This book is a mini course in Criminology from an American perspective. It presents an encapsulated view of traditional hypotheses about the causes of crime and historical figures associated with crime theory. Professor Botta guides his readers from the dawn of theoretical roots of societal crime mythology to the doorstep of the science of Criminology in America in the modern age. The author's purpose is to familiarize students with an understanding of contemporary criminological theories and their sociological impact on twenty-first century American life. This mini course represents a concise treatment of the multidisciplinary approaches to Criminology practiced in the United States today through a melding of philosophical solutions to real-life sociological problems.