Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Criminology, Law and Society

The MA in criminology, law and society is designed for students who seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy in related fields. Students gain enhanced skills in analysis and policy evaluation for career development or to help prepare for competitive, sought-after positions. 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 to work with justice and security agencies in the region.

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: 30

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

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 in Three Fields

Justice and Law  
CRIM 700 Theories of Justice 3
CRIM 720 Behavior of Law 3
Justice Organizations, Administration, and Leadership  
CRIM 740 Justice Organization and Administration 3
Crime and Crime Policy  
CRIM 760 Crime and Crime Policy 3
Total Credits 12

Analytic Methods

CRIM 780 Research Methods 3
CRIM 782 Statistics I 3
CRIM 783 Statistics II 3
Total Credits 9

Electives

Select one to two electives (3 to 6 credits) 1 3-6
Total Credits 3-6
1

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

Thesis

Students can apply a minimum of 3 and 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 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in Academic Policies.

CRIM 799 Master's Thesis 1-6
Total Credits 3-6

MA with Concentration in Policy and Practice (PAP)

This concentration in policy and practice 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 in Three Fields

Justice and Law  
CRIM 720 Behavior of Law 3
Justice Organizations, Administration, and Leadership  
CRIM 740 Justice Organization and Administration 3
CRIM 742 Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations 3
Crime and Crime Policy  
CRIM 760 Crime and Crime Policy 3
Total Credits 12

Analytic Methods

CRIM 780 Research Methods 3
CRIM 781 Justice Program Evaluation 3
Total Credits 6

Capstone Practicum

CRIM 790 Capstone in Policy and Practice 3
Total Credits 3

Electives

Select three electives (9 credits) 1 9
Total Credits 9
1

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 3
CRIM 796 Directed Reading 1-3
GOVT 520 Political Theory 3
GOVT 725 Democratic Theory 3
GOVT 631 Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions 3
SOCI 619 Conflict and Conflict Management: Perspectives from Sociology 3
SOCI 711 Classical Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 712 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
CONF 501 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3
CONF 720 Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution 1-3
CONF 721 Conflict and Race 3
CONF 723 Conflict and Gender 3
CONF 726 Moral and Philosophical Foundations of Conflict 3
CONF 747 Reconciliation 3
CONF 802 Theories of the Person 3
CONF 803 Structural Theories 3
ECON 611 Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON 852 Public Choice I 3
ECON 854 Public Choice II 3
Law-Related Electives  
Any selected LAW courses 1  
CRIM 721 The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security 3
CRIM 723 Law and Social Control 3
CRIM 730 Courts and Constitutional Law 3
CRIM 795 Special Topics 3
CRIM 796 Directed Reading 1-3
CONF 733 Law and Justice from a Conflict Perspective 1-3
ECON 895 Special Topics in Economics 3
1

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

Justice Organizations, Administration, and Leadership 

CRIM 509 Justice Organizations and Processes 3
CRIM 510 Policing in a Democratic Society 3
CRIM 741 Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level 3
CRIM 742 Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations 3
CRIM 743 Changing Justice and Security Organizations 3
CRIM 744 Corrections 3
CRIM 795 Special Topics 3
CRIM 796 Directed Reading 1-3
PUAD 502 Administration in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUAD 520 Organization Theory and Management Behavior 3
PUAD 540 Public Policy Process 3
PUAD 621 Principles and Practices in Government Organization and Management 3
PUAD 622 Program Planning and Implementation 3
PUAD 661 Public Budgeting Systems 3
PUAD 671 Public Employee Labor Relations 3
PUAD 680 Managing Information Resources 3
PUAD 700 Ethics and Public Administration 3
PUAD 727 Seminar in Risk Assessment and Decision Making 3
PUAD 781 Information Management: Technology and Policy 3
CONF 731 Conflict in Organizations 3
CONF 741 Negotiations 3
CONF 743 Dynamics of Conflict Termination 3
PSYC 631 Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation 3
PSYC 639 Survey of Organizational Processes 3
SOCI 605 Gender and Social Structure 3
SOCI 623 Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives 3

 Crime and Crime Policy

CRIM 761 Politics of Crime Policy 3
CRIM 762 Crime and Place 3
CRIM 764 Sentencing 3
CRIM 795 Special Topics 3
CRIM 796 Directed Reading 1-3
SOCI 607 Criminology 3
GOVT 745 International Security 3
PUAD 540 Public Policy Process 3
PUAD 644 Public Policy Models 3
PUAD 645 Policy Analysis 3
PSYC 617 Child Psychopathology 3
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