Undergraduate Concentration Requirements

NOTE: The concentration in the criminal justice major is required only for those students who were matriculated at the University prior to fall 2007. Students who matriculated after fall 2007 are not required to complete a concentration.

The concentration in the criminal justice major must be composed of nine (9) credits of course work that have thematic coherence and are relevant to criminal justice. The faculty encourages students to construct concentrations from one of the following departments. Other areas of study also may be appropriate. At least six (6) credits of the concentration must be earned in upper-division (300- or 400-level) classes.

The sequence of courses for the concentration must be proposed by the student in consultation with the criminal justice undergraduate advisor, and must be approved by the Associate Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. However, students may fulfill their concentration requirements without prior consultation and approval by completing nine (9) credits of classes, including at least six (6) credits in upper-division classes, in one of the following groups of pre-approved classes:

American Government

  • POS 323 Urban Government
  • POS 330 The American Judiciary
  • POS 331 American Legislature
  • POS 332 The Presidency
  • POS 334 American Political Parties & Groups
  • POS 335 American Supreme Court
  • POS 339 Political Socialization
  • POS 363 or CRJ 353 American Criminal Courts
  • POS 424 Community Politics
  • POS 433/Z or WSS 433 Women, Politics & Power
  • POS 438/Z Political Behavior

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  • POS 328 or PUB 328 Law and Public Policy
  • POS 330 The American Judiciary
  • POS 333 or WSS 333 Women & the Law
  • POS 335 The American Supreme Court
  • POS 336 Civil Liberties
  • POS 363 or CRJ 353 American Criminal Courts
  • POS or PUB 410Z Minorities & the Political-Legal System
  • POS 426Z American Constitutional Law
  • POS 427Z American Constitutional Law
  • POS 428 Comparative Legal Systems
  • POS 433/Z or WSS 433 Women, Politics, & Power
  • POS 437Z Law and Society

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  • PSY 270 Social Psychology
  • PSY 327 Personality
  • PSY 333 Childhood Behavior Disorders
  • PSY 338/Z Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 341/Z Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 370/Z Human Aggression
  • PSY 380/Z Learning
  • PSY 382/Z Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 385 Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSY 387 Behavior Genetics

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  • SOC 235 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 250 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 282M or LCS 282 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 289 Special Topics in Ethnicity
  • SOC 341 Social Inequality
  • SOC 351/Z Social Conflict
  • SOC 360 Processes of Socialization
  • SOC 369Q Interpersonal Violence
  • SOC 370 Social Demography
  • SOC 373 Community and Urban Sociology
  • SOC 375 U.S. Urban Neighborhood Diversity
  • SOC 380 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 385 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 440Z Seminar in Stratification

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African/Afro-American Studies

  • AAS 219/Z Introduction to African/A-A History
  • AAS 221 The Eco Structure of the Black Community
  • AAS or LCS or WSS 240 Classism, Racism and Sexism
  • AAS 331 The African/African-American Family
  • AAS 333 The Black Community
  • AAS 370 The Psychology of the Black Experience
  • AAS 400 The Law and African-America
  • AAS 435 Blacks & American Political Process

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Latin American/Caribbean Studies

  • LCS 201/Z Hispanic Culture in the U.S.
  • LCS or WSS or AAS 240 Classism, Racism and Sexism
  • LCS 282M or SOC 282M Race and Ethnicity
  • LCS 289 Special Topics in Ethnicity
  • LCS 321 Exploring the Multicultural City
  • LCS 383 The Social Psychology of Ethnic Relations
  • LCS 475 Caribbean Migration

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  • ANT 108M/G Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 313/Z Demographic Anthropology
  • ANT 355/Z Environment, Economy & Culture
  • ANT 360/Z Social Anthropology
  • ANT 361/Z Anthropology and Public Policy
  • ANT 372/Z Urban Anthropology
  • ANT 351/Z Ethnicity in North America

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  • HIS 292Z Trials in History
  • HIS 313 Constitutional History of US
  • HIS 317/Z History of American City to 1860
  • HIS 318/Z History of American City Since 1860
  • HIS 321 American Social History: Before Civil War
  • HIS 322 American Social History: After Civil War
  • HIS 325/Z Quest for Equality in US History
  • HIS 327 The Roles of Law in American History
  • HIS 328/Z Lawyers in American Life: 1607 to Present

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  • PHI 210L Introduction to Logic
  • PHI 212L Introduction to Ethical Theory
  • PHI 320/Z Political & Social Philosophy
  • PHI 325/Z Philosophy of Law
  • PHI 327 Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
  • PHI 328/Z Philosophy and Race

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Women’s Studies

  • WSS 101/Z Introduction to Feminism
  • WSS 220M/G Perspectives on Women
  • WSS 262M Sociology of Gender
  • WSS or POS 333 Women and the Law
  • WSS 344/Z or SOC 344 Soc. Of Wom. in the Pol. Eco.
  • WSS 433/Z or POS 433 Women, Politics & Power