English and Criminal Justice, BA

The Department of English and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offer a combined major in English and criminal justice. Criminal justice courses provide a foundation for understanding individual and systemic aspects of criminology and criminal justice. English courses prepare students to analyze and interpret various representations of crime, criminality, the law, justice, and ethics in both literary and nonliterary texts as they study the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures; analyze writing practices and related media; and practice a variety of approaches to the study of language, rhetoric, writing, and literature.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers Race
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
The Graphic Novel
The American Renaissance
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
19th-Century Major Figure
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Novel
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers Race
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
English Electives
Complete two additional ENGL electives.8

Criminal Justice Requirements

Introduction to Crime, Law, and the Justice System
What do we know about crime and justice? In these three courses successful students will develop a foundational understanding of three related phenomena: why crime exists, how our criminal justice system responds to crime, and the constitutional and legal oversight of this process.
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
CRIM 2200Criminology4
Current Crime and Justice Issues
These courses introduce students to topical issues related to crime and justice.
Complete one of the following:4
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Crime, Media, and Politics
Understanding and Experiencing Criminal Justice Institutions and Systems
How does justice work and for whom? These courses introduce students to the systems and institutions tasked with providing justice. Each includes experiential learning components in cooperation with local criminal justice institutions.
Complete one of the following:4
Courts: The Third Branch of Government
Youth Crime and Justice
Punishment in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Corporate Security: Securing the Private Sector
Policing a Democratic Society
Creating Knowledge about Crime and Justice
How do we know what we know about crime and justice—and how do we develop new knowledge? Harnessing data to learn about issues, identify solutions, and advocate for change.
CRIM 3600Criminal Justice Research Methods4
CRIM 3700Analyzing and Using Data on Crime and Justice4
Crime Problems
The following courses provide students a deeper look at a range of crime problems.
Complete one of the following:4
Criminal Violence
Global Criminology
Psychology of Crime
Organized Crime
Addiction and Recovery
Political Crime and Terrorism
Corporate and White-Collar Crime
Systemic Issues
A consideration of systemic issues facing the criminal justice system.
Complete one of the following:4
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Solutions and Reform
How do we reinvent criminal justice institutions and their practice? Courses are project-based and solution-oriented, drawing on knowledge gained in the classroom and through co-op and other experiences.
Complete one of the following:4
Crime Prevention
Courts and Sentencing
Community-Based Corrections
Police Strategy

Other Requirements

Introduction to College
Complete one of the following:1
CRIM 1000Criminal Justice at Northeastern1
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Rhetoric of Law
Literature and Politics

Sample Four Years, One Co-op Plan

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours  
CRIM 1000 or ENGL 10001ENGL 1160 or 14104  
ENGW 11114CRIM 21004  
CRIM 11004CRIM 22004  
ENGL 14004Elective 4  
Current crime and justice issues CRIM course4   
 17 16  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Pre-19th-century ENGL 419th-, 20th-, or 21st-century ENGL4Elective4Elective4
Systems and institutions CRIM course4Crime problems elective4  
ENGL theory/methods4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 4 4
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CRIM 36004Co-opCo-opElective4
CRIM 37004  Elective4
ENGL comparative literature4   
ENGL writing4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Systemic issues CRIM elective4Solutions and reform course4  
ENGL elective4ENGL diversity4  
ENGL elective4Capstone4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129