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Criminal Justice Studies

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

24 credits

This minor develops knowledge of the criminal justice system, theories of criminal behavior, law, administration, and policy. Courses also involve the study of issues and conditions confronting and changing the criminal justice system.

Minor Requirements

24 credits

Required Courses

12 credits

CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
CJS 240 Criminology
CJS 342 Advanced Criminology

Elective Courses

12 credits minimum

Students must select three (3) additional courses (or courses totaling 12 credits) from the CJS Elective Courses list. One (1) of these courses must be at the 300 level or higher. Please note that special topics courses may be available. Please contact the Criminal Justice Studies coordinator for a list of qualified topics courses. Furthermore, the student should be aware that some of the courses listed below have prerequisites that must be met or waived by the instructor of record before they can be registered for the course.

Topics in Criminal Justice Studies

  • CJS 201 Corrections
  • CJS 290 Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CJS 310 Perspectives on U.S. Policing
  • CJS 320 Case Studies in Violence
  • CJS 352/SOC 352 Sociology of Deviance
  • CJS 365 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJS 390 Studies in Criminal Justice
  • CJS 461 White-Collar Crime
  • CJS 463 Law and Society
  • CJS 467 Human Behavior and the Legal System
  • CJS 469 The Sociology of Punishment
  • CJS 471 Women and Crime
  • CJS 473 Race and Crime in the Media
  • CJS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics

Courts, Law, and Politics

  • CJS 330 Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CJS 340/WGS 340 Gender and the Law
  • HGS 313/PHIL 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust
  • ISPOSC 211 State and Local Politics
  • PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
  • POSC 316 Constitutional Law
  • SAFE 304/ENST 304 Environmental Law and Regulation

Topics in Sociology and Anthropology

  • ANTH 323 Anthropology of Conflict and Violence
  • ISSOC 310 Social Problems
  • SOC 325 Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 475 Social Stratification

Topics in Psychology and the Human Services

  • HLSC 200 Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Fundamentals
  • IIPSYC 350 When Harm is Done
  • PSYC 221 Social Psychology
  • SOC 234 Introduction to Social Work

Topics in Forensics

  • ANTH 332/CJS 332 Forensic Anthropology
  • INCHEM 201 Forensic Science