Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Criminology, Law and Society

The MA in criminology, law and society brings cutting edge social science methods to the disciplines of criminology and law and society. The program is designed for students who seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy in these fields. The MA program provides students with enhanced skills in analysis and policy evaluation for their further career development or to help them prepare for competitive, sought-after positions.

The program draws on a multidisciplinary departmental faculty for required core courses and electives. Students can also take a wide range of other electives from different university programs, including those in computational social science, conflict analysis and resolution, economics, government, law, philosophy, psychology, public administration, sociology, and statistics.

The program takes advantage of the university's proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local levels in the capital region. The curriculum is structured to give students the skills to do policy-relevant research and work with justice and security agencies in the region to exercise those skills and serve the needs of those agencies.

Transfer Credits

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Students may request to transfer a maximum of 12 credits for prior graduate course work (not applied to a previous degree) subject to approval by the graduate director and dean and in accordance with the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Reduction of Credits

Students entering the master's program with a previously conferred graduate degree in a related discipline may request that the required credits for the MA degree be reduced by a maximum of 12 credits with approval of the graduate director and dean and in accordance with the Graduate Policies section of this catalog.

Satisfactory Progress

Each new student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps develop a program of study. The advisor and faculty assess the progress of all students annually. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be terminated from the program. Satisfactory progress in the MA in criminology, law and society is defined as maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.00 with the minimum grade of B- in all courses. Students who receive a grade below B- will receive an academic warning the first time and a letter of termination the second time.

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 (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees as stated in the Academic Policies section of the catalog, students pursuing a master's degree in criminology, law and society must successfully complete 30-credits of required course work.

MA without Concentration

Students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree and academic or research career should complete the requirements for the MA in criminology, law and society with thesis shown below.

Four core courses (12 credits) in three fields

Justice and law

CRIM 700 - Theories of Justice Credits: 3

CRIM 720 - Behavior of Law Credits: 3

Justice organizations, administration, and leadership

CRIM 740 - Justice Organization and Administration Credits: 3

Crime and crime policy

CRIM 760 - Crime and Crime Policy Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) of analytic methods

CRIM 780 - Research Methods Credits: 3

CRIM 782 - Statistics I Credits: 3

CRIM 783 - Statistics II Credits: 3

One to two elective courses (3 to 6 credits)

Students choose electives from courses in one or more of the substantive fields of study listed below.

Thesis (3 to 6 credits)

Students can apply a maximum of 6 credits of thesis to the degree. A thesis proposal must be submitted to the graduate director prior to registering for thesis credits. The master's thesis must be defended orally before a committee of three faculty appointed by the graduate director. Students who do a 3-credit thesis will have 6 credits of electives.

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in CRIM 799, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

CRIM 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

â–²Concentration in Policy and Practice (PAP)

This concentration is intended for students planning careers in justice and security organizations following completion of the MA degree, and does not include a thesis requirement.

Four core courses (12 credits) in three fields

Justice and law

CRIM 720 - Behavior of Law Credits: 3

Justice organizations, administration, and leadership

CRIM 740 - Justice Organization and Administration Credits: 3

CRIM 742 - Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations Credits: 3

Crime and crime policy

CRIM 760 - Crime and Crime Policy Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of analytic methods

CRIM 780 - Research Methods Credits: 3

CRIM 781 - Justice Program Evaluation Credits: 3

Capstone Practicum (3 credits)

CRIM 790 - Capstone in Policy and Practice Credits: 3

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Students choose electives from courses in one or more of the substantive fields of study listed below.

Substantive Fields of Study

Master's students are required to take one to three electives chosen from among the substantive fields of study below. One non-CRIM elective course may be taken. Students may use other courses as elective credit with prior written approval of the director of the graduate program.

Justice and Law

Justice-Related Electives

CRIM 795 - Special Topics Credits: 3

CRIM 796 - Directed Reading Credits: 1-6

GOVT 520 - Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 725 - Democratic Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 631 - Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions Credits: 3

SOCI 619 - Conflict and Conflict Management: Perspectives from Sociology Credits: 3

SOCI 711 - Classical Sociological Theory Credits: 3

SOCI 712 - Contemporary Sociological Theory Credits: 3

CONF 501 - Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CONF 720 - Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution Credits: 1-3

CONF 721 - Conflict and Race Credits: 3

CONF 723 - Conflict and Gender Credits: 3

CONF 726 - Moral and Philosophical Foundations of Conflict Credits: 3

CONF 747 - Reconciliation Credits: 3

CONF 802 - Theories of the Person Credits: 3

CONF 803 - Structural Theories Credits: 3

ECON 611 - Microeconomic Theory Credits: 3

ECON 852 - Public Choice I Credits: 3

ECON 854 - Public Choice II Credits: 3

Law-Related Electives

Any selected LAW courses. Prerequisite for enrollment in LAW courses: successful completion of CRIM 720 and CRIM 721. Enrollment requires preapproval from the graduate director, law school instructor, and associate dean for student academic affairs of the Law School.

CRIM 721 - The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security Credits: 3

CRIM 723 - Law and Social Control Credits: 3

CRIM 730 - Courts and Constitutional Law Credits: 3

CRIM 795 - Special Topics Credits: 3

CRIM 796 - Directed Reading Credits: 1-3

CONF 733 - Law and Justice from a Conflict Perspective Credits: 1-3

ECON 895 - Special Topics in Economics Credits: 3

Justice Organizations, Administration, and Leadership

CRIM 509 - Justice Organizations and Processes Credits: 3

CRIM 510 - Policing in a Democratic Society Credits: 3

CRIM 741 - Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level. Credits: 3

CRIM 742 - Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations Credits: 3

CRIM 743 - Changing Justice and Security Organizations Credits: 3

CRIM 744 - Corrections Credits: 3

CRIM 795 - Special Topics Credits: 3

CRIM 796 - Directed Reading Credits: 1-3

PUAD 502 - Administration in Public and Nonprofit Organizations Credits: 3

PUAD 520 - Organization Theory and Management Behavior Credits: 3

PUAD 540 - Public Policy Process Credits: 3

PUAD 621 - Principles and Practices in Government Organization and Management Credits: 3

PUAD 622 - Program Planning and Implementation Credits: 3

PUAD 661 - Public Budgeting Systems Credits: 3

PUAD 671 - Public Employee Labor Relations Credits: 3

PUAD 680 - Managing Information Resources Credits: 3

PUAD 700 - Ethics and Public Administration Credits: 3

PUAD 727 - Seminar in Risk Assessment and Decision Making Credits: 3

PUAD 781 - Information Management: Technology and Policy Credits: 3

CONF 731 - Conflict in Organizations Credits: 3

CONF 741 - Negotiations Credits: 3

CONF 743 - Dynamics of Conflict Termination Credits: 3

PSYC 631 - Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation Credits: 3

PSYC 639 - Survey of Organizational Processes Credits: 3

SOCI 605 - Gender and Social Structure Credits: 3

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives Credits: 3

Crime and Crime Policy

CRIM 761 - Politics of Crime Policy Credits: 3

CRIM 762 - Crime and Place Credits: 3

CRIM 764 - Sentencing Credits: 3

CRIM 795 - Special Topics Credits: 3

CRIM 796 - Directed Reading Credits: 1-3

SOCI 607 - Criminology Credits: 3

GOVT 745 - International Security Credits: 3

PUAD 540 - Public Policy Process Credits: 3

PUAD 644 - Public Policy Models Credits: 3

PUAD 645 - Policy Analysis Credits: 3

PSYC 617 - Child Psychopathology Credits: 3

Total: 30 credits

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