Criminal Justice Minor

The Criminal Justice Minor seeks to provide students with a mastery of the complete picture of crime as a social problem, providing the skills necessary to ensure the understanding of sound solutions for preventing and addressing crime at all levels of society. We seek to equip our students with a sound scientific background and excellent preparation in content areas in courts, corrections, law enforcement, community crime prevention, juvenile justice, forensic anthropology, homeland security, and to provide options for interdisciplinary education.

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is the study of the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices, and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society.

What can I do with a minor in Criminal Justice?

Students will be prepared to engage in civic endeavors and to assume field positions in criminal justice and social service agencies or enter graduate programs. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for traditional and emerging positions related to prevention, investigation, and enforcement of crime generally. 

Criminal Justice Minor Degree Plan


  • CJ 213: Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJ 214: The Juvenile Justice System (4 credits)
  • CJ 219: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJ 252: American Courts (4 credits)
  • CJ 331: Police and Community: Policy Perspective (4 credits)
  • CJ 450: Criminology (4 credits)
  • CJ 453: Corrections (4 credits)

TOTAL: 28 credits

Contact the Criminal Justice Sciences Division

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