Minor Overview

Exploring the fundamental issues inherent in the criminal justice system can provide valuable insight into some of today’s most complex societal challenges, including growth of the prison population and the ever-increasing number of prisoners returning to communities. From the role mental illness plays in crime to the impact of drugs and alcohol on our communities, this minor examines an eclectic array of subjects that can complement a major in sociology, political science or psychology.

You’ll have the flexibility to shape the program in a way that reflects your interests and enhances your professional goals, and you’ll have plenty of support and guidance from a faculty with a broad range of expertise in the criminal justice field. You will meet one-on-one with the program director, and together design a minor that’s right for you, choosing from a varied selection of courses such as Dispute Resolution, Sexual Violence, Organized Crime and Investigative Techniques. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Criminal Justice Minor Curriculum

To complete the minor, students must complete 15 credits in criminal justice studies at any level, and one 300-level criminal justice class for a total of 18 credits. Students should meet with the program director to select appropriate courses. A student majoring in gerontology or sociology can minor in criminal justice. Courses taken for a minor may not count toward a GT or SO major. Courses taken for a GT or SO major may not count toward a minor.

Students in the Criminal Justice minor may choose from the following courses:

CJ 101Crime and Society3
CJ 232Women in the Criminal Justice System (SO/WS 232)3
CJ 240Organized Crime3
CJ 241Police and Policing3
CJ 243Investigative Techniques3
CJ 250Youth Crime (SO 250)3
CJ 251Probation Parole and Community Corrections3
CJ 253Sexual Violence3
CJ 261Prisons and Jails3
CJ 271Public Order Crimes (SO 271)3
CJ 320Victimology3
CJ 330Perspectives on Violence (SO 330)3
CJ 333Drugs, Alcohol and Society (SO 333)3
CJ 343Forensic Issues in Law Enforcement3
CJ 355Crime and Media (SO 355)3
CJ 360Inside-Out Prison Exchange Seminar3
CJ 370Constitution, Ethics and Policing3

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