The Criminal Justice Minor and Certificate

The Criminal Justice Minor & Certificate are intended to provide a brief background in the same essential knowledge, substantive application and general perspectives provided in our Major Concentration in Criminal Justice. In addition, the Criminal Justice Minor and Certificate will take a conceptual approach to the material and will foster critical thinking about crime and the criminal justice system. Essential knowledge about criminal justice includes understanding the relationship between crime and society (covered in Theories of Crime courses). This knowledge is situated in substantive applications to social problems and policy, societal dynamics and institutions, and the operation of the criminal justice system (covered in our electives). Finally, this minor and certificate provides students with a sociological perspective in understanding how crime and criminal justice systems are related to social inequality and social justice (covered in most offerings but assured by the two inequality course requirements).

Official permission of the Sociology Department is required to register for the Criminal Justice Certificate.
We require that students meet with the Department Chair in order to better plan their course selections. Students must also officially register for the Criminal Justice Minor or Certificate following the guidelines for their School. Liberal Arts students must register for the certificate or minor in DORI.

The Criminal Justice Minor

Requirements: 15 credits

One required course:
103 Introduction to Criminal Justice

One of the following Inequality courses:
208 Racial and Ethnic Groups or
208W Racial and Ethnic Groups
210 Sociology of Sex and Gender
309 Social Stratification
321 White Collar Crime
370 Gender, Crime and Justice
371 Race, Crime and Justice

One of the following Theories of Crime courses:
211 Social Deviance
213 Criminology
216 Delinquency and Society

Two of the following Sociology courses:
211 Social Deviance
212 Drugs and Society
213 Criminology
216 Delinquency and Society
218 Treatment and Community Corrections
222 Introduction to Peace and Justice
264 Police and Society
321 White Collar Crime
370 Gender, Crime and Justice
371 Race, Crime and Justice
409 Correctional Policy and Practice
421 Criminal Justice Policy
450 Fieldwork (3 credits in criminal justice related placement)

Students are required to take six credits at the 200 level or above and are encouraged to take 3 credits at the 300-400 level.

Six credits may double count toward the Sociology Major

*Fieldwork: Sociology Majors must have completed twenty-one credits in the major. Non-majors must have completed 12 credits in criminal justice class work. Requires an internship in a community setting directly related to criminology and the criminal justice system. Fieldwork combines independent study under a faculty mentor with an internship placement in a local organization. A minimum of 5 hours in placement per week (or 75 hours per semester) and one hour of meetings with the instructor per week (or 15 hours per semester) is required for 3 credits.

Note: Courses from other Departments may be cross-listed as electives, where appropriate.

The minor is not available to Sociology Majors with a Criminal Justice Concentration.

The Criminal Justice Certificate

Requirements: 18 credits

Two required courses:
103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
450 Fieldwork (3 credits in criminal justice related placement)*

One of the following Inequality courses:
208 Racial and Ethnic Groups or
208W Racial and Ethnic Groups
210 Sociology of Sex and Gender
309 Social Stratification
321 White Collar Crime
370 Gender, Crime and Justice
371 Race, Crime and Justice

One of the following Theories of Crime courses:
211 Social Deviance
213 Criminology
216 Delinquency and Society

Two of the following Sociology courses:
211 Social Deviance
212 Drugs and Society
213 Criminology
216 Delinquency and Society
218 Treatment and Community Corrections
264 Police and Society
304 Introduction to Peace and Justice
321 White Collar Crime
370 Gender, Crime and Justice
371 Race, Crime and Justice
409 Correctional Policy and Practice
421 Criminal Justice Policy

Students are required to take six credits at the 200 level or above and are encouraged to take 3 credits at the 300-400 level.

Six credits may double count toward the Sociology Major

*Fieldwork: Sociology Majors must have completed twenty-one credits in the major. Non-majors must have completed 12 credits in criminal justice class work. Requires an internship in a community setting directly related to criminology and the criminal justice system. Fieldwork combines independent study under a faculty mentor with an internship placement in a local organization. A minimum of 5 hours in placement per week (or 75 hours per semester) and one hour of meetings with the instructor per week (or 15 hours per semester) is required for 3 credits.

Note: Courses from other Departments may be cross-listed as electives, where appropriate.

The certificate is not available to Sociology Majors with a Criminal Justice Concentration