Drawing on the expertise of several departments across campus, the CJS program provides students with a solid educational foundation in the realms of crime and justice. Through courses and relevant experiences, students critically examine both academic and applied facets of the discipline. Many students are attracted to the CJS program out of personal interest. Others have a desire to gain the background that will assist in a career in criminal justice or a related field. In general, students have found that the minor serves as a useful complement to virtually any major.
"The Criminal Justice minor is a great way to explore the numerous opportunities within the growing field of criminal justice. I really enjoyed the content of the criminal justice classes; not only the real world applications but also the hands on experience the professors brought to the classroom. Combined with my interest in psychology, the Criminal Justice minor sparked my passion for crime and the law and readily prepared me for future endeavors, including my pursuit of a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology."
Lynsey McNamara '14, now at Roger Williams University
Below are the classes that will count toward your CJS minor.
Summer Electives 2017
Summer Session I (June 1 – July 5)
• COR 405-OL Prison Industrial Complex (Layne) – no pre-requisites but must be third or fourth year standing
Summer Session II (July 6 – August 3)
• CJS 370-OL 9/11 Terror Attacks: Perspectives on Justice in an Age of Terror (Dalhouse) – no pre-requisites
• SOC 342-OL Social Construction of Deviance (Franzese) – no pre-requisites
Fall Semester 2017 Core Classes
• HSS 359A Criminal Justice (O’Neal) TTH 5:30-7:10 – no pre-requisites
• PSY 357A Criminal Behavior (McClearn) MWF 12:15-1:25 – no pre-requisites
• SOC 355 Criminology (Zito) TTH 8:00-9:40 – no pre-requisites
Fall Semester 2017 Elective Classes
• ANT 384A Forensic Anthropology (Trachman) MW 1:40-3:00 – no pre-requisites
• CJS 255A Organized Crime (McClearn) MWF 10:50-12:00 - no pre-requisites
• COR 405A Prison Industrial Complex (Laybe) TTH 10:30-12:10 - no pre-requisites but must be third or fourth year standing
• HSS 349A-SL Violence in Families (Jones) TTH 2:20-4:00 - no pre-requisites
• HSS 369A Juvenile Justice (Reid) TTH 10:30-12:10 - no pre-requisites
• POL 324A Civil Liberties (Savchak-Trogdon) TTH 2:20-4:00 - no pre-requisites
Note that there will be only one CJS elective in spring (CJS 374 Multiple Murderers)