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)
For more information:
Atty. Mary Ann Probst
Program Coordinator, Instructor in Criminal Justice
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences
Office: 103 Cypress Building
In 2008, Attorney Probst accepted the position of Program Coordinator for the criminal justice program after serving as a lecturer in the program for ten years. Her areas of interest include criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure and courtroom procedures and she has also proudly served as both the educator and attorney coach for the Penn State Altoona Mock Trial teams. In 2005, Attorney Probst was awarded the Outstanding Lecturer Award by the Penn State Altoona Student Government Association. Ms. Probst is an accomplished attorney in the Commonwealth with extensive background in criminal, juvenile, family and estate law and is admitted to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the federal court system and presently still serves as Guardian Ad Litem representing children's interests in dependency actions in Blair County.
Attorney Probst is active both on campus and in the in community with various organizations. Presently, she serves as academic advisor to students, faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Organization, Penn State Altoona Faculty Senator, member of the University Hearing Board for the Judicial Affairs office, member/treasurer of the Blair County Bar Association Board of Governors, and Chairperson of the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Blair County Bar Association.