The field of criminal justice is now broader than just law enforcement; individuals in business, education, politics, psychology, education, communications, arts and international affairs may confront issues related to crime. A minor in criminal justice is intended for students in these majors who are interested in gaining critical knowledge and basic understandings of these problems without taking the full major.
This minor will provide an overview of theories and contemporary issues in the field. It will strengthen students’ foundation for work in their chosen careers and/or will become a foundation for more focused graduate school study.
Students can choose tracks to focus on law, social justice or juvenile justice. The law track explores crime from the perspective of court and penal systems, constitutional rights, and contemporary criminal law issues. It provides a background for students interested in law school and/or work in the criminal law system. The social justice track explores the relationships between crime and society, particularly with respect to issues of race, class and gender. It provides a background for students interested in criminal justice reform and alternatives to incarceration. The juvenile justice track focuses on issues of youth psychology and the treatment of youth as a separate group within the criminal justice system. It provides a background for students interested in working with youth whether in education, social work, child and adolescent psychology, or juvenile justice.