Violence Studies (Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration)

The Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice; Department of Psychology; Department of Political Science; Gender and Women’s Studies Program; Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the School of Public Health offer course work leading to an Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies. Students in the following graduate programs may be eligible to complete the Interdisciplinary Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies:

Graduate Program Level
Art HistoryMA, PhD
Criminology, Law, and JusticeMA, PhD
Educational PsychologyPhD
Hispanic StudiesMA, PhD
Policy Studies in Urban EducationPhD
Political ScienceMA, PhD
PsychologyMA, PhD
Public Health (students in any division)MPH, MS, DrPH, PhD
Slavic StudiesMA, PhD
Social WorkMSW, PhD
SociologyMA, PhD
Special EducationMEd, PhD
Youth DevelopmentMEd

Concentration Requirements

Students earning graduate degrees in the programs listed above may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Violence Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. All students intending to complete the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies are required to officially declare this intention at least two semesters prior to the semester in which the student is to graduate. Students are to declare their intent to enroll in this concentration in writing to the administrative unit (the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice or the College of Social Work). Each student selecting the concentration must have an advisor who is affiliated with the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies administration or from one of the sponsoring units. This advisor will work with the student to establish a concentration plan of study and will oversee the completion of concentration requirements. All described courses are offered on a regular basis but may not be offered every semester.

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies will consist of at least 11 credit hours of course work (4 courses), including at least 5 hours from two foundation courses and at least 6 more hours from the identified supplemental courses.

Foundation Courses
Select at least two of the following:
Epidemiology of Violence
Violence
Violence and Victimization
Community Violence
Violence Against Women
Supplemental Courses
Select at least two of the following:
Victimization
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Law and Society
Seminar in International Relations
Psychology and Law
Practice with Family Violence, Neglect, and Abuse
Social Work with Women