Minor in Criminal Justice (CJ)

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Angie Labissiere, '14

Criminal Justice major
HDFS minor
Queens, NY
Criminal Justice Club President
Resident Advisor

"The Penn State Altoona community is so welcoming. No matter what you need, there is always someone willing to help you, which is why I decided to stay here all four years. It’s been the best decision of my life."

The Criminal Justice minor provides an overview of the criminal justice system and a thorough grounding in criminological theory. Students receive an in-depth look at the three main system components: policing, courts, and corrections, as well as the opportunity to delve into two or more specialized topics relating to criminal justice. The minor is designed not only for students who have a professional interest in criminal justice, but also for those who want to be informed members of the voting citizenry. A functional understanding of crime and the criminal justice system is useful in many careers, including law, social work, education, and journalism.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (12 credits)
CRIMJ 100(3) (Sem:1-4)
CRIMJ 210(3), CRIMJ 220(3), CRIMJ 230(3) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of 400-level CRIMJ courses, excluding CRIMJ 495(1-18) (Sem: 7-8)