like journalism, health care, law, education, computer science, information technology, and public relations.

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