Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

The crime, law, and justice majors requires that all students complete a minimum of 35 hours in coursework. Students will be encouraged to have an internship and will be required to present a capstone project demonstrating their knowledge and skills.

This program offers a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in crime, law, and justice. A sequence of foundational courses provides students an underpinning in issues in law and society, ethics, social inequality, criminology, and American government. Those courses provide the basis for more applied courses such as policing, corrections, and substance abuse.

Required Courses
CRLJ/SOCI 10500LAW & SOCIETY:CA 14
CRLJ 20100CRIMINOLOGY 14
POLS 10900AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:CA,ES 14
or POLS 10910 US GOVERNMENT:CA,ES
Choose one of the following PHIL courses: 13-4
INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS:ES
INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS:ES
CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS:ES
CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS:ES
ETHICAL THINKING:ES
CRLJ 45200SOCIAL THEORY 14
CRLJ 45500RESEARCH METHODS 14
CRLJ 48000SENIOR SEMINAR-CAPSTONE 14
Select a minimum of 8 additional CRLJ approved elective credit hours, Chosen electives must represent at least two disciplines:8
VICTIMOLOGY
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
CRLJ XXXXX
SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE & CRIME
CRLJ XXXXX
CRISIS INTERVENTION
CRLJ XXXXX
POLICING AND CORRECTIONS
SUPREME COURT IN US HISTORY:CA
POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS:ES
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS:CA
INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM:CA
COURT/CONSTITUTION GOV:IM,ES
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS:ES
RACE & ETHNICITY IN AMERICA:UD
Recommended
The following courses are recommended but not required for a major in crime, law, and justice:
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING:CA
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA
BEGINNING SPANISH I
BEGINNING SPANISH II
Concentration in Spanish for the Professions, within the Spanish minor
Total Hours35-36
1

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all required courses as crime, law, and justice majors. 

NOTE: Students double majoring in sociology and crime, law, and justice will take CRLJ 45200 SOCIAL THEORY/SOCI 45200 SOCIAL THEORY once and count it for both majors. Students will then be required to take both CRLJ 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR-CAPSTONE and SOCI 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR - CAPSTONE

Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
CRLJ/SOCI 10500 LAW & SOCIETY:CA 1 4
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
CRLJ 20100 CRIMINOLOGY 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
POLS 10900
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:CA,ES 1,2
or US GOVERNMENT:CA,ES
4
PHIL/ETH XXXXX 1,3 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
CRLJ XXXXXCRLJ Elective Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
CRLJ XXXXXCRLJ Elective Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Connect Experience (Internship/Independent Study/Study Away 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
CRLJ 45200 SOCIAL THEORY 1,4 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
CRLJ 45500 RESEARCH METHODS 1,4 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
CRLJ 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR-CAPSTONE 1,4 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours121-128
1

Crime, Law, and Justice majors must earn a 'C' or better.

2

Must take either POLS 10900 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:CA,ES or POLS 10910 US GOVERNMENT:CA,ES.

3

Must take one of the following: PHIL 11800 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS:ES or PHIL 21900 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS:ES or PHIL 27200 ETHICAL THINKING:ES/ETH 27200 ETHICAL THINKING:ES.

4

CRLJ 45200 SOCIAL THEORY must be taken before CRLJ 45500 RESEARCH METHODS. Ideally all three (CRLJ 45200 SOCIAL THEORYCRLJ 45500 RESEARCH METHODS, and CRLJ 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR-CAPSTONE) should be taken in the same year.