Criminology, Law and Society provides a focused study of the justice system and social, human, and moral problems raised in the justice field. This course of study prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, investigations, juvenile justice, private and homeland security, and related social and human services. The BS degree provides students a focused approach, requiring more courses within the field of criminology. Students who earn the BS degree either gain work experience in a criminal justice agency, or complete a minor in a related field to enhance their study of justice.

Policies

Students pursuing this degree must complete 60-65 credits within the major, with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Students may use up to 18 credits of transferable ADJ courses from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) or comparable courses at another community college to fulfill the degree requirements. Once a student matriculates at Mason, no courses may be taken at another institution without prior written approval from the program and the dean.

No more than 12 credits of CRIM 485 Study Abroad can be applied to the major.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BS-CLS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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

Core Courses in the Major

CRIM 100Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)3
CRIM 306Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIM 315Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology3
CRIM 424Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights3
CRIM 495Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (Mason Core)3
Total Credits15

Internship or Minor in the Major

Select either 15 credits of internship or a minor:15-20
Internship
Preparation for Internship
and Internship
Minor in a Related Field
Total Credits15-20

Electives in the Major

Select ten electives from the following:30
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Law and Society
Introduction to Homeland Security
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Delinquency
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Crime and Crime Policy
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Human Rights and Justice
Introduction to the Intelligence Community
Intelligence Analysis Techniques
Crime and Place
Hate Crime
Counterintelligence
Applied Criminal Psychology
Policing in America
Punishment and Corrections
Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Victimization
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Criminal Courts
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
Innovations in Policing
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Criminal Justice Management
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Study Abroad
Special Topics
Honors Seminar I
RS: Honors Seminar II
Research Practicum
Independent Study
Total Credits30

Optional Concentrations in the Major

Criminology, law and society majors have the option of obtaining a concentration by completing 15 of their 30 elective credits within one of the following areas. Credits earned in CRIM 490 Special Topics may be applied to a concentration as appropriate for the content of the course, to be determined by the undergraduate director.

Concentration in Criminal Justice (CJUS)

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Introduction to Criminology
Delinquency
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Crime and Crime Policy
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Crime and Place
Hate Crime
Applied Criminal Psychology
Policing in America
Punishment and Corrections
Community Corrections
Crime Victims and Victimization
Criminal Courts
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
Innovations in Policing
Criminal Justice Management
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Prevention and Deterrence of Crime
Total Credits15

Concentration in Homeland Security and Justice (HSJ)

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Introduction to Homeland Security
Introduction to the Intelligence Community
Intelligence Analysis Techniques
Counterintelligence
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Total Credits15

Concentration in Law and Society (LAWS)

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Introduction to Law and Society
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Human Rights and Justice
Hate Crime
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Criminal Courts
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Criminal Law
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Total Credits15

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in criminology, law and society fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CRIM 495 Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (Mason Core). Students should complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) before taking the writing-intensive course in the major or take the two courses simultaneously.

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.

Honors in the Major

Highly qualified students may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Students admitted to the honors program in the major take a two-course sequence CRIM 491 Honors Seminar I and CRIM 492 RS: Honors Seminar II. To graduate with honors in criminology, law and society, students must complete both courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the two courses.