Crime and Justice Studies (B.A.)
The Crime and Justice Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program, based primarily in criminology and sociology that studies the interrelationships among law, policy, and societal conditions. The relationships among these factors are dynamic and complex, therefore Crime and Justice Studies integrates a variety of perspectives, approaches, and social science disciplines in order to analyze and understand the origins of crime and injustice and society’s response to these issues.
The criminology focus of Crime and Justice Studies emphasizes the traditional study of crime and criminals with a policy-related focus on the agencies and components of the criminal justice system, but also involves topics such as concepts of crime and theories of crime causation. The control of crime is a public sector problem and, because society reacts to crime and criminals through the criminal justice system, criminology also addresses how public policy affects the agencies and components of the criminal justice system. Criminologists investigate the public policy surrounding crime in a variety of contexts: policing, prosecution, courts and the adjudication processes, and corrections. These are the prime areas in which public opinion and public policy are in controversy and debate. Students will also study the relationship between the legal system and various other societal institutions, contexts, and attributes of people.
Majors in the Crime and Justice Studies program at U.T. Dallas will be provided an educational experience which will allow them to put their academic training, background and experience to use in a wide variety of post graduate educational and occupational positions, including:
Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies Degree Requirements (120 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1:
1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at U.T. Dallas.
II. Major Requirements: 52 hours
2 This course is a Major requirement that also fulfills
a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
III. Elective Requirements: 26 hours
Minor in Crime and Justice Studies: 18 hours
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