The Criminology, Law and Society graduate programs draw on a multidisciplinary departmental faculty to teach the required core courses and electives. Students can also take a wide range of other electives from many other university faculty including those in computational social science, conflict analysis and resolution, economics, government, law, philosophy, psychology, public administration, sociology, and statistics. The program takes advantage of the university’s proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local levels in the capital region. The curriculum is structured to give students the skills to do policy-relevant research and work with justice and security agencies in the region to exercise those skills and serve the needs of those agencies.
Students coming to this program seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy in these fields. The curriculum focuses on three core areas: criminology and crime policy, law and society, and justice organizations and management. By taking this diverse and broad approach to the discipline, our graduate program reflects the many research and evaluation needs of justice institutions, and trains students to become influential scholars and researchers in these areas.