The purpose of this minor is to provide in-depth study of topics in criminal justice and to offer preparation for possible careers within the criminal justice system. A maximum of three credits in the minor can be part of a major; 12 to 15 credits can constitute the related area courses.
A total of 18 credits including 15 credits from the following courses (Groups I and II) and 3 credits of approved internship or field experience in a criminal justice setting (Group III).
- Three required courses: POLS 3827, SOCI 2301, and PSYC 2300
- Two or more elective courses (six credits) from the following: HDFS 2001, 3103, 3340, 3510, 3520; HRTS/WGSS 2263; PHIL 3226; POLS 2622, 3802, 3817, 3842, 3999 (on a criminal justice topic); PSYC 2100Q, 2301, 2501, 2700; SOCI 3307, 3311, 3315/W, 3425, 3457, 3503, 3999 (on a criminal justice topic); SOCI/WGSS 3317/W.
- Three credits of approved internship or field experience. The academic credits must be one of the following courses (or combinations of courses) and the coursework must be done in a criminal justice setting: HDFS 3080; INTD 3590; POLS 3991 (or a combination of two credits of POLS 3991 with an associated one credit of POLS 3999); a combination of two credits of SOCI 3990 with an associated one credit of SOCI 3991; PSYC 3880; a combination of two credits of URBN 3991 with an associated one credit of URBN 3981; or another 2000-level or higher internship or field work course with field study done in a criminal justice setting approved in advance by the student’s Criminal Justice Advisor.
Students who are employed full time within a criminal justice setting may have the Group III requirement waived by their Criminal Justice Advisor when employment is documented by their supervisor.
The minor is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and coordinated by the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Center for Undergraduate Education. Details of the minor are available on the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program website. For further information, students may contact the Criminal Justice Advisor in their major field or Dr. Monica van Beusekom of the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
Criminal Justice Advisors:
- Sarah Scheidel (Psychology);
- Steven Wisensale (Human Development and Family Studies);
- Bradley Wright (Sociology);
- Edith Barrett (Urban and Community Studies; Greater Hartford Campus);
- Elizabeth Fehr (Political Science);
- Monica van Beusekom (Criminal Justice minor coordinator).