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: 9–15
Baccalaureate Honors
BHP-211 Honors Seminar: Theories of Justice and the American Common Law  
BHP-322 Honors Seminar: The Guilty and the Innocent: Assessing Blame and Determining Punishment in Literature and Law  
Law and Justice Interdisciplinary Courses
LAW-140 Introductory Seminar in Law and Justice  
LAW-150 Introduction to Forensics  
LAW-204 Law, Literature and Film in America (LAW-204 also satisfies a Literature Core Requirement)  
LAW-210 Criminal Investigation  
LAW-302 Crime and Justice in the Media (Formerly LAW-405)  
LAW-304 Women and Law  
LAW-305 Trial Advocacy  
LAW-307 Criminal Justice Practice (Formerly LAW-207)  
LAW-308 Conflict and Conflict Resolution  
LAW-310 Cyberspace Law and Policy  
LAW-355 Sports and the Law  
LAW-365 Rights of the Accused  
LAW-395 Selected Topics in Law and Justice  
LAW-401 Hate Crimes in the United States  
LAW-490 Law and Justice Independent Study  
LAW-491 Law and Justice Internship  
LAW-496 Law and Justice Honors Thesis  
Political Science
POL-260 Politics of Law and Order  
POL-361 The Judicial Process  
PSY-279 Psychology and Law (Pre-requisite: PSY-100)  
SOC-206 Theories of Deviance and Crime (Formerly known as Deviance and Crime)  
SOC-216 Youth and Crime  
SOC-219 Introduction to Criminal Justice: Police, Courts and Corrections (Formerly SOC-319)  
SOC-246 Drugs, Crime and American Society  
SOC-313 Gender & Criminal Justice  
SOC-321 White Collar & Corporate Crime  
SOC-322 Punishment and Corrections  
SOC-342 Police and American Society  
SOC-343 Policing and Counter Terrorism  
SOC-345 Race 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-209 Honors Seminar: Law and the Arts  
COM-251 Interpersonal Communication  
COM-252 Intercultural Communication  
COM-322 Argumentation and Debate (Pre-requisite: COM-104 or COM-290)  
PHL-303 Philosophy of Law  
Political Science
POL-235 Race and Ethnicity in American Politics  
POL-300 U.S. Constitutional Law  
POL-301 Civil Liberties in the U.S.  
POL-325 Public Administration  
POL-335 Urban Politics  
PSY-220 Abnormal Psychology (Pre-requisite: PSY-100)  
PSY-365 Drugs and Human Behavior (Pre-requisite: PSY-100)  
SOC-205 Families  
SOC-207 Racial and Ethnic Relations  
SOC-308 Cities and Suburbs  
SOC-317 Law and Lawyers  
SOC-340 Power and Politics  
SOC-350 Social Policy  
*Pre-requisite: SOC-101.  
Category III: Theory/Application
One course from the following: 3
LAW-305 Trial Advocacy  
LAW-307 Criminal Justice Practice (Formerly LAW-207)  
LAW-308 Conflict and Conflict Resolution  
LAW-490 Law and Justice Independent Study  
LAW-491 Law and Justice Internship  
LAW-496 Law and Justice Honors Thesis  
Category IV
LAW-450 Law and Justice Senior Seminar (Required of all seniors in the minor) 3

**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.