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Minor in Criminology

(18 Credit Hours)

The primary purpose of the minor in criminology is to provide students the opportunity to study criminal behavior and its impact. It also provides a stronger preparation for graduate study in a variety of fields including Criminology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Sociology. Because of society's increasing concern with crime in everyday life – including the workplace – students in a variety of other majors may also find the minor attractive.

The minor in criminology requires a good foundation in the study of criminal behavior and the impact of criminal behavior. In particular, the core of the study of criminal behavior is SO 360 Theories of Crime. When crime is committed, there is an impact of that behavior to individual victims and society as a whole (CJ 375 Victimology). Finally, in the study of criminology, it is absolutely key to address the different intersections of crime (race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) (SO 305 Intersections of Crime). The student then will take elective courses including crime specific courses – SO 300 White and Organized Crime, CJ/SO 380 Gangs & Society, and UI 300 Drugs & Behavior. Other courses speak to other deviant behavior that can include other criminal behavior.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Required Core: (9 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
CJ375 Victimology 3
SO305 Intersections of Crime 3
SO360 Theories of Crime 3
Electives: (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
SO300 Organized and White Collar Crime 3
CJ380 Crime & Popular Culture 3
SO385 Family Violence 3
SO/CJ390 Gangs & Society 3
SO444 Deviant Social Behavior 3
UI300 Drugs and Human Behavior 3


Brandt 329
Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701