Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the nature of violent crime and its social control in America. While this is a sociology course, we will examine the patterns and correlates of interpersonal and collective violence from a variety of perspectives. We will explore a number of different types of violence, including homicide, rape, assault, domestic violence, child abuse, robbery, and terrorism. The final portion of the course is devoted to law and social control of violent crime.

This course fulfills the 3 credits of the social science degree requirement in Liberal Studies.

Meeting Place and Times



David Eitle earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University. Professor Eitle's research interests include exploring the institutional and community factors associated with school disorder and violence, the etiology of criminal and deviant behavior among late adolescents and young adults, and the risk and protective factors associated with substance use and HIV-risk behaviors. He is a joint principal investigator on two National Institute on Drug Abuse research grants. His work appears in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science Quarterly


SOCI101 or consent of instructor

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule.

Required Books/Materials

Riedel and Welsh
Criminal Violence: Patterns, Explanations, and Interventions
4th edition
Oxford University Press


Book will be available at most online retailers and at the MSU bookstore.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

For course information, contact the instructor David Eitle.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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