Criminal Justice Concentration

The Criminal Justice Concentration of the Sociology-Anthropology major requires a minimum of 45 units, of which 24 must be upper-level.  A minimum of 27 of the required total units in the Criminal Justice Concentration must be earned at Towson University.  Up to 18 units can be completed elsewhere and applied toward the concentration with the approval of a departmental adviser.

Basic Required Courses (12-13 Units)
CRMJ 201INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY3
CRMJ 254INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
or CRMJ 354 WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Select one of the following:3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Select one of the following:3-4
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
BASIC STATISTICS
SOCIAL STATISTICS
Theory and Methods Component (6 Units)
Must be taken at Towson University:3
THEORIES OF CRIME
Select one of the following:3
ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS
VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY
RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY 1
SOCIOLOGICAL ANLYSIS
RESEARCH METHODS
Upper-Level Required Areas (18-19 Units)
Select and complete three courses from one area, two courses from a second area, and one course from a third area (1, 2, 3) depending on interest and learning goals (6 courses total):18-19
1. Social Control: Reactions to Crime
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
BIOCRIME AND SECURITY
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND FILM
CONTROVERSIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
PRISONS IN AMERICA
TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
POLICE ADMINISTRATION
ISSUES IN POLICING
HONORS READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
2. Criminology: Nature of Crime
ISSUES IN CAMPUS VIOLENCE
RACE AND CRIME
WOMEN AND CRIME
DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE
INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY 1
HONORS READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
DEVIANCE AND ORGANIZATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
3. Criminal Justice Practice
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC CRIME ANALYSIS
CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY 1
TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (Principles of Criminal Investigation) 1
ADVANCED CRIMINAL LAW
ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE I
HONORS READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
Sociology/Anthropology/Outside Electives (9 Units)
Select and complete any three courses from the following; at least two courses must be from SOCI and/or ANTH:9
ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
HONORS ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
MORAL PANICS
DRUGS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
GLOBALIZATION IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
GEOGRAPHY OF CRIME
THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION: 1941 TO THE PRESENT
DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE
CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL PROBLEMS
PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
JUDICIAL SYSTEM
CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS: PERSONAL LIBERTY AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED.
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
BLACKS IN AMERICA:MYTHS AND REALITY
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
THE FAMILY
INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
DEMOGRAPHY
POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
CLASS, STATUS AND POWER
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY
SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
Optional Advanced Learning Experience (3-4 units)
Students may substitute one course only from among the following as a replacement for a SOCI or ANTH Elective in the previous section above:
ADVANCED FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (Life in the City)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINOLOGY 1
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE II
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
HONORS THESIS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Total Units45-47
1

No more than three "Topics" courses (370/375) can be completed for credit in the CRMJ concentration.  Adviser consent required for approval in designated area.  Topic of course must be related to designated area in order for course to count.

2

Students who wish to graduate with Departmental Honors must complete both CRMJ 498 and CRMJ 499 and follow honors procedures.  Contact the department for more information.  Adviser consent required for approval of CRMJ 498 in designated area.  Topic of course must be related to designated area in order for course to count.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CRMJ 201 or 2543Select one of the following: 3
Select one of the following: 3
Four non-major courses12
Three non-major courses9 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
Four non-major courses12Upper-level CRMJ Elective
 Three non-major courses9
 15 12
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Upper-level CRMJ Elective3CRMJ 353 or Upper-level CRMJ Elective
Upper-level CRMJ Elective3Upper-level CRMJ elective3
SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3Three Non-major courses 9
Two Non-major courses 6 
 15 12
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CRMJ 353 or Upper-level CRMJ Elective3Methods course OR SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3
Methods course or SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3Upper-level CRMJ Elective3
SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3Three Non-major courses 9
Two Non-major courses 6 
 15 15
Total Units 114

1. Demonstrate effective written and presentation skills appropriate within the major.
2. Formulate social research questions, identify and apply various relevant methods, and demonstrate the ability to interpret research findings.
3. Analyze how people’s lives are shaped by a social world that includes diversity, inequality, social processes and structures.
4. Apply theoretical and methodological tools of the disciplines to conceptualize and evaluate contemporary social issues and phenomena.