Juvenile Justice Forum

Two of our Criminal Justice majors, Bianca Valencia and Cameron Hopkins, took leading roles in organizing and speaking at the Juvenile Justice Forum held by the GW Justice for Juniors chapter in February 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. Note: A student majoring in criminal justice may NOT declare a second major or a minor in sociology, or vice versa.

Major in Criminal Justice

The following requirements must be fulfilled for a total of 42 credits:

  1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Prerequisite Courses (6 credits) - SOC 1001 or 1002, and SOC 1003.
  3. Required Courses (21 credits) - SOC 2101, 2102, 2135, 2136, 2145, 4192 (6 credits).
  4. Elective Courses (15 credits) - Five courses chosen from SOC 2137, 2139, 2146, 2167, 2177, 2178, 2184, 2189; PSYC 2011, 3154; FORS 2104; ANTH 3513; HIST 3370; PSC 2213, 2215, 2217 (or PPPA 2217); ECON 2167. Note: At least one sociology course and at least one non-sociology course must be taken. SOC 2101 and 2102 should be taken by the junior year. Check to make sure prerequisites are met (e.g., FORS 2104 requires two labs as prereqs).

Minor in Criminal Justice

The following requirements must be fulfilled for a total of 18 credits:

  1. The general requirements stated in the GW Bulletin under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Prerequisite Courses (6 credits) - SOC 1001 or 1002, and SOC 1003.
  3. Required Courses (6 credits) - SOC 2136, 2145.
  4. Electives Courses (6 credits) - SOC 2135, 2137, 2139, 2167, 2178, 2184, 2189; PSYC 2011, 3154; FORS 2104; ANTH 3513; HIST 3370; PSC 2213, 2215; ECON 2167. Note: At least one elective must be a sociology course.

Grade Requirements

Students are required to earn a grade of C– or better in any required course. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D–, 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 1000-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.


Courses:

SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 1002 The Sociological Imagination

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 2137 Transnational Crime

SOC 2139 Alternatives to Imprisonment

SOC 2145 Criminal Law

SOC 2146 Bill of Rights & Criminal Justice

SOC 2150 Sociology of Sport

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

SOC 2152 Mass Media in America

SOC 2161 Sociology of Complex Organizations

SOC 2162 Sociology of Family

SOC 2163 Sociology of Education

SOC 2164 Sociology of the Holocaust & Genocide

SOC 2165 Sociology of Religion

SOC 2167 Sociology of Law

SOC 2168 Economic Sociology

SOC 2169 Urban Sociology

SOC 2170 Class and Inequality

SOC 2172 Institutional Racism

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 Race and 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 4195 Senior Research Seminar

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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.