2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

LIT 326 Crime, Punishment and Justice in U.S. Literature

3 hours 

This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from the United States in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood. Students will read literary texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime, philosophies of law, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context. Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation.




ENG 201 and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Struggle for Justice and Equality in U.S (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.