Criminal Investigative Analysis

Course Language: English


  • January 2-March 24, 2023
  • April 3-June 23, 2023
  • July 3-September 22, 2023
  • October 2-December 22, 2023


The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling. This course will examine factors that influence serious violent criminals and their behavior. Throughout this course students will learn the history and methods of criminal investigative analysis/criminal profiling, how to analyze crime scenes for offender behaviors and characteristics utilizing critical thinking, science ad logical reasoning. Students will examine various case studies each week focusing on MO/Signature, crime scene behaviors, and crime linkage. This 12-week course will focus on offender typologies, patterns and motives of criminals, offender profiles and the psychological make-up of serial violent offenders.

Required textbook: Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, Third Edition, Wayne Petherick. ISBN: 978-1-45-573174-9


This course is an intermediate level class. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience.

Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a passing grade. The course will be graded as a pass/fail. This is not a self-paced course; we will advance to each new topic week as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed, there are no live sessions. Participation throughout the course is required for a passing grade. As a rule, bulk submissions of your work during the last week of class will not be accepted unless you have received prior authorization from the instructor. 

Invitations to the learning platform will be sent the weekend before class starts.

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