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Minor in Criminal Justice

In our Criminal Justice program, students will learn the skills necessary to work in law enforcement or rehabilitation. Our undergraduate program will expose our students to theories, policies, practices, and laws associated with criminal behavior. Students have the ability to learn about controversial issues in criminal justice from experts in the field.
Students will have opportunities to gain skills in critical analysis, problem solving, research, and communication as they develop understanding of issues at the individual, community, and social levels. Students will have opportunities to participate in internships through the Experiential Learning Opportunities office, where they will get hands-on experience.

About This Program

Topics of Study

  • Police, judicial, and correctional administration
  • Rules of evidence in criminal cases
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Forms of deviance
  • Correctional systems
  • Nature of crime
  • Causes of criminal behavior
  • Theories of crime causation

Departmental and Assessment Requirements

A major or minor in the department follows the scholarship requirements of the University. The student is expected to complete the Core Curriculum Program and satisfy the requirements of the college of Business and Public Affairs. Students who intend to teach in public school systems will follow the program of the School of Education. All Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Sociology majors must complete a minor. A grade of “C” or above must be earned in each major and minor course.

Career Fields

  • FBI and CIA
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Sherriff
  • Juvenile correctional officer
  • Correctional treatment specialist

Department Information

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Contacts Information

Michael E. Orok, Ph.D., DBS,

Interim Chair, Department of Social Sciences
(256) 372-5330/5482,
Drake Hall