Minor in Criminology, Law and Society

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


Through the minor in Criminology, Law and Society, students develop knowledge of the principles, institutions, and practices of the systems for administering justice. The minor 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 12 credits from the following: 1 12
Family Law and Public Policy
Human Trafficking and Smuggling 2
Total Credits 12

At least nine credits must be upper-level. CRIM 480 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. 


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


Graduate courses at the 500-level, with the exception of CRIM 517, can be applied to the minor by students in the Accelerated Master's pathway for the MS in Criminal Justice.