• How crime, policing, and prisons intersect with questions of justice, fairness and structural inequality in the U.S., present and past

  • How to engage in collaborative policy, practice and research through direct involvement with organizations and people working in the field of crime, law and justice

  • Skills in writing, oral communication, and analysis

  • A deep knowledge of carceral systems and the law, and how individuals experience those systems


  • Counselor
  • Educator
  • Advocate
  • Case manager
  • Investigator
  • Restorative Justice Leader
  • Legislator
  • Public Defender
  • Lawyer
  • Non-profit Justice organization program coordinator/ administrator


Is our criminal legal system just? What is the role of police in a democratic society? What is the difference between law and justice? How has the US criminal legal system defined justice over time and in different contexts? What happens once a person is involved in the criminal legal process, and what role do judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and forensics play in that process? Do prisons administer just punishment?

The Crime, Law, and Justice (CLJ) Interdisciplinary program provides students with an introduction to how crime, policing, and prisons intersect with questions of justice, fairness, and structural inequality in the United States. In the minor, students examine law, policing and carceral systems from multiple disciplines while retaining a critical lens on these systems and institutions. The minor equips students to be leaders, professionals, and agents of change in justice-related institutions and in diverse local and global communities.