Law & Justice

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The Law and Justice Program

The Program houses a major in criminal justice, as well as a minor in Legal Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice Studies.

Law and Justice:  A Multidisciplinary Approach

Law and Justice is an academic program designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of law, its development and violation. Courses in the Program include a wide spectrum of academic departments and programs, including business policy, baccalaureate honors, communication, information systems, economics, English, history, forensic accounting, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, as well as courses developed specifically for the Law and Justice Program.

Is the Criminal Justice Major or Law and Justice Minor For You?

The Law & Justice Program’s major and minors are designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws, legal institutions and processes and their relationships to social, moral, political, and economic issues. Students will benefit from learning to approach law (both civil and criminal), and law enforcement from diverse perspectives. Law and Justice courses will provide students, regardless of specific career goals, with tools for reasoned appraisal of how the law works and its social consequences; it will make students better citizens by demystifying law and legal institutions, and policies, addressing and evaluating these in terms of evidence, rather than myths and assumptions.

Students can focus their course of study around their specific career goals by selecting from a wide range of courses within the Program. In addition, the Criminal Justice Major and Law and Justice Minors can often be combined with other major and minor programs.

Pre-Law Advising

Experienced faculty members of the Law and Justice Program Committee are available to advise students interested in pursuing a career in law or law-related fields. Faculty advisors may assist students in course selection as well as law school applications. The Law and Justice Program often sponsors workshops on various aspects of career preparation, law school selection, and the law school application process. 

Career Preparation

Faculty members of the Law and Justice Program Committee experienced in the field of criminal justice and/or law are available to advise students in course selection and career planning. Students will benefit from working with faculty who have deep knowledge of laws and the legal system as scholars and/ or practitioners in such areas as legal practice, forensics analysis, criminal investigation, prosecution and corrections. The Law and Justice Program enhances students' career preparation by providing them with numerous opportunities to gain practical experience, through internships and applied courses.

For Information Regarding the Law and Justice Program, contact:

Victor Thompson
Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminology
Fine Arts 281

Dr. Victor Thompson (Ph.D., Stanford University) received his Ph.D. in sociology in 2010 from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from 2005-2007 and taught courses on race and ethnicity, political sociology, and urban sociology. He has written on race, crime and public opinion in addition to racial classification.