Criminal Justice Minor

As a Criminal Justice minor, you will be introduced to law and gain first hand experiences with the criminal justice system and law enforcement.

The Criminal Justice minor will help to build communication, analytical, and organizational skills. You will become more familiar with the U.S. Constitution, the branches of Congress, and how the judicial system works. The Criminal Justice minor also promotes valuable life skills, such as evaluation methods, and critical thinking.

Benefits of a Criminal Justice Minor

  • Understand the history, judicial process and the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system.
  • Learn about the historical philosophies of the American judicial system and how it has changed over time.

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

This minor is offered by the Criminal Justice Department.

Complete the introductory course (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

CRJ 1010

Introduction to Criminal Justice

An overview of the American criminal justice system, tracing its history and development and assessing its strengths and weaknesses. Roles of the agencies that comprise the criminal justice system (representing law enforcement, courts, and corrections) are examined.

This course counts towards the Social & Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

and complete two of the following courses (6 cr):

Code Course Credits

CRJ 2010

Law Enforcement in America

An examination of the history and evolution of law enforcement in the United States. Among the topics examined in this course are: law enforcement careers; the police role; selection, recruitment, and training of personnel; occupational socialization & the police subculture; discretion; management and organizational behavior; and patrol/investigative functions. Other issues considered include police use of force; police-community relations, job stress, and corruption/ethical problems.

Prerequisite: CRJ 1010 passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Every semester

3

CRJ 2020

American Judicial Process

A course designed to provide students with an overview of the American judicial process; examining its history, structure, and operation. Topics considered include: court organization and administration; the courtroom “work group;” the trial and appellate processes; problems that plague the courts; and alternatives to courts for conflict resolution.

Prerequisite: CRJ 1010 passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Every semester

3

CRJ 2080

Correctional Philosophies and Practices

An interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary philosophies and practices of sentencing, punishment, and rehabilitation in American corrections. The course will be a comprehensive examination of all facets of institutional and community-based corrections, including facilities, probation, intermediate sanctions, and parole, as well as special and controversial issues in the field. Field study will be an essential component of this course and may include field trips, interviews and other research, guest speakers, and/or community service.

Prerequisite: CRJ 1010 passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Every semester

3

and complete an additional 9 credits in CRJ courses (9 cr)

Total credits required: 18 cr