18 Credit Hours


The minor in Criminal Justice provides a broad overview of the criminal justice system, including legislation, law enforcement, courts, corrections, national security, and terrorism. The concentration will necessarily entail insights from an array of cognate disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, law, and IT. The concentration will also engage with a range of complex cutting-edge social issues across human rights, race relations, and immigration.

The Criminal Justice concentration will prepare students for a range of specialized careers involving the discipline. Graduates are prepared to work in law enforcement, public safety, national security, legal assistance and research, internet security, juvenile justice and counseling, compliance, and business careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective research methods and communication skills, which include quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis, writing, oral communication, teamwork, and self-directed work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime, the criminal law, justice system, and the corrections process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the issues of race, diversity, and socio-economic disadvantage impact criminal justice
  • Evidence an ability to incorporate ethical and legal guidelines in addition to professional values
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize and apply relevant theoretical models from criminology and socio-legal studies
  • Demonstrate the professional skills needed to function effectively in the 21st century law enforcement context


CJ Courses (12 Credit Hours) - select any 4 except CJ 220 or CJ 399