Criminology Minor

Who defines crime and criminal behavior? Why do people commit crimes? What does society do, and what can society do better to prevent and respond to crime? The criminology minor gives students the tools to analyze how society defines, regulates and tries to prevent crime, as well as considering social issues and structures that may cause people to break laws. The minor program in criminology allows students to pair their majors with an exploration of issues of crime and the criminal justice system.

The criminology minor affords students the opportunity to analyze how society defines, regulates and seeks to prevent criminal behavior as well as considering what factors lead people to commit crimes.

Courses address the role of systemic inequality and state violence in relation to crime. Students select courses from multiple social scientific disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology and indigenous, race and ethnic studies to gain an understanding of the nature of crime, including the social and cultural factors contributing to criminal behavior and institutional efforts to prevent it. They also gain skills in analyzing evidence as well as identifying, apprehending and rehabilitating perpetrators.

Minor in Criminology

Required Core Courses:16
Introduction to Sociology
Power, Politics, and Inequality
Introduction: Deviance, Control, and Crime
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Electives: 120
Advanced Forensic Anthropology 2
CRES 420
Conflicts of Incarceration
Social Equity and Criminal Justice
Race and Incarceration
FHS 482
Legal Process An Introduction to the American Judiciary
Race, Politics, and the Law
Civil Rights in Post-Warren Era
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Introduction to Public Law
Culture and Mental Health
Urban Sociology
Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic]
Total Credits36

Additional Requirements

  • At least 20 credits must be at the upper-division level