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 social policy, criminal justice, law enforcement, juvenile justice, corrections, law, federal and state agencies, and international organizations. The CJLS major is also excellent preparation for graduate work in law, political science, sociology, social work, criminology, 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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Core Courses:
CJLS 101 Introduction to Law and Society (4 credits)
CJLS 300 Criminal Justice System(4)
SOC 304 Criminology (4)
POLS 321 Protest, Dissent, and Social Change (4)
SOCWK 215 Conflict Mediation and Resolution (2 or 4)

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

Complete two of the following methodology courses:
SOC 300 Methods of Social Research (4)
SOC 301 Social Statistics (4)
SOC 302 Survey Research (4)

Complete twelve (12) credits of from the following elective courses:
Courses with a CJLS prefix, 2-4 Credits
PHIL 212: Language and Logic, 4 Credits
PHIL 315: Philosophy of Law, 4 Credits
POLS 325: Constitutional Law, 4 Credits
POLS 326: Civil Liberties, 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: Constitutional Law OR POLS 326: Civil Liberties

**Suggested electives for students interested in law enforcement: (1) CJLS375: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, (2) POLS/CJLS 326: Civil Liberties, and (3) course with a CJLS prefix.

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

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

  • Foundational Courses: 20 Credits
  • Critical Lens Course: 4 Credits
  • Methodology Courses: 8 Credits
  • Elective Courses: 12 Credits
  • Application Courses: 8 Credits

Total: 52 Credits

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)

Rev. 2019

 

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)