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Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Courses

The online Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation courses provide criminal justice and forensic accounting skills to prepare you to investigate and protect financial assets in a multitude of private, government and corporate businesses.


ACC 201 Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
Financial statement communication, information processing, measuring business income. Measurement and analysis of gross margin, short-term liquid assets, operating assets, short-term and long-term liabilities, cash flows.

ACC 202 Managerial Accounting (3 Credits)
Using accounting information for managerial decisions. Product costing, activity-based costing and activity-based management. Cost behavior and decision making, budgeting, capital investment decisions, performance evaluation, internal control, cash flow analysis.
Prerequisite: Accounting 201

ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting I (3 Credits)
Accounting theory and financial statement disclosure requirements relating to current and long-lived assets. Compound interest concepts and their use.
Prerequisites: Computer Science 117 and Accounting 202.

ACC 302 Intermediate Accounting II (4 Credits)
Continuation of Accounting 301. Liabilities and equities, accounting for income taxes, pensions, leases revenue recognition and statement of cash flows.
Prerequisite: Accounting 301.

ACC 406 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing (3 Credits)
Integration of accounting, auditing and fraud investigative skills. Resolution of accounting "irregularities." Use of auditing case studies for analyzing documents and internal controls, tracing funds, examining business interruption losses and preserving and preparing evidence.
Prerequisite: Accounting 302.

Criminal Justice

CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods (1 Credit)
Basic research/writing principles that should be applied to criminal justice as a field of study.

CRJ 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
History, theory and structure of the criminal justice system emphasizing substantive and procedural criminal law; police, prosecution, defense, courts, institutional and community corrections; juvenile justice subsystem.

CRJ 232 Economic Crime Theory (3 Credits)
Typology of economic crime. Study of theory, causation, and victimization relating to economic crimes.

CRJ 313 Corruption/Organized Crime (3 Credits)
Development of organized crime in the United States and its impact on social, economic, and political institutions. Special focus on role of corruption as a facilitator of crime.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or equivalent.

CRJ 314 Modern Techniques in Crime Investigation (3 Credits)
Theory and practice of modern investigation methods for public and private sector agencies. Techniques and procedures for evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Reviews investigation resources, including crime laboratory and databases.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or equivalent.

CRJ 333 Information Security (3 Credits)
Protection of proprietary information in both the corporate and government sectors. Topics include: information as a resource, legal issues, policy formulation, administrative and technical remedies and case studies.

CRJ 334 Economic Crime Investigation (3 Credits)
White collar crime in the United States . Emphasizes investigatory techniques related to these types of crime.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or equivalent.

CRJ 335 Cybercrime Law and Investigations (3 Credits)
Cybercrimes, including computer crimes, Internet fraud, e-commerce and threats to the national infrastructure. Policies, legal issues and investigative techniques and strategies and implications for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CRJ 336 Information Privacy (3 Credits)
Principles of privacy relating to non-public personal information and proprietary business or government information, including policy issues; legal, regulatory and business controls; and best practices.

CRJ 343 Law of Economic Crime (3 Credits)
Government and judicial regulations of financial institutions, commercial entities, their agents and employees in relation to economic and business crime. Constitutional issues in investigations by governmental and corporate entities in both a substantive and procedural context.

CRJ 347 Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies (3 Credits)
Use of technologies in the investigation of financial crimes, including fraud examination and detection, data mining, link analysis, neural networks, statistical analysis, and pattern recognition.

CRJ 353 Fraud Prevention (3 Credits)
Methods and techniques for fraud prevention, including operational risk assessment, fraud controls, data security, and compliance best practices and regulatory requirements.

CRJ 354 Payment Systems and Fraud (3 Credits)
Procedures and techniques employed in the commission of fraud pertaining to payment systems (e.g., credit card fraud) and investigative methods/technologies used to control, deter and prevent frauds of this type.

