What is the Criminology minor?

A:  The minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum for students interested in criminal justice, law and offender rehabilitation.  Students take a range of courses providing theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to work in the criminal justice system.  These courses expose students to current sociological, psychological and legal issues in the study of crime and criminal justice.  The minor program is administered by the Sociology Department.

What is the minor good for?

A: The minor indicates that the recipient has taken a set of courses providing both a Liberal Arts and a practical perspective on crime and criminal justice issues.  It is certainly something to put on one's resume and to mention to prospective employers in criminal justice and related fields.

What courses do I need to get the minor?

A: A total of eight courses are needed and you must earn a 'C' or better for a course to count toward the minor.

Six courses are required:
01:202:201      Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
01:830:101      Introduction to Psychology (3)
01:830:340      Abnormal Psychology (3)
01:920:101      Introduction to Sociology (3)
01:920:222      Criminology (3)
01:920:306      Race Relations (3)

One elective course must be taken from the following:
01:920:304      Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3)
01:920:307      Sociology of Mental Illness (3)
01:920:349      Law and Society (3)

One additional three credit elective course offered by the Criminal Justice Program (01:202) must be taken.

I transferred in some of the courses.  Do they still count toward the minor?

A: If those courses have been accepted as equivalent to Rutgers courses meeting criminology minor requirements, they may be applied toward the criminology minor.

Can I count the same course for both the minor and my Psychology or Sociology major/minor?

A: Yes.

Can I substitute any courses for minor requirements?

A: There are a limited number of courses that have been pre-approved as substitutes for minor requirements.

For Law and Society (01:920:349) you may substitute:

             Political Science 106 - Law and Politics

             Political Science 340 - Law and Society

             Philosophy 344 - Philosophy and the Law

For Race Relations (01:920:306) you may substitute:

             Psychology 376 - Psychology and African Americans

             Philosophy 258 - Philosophy and the Black Experience

             African American Studies 203 - Black Experience in America

For Sociology of Mental Illness you may substitute:

             Public Health 416 - Mental Illness Policy

Where do I sign up for the Criminology minor?

A:  You declare the Criminology Minor as you would any other minor by completing a form at an academic advising center.

I cannot register for a Criminal Justice course for my Criminology minor, what should I do?

A: You must request a SPN from CJ, in order to register for any Criminal Justice (202) course, whether it is open or closed.  The only exception is Introduction to Criminal Justice (01:202:201).  You do not need an SPN to register for this course as long as it is open.  (If it is closed, you will need to apply for a SPN.)  As a Criminology minor, please be sure to include more than one option.  There is no guarantee that you will be granted an SPN if you only select one course.  There is a SPN portal where you can request SPNs.  This portal will open twice for each semester. Please visit CJ SPNS for more information. 

You haven't answered my questions about the Criminology minor here.  How do I get more information?

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