Criminology, Law and Society, B.A.
The major in Criminology, Law and Society is designed to provide students with an overview of the American legal system and in-depth focus on the regulation of behavior, the problem of crime, and responses to crime within this system. Students explore these topics through multiple disciplinary perspectives, including anthropological, economic, historical, political, and sociological approaches to the study of law, behavior, and institutions of social control. In addition to learning to apply social science techniques to analyzing social problems, students in this course of study will be especially well-prepared for careers in criminal justice and regulatory agencies, public policy organizations, and direct service provision to people involved with the legal system as well as for pursuing graduate studies in law, sociology, criminology, and criminal justice.
Requirements for the B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society
All students must meet the University Requirements.
All students must meet the School Requirements.
Eleven courses (44 units) as specified below:
|A. Complete one lower-division gateway course:|
|CRM/LAW C10||Fundamentals of Criminology, Law and Society|
|B. Select one course from each of the following four groups:|
(1) The Legal System, Law and Society
|Introduction to the Comparative Study of Legal Cultures|
|US Legal Thought|
|Sociology of Law|
|Psychology and the Law|
(2) Crime and Criminology
|Crime and Public Policy|
|Community Context of Crime|
(3) Formal Institutions of Social Control
|Theories of Punishment|
|Legal Sanctions and Social Control|
|Miscarriages of Justice|
|Prisons, Punishment, and Corrections|
|Mental Health and the Justice System|
|Police and Change|
|Social Control of Delinquency|
|Power, Constructions of Deviance, and Social Control|
(4) Justice and Inequalities
|Gender and Social Control|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Social Control|
|Law and Inequality|
|Mass Incarceration and Social Inequality in America|
|Critical Race Theory|
|Immigration and Crime|
|C. Six upper-division elective courses (24 units). 1|
|Select from courses numbered CRM/LAW C100–C191.|
Courses taken to satisfy requirement B may not also be used to satisfy requirement C.