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American University

School of Public Affairs

Justice, Law and Society


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Society, M.S. - Justice, Law and Society;J.D./M.S.- Justice, Law and Society;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.S. in Justice, Law and Society is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the foundations and structure of institutions of justice and law. Students receive a thorough grounding in empirical and theoretical approaches to public policy issues. Four concentrations are offered. Concentrations The concentration in Justice and Public Policy provides theoretical grounding in criminology and coursework in criminal justice, including corrections and policing. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in criminal justice or for advanced graduate work in criminology or criminal justice. The concentration in Terrorism and Security Policy focuses on issues of national security from the perspectives of criminology and criminal justice. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in the area of the prevention and control of terrorism. The concentration in Law and Society provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of law in society, including the theoretical foundations of law, the relationship between law and the social sciences, and broad issues of social justice. This concentration prepares students for positions in policy research and analysis or for advanced graduate work in law and society. The concentration in Jurisprudence and Social Thought emphasizes philosophical and comparative perspectives on law, providing students with an appreciation of the nature and structural foundations of law and a firm grounding in analytical thought. This concentration serves students who have a background in either the liberal arts or law and are interested in combining the two.



Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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