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.

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

Required Courses (12 credits) 
  • CRIM.1010 The Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM.1410 Introduction to Policing
  • CRIM.1510 Introduction to Corrections
  • CRIM.2210 Criminology
Electives Courses (6 credits)

Choose two of the following upper-level courses:
  • CRIM.3230 White Collar and Elite Deviance
  • CRIM.3260 Hate Crime
  • CRIM.3270 Violence in America
  • CRIM.3410 International Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control
  • CRIM.3420 Criminal Profiling
  • CRIM.3430 Forensic Psychology
  • CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • CRIM.3700 Criminal Justice Management
  • CRIM.3850 Crime and Mental Illness
  • CRIM.3870 Criminal Mind and Behavior
  • CRIM.4010 Substance Abuse and Crime
  • CRIM.4220 Victimology
  • CRIM.4770 Intimate Partner Violence
  • CRIM.4780 Child Maltreatment