Criminal Justice minor

Overview

The minor in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of criminal justice settings and cultivate an appreciation for the complexities of justice, crime and corrections. The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for students who are interested in a career in criminal justice settings as a specialty of their major field, students interested in issues of justice and crime, or non-matriculated students who are already employed in criminal justice settings and seek additional coursework as a means of advancing their careers.

Student taking notes during classThe minor requires 30 credits (minimum of 20 credits in residence). There are four core courses required for a total of 15 credits and an additional 15 credits of electives chosen from an approved list of classes. Other electives may be approved by your program advisor in consultation with faculty by submitting a Program Petition for Course Substitution. At least 15 credits (core and elective combined) must be taken at the upper-division (300-400) level.

Students may request to transfer in up to 10 credits to be applied toward the required courses. The student must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all criminal justice minor course work and a minimum 2.0 GPA in each course required to earn the minor.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the origins of criminal behavior, society’s responses to crime and delinquency and the consequences of crime for our society.
  • Become sensitized to the human impacts of criminal justice policies including differential impacts of race/ethnicity, social class, age, and gender.
  • Be grounded in theoretical and empirical knowledge, values and skills related to criminal justice as they develop into competent professionals.
  • Recognize the multiple needs of the victims of criminal behavior, including crisis and trauma interventions.
  • Become knowledgeable about special populations in the criminal justice system including sex offenders, the chemically dependent, and individuals with mental illness.

Core courses (15 credits)

  • T CRIM 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice (5)
  • T CRIM 271: Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control (5) or T CRIM 362: Criminological Theory (5)
  • T CRIM 361: Addictions and Mental Illness in Criminal Justice (5)

Approved electives (choose 15 credits below)

  • T CRIM 272: Restorative Justice (5)
  • T CRIM 352: Women in the Criminal Justice System (5)
  • T CRIM 360: Youth and Juvenile Justice Systems (5)
  • T CRIM 373: Criminal Evidence and Investigations (5)
  • T CRIM 374: Human Trafficking (5)
  • T CRIM 375: Men, Masculinities and Criminal Justice (5)
  • T CRIM 427: Disproportionality Across Systems(5)
  • T CRIM 428: Policy and Practice with Sexual Offenders (5)
  • T CRIM 430: Children of Incarcerated Parents (5)
  • T CRIM 433: Crisis and Trauma Interventions with Crime Victims (5)
  • T CRIM 435: Terrorism and the U.S. Criminal Justice System (5)
  • T CRIM 440: Fundamental of Criminal Law (5)
  • THLTH 425: Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships (5)
  • T INFO 445: Digital Forensics (5)
  • TPOL S 320: American Constitutional Law (5)
  • TPOL S 452: Minorities and the Law (5)
  • TPSYCH 210: Abnormal Psychology (5) prerequisite TPSYCH 100
  • TPSYCH 250: Human Cognition (5)
  • TPSYCH 401: Family Violence (5)
  • TPSYCH 406: Chemical Dependency (5)
  • TPSYCH 421: Social Psychology, Law and Society (5)
  • TSOCWF 354: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (5)
  • TSOCWF 420: Interpersonal Violence and Society (5)
  • T URB 312: Race and Poverty in Urban America (5)

Adding a minor

To add a minor, current students must complete a Request to Declare/Change Major and Add/Drop a Minor form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

Tentative T CRIM schedule

A tentative general schedule listing when the minor in Criminal Justice (T CRIM) courses are expected to be offered during the academic year:

Program petition for course substitution

Current students who have declared the minor in criminal justice are eligible to submit course substitution petitions for review. You must supply documentation as outlined on the Program Petition for Course Substitution along with the signed form. Please allow a minimum of 7 - 10 days for review. Decision notifications will be sent to your UW email address. Only college-level transferable courses are eligible for course substitutions (vocational-technical course work is not eligible).