Criminal Justice

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joseph Julian

Criminal Justice Program
HSS 382
Director: John Curtin

Professors—Curtin, Graham, Syfers

Minor in Criminal Justice

Program Scope
The Criminal Justice Minor emphasizes the practitioner approach in the context of critical perspectives and analyses of the social sciences. Students in the program will develop familiarity with the field and its history, as well as refine their analytical skills of critical thinking, scientific inquiry, data gathering and written expression. The program is designed to facilitate communication across disciplines and between those within and without the criminal justice system. The faculty have extensive legal, scholarly, and practical experience in the field. Field study arrangements have been made with local criminal justice agencies. The minor can be taken in conjunction with any major but students majoring in closely related disciplines may use some courses for both the major and minor.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Criminal Justice discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

Introduction					Units
CJ 300		Criminal Justice: A Cross-
		Disciplinary Perspective	    4

Substantive Core
One course from each of the following three 
sets on advisement, with courses in at least 
two disciplines:
The Nature of Crime and Deviant Behavior	    4
SOC 362		Deviant Behavior (4)
SOC 451		Criminological Theory (4)
Law and Justice in History and Society		  3-4
CJ 500		Criminal Law (4)
PHIL 380	Philosophy of Law
PHIL 335	Law and Society
PLSI 552	Individual Rights in the 
		Constitution (4)
PLSI 561	Jurisprudence (4)
SOC 457		Sociology of Law (4)
Administration of the Law			    4
CJ 400		Police and Public Policy (4)
SOC 455		Punishment and Control (4)
SOC 459		Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
Two or more related courses, chosen on the basis 
of individual interests and with adviser 
approval					    6
Culminating Seminar and Field Activity
SS 680		Field Course in Social Science	    3
		Total				24-25

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