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Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice

BA with a Major in Criminology, Law, and Justice

Minor in Criminology, Law, and Justice

Minor in Law and Society


Distinction

4022 Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)
(312) 996-5290
http://criminology.las.uic.edu/
Administration: Department Head, Lisa Frohmann
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Peter Ibarra



Criminology, law, and justice is a social and behavioral science field of study that selects crime, law, and the criminal justice system for its subject matter. Using social science methodologies, the program examines the nature, extent, and causes of crime in various settings, the impact of crime on victims and society, and both formal and informal responses to crime. These responses include individual and community reactions, the investigation of crimes and arrest of offenders by the police, and their prosecution, defense, and adjudication by the courts; and an array of sentencing and correctional outcomes. The nature and effectiveness of criminal justice reform efforts are also studied.

The degree prepares graduates for a broad range of professional roles in the criminal justice system, as well as the broader legal system. It also serves as entry to graduate programs of criminal justice and related research and professional programs such as law, sociology, public administration, paralegal studies, and various social services.

BA with a Major in Criminology, Law, and Justice

Admission to the Major

Prior to declaring a major in Criminology, Law, and Justice, students must achieve a grade of C or better in CLJ 101—Criminology, Law, and Justice.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Criminology, Law, and Justice Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
33
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
87
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Criminology, Law, and Justice
120


General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
CLJ 101—Introduction to Criminology, Law, and Justicea
3
CLJ 200—Law in Societya
3
CLJ 210—Principles of Criminal Law
3
CLJ 220—Criminology
3
CLJ 240—Criminal Justice Organizations
3
CLJ 261—Research Methods I
3
CLJ 262—Research Methods IIb
3
   
One course from the following:
3
CLJ 345—Police in Society (3)  
CLJ 350—Courts in Society (3)  
CLJ 355—Punishment, Prisons, and Corrections (3)  
   
CLJ 301—Writing in the Disciplinec
0
Three courses at the 300- or 400-leveld
9
Total Hours—Major Requirements
33

a This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.
b CLJ 262 also fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
c CLJ 301 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.
d Only 3 hours of CLJ 395 may count toward the degree.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in Criminology, Law, and Justice, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Minor in Criminology, Law, and Justice

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Criminology, Law, and Justice must complete 18 credit hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—Criminology, Law, and Justice Minor Hours
CLJ 101—Introduction to Criminology, Law, and Justice
3
CLJ 200—Law in Society
3
CLJ 210—Principles of Crimnal Law
3
CLJ 220—Criminology
3
CLJ 240—Criminal Justice Organizations
3
One course at the 300- or 400-level chosen with the consent of the advisor
3
Total Hours—Criminology, Law, and Justice Minor
18

Minor in Law and Society

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Law and Society must complete 18 credit hours as outlined below:

Required Courses—Law and Society Minor
Hours
   
One course from the following:
3
PHIL 102—Introductory Logic (3)  
PHIL 103—Introduction to Ethics (3)  
ECON 120—Principles of Microeconomics (3)  
ECON 121—Principles of Macroeconomics (3)  
   
One course from the following:
3
CLJ 101—Introduction to Criminology, Law, and Justice (3)  
POLS 101—Introduction to American Government and Politics (3)  
   
Four courses from one of the following tracks:
12
   
Criminal Justice:  
CLJ 110—Rights, Justice, and the Law (3)  
CLJ 210—Principles of Criminal Law (3)  
CLJ 310—Substantive Criminal Law (3)  
CLJ 311—Criminal Procedure (3)  
   
Law in Social Context:  
POLS 120—Introduction to Political Theory (3)  
CLJ 200—Law in Society (3)  
CLJ 220—Criminology (3)  
CLJ 423—Violence (3)  
CLJ 424—Gender, Crime, and Justice (3)  
HIST 251—History of Race Relations in America (3)  
HIST 404—Roman Law and the Civil Law Tradition (3)  
   
Public Law:  
POLS 258—The Judicial Process (3)  
POLS 353—Constitutional Law (3)  
POLS 354—The Constitution and Civil Liberties (3)  
POLS 356—Constitutional Law: Women, Gender, and Privacy (3)  
   
Total Hours—Law and Society Minor
18

 

Courses in the student’s major may not be counted toward the Law and Society minor. One class not included in the minor may be substituted for any course within a track with the consent of the Law and Society faculty advisor.

Distinction

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.