Criminal Justice - Minor Degree Program | Briar Cliff University

Criminal Justice Minor

Degree Type: Primary or Secondary Minor

The minor in criminal justice is designed to develop basic comprehension of crime, law enforcement, adjudication and corrections in our society. These skills are valuable in a variety of career fields, including policework, juvenile diversion, court administration, victim reconciliation, security administration, investigation and research. 

Criminal Justice Minor Courses

CJUS 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice is an overview of the criminal justice system and the sub-systems in the United States. Read more »

CJUS 246 - Introduction to Criminology

Introduction to Criminology presents the major biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior, and provides a descriptive overview of crime in the United States. Topics include crime rate statistics, historical trends in crime and crime rates, and characteristics of both offenders and victims. Read more »

CJUS 250 - Modern Police Theory and Practice

Modern Police Theory and Practice is an overview and analysis of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, functions, and operations of policing in a modern democratic society. Read more »

CJUS 251 - Courts and the Criminal Justice Process

Courts and the Criminal Justice Process provides an in-depth exploration of the criminal adjudication process in the U.S. Read more »

SOCY 320 - Restorative Justice

Introduction to innovations and alternatives in the traditional criminal justice system with an emphasis on negotiation, mediation, and reparation in dispute resolution; emphasis on non- violence and peacemaking in the Franciscan tradition. Read more »

SWRK 252 - Corrections

Study of corrections in USA: court system, sentencing, probation, parole and prisons; alternatives to current system including restorative justice. Includes a brief look at juvenile system. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

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