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
CRMJ 201INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY3
CRMJ 254INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
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
SOCIAL STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
BASIC STATISTICS
Theory and Methods Component
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
SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
RESEARCH METHODS
Upper-Level Required Areas
Select six courses total, with at least one in each area.18-19
1. Social Control: Reactions to Crime
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT CROSS-NATIONALLY
BIOCRIME AND SECURITY
MENTAL HEALTH, CRIME, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
JUSTICE AND CRIME
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MEDIA
CONTROVERSIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
PRISONS IN AMERICA
QUEER ISSUES IN CRIME AND JUSTICE
TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
POLICE ADMINISTRATION
ISSUES IN POLICING
HONORS READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
2. Criminology: Nature of Crime
VICTIMS AND VICTIM SERVICES
ISSUES IN CAMPUS VIOLENCE
RACE, CRIME, AND JUSTICE
WOMEN, CRIME, AND JUSTICE
COMMUNITIES AND CRIME
DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE
INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY
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
PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
ADVANCED CRIMINAL LAW
ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE I
HONORS READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
Sociology/Anthropology/Outside Electives
Select any three courses from the following; at least two courses must be from Sociology (SOCI) or Anthropology (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
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
STATUS, FRIENDSHIP, INTIMACY
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

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CRMJ 2013CRMJ 254 (Core 11)3
Select one of the following: 3Select one of the following: 3
ANTH 207 (Core 12)
ECON 205 (Core 3)
ANTH 210 (Core 12)
MATH 231 (Core 3)
SOCI 101 (Core 6)
SOCI 102 (Core 6)
Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 3 (if not selected from above) or Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3 
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 43Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3
Core 53Core 6 or Core 123
Core 74Core 83-4
Core 93Core 103
Elective3Core 133
 16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3
Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3
Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3Elective3
Core 143Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
CRMJ 3533SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3
SOCI/ANTH/Outside Elective3Elective3
Theory and Methods Course3Elective3
Upper-Level CRMJ Required Area3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 121-122
  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.