The Crime and Justice Studies Track
There is a growing need in the field of Criminal Justice to understand modern challenges to social order and to address the causes of deviance and to assess programs to prevent and control crime. The program prepares students to apply theory and research skills to develop and evaluate programs effectively as well as to assess the real and potential social impacts of Crime and Justice prevention programs.
The track is organized following an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social justice, crime, and the legal system. We intend to recognize the links between the study of crime as a social problem, and the variety of social, political and economic policy contexts in which crime is embedded. This approach not only give us a comparative advantage over other potential competing institutions, but it also allows us to maximize existing resources in the university and in our department. Upon the completion of three courses in this concentration, students will receive a certificate of completion.
Program Organization and Curriculum
Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor/mentor to discuss their academic and professional interest and tailor a program of study that they should pursue as upperclassmen. The following areas of study are suggested:
- Crime and deviance (general)
- Urban and youth crime (could combine CJL with urban study courses)
- Crime, Law, and Justice (could combine CJL and Pre-law minor).
- Transnational Crime (could combine CJL and International Studies minor)
- Crime, Gender, Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Correction/counseling (could combine CJL and Social Work minor).
The following is a recommended partial list of internship opportunities for our students:
- The DC Police Department
- The Office of the US Parole Commission, US Department of Justice.
- La CASA de Maryland, a community service organization.
- AYUDA, a legal aid service organization in the District of Columbia.
- The Center for International Environmental Law
- DC Superior Court
In addition to these internship opportunities, students wishing to work for the federal government are encouraged to apply to one of the following competitive internships with the assistant of a faculty mentor.
- FBI Honors Internship Program
- Republican Homeland Security Committee
- Department of Homeland Security DHS Internship Program
- Democratic Leadership Committee Internship