Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Criminology, Law and Society degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Criminology, Law and Society, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Applying what you've learned through the study of Criminology, Law and Society

We are a dynamic department with a mix of world-renowned scholars and professionals from the criminal justice system with extensive real-world experience. Our mission is to provide you with a strong foundation in a liberal arts education through focused study on the justice system. We aim to develop in you a critical understanding of the criminal justice system and how that system relates to broader ideas and ideals of justice, equality and human rights. Our goal is to encourage students to go beyond narrow technical topics to grasp the larger role of the criminal justice system in society. Our graduates should have a broad perspective on the justice system, as well as the competence needed to compete effectively and advance in their chosen field, be it criminal justice, human services, homeland security, or graduate study in the social sciences in law.

Criminology, Law and Society majors know...

  • About the problem of crime, and the social, cultural, political, and economic forces that intersect with the criminal justice system and the law.
  • The causes and consequences of crime, criminal justice policy, and socio-legal theory, including how legal institutions both address problems of inequality and exacerbate those problems.

Criminology, Law and Society majors can...

  • identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions, through applications of criminological theories.
  • analyze impact of policy, legal, or regulatory changes.
  • critically evaluate social science research relevant to crime and justice issues.
  • understand the ethical issues that arise in the policy and practice of justice and legal systems.