Minor in Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers two distinct minors: the minor in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. Those students who minor in Forensic Science will spend time in the crime scene/forensic science laboratory engaging in various forms of criminal investigations where they will examine blood stains, weapons, fibers and other crime scene evidence.

The minor in Criminal Justice offers students a glimpse into the academic discipline. It may provide students knowledge about the justice system to balance their major. For example, psychology majors and social work majors would benefit greatly since they both address people who engage in deviant and sometimes criminal behavior. Students that may be curious and wish to learn more about the Criminal Justice system may find a minor in Criminal Justice appealing.

**Please note that this is a recommended sequence. Check catalog for prerequisites. Course availability may vary from semester to semester.

The Minor in Criminal Justice requires 24 semester hours of credits as follows:

Core Course: (9 s.h.)

JUST 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
JUST 2004 Crime and Criminality
JUST 3500 Principles of Criminal Law
3 s.h.
3 s.h.
3 s.h.

**Elective requirement is 15 s.h. and may not include JUST 4990.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the minor in Forensic Science, students need to have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA and must pass JUST 1000 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. You must notify your Academic Advisor of your intention of declaring a minor in Criminal Justice or Forensic Science.

To be admitted to the minor in Criminal Justice students need to have a minimum overall ("C") 2.0 GPA.