BA in Justice and Law
Admission to the Program
New freshman and transfer students are admitted through the Office of Admissions. Current students who wish to transfer into the department or develop a double major should have a grade point average of 2.50 or higher and the approval of the undergraduate academic advisor.
- 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
- Completion of college writing requirement
- Completion of university mathematics requirement
General Education Requirements
- A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
- At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
- No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline
- 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
Required (21 credit hours)
- JLC-103 Critical Issues in Justice (3)
- JLC-104 Introduction to Systems of Justice (3)
- JLC-205 Introduction to Criminology (3)
- JLC-280 Introduction to Justice Research (3)
- JLC-309 Justice and Public Policy (3)
- JLC-402 Comparative Systems of Law and Justice (3)
- SPA-220 The American Constitution FA4 (3)
Law and Society (3 credit hours)
Complete 3 credit hours from the following:
- JLC-101 Introduction to Law (3)
- JLC-110 Western Legal Tradition FA2 (3)
- JLC-202 History of International Thought and Law (3)
- JLC-302 Law and Social Theory (3)
- JLC-225 American Legal Culture FA2 (3)
- JLC-308 Justice, Morality, and the Law (3)
- JLC-352 Psychiatry and the Law (3)
Concentration (15 credit hours)
Complete 15 credit hours with 12 credit hours in one of following concentrations, Criminal Justice or Criminology, and 3 credit hours from the other concentration:
Criminal Justice Concentration
- JLC-200 Deprivation of Liberty FA4 (3)
- JLC-210 Policing in America: An Introductory Survey (3)
- JLC-211 Contemporary Issues in American Law Enforcement (3)
- JLC-230 Corrections in America (3)
- JLC-332 Corrections and the Constitution (3)
- JLC-342 Judicial Administration (3)
- JLC-431 The Prison Community (3)
- JLC-444 Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
- JLC-530 Concepts of Punishment (3)
- JLC-206 Justice and Deviant Behavior (3)
- JLC-215 Violence and Institutions FA4 (3)
- JLC-245 Cities and Crime FA4 (3)
- JLC-313 Organized Crime (3)
- JLC-315 White-Collar and Commercial Crime (3)
- JLC-368 Juvenile Delinquency: Causes, Prevention and Treatment (3)
- JLC-401 Criminal Behavior: A Psychosocial Analysis (3)
- JLC-445 Topics in Criminology (3)
- JLC-458 The Juvenile and the Law (3)
- JLC-454 Violence, Justice and the Law (3)
- JLC-517 Victimology (3)
- JLC-526 Domestic Violence (3)
- JLC-550 Drugs, Crime, and Public Policy (3)
Electives (12 credit hours)
- 12 additional credit hours selected from other offerings in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology
University Honors Program
To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.
Combined BA and MS in Justice, Law and Criminology
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.
This program allows students to complete the BA in Justice and Law or BA in Law and Society and the MS in Justice, Law and Criminology.
- Undergraduate students with majors in justice and law, law and society, or related disciplines, apply to this program through formal application no later than the last undergraduate semester. Admissions decisions are based on the normal MS standards and procedures of the school.
- All requirements for the BA in Justice and Law or BA in Law and Society.
- Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements for both degrees.
- All requirements for the MS in Justice, Law and Criminology, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.