120 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED
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
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.
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.
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.
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