Minor in Criminology, Law and Society

Through the minor in criminology, law and society, students develop knowledge of the principles, institutions, and practices of the systems for administering justice. It provides a solid foundation for students seeking to supplement their major area of study, to develop knowledge and skills needed for justice-related occupations, or to lay the foundation for law school or graduate study in the justice field. Students obtain an overview of the justice system and develop advanced knowledge of selected features of the justice system.

Students should plan their course of study with a criminology, law and society advisor assigned by the program. 

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.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

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

Core Course

CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core) 3


Select four courses in CRIM 1 12

Three of the courses must be upper-level. CRIM 479 Preparation for Internship, CRIM 480 Internship, CRIM 498 Research Practicum, and CRIM 499 Independent Study may not be used to fulfill this requirement. A maximum of 6 credits of CRIM 485 Study Abroad can be applied to the minor.