Criminology, Law, and Justice
The criminology, law, and justice major in the Department of Sociology and Criminology examines issues related to race and ethnic diversity and gender and poverty, promoting awareness of these important topics.
Students learn sociological explanations for crime and criminal justice; the operation of law and the criminal justice system, including their complex interplay with institutions such as politics and the economy, and important data sources on crime in the United States and internationally.
This major provides a solid foundation for graduate or professional study in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, law, social work, urban planning, education, social policy, and similar areas.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Crime and Justice in Britain (summer class):
What better way to gain insight into American criminal justice than by studying its British roots and visiting important crime and justice sites in Great Britain?
The first two weeks of this summer course are online and introduce students to crime and criminal justice in Britain, drawing comparisons and highlighting features important to understanding crime and justice in America. The second two weeks of class are based in London and include classroom and experiential learning through visits to key criminal justice and historical sites.
Site visits vary by year, but typically include the London Criminal Courts to observe court proceedings and trials, a London police station, a Victorian era prison museum, and the Tower of London.
For more information, visit the Study Abroad website.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
To earn a BA degree in criminology, law, and justice, students must complete a minimum of 39 semester hours of course work in the major. One course in sociology and a minimum of 15 semester hours of elective courses also are required. Students will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of areas, including gender and family, organizations, social psychology, policy, inequality, criminology, and criminal justice.
The BS degree in criminology, law, and justice is for students seeking additional quantitative methods experience and includes additional semester hours in calculus and theory and methods courses, which will help develop skills needed in graduate school, data analysis, or careers in research.
To earn a BS degree, students must complete a minimum of 51 semester hours of course work in the major, including 36 semester hours of criminology or sociology courses and 15 semester hours of quantitative methods experience. Other requirements include one course in sociology and a minimum of 15 semester hours of elective courses.
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn a bachelor's degree must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements.
Course work for the major will culminate in a writing/research portfolio that will help students search for a job or apply to graduate school.
See Criminology, Law, and Justice in the UI General Catalog to learn more about course requirements for the major or minor and graduating with honors.