CRJ 365 Advanced Issues in Economic Crimes (3 Credits)
In-depth examination of theory and methodology relating to economic crimes in institutions including crimes in regulated programs (e.g., environmental crime, public assistance fraud) and timely crime economic crime problems (e.g., identity theft, synthetic identity fraud, retail theft). Focus on techniques for prevention, detection, and investigation.

CRJ 444 Fraud and Compliance Operations (3 Credits)
Examination of processes and procedures unique in the operationalization of fraud and compliance, prevention, detection, and investigation functions in both public and private organizations.

CRJ 461 Senior Seminar (3 Credits)
Selected topics of current interest. Emphasizes critical analysis of current research literature and development of action projects by seminar members. Integrates previous learning as a capstone experience.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CRJ 470 Internship (6-15 Credits)
Participation on staff of criminal justice agency under co-supervision of Faculty and agency personnel. Field experience, periodic conferences and seminars, written and reading assignments designed to combine theory and professional practice.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CRJ 475 Senior Project (6 Credits)
This course requires students to apply major concepts from Economic Crime in a field project for an organization that is functional and applicable for implementation.


ECN 131 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits)
Principles of economics with major emphasis on the theory of the market system (microeconomics), the economics of international trade and current economic problems.

ECN 241 Statistics (3 Credits)
Application of statistical methods in management and economics. Descriptive statistics, probability, normal curve, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
Prerequisites: Completion of mathematics and computer requirements in component one of core. Students may not also take for credit Psychology/Sociology 211 or Mathematics 112.

ECN 343 Money and Banking (3 Credits)
Introduces student to general principles of banking and theories of money. Subjects covered are organization and control of the banking system, commercial bank functions and operation, monetary theory. Students may not take both Economics 343 and Finance 343 for credit.
Prerequisites: Economics 131 and 141.


FIN 333 Corporation Finance (3 Credits)
General principles of business finance as related to small or medium-sized corporation, pertinent phases of government regulation and effects of general business conditions on financial plans and operations. Promotion, methods of raising fixed capital, various types of securities, administration of income, expansion and financial difficulties.
Prerequisites: Accounting 201, or permission of instructor.


GOV 341 Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law (3 Credits)
Criminal law as process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. Emphasis on legal reasoning, legal process and necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.


MAT 112 Basic Statistics (3 Credits)
For non-mathematics majors. Probability theory topics, binomial distribution, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, hypothesis testing. Confidence intervals, correlation and prediction.
Prerequisite: completion of mathematics requirement in component one of core. Students may not also take for credit Psychology 211, Economics 241 or Sociology 211.


PHI 108 Professional Ethics (3 Credits)
This course examines ethical dilemmas encountered by professionals at work. Journalism, health care, law, education, computer science/information technology and public relations all provide examples.


PSY 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
Application of statistical methods in psychological research. Descriptive statistics, tests of significance, correlation, simple analysis of variance, chi-square and some nonparametric methods. Students may not also take for credit Economics 241 or Mathematics 112.
Prerequisite: Core component I mathematics.

Risk Management & Insurance

RMI 273 Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance (3 Credits)
Principles of risk management and insurance. Foundations, applications and selection of life, health, property, and liability insurance. Enterprise risk management, financial risk management, employee benefits, strategies to mitigate risk.


SOC 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
Application of statistical methods in sociological research. Descriptive statistics, tests of significance, correlation, simple analysis of variance, chi-square and some non-parametric methods. Students may not also take for credit Economics 241 or Mathematics 112.

SOC 274 Criminology (3 Credits) Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its relation to social values and social structure, types of criminal behavior, theories of treatment and control, correctional methods and the administration of justice.

SOC 376 Criminological Research Methods (3 Credits)
Emphasis on reading studies in scientific journals, understanding quantitative methods and their applications in crime study, hypothesis testing and policy evaluations. Computer applications in processing data and data analysis.
Prerequisites: Sociology 274 and Sociology/Psychology 211 or Mathematics 112.

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