BA in Criminology, Law and Society

In criminology, law and society, you’ll learn the reality of the justice system--beyond what’s portrayed in popular culture. You’ll learn about different ideas of justice and come to understand the impact the justice system has on lives of individuals and communities through law enforcement, the courts, and corrections by studying strategies in intelligence and security. As a student in the program, you will be taught by professors who have years of experience as both researchers and practitioners.

Our students have the opportunity to study timely issues in criminal justice such as constitutional rights, police use of force, hate crimes, human trafficking, and the use of technology in law enforcement.

Mason’s location makes it an ideal place to study these important subjects. Washington DC provides abundant options for internships in the justice and security fields, including law enforcement, courts and corrections, intelligence, and non-profits. Our internship program gives you real world experience and helps you form connections to professionals and organizations in the criminal justice world, all while earning academic credit.

The program will help you develop essential skills and experience to be competitive in the job market. Our students find jobs in law enforcement, the justice system, law, national security, intelligence and related career fields.

The BA in criminology, law and society is well suited for students who wish to study the field while branching out into related areas of study. The BS provides students a more focused approach, requiring more courses within the field of criminology. Both degrees prepare students for a range of positions in criminal justice and beyond.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities


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