Criminal Justice Concentration

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-BS-CLS-CJUS

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, second major, or dual degree in a related field to enhance their study of justice.

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Honors in the Major

Highly qualified students may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Students admitted to the honors program in the major take a two-course sequence: CRIM 491 Honors Seminar I and CRIM 492 RS: Honors Seminar II. To graduate with honors in criminology, law and society, students must complete both courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the two courses.

To receive this concentration, students complete 5 courses (15 credits) chosen from:

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 Area of Specialization

Students are required to do an internship or complete a related area of specialization (minor, second major, or dual degree) from the lists below. For additional information on the areas of specialization see AP.5.3.4 Minors, AP.5.3.7 Credit for More than One Undergraduate Major and AP.5.3.3 Second Bachelor's Degree.

Internship

Complete 15 credits of internship coursework
CRIM 479& CRIM 480 Criminology: College to Career
and Internship
15

Minor in a Related Field

Select a 15-21 credit minor from one of the following categories
Government, Politics, and International Affairs

American Government (18 credits); Global Affairs (15 credits); Global Health (18 credits); Global Systems (18 credits); International/Comparative Studies (18 credits); International Security (18 credits); Political Communication (18 credits); Political Philosophy (18 credits)

Information and Data Analysis

Computational and Data Sciences (15 credits); Computer Science (19-20 credits); Data Analysis (15 credits); Ethics and AI (15 credits); Geographic Information Systems (18 credits); Government Analytics (19-20 credits); Information Technology (18 credits); Intelligence Studies (18 credits); Statistics (15 credits); Urban Informatics (18 credits)

Language and Area Studies

African and African American Studies (18 credits); American Sign Language (18 credits); Arabic (18 credits); Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies (18 credits); Chinese (18 credits); English (18 credits); French (18 credits); German Studies (18 credits); Islamic Studies (18 credits); Italian Studies (18 credits); Japanese Studies (18 credits); Judaic Studies (15 credits); Korean Studies (18 credits); Latin American Studies (18 credits); Middle East Studies (18 credits); Native American and Indigenous Studies (18 credits); Russian (18 credits); Spanish (18 credits)

Socio-Behavioral Studies

Anthropology (18 credits); Art History (18 credits); Brain, Body and Behavior (21 credits); Communication (18 credits); Community and Public Writing (15 credits); Conflict Analysis and Resolution (15 credits); Economics (21 credits); Forensic Psychology (15 credits); Forensic Science (20-21 credits); History (18 credits); Industrial/Organizational Psychology (15 credits); Leadership (15 credits); Organizational Conflict Resolution (15 credits); Philosophy (18 credits); Psychology (18 credits);  Social Work (15 credits); Sociology (18 credits)

Policy and Legal Studies

Environmental Policy (21 credits); Health and Social Policy (18 credits); Human Development and Family Science (15 credits); Immigration Studies (15 credits); Legal Studies (18 credits); LGBTQ Studies (18 credits); Nonprofit Studies (15 credits); Philosophy and Law (18 credits); Philosophy for Social Change (18 credits); Professional and Technical Writing (15 credits); Public Health (18-19 credits); Public Policy and Management (18 credits); Religious Studies (18 credits); Social Justice and Human Rights (16 credits); Sustainability Studies (16 credits); Women and Gender Studies (18 credits)

Second Major/Dual Degree in a Related Field

Anthropology BAApplied Computer Science BS; Communication BA; Community Health BS; Computational and Data Sciences BS; Computer Science BS; Conflict Analysis and Resolution BA; Economics BA; Economics BS; English BA; Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA; Foreign Languages BA; Forensic Science BS; Geography BA; Geography BS; Global Affairs BAGovernment and International Politics BAHistory BA; Human Development and Family Science BA; Information Technology BS; Integrative Studies BA; Integrative Studies BS; International Security and Law BA; Philosophy BA; Psychology BA; Psychology BS; Public Administration BS; Religious Studies BA; Russian and Eurasian Studies BA; Social Work BSW; Sociology BA; Statistics BS

