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Minor in Criminal Justice Studies

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

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 (Credits 10)
SOCI 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
SOCI 345 Criminology
POLS 312 Crime and Justice (4 credits)

Elective Courses (Credits 9-11)
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 333 Philosophy of Justice
POLS 321 Politics and the Judicial Process (4 credits)
POLS 327 Law and Society (4 credits)
POLS 334 Democracy Lab (4 credits)
POLS 412 Constitutional Law (4 credits)
POLS 413 Civil Liberties I (4 credits)
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 377 Forensic 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 Corrections 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