Minor in Criminology/Criminal and Juvenile Justice

The Criminology/Criminal and Juvenile Justice minor is available for ALL students, regardless of major. The courses aim to have students develop an understanding of the criminal and juvenile justice system and criminal behaviors through a social justice lens. This lens allows students to recognize the impact of the justice system on vulnerable and marginalized populations and offers a critical reflection of the ways in which evidence-based intervention and sensible social policy can reduce criminal justice involvement. The School of Social Work and Arts and Science will offer experiential learning opportunities to apply skills within criminal and juvenile justice settings, with adviser approval, which will count towards the minor requirements.


A minimum of 18 hours, comprised of the courses below, is required to complete the minor. Students must have a 2.0 minimum GPA to apply for and earn the minor. Note that students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses and a maximum of 6 credit hours from transfer institutions may be applied toward the minor.

Required Courses
SOC_WK 2000Exploration in Social and Economic Justice3
or SOC_WK 2000W Exploration in Social and Economic Justice - Writing Intensive
SOCIOL 3600Criminology3
SOC_WK 1200Criminal Justice3
SOC_WK 4370Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment3
SOC_WK 4400Domestic Violence3
SOC_WK 4410Social Welfare and the Law3
POL_SC 2100State Government3
POL_SC 2200The Judicial Process3
SOCIOL 1650Social Deviance3
SOCIOL 2200Social Inequalities3
WGST 3260 Gender, Law and Justice3
PSYCH 3860Law and Psychological Science3
PSYCH 3861Forensic Psychology3
PTH_AS 4220Forensic Pathology and Death Investigation2
BL_STU 4303Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender, and U.S. Policy3
HIST 4415African Americans and American Justice3

For additional information, please see the College of Health Sciences, School of Social Work's website detailing the Criminology/Criminal and Juvenile Justice Minor.