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Dr. Peggy Plass

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Criminal Justice

The cross disciplinary minor in criminal justice is designed for students preparing for careers in law enforcement, corrections, judicial administration or other areas related to the study or management of crime, either directly upon graduation or after further graduate training.

Required Courses

Courses
Credit Hours
Choose two of the following:
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     CRJU 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
     SOCI/JUST 325. Criminology
     PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (non-PSYC majors only)  
          or PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology (PSYC majors)
Choose five from the following:
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(Courses must be in at least two different academic disciplines)
     PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment and Justice
     POSC 326. Civil Rights
     PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (non-PSYC majors)  
          or PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology (PSYC majors)
     PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology
     CRJU 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
     CRJU 328. Criminal Procedure
     CRJU 301. Special Topics in Criminal Justice
     CRJU 329. Criminal Investigation and Evidence
     JUST 323. Comparative Criminal Justice
     JUST 327. Criminal Law
     SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
     SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
     SOCI 214. Social Deviance
     SOCI/JUST 325. Criminology
     SOCI 327. Juvenile Delinquency
     SOCI 330. Corrections
     Any one of the following may be taken as an elective: 1
          CRJU 401. Internship in Criminal Justice
          POSC 495. Internship in Political Science
          PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
          PPA 496. Internship in Public Management
          SOCI 485. Internship in Sociology
     Any one of the following may be taken as an elective: 2
          PSYC 402. Independent Research in Psychology
          SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology

 
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1 Internships must be in a criminal justice-related field in order to receive credit for the criminal justice minor. Credit for only one internship will be given toward the minor.
2 Readings and research courses must be specifically related to the field of criminal justice. Students may register for only one readings and research class for credit toward the minor.

Transfer Credit
A maximum of three courses may be transferred into the criminal justice minor from other institutions. No transfer credit will be given for any course offered in the minor at the 300 or 400 level.

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