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SPA Justice,Law / Criminology
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8043
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BA in Law and Society

Offered by the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, School of Public Affairs.

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

Major Requirements

  • 54 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Required (18 credit hours)

Legal Process (3 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Justice and Public Policy (3 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Concentration (15 credit hours)

Complete either the Humanities or Social Science concentration:

Humanities

Complete three courses from the Legal Theory cluster; one course from the Law and Social Science cluster; and one additional course from either area:

Social Science

Complete JLC-280; two courses from the Law and Social Science cluster; one course from the Legal Theory cluster; and one additional course from either area:

Electives (15 credit hours)

Complete 15 additional credit hours from courses offered by the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, or from the following courses offered by other departments:

Combined Law and Society (BA) and Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)

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.