Criminology and Law Studies, BA

Criminology is the study of crimes, criminals, crime victims, theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behavior, the social reaction to crime and the effectiveness of crime control policies. The Law Studies discipline examines how law shapes and is shaped by political, economic and cultural forces. In Criminology and Law Studies, we investigate the interaction between phenomena of crime and law. We also look into how police, courts and the corrections system work, as well as why the criminal justice system works the way it does.


  • CRLS 4986 Advanced Internship and Seminar in Criminology and Law Studies may not be counted toward the major or minor in Criminology and Law Studies.