Requirements

The Criminal Justice Minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas involving some aspect of the criminal justice system. The minor in criminal justice requires a minimum of 21 credits. Courses used to meet the minor requirements must be taken from at least three different departments. A maximum of three credits may be counted toward the fulfillment of both the Criminal Justice Minor and your major. Minors must take SOC  324, six credits from both Group 1 and Group 2, and three credits from Group 3.  The remaining three credits are elective credits and may be taken from ANY of the four groups.

NOTE: Be aware that prior to enrolling in a course you must meet the pre-requisite requirements for that course. It is highly recommended that students take a Sociology pre-requisite (SOC  110, 120 or Ant 101) and a Political Science/Public Administration pre-requisite (POL 101 or POL 102) and a pre-requisite from Group 3 as soon as possible. Additional pre-requisite choices should be discussed with an advisor.

Printable Criminal Justice Minor Checklist (PDF document)



Core Requirement: (All students MUST take SOC  324)

          SOC  324 Criminal Justice (pre-requisite: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits.

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Group 1: (A minimum of  6 credits MUST be taken from this category.)

          SOC  313 Law & Society (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits
          SOC  321 Delinquency (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits
          SOC  322 Criminology (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits
          SOC  325 Sociology of Mental Illness (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120 or PSY 100) 3 credits
          SOC  326 Society and Drugs (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits
          SOC  330 Social Psychology (pre-req: SOC  110 or 120) 3 credits
Note: You may not take PSY 341 if you take SOC  330, SOC  330 counts only in Group 1
          SOC  429 Sociology of Deviance (pre-reqs: SOC  110 or 120 AND another SOC  course)
3 credits


Group 2: (A minimum of  6 credits MUST be taken from this category.)

          POL 211 Introduction to Public Administration (pre-req: POL 101 or 102) 3 credits
          POL 221 The American Legal System 3 credits
          POL 222 Law, Governance and Politics (pre-req: POL 101 or 102) 3 credits
          POL 306 Judicial Process (pre-req: POL 101 or 102 or 221) 3 credits
          POL 311 Public Personnel Administration (pre-req: POL 211) 3 credits
          POL 326 Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy 3 credits
          POL 373 Constitutional Law IV - Rights of the Accused (pre-req: POL 101 or 102 or 221)
3 credits
          POL 374 Constitutional Law V: Right to Life (pre-req: POL 370 or 371 or 372 or 373)
3 credits

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Group 3: (A minimum of  3 credits MUST be taken from this category.)

          GEO/ESC 481/581 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
(pre-req: MTH 145 or 250) 3 credits
          PHL 201 Introduction to Ethics (pre-req: Phl 100) 3 credits
          PHL 337 Legal, Political and Social Philosophy (pre-req: PHL 100) 3 credits
          PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology (pre-reqs: PSY 100 or 212 AND 2nd semester Sophomore standing [45 or more credits]) 3 credits
          PSY 311 Adolescent Development (pre-reqs: PSY 100 AND 210 or 212) 3 credits
          PSY 330 Drugs and Behavior (pre-reqs: Junior standing and permission of instructor)
2 credits only

          PSY 341 Social Psychology (pre-req: PSY 100 or SOC  110) 3 credits
Note: You may not take SOC  330 if you choose this course, PSY 341 counts only in group 3
          PSY 417 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (pre-reqs: PSY 210 or 212 AND PSY 304)
3 credits
          PSY 426/526 Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (pre-reqs: PSY 100 AND 304) 3 credits
          WS 320 Violence Against Women (pre-reqs: WS 100 or 210 or 230) 3 credits



Group 4: (Group 4 can be used to fulfill the three elective credits.)

          SOC  451 Criminal Justice Internship (pre-reqs: SOC  324, Declared CJ minor and Junior standing) Pass/Fail 3 credits
          POL 451 Criminal Justice Internship (pre-reqs: SOC  324, Declared CJ minor and Junior standing) 3 credits

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