Crime and Justice Minor

The purpose of the minor is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of crime and justice. Students pursuing this minor will be able to explore how crime is defined, what its causes are, what its impact is, and how social, political, and legal institutions shape and respond to it.


Eighteen credits at the 2000-level or higher are required:

  1. Three credits each from Group 1 (Crime and Justice), Group 2 (Deviance and Violence), and Group 3 (Law).
  2. Six additional credits from any of the Groups 1, 2, and 3.
  3. Three credits of approved internship or field experience (Group 4) in one of the institutions of the criminal justice system or an agency that interacts on a day-to-day basis with such criminal justice system institutions.

Variable topics, special topics, and education abroad courses may be used to meet the requirements of the minor when these focus on the theme of the minor. Approval by the minor advisory group is required.

A maximum of six credits in the minor may be part of the major; minor courses may contribute to the related field courses of the major with the major department’s consent.

1. Crime and Justice

HIST 2810POLS 2998 (when offered as “Criminal Justice in Practice”), 3827; SOCI 2301, 2310; SOCI/WGSS 3317.

2. Deviance and Violence

HDFS 3420; PSYC 2300; SOCI 2305, 2320; WGSS/HRTS 2263.

3. Law

HDFS 3520, 3540; PHIL 3226; POLS 3807, 3817; SOCI 3823.

4. Internship

HDFS 3080; INTD 3590; POLS 3991; PSYC 3880; SOCI 3990 (two credits) and SOCI 3991 (one credit); URBN 3991 (two credits) and URBN 3981 (one credit); another 2000-level or higher internship or field experience course approved in advance by a minor advisor.

The minor is administered by the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IISP), Rowe 419. A list of Crime and Justice minor advisors from participating departments can be found on the IISP website.

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