A minor must contain 15 to 18 semester hours of course work, with at least 9 hours of upper division course work (numbered 3000 or above). Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas I through V may not be counted as course work in the minor. Courses taken in Core Area VI may be counted as course work in the minor. The intent of establishing minor fields of study is to offer students the opportunity to broaden their education through the minor field. The selection of a minor field of study should be made to fulfill this goal.

The department shall make available to students the requirements for the minor--the total number of hours required, along with the enumeration of any particular courses that are mandated or excluded, residency requirements (if any) for the minor courses, and grade requirements for minor courses if those requirements differ from the general University standard for credit (a D as the minimum passing grade).

A student may select a minor in consultation with his or her advisor. The student may then consult an advisor in the minor field who can inform the student of remaining requirements for the minor. When the student has met the requirements for the minor, the advisor in the minor field will then certify that fact to the student's dean. The completed minor will be recorded on the student's permanent transcript, but not on the diploma. For students completing a minor after graduation, the statement shall appear on the transcript in chronological order following the courses taken subsequent to graduation. A student must be enrolled at the time a minor is approved by the University Council, or subsequent to that date, to receive credit for the minor. A student may have more than one minor.

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Minor - Criminal Justice Studies

  • The minor will consist of 15 hours of upper-division coursework.
  • At least 12 of the 15 hours are to be taken in residence.
  • To preserve the interdisciplinary nature of the program of study, no more than nine hours of coursework may be drawn from the same discipline (as indicated by departmental prefix).
Section I - Required Courses (6 hours):
POLS 3600 3
SOCI 38103

Sections II and III - Electives (9 hours):
Select 9 hours from list IIA, IIB, IIC, or III. When selecting courses, two of the three subfields (IIA, IIB, IIC) must be represented.

Section IIA—Deviance and Criminal Behavior

AFAM(PSYC) 4500/6500
PSYC 3230
PSYC 3260
SOCI 3070
SOCI 3080
SOCI 3340
SOCI 3820
SOCI 3830
SOCI 3840
SOCI 3860
SOCI 4590

Section IIB - Social Control Institutions

HIST 3775
POLS 4105
POLS 4690
POLS 4740
POLS 4760
POLS 4770
POLS 4781
POLS 4900
PSYC 5850
RELI 4107/6107
SOCI 3140
SOCI 3150
SOCI 4470
SOCI 4750

Section IIC - Law and Ethics

CSCI 3030
ECON 4450/6450
HIST 4060/6060
HIST 4080/6080
PADP 4690
PHIL 4240/6240
POLS 4080
POLS 4090
POLS 4410
POLS 4700
POLS 4710
POLS 4720
POLS 4730
POLS 4750
SOCI 4800
SOCI 4830

Section III - Additional Courses

ANTH 4265/6265
COMM 3520
COMM 4330
COMM 4510/6510
GEOG 3630
GEOG 3640
GEOG 4630/6630
GEOG 4631/6631
INTL 4410
PADP 3000
PADP 4630
PHIL 4210/6210
POLS 4070
POLS 4560
POLS 4640
POLS 4641
POLS 4650
POLS 4780
PSYC 3100
PSYC 3300
PSYC 4200
PSYC 4230
PSYC(WMST) 4600/6600
SOCI 3270
SOCI 3280
SOCI 3320
SOCI 3730
SOCI 3940
SOCI 3950
SOCI 4020S

POLS(SOCI) 3700 and POLS(SOCI) 4905 will not count towards the minor.

E, H, S, and W versions of these courses may be credited to the minor.


For more information about minor course work, contact:
            Criminal Justice Studies Program Advising Office