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Minoring in Criminal Justice

For a minor in Criminal Justice, students are required to complete at least 21 semester hours of CJ electives. Minors must maintain an average of C or better in their Criminal Justice courses. Ordinarily, minors do not take CJ 488. Up to 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted toward the minor.

Elective courses are listed below.  Keep in mind that elective courses rotate.  Not every elective is offered every semester or every year.  

Other minors that might interest you are:


         Forensic Sciences

Any of the following courses may be taken for credit toward a CJ Minor. 

Note: Please view the annual course catalog for information about prerequisites, standing, or transfer credits.

Courses for Criminal Justice Minors

111-Introduction to Criminal Justice –Introduction to the system of criminal justice including police, courts and corrections.

202- Introduction to Corrections – Overview of corrections in the U.S.; includes philosophy of punishment, prisons, community-based sanctions, death penalty, ethical issues. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

205 Juvenile Justice –Arrest, pretrial detention, court procedures, and punishment involving juveniles; includes waivers to adult court, privacy issues, community-based corrections, recidivism.

206- Principles of Criminal Law –Introduction to criminal law. The course covers the elements of crimes, criminal defenses and the nature of criminal responsibility. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

207- Criminal Procedure –Supreme Court criminal procedure cases analyzed. Application of law to stop and frisk, search, seizure, warrants, cyberspace, interrogations, etc., highlighted at federal and Illinois level.

208- Introduction to Law Enforcement – History, organization and operations of police; includes use of discretion, arrest powers, detective work, interagency cooperation, use of force.

273- Crime, Theory and Practice –An introduction to theory and research on lawmaking, lawbreaking and the reactions to crime and criminality.

302- Research Methods in Criminal Justice –Major research methods in social sciences as applied to study of crime and justice; includes surveys, observational methods, experimentation, comparative and historical research.  Open to CJ majors and minors only.

303- Data Analysis in Criminal Justice –Key statistical concepts, their application and interpretation. Using a computer to calculate and graphically display statistics. Creating and manipulating data sets. Prerequisite: CJ 302, CJ majors or minors only.

311-Perspectives on Terrorism - A survey of international and domestic terrorism, the organizations, philosophies, and responses. Investigates the social, psychological, cultural, historical, political, religious, and economic dynamics of terrorism.

348- Law and Society - (same as PHIL 348 and POLS 392) Examines the nexus of culture, dispute management and law. We will explore law as a social construct, focusing on law’s everyday impact on citizen’s lives.

357- Organized Crime –History, development, and current practices of organized crime in the United States and other countries.

364- Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities –Examines treatment and rehabilitation strategies, including theoretical foundations, counseling techniques, and community-based approaches.

365- Ethics in Criminal Justice –Explores ethical responsibilities of criminal justice personnel and the moral dilemmas faced by police, court, and corrections officials in processing suspects, defendants, and offenders.

366- Race and Class in Criminal Justice –Criminal justice from the vantage point of race and class relations, racial/ cultural interaction, enforcement patterns, use of discretion, case outcomes, and punishment.

367- Gender and Criminal Justice –Issues of gender in criminal justice, particularly with regard to offending, victimization, processing, incarcerating, rehabilitating and among professionals in the field.

368- Serial Rape and Murder - Prevailing myths surrounding sexual assault and examination of the various typologies explaining rape and murder.

390- Special Topics in Criminal Justice –Topics not included in regular course offerings. May be repeated once to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.

396-1 to 6 Readings in Criminal Justice - Supervised reading or projects in selected areas of criminal justice. May be repeated for up to 6 hours.  Consent of Instructor required prior to enrolling; open to CJ majors/minors only.

401- Community Corrections –History and current practice, success rates of community-based alternatives to prison; includes boot camps, probation, electronic monitoring, and new “creative” sentencing.

408- Critical Issues in Law Enforcement – [SS] Examination and analysis of issues in policing, including training and socialization, management and organization, deviance, minority recruitment, community-based efforts and use of force.

410- Judicial Process –Organization of and participants in the federal and Illinois state criminal courts are examined. Sources of law, criminal trial process and appellate process are discussed.

420- United States Drug Policy –Examines historical and contemporary drug use and policy efforts, including secondary problems affiliated with drugs, the War on Drugs and its impact, nationally and internationally. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

454- Capital Punishment –Explores the history, practice, and legal status of the death penalty in the United States and other countries.

464- Mental Health and the Criminal System –Explores treatment of mentally ill defendants by police, courts and corrections. Insanity defense, trial competency, guardianship, civil commitment and court diversion initiatives for such defendants are discussed.

465- Theories of the Just Society –Examines various constructions of the just society and the functions of government. Students consider the role of law and its relationship to justice for citizens.

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