Juvenile Justice Forum

Two of our Criminal Justice majors, Bianca Valencia and Cameron Hopkins, took leading roles in organizing and speaking at the GW Justice for Juniors recent event, Juvenile Justice Forum Feb 67 2014. Bianca chaired the evening and moderated the panel and Cameron gave an opening talk about the disproportionate impact of the juvenile justice system on and for African American youth in Washington DC. This well-attended event was co-moderated by Professor Fran Buntman.

BA in Criminal Justice

More information on these requirements can be found in the current GW Bulletin.  See also, the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Handbook for additional details.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—Soc 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in the major—Soc 1003, 2101, 2102, 2135, 2136, 2145, 4192; and five courses chosen from Soc 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189, 0785; PAd 2117; Psyc 2011, 3154; ForS 2103–4; PSc 2213, 2215, 2217; Anth 3513; Hist 3370; Econ 2167. Of the five courses, at least one sociology course and at least one non-sociology course must be taken; students must verify that they have met any prerequisites before registering. Soc 2101and 2102 should be taken by the junior year.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Services—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—Soc 1001 or 1002.

3. Required courses in related areas—Phil 2135 and one course chosen from Comm 1040, 1041, 1042, 2120.

4. Required courses in the major—HmSr 2152, 2171, 2172, 2176, 2177, 2182, 4195; Soc 2101, 2104.

Combined Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice or Human Services and Master of Public Administration—Interested students should contact their advisor by the end of their sophomore year.

Special Honors—In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors in Sociology or Criminal Justice or Human Services must maintain a 3.3 grade-point average in the major, must be registered in Soc 3195 or HmSr 2193 by fall of their senior year, and must complete a senior honors thesis.

Minor in Criminal Justice—18 hours of course work are required, including Soc 1001, 1003, 2136, and 2145, plus 6 hours of electives chosen from Soc 2135, 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189, 0785; Psyc 2011, 3154; ForS 2103; PSc 2213 or 2215; PAd 125.10; Anth 3513; and Hist 3370. At least one elective must be a sociology course.

Note: A student majoring in sociology may not declare a second major or a minor in criminal justice, or vice versa. Students in all three departmental majors are required to earn a grade of C– or better in any course specifically required in the major. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D– in a required course, the student may either (1) repeat the course, in which case the grade in the repeated course must be no lower than a C–, and grades for both the original and repeated courses will appear on the student’s transcript; or (2) take a 100-level course in the same department, in addition to the minimum number of courses required for the major, and receive a grade no lower than C–. Option 1 must be approved by the department chair in writing before the student may register for a course a second time.

Departmental prerequisite: Soc 1001 or 1002 is prerequisite to all 100-level sociology courses except Soc 105.


SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 1003 Introduction to Criminal Justice 

SOC 2101 Social Research Methods

SOC 2102 Techniques of Data Analysis

SOC 2103 Classical Sociological Theory 

SOC 2104 Contemporary Sociological Theory 

SOC 2105 Social Problems in American Society

SOC 2111 Field Reaserch

SOC 2112 Evaluation Research

SOC 2135 Youth and Delinquency

SOC 2136 Criminology 

SOC 2145 Criminal Law

SOC 2150 Sociology of Sport

SOC 2151 Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport, and the American Dream

SOC 2161 Sociology of Complex Organizations

SOC 2162 Sociology of Family

SOC 2163 Sociology of Education

SOC 2165 Sociology of Relgion

SOC 2167 Sociology of Law

SOC 2168 Economic Sociology

SOC 2169 Urban Sociology

SOC 2170 Class and Inequality

SOC 2173 Social Movenments

SOC 2175 Sociology of Sex and Gender

SOC 2177 Sociology of the Sex Industry

SOC 2178 Deviance and Control

SOC 2179 Raceand Minority Relations

SOC 2181 Special Topics in Sociology

SOC 2184 Violence and the Family

SOC 2189 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

SOC 3195 Research

SOC 4192 Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice

SOC 4197 Advanced Seminar in Sociology

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Meet Our Professors: Daniel Martínez

Professor Daniel Martínez and his colleagues recently released two reports on unauthorized migration in collaboration with the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Policy Center. The reports draw on a unique data set collected through the Migrant Border Crossing Study to examine the treatment of unauthorized migrants while in U.S. custody. Part I focuses on the specific types of verbal and physical mistreatment migrants experience, while Part II examines the issue of people’s belongings being taken and not returned before being deported. Parts I and II of the three-part series, entitled Bordering on Criminal: The Routine Abuse of Migrants in the Removal System, can be found here.