School of Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Minor

A minor in Criminal Justice will provide students with knowledge of the different components of the criminal justice system (the police, the courts, and corrections), and about the different stages in the criminal justice process. Students will also develop an understanding of the different etiological bases and patterns of crime and the relationship between the causes of crime and the social control apparatus. All criminal justice courses seek to instill critical thinking, the importance of ethical decision making and an understanding of diversity.

Requirements

The minor in Criminal justice requires six (6) courses (18 credits), including four (4) lower-level courses which are also required for majors.

Required Courses (12 credits) 

  • 44.101 The Criminal Justice System
  • 44.141 Police Process
  • 44.151 Introduction to Corrections
  • 44.221 Criminology
Criminal Justice Minor Electives – Choose two (2) of the following upper-level course (6 credits) 

  • 44.323 White Collar and Elite Deviance
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System and 44.221 Criminology
  • 44.326 Hate Crime
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System
  • 44.327 Violence in America
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology
  • 44.341 International Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System
  • 44.342 Criminal Profiling
  • 44.343 Forensic Psychology
  • 44.360 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • 44.370 Criminal Justice Management
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System
  • 44.385 Crime and Mental Illness
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology
  • 44.387 Criminal Mind and Behavior
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology
  • 44.401 Substance Abuse and Crime
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology, Junior/Senior standing only
  • 44.422 Victimology
    • Pre-Req: 44.101 The Criminal Justice System or 44.221 Criminology, Junior/Senior standing only
  • 44.425 Law and Public Policy
    • Pre-Req: 44.221 Criminology, Junior/Senior standing only
  • 44.477 Intimate Partner Violence
    • Pre-Req: Junior/Senior standing only
  • 44.478 Child Maltreatment
    • Pre-Req: Junior/Senior standing only