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    Criminology, Law and Society

    The Criminology, Law and Society program aspires to be much more than a traditional criminal justice major. CLS features a curriculum that is challenging and broad-based. It gives students a solid foundation in the theoretical core of Criminology, a thorough understanding of the legal system that enacts criminal laws and processes cases through the investigative, prosecutive and corrections phases, and a broad, societal context for the criminal system that only a rigorous liberal arts regimen can supply.

    Those who complete this curriculum will recognize that they have enjoyed a true liberal arts experience while learning the art of practical scholarship. Students will become scholars, learning to critically analyze problems, conduct effective research and write with clarity and force. They will appreciate the important specifics of their discipline but never lose their appreciation of the larger societal, political and scientific contexts in which the issues they will study arise.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system and its components
    • Demonstrate an understanding of criminological theories and their application to contemporary public policy
    • Demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply analytical skills and substantive knowledge to specific problems in criminology
    • Demonstrate an ability to use skills in critical thinking, synthesis and analysis of informational sources about criminal law, policing, corrections, research, and social justice
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of ethics, morals, and values in the field of criminology
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic research methodology

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, Law, and Society
    (42 credits) 
     

    Required Courses (30 credits)
    CLS 101 Introduction to Criminology, 3 credits
    CLS 215 Juvenile Justice, 3 credits
    CLS 227 Criminal Law and Process, 3 credits
    CLS 230 Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 3 credits
    CLS 245 Corrections, Probation, and Parole, 3 credits
    CLS 404 Ethical Decisions and Dilemmas in Criminal Justice, 3 credits
    CLS 410 Criminological Theories, 3 credits
    CLS 490 Criminology, Law, and Society Capstone, 3 credits

    One of the following:

    PY 203 Statistics I, 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I, 3 credits

    Electives (Five of the following (15 credits)
    CLS 155 American Judicial System, 3 credits
    CLS 176 The Investigation and Prosecution of Urban Street Gangs, 3 credits
    CLS 205 Criminal Trial Evidence, 3 credits
    CLS 269 Agency Management, 3 credits
    CLS 305 Violence and Victimology, 3 credits
    CLS 320 White Collar Crime, 3 credits
    CLS 340 Principles of Homeland Security, 3 credits
    CLS 344 Financing Criminal Organizations, 3 credits
    CLS 355 Sentencing, 3 credits
    CLS 360 Prediction and Prevention of Criminal Conduct, 3credits
    CLS 375 International Criminal Law, 3 credits
    CLS 376 Federal Criminal Law, 3 credits
    CLS 380 Criminology of Firearms, 3 credits
    CLS 400 Constitutional Ligation and Analysis (formerly Advanced Constitutional Law), 3 credits
    CLS 550 Internship*, 3 credits
    PS 341 Global Terrorism, 3 credits
    SO 200 Race and Ethnicity, 3 credits
    SO 204 Deviance, 3 credits
    SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems, 3 credits
    AN 360 or SO 356 Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods, 3 credits

    Requirements for a Minor in Criminology, Law and Society: 18 Credits
    SO 204 Deviance, 3 credits
    CLS 101 Introduction to Criminology, 3 credits
    CLS 215 Juvenile Justice, 3 credits
    CLS 227 Criminal Law and Process, 3 credits 
    CLS 404 Ethical Decisions and Dilemmas in Criminal Justice, 3 credits

    One of the Following Electives

    CLS 230 Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 3 credits
    Any 300 or 400 level CLS course, 3 credits

    *Internships with various social/criminal justice agencies are available for qualified students.