Criminal Justice

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Criminal Justice Program
HSS 336
Director: John Curtin


Professors--Curtin, Matthews, C., Walsh


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 (consult Index for page reference).

Program 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:
Criminology 4
CJ 450 Jails and Prisons (4)
SOC 362 Deviant Behavior (4)
SOC 451 Criminological Theory (4)
Legal Studies 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)
SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4)
Administration of Justice 4
CJ 400 Police and Public Policy (4)
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control (4)
One or more related course(s), chosen on the basis of individual interests with adviser approval 3-4
Culminating Seminar and Field Activity
CJ 680 Field Course in Criminal Justice 4
Total 22-24

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