Criminal Justice

Dr. Peggy Plass, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-7932

The interdisciplinary minor in criminal justice is designed for students who are 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. The requirement for a minor in criminal justice is 21 credit hours including:


Minor Requirements Hours

PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

SOCI 325. Criminology 3

PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3

(Non PSYC majors only; Psychology majors must take PSYC 335)

Electives 12

Choose four courses from the following; no more than two classes may

be in any single discipline.

PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment and Justice

POSC 326. Civil Rights

PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology

PUAD 323. Comparative Criminal Justice

PUAD 327. Criminal Law

PUAD 328. Criminal Procedure

PUAD 329. Criminal Investigation and Evidence

PUAD 410. Administration in Criminal Justice

SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict

SOCI 214. Social Deviance

SOCI 327. Juvenile Delinquency

SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections

Any one of the following 1:

POSC 495. Internship in Political Science

PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology

PUAD 496. Internship

SOCI/ANTH 485. Anthropology Course Assistantship

Any one of the following 2:

PSYC 402. Independent Research in Psychology

SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology


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.

For further information and advice regarding the criminal justice minor, students should contact the Criminal Justice program director.