Requirements for the Minor
The minor has been designed to ground students in the basics of criminology and criminal justice.
|All minor candidates must take:||3|
|Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice|
|The candidate must then select two of the following:||6|
|Theories of Crime|
|Criminal Justice Policy|
|Candidates must then complete 6 hours of criminology and criminal justice course work at the 2000 level or above.||6|
If used for the minor, candidates must earn a minimum grade of (C-) in the following courses: CRIMIN 2220 Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and CRIMIN 4390 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Candidates must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. None of the courses may be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory (s/u) basis.
Expected Learning Outcomes
A Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) will expose students to some of the same learning outcomes as the BA, thereby providing a foundation for pursuit of the BA if desired. The Minor in CCJ will also offer students the opportunity to advance their current criminology or criminal justice careers or pursue a new or more advanced career path.
- Students will be able to describe the structure and functioning of the fundamental institutions (e.g., police, courts, corrections) that comprise the criminal justice system in the United States.
- Students will be able to define basic laws, legal concepts, constitutional requirements, and legal procedures relevant to criminal justice professionals in the United States.
- Students will critically assess and evaluate contemporary issues and research in criminology and criminal justice.
- Students will be able to define and explain the major criminological and criminal justice theories, thereby helping them to better understand causes of crime and criminal behavior.
- Students will actively apply their theoretical knowledge and academic skills by formulating basic research hypotheses, conducting basic criminological research, and completing academic writing assignments and exams.