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Minor in Criminal Justice

Any Indiana University students enrolled in a baccalaureate program, except those pursing a major in criminal justice, may pursue the minor in criminal justice. Students who successfully complete the requirements will have the minor conferred with their degree.

Students must declare their intentions to receive a minor by completing an application, which is available in SPEA Student Services, BS 3025 or online. A minimum GPA of 2.3 is required in courses taken specifically for the minor. At least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be taken on the IUPUI campus. During their final term of enrollment, students must also apply to have the minor conferred with their degree by completing the SPEA Graduation Application.

Curriculum (6 courses/18 credit hours) Required Courses (2 courses/6 credit hours)
  • SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies (3 cr.)
Criminal Justice Core Courses (2 courses/6 credit hours).

Choose two courses from the following:

  • SPEA-J 202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 301 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 305 Juvenile Justice (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 306 The Criminal Courts (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 321 American Policing (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 331 Corrections (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 439 Crime and Public Policy (3 cr.)
Electives Courses (2 courses/6 credit hours minimum)

Take two other criminal justice courses ("J" prefix). These may be drawn from the courses in the above list NOT used to fulfill that requirement. At least one of these two courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Only one of the following courses may be used to meet this requirement: J370, J380, J470, or J480.

NOTE: At least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be taken on the IUPUI campus.