Related Minors

Many criminal justice majors consider taking one or more of the following minors to supplement their CRJ major.

Computer Crime Minor

This is an interdisciplinary program administered by the departments of Computer and Information Sciences and Criminal Justice. It is concerned with the study and prevention of crimes committed using computers, covering topics including consumer fraud, money laundering and attacks on computer networks.

The program formally requires six courses; however, some of these have prerequisites, so a student may need to complete more than six courses to satisfy the minor requirements. The required courses are:

  • CRJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 210 - Criminology
  • CRJ 350 - Criminal Law
  • CIS 270 - Computer Hardware
  • CIS 285 - Computer Forensics I
  • CIS 385 - Computer Forensics II (prerequisites: CIS 285 or permission of instructor) or CIS 485 Information Security

For more information, contact Petter Lovaas.  

Forensic Science Minor

The minor in forensic science is an interdisciplinary program that will require study in chemistry, physics and computer and information sciences. It requires the completion of five courses. Students wishing to pursue the minor in forensic science should contact the coordinator, Dr. Mary McCourt, professor of chemistry, or Dr. Suzanne Wagner in the department of computer and information sciences.

  • CIS 270 Computer Hardware
  • CIS 285 Computer Forensics I
  • CIS 385 Computer Forensics II
  • PHY 108 CIS NU:Physical Forensics
  • CHE 108 Forensics Science

For more information, contact  Petter Lovaas.

Law and Jurisprudence Minor

Minor Requirements

The law and jurisprudence minor is an interdisciplinary minor with three (3) required courses among the law-related courses in political science and three (3) elective courses from other departments.

Area 1

  • POL 203 Introduction to Law (SS) REQUIRED

This course provides an introduction to American law and legal institutions. The course will survey generally the sources and functions of law as a mediator between the individual and society. The course will examine, in general terms, the various kinds of law- civil, criminal, torts, contracts, alternative modes of dispute resolution, family law, constitutional, etc.

Area 2

Two additional political science courses, chosen from the any five listed below.

  • POL 220 Women and the Law
  • POL 354 Constitutional Law
  • POL 355 Civil Liberties
  • POL 358 Judicial Politics and Process
  • POL 386 International Law
  • POL 491 or 498 Legal Internship or Legal Research Project

Area 3

Students may choose three electives from the course options below to complete the required six courses for the Law and Jurisprudence Minor.

  • CRJ 260 Criminal Procedure
  • CRJ 265 Principles of Justice
  • CRJ 320 Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 350 Criminal Law
  • HIS 346 Civil Rights Movement
  • PHI 300 Logic
  • PHI 304 Social and Political Thought
  • PHI 325 Philosophy of Law
  • SPK 101 Public Speaking

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Baxter.  

Justice and Peace Studies Minor

The justice and peace studies minor is a interdisciplinary program. It requires the completion of six courses. On completion of the minor program, a certificate in justice and peace studies will be awarded to the student. Students wishing to pursue the minor in justice and peace studies should contact the coordinator.

Core Courses (two units — six semester hours required)

  • REL 357 Christian Social Responsibility
  • Any ONE internship or co-op course  involving an experience in a social justice agency.  The internship or co-op can be taken in criminal  justice, political science, psychology, social  work or sociology.

Electives (four units — 12 semester hours required)

Students will select ONE course from each of FOUR (of the five)  groupings below.

Group I

  • CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 265 Principles of Justice
  • CRJ 320 Comparative Criminal Justice

Group II

  • HIS 201 Hitler and the Third Reich
  • HIS 206 Revolutions in European History
  • HIS 310 War and Peace in 20th Century Europe
  • HIS 346 Civil Rights Movement

Group III

  • POL 103 International Issues
  • POL 105 Comparative Government
  • POL 220 Women and The Law
  • POL 355 Civil Liberties
  • POL 362 Political Development
  • POL 368 Revolution and Revolutionary Leadership

Group IV

  • SOC 303 Social Problems
  • SOC 325 Ethnic/Racial Relations
  • SOC 328 Social Change
  • SWK 100 Introduction to Social Work
  • SWK 200 History of Social Services and Policy (Prerequisite
  • SWK 100 or permission of instructor)
  • SWK 251 Cultural Diversity (Prerequisite SWK 100 or permission of instructor)

Group V

  • CMS 361 Politics and Media
  • CMS 354 International Communications
  • INT 100 Introduction to International Studies
  • POL 241 Public Policy
  • ENV 200 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Any questions, contact Dr. Judith A. Merkle.