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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Minor Programs

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers two minors:

Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Satisfying the requirements for the minor in criminology and criminal justice includes completing a minimum of 18 credits in the minor. Students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in the minor courses.

Required course

  • CRM 1000: Introduction to Criminology (must be completed before acceptance into the criminology minor)

Choice of four elective courses

  • CRM 2000: Youth, Deviance, and Crime 
  • CRM 2200: Corporate and White Collar Crime 
  • CRM 2300: Hate Crimes 
  • CRM 3000: Society and Law 
  • CRM 3050(W): Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control 
  • CRM 3380(W): Race, Class and Crime 
  • CRM 3430: Criminal Justice and Mental Health 
  • CRM 3500: Domestic Violence 
  • CRM 3900: Incarceration 
  • CRM 4000: Research Methods in Criminology
  • CRM 4500: Statistics in Criminology
  • CRM 4800: Criminology Internship  OR
  • CRM 4850: Criminology Internship  OR
  • CRM 4855: Criminology Summer
  • CRM 4900: Directed Study
  • CRM 4910: Directed Study

Minor in Forensic Science

The use of forensic science to collect, preserve and analyze evidence has become highly influential within the field of criminal justice.

The new minor in forensic science — a joint program of the department of criminology and criminal justice, and the department of chemistry and biochemistry — employs an interdisciplinary approach to the social and physical sciences by providing students with an understanding of the foundational concepts associated with the application of scientific techniques to forensic investigations and the criminal justice system.

This minor is designed to prepare students for future graduate education or additional training and certification in specialized fields within forensic science, such as criminal investigation, evidence collection, behavioral analysis and/or laboratory analysis.

The forensic science minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours, which consists of two required criminology courses (eight credit hours) and three required chemistry courses (12 credit hours). The remaining four credit hours come from one elective course in criminology.

Required criminology courses

  • CRM1000: Introduction to Criminology*
  • CRM3700: Forensic Criminal Investigation

Required chemistry courses

  • CHM1610: Investigations in Chemistry I**
  • CHM1620: Investigations in Chemistry II**
  • CHM3610: Forensic Chemistry and the Analysis of Evidence

Choose one of following electives in criminology

  • CRM3430: Criminal Justice and Mental Health*
  • CRM3600(W): Drugs and Society
  • CRM5002: Forensic Behavioral Analysis

Please contact your adviser about the new minor. The department of criminology and criminal justice will keep track and advise (when necessary) the students majoring in criminology, while the department of chemistry and biochemistry will track and advise (when necessary) all other students who declare the forensic Science minor.

* These courses count as a Social Science requirement in the liberal studies core curriculum.

** These courses count as STEM requirements in the liberal Studies core curriculum.