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Get a foundation in criminal justice.
The interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Minor will give you a foundation in this field as a complement to your chosen major, giving you a competitive edge in pursuing a career within the scope of criminal justice organizations, human services, and social advocacy. You will examine the American criminal justice system, including the development of law and the American legal system, the function of law enforcement agencies in contemporary society, judicial procedure and criminal courts, sentencing, and correctional and rehabilitative endeavors. Choose your three electives to dive deeper into the area that will help you meet your goals.
Explore sample courses in this program.
CJ-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
A survey of the American criminal justice system as a socio-political institution. The police, criminal courts, and correctional and rehabilitative endeavors are analyzed within the framework of empirical research from the perspectives of the social sciences.
CJ-102 Introduction to Corrections
Corrections is described as a study of the historical and contemporary views that examine the punishment of crime, offender management, and rehabilitation. This course focuses on correctional philosophy, theory, and practices. It further explores sentencing, jails, prisons, probation, parole, correctional policies, agencies, prison life, treatment, challenges facing correctional populations, and reentry.
CJ-111 Law Enforcement and Society
The structure and function of law enforcement agencies in contemporary society are analyzed in their sociological context. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the police within the framework of the criminal justice system.
CJ-205 American Judicial System
An examination of the development of law and the American legal system. The problems related to the meaning and uses of law, the organizational hierarchy of the courts, and the role of the courts in the criminal justice systems.