Undergraduate minor

About the minor

Who defines crime and criminal behavior? Why do people commit crimes? How does society prevent and respond to crime and how can it do so more effectively? The criminology minor gives students the tools to analyze how society defines, prevents, and controls crime while considering how social structures influence criminal behavior and punishment. Students who minor in criminology can explore issues of crime and the criminal justice system through the lens of their selected major.

A little more info

  • The minor allows students in undergraduate programs to explore the nature of crime, including how it’s defined, as well as who breaks the law and why.
  • The program unpacks societal responses to law breaking, providing students with the tools to analyze complex issues and policies within the criminal justice system.
  • Students choose courses from a wide array of social scientific disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology and indigenous, race and ethnic studies.
  • Nearly all lives are touched by crime in some way; students who minor in criminology have the rare opportunity to study an urgent social issue and change the world.

Career opportunities

The minor program in criminology prepares students for employment in law enforcement, legal assistance, victim advocacy, probation and parole, juvenile justice, corrections, forensic science, crime data analysis, and other careers in criminology and criminal justice. Additionally, the criminology minor provides students with a strong foundation to pursue additional education in law, research, and administration.

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