Criminology and Criminal Justice


Effective 1 June 2023 through 31 May 2024

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Law, Crime and Social Justice Department and is only available at the St. Louis main campus.

For information on the general requirements for a minor, see Minor under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

The minor in criminology and criminal justice provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to crime and deviance, with particular emphasis on providing the critical thinking skills that enable students to explain, predict and prevent crime and victimization.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of major criminological theories.
  • Describe the development of the criminal justice system and its role in the political process.
  • Analyze the policy implications of criminological theories.
  • Apply principles of crime prevention to effectively reduce crime and victimization.
  • Compare the theoretical foundations of crime analysis to predict and analyze patterns of crime

Required Courses

Core Courses

  • CRIM 1050 Introduction to Criminology (3 hours)
    or CRIM 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

Elective Courses

15 hours from any of the following electives:

  • Any course with the CRIM prefix not listed above
  • LEGL 2400 Introduction to Law (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3500 Criminal Litigation (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4550 Drugs and Chemical Dependency (3 hours)
  • ANSO 1050 Global Social Problems (3 hours)
  • WGST 3230 Domestic Violence (3 hours)

Recommended Course

  • ANSO 2850 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)