General Social Sciences: Crime, Law, and Society Concentration (CLS)

Crime, Law, and Society provides students with a broad exposure to problems that confront society relating to the causes, consequences, and policies regarding crime and socio-legal studies. This concentration offers a flexible curriculum designed for people interested in criminology, law school, or working in law enforcement or social services.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Analyze qualitative and quantitative evidence.

  2. Examine the criminal justice system from a variety of perspectives.

  3. Identify multifaceted solutions to issues in criminal justice.

  4. Develop critical thinking skills.

  5. Prepare for a wide variety of careers with real-world implications.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Graduate school in social work or law

Law enforcement

Criminal justice

Social justice advocacy
Alumni Jobs

Criminal Justice Advocate

Social services specialist

Clinical Social Worker

Case manager

Legal Advocate
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Preliminary Core: ES 101; PS 275; SOC 204/207 (12 credits)

2nd Year
Specialization Courses (8 credits); Research methods (4 credits)

3rd Year
Specialization Courses (12 credits)

4th Year
Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Major Credits
Required 16
Electives 28

Total 44

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits; Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in: Arts and Letters, Social Science, and Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and analysis

Data management

Technical and professional writing

Project management

Grant writing

Awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion
Experiential learning opportunities

Prison Education Program courses

Internships via Career Center

Study Abroad
Specialized Courses

Race and Ethnicity and the Law [Ethnic Studies]

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties [Political Science]

Social Issues and Movements [Sociology]

Culture and Psychology [Anthropology]

Introduction to Public Law [PPPM]

Social Science Inquiry and Research [Geography]

Issues of Deviance, Control, and Crime [Sociology]
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Computer Information Technology

Indigenous, Race, & Ethnic Studies (IRES)



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