History and Criminal Justice, BA

This combined major educates students in criminal justice and history, emphasizing the complementarity between these two disciplines. Students successfully completing this program will be able to critically evaluate and draw connections between past and present practices in law, punishment, incarceration, justice, and the social institutions and cultural contexts in which these systems operate.

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.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Complete one other course from HIST 1001 to HIST 1999 (excluding HIST 1100, HIST 1200, and HIST 1201).4
Intermediate/Advanced Level
Complete four HIST courses numbered 2000 or above (excluding HIST 2301 and HIST 2302). 16
Advanced Level
Complete one HIST course numbered 3000 or above.4
Pre-1800 History Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Introduction to Latin American History
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Renaissance to Enlightenment

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 3700Analyzing and Using Data on Crime and Justice4
Crime Problems
The following courses offer 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

A minimum of one history course must be taken between the methods and capstone requirements.
Complete one of the following:4
Criminal Justice Research Methods
The History Seminar
Complete one of the following:4
Capstone Seminar
Senior Capstone Seminar
Integrative Course
HIST 1100Law and History4

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required

Example plan of study with One Co-op

Year 1
HIST 12001HIST 11004  
HIST 12014CRIM 21004  
CRIM 11004CRIM 22004  
Current crime and justice issues CRIM course4Introductory-level history course4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Systems and institutions CRIM course4Intermediate/advanced history elective4Elective4 
Pre-1800 history elective4Methods course4Elective4 
Intermediate history elective4Elective4  
 16 16 8 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CRIM 37004Co-opCo-opElective4
Crime problems elective4   
Intermediate/advanced history elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 4
Year 4
Systemic issues CRIM elective4Solutions and reform CRIM course4  
Intermediate/advanced history elective4Capstone4  
Advanced history course4Elective4  
CRIM 30001Elective1  
 17 17  
Total Hours: 128