Mar 23, 2018  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Justice, Law and Criminology

Chair  Joseph Young
Graduate Academic Advising  Shelley Morris
Undergraduate Academic Advising  Nathan Williamson (Director of Undergraduate Advising), Ashley Dorsey, Tyler Poling
Graduate Program Director  Kareem Jordan
Undergraduate Program Director  Bill Davies

Full-Time Faculty

Professor Emeritus  B. Forst, D.J. Saari, A.S. Trebach, R.I. Weiner
Professor  L. Addington, R.R. Bennett, D. Dreisbach, J. Gould, R. Johnson
Associate Professor Emerita  D. Golash
Associate Professor  B. Davies, D. Fagelson, K. Jordan, D. Klusmeyer, J. Young
Assistant Professor  T. Bacon, C. Barron, J. Waters, T. Zeitzoff
Professorial Lecturer  B. Bartholomew, K. Frey, C. Griggs, J. Palmer, R.N. Souris
Scholar in Residence  M. Engert

Effective January 1, 2014, the Department of Justice, Law and Society (JLS) became the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology (JLC).

The department has one of the oldest programs in the field of justice in the United States. The full-time faculty in the department have educational backgrounds in law, criminology, criminal justice, philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, and history. The department offers the Justice and Law (BA)  and Law and Society (BA) ; Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)  and Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy (MS) ; a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Science program with the Washington College of Law ; and the Justice, Law and Criminology (PhD) .

The Justice and Law (BA) , with concentrations in criminal justice, criminology, and terrorism and security studies, analyzes the foundations, functions, policies, and procedures of justice. Crime and deviance are serious public policy concerns in American society, and systems of justice are the main public policy responses for dealing with these problems. Cross-cultural and international perspectives are brought to bear when they shed light on the nature of crime and deviance in America or on the workings of American systems of justice. The Law and Society (BA) , with concentrations in the humanities or social sciences, is an interdisciplinary program that examines the role of law in relation to social, political, and economic institutions. The complex relation of law and justice, broadly conceived, is the central consideration in this program of study. Drawing on the social sciences and humanities, this curriculum offers an historical and international perspective on legal issues. Both undergraduate majors can be considered Prelaw  majors.

The Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)  further elaborates on the central concerns of the undergraduate degrees offered in the department. The concentration in Justice and Public Policy offers theoretical and applied grounding in criminology and criminal justice issues, including all levels of policing and corrections. The Law and Society concentration is an interdisciplinary approach to the role of law in society including theoretical legal foundations and law as it relates to the social sciences and issues of social justice. The Jurisprudence and Social Thought concentration emphasizes both philosophical and comparative perspectives on law and analytical thought.

The Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy (MS)  focuses on issues of national security from the perspectives of criminology and criminal justice. The program allows students to examine a variety of security issues and to develop strategic, policy-based solutions that federal, state and local governments can use to combat terrorism and prepare for future security threats.

The department's programs prepare students for law school and further graduate study, as well as for entry-level positions and professional careers in the justice and security fields. Washington, DC provides a source of internship placements, which often lead to challenging employment.


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