Law and Justice Minor: Criminal Justice Studies

The Criminal Justice Concentration is a minor offered by the Law and Justice Program. It provides students with a broad, multidisciplinary examination of crime, criminal behavior, criminal law and the criminal justice system. This Concentration can be combined with a wide range of majors to provide knowledge and skills useful for students who may be interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal law, parole, probation, court administration, as well as a  careers related to victim advocacy, juvenile justice, and family crisis intervention.

The Law and Justice Minor with a Criminal Justice Studies Concentration

Requirements for the Criminal Justice Concentration (21 semester hours)*

Category I**: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Crime and Justice
At least three courses from the following:
Baccalaureate Honors
BHP-211Honors Seminar: Theories of Justice and the American Common Law 
BHP-322Honors Seminar: The Guilty and the Innocent: Assessing Blame and Determining Punishment in Literature and Law 
Law and Justice Interdisciplinary Courses
LAW-140Introductory Seminar in Law and Justice 
LAW-150Introduction to Forensics 
LAW-204Law, Literature and Film in America (LAW-204 also satisfies a Literature Core Requirement)
LAW-210Criminal Investigation
LAW-302Crime and Justice in the Media (Formerly LAW-405) 
LAW-304Women and Law 
LAW-305Trial Advocacy 
LAW-307Criminal Justice Practice (Formerly LAW-207)
LAW-308Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
LAW-310Cyberspace Law and Policy 
LAW-355Sports and the Law 
LAW-365Rights of the Accused 
LAW-395Selected Topics in Law and Justice 
LAW-401Hate Crimes in the United States 
LAW-490Law and Justice Independent Study 
LAW-491Law and Justice Internship 
LAW-496Law and Justice Honors Thesis
Political Science
POL-260Politics of Law and Order 
POL-361The Judicial Process 
PSY-279Psychology and Law (Pre-requisite: PSY-100) 
SOC-206Theories of Deviance and Crime (Formerly known as Deviance and Crime)
SOC-216Youth and Crime 
SOC-219Introduction to Criminal Justice: Police, Courts and Corrections (Formerly SOC-319)
SOC-246Drugs, Crime and American Society 
SOC-313Gender & Criminal Justice 
SOC-321White Collar & Corporate Crime 
SOC-322Punishment and Corrections
SOC-342Police and American Society
SOC-343Policing and Counter Terrorism
SOC-345Race and Crime 
*Pre-requisite: SOC-101.
Category II: Crime and Justice Related Courses
A maximum of two courses from the following:
Note: Students may take up to six additional credits from Category I instead of Category II
Baccalaureate Honors
BHP-209Honors Seminar: Law and the Arts 
COM-251Interpersonal Communication 
COM-252Intercultural Communication 
COM-322Argumentation and Debate (Pre-requisite: COM-104 or COM-290)

PHL-303Philosophy of Law 
Political Science
POL-235Race and Ethnicity in American Politics 
POL-300U.S. Constitutional Law 
POL-301Civil Liberties in the U.S. 
POL-325Public Administration 
POL-335Urban Politics 
PSY-220Abnormal Psychology (Pre-requisite: PSY-100) 
PSY-365Drugs and Human Behavior (Pre-requisite: PSY-100) 
SOC-207Racial and Ethnic Relations 
SOC-308Cities and Suburbs 
SOC-317Law and Lawyers 
SOC-340Power and Politics 
SOC-350Social Policy 
*Pre-requisite: SOC-101.
Category III: Theory/Application
One course from the following:
LAW-305Trial Advocacy 
LAW-307Criminal Justice Practice (Formerly LAW-207)
LAW-308Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
LAW-490Law and Justice Independent Study 
LAW-491Law and Justice Internship 
LAW-496Law and Justice Honors Thesis 
Category IV
LAW-450Law and Justice Senior Seminar (Required of all seniors in the minor)

**No more than three courses from the same department may be counted toward the minor.

†These courses may count toward Category III only with the permission of the director of the program.

††No LAW course may be used more than once to fulfill minor requirements.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.