Dear Honors College students,


Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.


Major name:

Criminology, Law and Justice


DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Professor Peter Ibarra

Director of Undergraduate Studies


Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

Leslie Carson Charlton

Undergraduate Academic Advisor – Social Sciences


Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to Earn Departmental Honors

When to Enroll

CLJ 399

Independent Study





First semester of capstone


Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

Departmental Distinction: A candidate must have a 3.50/4.00 cumulative GPA in all criminology, law, and justice courses and a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in all UIC courses.

High Distinction: A candidate must have a 3.50/4.00 cumulative GPA in all criminology, law, and justice courses, a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in all UIC courses, and complete a paper written for CLJ 399—Independent Study, which will be reviewed by a faculty advisor and the Departmental Undergraduate Committee. Qualified students should contact the departmental undergraduate director two terms in advance of graduation.


Department/College Presentation Options (e.g. research days):

Presentation of the project can occur at the UIC Student Forum in April, but there are other student research conferences that are regularly held around the city, at various schools. Also, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association meets annually, usually in Chicago, and is another forum where students can present their work. See


Other Departmental Information:

The student should complete the requisite forms for the Independent Study (CLJ 399) by the 8th school day of the Fall or Spring semester.  In addition, the paper to be submitted for consideration of High Distinction should be written in the semester before the student intends to graduate.