The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers two minors: criminology and criminal justice, and forensic science.

Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Satisfying the requirements for the minor in criminology and criminal justice requires completing a minimum of 20 credits in the minor. Students must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor courses.

Required Course

Must be completed before acceptance into the criminology minor.

CRM 1000 Introduction to Criminology


Electives (choose four)

CRM 1200 Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature 
CRM 1500 Rural Crime
CRM 2000 Youth, Deviance and Crime 
CRM 2200 Corporate and White Collar Crime
CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
CRM 2500 The Death Penalty
CRM 2600 Policy and Prevention in the Public Sphere
CRM 2700  Ethics of Criminal (In)Justice
CRM 2800  Search and Seizure
CRM 2900  Police Culture
CRM 3000 Society and Law
CRM 3050/ 3050(W) Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control
CRM 3380/ 3380(W) Race, Class and Crime
CRM 3430 Criminal Justice and Mental Health
CRM 3500 Domestic Violence
CRM 3600(W) Drugs and Society
CRM 3700 Forensic Criminal Investigation
CRM 3900 Incarceration
CRM 4000 Research Methods in Criminology
CRM 4500 Statistics in Criminology

Minor in Forensic Science

The minor in forensic science employs an interdisciplinary approach to the social and physical sciences by providing students with an understanding of the foundational concepts associated with the application of scientific techniques to forensic investigations and the criminal justice system.

This minor is designed to prepare students for future graduate education or additional training and certification in specialized fields within forensic science, such as criminal investigation, evidence collection, behavioral analysis and/or laboratory analysis.

The forensic science minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours, as follows:

Required Courses (complete all)

CHM 1610 Investigations in Chemistry I
CHM 1620 Investigations in Chemistry II
CHM 3610 Forensic Chemistry and the Analysis of Evidence
CRM1000 Introduction to Criminology
CRM3700 Forensic Criminal Investigation


Electives (choose one)

CRM 3430 Criminal Justice and Mental Health
CRM 3600(W) Drugs and Society
CRM 5002 Forensic Behavioral Analysis