The Department of Sociology offers a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice for students from other departments who wish to have some experience in an area outside their majors. Minors require fewer credit hours to complete than majors. Through this minor, students will gain sociological understanding of a variety of issues related to crime, deviance, and criminal justice. This course work will help prepare students who wish to work in a variety of fields including those related to the criminal justice system.

Effective Spring 2014

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Students must receive a grade of C or higher for each course counting toward the minor.

Lower Division
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3
or SOC 105 Social Problems (GT-SS3)
SOC 253Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Upper Division
SOC 301Development of Sociological Thought3
or SOC 302 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 311Methods of Sociological Inquiry3
Choose one course from each of three of the following five groups:9
Group A:
Sociology of Deviance
Travel Abroad: Crime and Deviance
Group B:
Law Enforcement and Society
Group C:
U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties
Sociology of Law
Group D:
Correctional Organizations
Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Social Work with Selected Populations: Juvenile Offenders
Social Work with Selected Populations: Adult Offenders
Group E:
Travel Abroad: Comparative Criminal Justice
Environmental Justice
Program Total Credits:21