Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Criminal Justice

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum (below).

Achievement of a minimum grade of C- in any course that counts toward the degree.

Prerequisites
SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1002 The Sociological Imagination
SOC 1003Introduction to Criminal Justice
Required
SOC 2101Social Research Methods (recommended to be taken before the senior year)
SOC 2102Techniques of Data Analysis (recommended to be taken before the senior year)
SOC 2135Youth and Delinquency
SOC 2136Criminology
SOC 2145Criminal Law
SOC 4192Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice
Electives
Five of the following, including at least one Sociology (SOC) course and at least one non-Sociology course:
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
ECON 2167Economics of Crime
FORS 2104Introduction to Forensic Sciences II
FORS 2151Crime Scene Investigation
HIST 2341History of F.B.I. Counterintelligence
HIST 3370U.S. Constitutional History
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2215U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II
PSC 2217Executive Branch Politics
or PPPA 2117 Executive Branch Politics
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
SOC 2137Transnational Crime
SOC 2139Alternatives to Imprisonment
SOC 2146The Bill of Rights and Criminal Justice
SOC 2164Sociology of the Holocaust and Genocide
SOC 2167Sociology of Law
SOC 2177Sociology of the Sex Industry
SOC 2178Deviance and Control
SOC 2184Violence and the Family
SOC 2189Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Note: A student majoring in sociology may not declare a second major or a minor in criminal justice, or vice versa. 

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in the major, must be registered for 3 credits of SOC 3195 Research during the senior year, and must receive a grade of A on the research paper.