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Criminal Justice Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
The minor in criminal justice provides an opportunity for students interested in obtaining a bachelorís degree in a different field of study to take coursework to gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. The minor is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the criminal justice field by focusing on criminological theory, corrections, policing, juvenile justice issues, and criminal law.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Criminal Justice Minor Requirements
Take exactly 6 course(s) totaling exactly 20 credit(s) from the following:
· CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
· CRJS 2100 - Crime and Criminology (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 2400 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law (4.0 cr)
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CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of criminal justice system. Focuses on police, courts, corrections, and notion of justice in American society.
CRJS 2100 - Crime and Criminology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Legal definitions of criminal/deliquent behavior. Typologies of crime/criminals. Trends in reported distribution of crime/delinquency within population. Theoretical explanations.
CRJS 2400 - Introduction to Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Penology. History, philosophy, programs, policies, problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections, alternative sanctions. prereq: 1500
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of police in America, past, present, future. Institutional context of police activity. Bureaucratization of police. Professionalization, role of police. Police/community change. prereq: 1500
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Processing/treatment of juvenile offenders. Organization, operations, goals of individuals, agencies, institutions that work with offenders.
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Elements of criminal offenses in the United States/Minnesota. Crimes against persons/property. Administration of justice. Cases outline judicial interpretation of criminal law.