Criminal Justice, Law & Society | Academic Advising Handbook

The Criminal Justice, Law and Society program is a multidisciplinary field of study that draws from CJLS, SOC, POLS, PHIL, and HIST to explore complex issues of crime, justice, and social policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students will explore the theory and philosophy of law and justice in the United States and grapple with the challenges of the pursuit of justice in our complicated and quickly changing social environment.

Students pursuing the major in Criminal Justice, Law, and Society may pursue careers in non profits, transformative/restorative justice, advocacy, criminal justice reform, social policy, law, government agencies, and international organizations. The CJLS major is also excellent preparation for graduate work in law, political science, sociology, social work, criminology, law and society, public administration, education and other academic disciplines.

In 2019, the CJLS major went through a significant revision. Continuing students will have the option to switch their catalog year to fulfill the new major requirement. This decision should be done in consultation with an academic advisor. The new requirements as well as the previous requirements are explained below.

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Major in Criminal Justice, Law and Society (CJLS) for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Download a pdf checklist of all major requirements here.

For a current list of all CJLS major course offerings for the 2021-2022 academic year, refer to this advising guide (pdf).

Core Courses:
CJLS 101 Introduction to Law and Society (4 credits)
CJLS 300 Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
SOC 304 Criminology (4 credits)
POLS 321 Protest, Dissent, and Social Change (4 credits)

Complete one of the following Critical Lens courses:
PHIL 202: Ethics and Society (4 credits)
SOC 366: Deviance (4 credits)
SOC 360: Critical Race Theory (4 credits)
SOC 316: Gender & Sexuality (4 credits)

Complete two of the following methodology courses:
SOC 300W Qualitative Research (4 credits) or ANTH 302W Designing Ethnography (4 credits)
SOC 301 Social Statistics (4 credits)
SOC 302 Quantitative Research (4 credits)

Complete twelve (12) credits of from the following elective courses:
Courses with a CJLS prefix, 2-4 Credits
HIST 370: Crime, Corruption, Scandal (4 credits)
PHIL 212: Language and Logic, (4 credits)
PHIL 315: Philosophy of Law, (4 credits)
POLS 325: Constitutionalism I, (4 credits)
POLS 326: Constitutionalism II, (4 credits
SOC 334: Drugs and Society (4 credits)
SOCWK 215: Conflict Mediation and Resolution (4 credits)
PH/SOCWK/POLS 351 Social Policy & Social Justice (4 credits)

*Suggested electives for students interested in focusing on law and social policy: (1) PHIL 212: Language and Logic, (2) PHIL 315: Philosophy of Law, and (3) POLS 325: Constitutionalism I, (4) POLS 326: Constitutionalism II

Complete all of the following application courses:
CJLS 380: CJLS Practicum (4)
CJLS 491W Senior Capstone I (2)
CJLS 492W Senior Capstone II (2)

Therefore, the following are needed to complete the CJLS major:

  • Foundational Courses: 16 Credits
  • Critical Lens Course: 4 Credits
  • Methodology Courses: 6-8 Credits
  • Elective Courses: 12 Credits
  • Application Courses: 8 Credits

Total: 46-48 Credits

Annual Class Planning Guide

This planning guide shows the predicted offerings for certain courses in this program. Use the guide to help you think about future terms. For a list of classes currently offered and how they fulfill core requirements, please see BoxerOnline and cross-reference this page as needed. Meet with your advisor and/or reach out to the department if you have questions.

Course number

Course name

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

CJLS 101

Introduction to Law & Society

X

 

 

annually

CJLS 275

Internship

 

 

 

Contact Academic & Career Advising

CJLS 295

Independent Study

 

 

 

Contact department

CJLS 300

Criminal Justice System

 

 

X

annually

CJLS 310

Green Criminology

 

 

 

intermittently

CJLS 380

Practicum

X

 

 

annually

CJLS 395

Independent Study

 

 

 

Contact department

CJLS 475

Internship

 

 

 

Contact Academic & Career Advising

CJLS 491W

Senior Capstone I

X

 

 

annually

CJLS 492W

Senior Capstone II

 

X

 

annually

Sample Four-Year Schedule

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

Year 1
(First Year)

CJLS 101: Introduction to Law and Society (4)

 

 

CJLS 300: Criminal Justice System (4)

Year 2
(Sophomore)

Critical Lens Course (4)

 

Elective Course (4)

 

SOCWK215: Conflict Mediation and Resolution (2/4)

Methodology Course 1 (4)

Year 3
(Junior)

Methodology Course 2 (4)

 

SOC304: Criminology (4)

 

 

POLS321: Protest, Dissent, and Social Change (4)

 

Elective Course (4)

Year 4
(Senior)

CJLS 380: Practicum (4)

CJLS 491:Capstone I (2)

 

CJLS 492: Capstone II (2)

 

Elective Course (4)

 

Major in Criminal Justice, Law and Society for 2018 and prior.

Please work in conjunction with the Advising Center and CJLS major advisors if you started in Fall 2018 or prior and are following the requirements below. 

Core Courses:
CJLS 101 Introduction to Law and Society (4 credits)
CJLS 200 Criminal Justice (4)
SOC 366 Deviance (4)
PSJ 215 Conflict Mediation (2)
PHIL 315 Philosophy of Law (4)
POLS 325 Constitutional Law (4)
POLS 326 Civil Liberties (4)
SOC 304 Criminology (4)
SOC 300 Methods of Social Research (4)
SOC 301 Social Statistics (4)
CJLS 380 CJLS Practicum 4
CJLS 491 Senior Capstone I (2)
CJLS 492 Senior Capstone II (2)

(46 core credits)

Choose One Course (2 credits) from the following skills courses:
MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speaking (2)
MEDA 109 Intro to Communication Design (2)
PSJ 105 Introduction to Civic Engagement (2)
OL 107 Wilderness First Responder (2)
OL 207 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (2)
APTH 272 Performance as Witness (2)

Choose One Course (4 credits) from the following courses that explore diversity in the contemporary USA:
Hist 245 Race in Modern America (4)
Hist 465 Civil Rights Movement (4)
Span 325 Mexican-American Cultural Exploration (4)
Pols 227 Civil Rights Movement (4)
Soc 316 Gender and Sexuality (4)
Soc 360 Critical Race Theory (4)
GSS 201 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (4)

(52 credits total)