The crime, law, and justice program strives to prepare students for a variety of careers within the legal system or in services related to criminal justice. Embedded within the context of the liberal arts, students at Hiram will gain skills in oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will learn the foundations of the legal system in the United States and how social, economic, political, and cultural factors influence our understanding of crime and justice through both theoretical and applied courses.
Examples of careers that crime, law and justice majors may pursue include corrections, juvenile justice, FBI, CIA, probation, parole, investigation, justice and human relations, rehabilitation, victim assistance, court reporting, legal assistance, crisis intervention, policing, public policy, and security.
Some students may choose to combine this major with a pre-law program. Some may choose to use this major as part of the 3+3 BA/JD program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a faculty member in the program in order to plan their curriculum accordingly.
Additional Courses will be approved during the 19-20 Academic Year.
ISSUES IN LAW AND SOCIETY ~ This course is an introduction to the American legal system (both civil and criminal law) and its relationship with social institutions. It provides students with knowledge about the connections between justice and society with particular emphasis on the law’s historical origins and its structure and function within society. Several topics such as types of crime, juveniles and criminality, minorities and criminality, and social control are discussed allowing for better understanding of the significant interaction between law and humanity.
WORKSHOP ~ This workshop will provide the opportunity for students to examine a special topic in Crime, Law and Justice. Through readings, discussions and written assignments there will be opportunities to evaluate the topic at issue. Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only.
CRIMINOLOGY ~ This course explores how society defines crime, who gets labeled a “criminal,” and how we punish those who commit crimes. With an emphasis on the societal impact of crime and the many theories on why criminal behavior occurs; students will examine how criminality relates to the world around them. Several topics such as the multiple types of crime, measurement trends/patterns, hate crime, drugs, organized crime and more will be examined in relation to society at large.
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