Minor in Criminal Justice Studies

Contact Person:
Dr. Jeremy J. van Blommestein, Chair
317-3 Satterlee, (315) 267-2569, vanblojj@potsdam.edu

19-21 credit hours required. Open with restrictions to Sociology majors.
Criminal Justice is the study of the criminal justice system: the perpetrators, agencies and actors involved in the processing and definition of crime, and the social, political and economic phenomena impacting each.

This minor – in conjunction with majors in cognate disciplines – enhances potential and background for career-entry employment in one of the subsystems of the criminal justice system, e.g., adult or juvenile corrections, law enforcement and security.
All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses
SOCI 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies  
SOCI 345 Criminology
POLS 312 Crime and Justice (4 credits)
Elective Courses

Upper division electives selected in consultation with adviser from the following list:
ANTH 380 Human Osteology  
ANTH 402 Forensic Anthropology  
CHEM 315 Forensic Science  
PHIL 332 Philosophy of Law  
PHIL 120
Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 333 Philosophy of Justice  
POLS 321 Politics & the Judicial Process (4 credits)
POLS 327
Law & Society
POLS 334
Democracy Lab (4 credits)
POLS 412 Constitutional Law (4 credits)  
POLS 413 Civil Liberties I (4 credits)  
PSYC 375 Forensic Psychology  
PSYC 377 Abnormal Psychology  
PSYC 424 Child Maltreatment  
SOCI 353
Comparative Criminology
SOCI 376 Women and Crime
SOCI 380 Family Violence  
SOCI 385 Sociology of Troubled Youth  
SOCI 386 Victimology  
SOCI 387 Sociology of Policing  
SOCI 388
Violent Crime
SOCI 390 Sociology of Mental Illness  
SOCI 435 Correction and Punishment  
SOCI 450 White-Collar and Organized Crime  
SOCI 455 Deviance and Social Control  
SOCI 470 Field Placement/Practicum  
SOCI 475 Senior Seminar in criminal justice topic area/criminal justice policy