Major in Criminology, Law and Justice

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Sociology degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA with a Major in Criminology, Law and Justice

CLJ 101 Introduction to Criminology, Law and Justice
CLJ 200 Law and Societya
CLJ 210 Principles of Criminal Law
CLJ 220 Criminology
CLJ 240 Criminal Justice Organizations
CLJ 261 Research Methods I
CLJ 262 Research Methods IIb
​One Course from the following:
CLJ 345 Police in Society
CLJ 350 Courts in Society
CLJ 355 Punishment, Prisons, and Corrections
CLJ 301 Writing in the Disciplinec
Three courses at 300 or 400 leveld
a This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.
b CLJ 262 also fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
c CLJ 301 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.
d Only 3 hours of CLJ 395 may count toward the degree.


Departmental Distinction. A candidate must have a 3.50/4.00 cumulative GPA in all criminology, law, and justice courses and a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in all UIC courses.

High Distinction. A candidate must have a 3.50/4.00 cumulative GPA in all criminology, law, and justice courses, a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in all UIC courses, and complete a paper written for CLJ 399, which will be reviewed by a faculty advisor and the Departmental Undergraduate Committee. Qualified students should contact the departmental undergraduate director one term in advance of graduation.

GPA requirements must be met both during the semester that the student submits the paper and at the time of graduation.

Four Year Model Plan for Criminology, Law and Justice

Students are required to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year (59 semester hours). In order to receive a degree LAS students must have satisfactorily completed the coursework in the major field of study.

The four year plan of study, provided here, is intended to assist students in planning their schedule for the four years at UIC.  Is is not intended to take the place of academic advising.  Students are encouraged to see both an LAS advisor and departmental advisor at least once each year to discuss specific course selections and progress toward the degree.

Students with transfer coursework need to consult an LAS advisor to determine how their transfer coursework will count toward degree requirements.

Click here for a 4 Year Study Plan for the CLJ Major.