Violence Studies (Interdepartmental Graduate Concentrate)

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 History MA, PhD
Criminology, Law, and Justice MA, PhD
Educational Psychology PhD
Hispanic Studies MA, PhD
Policy Studies in Urban Education PhD
Political Science MA, PhD
Psychology MA, PhD
Public Health (students in any division) MPH, MS, DrPH, PhD
Slavic Studies MA, PhD
Social Work MSW, PhD
Sociology MA, PhD
Special Education MEd, PhD
Youth Development MEd

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, & Justice
Law and Society
Sem in International Relations
Psychology and Law
Pract: Fam Violence,Abuse,Neg
Social Work with Women