Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BS in Criminology, Law and Society

Criminology, Law and Society provides a focused study of the justice system and social, human, and moral problems raised in the justice field. This course of study prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, investigations, juvenile justice, private and homeland security, and related social and human services. The BS degree provides students a focused approach, requiring more courses within the field of criminology. Students who earn the BS degree either gain work experience in a criminal justice agency, or complete a minor in a related field to enhance their study of justice.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses in the Major

CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core) 3
CRIM 306 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology 3
CRIM 424 Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights 3
CRIM 495 Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 15

Internship or Minor in the Major

Select either 15 credits of internship or a minor: 15-20
Internship
CRIM 479
& CRIM 480
Preparation for Internship
and Internship
Minor in a Related Field
Total Credits 15-20

Electives in the Major

Select ten electives from the following: 30
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Law and Society
Introduction to Homeland Security
Public Law and the Judicial Process
or GOVT 301
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Delinquency
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
or IT 357
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Crime and Crime Policy
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Human Rights and Justice
Introduction to the Intelligence Community
Intelligence Analysis Techniques
Crime and Place
CRIM 325
Hate Crime
Counterintelligence
Applied Criminal Psychology
Policing in America
Punishment and Corrections
Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Victimization
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Criminal Courts
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
CRIM 411
Innovations in Policing
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
or GOVT 423
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Criminal Justice Management
CRIM 430
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
CRIM 485
Study Abroad
Special Topics
Honors Seminar I
RS: Honors Seminar II
Research Practicum
Independent Study
Total Credits 30

Optional Concentrations in the Major

Criminology, law and society majors have the option of obtaining a concentration by completing 15 of their 30 elective credits within one of the following areas. Credits earned in CRIM 490 Special Topics may be applied to a concentration as appropriate for the content of the course, to be determined by the undergraduate director.

Concentrations
  • Concentration in Criminal Justice (CJUS)
  • Concentration in Homeland Security and Justice (HSJ)
  • Concentration in Law and Society (LAWS)

Concentration in Criminal Justice (CJUS)

Select 15 credits from the following: 15
Introduction to Criminology
Delinquency
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
or IT 357
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Crime and Crime Policy
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Crime and Place
CRIM 325
Hate Crime
Applied Criminal Psychology
Policing in America
Punishment and Corrections
Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Victimization
Criminal Courts
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
CRIM 411
Innovations in Policing
Criminal Justice Management
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Total Credits 15

Concentration in Homeland Security and Justice (HSJ)

Select 15 credits from the following: 15
Introduction to Homeland Security
Introduction to the Intelligence Community
Intelligence Analysis Techniques
Counterintelligence
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Total Credits 15

Concentration in Law and Society (LAWS)

Select 15 credits from the following: 15
Introduction to Law and Society
Public Law and the Judicial Process
or GOVT 301
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Human Rights and Justice
CRIM 325
Hate Crime
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Criminal Courts
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
or GOVT 423
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
CRIM 430
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Total Credits 15

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in criminology, law and society fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CRIM 495 Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (Mason Core). Students should complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) before taking the writing-intensive course in the major or take the two courses simultaneously.

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
1

minimum 3 credits

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.
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