Crime, Law and Society

Statement on Recent Events:

We condemn the deplorable acts of racial violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others who would still be alive today if they had been born white.  Proper policing practices require that law enforcement build positive relationships with their community, respect civil liberties, and avoid tactics that encourage the use of excessive force against citizens.  The purpose of law enforcement and the justice system in a free society is to promote public safety and uphold the rule of law so that individual liberty may flourish. Unfortunately, law enforcement and justice system history often tells a story of heavy-handedness, silence, insulation, and both internal and external systemic prejudice.

We insist that Black lives matter, and we stand with the protestors who send a strong and clear message that this injustice and these acts of racial violence will no longer be tolerated.  Statements and pledges are just empty words if they are not accompanied by sustained action.  Our Crime, Law, and Society Program will continue to educate our students--many of whom will work in law enforcement and the criminal and juvenile justice systems--on issues of race, ethnicity, institutional racism, implicit bias, explicit bias, and racial and ethnic inequality.  We will ensure that we are teaching our students the skills they need to lead and contribute to creating a more just and fair society and, specifically, a more just and fair criminal justice system. We advocate for the implementation of the Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion course requirement at the College of Charleston where all students would be required to take courses on race, ethnicity, and inequality.  Most importantly, we commit ourselves to listening to communities of color and our students of color so that we can develop courses, policies, practices, and plans of action that foster an inclusive campus and society free of racial violence, bias, and prejudice.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Crime, Law and Society minor is to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to understand the origins of criminal behavior, the consequences of crime for society and the legal responses societies develop to combat crime.

This interdisciplinary minor allows students to take courses in political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy and history as well as interdisciplinary courses on the topic. In addition to traditional coursework, students are required to complete an internship.