BA-IACJ: International Affairs and Criminal Justice, BA

Through this combined major, successful undergraduates develop an awareness of crime and justice issues within their international, transnational, and global contexts since the early 20th century. The scope and sequence of international affairs courses provide students with a foundation in topics such as interstate relations (conflict, cooperation, hierarchies); civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; and state-society relations (democracy, authoritarianism, social justice and inequalities, citizenship). Criminal justice courses provide a foundation for understanding individual and systemic aspects of criminology and criminal justice. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to work across national cultures in fields that relate to understanding and addressing criminal behavior.

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.

International Affairs Requirements

Required Courses
INTL 1101Globalization and International Affairs4
INTL 3400International Conflict and Negotiation4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
ANTH 1101Peoples and Cultures4
or HIST 2211 The World Since 1945
or HIST 2311 Colonialism/Imperialism
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics
International Affairs Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Global Population and Development
Women and World Politics
Cities in a Global Context
Climate and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Dynamics
Complete one of the following. Courses are divided into thematic groups to aid students in deciding which courses to take and have no bearing on major requirements:4
Environment
Climate and Development
Global Climate Change
Environment and Society
Law, Diplomacy, and Global Governance
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global and Intercultural Communication
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
Global Governance
Model United Nations
Human Rights and Social Justice
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Global Justice
Conflict and Security
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Political Crime and Terrorism
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
History of Espionage 2: Cold War Spies
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
The Global Cold War
Assassinations in World History
History of Modern Terrorism
Global Justice
International Security
Nationalism
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Model NATO
Globalization
Global Population and Development
Women and World Politics
Women and World Politics
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Cities in a Global Context
Global Markets and Local Culture
Religion and Modernity
History of the Global Economy
International Economics
Postcolonial Literature
The World Since 1945
Colonialism/Imperialism
Cultural Aspects of International Business
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
International Relations
Religion and Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
Globalization and the Evolution of Human Societies
Population, Migration, and Diaspora
Global Population and Development
Politics of Islam and Gender
Cities in a Global Context
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Peoples and Cultures
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Development
Global Population and Development
Climate and Development
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Markets and Local Culture
Development Economics
International Food Policy
Global Social Enterprise
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
International Business and Global Social Responsibility
Global Health
Politics of Developing Nations
Communication and Media
Global and Intercultural Communication
Global Reporting
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Global Reporting
Global Media
International Experiential Learning
Complete at least one “international semester” via study abroad, international internship, international co-op, or two short-term programs.
Regional Analysis Requirement
Complete two of the following, both of which must be in one region. Select courses taken during a semester study abroad or specific Dialogue of Civilizations courses may count as regional analysis courses pending approval of the international affairs head faculty adviser. See department for additional courses:8
Africa
Africa Today
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Swahili, Culture, and Politics in Kenya
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
Swahili, Culture, and Politics in Kenya
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya
Business Economic History of South Africa
Anthropology of Africa
Anthropology of Africa
Business Economic History of South Africa
African History
Africa and the World in Early Times
Asia
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
World War II in the Pacific
Japanese Literature and Culture
History of Vietnam Wars
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Modern Japan
History of Capitalism in East Asia
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Japanese Buddhism
Europe
Introduction to French Culture
Introduction to Italian Culture
Cultural History of Spain
European Economic History
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1500
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Renaissance to Enlightenment
The Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Birth of Modern Britain
Britain and the British Empire
Independent Field Research Abroad: Central Europe
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Latin America
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Culture, History, and Politics
Latin American Film
Caribbean Literature and Culture
New Narratives: Latin America after 1989
Literature, Arts, and Poverty in Latin America
Latin American Literature
Introduction to Latin American History
Latin American History through Film
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Middle East
The Mediterranean World: An Overview
Middle East Studies
The Arab Spring and Its Aftermath: Domestic, Regional, and International Challenges
Modern Israel
America and the Middle East
Politics of Islam and Gender
Democracy and Development in North Africa and the Mediterranean
Introduction to Arabic Culture
Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Economic History of the Middle East
Modern Middle East
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Model Arab League
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Islam: Rituals, Traditions, and Debates
Jewish Religion and Culture
Russia
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of the Soviet Union
Understanding Russia
International Affairs Foreign Language Requirement
Complete coursework in a language through at least intermediate-level two. Note: Completing this requirement satisfies the language requirement for the BA degree.

Criminal Justice Requirements

Introduction to Crime, Law, and the Justice System
What do we know about crime and justice? In these three courses, students have an opportunity to 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 provide students a deeper look at a range of crime problems.
Complete one of the following:4
Criminal Violence
Psychology of Crime
Organized Crime
Corporate and White-Collar Crime
Addiction and Recovery
Political Crime and Terrorism
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

Introduction and Methods Options

Introduction
Complete one of the following:1
International Affairs at Northeastern
Criminal Justice at Northeastern
Research Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Research Methods in International Affairs
Criminal Justice Research Methods

Supporting Courses

Computer or Data Science
Complete one of the following:4
Computer Science and Its Applications
Programming with Data
Co-op Integration Requirements
Complete before the first co-op:1
Professional Development for Co-op
Complete after the first co-op:1
Co-op Integration Seminar 2
Complete after the second co-op:1
Co-op Integration Seminar 3

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course and Capstone
CRIM 3030Global Criminology4
INTL 4700Senior Capstone Seminar in International Affairs4
or CRIM 4949 Senior Capstone Seminar

Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 84 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Four Years, Two Co-ops Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 1000 or CRIM 10001ANTH 1101, HIST 2211, or HIST 23114Elective4Elective (Dialogue of Civilizations possible)4
INTL 11014ECON 1115 or 11164Elective4Elective (Dialogue of Civilizations possible)4
ENGW 11114CRIM thematic elective4  
CRIM 11004Foreign language course4  
Foreign language course4   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11554Co-opCo-opCRIM elective4
CRIM 21004  INTL elective4
CRIM 22004   
Foreign language course4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTL 2718 or CRIM 36004Co-opCo-opINTL elective (Dialogue of Civilizations possible)4
INTL 34004  Elective (Dialogue of Civilizations possible)4
Foreign language course4   
CRIM 17004   
CRIM 30001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CRIM 30304INTL 4700 or CRIM 49494  
CRIM 37004INTL elective4  
CRIM elective4CRIM elective4  
INTL elective4CRIM elective4  
CRIM 40001   
 17 16  
Total Hours: 132