Electives in the Major

Select ten electives from the following: 1 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 and the Juvenile Justice System
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
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
Innovations in Policing
Guns and Crime in America
International Crimes and Accountability
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
or GOVT 423
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Criminal Justice Management
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
or GOVT 460
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Criminology: College to Career 2
Study Abroad
Special Topics 3
Honors Seminar I
RS: Honors Seminar II
Research Practicum
Independent Study
Family Law and Public Policy
Human Trafficking and Smuggling 3
Sociology of Delinquency
The following graduate courses are available to students in the Accelerated Master's Pathway
Justice Organizations and Processes
Policing
Evidence-based Crime and Justice Policy
Implementing Crime and Justice Policy
Leadership in Justice Organizations
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Research Methods and Data Analysis
Evaluation of Crime and Justice Policies and Practices
The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security
Law and Social Control
Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level
Corrections
Crime Analysis
Politics of Crime Policy
Crime and Place
Special Topics
Total Credits 30
1

Students may select an optional concentration to fulfill a portion of this required elective credit.

2

CRIM 479 can be applied to the elective requirement if not used as part of internship.

3

A maximum of 6 credits of INTS 417 Human Trafficking and Smuggling and/or CRIM 490 Special Topics when topic is Human Trafficking can be applied to the major.

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. Students can pursue only one concentration.

Available 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 and the Juvenile Justice System
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Crime and Crime Policy
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Crime and Place
Hate Crime
Applied Criminal Psychology
Policing in America
Punishment and Corrections
Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Victimization
Criminal Courts
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
Innovations in Policing
Guns and Crime in America
International Crimes and Accountability
Criminal Justice Management
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Study Abroad (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Special Topics (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director) 1
Honors Seminar I (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
RS: Honors Seminar II (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Research Practicum (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Independent Study (when appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling 1
Sociology of Delinquency
The following graduate courses are available to students in the Accelerated Master's Pathway
Justice Organizations and Processes
Policing
Evidence-based Crime and Justice Policy
Implementing Crime and Justice Policy
Leadership in Justice Organizations
Evaluation of Crime and Justice Policies and Practices
Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level
Corrections
Crime Analysis
Politics of Crime Policy
Crime and Place
Total Credits 15
1

Students may select an optional concentration to fulfill a portion of this required elective credit.

3

A maximum of 6 credits of INTS 417 Human Trafficking and Smuggling and/or CRIM 490 Special Topics when topic is Human Trafficking can be applied to the major.

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
or GOVT 460
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Study Abroad (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Special Topics (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director) 1
Honors Seminar I (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
RS: Honors Seminar II (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Research Practicum (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Independent Study (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling 1
Total Credits 15
1

A maximum of 6 credits of INTS 417 Human Trafficking and Smuggling and/or CRIM 490 Special Topics when topic is Human Trafficking can be applied to the major.

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
Hate Crime
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Criminal Courts
Guns and Crime in America
International Crimes and Accountability
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
or GOVT 423
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
or GOVT 460
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Study Abroad (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Special Topics (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director) 1
Honors Seminar I (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
RS: Honors Seminar II (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Research Practicum (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Independent Study (when topic is appropriate with permission of undergraduate director)
Law and Social Control
Family Law and Public Policy
Human Trafficking and Smuggling 1
Total Credits 15
1

A maximum of 6 credits of INTS 417 Human Trafficking and Smuggling and/or CRIM 490 Special Topics when topic is Human Trafficking can be applied to the major.

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.

Additional Electives

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

Mason Core

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.

Students who have completed the following credentials are eligible for a waiver of the Foundation and Exploration (lower level) requirement categories. The Integration category (upper level) is not waived under this policy. See Admissions for more information. 

  • VCCS Uniform Certificate of General Studies
  • VCCS or Richard Bland Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.&S.), or Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.)
Foundation Requirements
Written Communication (lower-level) 3
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology and Computing 3
Exploration Requirements
Arts 3
Global Contexts 3
Global History 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Just Societies (optional) 1
Integration Requirements
Written Communication (upper-level) 3
Writing Intensive 2 3
Mason Apex 3 3
Total Credits 40
1

In addition to covering content related to the designated category, Exploration level courses marked with a Just Societies "flag" are specifically designed to help students learn how to interact effectively with others from all walks of life, including those with backgrounds and beliefs that differ from their own. Courses marked with the Just Societies flag are available for students starting in Fall 2024. Students admitted prior to the Fall of 2025 are not required to take courses with a Just Societies flag but may wish to do so to increase their knowledge and skills in this important area. Students interested in this approach to completing their Mason Core Exploration Requirements should work closely wiht their advisor to identify the appropriate Just Societies-flagged courses.

2

Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.

3

Minimum 3 credits required.