Criminal Justice

One of the social and behavioral science disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program examines the historical development of criminal justice and its evolution into modern legal systems. Students analyze how different forms of criminal justice affect individuals and society.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Sociology, political science, history and psychology.

What can I expect to learn in the Criminal Justice program at GW?

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of sociological theory, with emphasis on the history and the impact of the justice system and social conditions that affect crime and criminal law.

What is the Criminal Justice learning community like at GW?

Partnerships between engaged students and faculty promote critical thinking about criminal justice.

What can I do in the Criminal Justice field?

Occupations include attorney, law enforcement officer, correctional officer, inspector or compliance officer, firefighter, paralegal, private investigator, forensics specialist, private security and probation officer.  Our degree also opens the door to many federal enforcement positions.

First-hand Opportunities

With the U.S. Supreme Court nearby, criminal justice students can observe the work of the nation’s highest court.

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