Criminal Justice Minor

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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.

The minor requires 30 credits (minimum of 20 credits in residence). There are three 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 Requirements: 15 credits

  • Complete 15 credits of Core Requirements as outlined below with a 2.0 or higher.
    • T CRIM 101: 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) OR T CRIM 370: Police and Society (5) OR T CRIM 372: Adult Corrections (5) OR T CRIM 395: American Criminal Courts (5) Effective Winter 2019

Core Electives: 15 credits

  • In addition, students must complete 15 credits of approved Core Elective courses with a 2.0 or higher.  See the Criminal Justice minor webpage for a complete list.