Justice Studies Minor


The justice studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that blends topics from humanities departments (e.g., philosophy), social science departments (e.g., psychology, sociology, women's and gender studies), departments that include both humanities and social science faculty (history, political science) and professionally oriented departments (education, family studies, social work). Topics studied include courts, family violence, rights, substance abuse, juvenile justice, school law, children as witnesses, hate crimes and community policing.

The minor in justice studies requires students to take a total of five courses (20 credits) each with a grade of C- or better in order to complete the program. Students are allowed to "double count" no more than two courses toward their major and minor, and are not allowed to take more than two courses from any one department (except for justice studies).In order to officially declare the minor in justice studies, students will need to submit an intent to minor form to Deb Briand in the Justice Studies Office. This form can be found on our website.

Required Courses
JUST 401Introduction to Justice Studies4
Select one of the following:4
Politics of Crime and Justice
Supreme Court and the Constitution
Introductory Criminology
Elective Courses
Select three elective courses from the justice studies approved course list 112
Total Credits20

This list is approved and published yearly by the Justice Studies Executive Committee. Departmental offerings that are currently accepted for the minor are listed on the Justice Studies major page.

For program information on the forensics minor, see the Forensics Minor program page.