Program Minors


Criminal Justice and non-criminal justice majors have the opportunity to declare minor areas of study. Minor areas of study entail successful completion of 15 credits.

Minor in Criminal Justice  

Non-criminal justice majors may complete a minor in Criminal Justice by completing the following 15 credits:

CRIM1101      Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRIM1102      Criminology and Social Theory
CRIM1103      Criminal Law  
CRIM2201     Police and Society
CRIM2202     Corrections, Parole and Probation

Minor in Computer Forensics

Available to all students 

CRIM2218     Computer Technologies and Cyber Crime  
INFO1101      Computer Concepts & Technology
CRIM3327     File System Forensic Analysis and Investigation
INFO4101      Data Communication and Computer Networking

Select one from the following:

CRIM4010     Computer Forensic, Software/Hardware Apps
INFO4410      Foundations of Cybersecurity

Interdisciplinary Minor In Legal Studies

Available to all students

Required Courses (12 credits)

CRIM1120     Introduction to Jurisprudence
POLS1101     Introduction to Political Science
CRIM3319      Courts and the Judicial Process
CRIM3890     Legal and Analytical Reasoning

Select one Elective Course (3 credits)

CRIM2205     Criminal Justice Research Methods
CRIM1103     Criminal Law
CRIM2100     Professional and Legal Writing
CRIM2214     Procedural Law
HIST2105      Crime in History
POLS2253     American Government
POLS2254     Public Policy
POLS3355     American Constitutional Law
POLS3327     Civil Rights and Liberties
POLS2212     International Law
HIST2215      Constitutional History U.S.

The School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies offers students a course of study who are interested in the field of jurisprudence and the legal profession. The Legal Studies tract offers students a selection of specifically designed courses, academic advisement, testing strategies and preparation, and support services designed to assist students that anticipate applying to law school or graduate school. This places a strong emphasis on the importance of the undergraduate student’s course of study, grade point average (GPA), and performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) – all of which play important factors for acceptance to law school. Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, deduction, and analytical reasoning. The course Legal and Analytical Reasoning places emphasis on these skill sets, which also provides students the opportunity to take practice LSAT exams.

Minor In Social Justice Advocacy

Available to Criminal Justice majors and Non-Criminal Justice majors

For students interested in a professional career working with juveniles and the Juvenile Justice System, Probation, Parole, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, Rehabilitation, Counseling and Advocating for Victims of Crime and Abuse.

Required Courses       ( 6 Credits ) 
CRIM1125     Introduction to Social Service Advocacy
SOCI3316     The Family: Stability and Dysfunction
Select any three courses ( 9 credits ) 
SOCI2805     Contemporary Social Issues 
SOCI3201     Methods in Social Research
SOCI3318     Health and Society:  Access and Issues
SOCI3320     Race, Generation, and Immigration
CRIM1130     Working with Children and Families
CRIM1135     Social Justice and Structural Inequality
CRIM2208     Victimology
CRIM3320     Interviewing and Counseling Strategies
CRIM3324     Community Resource Management 
CRIM3326     Rehabilitative and Reentry Strategies

Minor in Political Science

For non Political Science majors
 
A minor in Political Science requires students to complete 15 credits of the following courses:
 
POLS1101     Introduction to Political Science
POLS1102     Geography and World Issues
POLS2204     International Relations
POLS2231     Comparative Government and Politics
POLS2253     American Government

Minor in International Studies

For non International Studies majors
 
A minor in International Studies requires students to complete 15 credits of the following courses:
 
POLS1102     Geography and World Issues
POLS2204     International Relations
POLS2211     International Organizations
POLS2212     International Law
POLS2231     Comparative Government and Politics

Africian Studies Multidisciplinary Minor

The African Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with opportunities to widen their perspectives and understanding of Africa’s social, political and economic systems and also to deepen their insights into the profound impact of African societies on countries throughout the world.  

The program enables students to acquire the skills needed to engage successfully in a post-graduate degree in African studies. It also prepares them to lead academic and nonacademic organizations (such as NGOs, etc) in an ever-changing global society and particularly in Africa.

Students are required to complete 15 credits of course work including the following: 

Six credits of foundational courses, including

AFST1101     Africa and Africans I: History and Traditions 
AFST1102     Africa and Africans II: Communities and Cultures
AFST____     Elective
AFST____     Elective
AFST____     Elective

Nine credits of electives from a list of courses divided into three main themes: Africa Centered; Africa Diaspora (including African-American Studies); and Africa in the Global Context.