Course Information


  • You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of crime and the criminal justice system in the United States since 1865
  • You will Identify and interpret written and visual primary sources and secondary materials such as monographs, scholarly articles, and websites.
  • You will have an understanding of how new technologies are transforming historical research, writing, and publishing
  • You will learn how to do historical research and scholarship using a range of tools and resources that are available on the web
  • You will successfully develop and publish historical scholarship on the web



  • There are no textbooks required for this course. All readings are available online through the GMU library.


Important Dates
  • Last day to add classes—all individualized section — forms due February 2, 2021
  • Last day to drop with no tuition penalty — February 12, 2021
  • Final Drop Deadline (with a tuition penalty) — February 16, 2021
  • Student Self-Withdrawal period (100% tuition, W grade) — February 17-March 1, 2021
Academic Integrity

All George Mason University students have agreed to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Honor Code: “not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, and/or lie in matters related to academic work.” If you are uncertain what that policy covers, see the information provided by the Office of Academic Integrity. All violations of the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Committee for review.

If you are copying and pasting text that someone else wrote, you might be plagiarizing. Pasted or manually retyped text is not plagiarized only when all of the following three conditions are true: 1) the pasted text is surrounded by quotation marks or set off as a block quote, and 2) the pasted text is attributed in your text to its author and its source (e.g., “As Jane Smith writes on her blog . . . “), and 3) the pasted text is cited in a footnote, endnote, and/or a bibliography (e.g., “Smith, Jane. Smith Stuff. Blog. Available Accessed August 1, 2012.”)

Disability Accommodations

Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should Contact me to make necessary accommodations (before 8/31 please). Students should present appropriate verification from the Office of Disability Services ( ,703-993-2474). All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

Diversity Policy

George Mason University is an inclusive community of learners. Your instructor and all classmates should abide by the University’s Diversity Policy found at Mason Diversity Statement


Student Privacy

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Student Services
Grading Scale

A+           99-100                       4.00
A             93-98                         4.00
A-            90-92                         3.67
B+           87-89                         3.33
B             83-86                         3.00
B-            80-82                         2.67
C+           77-79                         2.33
C             73-76                         2.00
C-            70-72                         1.67
D             60-69                         1.00
F              60 and below          0.00